CBD Oil: Side Effects, Safety, and Risks
With its growing popularity and ever-expanding purchasing options, it’s easy to think that CBD oil is something of a magic cure-all.
While CBD oil does show a lot of promise as a therapeutic treatment, it’s important to be fully informed about CBD oil side effects.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is one of the more popular ways to consume CBD – the popular cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp plants. Otherwise known as cannabidiol, CBD is referred to as a major cannabinoid due to its prevalence in cannabis and hemp plant material.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the other major cannabinoid, but don’t confuse the two – these major cannabinoids are very different when it comes to psychotropic effects.
CBD has gained a reputation as a therapeutic tool thanks to its ability to induce a range of effects on the body. CBD affects the body by binding to and acting on non-cannabinoid receptors. This is slightly different from other cannabinoids, which typically exert their effects by binding to cannabinoid receptors like CB1 and CB2. In fact, CBD’s inability to bind to cannabinoid receptors is thought to play an important role in the strength of CBD oil side effects.
Does CBD Oil Cause Side Effects?
So we know that CBD induces its effects on the body slightly differently than other cannabinoids, but what exactly does this mean for any potential CBD oil side effects?
The good news for fans of CBD oil is that CBD doesn’t induce any psychotropic effects. THC, the other major cannabinoid is responsible for the intoxicating and psychotropic effects of cannabis. You can be sure, therefore, that when taking CBD alone you won’t get “high” or experience any psychotropic side effects.
But what about other side effects?
Another benefit of CBD oil is that it is generally well-tolerated, and any side effects tend to be mild (1). Some of the side effects that have been reported in scientific literature include:
- Suppressed appetite (2)
These CBD oil side effects may be mild if experienced at all, but you should be aware of their possibility before consuming CBD oil.
World Health Organisation’s Position on CBD Oil Safety
The safety of CBD oil was recently analyzed in a report from the World Health Organisation. Written by the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, the 2018 report found that no tolerance or withdrawal effects had been found in controlled human studies of CBD use (3). The same report also found that there was no evidence of physical dependence on CBD in animal studies involving CBD use.
These conclusions can help you rest easier knowing that CBD oil use is unlikely to result in any dependency issues.
CBD Oil’s Overdose Risk
Even though the risk of CBD oil side effects are low and any potential side effects are mild, you may be wondering what can happen if you take too much CBD oil. Can you overdose on CBD oil?
Research into CBD’s efficacy and safety indicate that doses as high as 1,500 mg of CBD per day have shown to be both well-tolerated and effective (4). This tells us that even at high dose levels, CBD doesn’t seem to show any risk of overdose.
Respiration plays a crucial part in overdose risk – when your respiration is interfered with, your oxygen levels can become dangerously low and place you at risk of death. The good news for CBD oil users is that CBD doesn’t seem to be able to result in an overdose.
CBD’s receptors haven’t been found in the areas of the brainstem that are responsible for controlling respiration. As we know, the brainstem and respiration play a key role in overdose risk when mal-stimulated (5, 6). Because of this, you can take your CBD oil knowing it is unlikely to place you at any risk of overdose.
What are the Benefits of CBD Oil?
So now we know about the risks of experiencing CBD oil side effects. What about the benefits?
Studies show us that CBD oil has the potential to act as an:
- Anti-inflammatory (7)
- Sleep aid (8)
- Anti-depressant (9)
- Anxiolytic (10)
- Pain reliever (11)
- Acne treatment (12)
The current research indicates the impressive therapeutic potential of CBD oil. But research into CBD’s effects isn’t over yet. More research into the exact effects of CBD oil on humans is needed before we can make definitive claims about what you can expect to experience from its use.
The Bottom Line
When adding any new therapeutic to your routine, it’s important to first be aware of any and all side effects that you could experience.
The good news for those wanting to try CBD oil is that its effects are largely reported to be mild. While you may experience diarrhea, fatigue, or a reduction in your appetite, more serious side effects like overdose risk have been found to be unlikely.
With a high safety profile, CBD oil may just make an excellent addition to your life.
**Standard Disclaimer: CBD is not FDA-approved. We make no such claims that using our products will guarantee relief. Moreover, research regarding CBD is still ongoing and in the early stages.**
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1) making high-quality products
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