Side effects of CBD

February 05, 2020

Side effects of CBD

CBD or cannabinoids has gained rapid popularity as offering significant health related benefits. USA legalized use of hemp (cannabis that contains less than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana) and since then it has increasingly been used in a variety of medications. With claims of CBD having revolutionary health benefits in treating chronic pain and several other symptoms and diseases, and with several small researches underway, there is very little clinical proof of the benefits of CBD, whichever form it may be used in. this leads the arguments to its possible side effects on those who are using it. 

It is essential to mention at this point that since the benefits are not yet proven, there is also no solid proof of its side effects and the component is in the initial stages of being researched currently. CBD side effects have been medically divided into three types, being 1) the general side effects that are noticeable at some point by all, 2) side effects caused when CBD is taken in high quantities, and 3) side effects caused by taking sub-standard CBD products.

General Side Effects of CBD

The general side effects or risks associated with CBD include

  • Digestive system related issues including diarrhea and loss of appetite
  • Changes in mental alertness, or feeling of drowsiness
  • Mood swings such as agitation and irritability

Side Effects of Taking Higher Quantities of CBD

Some patients may use higher doses of CBD for a longer period of time. Besides having severe long term health risks and side effects, higher dosage of CBD has also seen to be ineffective in treating the symptom or diseases it is initially taken for. A study revealed that when CBD is most effective when taken in the right dose, higher or lower than the appropriate dosage, tends to make its healing properties ineffective. Intake of higher CBD doses poses the following side effects

  • Liver failure
  • Severe reactions occurring when interacting with other medications occur
  • Internal injuries when mixed with depressants or alcohol

Side Effects Associated With Use of Sub Standard CBD Products

Substandard CBD products are referred to products that are unreliable due to 1) use of heavy metals and pesticides as bad farming procedures in the harvesting of cannabis, 2) products containing higher level of THC then recommended or allowed, 3) constitute of synthetic cannabinoids, and 4) holds other contaminants, e.g. bacteria, mold, etc.

In such a case the health benefits and side effects of using such a product are unimaginable and can pose serious threats to the user.

An example is of using a CBD product that contains higher levels of THC may cause

  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Redness and dryness in eyes
  • Increase in appetite
  • Lethargy and sleepiness
  • Impaired memory

Quick Recap

CBD is considered a safe product when prepared following the guidelines of FDA. The side effects mentioned here are possible outcomes of the ingredients present in most CBD products and their effects on the human body. When used safely CBD is the best cannabis-based product to use, compared to other components of cannabinoids. Since it is still being researched, we can expect a lot of new findings related to its health benefits and side effects in the future.



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