Intro to CBD: Are There CBD Oil Side Effects?

While CBD may not contain any psychoactive properties like THC, are there CBD oil side effects?

Is there such a thing as too much CBD oil? Well, sort of. Everything on Earth—including water—has a toxic dose amount where the body can’t adequately process it. With CBD oil, you would need thousands of milligrams ingested before it would have any such effects.

CBD has been shown to have remarkably few side effects if any. It is not psychoactive, so users don’t get high after taking it. The compound is metabolized quickly by the body, so residual materials aren’t likely to build up. Furthermore, CBD merely keeps the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) active for longer periods of time.

CBD oil’s lack of significant side effects makes it a prime candidate for medical applications, and it is approved by the FDA as a prescription for treating patients with severe forms of epilepsy.

However, just because CBD oil doesn’t have a reputation for side effects doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Let’s take a look at what the experts say about how cannabidiol affects your body.

Disruption of Other Medications

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gel capsules  CBD works by inactivating certain cytochromes, which are responsible for distributing electrical signals throughout the brain and helping to metabolize vitamins and minerals. For many people, this change poses no hazard or risk to their usual brain chemistry. However, for those taking certain medications, the cytochrome affected could lead to unwanted interactions.

Each person is affected differently. For some, this leads to a higher metabolism than normal, so the drug is absorbed faster than its prescribed dose directs. For others, drugs are absorbed too slowly, weakening their effects.

If you take medications, one good way to check whether CBD could affect you is to look for a “grapefruit warning” on the prescription label. As grapefruit affects the same cytochrome CBD does, those warnings will be relevant.

Beyond that, it’s never a bad idea to ask your doctor about whether or not CBD oil is appropriate for you. More and more doctors are being asked about whether or not it’s worth trying, so relax any fears you have about being the first to ask.

Changes in Your Appetite

A few hundred years ago, hemp oil earned a place in folk medicine during a dysentery outbreak. When victims contracted the disease, they became unable to keep anything they ate from coming back out, weakening their bodies and making it almost impossible to fight back.

Enter hemp oil—those who were given the drug showed an increased ability to eat a meal and keep it down. While it played no part in fighting the disease itself, CBD did assist the body in surviving the fight.

As you might expect, then, one potential side effect of CBD oil is a change in your appetite, though it’s not really clear as to whether that means eating more or less. Because the CB1 cannabinoid receptor influences metabolism, it can have complex reactions that just aren’t conclusive. Because cannabinoids can increase dopamine levels associated with food, some people eat less. Others eat more.

Whatever the outcome, it’s safe to say that CBD oil can affect your normal eating habits, whether that means an increase or a decrease.

Feeling Sleepy?

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A woman lying in bedOf the known possible side effects of CBD oil, fatigue is last on the list. When the ECS is activated through the use of cannabinoids, it can affect systems all throughout the body. This includes the musculoskeletal system and could be a reason why CBD pain relief creams are so popular.

Depending on how you take the CBD—whether through vaping or with edibles—the most noticeable effects usually involve warmth throughout the muscles. It can be incredibly relaxing, and it’s not uncommon for people to take their supplements and fall asleep, especially for people who suffer from chronic pain.

For the most part, this fatigue is nowhere near overwhelming. CBD oil isn’t likely to impair your ability to drive or work, but the difference it can make is noticeable and could be surprising.

Is There Such a Thing as CBD Overdose?

As mentioned earlier, you can overdose on literally anything, including water. That doesn’t make it particularly dangerous, but there’s no sense in overdoing it.

CBD oil is non-toxic. There are people who take as many as 1,000 mg a day without any negative side effects. An overdose would require extreme amounts of this compound, and so far, no human overdose has been recorded.

Still, until you know what dose works best for you, it’s a good idea to start off with no more than 20 mg a day. Eventually, you’ll understand how it works and manage your CBD dose in a way that works best for your unique body. Until then, be smart about it.

However powerful CBD may be as a remedy for inflammation, anxiety, or sleep, it’s not a miracle drug. It shouldn’t be used in place of necessary medical attention. Use it within its limits.

Why Quality Matters

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A tincture of CBD oilWithin the last couple of years, more and more people have started using CBD because of its mild effects and powerful results. Naturally, it grew in popularity to the point where an internet search for CBD oil returns page after page of vendors varying in quality.

This is both good and bad—good because it’s more obtainable than ever, but bad because it’s easier for any random dude online to buy CBD isolate and sell it however they can. There isn’t much regulation on the CBD market still, since it is considered a wellness supplement. I mean, how different can one CBD product be from the next, right?

The answer is that the products can be very different. While some people are pleased with how well their CBD oil works, others end up buying low-quality products that, at best, don’t work at all, but at worst, have damaging effects.

Always Buy Organic

Just because there’s no real regulation on CBD doesn’t mean there are no standards. With organic products, you’ll know they weren’t grown with any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

If anything is to be labeled organic, it must adhere to specific guidelines. If you buy organic CBD products, you’ll have at least some peace of mind that quality was a priority.

To make extra sure though, read your supplement’s lab reports. These documents are full of important information about the presence of any synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. This also includes mycotoxins, residual solvents, heavy metals, and other foreign matter.

Lab reports let you know that the products you buy will work as intended without risk. Most vendors—especially the discount stores on Amazon—don’t provide them. So, do yourself a favor and start your CBD regimen off right.

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