CBD Side Effects

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Before CBD was federally legalized, the cannabinoid was primarily used by members of the cannabis community.

Declassification by the federal government opened up the flood gates.

More people accepted CBD as a legitimate alternative natural remedy. Even though CBD has penetrated the mainstream, many people are still hesitant to try the plant extract for themselves.

The relationship with marijuana, loose government regulations, and misinformation online has turned away many potential CBD users. While CBD's side-effects are minor and happen rarely, it is important to provide users with accurate, honest information.

The FDA’s decision to allow CBD to be unregulated has created an abundance of misleading and false information online. There are so many CBD companies, it is hard to keep track of all their content to make sure it is backed by science. This free flow of information has degraded the population’s trust in CBD and the industry.

What Do We Know About CBD?

CBD is one of over 100 known chemical compounds that are derived from the cannabis plant. THC is also a cannabinoid. This close relationship with marijuana has created confusion regarding CBD.

For one, CBD does not get users high (click here to see our article on how CBD does not get you high). The structure of CBD differs from THC just enough, so it won’t bind with the receptors in the brain that release the chemicals that create the infamous euphoric effects of THC.

For more on the differences between CBD and THC click here.

We have evidence from peer-reviewed studies that CBD has potential medical applications. However, we are far from achieving the magnitude needed for doctors to prescribe CBD as treatment.

Some types of epilepsy are the only FDA approved medical application for CBD and it is granted for only one company’s CBD product. The studies we do have are promising, they just aren’t at the scale needed to comply with government regulatory agencies.

Even in ridiculously high doses, CBD is tolerated well in humans.

This study from German researchers stated that ‘chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.

We can’t think of any reason why someone would take that much CBD daily, but it’s good to know that our bodies can handle high doses. 

CBD Side Effects

While generally regarded as safe, CBD has produced some side-effects in humans. According to Healthline, the side effects of CBD are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Tiredness

The article goes on to say that CBD is also known to interact with several medications. The reason being ‘CBD interferes with cytochromes P450, a group of enzymes that are important to drug metabolism.’

How to Take CBD to Avoid Side Effects and Experience Benefits

Even though the side-effects of CBD are rare, we suggest taking caution if you are taking it for the first time or switching products. CBD doesn’t work the same way THC does, you won’t feel instantaneous results. CBD needs to be taken daily over some time to experience maximum benefits.

When starting a CBD regimen, start with a small dose, 10-20 mg or so. Take each day and monitor the results. If your body is tolerating the CBD well, you can slowly increase the dosage. Most people find their ‘sweet spot’ between 25-75mg per day. 

Taking CBD for the first time can be frustrating. Many believe that taking it once will completely change your life.

These high expectations come from CBD company’s ability to say whatever they want online without any repercussions.

The truth is CBD takes consistency. Only by taking it daily over multiple weeks will you have the potential to experience maximum benefits. 

Always consult with your physician if you are taking CBD for the first time especially if you are taking medication.

While CBD is generally regarded as safe, there have been rare instances of minor side-effects. Seeking advice and starting slow will ensure that you have a pleasant CBD experience.