By now you have likely heard about cannabidiol (CBD). It has probably left you curious about what exactly CBD is and what it may do. There is probably another thought that may or may not have crossed your mind. Does it have any side effects? Afterall, anything that is considered medicinal, even if it is holistic (like CBD), is bound to have side effects. And you aren’t wrong to think that. CBD does have some side effects. However, they are rarely anything serious and are not difficult to avoid. So, let’s get into more detail about all of this.
What is CBD?
Before we get into CBD’s side effects, it is important that we talk about what it even is. Understanding something’s effects always starts with understanding what that something is.
CBD is a cannabinoid. This is a name for a particular kind of chemical compound that is found in cannabis plants. This includes hemp and marijuana. CBD is not the only cannabinoid out there. There are over 113 different cannabinoids that have been identified by scientists so far. It is likely that we will learn about even more in the future. You may not know it, but CBD is probably not the only cannabinoid that you have heard of. There is another one that is a bit more infamous.
That cannabinoid would be tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It sounds familiar, right? That is because THC is psychoactive. That means that it is intoxicating, creating the effect that is more commonly referred to as a ‘high.’ It is not uncommon to think that because CBD is also a cannabinoid, it too is psychoactive. But this is a misconception and a common one at that. CBD is not psychoactive, intoxicating, or anything of that sort.
When CBD is extracted, it is usually taken from the hemp plant. This is not because it is only found in hemp, marijuana has it as well. It is more because hemp has much higher levels of CBD than marijuana. Hemp also has much lower levels of THC (less than 0.3%, which is not enough to cause a high). CBD manufacturers also use hemp more because it is federally legal in the United States, with certain exceptions. Marijuana, on the other hand, is currently federally illegal, with certain exceptions.
What are the side effects of CBD?
CBD is generally considered to be safe. But that does not mean that it is without any negative side effects. These effects are not exactly the most serious, but they are definitely not fun to deal with. Like any other side effects, you should do your best to avoid them. But what exactly are these effects?
As mentioned, the side effects of CBD are not life threatening and usually occur when taking CBD at very high doses. They are generally things like diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, and dry mouth. These also tend to go away after the CBD has made its way through the system. There are some rare reports of CBD causing complications with the liver. However, this is a very rare occurrence.
One thing that is always important to remember about CBD is that it does not work well with certain medications. Or, rather, the medications do not work well with CBD. CBD may effect the level of the prescription medication in the body so that for some medications, they will stop working and have lower effects while others will have an increased concentration in the body and stay in the body longer. These drug-drug interactions cause side effects not from CBD, but from the prescription medication. This means that it is very important that you talk with your healthcare provider if you are interested in using CBD and are on medication.
How can these side effects be avoided?
CBD really does help prove the rule, “too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” Most people who experience the negative side effects of CBD get them because they take too much of the cannabinoid. So, the idea behind avoiding the side effects is actually relatively simple. You just make sure that you do not take too much. But the execution of this concept is where things get a bit more complicated.
There is no set amount or formula for people to follow to figure out how much CBD is too much. This means that you will need to figure it out on your own. This may sound a little callous, but the best way to find the right amount of CBD for you is by experimenting. You just have to be sure to experiment carefully. So, how do you do that?
The best way is by starting small. Take the lowest amount possible. Then wait for a little while to see how that amount sits with you. If you are not experiencing any negative side effects, but you are still not getting the effect from the CBD that you are looking for then you can try taking a little bit more. Continue this until you find the amount of CBD that gives you the positive effects without any of the negative ones. This could take several days, so be patient.
While it is the case the CBD side effects are normally caused by taking too much of the cannabinoid, there are other ways that you may experience side effects. One is if you are using a CBD product that was not made well. If there are unwanted chemicals or the CBD is not pure enough, you may experience the negative side effects.
So, now you have a better idea of what to expect if you experience the negative side of CBD. As mentioned, the side effects of CBD are not as dangerous as one may think. They are generally just different forms of discomfort. However, there are some rare, more serious side effects that you should always look out for. And, of course, it is always important to talk to your doctor before you add anything to your wellness routine, especially if you are on medication. If you follow the guide we have provided for you, you should be able to find the right amount of CBD for you and may be able to avoid the negative effects. That way you can enjoy your CBD experience more fully.