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CBD Side Effects

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One of the most common questions we get asked here at UNLIKE is ‘what are the side effects of CBD?’ As CBD is still a relatively new product, trustworthy, reliable information is still at a premium, so questions over any side effects caused by this relatively unknown product are completely understandable.

In fact, we encourage those questions. In the interests of our health and wellbeing, we should all try to become familiar with whatever we’re putting into our bodies, so doing our research beforehand is always a great idea.

The good news is the side-effects associated with CBD are minimal. As with any medication or health supplement, side effects are most certainly a possibility, but you’ll be glad to know that with CBD they’re extremely minor and in many cases people experience none whatsoever.

What is CBD?

Before we go into the side effects of CBD, let us explain briefly what this compound is and where it comes from. CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant. CBD is extracted from the leaves, stems and storks of the plant before being turned into an oil.

Early studies into CBD have shown that it could be effective in treating a range of issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic pain, which has seen the product explode in popularity over the past few years.

One of the main draws for people using CBD is it doesn’t contain THC, so users can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the plant while avoiding any of the “high” that’s usually associated with cannabis.

Side Effects of CBD

The human body can be a delicate instrument at times and many products that are completely natural and seemingly benign can still cause strange reactions. For instance garlic, often championed for its health-boosting benefits, has been known to cause skin inflammation for some, while ginger is said to make the blood thinner which can be potentially dangerous for those taking anticoagulant medication.

There are even more adverse reactions associated with the use of pharmacological drugs, which can cause a wide range of side-effects both minor and severe.

CBD is an all-natural product and the oil we supply is derived from 100% organic and vegan hemp. However, as with any other product we ingest, side-effects are still possible and while these are usually extremely minor (non-existent in many cases) in the interests of education and research it’s important to know what they are. Some of the side-effects observed by users of CBD include:

• Diarrhoea
• Changes in appetite and weight
• Fatigue
• Dry Mouth
• Nausea
• Drowsiness
• Irritability

Epidiolex Studies

Epidiolex is a cannabidiol-based prescription drug that’s used to treat seizures caused by two aggressive forms of epilepsy. In clinical studies, Epidiolex reduced the number of seizures in those who took the drug, which resulted in the FDA giving its stamp of approval.

Patients were given high doses of CBD over the course of 14 weeks. The study signalled the first significant research into cannabidiol, and until now it remains the most comprehensive ever undertaken.

Interestingly, the study revealed that while CBD did cause minor side-effects for the patients — mainly fatigue, reduced appetite & gastrointestinal problems — most of these were experienced during the first few weeks following an increase in dosage. Once the dosage was stabilised, these side-effects typically subsided.

It’s worth noting that the dosage given to the children in this study was exceptionally high, equivalent to 1,360mg of CBD for a 150 lbs adult, which is usually more than you’d find in an entire bottle!

Contaminated and Mislabelled CBD

Something else to consider before making any purchase is that CBD is classed as a supplement and not a medication, meaning there’s little to no regulation of the distributors operating within the market. This means you can’t always be certain about who you’re buying your CBD products from or exactly what’s in them.

One alarming study into 84 CBD products discovered that only 30% of them were labelled accurately, with the rest either overstating or understating the contents. With so many shady operators out there, sometimes people make the mistake of buying CBD that contains pesticides, herbicides or even contaminants.

Consequently, this could lead to the user experiencing side-effects, although it’s difficult to say what those will be without knowing what the contaminants are. The best way to be sure of avoiding this situation is to purchase your CBD oil from a trusted, reliable distributor.

Summary:

Although there are a number of minor side-effects that have been noted by users of CBD, throughout the clinical trials that have been carried out, researchers are yet to discover evidence of any severe side effects.

If you start to experience any ill-effects after taking CBD, discontinue use and consult a doctor. If you’re unsure about any of the side-effects listed or you need some further information about how this compound can interact with any of the medication you’re currently on, be sure to consult your doctor before using any CBD products.

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