New studies keep appearing to discover the potential healing effects of CBD oil … and the best thing is: it has almost no side effects! However, we would like to give you an overview of the CBD oil side effects and interactions in this article so that you can continue to use CBD safely.
WHAT DOES THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAY?
Yes, you can generally consume CBD oil safely. After all, the number of side effects are very small and generally completely harmless. This is the conclusion of the World Health Organization (WHO) in its statement about CBD.
“CBD has very few side effects. Side effects such as diarrhea or a temporary change in liver values are almost always due to an overdose.”
WHAT ARE THE KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS?
Despite the good overall tolerance of CBD oil, some side effects may occur after ingestion. However, these are usually harmless and can either be combated with other home remedies, or they may just disappear. Moreover, most side effects are due to an overdose.
CBD oil can have these side effects, although this list is not conclusive:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
- Having trouble sleeping and falling asleep
1 – LOSS OF APPETITE
The appetite-boosting effect of THC, which occurs in ‘normal’ cannabis, is already known. That is why it is also used in patients with very little appetite (pathological loss of appetite).
However, CBD can act as an appetite suppressant. So if you suffer from chronic loss of appetite, you should consider this possible side effect and consult a doctor if necessary.
2 – DRY MOUTH
Scientific opinions currently differ on the “dry mouth” issue. The results of various studies is somehow different.
While a study from the US discovered that the feeling of dry mouth (11%) is the most common side effect when taking CBD, another international study with German subjects writes that none of the participants had the typical side effects after taking CBD (including dry mouth).
The feeling of a dry mouth is clearly perceived and evaluated individually by the consumer.
Of course the dosage also plays a crucial role here. If you feel dry in your mouth after taking CBD drops, we recommend that you drink more water to counteract the feeling.
3 – LOW BLOOD PRESSUE
The hypotensive effect of THC-containing cannabis is also already known. A joint study by the English universities of Nottingham and Oxford also found this effect using CBD. The summary of the study indicates:
“These data show that acute administration of CBD lowers resting blood pressure.”
According to the results of this study, CBD is also a potential tool to fight high blood pressure (hypertension). It can also relieve a racing heart. However, there is no scientific knowledge available on this subject so far.
However, possible side effects only occur if you permanently suffer from low blood pressure (hypotension). In this case, discuss with your doctor before taking it.
4 – DROWSINESS
You may get tired or sleepy after taking CBD oil. Increased fatigue is also mentioned as a side effect in several studies.
In most cases, this side effect is associated with taking too high a dose. If you feel sleepy after taking it, you may need to adjust the dose next time.
5 – SLEEP DISORDERS AND DIFFICULTY SLEEPING
Even with this opposite side effect, researchers still do not completely agree, because the documented effects of CBD were different throughout the study:
On the one hand, it is said that low doses of CBD have a stimulating effect, and that depending on the time of taking, can lead to sleep disorders. On the other hand, high doses tend to have a calming effect, which people sometimes equate with increased fatigue.
OTHER UNCONFIRMED SIDE EFFECTS
In addition to the previously mentioned side effects, which are scientifically proven, there are also symptoms that have occurred in individuals but have not yet been confirmed by a study. Unconfirmed side effects are:
- kidney problems
In addition, some owners have noticed side effects in their dogs. Unfortunately, there are no medical results available yet.
CBD OIL: INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER DRUGS
In addition to the side effects listed above, there can also be interactions with other active substances or drugs. So, these are medications whose active ingredients react with cannabidiol and, therefore, can have a positive or negative effect on the body.
The main reason for the existing interactions is a specific enzyme or a family of enzymes called cytochrome P450. These enzymes are responsible for breaking down a large amount of foreign substances that are also found in conventional medications.
However, this enzyme is also responsible for the breakdown of cannabidiol. However, the breakdown of cannabidiol affects enzymes, so other substances are overlooked or can only be broken down later.
So, due to the delayed decomposition of the active ingredients, the effects of some medications can last significantly longer than usual.
INTERACTIONS WITH ANTIDEPRESSANTS
Among other things, this can delay the breakdown of antidepressants. This inevitably increases the so-called serum concentration (that is, the concentration of the active substance in the blood).
If you are already taking antidepressants (for example, sertraline or fluoxetine), we recommend that you talk in advance about CBD with a doctor to avoid such interactions. Of course, these values always depend on the respective dose and the time of taking it.
IMPORTANT: SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN DURING PREGNANCY
This information is very important for all pregnant women. CBD can affect certain enzymes and proteins that are responsible for the proper functioning of the placenta.
For this reason, we recommend not taking CBD during pregnancy. However, If you still want to enjoy the potential for relaxing effects, we recommend that you first consult a doctor about the intake of the oil. There may be other options for relaxation that are proven to help, and have no side effects.
This recommendation goes for breastfeeding as well. Until we have the benefit of both scientific and medical research into the CBD oil side effects, it is best to err on the side of caution.