The use of Cannabidiol or CBD is growing rapidly. This is due largely to its many benefits and therapeutic potential.
With the use of CBD, some have found relief from things like anxiety, nausea, inflammation, and more. As people continue to find CBD to be helpful in relieving certain symptoms and conditions, it’s use is becoming more widespread. But, with that popularity comes questions and a need for more understanding about its use, effectiveness, side effects, and risks.
The Side Effects of CBD
Just like with most things used for medicinal purposes, CBD does come with the potential for side effects. Luckily, in comparison with many other drugs, the list of possible issues is very short.
A 2017 study found that when used to provide relief for certain conditions, CBD actually has a better side effect profile than the majority of drugs for the same issues. Nevertheless, if you’re considering using CBD, you should be aware of some side effects you could experience. The most common include:
- Changes in appetite
- Increased heart rate
The type of medication you are currently taking could also affect how CBD is metabolized in your body and cause unwanted side effects – make sure you consult with your doctor before using any products containing CBD.
Compared to the list of potential side effects that can be found on the safety information for most pharmaceuticals, this list is pretty mild. Of course, further studies may uncover different side effects based on different user experiences, but from what we know at this point—CBD is pretty darn safe.
CBD is non-intoxicating, non-addictive, and does not cause cognitive impairment. So what does it do?
Overall, the effects of CBD have been found to be beneficial and helpful in terms of promoting and maintaining health and wellness.
When thinking about potential side effects of CBD, ultimately, each person’s physiological makeup will be different. It’s hard to say for sure how someone will react to any given substance. Some people will experience little to no side effects while others may experience a spectrum of reactions. Factors such as body weight, sensitivity to substances, individual metabolism, and overall health can affect the reaction your body has to CBD.
As you would with a new drug or medication prescribed by a physician, it’s important to pay close attention to your body. Look out for any noticeable changes and keep a journal to record your environment, experiences, symptoms, and any drastic physiological changes.
These factors may impact how you believe CBD is affecting your body. When in doubt, always consult your doctor for clarity on interactions and any potential safety concerns.
In the end, it will be up to you to decide what works best for you and leaves you feeling your best.
Staying Safe with CBD
As we said before, if you decide to try CBD for relief from discomforting symptoms, it might be a good idea to keep a journal to record your experience. This will give you a way to track of how the CBD is affecting you. You will also be able to measure the presence or and frequency of any side effects you do experience.
Be sure to record what your symptoms were like prior to starting CBD, too. That way, if you do experience side effects, you can look back and determine whether or not the negatives outweigh the positives.
The factors below can all impact how a person feels when taking CBD and should be considered when tracking changes in your body.
- Sleep difficulties the night before CBD consumption
- Alcohol use
- Caffeine intake
- Emotional stress
- Food consumption
Regardless, when it comes to safety and risk surrounding CBD, you can take comfort in the fact that the list of potential side effects thus far are minimal, low-risk and short-term.
Can you have too much CBD?
When it comes to using CBD products, the general consensus is that “less is more.”
However, going overboard can actually have a different effect than what you originally expected from CBD. This is due to what is called the “biphasic” nature of CBD. For example, if the normal low dose makes you feel more alert, a dosage that is too high may leave you feeling inattentive.
As a general rule, when it comes to CBD, it’s better to start small and observe the effects over time. Moderate doses will be more effective than large ones.
We suggest starting small and gradually increasing dosage every 2-4 days.
Be patient. Give your body time to adjust and tell you what it needs.
Potential Benefits and Uses of CBD
We know the use of CBD comes with a short list of potential side effects. What about the potential benefits?
This list is much longer, not to mention backed by multiple studies.
This is an extremely popular use for CBD. Studies have shown that CBD to be effective for reducing and relieving pain associated with inflammation, arthritis, sciatic nerve pain, multiple sclerosis and more.
Anxiety and Depression
Mental health concerns are a growing concern for many people. Some traditional pharmaceutical treatments for mental health related problems come with a long list of unwanted side effects, like decreased sex drive and brain fog.
By comparison, CBD has an extremely favorable side effect profile. CBD use has been linked to a reduction of symptoms related to anxiety and depression in both human and animal studies.
CBD has been shown to reduce cancer-related symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and pain. It may also have cancer-fighting properties, but more research is needed to determine its effectiveness and safety across the board.
Studies have linked CBD with certain heart health benefits. Some of the more notable discoveries include the ability to lower blood pressure and prevent heart damage.
CBD has been shown to reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s and the reduction of some symptoms related to neurological disorders like Parkinson’s Disease and Epilepsy. More research is needed to get to the bottom of its potential neuroprotective benefits and these extremely significant findings.
To CBD, or not to CBD?
While there is much we have yet to learn about CBD, what we do know solidifies it as a safe and natural way to potentially provide relief for a variety of ailments. As we continue to expand our knowledge about CBD, we can expect to uncover even more possibilities.
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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information presented on this website is not advice and is not a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. Information provided does not constitute a professional relationship with Dr. Leigh Randa, PhD. Always consult with your doctor before combining CBD with your current treatments or medications. CBD should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment.