The past few years have seen mainstream attitudes in the UK shift from pharmaceuticals to holistic, naturally sourced treatments. If it’s going on or in your body, it has to be clean, sourced from nature, and with relatively few side effects. It is a time of essential oils and alternative medicines, and you wouldn’t be wrong to say that current times have been instrumental in the rise in the popularity of CBD. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a chemical compound that is extracted from certain varieties of the Cannabis Sativa plant.
Cannabis is most famous for its mind-altering effects which are usually caused by THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). Both THC and CBD are part of a class of chemicals called cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant and while THC is psychoactive, CBD is not. This means you won’t have to worry about getting “high” from using CBD. However, CBD isn’t a perfect treatment: there are barely any clinical studies to back the claims of medical efficiency and chances are you may experience CBD oil side effects.
But before we get into the side effects of CBD oil, let’s briefly at the benefits of CBD oil;
CBD Oil Benefits
Although experts concede that the hype has outpaced the science and that more research is needed, CBD oil has become immensely popular in the UK. This is probably due to its versatility: if anecdotal claims are to be believed, cannabidiol can be effective against a wide variety of ailments. On top of that, the hemp extract lends itself to a tonne of applications, meaning there are a lot more ways of consuming CBD oil including but not limited to tinctures, oils, and capsules.
Consistently taking a proper dose of high-quality CBD has been found to help against;
- Pain disorders like chronic pain, muscle pain, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis pain, and spinal cord injuries.
- Anxiety, stress, and depression.
- Cancer-related symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Preliminary studies have also found that CBD can kill cancer cells.
- Seizure disorders. Early this year, the UK approved the use of Epidyolex, a CBD based drug to treat seizures caused by rare childhood epilepsies.
- Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and stroke.
- High blood pressure and heart health.
Based on anecdotal claims and preliminary research, CBD does have plenty of potential as an alternative treatment. But does CBD oil have side effects? And if so, how severe are they? As a customer, especially one who’s trying CBD oil for the first time, these questions are crucial. For a first-timer, it is imperative that you consult your doctor before using CBD to avoid any potential negative side effects of CBD oil, especially if you are pregnant or trying to conceive, immunocompromised, or currently taking prescription drugs.
While hemp, the variety of cannabis that produces most of the CBD on the UK market is legal, the CBD/hemp industry is still young and barely regulated. Companies selling CBD don’t have that much oversight, and quite a few have taken to making outlandish claims on what their products can do and worse, selling low-quality products. These products may contain contaminants like THC, pesticides, and toxic solvents or in some cases, less CBD than what is indicated on the labeling, or no CBD at all.
On the other hand, you could have done your research and purchased high-quality CBD oil only to experience CBD oil side effects. In this case, it’s less from contaminants in the oil and due to the CBD’s interaction with your body. Let’s talk more about the side effects to CBD oil use;
Side Effects of CBD in Humans
Just like there isn’t enough scientific literature on the medical benefits of CBD, there is equally insufficient data on the side effects of CBD hemp oil. Still, the limited data we have shows that using CBD oil can indeed result in negative side effects, so customers are encouraged to do lots of research and to consult a health professional before using CBD oil. Since cannabinoids like THC and CBD interact with everyone’s body differently, a trusted medical professional will help anticipate possible hempworx CBD oil side effects and what to do when they occur.
CBD Side Effects Due to Contaminants
As we’ve discussed, the CBD market is barely regulated, resulting in an industry some have called the “Wild West”. With reduced oversight, the CBD oil industry has seen an influx of low-quality products that either contain contaminants or insufficient CBD. So what kind of side effects can you expect from contaminated CBD oil? High levels of THC may cause effects like dry mouth, hunger, fatigue, changes in appetite, or the mind-altering effects (high) cannabis is known for, and it may also lead to a failed drug test.
For contaminants like pesticides and toxic solvents, the side effects may not be felt in the short term until they build up to toxic levels in the body, leaving you with permanent damage. To avoid this, make sure you use CBD oil of the highest quality. You can do that by reading accurate and unbiased third-party lab tests (certificate of analysis). It will list how much CBD, THC, and minor cannabinoids are in the product as well as any possible contaminants in the form of microbes and pesticides.
What Are The Side Effects of CBD Oil in High Doses?
On the other hand, high-quality CBD may also result in side effects if it is taken in very high doses. This is where the lack of sufficient data becomes a constraint: the only clinical trial that provided the most comprehensive results on the side effects of CBD was for Epidyolex, the CBD based drug for seizure disorders. During the trials, patients aged between 2 and 18 were prescribed high daily CBD doses, the equivalent of 1,360 mg for a 68kg adult. This is typically more CBD than is found in an entire bottle of CBD oil and it resulted in the following side effects:
- Decreased appetite.
- Gastrointestinal problems.
- Lowered blood pressure
- Reduced immune response which makes you more susceptible to infection.
- Drug interactions.
- Elevated liver enzymes
Although there is no evidence of CBD oil side effects on the kidneys, it may interact with medication for kidney disease in adverse ways and harm the liver. All of these side effects occurred during the first few weeks while the dosage was being raised and they subsided once the dosage stabilized or when it was reduced. If you used CBD oil and experienced any of these symptoms, try lowering your dose, a different product and if they persist, you may have to stop using CBD oil.
Plenty of folks have also been using CBD as an alternative treatment for their pets to treat conditions like anxiety, pain, and seizures. However, note that with CBD oil for dogs side effects such as dry mouth, lowered blood pressure, drowsiness, fatigue, upset stomach or vomiting, excessive itching, biting, or scratching may be present. Pay attention to your pet for an hour after giving it the CBD oil so you can catch any of these symptoms if they are present.
So, have you or anyone you know experienced any of the side effects discussed above? Share your view in the comments below!