SEP 22, 2022 12:27 PM PDT

What are the side effects associated with CBD

WRITTEN BY: Helaine Krysik

CBD is known for its healing qualities, popular for easing everything from anxiety to chronic aches to TMJ. But while it’s non-intoxicating, and seen as safe for consumption, there can be downsides that users should be aware of. Like anything else, CBD has potential side effects that may affect some people more than others.

Some side effects to watch out for include diarrhea, fatigue, and fluctuations in weight. Others can include such as dry mouth, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. CBD can also interact with other medications you're taking, such as blood thinners. According to the FDA, consuming too much CBD can also cause liver damage.

If you take CBD regularly for sustained periods of time, you can experience withdrawal effects when you stop taking it, particularly for conditions such as insomnia.

It’s also important to keep an eye out for the purity and dosage of the CBD products you’re buying, so that you get exactly what you’re expecting, with no unpleasant surprises.

To ensure you buy the best-tested CBD sleep gummies, oil and other types of CBD products, consider checking the independent lab testing results. Independent laboratories analyze the phytochemical profile of the sample, like the potency of CBD and the entire cannabinoid and terpene content. It would be safer for you to choose products from reputable brands by checking the founders' background and hemp sourcing.

As long as you’re aware of the potential risks, you may want to look into whether or not CBD is right for you, as it is reported to have the following benefits:

  • Antipsychotic effects. Some studies suggest that CBD might help with schizophrenia and other mental health conditions by reducing symptoms of psychosis.
  • Substance abuse treatment. CBD is associated with helping anxiety and depression and easing dependency on certain drugs such as heroin.
  • Possibly helping ease certain types of cancer. Recent studies suggest a combination of CBD and THC may help extend the life of some people suffering from certain aggressive cancers. However, this research is limited and very preliminary.
  • Possibly improving sleep.  CBD might help improve sleep in people with certain sleep disorders or suffering from recurring insomnia.

 

 

Sources: Health Digest, Mayo Clinic, FDA, Healthline

About the Author
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Helaine is a cannabis industry writer and marketing consultant. She has been active in the Illinois cannabis industry since 2020, and writes for a variety of national publications.
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