CBD, or cannabidiol, is the compound found in hemp and cannabis. It has many, many health benefits. It works by empowering your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to regulate physiological and cognitive functions like appetite, anxiety, mood, pain-sensation, and inflammation.
Here’s a list of what CBD may help with:
- Chronic pain (may include pain like arthritis, knee pain, pain from sports, etc)
- Appetite control
- Seizures (proven to help with this)
- Sleep Disorders
Medical marijuana may help some of these conditions. But people are turning to hemp-derived cannabidiol, CBD oil, because it’s more widely available and easy-to-use. Of all the potential therapeutic and lifestyle uses for hemp and CBD, the one’s we hear the most about are:
- Anxiety – The most common treatment CBD users seek to CBD for. This could include social anxiety, generalized anxiety, or panic attacks.
- Pain – CBD may help with the reduction of inflammation. While research is limited, many CBD users on the internet have agreed that CBD has help with many types of pain. From our usage of CBD-Medic’s Active Sport topicals, we’ve found a reduction in inflammation of our muscle soreness after a long day of training.
- Sleep – From early research and studies, CBD has huge benefits for sleep including reducing sleep latency (time to fall asleep) and deeper sleep (REM and deep sleep) without the grogginess the next morning.
So… what are the side effects of using CBD?
Studies have explored CBD and its potential for side effects, but study authors admit that there needs to be more human studies on this topic, especially to determine long-term safety and possible interactions with other medications.
However, studies do show that even chronic use and high doses are generally well tolerated by people. Researchers have also conducted animal testing, but there are important differences between humans and animals, of course, that can make pinpointing potential side effects not quite as accurate as they’d like.
While there haven’t been reports of serious side effects from using CBD, experts do note that some can arise from its use. Here are a few potential side effects that you should always be on the lookout for if you’re using CBD.
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in weight
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
Obviously, please consult with your physician before using CBD. If any of these side effects occur, try dialing back the dosage or try to use another brand of CBD oil. Many CBD products may contain other ingredients such as MCT Coconut oil, hemp oil, blackseed oil, and other vitamins.
Make sure your CBD is actually CBD!
Unfortunately, it is possible to purchase “CBD oil” that isn’t actually CBD. Sigh.
The Utah Poison Control Center, for example, reported emergency room visits from patients who took “CBD” but experienced severe side effects that are not known to be associated with CBD use. These side effects were serious and concerning, and included altered mental status, seizures, confusion, hallucinations, and loss of consciousness. Upon further investigation, authorities discovered these products consisted of synthetic CBD and absolutely no actual CBD.
In these cases, there was no indication on the bottle who the manufacturer was of the CBD product, nor was there a list of ingredients.
At TheHempTrust, we test products using third-party labs to help protect consumers—both from a health perspective and so you don’t waste money.
We should all cherish the amazing benefits CBD can offer. However, it’s our responsibility for what we put in our bodies – good or bad. Although CBD has a lot of benefits, it might not be for everyone.
Please consult your physician to see if CBD is right for you and keep yourself informed and educated. Since you’re reading this article, you’re on the right track.
Take care and thanks again for reading.