• Bruce Salinger

5 Adverse Side Effects of CBD and the Importance of Consulting Your Doctor

Cannabidiol is a product of hemp and marijuana plants, more commonly known as CBD. The compound is non-psychoactive, unlike THC, which is why many people and patients prefer it to legal marijuana.


Research suggests CBD is an effective treatment for some chronic pain conditions and seizures. However, CBD manufacturers and licensed distributors claim the chemical can treat everything from hair loss to anxiety.


While medical professionals consider most recognized CBD products safe, side effects still exist. The most common side effects are mild but can present risks to user safety.


1. Drowsiness


CBD can act as a potential sedative, making users feel drowsy. Depending on the person, the sedative effect might be beneficial, especially for those suffering from chronic stress, anxiety, or insomnia. However, the effects can also be too strong when combined with other sedating medicines.


Because of the potential for drowsiness, people taking CBD should avoid operating heavy machinery or making important decisions while on the substance. Also, they should take the CBD in a safe and familiar environment.


2. Nausea


Some people experience nausea when ingesting CBD. Typically, the side effect depends on an individual's sensitivity to the substance and the amount they consume. The amount of CBD in any product depends on the delivery system and the potency of the ingredients.


CBD products come in various forms, from gummies to oils to tinctures and vapors. Oils and vapors usually deliver CBD most efficiently, allowing for rapid biological responses. The speed the compound absorbs into the system can increase the likelihood of nausea.


3. Gastrointestinal Problems


CBD can create some unpleasant gastrointestinal issues. Many new users of CBD experience bouts of diarrhea. Also, some people may experience liver problems. Because of the potential risks to the GI tract and the liver, it is vital to talk to your doctor before using any CBD product. Your medical history can help determine if you are a candidate for CBD therapy.


4. Dry Mouth


While more often associated with THC, CBD can cause dry mouth or cotton mouth. Some people also complain about dry eyes when using CBD products. The side effect is usually more of a nuisance than anything serious, but you should always talk to your doctor if you experience discomfort when taking any medication or supplement.


5. Medication Interactions


Several studies suggest CBD can interfere with or inhibit the effectiveness of certain medications. Researchers imply CBD and similar substances can affect how the body metabolizes some medicines.


As with all supplements, you must always talk to your doctor before taking them. Your primary care physician can explain potential interactions and help you find alternative supplements or better options.


Many medical professionals consider CBD safe and effective in treating and managing several issues. However, caution is necessary, as it is with any dietary supplement. While the potential side effects of CBD are relatively mild, every user is different. Without medical supervision, a person might undermine current treatments or therapies and put themselves at risk. If you want to try CBD, talk to your doctor first.


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