CBD Side Effects, Remedies, And Precautions
CBD is a naturally occurring compound derived from the cannabis plant. It belongs to classification of natural compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are found in cannabis (phyto-cannabinoids) as well as the human body (endocannabinoids).
CBD has gained popularity in recent times because of its ability to slow progress and provide relief in many ailments that wouldn’t respond to conventional treatment.
US government led research found the CBD to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and anti-convulsant properties. They subsequently patented it (Patent No. 6,630,507). In recent studies CBD has shown to be providing relief in following diseases:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Epilepsy 1
- Huntington’s disease
- Anxiety disorders (including PTSD and OCD)
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Crohn’s disease
- Heart (cardiovascular) Diseases
- Acne Vulgaris
- Rheumatoid/Osteo Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic pain
CBD may also help in recovering from
- Cigarette addiction
- Opioid addiction
We have collated the distinguished researches on various diseases and simplified them to show you how CBD and full spectrum with THC may help you.
CBD Adjustment Period
CBD is a natural medical marijuana extracted compound with little to no side effects. However, certain individuals may experience certain mild side effects while using CBD for the first time or after a long break from last use. This usually passes in most individuals within a week or two of usage. However, some people may experience them for longer duration. This is called CBD adjustment period.
The side effects are described further below.
Side effects of CBD are minimal and non-serious. They aren’t very common. However, some people experience them during CBD adjustment period. The long term usage has minimal side effects. We will list down common side effects below with the potential remedies that seem to help people who experience them.
- Dry Mouth: Feeling of dryness in mouth may occur because cannabinoid receptors are found in salivary glands. CBD may attach itself to the receptors which may reduce the production of saliva. CBD induced feeling of dry mouth can be easily gone with a glass of water or a small glass of lemonade/juice.
- Light headedness: The endocannabinoid system within human brain has receptors that attach to CBD and may give a temporary feeling of light headedness initially. In majority of cases it is not debilitating. However, one may simply relax and/or lie down until the feeling wears off. Use CBD product before sleep or nap time if you experience this side effect.
- Lowered blood pressure: As CBD may relax the musculature within body, blood pressure might lower down slightly. There are no reported cases where the clinical intervention was required. As a general precaution, avoid heavy lifting, stairs if you experience this side effect. Lie down or sit if required. Use CBD product before sleep or nap time to counter this effect.
- Tiredness: A general sense of tiredness may affect a certain set of people. If you experience this side effect, then it is recommended to use CBD product before the sleep.
- Diarrhea: Some people may have irregular bowel movements if they take oil-based CBD product. Our CBD tinctures are free from this side effect because they are water and grain alcohol based.
CBD is well tolerated in higher dosages (up to 1500 mg per day). But it is good to take precautions when starting CBD.
- Micro-Dosing: Recommended dosages vary for individuals. It depends on factors such as body weight, the potency of CBD product, age, digestive capabilities, method of ingestion, and the health issue. It is always good to start low and go slow. Dosage varies for all individuals so choose a very low dose and increase until you find relief. Do not increase the dosage unnecessarily.
- High Dosage: Higher dosage may not provide more relief. In glaucoma, dosages higher than 40mg a day may have an adverse effect. Dosages of 300mg a day are well tolerated in studies spanning more than 6 months. The high dosage of 1000mg++ (1 gram++) per day may need to be cycled every 4 weeks. Refer to CBD cycle below.
- CBD Cycle: To avoid stressing out endocannabinoid system, one should take CBD in high dosage for a certain amount of time and stop using it for at least 2-4 weeks before resuming it again.
- Liver metabolism: Like most other vitamins, minerals, the CBD is metabolized in the liver through enzymes. If you are taking a medication that prohibits liver enzyme CYP3A4 (cytochrome P450 group) then you may need to consult your doctor before taking CBD. CYP3A4 is responsible for breaking down majority of pharmaceutical medicines into harmless metabolites for excretion through urine and stool.
- Drug interactions: CBD may slow down metabolism of carbamazepine or phenytoin medicines. Start with low doses if you are any of these medicines.
CBD products are well known for their potential role in treating several medical conditions including from acne, cancer, cardiovascular diseases to diabetes. For multiple sclerosis patients it is a natural, powerful panacea for pain and symptom relief. Recovering addicts find a safe and effective path to sobriety. For arthritis, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s, it helps patients have normal quality of life. It provides confidence to people suffering from acne.
CBD does all that with minimal side effects that may be remedied with choosing the right products and using it before sleep time. Read more about clinical research into CBD side effects.
Picking the right CBD products is of utmost importance here.
There are many researches, studies that prove its benefits. Though there is yet much to be learned about the pathways and safety of CBD, the results from recent research by distinguished researchers suggest that CBD is a safe, natural, and potent alternative to modern medicines for several conditions.
- For epilepsy, FDA have not approved the use of marijuana or all its full spectrum derivatives. The association has only approved a patented version of one CBD derived chemical. The decision to approve the product was based on the results of sound clinical trials. The move seems to benefit certain pharmaceutical companies and downplay the role of medical marijuana and CBD in healing of patients.