If you’ve found this article it is likely that you are curious about the medicinal uses of CBD Oil. After all, early studies have linked cannabidiol (CBD) with positive effects on a wide range of medical conditions.
But what is the drawback? Today every new medication that hits the market has a list of possible side effects that is longer than the list of things the substance is treating. Naturally, it’s easy to wonder what the side effects of CBD Oil are.
In this article we’ll look at the known side effects of both CBD oil and vaping products, as well as address a few misconceptions about the product!
Side Effects of CBD Oil
One of the best parts of CBD Oil is that it has a very good overall safety profile. A review published in the Current Drug Safety journal showed that CBD has no major adverse effects on major physical and mental health markers.
The Mayo Clinic supports these findings, stating that “it’s often well tolerated”. Both of these sources are well cited and reliable, but that doesn’t mean that CBD is completely lacking potential side effects.
The side effects of CBD oil tend to be very mild, even in high dosages. That being said, here are some of the more common ones you may experience:
- Dry Mouth
- Appetite Disruption
- Stomach discomfort or Diarrhea
If you are experiencing any of these things the first thing that we recommend is lowering your dosage. In many of the cases, we found side effects only developed in high dosages and only rarely in “normal” sized doses.
CBD Oil Side Effect Misconceptions
One of the main misconceptions surrounding CBD Oil is that it will make you high after taking it. CBD oil is derived from a strain of cannabis called hemp, and this leads many to assume it will have the same effects on you as marijuana. Namely, it will result in a “high”.
The psychoactive Cannabis Sativa side effects commonly associated with smoking the plant are actually caused by fellow cannabinoid THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD, unlike THC, has no psychoactive properties. Many people don’t notice the effects unless they are actually paying attention to them.
Assuming the CBD product you’re using is made from industrial hemp, a strain of cannabis normally used for CBD production, you’ll consume very little THC, certainly not enough to get you high. Hemp has less than 0.3% THC in it, which is not enough to result in a high, even at large dosages.
If THC is a concern for you, make sure you’re buying from a reputable brand as they will have lab reports showing the exact amounts of THC in their products. Each and every one of our products has lab reports associated with them and we stand behind the quality of our products!
Terpenes and Side Effects
Terpenes are an oil found in many plants in nature and are responsible for their smell, taste, and many of the properties of the plant. This is one of the reasons why “essential oils” have become popular.
If you’re not happy with the side effects of your CBD you may want to research the brand’s terpene profile.
Pinene, for example, is known to have a mildly alerting effect on many people. If you’re taking CBD to help you sleep this is a terpene you probably would be better to avoid. Something with a high concentration of Mycenae or Linalool will likely lead to much better results!
We’ve discussed the different terpenes and the effects they have on CBD in this article, jump over there and read more if you’re curious!
CBD Oil Quality Checks
We already stated that so far every study performed on CBD has shown it to be a very safe substance. That being said, there are still some things you need to watch out for.
The Food Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to put out any regulations on the CBD industry. Because of this, we’ve come into a “wild west” style of market when it comes to products, growers, and manufacturing methods.
There have been studies reported online where up to a quarter of the CBD products tested had less CBD than the label is advertising, and some even had large amounts of THC. This is another reason checking lab reports is such an important step in the buying process of CBD!
Here are some other things that we pay attention to when creating the highest quality CBD products on the market!
The first safety concern is based on the growing practices used for hemp. Cannabis is what is known as a “hyper-accumulator”. This means that anything in the soil around the plant will be absorbed.
The quality of the plant can be badly hurt if the grower is using chemicals or pesticides. We grow all of our own hemp and maintain strict growing practices to guarantee the quality and purity of our products.
The other safety concern is a result of the manufacturing process. This is one of the most expensive parts of CBD product creation, which leads to companies sacrificing quality to cut costs.
Companies who choose to cut costs on manufacturing often use toxic solvents in the extraction process which can never fully be removed from the end product. This results in end products that can be more harmful than helpful.
The best way to protect yourself from either of these issues is to buy from companies that have lab tests available. Companies and brands that are producing high-quality CBD will have invested the money in 3rd party lab reports to prove the quality of their product.
Not only are lab tests great for measuring the quantity of CBD and THC in a product, they will detect any solvents remaining in the final oil.
Special Side Effects from Vaping CBD Oil
Vaping CBD is one of, if not the fastest way to feel the soothing effects of CBD on your system. When inhaled, the CBD is almost immediately absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs rather than oils that have to be ingested through glands under the tongue.
Edible products take even longer, as they go through the digestive system before reaching the bloodstream.
Just because vaping is fast, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe for everyone though and there won’t be other side effects because of it.
If Vaping is your chosen method of consuming CBD we would recommend closely monitoring how you feel while using a vaporizer. If things like a chronic cough or bleeding develop make sure to talk to your doctor immediately.
CBD Oil Side Effects – Conclusion
As long as you are buying a high-quality CBD product the side effects seem to be mild and quite minimal compared to many medicines currently prescribed daily by doctors.
With this being said, we do recommend that if you believe you are dealing with any negative side effects from CBD Oil you consult a medical professional!