Although CBD oil is generally safe for many individuals, knowing the side effects of CBD oil is also as important as the benefits. Let’s find out the most common side-effects of CBD oil and what can be done to get away from them.
As we know, CBD stands for cannabidiol, which itself is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from the plant named Cannabis Sativa. Unlike its close sibling, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not intoxicating and using CBD oil does not get you high (the euphoric effect that is commonly associated with marijuana).
Despite being a non-psychoactive and a well-tolerated substance, use of CBD oil may still cause some undesirable effects that may be different for different modes of consumption.
It is commonly known as cotton-mouth among cannabis users. It is basically caused due to the interaction of CBD with submandibular glands in our mouth. Consequently, less saliva is produced. This problem can be avoided by drinking lots of water before and after your daily dose of CBD oil.
Hepatic Drug Metabolism
Using CBD may neutralise an enzyme named cytochrome P-450. This, in turn, inhibits hepatic drug metabolism, which is the ability of our body to break down different pharmaceutical drugs (medicines).
Diarrhoea is also reported as a potential side effect of CBD. However, it is also said it may be caused by the carrier oil (mostly coconut oil) or inappropriate dosage of the CBD oil. In case, somebody is having this side effect of CBD, it is recommended to stop using CBD oil for 24 hours, and then to take a reduced dose to check what is actually the cause.
Hypotension, Drowsiness and Fatigue
CBD oil, if taken in high dose may also cause hypotension (low blood pressure) which in turn, may cause tiredness, fatigue, and drowsiness. Therefore, it is recommended to start low and go slow when it comes to the dosage of CBD.
Although CBD oil is safe for consumption, its effects may vary from person to person. It may cause some mild unwanted side effects in some people. In order to avoid those side effects, it is advised to speak to your health care provider, take care, when it comes to the appropriate dosage, and avoid using CBD before driving or operating heavy machinery to be on the safe side.