Side Effects of CBD Oil: Is It Safe to Use?

The known side effects of CBD 

Table of Contents

Are There Side Effects?
Common Side Effects of CBD
Possible Drug Interactions
Cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD, is a chemical compound that is extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant. In the past decade or so, this product is highly raved about because of its therapeutic quality. CBD products have become the sought after treatment option for those looking for alternative treatments for various conditions and chronic pain.

CBD may offer a wealth of health benefits but there are also side effects that you should be wary of. There is adequate research to back up the health and medical claims for this use of CBD but what side effects are there to be aware of?

To understand just how viable this is as a treatment, you must be aware of the side effects before using CBD.

“While there are no serious side effects, there are accompanying side effects that you should know about. “

Are There Side Effects?

The side effects that you might experience when you use CBD are natural – as with any type of drug or treatment. But there is not much reason for concern because there have been no cases of overdose or toxicity that has been reported yet. This data involves the use of cannabidiol CBD oil.

The use of hemp-based CBD oil is considered safe enough for people of any age to use. Up to 1500 mg of CBD, oil dosage is tolerated by the human body. You should not expect any significant negative impact on the body with its use.

Currently, there is not enough evidence to support that it is safe to use on pregnant women. If possible, avoid using when pregnant until more conclusive evidence says otherwise.

Common Side Effects of CBD Use

While there are no serious side effects or negative impacts on your health, there are accompanying side effects that you should know about.


A feeling of dizziness or even lightheadedness is one of the most common side effects of CBD. This is a temporary side effect, though, which means you can expect that sensation to go away after some time.

You can easily manage it by drinking caffeinated beverages to regain your normal balance. If you are at home, it would be ideal to rest until the feeling of lightheadedness goes away. If possible, do not take CBD products when you are driving to avoid any risks.

It is also recommended that you drink plenty of water whenever using CBD. It is known to have a dehydrating effect on the body, which can be attributed to that feeling of dizziness.

Lower Blood Pressure

The drop in blood pressure when you use CBD products is linked to the feeling of light headedness. This is one of the potential side effects to be aware of when you use this product. There is also evidence that points to how CBD can benefit cardiovascular health.

It includes heart diseases and diabetes. But this same benefit can also have its own set of drawbacks. In this case, there is a tendency for a CBD user to lower their blood pressure beyond the normal level.

If you have low blood pressure or are currently taking medications for it, you must refrain from the use of CBD products (or any products that are CBD-based). You can always consult your doctor about this.

Dryness of Mouth

The sensation of dryness in your mouth is very common among those who use CBD. This is a common occurrence for anyone who smokes regularly. This condition is characterized by that feeling wherein your mouth is stuffed with balls.

But this isn’t something to be worried about as it can be easily remedied. You can ease that feeling of dryness by drinking plenty of water or any hydrating fluid. Do this before and after you consume any CBD or CBD-based products.

The reason why this happens is that the endocannabinoid system inhibits the secretion of the salivary glands. As a result, your mouth is unable to produce as much saliva that eventually results in the dryness of the mouth.

Weight Loss or Change in Appetite

Changes to your appetite or any changes to your weight are some of the most common side effects experienced by those who use CBD. This claim was supported by clinical research conducted for the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

In this study, patients who used CBD to treat symptoms of psychotic disorders and epilepsy suffered from a change in appetite, as well as diarrhea. But the study concluded that there should be more precise toxicological parameters to be established to know exactly how CBD can cause such changes.

At the same time, the clinical study and its researchers have concluded that CBD has a better side effect profile. This is true compared to other treatments or drugs for the treatment of epilepsy.

It is also recommended that you drink plenty of water whenever using CBD. It is known to have a dehydrating effect on the body, which can be attributed to that feeling of dizziness.


A lot of medications out there have a side effect that makes you feel drowsy. The same can be said of CBD products, particularly CBD oil. The level of drowsiness also varies from one person to another. Some people might feel drowsy and others don’t – it depends on the reach of every single person.

On the flip side, some experience a wake-inducing effect from CBD. As a result, they feel more energized and alert when they consume CBD products. But it is quite common for people who consume higher doses of CBD to feel drowsy.

Possible Drug Interactions

If you are taking any medications for a pre-existing condition, you should be extremely wary when you use CBD products simultaneously. In particular, you must be aware of the effect that CBD has on your liver when consumed with other types of drugs. The consumption of CBD has shown evidence of impeding the activity of certain enzymes in the liver.

If you have any concerns about the possible interaction that CBD has with other drugs you are taking, you must consult your doctor first. It is also important to be cautious about where you buy your CBD from to ensure that it can offer the benefits promised.

Have you suffered any of these side effects from the use of CBD products? How do you lower the risk of certain side effects?

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