Welcome back to my awareness campaign! In my previous post I presented you the most common benefits of CBD. Today, I have summarized the side effects that CBD can cause. Although a lot of studies have shown that it can be much safer to use CBD compared to other prescription medication, you might experience some… Why Are Headaches a Common Side Effect of CBD Oil? It is an established scientific fact that medical cannabis has multiple benefits on the human body. Cannabidiol or CBD oil is rising in
Can CBD cause any side effects? (Short video)
In my previous post I presented you the most common benefits of CBD. Today, I have summarized the side effects that CBD can cause.
Although a lot of studies have shown that it can be much safer to use CBD compared to other prescription medication, you might experience some mild side effects.
Side effects usually depend on the amount of CBD you ingest, your age, your weight, other health conditions you may have, or in combination with other medication you may be taking.
Most side effects may occur the first time you take CBD, but that doesn’t mean that you will experience them every time you ingest it.
While experiencing side effects from CBD is rare, the most commonly reported include:
This reaction is not caused by the CBD compound itself, as it has extreme gastroprotective qualities, and it wouldn’t hurt your stomach. But other ingredients that come with the CBD oil can irritate your stomach and cause diarrhea when taken in large doses.
TIP: To avoid this side effect, you might want to choose a tummy-friendly CBD oil, that uses emu oil or olive oil as the carrier.
CBD oil can be derived from either marijuana or hemp. The cannabinoids that are present in any cannabis plant, which are also present in any CBD product, can cause suppression of saliva production.
TIP: Taking water or any fluid before and after ingesting it, will also help in preventing dehydration.
Using CBD oil can have very different effects, as it depends on your unique biochemistry, lifestyle, gender, and how much CBD you have ingested. When it is taken in smaller doses, it can provide an excellent stimulating effect, improve your focus and concentration, as well as elevate your mood.
However, when it is taken in large doses, especially if you are still new in taking this, it might cause some downside, like tiredness and dizziness.
Low Blood Pressure
Taking CBD oil in higher doses can cause to lower the blood pressure levels, which can have symptoms like dizziness. It can be problematic for people who are already diagnosed with low blood pressure, or for them who are on medication to lower their blood pressure.
Who should avoid CBD?
Pregnant and breastfeeding women
Researchers tend to avoid using pregnant and breastfeeding women in clinical research, in order to avoid adverse outcomes that could harm the mother or their baby. As there is a lack of conclusive data on the effects of CBD among this demographic, professionals do not provide recommendations regarding CBD use.
While medical CBD and Epidiolex clinical trials are approved to treat severe forms of pediatric epilepsy in two-year old children and older, the safety of CBD in children has not been widely tested, especially due to the differences in dosing needs.
It is highly recommended to always speak with your pediatrician before starting a CBD treatment with your child.
People who are taking other medication
Side effects occur most commonly among people who are taking other prescription medication. CBD has been shown to increase the hepatic concentration of some medicines and affect the way your liver metabolizes drugs, which could lead to liver damage.
People with liver disease may need to use lower doses of cannabidiol compared to healthy patients.
If you are taking any medications, it’s important to speak to your doctor before start using CBD products.
I would like to clarify that everything written in this post is pure data collection from the sources above and it is not my personal opinion. My only aim is to raise awareness on the topic.
* The video is not made to give you any health advise. Always ask your doctor before start using CBD products.
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Why Are Headaches a Common Side Effect of CBD Oil?
It is an established scientific fact that medical cannabis has multiple benefits on the human body. Cannabidiol or CBD oil is rising in popularity as a treatment for anxiety, chronic pain, seizures, and sleep disorders. It is being used in hospitals and homes across the globe. However, there have been anecdotes of users getting headaches when using CBD oil. Is there a scientific basis for this claim?
Can CBD Oil Cause Headaches?
Any substance that you consume has its pros and cons. Although CBD oil can help address a range of ailments and illnesses, it can trigger unwanted side effects as well. The common side effects of CBD oil discovered through scientific studies are dry mouth, changes in appetite, hypotension (low blood pressure), lightheadedness, drowsiness, and diarrhea. Thankfully, most of the recorded side effects are mild in nature.
Despite extensive research, scientists have found no evidence to support the idea that CBD oil causes headaches or related conditions like migraines. Some users may consider lightheadedness or dizziness a headache, but it is unlikely. Therefore, it is more probable that the real cause of headaches may not be CBD oil itself but factors pertaining to its production and use.
It may be helpful to remember that headaches can be caused by a myriad of factors including stress, caffeine, dehydration, and lack of sleep. Outside of the research environment, it is difficult to control the lifestyle factors of CBD oil users. Certain side effects can also be triggered due to drug interactions. For instance, antipsychotic drugs like pimozide are known to negatively interact with CBD.
Given that evidence from clinical trials show that CBD oil does not cause headaches, let us examine other possible causes.
When taking any medication or supplement, the correct dosage is important. A dosage that is too low may lead to inadequate outcomes while a dosage that is too high may cause undesirable side effects. Because CBD oil is so easy to administer, users can be prone to overdosing. Although CBD is non-toxic, excessively high doses may be responsible for causing headaches.
For first-time CBD oil users, it is recommended to start with a small dose and gradually adjust the dosage as your body gets accustomed to it. Consider consulting a medical professional with experience in CBD to figure out the optimal dose for your body weight and health condition. Your doctor can also help to monitor your body’s response over the course of treatment and modify the dosage as needed.
Poor CBD Oil Quality
Unfortunately, cannabis products can vary drastically in quality. As the CBD market is still emerging, it is not yet fully regulated. Hence, some less-reputable brands may sell CBD oil produced from inferior hemp strains or synthetic ingredients. While such products may cost less, they can lead to severe side effects including respiratory issues and allergies.
Cannabis is grown in many regions of the world. The quality of the cannabis plant relies heavily on the purity of the soil in which it was grown as well as whether the plant was treated or processed with volatile chemicals. If the cannabis plant absorbed mercury, lead, or other harmful substances, the resulting CBD oil may be contaminated with toxins.
Lack of Laboratory Testing
Given that the CBD industry is largely unregulated, consumers must look for proof of third-party testing. Independent laboratory testing results will tell you more about the quality and potency of a CBD oil product. It will also list the ingredients, including warning you of any residual solvents or contaminants that should not be present in the product.
Third-party testing results or certificates of analysis should be readily available on CBD brand websites. Never purchase CBD oil from a company that undertakes its own laboratory tests or does not disclose laboratory findings. The absence of proper labeling is a major red flag and a sign that the associated product could do more damage than good.
Aside from third-party tests, look for CBD oil that is made from natural ingredients. There should be no unnecessary solvents, oils, or fillers added to bulk up the product. Ideally, the hemp from which the CBD oil is extracted should be sustainably grown on an organic farm. Farm-to-oil products where brands oversee their own farms and processing tend to be the best.
According to scientist and cannabinologist, Dr. Greg Gerdeman, “the scientific discovery of the endocannabinoid system has, in some important ways, liberated cannabis from the drug abuse paradigm.” As researchers continue their vital foray into the medical applications of cannabis extracts, it is our duty as consumers to treat it with the respect accorded to any other drug.
High-quality CBD oil should not cause headaches. Inferior CBD oil and inappropriate dosing are likely reasons why certain CBD users experience headaches. By taking CBD oil at the correct doses and choosing only certified first-class products, we can ensure the purest and most effective relief from the conditions and illnesses that ail us.