CBD Side Effects Revealed [Understand all About Cannabidiol]
September 16, 2018

CBD Side Effects Revealed [Understand all About Cannabidiol]

Exploring the advantages and disadvantages
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on September 16, 2018

The Potential Side Effects of CBD

Cannabidiol seems to be a mystery substance to many, even if they have heard the term used plenty of times before. But in recent years this component has hit the market full-force, offering an alternative solution for many patients of a variety of medical conditions, with day to day difficulties and ailments.

In this article, we are not going to go over the benefits of using CBD as they are endless, but dive into its potential side effects. If you are thinking of using CBD in the form of an oil then keep on reading to discover the real truth about Cannabidiol.

CBD Common Misconceptions:

Many misconceptions exist throughout the world, involving CBD and its common association with cannabis – the kind that makes you high and produces psychoactive effects. It is important to note that purely Cannabidiol (CBD) based products will NOT produce psychoactive effects, so long as the product is certified non-psychoactive.

Yes, CBD products are derived from cannabis, but due to today’s marketing efforts and recent legal changes that allow companies to ship CBD extracts to the whole of the U.S.,  you’ll most of the the time encounter CBD hemp rather than CBD from the cannabis plant.

Unlike Cannabis based CBD, Hemp, contains traces of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the element of the marijuana plant which does cause psychoactivity, typically in the form of a change in sensory awareness, perception, behavior, reaction time and more. In most cases, these CBD products shouldn’t cause a high and if you are purchasing a 100% CBD product, you should not experience any of these effects, making them safe for day to day consumption.

Just to take a look at some numbers so that the numerical extent of the trace amounts of THC present is fully understood, Cannabidiol products derived from hemp typically only contain up to 0.3 percent THC, which is 33 times less than the average marijuana strain. This amount is the highest it can legally be with hemp derived CBD, and that percentage can drop even lower with some companies whose Cannabidiol products are extracted through a slightly different process.

To even further solidify the confirmation that pure hemp derived CBD oil will not produce psychoactive effects, Cannabidiol actually includes components which can counteract the psychoactive effects received by the body from another element, known as THC. Within the brain, THC binds to the cannabinoid 1 receptor (CB1) in the endocannabinoid system- meanwhile, CBD prevents this by blocking these receptors so that the THC cannot actually reach the endocannabinoid system, lessening or even completely diminishing the brain and body’s intake of THC, which minimizes the high typically expressed in the body.

How Does CBD Affect the Body:


Cannabidiol, or CBD has an actual physical effect on the body. After one consumes this naturally occurring component, there is a process that takes place in the body, more specifically within the brain inside of the endocannabinoid system. The Cannabidiol connects with the CB2 receptors within this system, interacting with the nervous system and brain, without creating any psychoactive effects.

The endocannabinoid system is vital to the body, for it helps to regulate hemostasis and keep the balance going, managing numerous body systems, including appetite, sleep, mood, immune response and pain, just to name a few.

The world outside of us is constantly acting as a trigger for or against these systems, challenging its ability to maintain that balance and hemostasis, so when Cannabidiol connects with the CB2 receptors, it is assists with this regulation. Other cannabinoids also support this balance, but CBD is one of the primary ones.

For these reasons, CBD has the potential to assist those who are struggling to balance some of the body responses that the endocannabinoid system regulates. Individuals suffering from insomnia, irregular sleep cycles, difficulty sleeping, lack of appetite, nausea, anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, migraines and other similarly related conditions, can utilize Cannabidiol as an aid to assist with these difficulties.

On even more serious levels, there has also been evidence of CBD assisting with epilepsy and seizures, Parkinson’s disease, bipolar, MS and ALS, in addition to some other medical conditions, so it is a well-rounded and useful component naturally occurring within the cannabis plant, both the hemp kind and marijuana kind.

The Potential Side Effects of CBD:

The potential side effects of CBD are few and far between, and multiple studies have shown that CBD is much safer than THC, when weighing the side effects against the benefits of each component. Nevertheless, there are a few reported negative side effects of CBD, but those who become affected by them are not many in number.

  1. Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is sometimes present due to the endocannabinoid system’s inhibition of salivary secretion, which could be as a result of CBD getting involved in the system’s processes. Luckily, it is easily manageable by consuming plenty of hydrating fluids before, during and after your CBD consumption, which can also help to prevent dehydration. In general, it is important to remember to drink enough water daily, so staying hydrated carries a clear advantage for a variety of reasons.
  2. A Small Drop in Blood Pressure: Some studies have shown that higher doses of CBD have caused a small drop in blood pressure, so for those who are taking medication for low blood pressure, or who have been diagnosed with low blood pressure, it is vital and necessary for them to consult with their doctor before consuming CBD or CBD based products. Low blood pressure is often tied with a feeling of lightheadedness, which can be uncomfortable for many.
  3. Drowsiness: CBD effects everyone a bit differently. For some, CBD is wake inducing, generating extra useable energy and a generally uplifted demeanor, but for others it can produce the opposite. In very high doses, some people have reported feeling drowsy after taking CBD. If this is how it affects you, it is important not to operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle while in this state, for the safety of you and all those around you.
  4. Lightheadedness: One of CBD’s more temporary possible side effects, lightheadedness, which is linked with a drop in blood pressure, can be easily managed by consuming some sort of caffeinated beverage, which will help to regulate your body back to normal, (a cup of tea or coffee works wonders, paired up with some H2O to stay hydrated, since caffeine is dehydrating).

A few other possible side effects do, of course, exist, but they are related to specific medical conditions, for example: a possible increase in tremors amongst Parkinson’s patients. With that all said, further research needs to be conducted, as some research also suggests that Parkinson’s disease patients could actually benefit from the regular or occasional consumption of CBD.

It is still all quite confusing!

Why Choose CBD Instead of THC?:

In particular, Cannabidiol can assist with similar medical conditions as THC, but while these two cannabinoids do produce overlapping effects, (THC impacts the CB1 receptor, while CBD impacts the CB2 receptor), they do each offer their own support and effectiveness. CBD, however, seems to generate much fewer adverse effects than THC can.

For this reason, CBD is a suitable alternative to many conventional treatment methods, in assisting with the decreasing of certain medical conditions and ailments, as well as general discomforts, all while creating mostly pleasant results.

As mentioned earlier, it is scientifically and research proven that CBD is linked to fewer adverse effects than THC. Particularly if you do not enjoy or do not need the psychoactive effects connected to THC intake, some best CBD oils are an exceptional alternative, which is why you might decide to choose this cannabinoid over others.

Final Thoughts About CBD:

Although CBD might not be right for everyone, if you happen to deal with one of the medical conditions or ailments mentioned above, then you may be able to discover alternative relief with the help of pure cannabidiol. Nevertheless, it is each individual’s responsibility to decide what is right for them and suitable for their personal needs and wellness. We hope you found this article to not only be entertaining, but also educational and informative.

It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis, as well as CBD, is the sole responsibility of the user and discretion should always be taken. None of the information above has been reviewed by a doctor or medical professional, and therefore it should not be interpreted as medical advice.

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  1. Anonymous helper
    Dealing with side effects--find out how in 5 minutes

    guys and gals–I’ve been reading about some users’ side effects, and as someone with 20+ years of experience with cannabis and cannabis users, I can offer some insight into the causes.

    1. Dry mouth. Obviously, marijuana products can cause this. it’s temporary and goes away when you drink something. choose water, tea, iced tea, or anything that makes you salivate. popsicles also work great. in bad cases, try brushing your teeth–including your tongue.

    2. Headache. It’s just a fact…sometimes weed causes headaches. It can be from dehydration, a smoky room, stress, dry air, being too hot or too cold, fatigue, eye dryness, painful posture from sitting or lying down for too long in a less than ideal position…or just coincidence.

    Always keep eye drops on hand, stay hydrated, try to keep a window open for fresh air, humidify the room, use a fan (not blowing directly at your eyes), get up and move around a bit, do some gentle stretches and neck rolls (eyes closed, so you don’t get dizzy), and if all else fails, close your eyes and take a little weed nap–15 or 30 minutes is very refreshing and relaxing.

    Headaches can result from anxiety too. More below.

    3. Feeling nervous, jittery, visual or physical disturbances, feeling “just off”. Friends, I know you don’t want to hear this…but these are caused by anxious anticipation or being too “body aware”.

    If you’re dosing for anxiety, it stands to reason you HAVE anxiety–so you may be expecting the worst. You may expect or even desire negative outcomes to fulfill the habitual anxiety–in other words, you feel like you NEED to be anxious in order to feel normal…the anxious version of normal, that is.

    When taking something with .03% THC, you can’t get high. You just can’t. Even a total novice can’t have high reactions to that–it’d be like getting radiation poisoning from an Energizer battery.

    Friends, it’s imagined. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. You think you’ll get anxious, so you do–and the physical and emotional symptoms follow.

    The slightest odd thought or catching something odd with the corner of your eye becomes scary or a “hallucination”. A tiny twinge in the gut becomes severe pain. “Oh my god, the THC is taking over, I’m not in control!!”

    That’s how anxiety works. It forces you to start over-examining your body and feelings, and it spins out of control from there. One thing follows another, the fear cascades into racing thoughts and the terror of believing this alien substance has you clamped in its fanged jaws…and the physical and emotional symptoms occur.

    When the mind suffers, the body cries out.

    Trust me. I spent 15 years of my life wrestling with the anxiety terrors. I know ALL about it. I know the spinning out of control, the physical symptoms, the racing mind. ALL about it.

    You created this monster. YOU. You brought it to life.

    That’s why you have the power to destroy it, too. How?

    Simple, really.

    You laugh at it. You accept it. Instead of running in terror, you look it right in the face, cross your arms, shrug, and say: “Ok, anxiety. Here I am. Do your worst. Go on–hurt me. Torture me. Kill me. Or leave me the f–k alone.”

    It works.

    Like all predators, anxiety is pretty much a coward. It can’t win a fair fight. It wins by ambushing you. Sneaking through the tall grass and jumping on you while your back is turned. Chasing you while you flee in fear–then once you’re exhausted, it eats you.

    But face it head-on, and it slinks away. You rob it of all its sneaky power. You take away its weapons. And you reveal it’s not really a big bad monster–it’s just an annoying little creep with a tiny body, no claws, no fangs. It has nothing but a loud voice, and that’s what’s been scaring you.

    You have to break this cycle. It’s nothing more than a habit. It’s a daily event. All habits can be made and broken–by anyone.

    First you have to admit to yourself that it’s a problem and face that it’s your own creation. Don’t deny it. Embrace it. Own it. Then you can stop fearing it. You can stop running. The more you run, the more it chases you.

    It’s time to start chasing it.

    Next time, face it. Say “I’m not afraid of you anymore. You CAN’T hurt me! You’re nothing but a bully trying to pick on me because I’m a sensitive person, AND I’M SICK OF IT.”

    Then let yourself feel everything you’re thinking and feeling. Embrace it. Don’t try to ignore it. Let your knees shake. Let your mind race. Let yourself sweat. None of those things can hurt you. Prove to yourself that it can’t hurt you.

    Laugh at it. Let yourself smile. It’s ok and safe to smile and laugh. If there’s one thing that anxiety can’t tolerate, it’s someone laughing in its face, robbing it of all its power and might. Smile when you feel anxious. Laugh at it. It can’t stand it.

    And once you do that, you’ll start winning. You won’t need anxiety anymore. All predators choose the weakest prey–like a lion, your anxiety will run away once you give it a couple good kicks to the face.

    Show yourself you’re strong and won’t be bullied. Win small victories, one step and one day at a time. Do this consistently, and you’ll soon find your anxiety will no longer be welcome–it won’t have a home where the prey is easy to find.

    Soon you’ll find that you were always in control. You just forgot that for a time, is all. And now you’re back to being yourself again. Those worrying thoughts and little pains will exist, because we ALL have them sometimes…but you won’t FEAR them. You’ll be confident knowing they can’t ever hurt you–YOU decided to stop letting them hurt you.

    Trust me on this.

    I’ve fought and won many battles with those ugly, loudmouth anxiety demons–and I’ve won. I’ve lived to tell the tale. And so will you ☺

    Keep up the good fight. Keep laughing and smiling in its face. Quit running, and stand your ground. Good luck and much love.

    There WILL be sunshine, happiness, and hope in your life again. I promise. ✌❤🌈

  2. Mia Grant
    Side Effects of Cbd oil

    I have been using the CBD oil for a week now and I am experiencing mild headaches also and increased appetite. I am documenting my side effects, to see what doses works for me. I am currently using 300mg half a dropper, once daily.

  3. Stephen Weiss

    You would think that after all of these years of marijuana use among baby-boomers and their kids we’d know more about the effects and side-effects of all of the contents. Yet, after all of these years the best anyone can say is “inconclusive” and “needs more study.” That is enough for me to conclude that marijuana, cannibis, THC remain a threat to healthy people. If a person is chronically or terminally ill then I can understand why they’d try these products, I would. But for healthy people or people with minimal problems I conclude that the research is so poor right now that the products are poison to the system. That said, marijuana and its components should be moved to schedule 2 drug status and the use should be explored to its fullest by researchers and pharmaceutical companies.

  4. Mundro

    Contrary to everything I have read or heard anywhere, I have been feeling seriously incapacitated after taking CBD. I was trying CBD to relax muscles that are affected by a pinched nerve condition, but I have also been dealing with varying levels of anxiety and depression for a few years. It was recommended by the doctor and the pharmacist at the dispensary that I take CBD by tincture twice during the day and vape a 1:50 CBD/THC blend at night to help with sleep and potentially calm the anxie-ty/depression symptoms.

    I had no noticeable reaction of any kind to my first dose of CBD, which was what I expected. About 7 or 8 hours after the CBD dose, I took my nighttime vape and had a severely negative response that left my brain reeling out of control. All my thought processes were disrupted and I had intense visual hallucinations when I closed my eyes, trying to sleep. This kept me awake for what seemed like forever rather than letting me relax into sleep. When I awoke the next morning, the THC had worn off and I was able to think again, but I was feeling pretty much “in shock” and unable to feel any regular motivation to do anything at all. I only ate or did anything else because I mentally forced myself to do it. I continued the CBD on schedule on the assumption that it was my extreme reaction to the bedtime THC that I was feeling hungover from. For all of the following day and into the evening of the next, my mental state remained very close to what I had experienced when my depression was at its worst. Slowly, things lifted and, from then on, I was able to return to doing the activities I was used to doing in a state that felt pretty much normal. I assumed that I was feeling this way because the THC had finally cleared out of my system. The next day (today), I took the 100% CBD tincture with breakfast and all the depression-like unpleasantness started up again. It seemed to wear off after about six hours and I now feel about the way I did four days ago, before I started this process.

    I have emailed and called the doctor who certified my use of medical marijuana (I’m in NY State), but have not been able to connect yet. I feel like I have no option right now, other than to stop taking everything. If I knew that these seriously unpleasant reactions would stop within a few days, I might consider persisting and trying it out when I had no social commitments of any kind, though I am definitely not up to it right now.

    1. Adam

      The reactions and anxiety you are stating seems to be occurring due to the THC. In any case you should stop and consult with your doc

  5. Ashley

    I too am having bad headaches, and I’m trying to figure out if its CBD. Been taking it for a few weeks…and i drink lots of water..

    1. Adam

      Stop taking it and see if you feel a difference

  6. Holly d

    I am experiencing migraine headaches after using cbd oil I first tried olive oil based so I then tried grape seed. But it works very well on all my other troubles I’m really pleased with all the relief it gives me but the headaches I just can’t figure out??? Any suggestions? ???

    1. JUJUBEE

      Could your headache be caused by dehydration? CBD side effects include dry mouth and lower blood pressure. Research headache and dehydration and you will find a correlation. The answer could be as simple as drinking more water when using CBD. Just a suggestion 😁

    2. Wade

      Same here. I have experienced headaches the first two days after using cbd oil. It is now sold at my local pharmacy and they said I can continue to take my other medications with cbd oil. I am wondering if it is some sort of reaction with my prescribed medication. I take tramadol and gabapentin along with aleve to diminish my chronic pain. I am really hoping cbd oil helps. Only time will tell I guess.

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