Will CBD Oil Make Me Feel Worse? [Discussing the MYTHS and FACTS]
July 15, 2018

Will CBD Oil Make Me Feel Worse? [Discussing the MYTHS and FACTS]

Exploring the truth
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on July 15, 2018

Will CBD oil make me feel worse

There’s certainly no denying the power of the internet in terms of its use as an informational tool. All things considered, it would probably make most anyone’s list of the the most important inventions in mankind’s history.

However, as the famous Ben Parker line from Spiderman goes, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

Of course, the “responsibility” of using the internet comes in being able to discern its vast ocean of content, and knowing how to differentiate between the good, reliable information and the poor/dubious/substandard information. And even the out-and-out lies.

This rings especially true in the cannabis/CBD industry, where there is no shortage of truly asinine declarations and exaggerated, grandiose claims (i.e. “CBD can cure cancer,” “marijuana will make you do heroin,” etc..).

With this in mind, you’ve likely heard from all sorts of media entities and websites (including ourselves) how wonderful CBD oil is, and how safe and utterly harmless it is in terms of using it to treat a variety of different medical conditions.

This has got to be too good to be true, right?

Indeed, it wouldn’t take long at all for you to hop on Google, Reddit, or some other online forum and find plenty of first-hand users that claim CBD oil made them sick, nauseous, tired, depressed, anxious, etc. Or even that it exacerbated their condition altogether.

But what validity can be given to these anecdotal claims and random, first-hand accounts?

In this article, we go over the seemingly common question of, “does CBD make you feel worse?” We’ll take a look at 10 of the most popular claims that you’ll find on the internet, and decide whether each one is a myth, or whether it indeed carries some validity behind it.

[Before we begin, please note that we do not use the word “Fact” lightly. A “fact” is something that is inherently true beyond ANY speculation of doubt or ambiguity. As such, you’ll see that in this article, we have chosen to adopt a “Fact Meter” based on a 0-100% scale. The higher the percentage, the more factual the claim is.]

Myth or Fact? CBD will make my depression or anxiety worse.

If you spend half an hour or so scouring Reddit forums for evidence that CBD oil makes people feel worse than they did before they started using it, you’ll find the most common assertion to be claims that depression or anxiety was worsened after starting a CBD treatment.

While we have no doubts that these people’s claims are truthful and genuine in nature, there is little evidence that any form of CBD will intensify symptoms of an existing depressive state. On the contrary, several studies have shown that CBD possesses both antidepressive and anti-anxiety properties.

Any instance of an individual’s depression or anxiety symptoms intensifying after taking CBD oil are most likely attributable to some other underlying condition.

That being said, one of the noted side effects during the recent Epidiolex clinical trials was “malaise,” which is often used as a synonym for depression and is defined as a general feeling of “discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify.”

Fact Meter: 25% Fact

Myth or Fact? CBD will make me feel sedated/drowsy/lethargic/tired.

Now indeed, this one has a bit of truth behind it. While CBD has been used in some instances to combat fatigue and promote energy and awareness, it is mostly considered calming, relaxing, and even sedative in nature.

In fact, several of the noted side effects of Epidiolex (which has recently become the first CBD-based drug to gain FDA approval) have included: sleepiness, sedation, lethargy, and fatigue.

Will a 20mg dose of CBD oil knock you out for the count for hours on end? Highly unlikely. Will it make you feel a little bit drowsy, lethargic, or tired? Maybe.

Fact Meter: 65% Fact

Myth or Fact? CBD will make me feel nauseous.

Again, you will find people online claiming that they have become nauseous after taking doses of CBD oil. However, nausea is a tricky and notoriously ambiguous symptom to try and attribute any one cause to.

As such, the vast majority of instances of people experiencing nausea after taking CBD oil are likely attributable to some other condition, or even to a contraindication with another medication.

That being said, nausea was listed on the Epidiolex trial as an experienced side effect in some test subjects.

Fact Meter: 35% Fact

Myth or Fact? CBD will give me dry mouth/cottonmouth.

Truth be told, this one’s pretty valid. Typically, though, dry mouth/cottonmouth is experienced mostly among people who take higher than average doses of CBD oil (40mg or more).

To be on the safe side, have plenty of water on standby and drink a good amount before and after every serving of CBD oil (or other CBD products).

Fact Meter: 80% Fact

Myth or Fact? CBD will give me insomnia.

There is almost no denying that CBD manipulates the human sleep/wake cycle in some form or another. However, the exact way in which it manipulates the cycle – and what effects it causes – are still largely up for debate.

One of the most common traditional uses of CBD oil has been for sleep aid (i.e. to reduce symptoms of insomnia), but you will no doubt come across the odd person who says they have had trouble falling asleep after taking doses of CBD oil, eating a CBD edible, etc.

And again, to quote the side effects listed under the recent Epidiolex trials, “insomnia, sleep disorder and poor quality sleep” were indeed noted side effects in a few individuals.

However, so were sleepiness, sedation and lethargy, so who’s honestly to say. The general consensus is that CBD helps to treat insomnia — not to cause it.

Fact Meter: 30% Fact

Myth or Fact? I can overdose on CBD.

This one is easily the lowest percent fact out of all of the claims. The World Health Organization has identified CBD to be a “safe and well-tolerated” compound with “no public health problems,” and it’s generally regarded as being impossible to overdose on – even at extremely high doses (over 1g).

In fact, many epilepsy patients take over 1g of CBD oil a day to help control their seizures.

That being said, one particular study has shown that CBD doses above 200mg per kg of body weight caused death by respiratory arrest and cardiac failure in some rhesus monkeys. However, this is an absurdly large dose, and has almost zero relevance in terms of practical human consumption.

For reference, a similar lethal dose for an 80kg (approx. 175 lb) human would be roughly 16g (16,000mg) of CBD oil.

Fact Meter: 1% Fact

Myth or Fact? CBD will decrease my appetite.

Truth be told, we did an article not too long ago about the potential for CBD to increase appetite, and we got some negative feedback from readers who said that CBD is largely known as an appetite suppressant rather than an appetite stimulant.

And indeed, this is generally the recognized case – CBD is mostly known to help curb appetite and even help obese people lose weight.

What the article was getting at was that given its known anxiolytic properties, CBD may be able to help improve appetite by reducing stress and anxiety, which are known causes of decreased appetite.

In any regard, the idea here is that CBD oil is much more likely to mildly curb your appetite rather than give you a raging case of the munchies.

Fact Meter: 60% Fact

Myth or Fact? CBD will make feel spacey/out of touch with reality.

Another (relatively) frequent thing you’ll hear people say about CBD oil in terms of its perceived adverse side effects is that it may instigate a strange feeling of “spaciness” or disconnection (or “depersonalization,” as some people have described it).

This is somewhat understandable, as “malaise” was a noted side effect in the aforementioned Epidiolex trials.

However, you’ll see if you read the responses to these claims that the vast majority of individuals who take CBD oil experience a pleasantly calming, relaxing effect rather than an over-the-top “out of touch with reality” effect.

While this feeling is surely warranted in the individuals who have described it, it is much more likely attributed to some underlying chemical imbalance or contraindication rather than solely the effect of the CBD by itself.

Fact Meter: 15% Fact

Myth or Fact? CBD will make my pain/inflammation worse.

This one is almost completely unwarranted, and in all honesty you’ll be hard-pressed to even find claims online of people who have experienced worsened or intensified pain after taking CBD oil.

The only claim that’s more of a myth than this is probably the asinine suggestion that you can overdose on a higher than average serving of CBD.

On quite the contrary, there are loads of published studies showing the potential analgesic (pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD oil.

Fact Meter: 2% Fact

Myth or Fact? CBD will induce paranoia/panic attacks.

Again, this is another myth that is almost so unwarranted it’s not even worth going over. While there have been accounts of people feeling more depressed or anxious after taking CBD (see above), there is almost nothing about people having out-and-out paranoia or panic attacks.

Rather, you’ll find on the contrary that there of thousands upon thousands of claims that CBD has helped to reduce or even eliminate onset panic episodes and bouts of paranoia.

Fact Meter: 5% Fact

Final Thoughts: Will CBD Oil Make You Feel Worse Than You Already Do?

Like we said in the intro, it’s no secret that you can go online nowadays and hear/find out just about anything you want to, and back it up with a certain degree of anecdotal “evidence.” Just as there are loads of bogus claims suggesting that CBD is a “miracle drug” or that it can cure cancer, we’re sure (if you searched hard enough) you could probably go and find some kind of “evidence” that CBD oil causes cancer.

All things considered, CBD oil is a wonderfully safe, therapeutic, and effective natural compound that has helped literally millions of people who struggle with serious ailments and medical challenges – don’t let the tiny amount of negativity you hear about it overshadow the wealth of positivity and affirmation that exists among its countless advocates.

Will you experience one of the above-mentioned effects if you take CBD oil? Maybe. (Though it’s unlikely).

Will CBD oil make you feel worse than you already do? Almost certainly not.

Overall Fact Meter (on whether CBD will make you feel worse than you already do): 0.01% Fact

Thanks for reading, and if you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to comment below or get in touch with us through our Facebook page!

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  1. Joyce
    Not working for me

    I am on my fourth week of taking CBD oil and I seem to feel progressively worse. I gradually increased the dose thinking I needed more and felt worse and worse. Terrible headaches, bad anxiety, dry mouth. I really wanted it to work but I will quit taking and see if I start to feel better.

    1. graeme
      not tolerated, everyone is different

      exact same response, was on 500mg cbd only for a month and tolersted it ok but no relief of peripheral neuropathy. decided to try 1000mg bottle which is 33mg a day, after 6 days of this got suoer paranoid and extreme dry mouth. paranoia went away quickly within a day of stopping but dry mouth remqined for over a week

  2. betty

    Tried it for insomnia and joint pains. Gave me headaches, my joints hurt more than before, I cry at the drop of a hat and I can’t sleep. So this was a no go for me. Back to ibuprofen and sleep aids. What a crock of baloney.

  3. Myra
    Increased pain

    The increased pain… Not assenine. Really. I am an avid supporter of legalization. I sell CBD oil. I use it daily. I will not take it when I have a headache or menstrual cramps though, why? Because this gives me even worse cramps and headaches. Painful enough that I start throwing up and this is not normal for me and does not happen when I don’t take CBD. One other person my company sold to said the same thing. CBD also doesn’t help me sleep so maybe my body just doesn’t want it anymore, it did help at first.

  4. RJ

    I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. my doctor recommended this for inflammation. The first night I took it I had muscle spasms. I continue to use it however. by the third or fourth night at only half doses I had a really bad headache and my anxiety was off the charts. skip today and was better. then tried it again and the anxiety & depression was horrific. I was really hoping it would work for my inflammation but it’s just not worth it to me because of the anxiety.

  5. Tuuli
    Cbd and cannabis increase my pain sensitivity

    Let me add to the voices whose fibromyalgia and nerve pain is increased by CBD. Both CBD and cannabis ( which I used when younger and fibro-free withut issue) cause me to feel heinous pain all over; it hurt just to step on the accelerator in the car. I lay there with aches in every connective tissue waiting for it to pass. So do believe us all- it is not a panacea for everyone. I am so glad it helps so many people but, like many drugs, has different effects in different subjects. Don’t dismiss us.

  6. Amber
    Dry Mouth, Malaise and Gratitude

    I love the anti-inflammatory effects that I’ve felt with using CBD (less body pain), but unfortunately the malaise and dry mouth are extreme enough that I have to discontinue use. I’m a singer and because I get a dry mouth for about 24 hours after taking , I cannot sing well during that time frame. I’ve tried a couple different high quality brands over a few months, but they both cause me to have dry mouth and subsequent vocal issues. I also feel quite fatigued and mentally spacey while taking it, almost depressed, so I need to discontinue. I think everyone’s physiology is different and reacts differently to food, supplements and meds. I’m glad that CBD can help so many, and I’m grateful for articles like this that mention both sides – the healthful benefits and the adverse reactions that a small portion of the population might experience. Thank you for this article and for the thread of folks who leave comments about their experiences with CBD. It’s validating to know there are others out there who have similar experiences.

  7. Diana

    I was told all these negative issues that have resulted from taking cbd could also be detoxification ! From increased pain anxiety depression etc I wonder if that is the case ? Any ideas anyone ?

  8. Diana
    cbd oil

    I have also tried a variety of top recommended cbd oil brands and have had horrid time on it . When it happened again after third attempt well it’s a sign it just does not agree with me! Horrid head aches which I never suffer from feeling depressed stomach issue worsened. So disappointed had so much hope on cbd oil.

  9. Tj

    Well Cbd oil make me very depressed & I kept giving it another shot, but every time depression was unbearable . What a crock….

  10. Chrissy Smith
    like the others the CBD oil did increase the pain

    Im a new user to CBD oil. I have severe spinal stenosis and that CBD company told me to take a dropperful twice a day. By the end of the day my anxiety was better but I am in so much pain I could not take the dog for a walk. I guess for some people it just doesn’t work out. But I agree with the others it did triple my pain unfortunately, I wanted it to work so badly but now I can’t wait for it to be totally out of my system

  11. Liz

    I tried CBD for pain anxiety and depression. Initially I noticed some benefits so I reordered a stronger dosage. When I was doing practices of mindfulness and others to help myself the CBD seemed to enhance the positive results. But when I tried taking CBD to alleviate pain and depression and anxiety on its own it only got much worse. Then when I resumed my self healing practices I saw results and decided to not use the CBD any more.

    1. Chris
      Incorrect false article

      It won’t let me leave a comment so I’ll strongly agree with this one

      1. Marti

        First week it made me calm and happy. After that, even when i took 20mg-s a day it made my suicidal and my anxiety and depression got WAY worse. I even tried 3 different brands. So, for me cbd is dangerous and i will never take it again.

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