Will CBD Oil Make Me Feel Bad or Make Matters Worse? [Revealing the Truth]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on June 12, 2019

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.

can cbd cause anxiety

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).

cbd makes me feel weird

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. Ricky
    Made me worst

    I bought the 17mg cbd oil tincture from one of the top brands. Didnt work for me. Had a lil bit of anxiety here and there so just thought maybe cbd will completely make them go away. Started taking a 1/3 tincture at first. No results after a couple days. So i started taking half and noticed the anxiety worsen. So I started taking full tinctures and im not sleeping at night. Feel anxiety all the time now. So i stopped taking cbd 3 days ago and noticed my anxiety going away slowly and sleeping is a lil better. Very disappointed but im just going back exercise for results.

  2. A . Simnovec
    CBD is not what it claims too be !!

    I recently purchased CBD , too my surprise it cause worsening pain in my neck ( severe burning ) that I haven’t experience in years. The claims I have heard for which it has helped I am in shock as this pain I am having, this very second is making me feel quit ill. I don’t believe I can refund as I have tried only a few days, I will though speak with the manager that swore it would help with my pain from Fibromyalgia.
    I do not recommend this to anyone

  3. Shannon Washington
    Feels rough

    CBD oil initially gave me some blisters kind of thing at the tip of my tongue. As I was taking it for severe neck pain, I did not stop, and it went away with time. But now I feel permanently a little rough, or you can say a little less smoother, at the tip of my tongue. Not sure why.

  4. Asshole Hairy
    Careful, CBD indeed can cause anxiety and panic attacks

    Hi. My tour wih CBD landed me in an emergency ward then a seizure unit as he CBD triggered panic attacks that included non stop screaming and voiding my bladder every tnight me. This lasted for a week. I encourage all users to enlist A LOT of caution when reading the various claims being made for these extracts. Fact is, the science isn’t there yet. YES, CBD CAN CAUSE ANXIETY AND SEVERE PANIC ATTACKS. Happened to me in October 2018. Every single human body is different. We each synthesize chemicals differently. To say increased panic and anxiety are NOT linked to CBD is a scientifically unproven LIE.

  5. Alverna Freind
    This is a great help.

    Hello all, my radiologist told me my spine was twisted and looked like a snake I also have a bulging vertebra. I started the recommended dose of 3 drops under the tongue 3 times daily. This did nothing so I increased the drops weekly to 6 and then 9 drops 3 times daily. I have mild headaches now, neck pains and bad dreams. This morning I was in so much pain from my spine that I was sitting at my table and thimping it with my fists, I think it was as intensified as childbirth. I am not giving up though and will go back to the 3 by 3 drops again and see what happens.

  6. Angel
    Severe anxiety, paranoia and anger

    I started using hemplucid 300mg cbd oil about a month ago and smoked quite a few different strains of cbd flower (Elektra, Lifter and Hawaiian haze) during this past month as well so I could quit smoking marijuana all together. I was having panic attacks every time I smoked marijuana despite being a heavy smoker for over a decade so I was hopeful cbd would help me. I felt better the first few days – week after weening myself off marijuana and starting CBD. But the following weeks I started to feel severe constant anxiety, chest pain, brain fog, confusion, out of touch with reality, head pressure, muscle spasms, insomnia, horrible nightmares, paranoia and anger. I woke up with intense head pressure and heart palpitations EVERY MORNING. All of this freaked me out SO bad I ended up going to the ER 8 times in one week. Normal bloodwork, no deficiencies or infections, no heart issues, normal xray, ct scans and mri of my heart and brain. This whole cbd cure-all is a total crock! It had me feeling like I was going to die and drove my husband to nearly leaving me with our children because I was acting so crazy!! I’d rather keep having panic attacks from good weed than feel like I’m completely losing it. I would not recommend anyone use cbd oil or flower. I never looked up any side effects of cbd since it was so highly regarded but now I wish I would have. I stopped smoking it 4 days ago and STILL feel not right in the head.

    For anyone wondering, no I didn’t over do it. I did one 1ml, 10mg serving a day of the hemplucid and smoked 1-2 joints a day of the flower. Nowhere near enough to cause an overdose.

  7. Matt
    My experience with 10mg gummy

    Almost everything you mentioned in the article I got and I only took a cbd gummy 3 times from a really reputable company. It was 10mg. The first time I immediately started feeling less anxious and more confident, but then I also felt more angry, less empathetic and definitely somewhat sedated (heavy eyes feeling – just felt like keeping my eyes closed but not sleeping) . Later eventually I started to feel more anxious and uneasy. It worsened my stomach acid too. Then at night time I took another and I noticed I only felt a little good then I felt very spacey, disconnected and generally bad. I also had increased itchiness and electric shocks in one of my fingers. I felt sedated but I couldn’t sleep. I layed down and as I was feeling calm and right when I was about to sleep SUDDENLY I just felt panic – like I thought I was gonna die. I immediately got up and started praying. It went away after a little while but I felt uneasy after that. My thoughts were disorganized. It was hard to concentrate and read anything for more than a sentence or two. I just felt like not reading and not focusing, so I just laid there until I fell asleep, but I woke up 2-3 times in the middle of the night. I had a strange/bad dream sort of. The next day in the morning I just felt brain fog and disconnected… I tried another gummy and yes I felt a little good and confident for a very short time but then it was followed by uneasiness, increased anxiety, feeling bad generally, disconnected, brain fog, some depression. I felt like I felt like I had to move a lot too in the first half hour to hour, but also very sedated too at the same time. I drank caffeinated tea to help with that. It helped for about an hour, but then I felt heavy eyes and sedated again. Anyways, I’m just writing this hoping to forewarn other people not to get too hopeful and caught up in the hype about cbd. Who knows where all the research came from – probably from people trying to profit off cbd- can we really trust them? Why is there so little talk of side effects by these companies and supposed scientific studies?

  8. Sheena
    One size does not fit all.

    I came to this page hoping for good information about CBD and what side-effects are common. I came away with a bit of disgust, as many of the things I experienced were blown off as impossible. I felt sedated, anxious and nauseous. I had not researched any side effects prior to taking it, so I wouldn’t be influenced by negative reviews.

    One dose was enough. The onset of symptoms coincided with the ingestion of the CBD oil.

    I know it’s a good medicine for so many people. Please don’t be such an advocate that you underrate the potential for it to be bad for quite a few people. Don’t be like Big Pharma!

    1. Alison
      Not For Everyone

      Sheena I had the exact same response as you just this past week where it made my insomnia much worse, a shaky uneasy feeling inside my whole body along with headaches and the worst stomach acid. What I have noticed is that it’s mostly companies selling this that are saying these side effects are not common but after doing further research I found a lot of people had this exact same experience and as a Nurse I agree it may help some people but it should be noted well that it’s not for everyone.

  9. Cathy
    CBD can cause pain to be worse

    CBD oil THC free made my pain worse,terrible stomach pain and irritable bowel. I tried several brands. To say it would cause these things is wrong. It is not good for everyone and I was one

  10. Anon
    Not sure

    PANIC ATTACK/CARDIAC SYMPTOMS? Not sure which. Had a horrible experience, granted I took an entire 315mg bottle over the course of a day. After taking about 60-90mg I was washing the dishes and noticed that I was unmistakably high like I would get after smoking weed. I was extremely disappointed because I was really hoping that everyone’s claims would be accurate and that I could not get high from this. Anyways… my experiment continued and I ingested the other 2/3 of the bottle just to get this curious desire out of my system forever. What ensued was horrifying.

    Let me preface by saying that I haven’t had a full blown panic attack in years and have had ample experience curbing the onset of one. This one came out of no where and my heart started pumping at 150-190 a minute and I had SEVERE chest discomfort. I kept changing positions from lying to sitting to try and relax myself but the horrible feeling of chest discomfort kept returning. This went on for almost 3 hours until I finally fell asleep. I will add that the brand of CBD oil I bought came from a reputable retail health food market.

    I WRITE THIS to tell people that it probably won’t happen to the majority but if your situation is anything like mine, this could happen to you. I may have an underlying heart condition, but I’m not sure. I had a full cardio work up a year ago and they found nothing. I’ve always had issues with marijuana causing sever chest discomfort, I was just hoping that CBD oil would be different.

  11. 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. Martin tapia

      Joyce did you feel better after you quite CBD?

    2. 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

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