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
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