Although still in its early stages of research, there have already been a number of reported benefits of the active compound, CBD.
Traditionally used to treat ailments such as acne, anxiety, insomnia and high blood pressure, CBD is believed to have an impact on the ‘endocannabinoid system’. This is a network of cell receptors that deal with the majority of our bodily functions, including mood, memory, pain and sleep.
As scientists continue to test and understand CBD to be a beneficial ingredient in medicines and cosmetics, there has also been research into the possible side effects associated with the ingredient.
It’s important to note that all medicines can cause side effects, particularly if they aren’t used as instructed, so when purchasing a CBD-infused product, we would recommend researching its creation and ingredients before buying.
As CBD is non-psychotropic, i.e. does not change a person’s mental state by affecting the way the brain and nervous system work, the side effects of CBD are minimal and typically very uncommon.
Such side effects include:
- dry mouth
- a slight drop in blood pressure
- and drowsiness
It is very rare, but sometimes CBD can also interfere with other medication, so it is usually recommended to consult your doctor before using CBD alongside other pharmaceutical products.
One of the most common side effects experienced by CBD users, dry mouth is said to be caused by the endocannabinoid, ‘anandamide’. The presence of anandamide causes the dry mouth sensation as it blocks the signals from the nervous system to produce saliva, resulting in a lack of moisture in the mouth.
The way in which you consume CBD can also have an impact on the likelihood of experiencing dry mouth. Researchers have concluded that you are less likely to have this particular side effect when ingesting your CBD, through products like capsules, and are more likely when choosing to vape CBD products.
A slight drop in blood pressure
Any slight drops in blood pressure are typically noticed when using a higher dose of CBD. This can lead to feelings of dizziness, and can occasionally cause light-headedness, but should not last very long.
For someone suffering with high blood pressure, the slight drop can be a useful side effect, to safely lower blood pressure for those at risk of heart disease and diabetes. For people with normal blood pressure, this can become a minor issue, but can quickly be resolved be drinking a caffeinated drink.
When used in high quantities, some users can experience drowsiness, but this varies from person to person.
This is in fact quite a rare side effect, and many people instead experience feelings of increased energy and alertness when using CBD products.
For the few people that are affected by drowsiness when using CBD, the recommendation to reduce the dosage is often a successful way of alleviating the side effect.
When deciding whether to try out CBD products for an ailment or illness, it’s important to speak to your GP first if you have any reservations of how this may interfere with your current medication.
If you decide that you have researched the side effects and are happy to try out CBD-infused products, it’s important to also purchase your items from a reputable retailer.
Look out for retailers that test all its CBD products through a third party laboratory. Those that do this will very often share the reports on its website, so you can be assured that the products you are using are safe and of high quality.
You will also want to look out for brands that use all natural ingredients and processes when creating its products. Retailers who use a reputable supplier can ensure that the creation process is completed to the highest standard, enabling the ‘cleanest, most nutritional’ dosage, with no herbicides or pesticides.
Researching the brand you choose is vital, as you need to ensure that the products contain a legal level of THC (0.2% and below), and that what you’re using is the highest quality CBD.
If you still have reservations as to whether you think CBD is right for you, we’d be happy to share our knowledge and experience with you. Send us a message and we’ll get back to you, or take a look at our FAQ’s, where we answer a wide range of questions on CBD and its properties.