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What Side Effects Should You Expect When Using CBD?

Side effects of CBD - What to expect

Patients suffering from breast cancer know that one of the most difficult things to deal with is the side effects of the treatment. Chemotherapy, prescriptions, and surgery all come with side effects that are difficult to deal with and affect quality of life. CBD is a compound from the cannabis plant that has been shown in clinical studies to helpful with the treatment of breast cancer. Here is what you need to know about the side effects of CBD.

The medicinal benefits of Cannabidiol or CBDs are just starting to be realized. From applications to cancer cell reduction to clear and verifiable results in stopping Epileptic seizures, it is clear Cannabis and Cannabis products offer a huge amount of untapped potential. While researchers are just getting started, we do know quite a bit about the ways it affects our body.

Introducing Cannabidiol

Anything that acts on our body’s Cannabinoid Receptors is referred to as a Cannabinoid. Named after the Cannabis plant which contains 113 of them, Cannabinoids all have different make-ups and properties. The two most well-known and well-studied are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and Cannabidiol (CBD).

While it does offer several medically beneficial effects, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the component of the Cannabis plant that is mainly responsible for giving Cannabis user a high. Cannabidiol however, has not been shown to have any psychoactive effects and doesn’t alter one’s state of consciousness in the way THC does.

Unlike traditional Marijuana use, the use of CBD in a focused form such as oil, can be free from many of the unwanted side effects normally associated with with Cannabis use. Not only does it remove the potentially undesirable “high” psychoactive effects, but most ways to consume CBD oil eliminate the damage done to lungs from smoking .

Negative or Potentially Unwanted Side Effects of CBD

Being familiar with modern medicine, many people expect a whole litany of negative side-effects with most medications. From nausea, to thoughts of suicide, to extreme risk of addiction, many pharmaceuticals can cause greater problems than they were meant to solve.

CBD on the other hand, is a naturally occurring chemical that has inherent medicinal benefits, and virtually no side major effects. This is the reason that many people have been using it as an alternative to synthetic drugs.

The very few, minor side effects of using CBD include:

  1. Interfering with Pharmaceuticals. Like several other plant based products such as grapefruit, CBD can interfere with the effectiveness of many medications. It does this by temporarily reducing the activity of liver enzymes that metabolizes most prescription drugs. Speak with your doctor about how your medications could be affected by CBD.
  2. Dry Mouth Because the glands responsible for producing saliva contain Cannabinoid receptors, CBD does tend to reduce the amount of saliva produced. This leads to a drier mouth than normal, easily solved by drinking water.
  3. Low blood pressure and Lightheadedness. When taking relatively large doses of CBD, low blood pressure and related lightheadedness have been reported. Again this is minor, temporary, and can be relieved with the consumption of caffeine.
  4. Drowsiness. Again, in higher doses, CBD has occasionally been reported to cause drowsiness. Most often however, CBD has the opposite effect.
  5. Increased tremor in people with Parkinson’s Disease

While there are studies that suggest that many people with Parkinson’s disease tolerate the consumption of CBD with no problems, there have been episodes where high doses of CBD have increased tremors. Finding the correct dose is essential to avoiding side effects like this.

While these side effects are minimal, it is still a good idea to consult your doctor before adopting any type of medical treatment.

Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly
Jonathan Neilly is registered with the British Psychological Society, breaking the taboo on mental health issues is one of the driving forces in his life. His background in biomedicine gives him additional understanding of the factors that work together to influence the human condition.

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