Health products have been flooding the market these past few decades, but few as controversial as CBD. Although controversial for a variety of reasons, no one can discount the fact that CBD oil does have many positive effects on the human body. The biggest question in many minds today is ‘Does it have any side effects?’ If so, do the benefits outweigh these risks?
The controversy surrounding CBD products is mainly due to three reasons:
• Derived from cannabis
• Misunderstanding on how it works (affects the body)
• Side effects
Will CBD make me feel high?
Though many countries still have a total ban on the use of cannabis, other countries have recently relaxed laws concerning cannabis. Specifically, many countries now allow for medicinal use of the plant and various products derived from it, such as CBD oil.
CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two primary active components of cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. As a result, CBD does not give psychoactive sensations (aka feeling “high”) to users.
Benefits of CBD
The human body produces similar substances to CBD (called endogenous cannabinoids). Therefore, CBD oil is actually a chemical compound associated with a number of positive effects on the body, such as:
The list above contains only a few of many possible benefits of CBD oil. Even though there is a general consensus that CBD oil is non-toxic, and therefore “safe,” studies have shown the possibility of minor side effects occurring.
Potential side effects of using CBD
It’s important to note that the studies on human subjects that determine the side effects are lacking. Most studies showing side effects were either performed on animal subjects or in petri dishes. The studies wherein side effects were observed on human subjects revealed:
• Reduced appetite resulting in weight loss
• The possibility of adverse reaction to other drugs, especially on the liver
• Hypotension (low blood pressure)
• Dry mouth
• Resting tremors caused by large doses
• Increased hypokinesia caused by large doses
So Do The Benefits Outweigh The Risks?
It’s important to note that even though many short-term studies have shown positive effects on the body, making the use of CBD oil promising, studies showing long-term effects are still lacking. Therefore, before you decide to use CBD oil, especially if you are taking medications for a particular medical condition, it would be best to consult your doctor.
You should also consider the fact that the production of CBD oil is largely unregulated in many countries. Manufacturers can place anything they want on the labels of their products. Not all CBD products are created equal. Extra care should always be exercised when purchasing CBD products as with any health care product.
That said, the side effects of using CBD are minimal. According to the World Health Organization, or WHO, “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.“
Assuming that there are no negative interactions with any of your current medications and the CBD product being used is legitimate and of high quality, using CBD for its many benefits will outweigh the side effects,
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