This article originally appeared on Cannabis & Tech Today, and appears here with permission.
One of the main components of the cannabis plant, CBD, is now considered a very effective remedy for all kinds of conditions.
Although little research has been done to prove that it can cure specific ailments, research indicates that it can be effective in treating a wide variety of health problems.
When you read all of its benefits, it almost sounds like some sort of ‘wonder drug’.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a miracle drug.
Even though it is holistic and safe, CBD does have some side effects associated with its use.
How has this been proven?
Some advocates will argue that CBD does not have negative side effects, and there are reasons for this attitude.
This is because the side effects of CBD are very mild compared to most pharmaceuticals, but they are still there.
As far as we can tell, the best evidence for these side effects comes from a series of medical trials with Epidiolex.
Epidiolex is a commercial drug and its main ingredient is CBD.
As such, it had to be rigorously tested and approved by the FDA and other organizations.
They found that CBD (or at least this form of CBD) had a few negative consequences associated with its use.
These include several minor problems like drowsiness and loss of appetite.
The only serious side effect seems to be an increase in liver enzymes.
Drowsiness / somnolence
As you probably know, CBD won’t get you “high” in any way.
A different part of the cannabis plant (THC) is responsible for these effects, so pure CBD is not intoxicating.
However, most users report that CBD makes them calm and relaxed.
This may explain the reported side effects of drowsiness and lack of energy.
To be fair, it should be mentioned that this aspect is not necessarily a problem.
For those who are struggling with insomnia, this side effect could actually be of benefit.
Nonetheless, it might be a good idea to avoid driving a car for about an hour after taking CBD.
Some people in the medical trials experienced a rash, skin irritation, and other signs of an allergic reaction.
This is hardly too surprising since all plants have the potential to cause an allergic reaction.
This is ironic because CBD tends to have antihistamine properties, which means it can be used to fight allergies.
Of course, there are many levels of reaction, and some of them are quite light.
A mild allergy can be nothing more than an itchy sensation in the nose, while a severe reaction can lead to violent vomiting and breathing problems.
Allergies to CBD products are rare, but it is worth taking a few precautions.
When you use it for the first time, put a small sample on your skin for a test.
Wait 24 hours to see if a rash develops before taking CBD internally.
Lack of appetite
This is something we didn’t expect to see, mainly because cannabis has a reputation for making people hungry (ie “food cravings”).
It seems that CBD alone has the opposite effect.
After a high dose of CBD, people are actually much less likely to eat.
It is believed to be caused by the action of CBD on receptors in the brain.
By indirectly blocking receptors that govern hunger, CBD makes the brain less focused on these culinary desires.
This can be a real problem for those who have problems with malnutrition or those who are already taking medication to reduce appetite.
However, some have also touted this side effect as a benefit for overweight people.
Some of the literature on this topic claims that CBD can cause liver cancer when used in large amounts.
This claim is still a bit dubious, but there is a solid fact to be found.
CBD appears to increase the levels of liver enzymes found in the blood.
In case you didn’t know, enzymes are special proteins that the body uses to “trigger” certain reactions.
Whenever the liver is damaged, these enzymes start to seep into the bloodstream.
A high level of liver enzymes in the blood does not usually signal serious illness, but it does indicate some level of trauma to the liver itself.
This is why some researchers claim that CBD can cause liver cancer.
However, this could have been the result of the other ingredients present in Epidiolex, so alternative testing using pure CBD is needed.
Based on current research, the side effects of CBD are extremely mild.
Always stick to the recommended dosages and consult your doctor before starting any health care regimen.
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