What are the potential CBD side effects? People from all walks of life are starting to appreciate the benefits of CBD for treating chronic pain, seizures, anxiety and epilepsy. But what are the potential side effects of CBD for the body? In general, the reported positive safety profile of CBD was widely confirmed and reinforced by the recent clinical trials conducted on animals. However, the majority of recent studies have been done for experimental therapy of cancer and sclerosis. This raises questions as to how safe is CBD when used for medical purposes.
How does CBD work on our body
To answer this question we need to understand how the plant works. When THC or the psychoactive substance in marijuana is converted into CBD, it has a very similar effect to the one THC has on the brain. This means that it may help reduce anxiety and insomnia, and help increase the efficacy of antidepressants and anxiolytics. It also seems likely that CBD may help reduce the harmful affects of nicotine and perhaps help people quit smoking.
So, at a basic level CBD is like the well known “weed” that helps relieve pain and treat a range of ailments. It is not like any of the thousands of prescription or over the counter drugs that simply treat symptoms without addressing the underlying cause. There are, however, some potential side effects of CBD that need to be evaluated. Here we will consider CBD as it relates to the body and take a look at some potential benefits of CBD oil and CBD extract that may be able to translate into human use.
Common CBD side effects
One of the main side effects of CBD is the presence of an allergen in the oil. If you are allergic to peanuts or nuts, then CBD can seriously limit your ability to digest foods and can lead to a range of negative side effects. In a small number of patients, CBD is capable of significantly reducing the production of sebum, the skin’s natural lubricant, so that it is unable to effectively moisturize the skin.
Another possible short term effect of CBD is a reduction in the flow of saliva. Saliva is a substance that constantly flushes the body’s cells, carrying away waste products and helping to keep our mouth moist. Saliva also plays a role in the digestion of food, so a reduction in the production of saliva can lead to serious problems with the absorption of nutrients from food. Long-term effects of CBD consumption on the heart and blood vessels are currently being studied. These include the possibility of an increased risk of blood clots, although the results so far show this to be unlikely.
The most troubling side effects of CBD include the possibility of addiction. As it is an opiate, CBD can become habit forming, particularly in the case of recreational use. People who use CBD for chronic pain or other disorders might find that they find it difficult to stop using the oil products, and that they are compelled to consume more oil to provide relief from these symptoms. This could result in addiction to the oil products, which has serious implications for the patient.
Other than the potential for addiction, some of the other effects of CBD are less concerning and could be treated through dietary modifications. For example, the body’s metabolism is affected by the consumption of CBD, so the patient may need to increase the amount of fatty liver that is present in their system. Fatty liver is one of the primary causes of many serious diseases, including cirrhosis and cancer. Fatty liver can be treated through dietary measures and supplementation with fatty liver enzymes, which can be found in health food stores and are commonly used to treat patients suffering from such disorders.
Long-term CBD side effects are currently being studied by the FDA, but as of yet, there is no specific information available on how the drug affects the liver. The primary concern is whether CBD increases the levels of cholesterol in the blood, which could lead to the formation of a blood clot in the liver. The only known side effect of CBD appears to be related to increased heart rate in some patients. This increase has not been associated with a decreased heart function in patients taking the pharmaceutical drugs currently, so further investigation is necessary to confirm this finding.