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Side effects of CBD Oil


Can You Take Too Much CBD?

One of the biggest concerns people have when first taking CBD is of taking too much. In this article we explore all things related to taking too much hemp oil, the various side effects, and interactions with prescribed medications.

Is There a Lethal Dose?

First off, let’s establish that it’s never been reported that anyone has ever directly died from taking too much CBD, or from THC-rich marijuana for that matter. Marijuana that contains high levels of THC can elevate your heart rate and increase the risk of having a heart attack if you already have cardiovascular issues.

That said, there is no specific lethal dose of CBD. However, some people have estimated that a toxic dose of CBD could require ingesting 20 000mg. To put that into context, you would need to drink more than half a dozen bottles of CBD.

Will CBD Oil Make You High?

This question always comes up: “will CBD oil make me high“? You can be rest assured that 99% of all THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana has been removed from the CBD products that are legally sold in South Africa.

To be double sure, you can always check our product descriptions for links to each product’s lab results. Further, keep in mind that while THC is a psychoactive chemical, CBD has the complete opposite effect and works as an anti-psychotic. Yes, you heard that correctly. CBD can actually reduce psychotic symptoms and help bring you (or that one friend) back down to earth.

Possible Side Effects of CBD Oil

CBD products are generally regarded as safe, however there are possible side effects of CBD oil in some individuals of which you should be aware. Side effects can range from:

  • Anxiety
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in mood
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Light headedness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea

Medicinal Interactions & Side Effects with CBD Oil

CBD is known to interact with several prescribed medications that come with a “grapefruit warning“. There are 32 common drugs that may have interactions with grapefruit and alternative supplements such as CBD, effectively increasing their effects. These prescribed drugs include medications for:

  • Cholesterol (statins)
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rhythm
  • Antimicrobials and anti-biotics
  • Mood (antidepressants and anti-anxiety)
  • Certain blood thinners, and
  • Pain medications

A 2019 study also raised concerns about CBD’s potential for causing liver damage by increasing the level of liver enzymes. Therefore, as always, please do your research and consult with your doctor before using CBD products.

Who Should Not Use CBD?

  1. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding: There is a slight risk that CBD products could be contaminated with harmful ingredients to the fetus or infant.
  2. Children under the age of 2 years old.
  3. People with liver disease.
  4. Those suffering from cardiovascular issues.

Should You Stop Taking Prescribed Medication?

Again, you need to consult with your doctor or a medical professional before deciding to go off any prescribed medication. While CBD and other pharmaceutical drugs are helpful in treating and managing chronic conditions such as epilepsy, depression or even insomnia, it’s still very important to investigate the root causes of such conditions as they may require professional observation.

Furthermore, CBD as it is currently sold and regulated is not intended to act as a cure or replacement. And especially not without professional medical supervision.

For example, someone dealing with PTSD or panic attacks may find that CBD helps to manage their symptoms, but the root cause still needs to be addressed. Whatever your ailment, you may need further physical examinations, psychological counselling, changes in diet or changes in medication. There are many possible factors to consider when treating any health problem and CBD products should not be viewed as a “cure all”.

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