CBD is extracted from the hemp plant

What are the side effects of taking CBD?

CBD oil originates from a variety of the hemp plant, so it is only natural that people are concerned about potential side effects.

No psychoactive effects

The first thing to know is that CBD is completely safe and legal.

It has no psychoactive effects because it is harvested from the hemp plant, and it must contain less than 0.2% THC by law, which ensures that it is not intoxicating and will not cause a ‘high’.

Known issues

Research into CBD is ongoing, but scientific studies have shown that it can cause the following low-risk side effects in a small percentage of people. It is important to note that these side effects were reported in clinical studies where people were administered pharmacological amounts of CBD (300-400mg per day). By comparison, CBD OIL+ from FutureYou contains 10mg (one thirtieth of the amount administered in these studies). In one study conducted with 10mg of cannabidiol, no side effects were reported.

  • Dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure
  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Digestive symptoms (e.g. change in appetite)
  • Inhibition of some drug transporters in the body (making some prescription drugs less effective)
  • Increased tremors/shaking for some Parkinson’s patients
  • Possibly, inhibiting of the immune system (based on a single study)

When you begin taking a CBD supplement you might choose to start with a reduced amount to see whether you experience any of these side effects.

Although there is evidence for the side effects listed above, larger and more rigorous studies are needed. We know that CBD is also well tolerated by humans even in high doses (1,500mg per day), and is non-toxic. It is regarded as safe for human consumption.

While anecdotal accounts about taking CBD oil are easy to find online, people researching the supplement should be aware that many reviews come from countries where CBD is less regulated than the UK. It is important to choose a high-quality CBD supplement from a reputable source.

If you do experience a side effect, stop taking your CBD supplement and consult your doctor before resuming. You should not use CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding and, as with any supplement, you should always tell your doctor what you are taking.

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