Often times, compounds such as Cannabidiol (CBD) oil can have more than one effect. And researchers are finding that CBD provides a variety of health benefits from relieving pain to easing anxiety to lowering blood pressure and even reducing epileptic seizures. But one of the most common questions those new to CBD ask is, “what are the side effects of CBD?”
Beneficial vs. Harmful Side Effects of CBD Oil
Many pharmaceutical drugs—both prescription and over-the-counter—produce a range of effects on the human body. Some of these effects are welcome, and some are not. For example, one of the most oft-used non-prescription drugs is aspirin. Aspirin is famous for reducing inflammation and pain, but it is also known to cause ulcers in some people. The anti-inflammatory properties are quite welcome, but the ulcers are certainly not. These unwanted effects are generally referred to as side effects.
Furthermore, effects which could be beneficial for one affliction might be unwanted in other cases. For example, Nyquil was invented to relieve cold symptoms, but its developers found that it also had the effect of putting people to sleep. If you’re trying to get some work done, then inducing sleep is an unwanted side effect. But if you’ve got a bad cold and you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, it’s a welcome and highly desired effect. In this case, the makers of Nyquil decided to make the side effect the desired effect and market it as the “…so you can rest” medicine.
So, one person’s desired effects might be another person’s side effect.
Many medications, however, have adverse side effects which no one wants. For example, the ulcers that sometimes come with use of aspirin aren’t beneficial to anyone.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD oil can have different effects on different people depending on their condition and genetic makeup. Everyone is different – especially at a molecular and cellular level. There are as many kinds of bodies as there are people. In order to understand why CBD has different effects on different people, it’s important to have a basic idea of how the endocannabinoids system works.
The human brain takes in information from a vast nervous system. It responds to imbalances in the body by releasing signaling chemicals such as hormones that tell cells to change what they’re doing. This signaling system controls a wide variety of bodily functions from metabolism to inflammatory response.
The receptors for these signaling chemicals are found on the membranes of cells throughout the body—especially on the major organs and in the brain. Everyone has different amounts of these receptors. And everyone produces different amounts of various endocannabinoids. Depending on which signaling compounds are floating around in your body and the abundance of receptors which accommodate them, your cells will react in different ways.
CBD works because it mimics certain chemical compounds which are used in this signaling process. And it also has its own unique properties and effects. One prime example of CBD’s ability to mimic our own natural endocannabinoids is its ability to mimic the effects of anandamide. Anandamide is a signalling molecule which tells the body to produce more serotonin. Serotonin causes the mind to relax and reduces anxiety.
What Are the Side Effects of CBD Oil?
There are numerous reasons people supplement their health regimen with CBD oil. Whether or not there are any unwanted side effects of CBD oil depends on what the desired effects are in your particular case.
For example, some people use CBD to increase alertness during the day, while others may use it to help them sleep at night. If a person is trying CBD oil for increased alertness, they would consider relaxation and sleepiness as unwanted side effects of CBD. And conversely, someone who is looking for a good night’s sleep would consider increased alertness to be an unwanted side effect.
The good news is that CBD is known to bring balance to various systems of the human body. Therefore, CBD is more likely to provide beneficial results than unwanted results.
For example, insomnia might result from a lack of a particular endocannabinoid. It may also be the result of a lack of endocannabinoid receptors. Some of these receptors play a role in sleep and wake cycles. A person who gets plenty of sleep, but feels tired during the day will probably not experience an overly relaxing effect, while a person who has plenty of focus during the day, but has trouble sleeping will most likely find that CBD has the beneficial effect of relaxation.
Some people use CBD oil to lose weight. Some claim it works like a charm. In others, CBD might increase their appetite. For someone trying to lose weight, an increase in appetite would be considered one of the side effects of CBD. But if you’re trying to gain weight an increase in appetite is highly desirable. But, again, CBD is far more likely to increase your appetite if you’re not getting enough nutrition than if you’re eating too much, to begin with.
What About Your Body?
To reiterate the most important point here, CBD is known to bring balance to the body’s various systems. Because of this, it’s more likely to act on systems that are out of balance, providing relief, and less likely to act on systems which are already balanced.
As with any natural herbal therapy, there’s only one way to know what CBD’s effects will have on your body. Give CBD a try.
Because CBD is non-toxic and extremely well tolerated by the human body, adverse side effects of CBD—those which are harmful to everyone—are extremely unlikely and pretty much nonexistent.
When determining your CBD dosage it’s a good idea to start with a low dose. Pay attention to your body. Notice any changes in your energy level and focus, mental state, appetite, bodily functions and so on.
If you do not experience any unwanted effects, you can begin increasing the dosage. Depending on your size and weight, it’s best to start in the 5- to 25-milligram range. You can work your way up from there.
The vast majority of people who use CBD oil find that it has no unwanted side effects. Many find that CBD oil provides them with the side-effect-free relief they’ve been looking for.