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What happened when I took CBD for a week to help with my anxiety

Steven Phan: You gotta lean back. No, tongue back!

Benji Jones: That’s me, trying CBD at a shop in New York City. Lately, I’ve seen this stuff everywhere: At the local health food store, but also at Urban Outfitters, Sephora, and CBD shops like this one. And if you look at some of the branding, it kind of makes sense.

CBD products claim to help with everything from anxiety to insomnia to muscle pain. It almost sounds too good to be true. And maybe it is. To find out, I set up a little experiment. For one week, I took CBD three times a day, while tracking my anxiety with a scorecard. I also chatted with an expert before and after to sort through the results. Here’s what I learned.

CBD is a distant cousin of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. They both come from the cannabis plant, but CBD isn’t psychoactive. Meaning it doesn’t get you high. Now, of course, getting high isn’t the only reason why cannabis is popular. People also use it to relieve pain, control seizures, and lessen anxiety. But as researchers like Dr. Yasmin Hurd are discovering, it’s likely CBD, not THC, that’s behind these benefits.

Dr. Hurd: “It can activate some serotonin receptors, and the serotonin system is associated with alleviating anxiety.”

Jones: Hurd has been studying the effects of CBD for over 10 years. And she’s found that it can reduce anxiety in people with a history of heroin addiction. Now, fortunately, I don’t have a history of addiction, but I do see a therapist for chronic anxiety. And CBD could still help.

Dr. Hurd: “Both under normal conditions and in people who have anxiety disorders, enough research has started to show that it does have an anti-anxiety effect.”

Jones: So, back at the shop, I tried all kinds of product. From sweets to lotions and sprays. And while Hurd couldn’t recommend a specific dose for me, she did say that 300 milligrams a day should be enough to feel something. Because participants in clinical trials typically take anywhere from 300 to 600 milligrams. So, those chocolates and sprays? They weren’t going to cut it. Instead, I went for something else.

Phan: The tinctures, right? This is where you really get into the higher-strength things.”

Jones: I decided to err on the side of caution and take 250 milligrams each day, broken out into three doses: 50 milligrams in the morning, 100 milligrams at midday, and another 100 milligrams at night. That way, it wouldn’t hit me all at once.

Jones: All right, today is the day! I have my CBD here. I’m kind of nervous. All right, here we go.

Now, mind you, this was a Wednesday. A workday. Side note: The reason I’m taking CBD this way is that there are tons of capillaries under your tongue. So, anything you put there can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. Whereas when you ingest CBD, like with that chocolate, a lot of it is broken down by your stomach. Which means you probably won’t feel much.

Anyway, several hours later, I took my last dose of the day.

If anything, I just feel extremely tired.

That was the first thing I noticed: that CBD was making me drowsy. Really drowsy. Which Hurd said is a pretty normal side effect at high doses. Though we’re not exactly sure why. But as I discovered the next night, it’s also great for hangovers.

I had some alcohol, and I’m certainly not going to have trouble sleeping. I think I’m going to eat a slice of pizza.

The next morning, I felt…great. And according to Hurd, that’s because CBD also has some anti-inflammatory effects. But what about anxiety, what I was really in this for? Each morning, I filled out the anxiety scorecard that Hurd gave me. It was a rough estimate of my daily emotional state, based on numbered responses to statements like, “I feel at ease.” But day to day, it was harder to figure out whether CBD was helping.

Just walking home on Friday night after three days of CBD, and I’m reporting that I’m mostly just tired and feeling lethargic. Not in a bad way; it kind of feels like I have a warm blanket around me, so I don’t hate it.

But over the weekend, I finally got the relief I was looking for, even more quickly than I had expected.

So, I happened to take CBD right before I had to do something stressful. It’s Sunday, but I had a task that I was not looking forward to. And I took 100 milligrams, and I pretty quickly felt my nerves calming down. And I was like, OMG, this is totally working, which is really great because I’m looking for that quick relief like everyone is.

Now, of course, this could have been a placebo. I mean, all of this could have been placebo. So, a few days later, I tried it again in a similar high-stress situation.

Not going to lie, I actually feel a little bit more calm. It kind of puts me into a dissociative state, where I’m slowing down a little bit. I actually get physical pain in my heart region when I’m anxious, which I know sounds terrible. But just 30 minutes after taking my 100-milligram dose for the evening, I feel an absence of that. I will say that I’ve also been listening to the “Lion King” soundtrack, so there are confounding variables. But yeah, I feel a lot better right now.

At that point, I had just one day left.

All right, I’m about to take my last dose of CBD! I must say, I’m kind of excited to stop having to take this three times a day. I think part of it is scheduling and remembering. But also, yeah, I’ve also just been so much more tired. I don’t feel like my anxiety was just washed away. I felt like there were a few times where it really helped in certain instances. And, overall, kind of lowered the intensity of how I was feeling because I felt lethargic. But yeah, I don’t want to be tired anymore.

Afterward, I looked over my anxiety scorecards. And sure enough, it showed that I was feeling slightly less anxious on my last day, compared to my first. Especially when I looked at statements like this. Yeah, that’s a big one for me. I wanted to run these results by Hurd.

Dr. Hurd: “How do you feel?”

Jones: Um, to be honest, I don’t feel that different. I think that the biggest change that I noticed is…I was just tired all the time. I feel this kind of slo-mo lethargia that makes me feel, like, a little bit disassociated with reality. And I think that is what made me feel a little less anxious at times.

Dr. Hurd: So, perhaps…taking it at night only might be best because it can make you a bit sleepy, and everyone has a different sensitivity. If you take it at night you get past the initial sedative effects… and then you don’t have to worry about taking other things like caffeine to try to stay awake.

Jones: And what about those moments of instant relief? Was that in my head, or could CBD act that fast?

Dr. Hurd: “Yeah, absolutely. It can act that quickly. For us, in our studies, people did — shortly after getting CBD — report reduced anxiety.”

Jones: But if there was one takeaway from our conversations, it was this:

Dr. Yasmin Hurd: Ironically, even though it’s now this huge fad in our society, we still don’t have a very good handle on how it’s working.

Jones: In other words, we don’t know: what size dose you should take, how, exactly, it changes your brain, or how it impacts different people in different ways. That’s because until late 2018, nearly all CBD was classified as an illegal substance. Which made it really difficult for scientists to study. And while research is starting to catch up… in some ways, it’s too late.

Dr. Hurd: It’s one of the first times in history that the public is determining whether something is medicine, not scientists and physicians.

Jones: As for me, will I continue using CBD? Yes — but likely only for those moments when I need instant relief. Because, while it seems to benefit a lot of people … I’m not yet fully convinced. But also because, this bottle? It costs more than $130! And if I’m going to spend that much, I want to be absolutely sure it works.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published on August 20, 2019.

What Does CBD Feel Like?

Cannabidiol, or short for CBD, is one of the 113 known compounds called cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant, also known as simply hemp.

CBD is known to support the mind and body in many wonderful ways. Among the many benefits that users notice and see results from, some of the main benefits of CBD are a sense of calm & relaxation, supports healthy sleep cycles, helps in recovery from exercise-induced inflammation, and more.

So what does CBD feel like when you take it? Does CBD oil relax you? Does CBD make you feel good? Does CBD oil give you a buzz? We’ll get into that, but first, it’s important to note something.

It mostly depends on what your body needs.

CBD acts as an adaptogenic, also referred to as “adaptogens,” which is “ defined as agents that support the body’s ability to accommodate varying physical and emotional stresses ” to influence more of what your body needs while promoting overall health and wellness .

The Human Endocannabinoid System

Before getting into how does CBD feel, it’s important we cover what the Endocannabinoid System is.

CBD works by activating the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, indirectly by a channel of receptors within our central and peripheral nervous system located in our brain, spinal cord, organs, and immune system.

Cannabinoids behave differently, so one might trigger only one receptor, while others bind with both. In some cases, like CBD, the cannabinoids don’t bind to CB1 or CB2, instead, altering those receptors through other pathways.

Cannabinoids act as a primer for nerve endings, allowing your brain to communicate more effectively with your body. The goal of this to get your body back to normal healthy levels or equilibrium called “homeostasis.”

This explains why taking CBD doesn’t necessarily bring immediate results, but consumers see the real benefits of CBD over time of consistent use.

What Does CBD Feel Like? Can You Feel CBD?

Unlike many natural remedies, CBD does have an effect that on yourself that you will feel. When you take CBD, it takes about 15-45 minutes to feel an effect. Keep in mind that CBD is not like THC, where you feel “high,” but you feel a subtle effect of calm and relaxation.

When you talk about CBD’s ability to help mitigate symptoms of anxiety, pain, inflammation, and other health cases, it can take a couple of days, 3 to 7 days, to 2-4 weeks of consistent dosing to notice results.

That depends more on how bad your case is, your body’s response and tolerance to CBD, the quality of the CBD product, and your individual biology.

So how does CBD make you feel? It depends on a few things.

What’s impressive – and perplexing – is CBD’s versatility. To better understand this, let’s have to look at CBD’s potential adaptogenic properties.

Adaptogens are plants or extracts that help the body adapt to stresses and biological changes, including immune system activity. Theoretically, both Cannabis sativa L. and full-spectrum whole-plant extract could fit the adaptogen definition. However, CBD itself is a molecule – not a plant or extract.

But labels aside, CBD products display the same behaviors you’ll see from verified adaptogens.

Thanks to its adaptogenic performance, CBD extracts’ effects differ – even contradict – depending on your body’s needs. For instance, your brain will be more active during the day, so you may notice a clearer head and more energy.

The opposite will be true at night, with many people using CBD as a sleep aid or for general relaxation during inactive periods.

Another example is CBD’s seemingly opposing impact on eating habits. One 2018 CBD study noted both increased and decreased appetite as a side effect, depending on which participant they examined.

Overall, CBD can be either relaxing or stimulating, depending on what your brain and body need. Regardless, you won’t notice any physical or mental impairment like THC produces.

How Does CBD Make You Feel If You Take High Doses?

If you think higher doses mean better effects, you’re not alone. After all, it makes perfect sense. But we should know by now that CBD seems to defy conventional expectations.

CBD behaves in a “bell curve” or “u-shaped” fashion when it comes to dosing. Its effects are biphasic , meaning there’s a negative correlation between dose and potency – as dose increases, effectiveness eventually decreases.

In other words, too much CBD is just as ineffective as too little. Dosage requirements can range from tens to hundreds of milligrams per day. But if you exceed the “sweet spot” dose, the effects will weaken and eventually stop.

Another problem is that taking higher doses can cause tolerance, forcing you to take a three to seven-day CBD break and get back on a lower dose to allow your tolerance to CBD to reset.

However, CBD is known to have side effects , which will intensify as you increase the dose. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Does CBD Oil Give You A Buzz or High?

No, CBD oil won’t give you a buzz or high feeling. THC and – to a much lesser extent – cannabinol (CBN) are the only two major cannabinoids known to impair mental and motor function.

As we mentioned, CBD doesn’t bind to the CB1 or CB2 receptors, meaning it can’t directly affect the way THC and many other cannabinoids do. Instead, cannabidiol works through different pathways, altering the shape and behavior of endocannabinoid receptors.

Once altered, the CB1 and CB2 receptors may bind differently – or not at all – to other cannabinoids. For instance, not only will CBD not get you as high, but its effects block the uptake of THC, meaning cannabidiol can mitigate and shorten THC intoxication.

What Our Customers Say About What They Felt Taking CBD

Anecdotal evidence is the backbone of CBD’s reported benefits – and there’s plenty of that to go around. Although people often mention specific conditions, these are their observations. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these claims, nor is CBD currently intended to cure, prevent, or treat any illness.

For instance, “Barbara H” of TrustPilot tried the Colorado Botanicals 3,000 mg oil. Although she laments the price, she can’t deny the payoff:

“…to treat pain associated with fibromyalgia and arthritis…While it doesn’t completely relieve the pain, it works better than the Aleve I was taking without the nasty side effects associated with NSAIDs or raising my blood pressure. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s helped lower it. It significantly decreased the level of pain and duration pain I usually suffer on a daily basis. Another bonus, it seems to help me relax and sleep better.”

The cost of CBD is a huge pain point for many people, including Barbara. Colorado Botanicals offers some of the best value around, and you can get a 15% discount by subscribing to regular deliveries.

“Ron” had similar feedback, saying:

“ Just after a couple days of using your CBD oil, I had the best day at work since my surgery. Much better attitude, and moved around great. I’m a believer [in you and] your product!”

“Millie Ackerman” is a senior citizen who tried CBD, with excellent results:

“I am happy with my CBD OILS. I am 75 years old and have the general aches and pains that go along with aging. Also, have Spinal Stenosis. The oils help my sense of well-being and comforts me. I plan on continuing the use of the oils.”

One of our customers was so happy; she agreed to film a testimonial for us. She openly shared her incredible experience using our products, which we’d love to show you too.

Of course, this is just the tip of a colossal iceberg. There are plenty of testimonials about CBD products, so we encourage you to look at independent customer reviews and publications. Our CBD blog also contains many handy information and links to studies where you can learn more about CBD.

THC vs. CBD Feeling

THC and CBD overlap in therapeutic benefits, but the overall experience is like night and day.

We already know that CBD is non-intoxicating. While CBD reportedly offers relief from many different symptoms through various non-ECS receptors, THC’s medical effects revolve around its powerful intoxicating properties.

Unfortunately, there are drawbacks to THC. Many people use it to deal with the same array of symptoms that gained CBD so much attention. But the experience is very different – and sometimes unpleasant.

When you consume THC, expect to feel the following:

  • Euphoria
  • Dizziness
  • Relaxation
  • Drowsiness
  • Racing (often creative) thoughts
  • Increased appetite
  • Mental impairment
  • Reduced motor skills
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea

Aside from relaxation and (possibly) nausea, you won’t experience any of the above effects when using CBD.

How Long Does it Take to Feel the Effects of CBD?

Besides product quality and your individual biology, the type of hemp-derived CBD product you take makes a difference. Each CBD product takes a different amount of time to reach your bloodstream after consumption.

CBD Oils

CBD Oils are ingestible CBD extracts usually meant for sublingual consumption. You temporarily place the oil under your tongue and allow your mouth’s capillaries to directly absorb some of the CBD.

Thanks to the sublingual method, oils take around 15 to 30 minutes to take effect.

CBD Edibles and CBD Softgels

Edibles cover a broad range of products. In this case, we’ll define “edible” as any CBD directly ingested and processed exclusively in the liver. Edibles are products like:

Despite their different forms, these all share the same delay period of 30 to 45 minutes.

Smoking Hemp Rich in CBD

Smoking is another option known for its fast-acting – albeit shorter – effects. Currently, there are three ways to smoke CBD:

  • Dried flower (i.e., joints)
  • Vape oils
  • CBD e-liquids (for standard e-cigarette tanks)

Smoking is the quickest option, so you’ll feel a notable difference within five minutes – if not immediately.

CBD Topicals

CBD topicals are the only product not intended for internal use. In other words, you apply it to the skin. However, this means the CBD won’t enter your bloodstream, so topical effects are focal. This provides excellent localized relief for issues like pain and inflammation.

A considerable variety of topicals exist, including:

  • CBD moisturizers
  • Salves
  • Bath bombs
  • Patches
  • Massage oils

These products work within 10 to 20 minutes , so it’s not uncommon for pain relief to seem almost instant. However, you may need to give the topical time to do its work when countering things like inflammation.

If you want to know more about how long it takes CBD to work, check out our article about it here .

How Much CBD Should You Take to Feel a Difference?

Finding the right amount of CBD for you isn’t an exact science, as everyone’s cases and bodies are different.

We highly recommend reading our CBD dosing guide on how much CBD to take if you need help understanding how it works.

Here are some quick tips about CBD dosing:
  • New users should “start low and go slow,” meaning starting with a lower dose to start. Increase by 5 to 10 mg every three days as needed until you’re satisfied with the effects.
  • While high CBD doses are usually well-tolerated, less is more (again, due to CBD’s biphasic properties). Taking too much isn’t only a waste of good oil, but it also increases the risk of adverse effects.
  • Keep a journal to track your doses and symptoms carefully.
  • Mild symptoms require very little CBD, with many finding relief after just 10 to 25 mg.
  • Be patient. Reaching your “sweet spot” takes time, but the payoff is worth it.

Can CBD Make You Feel Bad?

Although uncommon, CBD health and wellness products can cause side effects – especially at high doses. Fortunately, these are mild compared to many prescription medications. Some people who take CBD feel things like:

  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Decreased appetite

Conclusion: How Does CBD Feel

What does CBD feel like? This can vary substantially based on your situation. CBD’s adaptogenic behavior also means effects might be very different depending on your brain and body’s immediate state.

There’s also the Entourage Effect and its critical role with our endocannabinoid system. Full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD is ideal compared to pure CBD isolate.

Again, experiences vary, but customers say they feel the effects of our CBD within 15 to 30 minutes. However, it can take days or even weeks of consistent exposure before you start seeing great results in your health and body. This is normal, so don’t be discouraged.

Remember that CBD is a supplement. It hasn’t been fully evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

We still have a lot to learn about CBD, but we can’t deny that it has potential. In many cases, it changed people’s lives, alleviating symptoms without (at least in our case) harmful chemical ingredients.

If you want to feel CBD’s true potential, our company, Colorado Botanicals, specializes in extracting and purifying our CBD extract using a pharmaceutical approach in separation science, allowing us to naturally retain terpenes. We strongly recommend you check out our line of CBD oils.

What Are The Side Effects Of CBD Oil? Is CBD Safe?

Even here at Ministry of Hemp, we’ve focused a lot on exploring the benefits of CBD oil and the endocannabinoid system over the past few months. Yet, so much has been written about how CBD is helping people that we wanted to take a look at its potential drawbacks too.

To create this article, we looked at both scientific research and anecdotal reports from CBD users. You can’t overdose on CBD and, from our in-depth research, the side effects of CBD oil are usually minor, and, for most people, the benefits far outweigh the rare reports of discomfort.

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Overall, our research suggests that, just as with any health supplement, the quality and source of your CBD oil can make a big difference when it comes to side effects. In fact, many unpleasant experiences from CBD reported by consumers could be due to impurities or poor quality CBD oil, as we’ll discuss later in this article.

If you feel unpleasant effects from any supplement, it’s better to take a break and, when in doubt, consult your doctor. Keep reading to learn more about the safety of CBD, and read about some common side effects and potential drug interactions.

Is CBD safe? The World Health Organization Says Yes

It’s worth noting that even psychoactive cannabis — what’s often called “marijuana” — is also considered to be extremely safe, contrary to what the government wants us to believe.

It’s so safe that it’s basically impossible for an adult human to ingest a fatal dose, although they can certainly make themselves feel very sick from eating or smoking too much. There’s every reason to believe that CBD extracts from hemp plants are as safe, or even safer, than psychoactive strains of cannabis.

In 2017, the World Health Organization declared CBD to be safe.

In 2017, the World Health Organization ruled that CBD is safe with no potential for abuse. Since that time, various global and national authorities have come to support the use of CBD. For example, while some athletes are still banned from using CBD, depending on the sport, the World Anti-Doping Authority removed CBD from its list of banned substances that same year, and the USADA followed suit in 2018.

It’s worth noting that the FDA doesn’t regulate CBD, though they do issue warnings to companies that blatantly break the law. Typically, these companies made outlandish claims about the supplement’s abilities. In late 2019, the FDA issued some guidance, including safety concerns about CBD. According to the FDA, more research is needed to definitively prove that CBD is safe. But it’s worth noting the findings of global authorities like the WHO, and the safe results found in the studies we outline below.

CBD oil studies find few side effects

Although the medical research is still in its preliminary stages, scientists have devoted considerable effort to proving that CBD oil is safe for human consumption.

A study published in 1986 in the International Journal of Neuroscience, examined the effects of CBD oil in 5 patients with dystonic movement disorders (muscle tremors and other forms of uncontrollable movements). CBD oil’s side effects “were mild and included hypotension [low blood pressure], dry mouth, psychomotor slowing [slowed thoughts or movements], lightheadedness, and sedation,” according to the study’s authors, Paul Consroe, Reuven Sandyk and Stuart R. Snider.

According to this study, CBD seemed to help people with their dystonia, but might have made some symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (found in 2 of the study’s subjects) a little bit worse. However, other, more recent research has found that CBD can benefit Parkinson’s patients.

One study of 8 healthy volunteers and 15 patients with epilepsy, published in 1980 in Pharmacology, looked at the side-effects of CBD when consumed daily for a month. “All patients and volunteers tolerated CBD very well and no signs of toxicity or serious side effects were detected on examination,” wrote the researchers, who also found that CBD can help some people with epilepsy.

Consuming higher dosage of CBD caused no toxicity

In 2006, a group of researchers studying the potential benefits of CBD in treating psychosis and anxiety, looked at several studies of CBD oil’s safety and summarized their findings in a paper published by the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research. Noting that CBD safety was first proven through animal research, the scientists added:

“Therefore … the available clinical data suggest that CBD can be safely administered over a wide dose range.”

Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research

“Acute CBD administration by the oral, inhalatory or intravenous route did not induce any significant toxic effect in humans. In addition, chronic administration of CBD for 30 days to healthy volunteers, at daily doses ranging from 10 to 400 mg, failed to induce any significant alteration in neurological, psychiatric or clinical exams. Finally, in patients suffering from Huntington’s disease, daily doses of CBD (700 mg) for 6 weeks did not induce any toxicity. Therefore, confirming results from animal studies, the available clinical data suggest that CBD can be safely administered over a wide dose range.”

A 2007 study published in Phytomedicine found that CBD, along with other similar substances including THC (the main active ingredient in psychoactive cannabis), have potential as an anticoagulant, so people with who have diseases like hemophilia that cause problems with blood clotting should use extra caution with these substances.

Are there concerns about liver toxicity?

We wrote above that the FDA raised concerns about liver damage from CBD. In reality, this is an area where we need more research.

Thousands of people take CBD everyday without showing signs of liver damage and, as we write in this guide and elsewhere, a lot of research shows CBD to be very safe for human consumption even at very high doses.

On the other hand, a very limited amount of research suggests liver damage is possible at high doses of concentrated CBD. For example, a very small study (16 participants) showed that 44% of participants (7) had elevated values of some liver enzymes. It’s important to note that the dosage in these studies (1500mg of CBD per day) far exceeds the amount consumed by almost all CBD users. This would be the same as consuming multiple bottles a day of some lower strength CBD supplements.

For now, there’s still no reason to believe normal use of CBD supplements poses any serious risk to your liver, but when in doubt check with your doctor.

CBD, grapefruit and pharmaceutical drugs

There’s an unexpected connection between CBD oil and grapefruit, the citrus fruit that’s a popular breakfast choice. That connection? It’s possible that, like grapefruit, CBD could interfere with certain medications.

Grapefruit can actually interfere with the absorption of some common drugs, potentially resulting in unbalanced or dangerous levels of the drug in a person’s bloodstream. There’s quite a list of affected drugs, including some cholesterol-reducing drugs as well as some psychiatric medications. This connection is well known and, in most cases, your doctor would tell you if you need to avoid grapefruit. When in doubt, you can use a drug interaction checker online or check with your doctor or pharmacist.

The possible connection with CBD is less well-known, and also less well-established. However, some preliminary clinical research suggests grapefruit and CBD could affect the same enzymes, meaning CBD should be avoided with the same medications. However, it’s important to note that the clinical studies where this connection was found involve much higher doses of CBD than people typically take at home.

Even so, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re supposed to avoid grapefruit, or you’re concerned about potential interactions, check with a medical professional before starting or continuing to take CBD.

An anecdotal look at CBD Oil side effects shows quality matters

Of course, since many of these studies have small sample sizes, and every person reacts a little bit differently to any substance, we looked at CBD oil users’ anecdotal reports, posted on popular online communities and forums, such as Reddit and sites that sell CBD products.

A handful of very sensitive people who use CBD oil report feeling mild mood and mind-altering effects, similar to a low dose of psychoactive cannabis, but these effects appear to be rare. Some people also reported mild digestive upset, including diarrhea, from ingesting CBD oil.

According to one post on Reddit, some people get headaches from using CBD oil, which is a bit unusual since CBD can also sometimes be used to treat migraines. However, other Redditors have suggested the problem was actually the purity of the CBD extract.

“I have just recently started taking CBD for headaches, and after three weeks of getting a worse headaches, I finally figured out that my CBD oil was cheap crap — and that a LOT of it is,” a Redditor named Pellquin.

The War on Drugs hurts cannabis & hemp research

Due to the the stigma associated with the war on drugs, free and open research into both hemp and its close relative, psychoactive cannabis, is only just beginning in many ways.

For example, the first study into the benefits of cannabis in veterans with otherwise untreatable post-traumatic stress disorder began in 2017, but only after the researchers struggled through years of red tape and put their careers at risk in order to do promote the need for this vital research. Fortunately, their work, and that of others like them, have begun to peel back the bureaucracy preventing scientific research.

On the hemp side of the equation, the 2018 Farm Bill fully legalized the growth and sales of agricultural hemp in the U.S., and the production of its derivatives like CBD oil. We hope this finally opens the way for research into the benefits and possibilities of hemp in all its forms. While this article summarizes some of what we’ve found from our research into CBD side effects, we expect to see a lot more research in this field in the years to come.

Want to learn more about CBD? Download a PDF version of ‘The Complete CBD Guide

When it comes to CBD, purity & source matters

That redditor had it right: there’s a lot of poor quality CBD oil from unreliable brands. Some especially bad products may even include unexpected ingredients. The CBD oil market is still in its infancy, and it can be challenging for consumers to educate themselves except through expensive trial and error. When Ministry of Hemp investigated CBD oil purity and safety, we found a host of potential problems.

CBD oil is an unregulated market. Since hemp absorbs chemicals from the ground, including lead and mercury, growing conditions can make a big difference. Labeling of CBD products is also often inconsistent and unclear, making it confusing for CBD consumers to know what they’re buying.

When we interviewed Carlos Frias, founder of Green Lotus and a cannabis industry expert, he gave us three pieces of advice for buying CBD oil:

  • Always ask for third-party lab results when buying CBD oil
  • Pay close attention to product labeling
  • Don’t hesitate to ask a more knowledgeable expert for help.

CBD is safe, but research before you buy & use

Overall, we found that scientists and doctors consider CBD oil to be safe for most people to use, and there are few, if any, serious side effects.

While everyone has their own unique body chemistry, it seems like the vast majority of people can ingest CBD oil without ever feeling any unpleasant side effects at all, and the remaining few will mostly likely experience only minor symptoms like stomach upset or dry mouth. Since scientists are using pure extracts from known sources, it’s likely that some consumer reports of headaches or other minor adverse reactions could be due to impurities in inferior CBD products.

As always, you should closely research the products you buy. Look for CBD oil reviews and other information on our site, or reliable websites like ours. And never hesitate to consult with a medical expert if you have any doubt about the best or safest way to use CBD oil.

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Kit O’Connell is an Editor of Ministry of Hemp. His writing has also appeared at The Establishment, Firedoglake, YES! Magazine, the Texas Observer and Truthout.

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There is always a downside of everything when it is too much utilized. It would also be better to seek help from a medical professional if something wrong happens. Thank you so much for posting this. I learned a lot from this blog.

I have read a lot of comments and reviews about CBD oil. So far, the outcome are good and they find it effective. To make sure that this product is good for you, you need to see and consult the expert first. Better be safe than sorry.

People having sleep issue can use the medical marijuana edibles, cbd oil or other thing as a cure of it. Medical marijuana is helpful to reduce pain because of some chemical consist in it. I dont know the technical term but it helps and reduce the pain. Also it help to reduce sleep disorder.

Thanks for sharing a nice article…

I am relieved to know that there is no major side effect in us I g the nasal spray, and that it could be used as a daily supplement to threat my fibromyalgia.

I’m glad to know that a person can’t really overdose from consuming CBD products and if they do, the side-effects are just usually considered minor. This only means that it will be beneficial for my friend who has been eyeing this product for a long time now. I wonder if she’ll use it as a health supplement as you’ve mentioned.

Is Cbd likely to cause a tumour to swell in brain area? I have some which my naturopath said to take but I’m scared as no room to move?

My doctor suggested CBD oil for pain. I’m currently using Kentucky’s Best. I’m 72 years old, I’ve never smoked anything or tried anything. How do I know if it’s good CBD oil.?

Why is it not mandatory to show the Percentage (%) of CBD in each CBD Oils, CBD Softgels or CBD Products.
Most people do not understand CBD milligrams (mgs) and certainly do not know what dose of CBDmgs to start with or to increase to.Everyone buys or drinks alcohol by the % of alcohol not by the mgs of alcohol.
Most suppliers are misleading CBD buyers by not increasing the mgs of CBD in the same proportion as they increase the the volume in the bottle or jar. I believe the honest approach is to show both the % of CBD alongside the mgs

my feet have been swelling after 2-3 weeks of cbd, 77 yr old male bp today 113/74
hr 88

I just started taking cbd oil and my mouth feels tingly ,will this go away ?

I’m 66 years old I’ve been taking cbd oil and hemp for about a month, feeling great! Then I had bad reaction tingling and numbness in my fingers and hands.. also my tongue felt heavy and numb. I didn’t realize this until I ran out of the cbd. When I started to take again I got the tingling and numbness in my hands. That’s when I realized it was the cbd… I really like the way the cbd helped with pain and the hemp for anxiety and depression. Please help I want to feel good without the pain… i still take the hemp but I stopped the cbd… Thank You!

there are side effects , I had them 50 years ago with Marijuana smoked and eaten, panic, anxiety, nausea dizziness. Recently I tried CBD starting with very low dosages from an established pharma recommended by Nurse Practicioner. On 1/5th recommended dose gradually increasing to 3/4th dose, there was no noticeable effect. However at 3/4 – 4/5 dose I began to have panic, anxiety nausea etc. I think I did try one dose at full recommended dosage before the side effects became too negative to ignore. A sibling reported a similar response to CBD. It was certainly NOT safe for us. I am glad that I approached it very cautiously in dosage and ignored nonsense promotion of the magical herbal medicine approach.

Good to know that WHO released a statement with regards to CBD. Some countries might find it an alternative cure to diseases

Since taking one 30 mg capsule per day the past 14 days I have started to have swollen legs
(knee to foot) and have had severe nose bleeds in my right nostril 5 of the past 9 days.
The nose bleed usually occurs between nine and ten o clock after the pill has been taking around noon. Can there be any correlation between starting the pill and the latter occurrences? (NOTE: I am a kidney transplant patient and have had open heart surgery and take a plethora of pills for those and diabetes as well.
My blood is now thin as a result of the pills being taken but it had been many, many years since I had just one nose bleed) Any comments back?

Hello. The same thing happened to me after taking this product: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seed Oil Soft Gels. Lower legs swelled really badly, as well as my feet and ankles. The swelling in the lower legs has gone away mostly, but my feet and ankles remain swollen after about a week of no more pills. Could you please tell us how long it took for the swelling to go away after stopping your use of cbd? Or are you still continuing to use it in spite of the swelling. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

which is the most authentic number one cbd oil in the market to buy on line, the one which have no bad publicity and is 99% pure, don’t promote any company..

I am new to taking CBD oil. I am getting sever chest pain and stomach pains after taking. I am looking for knowledgeable accurate accountable info on where to get top quality CBD oil. I find it helps with my anger, anxiety and depression. I am hoping it will help with my muscle weakness and inflammation but I feel I will have to stop taking it becasue of the side effects. I am simply looking for exceptional quality and ingredients. I am currently using Canntrust product and its carrier is MCT oil I believe. I could really use some advice. I don’t want to go back to having to take steroids. Please help. (Also, I am in Ontario, Canada)

Have you ever felt sick to your stomach after taking CBD oil?

Sick in tummy and lighheaded, especially when active.

I never have and I’ve been taking it everyday for almost three months

This is to those who posted comments who had good initial results followed by (probably unrelated ) illness and /or diarhhea days later

How do you know CBD is the cause of these side effects that occur hours and days later? Suffering unrelated gastric distress, fever, or diarrhea is more likely a bad reaction to something that was eaten, or a virus, or allergic reaction to an environmental cause. I think it is a pretty big leap to blame CBD in many of the above comments. CBD is so beneficial and more studies are concluding they’re real benefits and that side effects are minimal, it’s a shame to deprive yourself or a loved one of the relief from suffering because an unrelated case of diarhhea presented three days later!

The price of the product does not reflect it’s quality. Unfortunately, in the world of supplements, there are many unscrupulous companies. Just because it’s priced in the upper tier does not mean it’s upper tier quality. Look for companies that have third party testing and good comments and reviews. After much wasted money, I have learned that lesson. I hate hearing that herbal remedies are useless from people who’ve tried them, but don’t realize it’s the company that put in useless ingredients. Also, to the posters who report itchy mouth or other itchy side effects, my daughter is allergic to soy, even in trace amounts, her tongue, throat and the roof of her mouth start itching immediately and then her skin starts itching a few minutes later. I’m thinking that perhaps you are reacting to a soy oil carrier, or ingredient in the CBD, and not to the CBD itself. Perhaps a change to an olive oil carrier, or another type of product without soy, or lecithin.

Hello- I’ve been taking a very excellent quality of CBD for several months. My specific pain issues are cleared up a 100%. But I do have a lingering headache all the time. I can barely take 9-10 mg of this CBD or I will end up with a throbbing head. It is hit or miss sometimes. I think I’m noticing if I take it with coffee the headache is worse. This particular CBD oil has clary sage, lavender and Passion flower in it for menopause. It has really helped my cycle as I am perimenopausal. But, why or why do I have a headaches? It’s not crappy CBD, I can promise you that. But, should I try another one? I love the ESO for my cycle. I’m so distraught. I have coccydynia and CBD has changed my life. NO MORE pain with sitting and working out. At the same time I don’t want to live a life of headaches either. Any suggestions?

I have been sweating more than ever which in turn causes BO. I never had this problem before. Is there anything to treat this with without stopping CBD?

does the cbd oil make you feel hot?? I have been taking it for over a month and am feeling hot all the time and sweating profusely. its very uncomfortable.

I started yesterday. It works well I guesse I deffinitaly have less anxiety but yes I think it makes you Hot I do not know why but I have the same problem off and on. I used water solubal the first day when I went to the store the guy have it to me almost right away my anxiety went away. But I felt more hot. I also got a pre roll budzburn sour space candy. It’s a more isn’t sedate ing type. I can get active it’s not like super amazing for me but for my friend it is… when it wore off I had some nausea But I have been having that. She is having some wired chest feeling but it may be fine, it could just be the re emersion of anxiety. The smoke only lasts a few hours it seems, and like with anything when it wears off your problems come back possibly feeling worse because you just had however long without your problem.. so when it comes back that sucks. But the point of this post is to say, yeah I myself get slight hotflashes from it. The water solubal and the smoke. All my other issues really are nothing new. I do wish that one of the cbd dominant strands of smoke also would be more energizing. In my state you need a card to get most smoke. But some cbd dominant strands are in some stores. I have a need for one that is energizing uplifting and motivating while providing pain reliefs to help me get things done. I have been living with chronic nausea exhaustion. And not much motivation or umph not sure what is wrong with me yet but some of these things help. I have a person I know with a card and I tried some of the brain candy strand and that was awesome uplifting happy and motivating but I myself connot get that. And niether can anyone else without a card so cbd dominant strand with happy energetic feeling woul be great especially for manic depressive people who have no motivation on there own any longer

My son has been bed ridden for 8 months with ME.
He started to take cbd oil 3 days ago and his mood really improved – i was really hopeful that it might have helped him to turn a corner.
However last night he had a very bad night with stomach cramps and gas, diarrhoea and nausea.
Could the cbd oil have caused this? I really want him to continue, but obviously not if it is causing this side effect. He has decided not to take any today and his mood is low.
Might taking a smaller dose be a solution?
Thanks for any help

I had CBD oil and after three days developed severe dry throat, and uncomfortable breathing.
I have stopped taking it. It’s two weeks now and the symptoms are still here. I do not recommend CBD. Not enough is being said about the side effects.

I guess I didn’t expect immediate results but I got them! I thought like many other supplements that I’d need to be on it for 30 days to see any real effect. Not so! I have extreme anxiety, coupled with ADHD it makes me miserable. Our family therapist described it best the other day when she said “you seem like you are just trying so hard to get through each day”. I didn’t know anything about CBD and he advised NBHemp capsules because they do not contain THC and have all the certificates. I told this couldn’t work this fast but I looked it up and it can work within 30 minutes of taking it.
I’m a believer so far!!

I wish people would indicate the names of the companies their trials with CBD.
that would be so helpful. I know not all CBD oil is created equally well.

Very interesting article Kit thanks, Its seem to be one area of the use of CBD oils that is not looked into as much and the side effects of use maybe glossed over but your post covers it off very well.

So my sister uses the CBD oil and she said it gave her a sort of different kind of high that made her pour milk into a candle. Is this actually true because I’ve researched a lot about this and i haven’t found anything about it making you high.

I just started taking CBD oil last night. I have always had a problem with burping fish oil until I started us Omega Red. I have already noticed with my first two doses of CDB oil that I am burping it really bad and it is awful. I have done it on an empty stomach and then ate and I also took it on a full stomach. Any tips on what I can do to prevent burping it.

Do you have results side effects any new study?

I have gout,arthritis,and fibermialga. I use Horizen CBD oil before bed time every day and it makes my life easier to get by with no side effects to me. I am on 4 different medications with a list of side effects and I’m tired of taking a handful of pills every day!

I’ve used the oil for two months. My hands and skin are itching badly and I’ve spent Christmas and Boxing Day being and feeling sick. It has reduced the pain and enabled more sleep but the price is too high if the side effects are due to the oil. I take other pain drugs with it. Wonder if these combinations may be the cause? Advice please?

Kit, I am on blood pressure medication and was advised by my Dr. not to take CBD oil for my anxiety and they want to prescribe an anti-anxiety drug which I would prefer not to take. That said I read it lowers blood pressure and maybe result in dizziness and maybe that’s why the Dr. does not want me on it, would love your opinion. Thanks

75 YRS YOUNG, retired police officer. Bad back, neck, cranial surgery, prostrate surgery broken arm with picked nerve, 4 way bypass, can’t get a good night sleep. 6 weeks ago, My Primary care told me to get 100% pure CBD oil. He did for his injured knee. I did and my pain is 95% gone. My anxiety at night is also gone, no xanax. No pain pills. Have a dry mouth in the morning. Started with 500mg 1 drop under the tongue before bed, and morning. After a couple of day, mostly gone. 70%.. I kicked it up to 2 drops. Now pain free and no problems. My wife 65yrs, bad knees and back. Sleepless,a
Anxiety disorder. Same positive results.

I tried using the CBD OIL, a hospital disabled me and it gave me a headache, and feeling jittery, I can hear my heart beating fast. Now the CBD I got was from the Ecig shop 30mg and the color is like tan, a golden color. I’m trying to get as much information about this as possible since it’s supposed to help you. I don’t want to be on all these medications.

I’ve just started using the THC/CBD drops under my tongue for acute pain as well as insomnia. I keep waking up in the night feeling nauseous with the taste of bile filling my mouth. Has anyone else experienced this? It really helps with the pain. but my sleep is interrupted with the nausea.

I have had a headache since starting the drops..is it a coincidence?

I have been on this CBD Oil for 4-days now..It is the Ananda 300-mg….I take 1-dropper before bed…I am still not sleeping any better now I am having heaviness in my chest and just feel really short winded..I also am having a lot of sinus drainage..I do not know if I could be allergic to this stuff or what…I also have wheezing..Now I do have Asthma and wheezing but it seems more intense since I have started to use this..I started out on Charollett’s Web..So I don’t know what to do..Anyone else feel like this that already has Asthma thanks.

Hi Deborah,
I was scanning reviews to see if anyone else had my experience. I purchased and tried a full spectrum CBD oil called Zilis ultra Cell. I researched after purchase and found it was a pyramid system product. Which usually offer great products, but pricey because of their system. I found that my asthma after the 1st day, was not as acute and less wheesie. However, I also took a dropper full at night twice. Both times my body was hot flashing, full body sweat- waking me up at night. My bowel movements changed to diarrhea with a spot of blood for two days. My health issue is always my lungs. Lately antibiotic help was temporary. So I thought I’d try CBD. After more research, I may have exposed that my lung issue may stem from colon issues. Worse case for me at this moment as this happened in this past week,…I may be first stages of colon cancer. This was a healing crisis, I am better every day. My next step is to do a colon test to be sure and to proceed with healing. Not afraid, just concerned and pro-active.

My dog was diagnosed with liver damage and had jaundice. Nothing that the vets was giving her was working and I told the vet that I was taking her home, to live out how ever long she had left.

She would not eat and every time I tried to put food into her mouth, she would shake and tremble. It was heartbreaking.

Doing some research, I came across Milk Thistle and CBD oil. I got hold of some Milk Thistle and the results were amazing, however, she was still shaking and trembling whenever I tried to feed her.

I got some CBD oil from Hollands and Barretts (I am in the UK) and this did the trick. It calmed her down enough to make feeding much easier.

She has now made a full recovery. I do not know if it was the Milk Thistle, CBD oil or a combination of the two.

However, I have started to take the CBD oil. For twenty years, I have never slept properly, but now I am. Within two days, I started to sleep through without waking up numerous times.

My joints have never been brilliant and bending down to pick up things was difficult. This is now also easier for me.

I can actually say, since taking CBD oil, I am now feeling happy within myself, and I have not been able to say that for a long time.