Like every substance you put into your body, you risk experiencing certain side effects when you take CBD enriched hemp oil. However, according to medical research, cannabidiol (CBD), the main compound found in hemp oil, has only been known to cause minor side effects in some users. In addition, there are very few minor side effects even associated with CBD enriched hemp oil. Therefore, most studies have concluded that CBD oil is safe for virtually any user, regardless of age and medical history.
Unlike hemp’s cousin, marijuana, CBD plays a proactive role in user’s nervous and immune system without eliciting a change in neural function. Because CBD binds with and stimulates CB2 and CB1 receptors found with these physiological functions along with other organ systems, enriched hemp oil acts as an antioxidant and can help alleviate conditions such as nausea and vomiting, epilepsy and other convulsions, and depression. Despite its side effects, many users and researchers agree that these benefits far outweigh hemp oil’s detriments. The known side effects of CBD hemp oil include:
1. Blocking certain drugs from being properly metabolized.
Hepatic drug metabolism, which is the body’s way of processing pharmaceuticals and thus creating their desired effect, functions with the help of enzymes in the liver. Sometimes, CBD can decrease the activity of these enzymes, which in turn does not allow the body to metabolize the drug as it normally would. This sort of effect would typically only occur if CBD were taken in high doses, but it is not always harmful. It would depend on the drug and how its compounds react with the body to determine what kind of overall side effect the combined use of hemp oil would have. If this is a concern for you, it is best to consult with your physician prior to using CBD enriched hemp oil.
2. Dry mouth.
Cannabinoid receptors (CB) are present in the glands responsible for producing saliva, which means that activating these receptors through CBD use can alter their production processes. Because less saliva is being produced, the mouth becomes dry. Although uncomfortable, this side effect can easily be remedied by drinking water.
3. Low blood pressure and lightheadedness.
A small drop in blood pressure can occur soon after taking a high dose of CBD oil. Because of the sudden drop, you may also experience a feeling lightheadedness. This usually subsides quite quickly, but you should talk to your doctor if you are taking blood pressure medication.
Although normally a wake-inducing agent, CBD hemp oil in high doses can cause drowsiness. If you notice this effect occurring, you should not operate a motor vehicle or any machinery.
5. Increase in tremors.
If you suffer from Parkinson’s disease, high doses of CBD hemp oil can further aggravate muscle movement and tremors. However, studies have suggested that hemp oil taken in light to moderate doses is tolerated well by patients suffering from Parkinson’s. Therefore, most medical researchers agree that if you are experiencing this side effect, lessening the dose should help.