CBD Oil Side Effects: What You Need to Know

CBD Oil Side Effects: What You Need to Know

Have you ever thought about trying CBD oil, only to find yourself hesitating with concerns about CBD oil side effects? While we all like to hope that any supplements we take will be perfectly fine, it’s important to consider that they can have potential side effects. That’s why we recommend starting on a low dose and consulting with a practitioner or healthcare provider if you are taking other supplements or regular prescription medication. Please avoid using CBD in the UK if you are under 18 years old, pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Below, we have outlined some of the CBD oil side effects. Hopefully, this information will help you decide whether to use CBD oil, or not.


What is CBD Oil? 

CBD oil is a food supplement available in an oil format that contains a high level of cannabis sativa L. (hemp) cannabinoids – most notably, CBD. The CBD and cannabinoids are extracted from the plant and combined with a carrier oil that is dosed using a pipette or spray head. 

CBD oils can be purchased in different forms and strengths, normally from 3%-24% per bottle. Most importantly, CBD does not make you high and contains less than 0.01% controlled cannabinoids, including THC, the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis and hemp.

Full-spectrum CBD oil contains a broad range of Phyto-cannabinoid compounds and terpenes along with CBD (excluding THC). Broad-spectrum CBD oil is more processed and stripped of many minor cannabinoids, but still contains some. Mono-spectrum CBD oil is made with a purified and isolated CBD extract, normally mixed with terpenes to make up for the lack of natural supplementary minor cannabinoids. CBD isolate is CBD in the form of a 99.9% pure powder and contains no other cannabinoids. Each of these is a little different, so be sure to check the details of any CBD oil supplement before looking further at whether it might be right for you.


Common CBD Oil Side Effects 

Here are some CBD oil side effects to be aware of. It is very rare to suffer from these side effects if CBD is used responsibly and according to the product instructions. It’s worth noting that CBD in the USA often comes from marijuana cannabis, unlike CBD in the UK and Europe which is made from industrial hemp cannabis. This can also make a difference in the side effects.

Some of the main side effects of using CBD oil are listed below. You may experience some, all, or none of these symptoms but you should always be aware of these potential CBD oil side effects.

  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry mouth
  • Reduced appetite
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Drowsiness

Note that there is no mention of CBD making you high in this list. Many people assume that a common CBD oil side effect might be getting high. However, if you buy high-quality, pure CBD oil from a specialist supplier such as ours here at Provacan, this shouldn’t be an issue. All our CBD oils are tested for quality and purity, and the results of these tests are available for everyone to see online. As such, when you buy high-quality CBD supplements such as ours, you can take confidence in the fact that they will not get you high.


What should I do If I experience Side effects? 

If you experience any side effects from taking CBD oil, you should discontinue use immediately and contact a pharmacist or your healthcare provider for further support. You should also check the dosage instructions to make sure you have not taken over the maximum recommended daily dose.

The FSA’s recommended limit for CBD oil supplements is 10mg per day for a healthy average adult. Never take more than this as part of your supplement routine, and ensure you take your CBD oil at the same time each day, rather than skewing the timing. 

Not every CBD supplement is created equally, either, which means that some are stronger than others. As such, if you have two products – one with 10mg per serving and one with 5mg per serving – you may need to adjust how much you take accordingly. You would need to take half as much of the 10mg per serving CBD as you would the 5mg per serving CBD.

Also, remember that interactions with prescription medications, such as blood thinners, can occur. Please always check for conflicting drug interactions before using CBD for the first time.


What if CBD Oil Doesn’t Work? 

It’s worth considering that another “CBD oil side effect” may simply be that it doesn’t work for you. CBD works with your body’s own natural endocannabinoid system and we’re all different inside! Two adults with the sample complaint can easily have different outcomes when using CBD. A lot depends on weight, height, other conditions, lifestyle choices and when/how the CBD is being used. It can also take time to find the best product to fit your needs and adapt the dosing until it starts having a true effect. 

Some people take one dose of CBD oil and feel results within 10 minutes, others need to take it consistently over a period of three weeks. Some people may find CBD does not add anything noticeable to their wellbeing and they will stop using it. If you are experiencing issues with CBD dosage or effectiveness you can always reach out to Provacan customer service for advice.


Can I Use CBD In Place of Prescription Medications? 

Absolutely not! CBD supplements cannot “fix” everything, this is a total misconception and it’s not the case. Some users do reduce or stop using prescription medication after embarking on a CBD journey, however, there is no evidence to prove that CBD allows them to do this. 

Never stop using prescription medication unless your doctor has specifically told you that you can, and they are guiding you through the withdrawal process. It can be incredibly dangerous for your health and wellbeing to do this without professional guidance.

CBD oil in the UK is a food supplement and should be treated the same as all other vitamins and supplements sold in pharmacies and health food stores across the UK. Supplements are there to be a complementary option, not a replacement for professional medical advice.


Final Thoughts

It’s vital to always consider the potential side effects of food supplements before using them, regardless of whether it is CBD or a new vitamin. You always need to consider if it is safe for you according to your own personal circumstances. Anything that can potentially alter your state of mind or body’s functionality can cause side effects. Even if you’re not currently taking any prescription medications, you must do this before taking CBD to ensure it’s a safe option for you. 

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