Suddenly, everywhere you go, you will find CBD oil is being used in everything from coffee to morning breakfast and smoothies. It’s being used in night time tea for relaxation, people are swallowing capsules to relieve stress and some are even using it in vape pens to make their depression go away.
So, before you say that this “drug” is harmful, World Health Organization (WHO) would like to disagree with you. In November, 2017 WHO finally declared that cannabinoid is in no way harmful and does not have any potential for abuse.
However, let me ask you a couple of questions:
Do you drink coffee in the morning?
During work hours?
At night when you are pulling a long shift or working on a project at home?
We all know that caffeine can be harmful for the body and yet, we are consuming it day and night… almost as a drug, wouldn’t you say?
Back to the question: how can a drop of oil that has various medical benefits such as providing relief from pain and epilepsy, stress reduction, fighting cancer, etc, can be harmful to the body?
Well, even though WHO has declared it has no harmful effects, it does have a few side effects that are not dangerous. These include vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and nausea. As you know that CBD doesn’t get you stoned like THC but it still affects people negatively, depending on their health. According to the NEJM and Lancet studies, CBD can have a negative effect on people, who are dealing with liver problems. While controlled and high doses of CBD are well tolerated by people, in some instances, let’s say an overdose, people might experience the following side effects:
· Inhibition of Drug Metabolism in the Liver
While CBD on its own will not cause any side effects, it will slow down the activity of cytochrome P450 (liver enzyme), when it comes in contact with other pharmaceutical drugs. This will slow down the drug’s metabolism and prevent it from fully affecting the liver.
· Dry Mouth
CBD often inhibits saliva secretion, which can make the mouth go dry. Since cannabinoid receptors are in the body’s submandibular glands that are responsible for saliva production, you might get a cotton-mouth sensation after ingesting CBD oil.
· Low Blood Pressure
If you are taking tablets for high blood pressure, then taking CBD oil without consulting your doctor can be dangerous. As CBD enters your system, the blood pressure drops slightly, which can lead to lightheadedness. This can be easily fixed by drinking coffee or a cup of tea.
While CBD is different from THC and doesn’t get you high, it can make you feel a little drowsy. This is why it is recommended that you don’t operate any heavy machinery after having it.
WHO’s claim has given people the green light to use CBD oil in whatever way they want. Since it is legal in more than half of the states in the US, CBD oil is available in every drug store and pharmacy.
If you are planning to use CBD oil and are taking any medication for liver or heart problems, then consult with your doctor first.