Does CBD Oil have Side Effects?
In 2018, CBD Oil hit national headlines, when the Home Office agreed to legalise medical cannabis. This was the result of an extensive period of campaigning from families with children with severe forms of epilepsy. Since then, Cannabis derived products have hit the mainstream.
Now, you can pop down to your local Boots or Tesco Pharmacy to buy CBD Oil over the counter. However, many (and perhaps rightly) still view cannabis with suspicion and – in turn – CBD.
An important aspect of Dragonfly CBD’s mission is to inform and educate people about trustworthy CBD Oil. In this article, we tackle an important question we often receive, “Does CBD Oil have side effects?”
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is one of 113 chemicals found in the Cannabis plant. More commonly known by its shortened name, CBD, it is typically the most abundant compound.
In Europe, CBD is extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant, one of the 3 main species of the Cannabis plant. The others are Indica and Ruderalis. Cannabis Sativa is a name few may have heard of. However, it has a far more recognisable name, hemp.
Hemp is an agricultural crop that has been grown for millenia and is often used for industrial purposes. For example, it can be used to make basic items such as rope or more complicated compounds like biopolymers.
Recently, hemp has been grown commercially for medical and medicinal purposes, to extract the prized CBD compound.
Can CBD make you ‘high’?
CBD is a psychoactive substance, but importantly it is not psychotropic. A psychoactive substance passes the blood brain barrier. Whereas, a psychotropic substance affects the brain’s cognitive abilities.
So, psychoactive compounds do not change your perception of reality or mental faculties. However, they can have an effect on your state of mind. There are a huge range of normal psychoactive substances, including chocolate! Cacao is responsible for a serotonin reaction in your brain, making it psychoactive.
In short, CBD cannot cause a ‘high’ side effect. Nevertheless, a CBD Oil can, if manufactured incorrectly…
Does CBD Oil contain THC?
There is another commonly found chemical in Cannabis, responsible for the traditional association with smoking the plant. THC is a psychotropic substance and as a result is considered illegal in the UK. THC causes a ‘high’ effect and could cause you to fail a drugs test, if found in your system.
Many CBD Oil brands contain THC. In fact, many more will state on their website that their CBD products contain THC! This is the result of a legal misunderstanding, as many brands believe the legal THC limit in the UK is 0.2%. This actually refers to the allowable amount in the plant. In a finished CBD product, you must not have any THC.
An industry study highlighted that a large number of CBD Oils found on the high street do contain THC. Consequently, a CBD Oil purchased in the UK could cause an unwanted ‘high’ side effect.
It is important to always buy a CBD Oil from a trusted brand, with lab reports available for every single product. At Dragonfly CBD, all our lab reports are batch specific, so you can find the specific reports for your CBD Oil. This ensures that our CBD Oil does not cause a ‘high’ side effect.
Does CBD cause any Side Effects?
To our knowledge, taking Dragonfly CBD should not cause any side effects. CBD is generally well tolerated and is considered safe. In 2018, the World Health Organisation stated the following:
“CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications. Several countries have modified their national controls to accommodate CBD as a medicinal product. To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Does CBD cause any Side Effects when taken with Medication?
As noted by WHO, any side effects are likely to be the result of drug to drug interactions. As a result, we recommend you consult with your pharmacist or GP before taking Dragonfly CBD in conjunction with existing medication.
At significantly higher doses, some reported side effects can include a dry mouth, lightheadedness or drowsiness. Lowered blood pressure can also be an issue for those with low blood pressure. Whether that is due to natural or medication related causes.
Dragonfly CBD is available across a range of pharmacies throughout the UK. This makes it easy to consult with a professional before purchasing CBD Oil. Additionally, Dragonfly CBD was a winner of a Pharmacy Product of the Year Award in 2020.