As most of us know, CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant which may have many benefits to offer. CBD is known to help reduce inflammation, pain, migraines, depression, anxiety, seizures, and much more.
CBD oil is now referred to as a supplement and many people use it for preventative measures. Others use CBD oil on an as-needed basis to help suppress ailments, like anxiety and pain.
In a nutshell, CBD helps keep our bodies in homeostasis (a natural state of inner balance), which creates an optimal environment for our bodies to function. Staying balanced may prevent us from developing disease or illness.
Current research supports CBD oil as an all-around healthy and useful product we should keep in our pantry.
However, it is important not only to understand the potential benefits of CBD oil, but also the possible interactions and side effects too so that you are making a safe choice for your individual needs.
Side effects of CBD
Currently, the only supporting evidence mentioning side effects from CBD oil is based on the research of the FDA-approved CBD drug for childhood epilepsy, called Epidiolex.
Participants (between ages 2 to 18 years old) were prescribed a high dose of CBD to take daily for 14 weeks. Although the CBD was associated with positive outcomes for these patients, some side effects reported were tiredness, decreased appetite and gastrointestinal discomfort. Keep in mind that the dosage prescribed was much higher than an average person would take, and the side effects suppressed shortly after.
Epidiolex contains 100mg CBD per 1 mL, so a comparable 30mL tincture bottle contains 3,000mg CBD total and costs $360. Our 3,600mg 30mL tincture bottle contains 120mg CBD per 1 mL and costs $119.99.
Consider using quality CBD products
You will have a higher chance of experiencing side effects if using low quality CBD products from disreputable brands. High amounts of pesticides, lead, and even artificial ingredients may cause negative side effects. Some companies mislabel their products so severely that lab tests show there is no CBD present in the product at all.
Mislabeling CBD products is a common problem, that’s why Lanai Hemp tests every single product and posts the lab results where they are visible to all customers on our website. We also list every single ingredient that goes into our products and our customer service team is readily available by email, phone, text, or by live chat on our website to answer any questions or concerns.
Interactions with Medication
If you are taking medications, be sure to talk to your health care provider about how to introduce CBD oil into your daily routine without causing interactions with your medication.
New research suggests that those taking medications especially tough on the liver, or currently have liver damage, should avoid taking CBD oil because it may cause your liver enzymes, ALT and AST, to elevate. More research needs to be done on this particular matter, but current research suggests this is not a common side effect and has only been seen in those who take large doses of CBD regularly.
The most common side effect some people complain of is upset stomach when using CBD oil. In this case, it’s best to consume CBD after a meal. Additionally, taking water-soluble CBD, like the kind Lanai Hemp offers, may be a better alternative because the particle size is smaller, making it easier to absorb.
Those who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, nursing, have low blood pressure, or want to replace a current treatment with CBD should be get approval from your health care provider before use.
Purchasing CBD oil from a reputable brand is important. Be sure to always ask for lab results on each product, and ask questions about the ingredients and where the CBD comes from to maximize your safety and health.