Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital.
There are several reasons why someone might want to use CBD. The substance can be found in a multitude of products ranging from pain-relieving creams to edible tinctures to skincare. Research is still underway, but over the last few decades scientists have become more aware of how CBD might ibeneficial when applied either topically or ingested.
Common Side Effects of CBD
Because CBD supplements come in so many different forms—such as oils, gummies, tinctures, and vapors—the amount that’s actually absorbed can vary drastically. This, combined with each person, will ultimately affect which (if any) CBD side effects you might experience.
“CBD is not an intoxicating substance, whereas THC is a psychoactive that can get you high,” explains Dr. Jas Matharu-Daley, a physician and consultant for a brand that specializes in CBD production.
Ultimately, the primary reasons why people use CBD is because it tends to have calming, relaxing, pain-reducing effects. It has been used to alleviate joint pain and nerve pain, reduce anxiety and stress, treat insomnia, improve migraines, and address nausea.
Have you ever felt sick to your stomach after taking CBD oil? If so, you’re not alone – but the reason you feel that way probably isn’t as straightforward as you think. Upset stomach, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal distress are not typically caused by cannabinoid oil itself, but rather by ingredients used to deliver CBD oil into the body or flaws during production.
“In my practice, when someone has gastrointestinal issues with CBD, we start with the product, because many times that may be a reason they are feeling sick. Just like all other health supplements, the quality and the source of CBD oil make all the difference,” Dr. Brown told POPSUGAR. Quality can be diminished if the cannabis or hemp is grown in poor soil or undergoes harsh extraction processes (often involving chemicals), or if the product is sourced from multiple locations.
CBD is also known to help heal the digestive tract. So, why do some people have issues?
Then there’s the issue of the carrier, as experts call it. “CBD oil is used with many carriers, including olive oil, coconut/MCT oil, grapeseed oil, emu oil, or hempseed oil,” explained Dr. Michele Ross, PhD, CEO of Infused Health and a leading cannabinoid medicine researcher. “If you are experiencing gastrointestinal distress symptoms or an upset stomach, you may have a sensitivity, especially to coconut/MCT oil, which is the most common carrier I’ve seen. Many people can experience abdominal cramping and stomach pain, especially when consuming large quantities.”
Without those factors, CBD may even help treat stomach issues. “It’s been shown to help heal ulcers and decrease acid reflux,” said Dr. Kenneth Brown, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist and doctor of internal medicine in Plano, TX, who often recommends CBD oil to his patients. “When the CBD binds to the CB1 receptor, it decreases excessive gastric acid, helps the lower esophagus prevent reflux, and increases blood flow to the lining of the stomach to help it heal quicker.”
I have been taking cbc oil for sciatic pain but I always wake up with nausea,queasy stomach and fatigue the dose is 0.2 .
Some farms have heavy metals in the hemp soil, which can negatively effect your entire body. Therefore make sure you analyze every brand and ensure they have an image of their Certification of Analysis or Third-Party test results on their product image pages. All the brands Binoid CBD works with have these images on every product image.
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Gabriela – I would suggest stopping your use of CBD for a couple days, and restart again to see if it is the CBD or something else. If it is CBD, I suggest using a different brand and see if that makes a difference!
I had hep-c but am now cured thanks to meds & have been clear since about 2015. Is Cbd not advised for someone like me with previous liver function issues ?
15. Increased Effectiveness: CBD has been found to increase in effectiveness the longer it is used. The opposite of tolerance. This means that over time, you may not need to take the same MG of CBD to reach the same desired effect. What this also means is over a few months of use, you should decrease your dosage to see if you still feel the same results.