This is a fantastic question. If you’ve stumbled upon this page, we commend you for being skeptical and seeking the answers. We’ll explain the possible negative side-effects of CBD so you can make a better-informed decision about whether it’s right for you.

Official studies into the effects and side-effects of CBD have been very limited because for a long time the substance was considered illegal. Many studies into CBD were (and some will continue to be) conducted on animals. Therefore we can only extrapolate so much from them.

Now that it’s legality has changed, the coming years should yield more answers on the longer-term impact of CBD use.

Studies Say…

One clinical review into the side-effects of CBD is this one. We encourage you to check out the original, but we’ll give you a quick summary below.

  • CBD was found to be generally safe, which confirmed common anecdotal evidence.
  • The side-effects that were noticed were the following: tiredness, fatigue, diarrhea, and changes in appetite.
  • Compared to some other FDA-approved prescription drugs, CBD has fewer and less severe side-effects.

Another study found that CBD may also affect you in the same way that grapefruit juice can: by affecting medication levels in your blood.

This study also found that high doses of CBD can have negative side-effects.

So What Now?

That’s why its highly recommended that you have a conversation with a doctor or health specialist to make sure CBD fits into your lifestyle. If you are taking other medications, then this suggestion is even more firm.

We do not advise taking CBD without a doctor’s consultation if you are taking other medications. Period.

Anecdotally, across the internet, you will mostly find stories from people who have experienced little to no side-effects. That’s a generally good sign. Also consider that some of those who do experience negative side-effects likely used mis-labeled or tainted CBD. There are many instances of CBD oils testing positive for higher levels of THC than advertised.

It’s crucial to do your research and only buy CBD brands that offer transparent and independent testing information about their products. Every product should come with a batch number, which corresponds to a testing Certificate of Analysis, proofing the CBD’s purity.

CBD is not risk free, but it is relatively low-risk. In general, 100% THC-free hemp-derived CBD is safe for most people to use in safe doses. Talk to a medical professional to find out if the benefits of CBD out-weight the risks.

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