Cannabidiol (CBD) is a widely used marijuana ingredient in U.S. products. Manufacturers have been adding the chemical to cosmetic products, food, dietary supplements and medications for added health benefits.
Advocates claimed CBD could help treat or reduce the effects of insomnia, joint pain, anxiety, Parkinson’s and Crohn’s disease, among other conditions. However, there is little evidence supporting the chemical’s positive effects.
Despite the lack of scientific backing, the CBD market in the U.S. has been growing. Estimates showed that it could grow to more than $20 billion by 2022 and the figure may continue to increase in the following years, according to BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research.
Companies and advocates said using CBD oil in products is safe and has less side effects compared to other common medications. The chemical is also known for not causing behavioral and psychological side effects.
Despite having a number of reported health benefits, CBD oil may also have some bad effects. This article explores how the cannabis compound could contribute to unwanted changes in the body.
Side Effects of CBD
Problems With Digestion
There have been reports that some supplements that contain CBD could cause digestive issues. The drugs, including the FDA-approved Epidiolex, have been linked to nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and changes in appetite, according to SelfHacked.
Marijuana products are known for causing dry mouth. In a survey with 1,500 people, researchers found nearly 12 percent of respondents experienced the condition after using CBD. The chemical potentially caused a decrease in saliva secretion after exposure.
This side effect of CBD oil was found in studies that tried to explore the chemical’s effects on sleep. Exposure to high doses of CBD helped people increase sleeping time, while lower amounts promote wakefulness.
However, some people reported feeling tired after exposure. Experts recommend not taking CBD before or while driving or using heavy machineries.
In studies aimed at finding the link between CBD and seizures, researchers found that the chemical could contribute to liver damage. The risk of liver injury increased depending on the dose of drug and combination with anti-seizure drug valproate.
Immune System Problems
Researchers found that CBD could reduce the body’s immune response. It could increase the risk of having infections, especially in people with HIV, diabetes and Down syndrome.
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