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It’s important to note that many CBD oil products do not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for producing the “high” associated with marijuana use. Unlike THC, cannabidiol is non-intoxicating and does not have psychoactive effects.
Why People Use CBD Oil
In studies using varied doses, routes of administration, and combination or whole products with THC, a number of side effects have been reported. These include anxiety, changes in appetite and mood, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, low blood pressure, mental confusion, nausea, and vomiting.
Some proponents suggest that CBD oil could provide a solution to opioid addiction as concerns over opioid overdoses continue to escalate.
However, it should be noted that the studies used a variety of cannabis-based medicines (e.g., inhaled cannabis, sprays, and oral tablets containing THC and/or CBD from plant sources or made synthetically), some of which are more likely to result in these side effects than products without THC.
It’s short for cannabidiol, and it’s a natural compound found in both marijuana and hemp plants. There’s some evidence that it might help treat pain, seizures, and some other health problems. But much more research is needed for doctors to know for sure what it can do.
The FDA has approved only one CBD-based drug, and it’s used to treat two rare types of epilepsy — Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome — as well as seizures caused by tuberous sclerosis complex. It’s called Epidiolex, and it’s approved for adults and kids over age 1.
How Do You Take It?
Epilepsy Currents: “Cannabidiol: Promise and Pitfalls.”
So far, CBD doesn’t seem to cause serious ones. When it’s used to treat epilepsy or psychotic disorders, people reported tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite. But CBD can affect how other medications work, so be sure to tell your doctor about everything you take, including vitamins and supplements.
CBD.org: “CBD-Rich Products.”