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Is CBD Oil Safe?

Given that CBD oil is a cannabis product, it’s understandable if you aren’t sure that it’s safe. But just because it’s a cannabis product, that doesn’t mean that CBD has the exact same effects as cannabis.

Is CBD oil safe? It isn’t addictive or habit-forming like recreational marijuana. It also doesn’t get you high in the same way that other cannabis products do. It, therefore, doesn’t pose a risk like a drug might. However, the long term effects of CBD oil on the body haven’t been fully explored by scientists yet. 

People have similar worries with any new supplement on the market. To put your mind at ease, the best thing you can do is read our CBD FAQs.

Is CBD Oil Safe to Take?

There are two things that can tell you whether CBD oil is safe to take. These are scientific evidence and anecdotal evidence. Scientific evidence is where something is tested in a laboratory, e.g. where CBD is fed to mice to examine its long term effects. Anecdotal evidence is where somebody tells you what effect CBD may have had on them.

As you can imagine, it’s scientific evidence that is needed when it comes to things like medicine. But that doesn’t mean you should completely discount anecdotal evidence, out of hand.

Either way, both scientific evidence and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD oil is safe to take.

Is CBD Oil Addictive Like a Drug?

This is the first question that most people ask about CBD oil. After all, it’s a cannabis product. So, surely, it would have the same effects as cannabis?

As a matter of fact, it doesn’t. CBD oil is derived from a particular strain of the cannabis plant called hemp. This strain has hardly any THC in it, which is the chemical compound in marijuana that gets you high and may be habit-forming. When CBD oil is made using hemp, it, therefore, contains little to no THC. It’s actually illegal to sell CBD oil that contains more than trace amounts of THC, so no, CBD can’t be addictive in this way.

Of course, there’s still the chance that CBD oil could be addictive in another way. Perhaps the CBD compound itself is addictive? As of yet, neither scientific nor anecdotal evidence suggests so.

Does CBD Get You High?

As we said above, CBD oil doesn’t contain THC, the compound in marijuana that gets you high. This compound interacts with your endocannabinoid system and your brain in unexpected ways. But CBD doesn’t have the same effect as THC, so it can’t get you ‘high’ in the same way.

Again, that still leaves the chance that the CBD compound itself could get you high. But that’s not true either. All you have to do is take a little to find out for yourself that it does no such thing. You might as well ask whether breakfast cereal can get you ‘high’.

That being said, the effects of CBD on the body aren’t fully understood. It affects something called the endocannabinoid system, which is a bodily system that regulates things like digestion and core temperature.

But how exactly this system works, and how CBD/other cannabinoids interact with it, hasn’t been properly studied yet. What is known is that CBD may modulate the effects of THC, but more research needs to be done to say that for sure.

Does CBD Have Side Effects?

CBD oil isn’t sold as a medicine in the U.K., so it doesn’t have to go through the same testing as medicines do. But that doesn’t mean it can’t have side effects. These can occur when you take any kind of new supplement, or even just eat a new kind of food! Potential side effects include:

  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

However, the prevalence and ultimate cause of these side effects hasn’t been scientifically studied yet. This is a theme you’ll see a lot when it comes to CBD, unfortunately. Cannabis products, as a rule, haven’t been studied enough.

What we can say for certain is that CBD oil doesn’t have any serious effects that could land you in hospital. It’s not possible to overdose on CBD, for example (unless you fill a bowl with the stuff and drown in it).

And if you do find yourself experiencing these side effects, there’s a simple fix. Stop taking CBD oil for the time being, and take basic steps to treat the effects. So, if you have a headache, for example, take a quick sit down in a darkened room. The effects should wear off quite quickly.

Does CBD Have Long Term Effects?

This is the most important question. A short term symptom like nausea isn’t pleasant to experience. But it’s nothing compared to long term health conditions that can occur as a result of not caring for your body properly.

So, does CBD oil have long term effects? It doesn’t seem to. People can take it for years without it having any negative effect. You can’t even develop a tolerance to it, which mean that its positive effects continue without you having to change your dosage amount.

What we do know is that CBD builds up in the body the more you take it. You then end up with a reserve that the body can continually draw from. This is good because it makes the effects of the oil more consistent. From what we know, this doesn’t have any negative effect.

And as for longer down the line, again, that isn’t known either. CBD oil hasn’t been around for long enough for scientists to study it over a long time (longitudinal studies, where you examine the effect of something over long periods).

How to Take CBD Oil Safely

The first thing we’ll say is that there’s no such thing as an optimum CBD dose. CBD is the same as any other supplement. The amount you’ll need if you’re a big, musclebound 20-stone Mr. Universe contestant is more than if you’re underweight, for example. And the amount you’ll need differs according to sex, too.

The best way to take CBD oil is through the uptitration method. This is where you start small, and gently up your dosage over time. It’s both safe and effective because it’s like a scientific test. You measure the effects of the oil and try to find the optimal dose for you.

Uptitration the dosage method that most manufacturers, including Hempura, recommend. Here’s how it works.

  • Start with a tiny dose, following the instructions that come with your bottle. Even if you think the dose is too small, don’t worry: you’ll be able to take more eventually.
  • Make a note of the effects that you feel after taking your CBD oil. Measure whatever you want: how happy you feel, how irritable you can get, even things like your hunger levels!
  • Take this dose for as long as you like. Continue to record how you feel after each dosage.
  • After a period of time, for example one week, up your dose. Don’t immediately double it, but add just a little to your total amount. Record how you feel now. 

Don’t be surprised if you feel nothing at all at first. Remember, you’re trying to find the optimal dose for you. That dose might be a lot more than just one drop. You’ll have to carry on upping your dose for a while before you reach your perfect amount of CBD.

The best thing about this method is that it’s perfectly safe. If you’re the kind of person who experiences side effects when you take CBD, then uptitration is the best because you limit your initial intake.

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