Is CBD Oil Safe? Calming Fears of Trying CBD

It’s not uncommon to be anxious or fearful about trying something new, especially when it’s something concerning your health. All of the new information and unknowns can be overwhelming. And when it comes to “alternative” treatments, the lack of “professional” guidance can be disconcerting.

In fact, it’s incredibly common for users interested in trying to be anxious about taking the very thing that may help them. The goal of this article is to help you feel more comfortable and calm potential fears associated with CBD oil products.

How Safe is CBD Oil?

The safety profile of CBD is incredibly positive. This World Health Organization (WHO) report found that CBD is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.” They also said that any reported side effects “may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications.”

What this means is that any side effects are probably the result of cannabis interactions with pharmaceuticals. Possible solutions, such as lowering either the CBD or pharmaceutical dosing, should be discussed with a doctor.

Does CBD Have Any Side Effects?

Current studies show that CBD oil has almost no significant adverse effects on the human body, even when taken frequently and in large doses. But as with most medications, there are a variety of possible effects, depending on the person taking it.

Our separate article “Does CBD Oil Have Any Side Effects” goes into more detail and references some of the specific studies.

Is CBD Addictive?

CBD is not additive according to the World Health Organization report referenced above. They specifically state that “in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”

In fact, CBD has been studied for its potential in reducing addictions to other substances.

Will CBD Oil Get Me High?

CBD oil products that can be purchased online or in local stores are extremely low in THC (less than 0.3%). They are derived from the hemp plant instead of marijuana. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid known for causing the “high” associated with cannabis products. While some users confuse the relaxed feeling of CBD with a high, quality CBD hemp oil products will not get you high.

CBD oil products available in a licensed dispensary can have a ratio of CBD-to-THC that may be closer to an equal ratio. The closer you get to a 1:1 ratio, the higher the chance you may start to experience some psychoactive effects.

Is CBD Oil Safe – The Bottom Line

Based on our research and the experiences that users share with us in our CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook, CBD is very safe. It’s beneficial properties combined with an excellent safety profile make it a great candidate for supplementing, and sometimes completely replacing, other treatments.

The World Health Organization report concludes by saying “to date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Keep in mind that the above pertains to CBD only. Some CBD products contain other ingredients, such as other various herbs, that may impact how you react to it. THC, the other most popular cannabinoid in cannabis, has a very similar safety profile but can have some adverse effects in certain individuals. Things such as dry eyes, anxiety, or paranoia have been reported.

This is important to know because there are some users who are so sensitive to THC that they cannot use full spectrum CBD products. For them, broad spectrum and isolate products do not contain detectable levels of THC and can be good options.

For those still looking for the right CBD product for them, our CBD oil product finder can help narrow down your choices.

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Sarah Jorczyk is an advocate for CBD products and one of the Administrators of the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook. She strives to educate the public, and promotes the use of safe products while helping others throughout their CBD journey. You can also find a variety of her content, including reviews and educational videos, on the group's youtube page.

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