Does CBD Gum Have Side Effects?
Interest in cannabidiol or CBD supplementation has grown exponentially with the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, better known as 2018 Farm Bill. Established CBD brands such as Every Day Optimal are also doubling efforts to keep up with the increasing demands for CBD products from tincture oils, edibles and even CBD infused dog food. The brand’s CBD gum, for example, is one of the fastest-selling CBD products, perhaps because of the discreteness that comes with it whenever you dose up. However, the increased attention that CBD has gained recently also gives rise to the questions, “Is CBD supplementation safe?” Does chewing on CBD gum or consuming other edibles for that matter have any side effects?
CBD is a chemical compound that is present in plants that are part of the cannabis sativa family. Concentrations of CBD is highest in industrial hemp plants, and is low in marijuana strains. It should be noted that the psychoactive compound that causes a high in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Marijuana contains 20% to 40% of THC, while industrial hemp only contains .3% THC.
This fact highlights one of the main reasons why you should use CBD and that is because it won’t give you high. If you want to enjoy the many health benefits of cannabis sativa without the high that comes with THC, CBD is your best bet. Initial research and studies have revealed the potential of this chemical substance as a viable treatment alternative for various medical conditions. What makes it a potentially better alternative is that medical experts have deemed CBD safer to pharmaceutical drugs.
However, this does not mean that CBD is completely free of any side effects. Before we look at the potential adverse reactions that may result from CBD supplementation, this discussion will look at the many benefits of CBD.
CBD Supplementation Benefits
It is important to remember at this point that data is still coming in from large scale studies on CBD, which are already underway. However, initial studies and research, as well as testimonials from long-time users of CBD, all point to its effectiveness in the treatment and management of a wide range of medical conditions. If anything, the studies will mostly serve to confirm the benefits that it's users have been enjoying all along and discover even more medical applications of this cannabis sativa derivative.
So what do benefits have CBD users been known to be enjoying so far?
- Anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabidiol is a popular component in many skin care products because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Users of CBD ointments and lotions testify to its effectiveness in relieving skin flare-ups, particularly from skin conditions such as psoriasis. Organic salves with CBD have also been used to ease skin inflammation due to acne breakouts. CBD is an ideal ointment for acne because its oil does not clog pores, which can aggravate this skin condition. Some theorize that ingesting CBD also helps ease skin inflammation, but more studies need to be conducted to support this claim.
- Pain relief. In connection with its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD has also been used as an alternative treatment for chronic pain. Most pharmaceutical pain relievers stresses out both the kidneys and the liver, and long term use of pharmaceutical painkillers may lead to diseases involving these organs. CBD, on the other hand, can effectively ease pain without doing damage elsewhere.
- Management of hypertension. Drugs for treating hypertension also stress out the kidneys by forcing it to extract more fluid from the blood and expel it via urination. Cannabidiol can help manage hypertension with its vasodilating properties, which is the ability to relax the veins. This ability expands the veins, allowing the blood to circulate more freely. CBD, therefore, can manage hypertension without forcing the kidneys to work harder. With blood flowing more freely through the veins, there’s also less stress on the heart, which can also help prevent heart problems.
- Managing anxiety and depression. CBD can help you relax and make you calmer without getting you high. This is especially good news for Americans, as according to statistics released by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 18% of individuals in the U.S. suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. The same data shows that only 36% of those suffering from anxiety disorders are actively seeking treatment for it. Some believe that part of the reason is the fear of being stigmatized as being labeled as “crazy.” This ushers in the next section, which highlights the specific benefits of using CBD gum to self-administer cannabidiol.
Benefits of Using CBD Gum
As mentioned earlier, you can discreetly with CBD gum. You simply pop a gum into your mouth and you’re all set. Since chewing gum is so commonplace, no one has to know that you’re actually taking one for a medical or mental condition. It also saves you from the trouble of upsetting anyone who still has issues with products that are infused with cannabis sativa extracts.
Another advantage of chewing on CBD gum is that the doses are accurate in increments of 10 milligrams. This takes away much of the guesswork such as when using CBD tincture oils. With CBD gum, you absorb the cannabidiol via the mucous membranes in your mouth, which also gets the compound into your system faster compared to ingesting it.
Side Effects of Using CBD Gum
There’s no significant side effect specifically from chewing on CBD gum to self-administer this cannabis compound. If there are any notable side effects, it would be those that come from using CBD itself. As with anything that is consumed into the body, there’s bound to be those who experience adverse reactions when supplementing with CBD. While these side effects may be rare, it will be a good idea to be aware of them if you are planning to supplement with CBD.
- Drug Interactions
This is one of the more significant disadvantages of using CBD. Because of its effectiveness of lowering blood pressure, it can throw off the dosing of those who are taking antihypertensives. CBD is also known to interact with drugs, either making them more potent or decreasing their effectiveness.
- Common Side Effects
The other side effects of CBD are similar with other types of drugs. These are side effects that only occur if you are hypersensitive to CBD. These include nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue and diarrhea.
- Impaired Psychomotor Functions
Yet another rare side effect, CBD has been shown to affect the psychomotor functions of certain individuals. However, more studies need to be conducted in this regard to have conclusive data that shows that CBD causes psychomotor dysfunction and not because a combination of the common side effects that were previously mentioned.
To date, there has yet to be any case recorded of any user who suffered from CBD toxicity or overdose. This further lends credence to the safety of CBD supplementation. Some small case studies also suggest that CBD supplementation is safe for almost everyone. As with any other supplement, however, it is always best to consult with your physician before supplementing with CBD gum or any other product that is infused with CBD.