Though CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe, it may cause adverse reactions in some people.
Side effects noted in studies include:
CBD is also known to interact with several medications. Before you start using CBD oil, discuss it with your doctor to ensure your safety and avoid potentially harmful interactions.
This is especially important if you take medications or supplements that come with a “grapefruit warning.” Both grapefruit and CBD interfere with cytochromes P450 (CYPs), a group of enzymes that are important to drug metabolism.
One study performed on mice showed that CBD-rich cannabis extracts have the potential to cause liver toxicity. However, some the mice in the study were injected with extremely large doses of the extract.
Though CBD is generally regarded as safe, a 2019 study done on mice did raise concerns about CBD’s potential for liver damage. CBD may also interact with other medications you’re taking, so speak to your doctor before using it.
Remember to use high-quality CBD products. Unfortunately, CBD isn’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, there are some weak and possibly dangerous products out there that are labeled as “CBD.”
Before you buy CBD from a company, research their history. Avoid companies with a history of mislabeling CBD and opt for CBD that has been tested by a third party.
According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors seldom recommend using sleep medication for longer than a few weeks. While CBD and other medication can be helpful, it’s important to get to the root cause of your sleep problems.
You may need a physical examination, to change your sleep habits, or to change your medication. Talk to your doctor if you have trouble sleeping.