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Is CBD Oil Safe To Use?

Is CBD oil safe to use?

CBD oil is increasingly becoming popular, both as a food supplement and as a balms to apply topically to the skin. If an organic, plant-based medicine provided more lasting relief than pharmaceuticals, most people would make the switch in a heartbeat. The biggest question is whether CBD oil is actually safe.

In short, assuming the starting material was a quality product, CBD is completely safe and is considered to be non-toxic. Studies also concluded that daily doses of CBD (700mg) for 6 weeks did not induce any toxicity in patients. Meaning long-term daily consumption of CBD is also safe.

The World Health Organisation published a report in 2017 stating that “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… and is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.”

Let’s also delve into more detail, including possible side effects and legalities.

What is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid – a chemical compund that acts on certain parts of the brain – that is becoming increasingly popular in the health world. It comes from the cannabis plant; however, unlike its counterpart, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the ‘high’ from marijuana, CBD is non-intoxicating and some believe it may have potential health and wellness benefits. Once extracted from the cannabis plant, it is diluted with a carrier such as olive, hemp or coconut oil.

Is CBD oil legal in the UK?

Contrary to popular belief, CBD oil is legal in the UK as it is not a controlled substance. There are, however, strict restrictions over its THC content. CBD oil that isn’t medically prescribed can only have a maximum THC content of 0.2%.

Is CBD oil safe?

A 2001 NCBI study concluded that CBD “does not induce changes on food intake, does not induce catalepsy, does not affect physiological parameters (heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature), does not affect gastrointestinal transit and does not alter psychomotor or psychological functions.”

Basically, CBD does not have the same psychoactive properties that THC does. If you aren’t acutely familiar, THC and CBD are the two most prevalent cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, respectively.

Then why the horror stores about patients becoming ill from ingesting CBD oil? The short answer – the products were made with toxic hemp. Remember CBD is extracted from the hemp plant – if those plants were grown with toxic pesticides in soil containing heavy metals, your CBD extract will contain those same nasty chemicals and metals.

This is by far the biggest risk factor to consider when purchasing CBD – was the hemp starting material grown organically without the use of fertilizers or pesticides? If the answer is no, you are jeopardizing your health. There is no government agency that regulates CBD sales, meaning it’s up to you as a customer to do your research and choose products that come with lab results.

At Greenhouse Oils, we vet every CBD supplier, ensure every product stocked is the highest grade possible, review and include full lab results and even test each product ourselves so we can advise accurately on what’s best for you.

Can you overdose on CBD?

No. CBD is non-toxic, meaning no fatal overdose levels have ever been reported. Several studies have evaluated the safety of CBD in adults and concluded that it’s well tolerated across a wide range of doses – up to 1,500 mg/day – that’s a lot, way more than the average person would need!

Are there side effects?

Sure, however they are neither common nor serious.

Drowsiness: Many people describe the effect of CBD as a ‘wave of relief’ or a ‘calming sensation.’ It’s worth noting that these feelings can manifest as drowsiness in high doses.

Dry Mouth: Recently, scientists confirmed that there are in fact cannabinoid receptors in the salivary glands of humans. CBD interacts with these cannabinoid receptors and inhibits the secretion of saliva – which can cause a dry mouth.

Low Blood Pressure: Very high doses of CBD can induce a slight drop in blood pressure that is often associated with mild lightheadedness.

Lightheadedness: As described above, some consumers experience mild feelings of lightheadedness as a result of the slight drop in blood pressure.

Inhibition of Hepatic Drug Metabolism: This one sounds worse than it is. If you’ve ever heard a physician caution eating a grapefruit with certain medications, this is the same effect.

As you can see, it’s a pretty short list of minor potential side effects  – especially when compared to modern pharmaceuticals. This is why we believe so strongly in CBD’s ability to heal people – naturally. CBD has such a wide array of therapeutic applications with an astonishingly short list of side effects. If you’re ready to give CBD a try, we recommend buying from a trusted, reputable company like Greenhouse Oils.

If you have additional questions regarding safety or side effects, contact our team directly and we will take care of you.

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