Some people believe CBD oil is safe and well-tolerated. Read about the side effects you can expect and what to be aware of. Vertigo is an uncomfortable condition that causes dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Learn how you can use CBD to help manage these symptoms. Can CBD Oil Make You Dizzy? Most people enjoy the benefits of CBD oil without experiencing any of the possible side effects, but not everyone is that lucky. Getting dizzy when using CBD hemp
7 CBD Oil Side Effects You Should Watch Out For
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CBD oil is believed to be generally safe and well-tolerated, but it is not free of side effects. Read on to learn which adverse effects you should watch out for when using CBD oil, how the delivery form influences them, and what you can do to reduce your risk.
CBD Oil Side Effects
First, it is important to remember that CBD oil is considered experimental and investigational and far more clinical studies are needed before we can make any firm conclusions about its supposed benefits .
Similarly, it’s an insufficiently investigated supplement with a relatively unknown safety profile. The list of side effects listed in this article is, therefore, not a definite one.
So, make sure to speak with your doctor before starting on a CBD oil regimen.
With the recent legalization of CBD oil in many states worldwide, its popularity is booming and people are taking it for not only its FDA-approved use for seizures, but also conditions such as :
An advantage of CBD oil is that it’s considered generally safer and causes fewer adverse effects than the drugs typically used for these conditions. Chronic doses of up to 1500 mg/day were tolerated well in multiple studies [3+, 4].
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t cause behavioral and psychological side effects. What’s more, it may even reduce some of them such as anxiety, psychosis, and memory loss [5, 6, 7, 8].
CBD oil is believed to cause fewer side effects than THC and most prescription drugs, even at high doses.
Nevertheless, there are some potential side effects of CBD oil that you should watch out for. Below is a detailed overview of the most common ones.
1) Dry Mouth
Whether you use them for recreational or medicinal purposes, cannabis products will often make your mouth feel as if it were stuffed with cotton balls. Almost 12% of 1500 people responding to a survey about CBD use experienced dry mouth, making it the most common adverse effect .
Stimulation of the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the salivary glands reduces saliva secretion, which makes the mouth feel dry. The well-known cannabis compound THC activates these receptors directly. In turn, CBD raises the levels of an activator naturally produced in the body – the cannabinoid anandamide [9, 10, 11, 12].
2) Digestive Issues
Both CBD oil supplements and the FDA-approved CBD medicine Epidiolex have been reported to cause digestive issues such as [2, 4]:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased or reduced appetite
- Weight loss or gain
Because preliminary research suggests that CBD improves rather than causes nausea and diarrhea, these effects most likely result from the irritating effects of other ingredients (e.g., carrier oils) on the bowels [13, 14, 15].
Alternatively, the loose regulation of supplements may allow for excessive CBD levels in products or harmful contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, and solvents [16+, 17].
In turn, the endocannabinoid system has a role in promoting appetite. The mixed effects of CBD on appetite and weight seen in different studies may be due to its dual effect: it blocks the CB1 and CB2 receptors but boosts the levels of their activator anandamide [18, 19, 11].
If you experience digestive issues from using CBD oil, tell your doctor. He or she may recommend reducing the dose or shifting to another brand.
Contaminants and additives are likely responsible for the digestive side effects of low-quality CBD oil: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and appetite and weight changes.
3) Drowsiness and Fatigue
People taking CBD oil often report feeling sleepy and tired. Indeed, this side effect was observed in early clinical trials and one of the most common uses of CBD oil is to improve sleep disorders [20+].
If the symptoms are very severe, you shouldn’t drive or operate heavy machinery.
The effect of CBD on sleep seems to be biphasic: high doses may increase sleeping time, lower amounts may promote wakefulness. Additionally, levels of endocannabinoid receptors depend on the circadian rhythm. This may explain why CBD tends to cause drowsiness later in the day but has the opposite effect in the morning [21, 22, 23].
CBD oil may make you feel sleepy, especially if you take high doses at night. Low morning doses, on the contrary, seem to increase wakefulness.
High doses of CBD lowered blood pressure in a small trial on 9 people. In turn, THC seems to have a more complex effect: it slightly raises blood pressure in people lying down but increases the risk of sudden blood pressure drops when standing up [24, 25+].
As a result, a common adverse effect of CBD – both alone and with equal amounts of THC (nabiximols) – is feeling dizzy and light-headed [26, 27, 28].
If your blood pressure drops too much, you may faint. The risk is especially high in people diagnosed with low blood pressure or on blood pressure medications – such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and beta-blockers. These people should be especially cautious with CBD oil and never try it out without discussing it with their doctor.
CBD oil, alone or with THC, may reduce blood pressure. This can make you feel dizzy and light-headed, especially if you are prone to blood pressure drops.
5) Possible Liver Damage
Several trials testing CBD for seizures found possible liver damage (high transaminases ALT and AST) in 9-25% of the people. The risk increased with the dose and was highest in people also taking the anti-seizure drug valproate, which is known to cause liver injuries [29+, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34].
Similarly, CBD caused signs of liver toxicity (high transaminases, alkaline phosphatase, and bilirubin) in mice and dogs. However, the doses were generally higher than those used in human trials [35, 36, 37].
Make sure to talk to your doctor, especially if you are taking valproate, and never exceed the recommended CBD oil dose to reduce your risk of liver damage.
CBD oil may cause liver damage at very high doses and in people prescribed the anti-seizure drug valproate.
CBD is often used to curb anxiety, although research suggests it has “inverted U-shaped” effects: moderate doses, but not low or high amounts, may be effective for a range of anxiety disorders and stressful situations [38, 39].
In contrast, very high doses may even trigger anxiety and irritability. This was the case in 7-9% of the children in 2 clinical trials using CBD for seizures and autism [40, 41].
The effect probably involves the TRPV1 receptor, the activation of which increases the brain’s response to stressful situations .
CBD boosts the naturally-produced cannabinoid anandamide. While moderate anandamide levels activate CB1 receptors and curb anxiety, high amounts may worsen it by binding to TRPV1. CBD also activates this receptor directly, further contributing to the potential anxiety-triggering effects [43, 44, 11, 45].
7) Immune Suppression
CBD may reduce the immune response. It prevents T cells from dividing, migrating to inflammation sites, and producing pro-inflammatory cytokines. This may be beneficial in people with autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis [46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52].
The downside of blocking the immune response is that it may make people with weakened immune systems more prone to infections. Thus, people on immunosuppressants or with conditions such as HIV, diabetes, and Down syndrome might want to avoid it .
CBD oil seems to reduce the immune response, which may make people with a weak immune system more prone to infections.
CBD didn’t damage the kidneys in clinical trials. In fact, researchers believed it protected against kidney injury and inflammation in numerous animal studies [54, 55, 56, 57, 58]. Remember that larger and better designed clinical trials are needed before these findings are conclusive.
Though more clinical trials are needed, the current evidence suggests CBD oil will not harm your kidneys at normal doses.
On the other hand, people with kidney disease should probably avoid THC-containing medical marijuana without consulting a doctor.
According to a recent review, THC may worsen kidney health and increase urination by activating CB1 receptors. Remember that, unlike THC, CBD blocks these receptors. However, CBD may indirectly activate them by increasing anandamide levels in the body [59+].
Lastly, avoid synthetic cannabinoids at all costs (products like “spice” and “K2” sold in smoke shops). These chemicals caused sudden and severe kidney injury in several cases [59+].
Unlike THC and synthetic cannabinoids, CBD oil probably does not cause side effects on the kidneys; some researchers believe it might even be protective.
Are You at Risk of CBD Oil Side Effects?
CBD altered the levels of two drug transporters in placental cells. This suggests that taking CBD oil during pregnancy may increase the exposure of the fetus to any drugs that the mother takes. Pregnant women should avoid CBD oil in any case, since safety data are lacking .
Taking THC-containing CBD oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding is particularly dangerous, since THC may reduce growth and cause brain developmental anomalies in babies [61+].
Because there are no studies testing its safety in children below 2 years old, it’s better to avoid giving them CBD oil unless prescribed by a doctor.
CBD is thought to be safe in older children, but they may be more sensitive to THC and toxic contaminants such as heavy metals and pesticides than adults. Be sure to use high-quality, THC-free CBD in children and consult the doctor first.
Pregnant women and children under 2 years old should avoid CBD oil due to the lack of safety data; THC during pregnancy is known to be dangerous.
Most drugs are broken down by liver enzymes. Among them, cytochrome (CYP) P450 plays a key role. A single CBD dose blocks several CYP enzymes, such as:
By doing so, it may slow the breakdown of several drugs and enhance their effects [62, 63, 64, 65, 66].
Indeed, CBD reduced the breakdown of the sedative hexobarbital, the anti-seizure drug clobazam, and the blood thinner warfarin in humans. It had the same effect on the immunosuppressant cyclosporin and the cannabis compound THC in cells [67, 68, 69, 70].
On the other hand, repeated CBD doses can increase the levels of some enzymes of this group and reduce the effects of the drugs they break down [71, 72, 73, 74].
Plus, CBD itself is broken down by CYP enzymes, especially by CYP34A and CYP2C19. Drugs that block these enzymes (such as ketoconazole and ritonavir) will enhance its effects, while those that activate them (such as phenobarbital and rifampicin) will have the opposite effect [75, 4].
If you are on prescription medication and plan to use CBD oil, ask your doctor about potential interactions and dose readjustment. Additionally, avoid combining CBD oil with grapefruit or other supplements that block the same liver enzymes (such as St John’s wort or watercress).
CBD oil can block or activate liver enzymes that metabolize drugs. This may increase the side effects of both CBD oil and the medication you’re taking.
How Does the Delivery Form Influence CBD Oil Side Effects?
While rapid-release forms (mouth sprays and oil tinctures) deliver CBD directly into your bloodstream, slow-release forms (capsules, edibles, and teas) have to pass your digestive system first. This means their ingredients may irritate your bowels and give you nausea and diarrhea [76+, 77].
However, rapid-release forms will release CBD faster, so you may experience both wanted and unwanted effects sooner [76+, 77].
And since tinctures and sprays are directly applied in the mouth, they will quickly reach the salivary glands and cause dry mouth. Mouth sprays may also cause a stinging sensation and even burns, especially if they contain alcohol [9, 78].
Capsules and edibles are more likely to cause digestive side effects, while mouth sprays and tinctures more frequently cause dry mouth.
Vapes bypass the digestive system without irritating your bowels, but they may trigger the other adverse effects faster [76+, 77].
Vaping is considered safer than smoking cigarettes or joints because the oil is heated at lower temperatures that produce fewer toxic byproducts [76+ 79].
However, the additives used as flavorings and thinning agents in vaping oils may still pose some hazards. Although they are normally food-grade, they may release harmful compounds (including the cancer-causing formaldehyde) when vaporized. Their heavy use may lead to [80, 79, 81+]:
- Dry throat
- Lung injury
- Fat particles entering the lungs (lipoid pneumonia – rare)
For instance, one man developed severe lung damage from vaping CBD oil [82+].
Creams & Gels
Creams and gels act locally on the application site and don’t release CBD into the gut or bloodstream. This means they will not cause most of the adverse effects previously described [76+].
However, they may cause allergic reactions with itching, redness, and rashes on the skin. It’s important to note that the reactions can be caused by either CBD or other ingredients in the formulation [83+, 84+].
How to Reduce Your Risk of Side Effects from CBD Oil
1) Drink More Water
The best way to reduce dry mouth when using CBD oil is to drink plenty of water and other hydrating liquids before, during, and after consumption.
2) Find Additive-Free Products
You can reduce the risk of digestive issues by choosing forms that bypass the gut and directly release CBD into your bloodstream such as vapes, mouth sprays, and oil tinctures. High-quality oils without additives may also irritate your bowels less.
3) Take it Before Sleep
If you feel drowsy or light-headed after taking CBD oil, you may need to reduce the dose or take it only before sleep.
4) Increase Wakefulness Naturally
Drinking coffee or tea will help you both stay awake and raise your blood pressure, but it also causes many side effects. Try to get more sunlight first thing in the morning, as it will energize you and help you get better sleep at night. We talk about other natural ways to increase wakefulness in this post.
5) Support Your Liver
Avoid combining CBD with the anti-seizure drug valproate. Additionally, make sure not to exceed the dose and regularly monitor your liver function to reduce your risk of liver damage. Eggs (choline), artichokes, NAC, and probiotics also support liver health. Read more foods and supplements that are good for the liver here.
6) Don’t Take Megadoses
Only very high CBD doses may cause irritability. Make sure not to exceed the dose and try reducing it if you notice this symptom.
7) Monitor Your Immune Response
If you have a weakened immune system, you should consult your doctor before taking CBD oil. You may need to avoid CBD or take a lower dose.
Additionally, you may also want to look into balancing your Th1/Th2 immune response. If you have a slightly weaker immune system and are prone to allergies, you are probably Th2-dominant.
To reduce your risk of CBD oil side effects, avoid products with additives, drink plenty of water, get sunlight during the day, and support your liver and gut health.
Always make sure to speak with your physician before starting on a CBD oil regimen.
CBD oil is thought to be safe and most people seem to tolerate it well.
Low-quality products may contain additives and toxins that can irritate the lungs when vaped and the gut when taken orally. Choose high-quality products to reduce your risk.
Additionally, CBD oil can make you feel drowsy and lightheaded. If you feel tired after taking CBD oil, lower your dose or use it only before sleep. Look to also increase your wakefulness naturally by getting more sunlight during the day.
High doses may damage the liver, but likely only in people taking the anti-seizure medication valproate. Monitor your liver enzymes and look into natural ways to protect your liver.
Avoid CBD oil if you have a weak immune system, as it might make you more prone to infection.
If you take prescription drugs, consult your doctor. Many drugs can interact with CBD oil and increase the risk of side effects.
Pregnant women and children should avoid CBD oil until more safety data are available.
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Can CBD Help With Vertigo and Dizziness?
CBD has proven itself useful as a panacea of sorts, having been used for treating everything from migraines to chronic pain and anxiety.
Recent reviews show that CBD may also be useful for helping to treat vertigo, a condition that causes an unpleasant spinning sensation.
In this article, we’re going to explore some of the ways that CBD may be useful for helping with vertigo.
Does CBD Help With Vertigo?
Vertigo itself is not so much a condition as a symptom.
There are many conditions that can cause vertigo. Illnesses, medications, and environmental stimuli can all lead to the symptoms of vertigo: an uncontrollable sensation of dizziness and loss of balance.
For some, vertigo is so intense it can cause vomiting and leave them feeling entirely disoriented. Whatever the case, vertigo is an uncomfortable condition that many people seek relief from.
CBD has proven to be useful for managing a number of the symptoms of vertigo — including nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.
Anecdotal reports also show that it’s useful for treating headaches and dizziness.
Should I Use CBD or THC for Vertigo Treatment?
Both CBD and THC are useful for helping treat the symptoms of vertigo. Which one you decide to use is a matter of personal preference.
For most, the main difference is the way in which these compounds affect the brain.
Both substances are cannabinoids, which affect a system in the body called the endocannabinoid system. This is one of the widest networks in the human body, and this is also the reason that these two substances have such a huge number of different effects.
However, they both affect the body differently. THC works directly by stimulating the CB1 receptors in the system, but CBD works a bit more indirectly. In this way, it can provide most of the benefits of THC without getting you high.
This means you can enjoy the benefits of CBD without running the risk of getting intoxicated. This is ideal if you often struggle with vertigo at work or school, or while you’re driving.
How to Use CBD for Vertigo?
There are a few different ways you can use CBD for vertigo.
1. Using CBD Tinctures for Vertigo
CBD tinctures are one of the most popular forms of CBD. Tinctures can be taken orally or sublingually.
When used sublingually (held under the tongue) they’ll provide more benefit at a lower dose. Sublingual absorption allows for the substance to be absorbed into your bloodstream through the vessels in your mouth.
If you choose to swallow the tincture, a lot of it will still be absorbed. However, some of it is lost as it’s processed by your liver and digestive tract. This means you’ll need to take slightly more than you would otherwise.
In either case, CBD tinctures are very useful and convenient. You can take them anywhere, and they’re easy to transport.
2. Using CBD Vapes for Vertigo
Some people prefer to use a vape for treating their vertigo with CBD. There are a couple of benefits to this as well as some obvious drawbacks.
One of the most promising benefits is the fact that vaped CBD hits you immediately. Within a matter of seconds, you’ll be able to find relief.
Furthermore, you’re able to use a much lower dose than you would if you were taking a tincture. Vaped CBD is administered directly into the bloodstream through the lungs, and very little is lost through this process.
One of the disadvantages is that you’ll need to find a place where you can actually vape your CBD. If you’re expecting to get hit by vertigo at work or school, you may want to keep some tinctures on hand as well.
CBD For Vertigo Symptoms
Vertigo is often caused by an underlying condition, a stimulating experience, or a drug. This means that CBD may not be useful for stopping the underlying condition causing your vertigo. However, it can be very useful for helping to manage some of the symptoms of vertigo.
Some of the most common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and migraines. Here’s how CBD can improve these issues.
1. CBD For Nausea
One of CBD’s most popular uses is for managing nausea. It has been useful for helping people manage nausea of all types ranging from chemotherapy-induced nausea to nausea from hangovers.
CBD does this by interacting with the serotonin system . Many of the serotonin receptors are located in the gut, where they regulate our digestive health and nausea.
By bringing balance to our serotonin system, CBD helps to mitigate nausea. This can make it a useful treatment for managing vertigo-induced nausea.
2. CBD For Vomiting
CBD is also a very useful treatment for nausea. Not only can it help to prevent nausea associated with vomiting, but it may also be able to prevent nausea. Research reveals that cannabinoids, including CBD, can help to prevent vomiting in people with cancer.
3. CBD For Headaches
Another one of the most common and popular uses of CBD is for helping to manage headaches and migraines.
Many vertigo attacks are accompanied by intense headaches and migraines. This is particularly true if you struggle with a condition known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
People with this type of vertigo often experience migraines when they move quickly or suddenly. While most of the reports of using CBD for headaches are anecdotal, research has compiled a fair amount of evidence that supports this claim.
One of the reasons for this is because the endocannabinoid system is involved in pain regulation. By affecting the receptors in your ECS, CBD can help to reduce pain.
CBD also stimulates the release of another compound called anandamide. One of the functions of this substance is to help dilate your blood vessels. This can help reduce the intensity of headaches.
4. CBD For Dizziness
There have been anecdotal reports of people using cannabinoids to help fight dizziness. However, there are not any studies that specifically confirm this benefit.
A study published in 2006 suggests that there may be cannabinoid receptors in the central vestibular system. This system is often involved in acute attacks of dizziness .
While this doesn’t prove that CBD may be reliable for fighting nausea, it’s certainly a suggestion that more research in this area is necessary.
Nausea, vomiting, and dizziness are symptoms that commonly occur alongside one another. This may be one reason that people have reported relief when using CBD for dizziness.
Safety & Risks: Side Effects of Using CBD With Vertigo
CBD is generally considered a safe supplement. There aren’t a lot of serious side effects associated with it.
The most commonly reported side effect is drowsiness caused by extreme relaxation. This means that you might want to avoid using CBD for vertigo if you’re going to be driving or using heavy machinery.
The other main concern is the way that CBD interacts with other drugs and medications. CBD inhibits the production of the CYP450 enzymes, which are responsible for metabolizing the most commonly prescribed drugs .
If you’re taking other medications, you may want to check with your doctor first before using CBD. This is especially important when you consider the fact that vertigo is sometimes a side effect of certain medications.
Another thing you’ll want to confirm is the legal status of cannabinoids in your area. CBD is considered legal in most areas. However, cannabis in its whole form is not.
If you’re planning to use cannabis or CBD to manage your vertigo, you should check in with your state or country to confirm whether or not it’s legal.
Summary: Should You Use CBD Oil For Vertigo?
CBD is a very useful compound that provides many of the same benefits as THC without causing intoxication.
It has been used medically to help manage a wide variety of symptoms, including many of those associated with vertigo: nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness.
If you struggle with vertigo and are looking for a useful substance to help fight the symptoms, you may want to use CBD. This can help to provide relief while you work to identify the underlying cause of your vertigo.
Remember to be careful when using CBD. While the substance itself is considered safe, it can interact with medications and other drugs. You will also have to double-check the legal status of CBD in your state and country.
Once you’ve confirmed with your doctor that CBD is safe to use with any medications you’re taking, check out the products offered by Royal CBD or Gold Bee to help with vertigo symptoms.
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Can CBD Oil Make You Dizzy?
Most people enjoy the benefits of CBD oil without experiencing any of the possible side effects, but not everyone is that lucky.
Getting dizzy when using CBD hemp oil is one of the most common side effects people face, and this guide helps you understand why it happens and what you can do to prevent it. Using these tips lets you take advantage of the health benefits of CBD without worrying about getting dizzy.
Table of Contents
- Why CBD Oil Can Make You Dizzy
- Combating the Problem and Staying Sharp
- Speaking With a Doctor
- Final Thoughts
Why CBD Oil Can Make You Dizzy
Learning why CBD oil can make you dizzy is a great place to start if you want to use it without dealing with the issue. When you take CBD oil, it can lower your blood pressure, which is a powerful benefit for a lot of people.
The problem occurs if you already have normal or low blood pressure when you begin taking CBD oil. In those cases, it can lower your blood pressure enough that you get dizzy or even lightheaded. The good news, though, is that most people only feel dizzy for a few minutes after taking their CBD oil.
Combating the Problem and Staying Sharp
If your dizziness lasts for more than a few minutes or if you want to stop yourself from getting dizzy in the first place, start by lowering your dose of CBD oil each day until you no longer get dizzy. The goal is to take enough of the CBD oil to get the benefits you want without facing the downsides, which means finding the right balance for your unique body and needs.
If lowering your dose causes you to lose the benefits, you are not out of luck yet. Try finding the lowest dose that lets you enjoy the rewards for which you have been looking. Next, try sitting or lying down for a few minutes after taking the CBD. Eating a light snack is another excellent way to combat the dizzy feeling and stay sharp.
Speaking With a Doctor
Speaking with your doctor is important if you experience anything more than a light or mild dizzy feeling that lasts for more than a few minutes. While the odds of facing a serious medical issue are low when taking CBD, talking with your doctor is always the safe bet if you care about your overall well-being.
Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure and test you for other conditions that might be causing you to feel dizzy. Maintaining open and honest communication with your doctor is important. It lets your doctor give you viable advice that keeps you in top shape for as long as possible.
Quality hemp oil from a reputable CBD company can help people treat and prevent a range of harmful conditions. It also improves their quality of life by providing them with several benefits, including improved mood. Even though CBD hemp oil can do wonders to improve your overall health, you could encounter one or more side effects along the way. CBD oil can cause some people to get dizzy by lowering their blood pressure, but there are steps you can take to keep the problem at bay.