Is CBD Safe?
CBD is generally regarded as safe, well-tolerated, and non-addictive by the medical community and the World Health Organization 1 Cannabidiol Critical Review Report World Health Organization. (2018). Cannabidiol Critical Review Report. Retrieved from: https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf World Health Organization. . Various studies have found that there are no serious CBD side effects – even at doses as high as 1500 mg per day 2 Safety and side effects of cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent Bergamaschi, M. M., Queiroz, R. H., Zuardi, A. W., & Crippa, J. A. (2011). Safety and side effects of cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent. Current drug safety, 6(4), 237–249. Bergamaschi, M. M., Queiroz, R. H., Zuardi, A. W., & Crippa, J. A. . While such high doses are not necessary for improving your wellbeing, this just goes to show that CBD has a rather wide safety range. CBD has not been shown to cause intoxication or have any effects on blood pressure, heart rate, or body temperature like THC does.
Despite its safe reputation, CBD is not side-effect free. It has been documented to interact with certain medications and have a few uncommon, minor side effects. Furthermore, when discussing how safe CBD truly is, it is important to note that substantial long-term data is not yet available. Epidiolex, an FDA-approved CBD prescription drug, gives us the best data currently available on CBD safety.
So, yes, CBD is generally safe. However, in the absence of substantial long-term data, the FDA and Health Canada advise cation and encourage consulting with your doctor before medicating with CBD products 3,4 What to Know About Products Containing Cannabis and CBD U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2020). What to Know About Products Containing Cannabis and CBD. Retrieved from: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/what-you-need-know-and-what-were-working-find-out-about-products-containing-cannabis-or-cannabis U.S. Food & Drug Administration .