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. . Note that such high doses are not necessary for improving your wellbeing.
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 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 4 Cannabidiol (CBD) Health Canada. (2019). Cannabidiol (CBD). Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/about/cannabidiol.html Health Canada .