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Can CBD Make Us Sick?
30 Sep 2019

Some people have complained of being sick after ingesting cannabidiol, most commonly known as CBD. Can CBD make people sick? The straight answer is no. CBD, per se, will not make people sick. But the people’s complaints should not be dismissed. There are explanations for that.

But first, CBD—what is it? It is one of the over 100 active compounds called cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. In fact, it constitutes around 40% of the plant’s extract.

CBD is the most popular substance used in medical cannabis. This is because CDB lessens the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive compound of cannabis. THC gives cannabis users the feeling of “high.”

But why are people complaining of feeling sick after ingesting CBD oil? Some of those complaints include diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems and upset stomach. According to reports, though, these problems occur because of the other ingredients mixed with the CBD—either that or it was due to the manufacturing process. CBD oil is a mixture of CBD and a slew of other ingredients including various forms of oil: coconut oil, emu oil, grapeseed oil, hempseed oil, MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil, among others. A lot of people with sensitive stomach usually experience distress over coconut oil or MCT oil, especially when these are consumed in large doses. So this could be one reason why consumers are having queasy stomach.

CBD, as it is, is known for treating ulcers and reducing acid reflux. It is also found to be essential in treating the digestive tract. So if people are complaining, it could also be due to the manufacturing process. In some cases, the quality of the CBD suffers because of how cannabis was planted. This could be because the soil was of poor quality. It could also be due to the transfer process when the plantation is different from the manufacturing area. Something could have happened during transit that caused the quality of the CBD to diminish. There is also the possibility that the extraction process of the cannabis was not done properly.

If a person has been taking CBD oil and experiencing illness like an upset stomach or queasiness or even diarrhea, they should stop ingesting the product immediately. Wait at least two days to determine if it was really the CBD oil that is causing the sickness. It could be something else, like bad food or whatever else the person was putting in their body. After a couple of days and the symptoms did not persist, one could go back to taking the CBD oil but at just half the regular dose. If the sickness continues, maybe it’s about time to shift to another brand of CBD oil. One may also try a different method of using CBD oil like instead of ingesting it, maybe it is safer to just rub it on the skin. If the sickness continues, it may be high time to see a doctor about it. There is also the possibility that one may feel a bit sick at the start of using CBD oil, just because the body is still adjusting to it. But in time, the sickness will pass.

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