Have you heard of the buzz around CBD oil? Are you wondering what the hype is all about? Well, it's all true—but it doesn't hurt to be informed.

So, here's a quick run-down of what you need to know about CBD oil, including side effects and counter-indications.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is a product derived from hemp that contains cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. It has become popular in recent years due to its purported health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and relieving pain.

Side Effects of CBD Oil

The most common side effects of taking too much CBD oil include drowsiness, dry mouth, and lightheadedness. However, these symptoms are usually mild and should resolve on their own within a few days.

Other potential side effects include nausea, fatigue, and irritability. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen, cease use immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.

Long-term studies are ongoing to determine more information about potential side effects associated with CBD oil use.

The recommended dosage for adults varies widely depending on your weight and desired effect; however, a general rule of thumb is to start low (around 5 mg) and increase gradually until desired results are achieved.

It is important to note that taking too much can lead to intoxication-like symptoms similar to those caused by THC (the primary intoxicating compound in marijuana). Therefore, it is best to start with a low dose and only increase your dosage if necessary.

Drug Tests & Who Should Not Take It

CBD does not cause intoxication as THC does therefore, it should not show up on drug tests unless the test specifically looks for CBD molecules in the system (which is rare).

However, there is still some risk that the trace amounts of THC present in certain oils could trigger a false positive result on a drug test; therefore it’s best to avoid using CBD oil if you are subject to regular drug testing at work or school.

In addition, pregnant women or people with pre-existing medical conditions should consult their healthcare provider before using any form of cannabis-based products like CBD oil.


As this article has shown, there are pros and cons when considering whether or not to take CBD oil as part of your wellness routine.

While there have been many reported benefits associated with its use—including reduced inflammation and relief from chronic pain—it’s important to also consider any potential risks associated with taking too much or mixing with other medications or supplements you may be taking as well as weighing up who should not take it at all (e.g., pregnant women).

As always when considering any new supplement or medication regimen, consulting your healthcare provider beforehand is always recommended so that they can provide informed advice tailored to meet your individual needs!

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