With CBD getting so much attention lately, a lot of people are learning about it for the first time. And any time you purchase a new product, it’s natural to have some questions about its safety and potential side effects.
In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into CBD safety and go through possible side effects so you can feel completely confident about using CBD oil. By the time we’re finished, you’ll be fully equipped to make the right decision for you!
Let’s start by talking about how CBD works and the benefits it has. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of the primary cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Cannabinoids interact with your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) receptors.
Endocannabinoid System receptors are found in places throughout your body, such as your brain, your organs, your connective tissues, your glands, and your immune cells. In each type of tissue, they do different tasks. They help regulate critical processes throughout your body, including your appetite, pain, mood, memory, and peripheral nervous system, just to name a few. But no matter what, the goal of the Endocannabinoid System is always to promote homeostasis.
Homeostasis is a state of balance and stability. You see, your body is always striving to maintain a constant internal environment. As the conditions both inside and outside of your body change, your body has to adjust in order to maintain that stable internal environment. Your Endocannabinoid System is one of the ways that it does that. By interacting with that system and promoting homeostasis, CBD may help you feel your best on a daily basis.
CBD Side Effects
Now that you know how CBD can benefit you, let’s talk about potential CBD side effects. According to the World Health Organization’s critical review on cannabidiol, “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.” The review also noted that “in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
That said, it’s important to remember that every person is unique and people respond to things in different ways. While it’s unlikely, it is possible to experience some side effects, such as nausea, fatigue, or irritability, when you use CBD oils. These side effects are rare, and they are usually mild when they do occur. Be sure to pay attention to your body as you start using CBD oils and note how you react to the products. If you have any concerns based on your reaction, contact your medical professional.
You may also experience side effects if you’re currently on different medication. Dr. Ty Call, Nature’s Ultra’s Chief Science Officer, notes, “CBD undergoes first pass metabolism and is extensively metabolized by the liver. Because of this we do not recommend using CBD products in people with liver problems. Like grapefruit juice, CBD is a CYP 450 enzyme inhibitor and thus can alter the metabolism of some medications. Please consult with your physician if you take any CYP 450 medications. In general it will make these medications metabolize slower and thus you may need to reduce your dosing.”
While it’s important to be aware of these potential side effects, one side effect that you don’t have to worry about is experiencing a high when you use CBD oils that contain no THC. THC is the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant, and it’s the compound that causes euphoric side effects. Because Nature’s Ultra CBD is tested extensively to ensure that it contains 0% THC, using our CBD products will not cause the mood-altering effects sometimes associated with cannabis.
CBD Safety Concerns
Now for the big question: Is CBD safe? Let’s get into it! As we mentioned above, the World Health Organization’s review of CBD noted it as well-tolerated with a good safety profile.
Of course, safety is dependent on the quality of the product itself. There are a lot of CBD oils out there, and not all of them are good quality. If you’re using a low-quality CBD oil that isn’t transparent about where its CBD is sourced, how it’s tested, and what other ingredients it contains, you’re far more likely to experience side effects because it could be contaminated.
The quality of the CBD isn’t the only thing to consider. The hemp and the way it’s cultivated is also important! According to Dr. Call, “Hemp is a well-known phytoremediator, which means it takes in all of the contaminants and toxins found in the soil. While this may be good improving soil quality, it also means that hemp products may contain contaminants and toxins that you would not want on your skin or in your body.”
That’s why to ensure that your CBD oil is safe, it’s essential to choose products that are cultivated using safe farming practices, are tested rigorously, and are transparent in their labeling.
Nature’s Ultra CBD
At Nature’s Ultra, we take every step possible to ensure that our CBD is safe, pure, and potent. Each of our oils is a combination of our pure CBD isolate, MCT oil as a carrier oil, and world-class essential oils from Young Living. These incredible ingredients combine to create our very own Smart Spectrum CBD!
Quality begins at the source, so let’s talk about where our CBD comes from. We have a partner farm in Colorado, which was one of the first hemp farms to hold the USDA organic handler’s certification. We never use pesticides, and we extract our CBD using our own proprietary CO2 extraction method to avoid using any harsh chemicals. We also test multiple times to ensure that our hemp and the CBD we extract from it are potent and pure.
Next comes the manufacturing process, and our quality assurance system comes into play. Our quality assurance system tests for purity and potency and ensures that our products contain no pesticides, heavy metals, or solvents. We want you to feel completely secure when you use our products, so we’re transparent about our lab results. You can visit our product verification page here, select your product, find the folder that matches the number on the bottom of your product, and see the results for your specific batch of product.
One of the most important things you’ll notice on your lab results is total THC content. As we mentioned earlier, THC is the psychoactive compound in the hemp plant, and it can cause euphoric side effects. In most states, products that contain 0.3% THC or more are illegal, but our lab results confirm that our products contain 0% THC!
We hope this article has helped you understand how CBD works, its safety profile, and any potential side effects. Once you’re confident that CBD is right for you, visit our product page here, find the product that aligns with your needs, and place your order!