What You Need to Know About CBD Safety
With so many advertisements from CBD manufacturers and retailers out there
promising you heaven and earth, how is it possible to know what’s true and what
isn’t? If you’ve done even a little reading, you’ll know that the CBD market is
presently unregulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
This has opened a door for scam artists to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens
who are turning to CBD in the hopes that it will alleviate their symptoms for various
conditions. People are made empty promises and left disappointed when they part
with their hard-earned cash and don’t get the results they expect.
It’s essential that you are aware of the regulatory and safety concerns about CBD so
that you make an informed buying decision. Here’s what you should know:
There are regulations about CBD sources
Current legislation requires that CBD is made from the leaves of the hemp plant, not
those of the marijuana plant. Both plants belong to the cannabis family and have
similar contents, but there are striking differences as well.
For example, the hemp leaf is rich in CBD, while the marijuana leaf is not. The
marijuana plant contains high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the
psychoactive, mood-altering compound in marijuana that induces the ‘high’ most
people know about. The hemp leaf contains only minimal traces of THC.
For CBD to qualify as legal, it must contain less than 0.03% of THC. These are
federal laws, which may differ from state laws. It is vital that the user knows what is
and isn’t legal in their state of residence to avoid falling foul of the law.
There are different production methods of CBD
During the manufacturing process, CBD is extracted from the leaves of the hemp
plant. There are different methods of extraction, and each produces different results.
● Supercritical CO 2 extraction is accepted as the safest extraction method that
yields the highest concentration of CBD. However, it is a complicated and
● Ethanol extraction utilizes an alcohol solvent to extract the CBD. The
concentration is still relatively high, and it is a lot less expensive.
● Hydrocarbon extraction involves the use of several harmful chemicals,
including butane, propane, and acetone. These harsh chemicals leave behind
a potentially dangerous residue, and the concentration of CBD after extraction
is lower than when the other methods are applied.
When you buy CBD products, you need to find out about the manufacturer and what
processes they’ve used to make the CBD. Cheaper products tend to be the results of
hydrocarbon extraction, while CBD rendered using supercritical CO 2 extraction tends
to be more expensive.
There are no guidelines for CBD dosages
Since CBD is largely unregulated, there are no set dosage guidelines. It is usually
recommended that the user start with a minimal dose and increase it incrementally
until the desired effect is achieved.
The dose will also depend on how you’re using the CBD. There are four primary
● Topical application
● Oral ingestion
● Sublingual ingestion
Of these four, only the first will not result in the CBD entering the bloodstream. In
using one of the remaining three, you will have CBD in your blood. They are ranked
according to the speed with which they enter the bloodstream, with oral ingestion
being the slowest and inhalation the fastest.
CBD does have side effects
While it might be marketed as being an alternative treatment that will cause you no
harm, CBD does have certain side effects, which you may or may not experience.
● Digestive system disruptions, such as nausea or diarrhea
● Extreme fatigue and drowsiness, affecting the ability to concentrate and
● A dry mouth, leading to excessive thirst
● Lower blood pressure, leading to sensations of dizziness and lightheadedness
CBD may interact negatively with other medications you’re taking
It’s essential that you consult your doctor before trying CBD products if you’re taking
chronic prescription medication, as it might cause a harmful interaction.
Among others, CBD can have a negative interaction with antidepressants, mood
stabilizers, antipsychotics, antihistamines, HIV antiretrovirals, steroids, and non-
steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The efficacy of heart medications like
antiarrhythmics and beta-blockers may also be affected.