Who should not use CBD?
Basically, CBD, a natural cannabinoid of the female hemp plant, is considered safe and has a very good safety profile according to the WHO. However, we are all different people and so CBD products can also lead to an interaction or side effect under certain conditions. In this blog article, we’ll explore the question: “Who shouldn’t take CBD?” and try to provide you with some answers.
CBD – Possible side effects
CBD is well tolerated by most people and rarely causes side effects. One factor that can increase side effects is poor quality. Low quality CBD products are usually loaded with chemicals and do not contain what is stated on the packaging. If the CBD you buy makes you high, then this is mainly an indication that the maximum and especially legal THC content has been exceeded. We only offer high quality CBD products that have been tested by external laboratories.
Adverse effects include: Fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, loss of appetite, diarrhea and allergic reactions (e.g. hemp allergy). Usually they occur due to too high dosage. How to find the right dose for you personally, we have summarized in the article “CBD Oil – Finding the right dosage“.
Who should not take CBD and why
As you know, research around CBD is still in its infancy.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women
Since researchers are not yet agreed on the safety of CBD during pregnancy, we do not recommend its use. The side effects could not only affect the pregnant person, but also the unborn child.
- People with liver disease
Anyone suffering from liver disease or simply a poorly functioning liver should avoid CBD. Why? CBD is broken down by the liver, especially by the cytochrome P450 liver enzyme. We are not doctors. That means it’s best to talk to a qualified health professional first.
- People with low blood pressure
CBD can have a calming effect and relieve stress. Thus, it can also lower blood pressure. However, if you already have low blood pressure or take medication that lowers blood pressure, we do not recommend taking CBD either.
- People who regularly take medication
Since an interaction of CBD with medications is not excluded, we recommend a discussion with a medical professional. On the one hand, taking CBD together can cause the medication to act differently or even lead to unpleasant side effects. Here it is important to inform yourself thoroughly in advance.
CBD and children
In Austria, the possession, consumption and distribution of CBD is legal as long as the THC content is below 0.3%. Depending on the product category, a different age restriction applies. For smokable CBD products (hemp flowers, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, etc.), the Youth Protection Act of 2019 sets an age limit of 18 years and older. Cosmetic products or dietary supplements containing CBD are not regulated in this respect, at least in Austria.
Certain medical conditions, allergies, and other lifestyle factors can make it difficult to take CBD. If you are unsure, please be sure to speak with a medical professional.