CBD Oil – Effects, Side Effects, Benefits and Uses

CBD Oil Effects


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CBD oil also known as Cannabidiol oil or Hemp oil is gaining its popularity as more and more states in the US are legalizing medical marijuana. It is a non-intoxicating chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana causes the euphoric effect, CBD derived from Hemp does not. But CBD oil may contain THC up to some extent, but the concentration of THC in CBD products should not exceed the legal threshold of 0.3%.

Our body produces its own endogenous cannabinoids which then binds with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our central nervous system. This complex biological system is known as the endocannabinoid system and it affects certain aspects of our health. From recent research, it is found that cannabinoids from external resources such as CBD (Cannabidiol) also attaches to receptors in our body’s endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids have a role in regulating health functions like mood, sleep, memory as well as metabolic processes like energy balance.

Cannabidiol oil contains CBD in a carrier oil (sometimes with other active compounds). Some popular forms of CBD oil are spray, gel capsule and tincture. Besides, you will find an array of CBD skincare products i.e.: cream, lotion, soap etc. available in the market these days which can be applied directly to the skin. Depending on which CBD product you are using the concentration may vary.

Side Effects

Although the use of Hemp oil can bring lots of health benefits, it has got some side effects too. Some reported cases are as follows:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Anxiety
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Changes in Appetite
  • Light Headache
  • Mood Change
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

In rare cases use of cannabidiol oil may increase the production of liver enzymes which may lead to liver inflammation or injury. But this is less common.


As scientific studies are acknowledging the effectiveness of CBD oil for the treatment of certain illness and chronic medical condition, Cannabidiol (CBD) is getting more and more popular in the health and wellness world. CBD oil can be used for the treatment of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Seizures
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Glaucoma

Use of hemp oil can help you achieve sounder sleep, reduce anxiety, reduce pain, support weight loss, improve heart health and can even alleviate cancer related symptoms. These are some of the health and wellness benefits of CBD oil, that are proven by scientific research.


Although people are using CBD oil to treat different health related issues, little research have taken place to bring its full potential to light. However, there is significant scientific evidence that cannabidiol can be used to treat epilepsy (A disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures.).

On June 2018, FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave approval to a drug called Epidiolex (derived from pure hemp oil), which can help treat two unusual form of childhood epilepsy (Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome). Epidiolex is the first of its kind drug that is derived from marijuana and is approved by the FDA.

Let us have a look at some other potential benefits of cannabidiol oil that has gone through some clinical human trial:

CBD Oil for Anxiety

According to the report published in the Neurotherapeutics journal in 2015, CBD (Cannabidiol) has the potential to reduce anxiety. The authors’ of this report found proof that CBD can be used to treat social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic disorder, obsessive-compulsive-disorder, and stress disorder by considering the outcome from clinical trials, epidemiological studies, and experimental research.

Related: How Does CBD Interact With The Human Body?

CBD Oil for Pain

People suffering from recurring pain often use CBD oil to treat such condition. Use of CBD oil may help reduce pain, as well as overall discomfort associated with different health conditions.

Multiples studies took place from late 1980s to 2007 to showcase the effectiveness of cannabidiol oil for managing chronic pain. Studies carried out during this time period confirms that CBD oil shows little to no side effects when used for treating pain, which is later observed in a 2008 journal.

CBD Oil for Skin Care

Cannabinoid receptors are located all throughout the skin. This is why CBD oil has the capability of interacting with those receptors, which helps to encourage homeostasis and healing. Different skin conditions, such as eczema, have been shown to improve after treatment with hemp oil. CBD oil can adjust the output of oils in the skin and hair and inhibit skin cells’ lipid production, making it effective for preventing acne.

The CBD oil controls cell proliferation and differentiation, meaning it can be used in treatment efforts for things like allergies. Hemp oil topicals also contain an array of other essential nutrients, including vitamins, mineral protein and fatty acids. All of these encourage healthier skin and help keep free radicals from causing permanent damage to the skin.

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