Cannabis is a plant of the Cannabaceae family and contains more than eighty biologically active chemical compounds. The most commonly known compounds are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the component that produces the “high” associated with marijuana use. Much interest has been seen around CBD and its potential related to health benefits.
Marijuana is different from CBD. CBD is a single compound in the cannabis plant, and marijuana is a type of cannabis plant or plant material that contains many naturally occurring compounds, including CBD and THC.
Potential harm, side effects and unknowns
CBD has the potential to harm you, and harm can happen even before you become aware of it.
CBD can cause liver injury.
CBD can affect how other drugs you are taking work, potentially causing serious side effects.
Use of CBD with alcohol or other drugs that slow brain activity, such as those used to treat anxiety, panic, stress, or sleep disorders, increases the risk of sedation and drowsiness, which can lead to injuries.
Male reproductive toxicity, or damage to fertility in males or male offspring of women who have been exposed, has been reported in studies of animals exposed to CBD.
CBD can cause side effects that you might notice. These side effects should improve when CBD is stopped or when the amount used is reduced.
Changes in alertness, most commonly experienced as somnolence (drowsiness or sleepiness).
Gastrointestinal distress, most commonly experienced as diarrhea and/or decreased appetite.
Changes in mood, most commonly experienced as irritability and agitation.
There are many important aspects about CBD that we just don’t know, such as:
What happens if you take CBD daily for sustained periods of time?
What level of intake triggers the known risks associated with CBD?
How do different methods of consumption affect intake (e.g., oral consumption, topical , smoking or vaping)?
What is the effect of CBD on the developing brain (such as on children who take CBD)?
What are the effects of CBD on the developing fetus or breastfed newborn?
How does CBD interact with herbs and other plant materials?
Does CBD cause male reproductive toxicity in humans, as has been reported in studies of animals?