CBD has a variety of side effects including fatigue, appetite changes, dry mouth, drowsiness, and sometimes diarrhea.
CBD is a natural compound that is demonstrating a variety of exciting health benefits. This compound is naturally present in cannabis plants. Unlike THC, another compound in cannabis plants, CBD will not make you “high” upon use.
Have you been feeling queasy or experienced the runs after taking CBD? Can CBD give you diarrhea? It is fairly common for people to complain about some stomach issues after taking CBD oil. And, while it might be linked to CBD, there could be more to this occurrence.
Avoiding Diarrhea From CBD
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and CBD at the federal level, provided that the product has a THC content of no more than 0.3 percent. However, there are some confusing specific laws in some states. With that in mind, you should first check your state’s specific laws before ordering any CBD products.
CBD is one of the many cannabinoids in cannabis plants, along with hundreds of other compounds. It is true that both hemp and marijuana plants contain CBD. However, most of the CBD available out there comes from hemp for good reasons.
The popularity of CBD (cannabidiol) has skyrocketed over the past few years. After hearing of its many potential health benefits, many people are choosing to add this natural supplement to their daily routine in one way or another. However, some end up being victims of different undesired side effects. Oftentimes it is simply because they don’t know how to use CBD properly.
While a number of studies have observed these effects, we still need more research on CBD.
CBD is also known to help heal the digestive tract. So, why do some people have issues?
Have you ever felt sick to your stomach after taking CBD oil? If so, you’re not alone — but the reason you feel that way probably isn’t as straightforward as you think. Upset stomach, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal distress are not typically caused by cannabinoid oil itself, but rather by ingredients used to deliver CBD oil into the body or flaws during production.
Without those factors, CBD may even help treat stomach issues. “It’s been shown to help heal ulcers and decrease acid reflux,” said Dr. Kenneth Brown, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist and doctor of internal medicine in Plano, TX, who often recommends CBD oil to his patients. “When the CBD binds to the CB1 receptor, it decreases excessive gastric acid, helps the lower esophagus prevent reflux, and increases blood flow to the lining of the stomach to help it heal quicker.”
“In my practice, when someone has gastrointestinal issues with CBD, we start with the product, because many times that may be a reason they are feeling sick. Just like all other health supplements, the quality and the source of CBD oil make all the difference,” Dr. Brown told POPSUGAR. Quality can be diminished if the cannabis or hemp is grown in poor soil or undergoes harsh extraction processes (often involving chemicals), or if the product is sourced from multiple locations.
Then there’s the issue of the carrier, as experts call it. “CBD oil is used with many carriers, including olive oil, coconut/MCT oil, grapeseed oil, emu oil, or hempseed oil,” explained Dr. Michele Ross, PhD, CEO of Infused Health and a leading cannabinoid medicine researcher. “If you are experiencing gastrointestinal distress symptoms or an upset stomach, you may have a sensitivity, especially to coconut/MCT oil, which is the most common carrier I’ve seen. Many people can experience abdominal cramping and stomach pain, especially when consuming large quantities.”
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, Dr. Ross suggests that you stop taking CBD oil for a day or two to identify that it’s the supplement and not some other issue (your diet, stress) that is causing your discomfort. Then, try taking the CBD oil again at half the dose you were taking before. If it’s still bothering you, try a CBD oil that uses a different carrier, or perhaps an entirely different method that’s applied to the skin, rather than through the stomach.