CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a chemical substance found in hemp plants, but it has been stripped of cannabis’s psychoactive compound, the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Since the decriminalization of marijuana, its derivative products are flooding the market. CBD comes in tinctures, pill, CBD oil, and even snacks. Even though the FDA has not yet approved CBD for supplementary use, many studies have backed up the claim that says CBD to be beneficial to our health.
Nevertheless, there are still some precautions that you must be aware of. We’ll learn three of them below.
1. CBD Products Can Be Contaminated or Faked
The marijuana industry is still in its infancy, especially when we take into account how long it’s been prohibited previously. As a consequence, the regulation of the products’ quality is far from perfect. And the products distributed on the market can be contaminated or fake.
In fact, in 2018, there was a CBD poisoning case in Utah with 52 victims, and 31 of them were sent to emergency rooms. Cited from another source, Consumer Reports, there was one case in Virginia where a CBD vape pen contains no CBD at all but 5-fluoro MDMB-PINACA or 5F-ADB. This chemical induces a severe panic attack and paranoia on the user. In a high dose, it can even lead to organ damage, high blood pressure, convulsions, and even death.
2. Don’t Take CBD Before Operating Machinery
CBD is not meant to make you high, but impure products may still contain some THC or other chemicals that can impair your sobriety. And when it comes to machinery use, you must not risk yourself! Please consider that the damage resulting from machinery accidents can be permanent and even lethal. If you work in a group, you can also put other people in danger.
CBD helps you to deal with anxiety, depression, and bad moods, indeed. But you have to think about the dangerous consequences that can happen if there is something wrong in the substance. Never operate a machine or even drive if you’re on CBD.
3. CBD Still Has Side Effects
Refined chemicals are never without side effects. You must not fall to that green, non-GMO, or organic marketing propaganda. The principles here are simple. If a drug does not give you any warnings about side effects, it can only mean either of these two things: the manufacturer lies to you, or the substance is not potent enough to cause the desired result.
In the case of CBD, a high dose will lead to drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea, headaches, and decreased appetite. Besides, the impact of CBD in the long term still needs to be studied further. If you are a pregnant woman, you’d be better to stay away from it. CBD abuse is very possible, and you have to avoid it!