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Contraindications to CBD consumption

CBD, or cannabidiol, is known for its multiple physical and mental health benefits. Indeed, this molecule from cannabis plants is rich in therapeutic properties. Mainly used for its relaxing, anti-stress and pain-relieving properties, CBD does not cause any psychotropic effects or any form of dependency. However, some people question the lack of side effects and possible contraindications related to CBD consumption.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), CBD does not present any health risk to consumers. It can therefore be used to relieve most everyday ailments with complete peace of mind. Although it presents itself as a healthy and natural ingredient, CBD may not be suitable for everyone. And even though its side effects are rare, they are worth mentioning. Find out in this article what the contraindications are to CBD consumption.

What are the effects of CBD ?

CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Extremely beneficial to health, CBD acts as a regulator on the human endocannabinoid system and, more specifically, on the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for balancing essential body functions such as pain perception, appetite, mood and sleep. Consuming CBD thus helps to naturally address imbalances and maintain health.

Presented in the form of flowers, resin, oil, herbal tea, capsules, vaping liquid, food products or cosmetics, CBD's main purpose is to promote the well-being and relaxation of the consumer. It is generally used to reduce stress and anxiety, to combat sleep disorders, to relieve pain, to slow cellular aging or to limit addictions. All without side effects.

In addition, many clinical trials have highlighted the beneficial action of CBD on various pathologies such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy. Note that in France there are drugs for epilepsy based on CBD delivered only on medical prescription.

Even if the therapeutic potential of CBD is enormous and its field of action is vast, some people do not tolerate it. As with all plants, CBD involves certain contraindications to which one must remain attentive and vigilant. In case of pathology, always seek the advice of a health professional before self-medicating.

What are the contraindications of CBD ?

CBD is contraindicated in:

  • pregnant and nursing women;
  • children under the age of 18;
  • people with a history of significant cardiological or cerebrovascular disorders;
  • people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia;
  • people with severe liver failure;
  • people with severe renal failure;

Scientific research explains that CBD consumption should not be the same for all individuals. Depending on the needs and pathologies, the dosage indicated can be very different from one individual to another. Many factors come into play when it comes to administering CBD to a sick or fragile person. If not used properly, it can put the most sensitive people at risk. This is why the advice of a doctor or a pharmacist is essential, especially in case of medical treatment.

As with all molecules, the most important risk is therefore related to dosage. An overdose is not fundamentally dangerous but it can lead to adverse effects such as drowsiness, dizziness and nausea.

Can CBD interact with certain medications ?

Can CBD interact with certain medications?

Consumed orally, CBD can interact with medications and decrease their effects. To understand this, you need to know that some drugs are modified and degraded by the liver before reaching the bloodstream. In this case, the consumption of CBD can decrease the speed of action of the liver to break down the drugs, which will slow down their effects. This is especially true of antihypertensive drugs, antidepressants, antihistamines, painkillers and hormone treatments.

Reassure yourself, this interaction only occurs with very high CBD dosages. Conversely, some medications can diminish the effects of CBD.

The CBD can be used in a variety of ways.

Can CBD interact with other plants ?

Yes, CBD can also interact with other plants. In reality, all plants have specific virtues and not all combinations are wise. For example, CBD should not be combined with plants with sedative properties such as valerian, lemon balm, hawthorn, sage or even St. John's wort. This combination is not dangerous but it can lead to intense fatigue.

These plants are often found in the composition of herbal teas and dietary supplements in capsule form. Remember to check the compositions of these products before combining them with CBD.

Is CBD dangerous for your health ?

No, CBD is not dangerous for your health. If it sometimes has a bad reputation, it is simply because it is confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effects of hemp. Although both cannabinoids are extracted from the same plant, their effects are quite different. To ensure this lack of psychotropic effect, all CBD products you can find in CBD shops contain less than 0.3% THC.

CBD is not dangerous to health because it does not have any form of addiction. The scientific research on CBD is still recent and we have little information about its adverse effects. That is why the contraindications listed above are given as a precautionary measure and for prudence.

All the information on our website is intended to help you understand our products. It does not constitute medical advice and is certainly not a substitute for specialist medical advice. We recommend that you seek the advice of a specialist before consuming any cbd product.
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