Even though most manufacturers claim that CBD does not have any side effects, research says otherwise. Sure, most people can tolerate the impact of CBD just fine, but a small portion of the population have been noted to experience not-so-adverse side effects. According to Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, the most common results are tiredness, change in weight, diarrhea, fatigue.
The previously mentioned study which established improved mitochondrial function with CBD use also observed that CBD stimulates gene expression within white fat cells. This initiates the “browning” of these cells. This mechanism shows promise with converting hard-to-lose white fat into a more easily burnable form. Additionally, researchers found that CBD decreased the rate of new fat cell creation.
The tendency of CBD to counteract the effectiveness of pharmaceutical medications may seem extremely serious in the decision to use CBD in conjunction with a pharmaceutical drug. However, CBD’s counteractivity to the CYP3A4 enzyme is just as common and simple as that of a grapefruit. Medical professionals and the FDA do advise that patients avoid citrus fruits, in particular grapefruit, when taking certain medications. Especially true of heart medications, grapefruit juice has nearly the exact same reaction to the CYP3A4 enzyme as CBD. When taken in conjunction with some medications, grapefruit juice can either decrease or increase the potency of the drug, through its reactions to the CYP3A4 enzyme. Thus, the reaction of CBD to the CYP3A4 enzyme is not such a pressing issue that one should avoid taking CBD with prescribed medications all together. Those considering the consumption of CBD as an adjunct treatment need only do so with careful consideration and advice from a medical professional.
A study from 2016 worked with 214 people with epilepsy. The study participants added oral doses of 2 to 5mg of CBD per day to their existing anti-epilepsy medications. The study’s researchers monitored the participants for 12 weeks, recording any negative side effects and checking on the frequency of their seizures. Overall, participants had 36.5 percent fewer seizures per month. However, severe adverse effects were recorded in 12 percent of the participants.
Populum’s CBD oil utilizes a full-spectrum of cannabinoids. It has a subtle orange flavor and contains antioxidants, natural ingredients, and neuroprotectants. It is free from GMOs and gluten. The label shows that this product is made with several oils in addition to hemp oil, including grapeseed, orange, and virgin coconut oils. It also contains stevia extract for a sweet flavor.