With marijuana becoming legal in an increasing number of US states, there has been a massive upswing in popularity for the product known as CBD oil.

As with any product, however, consumers want to know are there negative side effects of CBD oil? Also, what those CBD oil side effects might be and the possible benefits of using the product.

Other issues that consumers, particularly newcomers, are concerned with in regards to CBD oil include the best way to consume the product.


Health benefits of consuming CBD oil have been reported as helping with the likes of acne; anxiety, depression, epilepsy, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, anorexia, chronic pain, drug addiction and withdrawal, glaucoma, insomnia, and even Parkinson’s disease.

Although research backs up some of these claims more than others, CBD oil is still somewhat under-researched despite its growing popularity.

Side effects

CBD oil can sometimes result in side effects, at least according to some research.

Those side effects have been shown to possibly include anxiety, mood changes, dizziness, dry mouth, vomiting, appetite changes, diarrhea, drowsiness, and nausea.

CBD oil should also be used with caution by individuals who have liver disease, as it can also cause an increase in liver enzymes, which is an indicator of liver inflammation.

CBD oil is also able to pass through the placental barrier, so it should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

How to take CBD oil

There are several methods by which CBD oil can be consumed. One discreet way is to consume edibles.

There are many forms of CBD edibles, including truffles, gummies, and mints that can mask the taste that is often associated with marijuana products.

On the downside, edibles can take hours to have any effect on the first pass effect, and only as much as 30% at most will be absorbed.

Sublingual products are another method of consumption and one that is free of additives, unlike edibles, which tend to contain both preservatives and sugar.

These products can be absorbed under the tongue and include tinctures, solutions created by the cannabis flower being soaked in alcohol or oil. They come in the form of lozenges, oils, and sprays.

Being absorbed through the tongue preserves a more generous amount of the CBD oil than is the case if it has to pass through the digestive tract, as is the case with edibles, and the effects will also be felt a lot more quickly.

CBD topical products can be absorbed through the skin and come in the form of balms, creams, lotions, and transdermal patches.

Skin conditions such as eczema and localized pain can be treated effectively by such products and offer concentrated relief to certain areas.

CBD oil can also be consumed by smoking and vaping.

These methods allow CBD to directly enter the bloodstream, with up to 56% being absorbed in ten minutes or less.

However, smoking cannabis can result in exposure to carcinogens, so it is probably not the safest option for consumption.