Danger of CBD: when is CBD dangerous?

We sometimes hear, in the course of a conversation between friends, on the Internet and even by the political class that CBD is dangerous. That, in the absence of hindsight, the precautionary principle should prevail. Understand, it would be better not to take it. So, how to disentangle the true from the false and form your own opinion in good conditions?

Without jargon or taboo, Weedy.fr explains in which case CBD can be dangerous and which cannabidiol-rich products can instead be consumed without fear.

Debunking Misconceptions: No, CBD Isn't Dangerous

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The dangers of CBD and the dangers of cannabis should not be confused

Let's not maintain unnecessary suspense, the CBD is not, as such, a dangerous molecule. It is so :

  • Non-psychoactive: it does not get high, unlike other cannabinoids naturally produced by cannabis / hemp, whose THC.
  • non-addictive: Consuming CBD regularly does not create addiction to the substance.
  • devoid of major adverse effects: we come back to this point in more detail a little further down.

If CBD presents any danger or risk, it is therefore not in general, but rather according to its mode of consumption. This will probably not come as a big surprise to most of our readers, but smoking CBD is not advised et presents real risks. Again, we will detail this point in a moment.

Is CBD Harmful?

No. The harmfulness of CBD is often cited by its detractors as one of its main dangers. It's wrong. L'World Health Organization (WHO) itself declares on this subject:

“During its November 2017 meeting, the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence concluded that pure cannabidiol (CBD) does not appear to have abuse potential or be harmful to health. . »

However, this does not mean that taking CBD is never harmful to your health. The mode of consumption is then often to blame.

See also: can you overdose on CBD?

Smoking CBD poses risks

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Smoking CBD in any form is not safe

In addition to being illegal, smoking CBD cannabis involves burning the material, and therefore bringing it to a very high temperature (up to 900°C). However, when there is combustion, there is release of toxins, toxic substances that one could, to simplify, equate to poison. CBD does not contain nicotine, smoking it releases fewer toxins than a conventional cigarette. It is estimated that a cigarette releases more than 4000 different toxins, of which at least 70 are carcinogenic. A cannabis joint would only release 150 toxins, including five carcinogens. Better, but still dangerous.

Smoking CBD thus amounts, because of the combustion, to exposing oneself to a increased risk of oncological, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. At least.

What are the dangers of CBD oil?

Again, in itself, the oil does not present no danger. However, it is absolutely necessary avoid smoking cbd oil. It is also necessary, as with all CBD derivatives, to ensure the product quality. Other dangers depend directly on the quality of the product, especially if it contains preservatives, flavor enhancers or is extracted from a plant from a “dirty” culture (pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals).

Le extraction mode must also be taken into consideration. A CO extraction2 supercritical is therefore recommended since it is clean and respectful of the product. It is not so nor too hot such as during an oil extraction, which could alter the properties of the cannabinoids, nor extracted with a solvent which can leave traces of chemicals in the oil.

Weedy.fr undertakes in particular to select top quality CBD products, from a natural and environmentally friendly agriculture. If in doubt about the choice of your product, you can refer to our guide for choose the right CBD oil.

In certain specific situations, generally directly related to thehealth general of the consumer and the possible taking of a conventional treatment, it can also be contraindicated to take CBD. Let's see when and why.

CBD contraindications: when is it best to avoid it?

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It is sometimes better to abstain to avoid certain risks associated with CBD

A few special situations should draw attention to the dangers of CBD. Analyzing them objectively then makes it possible to determine whether or not taking CBD is possible or, on the contrary, not recommended.

Drugs interactions

A 2020 US study highlighted possible drug interactions with CBD, especially when taking antidepressants. Focusing on different groups of drugs, treating diseases that are just as diverse, it has made it possible to draw up a list of 57 drugs presenting a narrow therapeutic index, i.e. whose effects are potentially influenced by taking cannabinoids together. Some Antidepressants are particularly concerned, implying very particular vigilance and an open discussion with the practitioner at the origin of the prescription before any regular consumption of CBD.

CBD in pregnant women

In pregnant women, the mom's health is not the only one at stake since theembryo then baby can indirectly suffer the effects of what they consume. For the moment, there is no evidence that CBD could pose any danger for one or the other. On the contrary, he can help the pregnant woman to feel more relaxed, to sleep better and to better tolerate certain pains induced by pregnancy. The effects of CBD during pregnancy however, are not yet sufficiently known to draw definitive conclusions.

CBD in children

Just as during pregnancy, there is little hindsight on taking CBD in children. However, in countries where it is allowed, the therapeutic cannabis partly aimed at children. This is the case, for example, of treatments against certain refractory forms of childhood epilepsy. Conventional treatments having no or insufficient effect, CBD is used in high doses in order to take advantage of its antiepileptic potency.

Driving CBD

Isolated, CBD is not prohibited while driving, unlike THC. Driving under CBD is therefore legally possible. Nevertheless, it is necessary to pay attention to at least two points:

  • Some derivatives, even legal ones, contain a tiny THC level (<0,3% according to European law). A salivary test routine can detect it and therefore cause problems.
  • CBD has a relaxing effect which is not soporific but can nevertheless cause a slight feeling of drowsiness.

Taking CBD just before driving can therefore present certain dangers, even slight ones. It is therefore advisable to space out your consumption of CBD and driving by a few hours.

CBD, side effects

It is often said that CBD has no side effects. This is actually a misuse of language, often used for the sake of popularization to emphasize that the dangers of CBD are infinitely less than those of most conventional treatments already taken by a good number of people interested in CBD as an alternative. To be exact and honest, the side effects of CBD exist. They are however relatively rare and light, which makes it very little dangerous, especially when not smoked.

Main side effects of CBD

  • nausea, sometimes accompanied by loss of appetite (direct consequences of a drop in blood pressure)
  • Dry mouth or pasty
  • Tiredness and drowsiness (since CBD promotes sleep, without being a sleep aid)
  • Gastrointestinal issues (mild constipation or diarrhea)

However, it is necessary to qualify the danger of CBD by specifying that, in the vast majority of cases, these undesirable effects only appear in the event of very high dosage.

Can you be allergic to CBD?

There are rare cannabis allergies, they are nevertheless not directly due to CBD. In the event of an allergic reaction, it is more than likely that the product consumed contains THC and/or hemp pollen. To avoid them as much as possible, it is advisable to avoid raw products in this case (cannabis flowers and resins) and to prefer a CBD isolate or a broad-spectrum product such as a quality CBD oil, pure CBD crystals or some creams et baumes.

To conclude: CBD benefits and harms

Harms of CBD Benefits of CBD
Is harmful when smoked Does not cause high or addictive effects
Sometimes causes side effects when taken in high doses (digestion problems, fatigue, pasty mouth) Comes with rare and milder side effects than most treatments, supplements and wellness products on the market
May not be recommended in certain specific situations (treatment, pregnancy, etc.) Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
Suffers from the lack of research to better control its consumption (dosage, type of consumption, situation) Relieves intestinal disorders
Reduces some chronic pain
Has a neuro-protective effect
  Soothes skin irritations
Promotes quality sleep
  Is a natural muscle relaxer