Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an extract from the cannabis plant. The compound has really boomed in the wake of the legalize marijuana movement, now that businesses are pretty much free to grow and sell CBD in several states. But due to its connection with the marijuana plant, many people have a lot of questions regarding CBD. How does it make you feel? Will it make you high? Will CBD make you dizzy?
Many of us grew up in a time where marijuana was known to be the devil’s lettuce, so there’s a lot of stigma when it comes to cannabis and its derivatives. There are over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and CBD is believed to exhibit the most prominent medicinal effects.
Many people use CBD to treat various medical conditions, including anxiety disorders, chronic pain, drug addiction, multiple sclerosis, depression, epilepsy, chronic inflammatory disorders, and lots more.
When administered in proper doses and following professional medical instruction, CBD is considered to be a safe substance. It’s not toxic and is non-psychoactive, which means that it won’t make users high. However, in rare cases, some individuals may experience CBD side effects and/or adverse reactions.
Cannabinoids, and What Each One Does
There are thought to be hundreds of different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and each has different medicinal and therapeutic benefits. The two main cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
THC is abundant in marijuana and is notorious for its psychoactive effects, as well as various medicinal benefits like pain relief and protection of brain cells; it is also thought to be an effective sleep aid, help treat PTSD, and act as an antioxidant, among other things. Although THC has many medicinal properties, it’s most well-known for its psychoactive effects – it makes users high.
CBD, on the other hand, is abundant in hemp, and also provides tons of medicinal benefits, but without the high. If you are looking to get the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, but fear the intoxicating effects of THC, CBD is definitely the way to go.
Recent research also suggests that CBD actually contains even more healing properties than THC, which is why so many people are turning to CBD for help. Also interesting to note is that CBD is known to counteract the intoxicating effects of THC.
How Does CBD Make You Feel?
One of the best ways to describe the initial effects of CBD is “runners high.” Essentially, it’s a flood of endorphins that lift the mood in a natural way. Users will often feel a heightened sense of awareness, an overall sense of well-being, and the ability to focus better.
Full-spectrum CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, which is just enough to enhance the medicinal and therapeutic effects, but not enough to get you high.
The initial effects that you feel when taking CBD will gradually diminish – in the sense that it becomes the new normal. For example, if you’re anxious all the time, it’s likely that you will notice the effects much more when you first start using CBD. However, over time, this becomes your new normal, and you will probably only notice that it’s working if you run out of CBD and stop taking it for a few days.
Will CBD Make You Dizzy?
Generally speaking, CBD is considered safe to use. It has few side effects – most of which are minor – and the World Health Organization (WHO) has even published a report stating that “to date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
However, side effects are still a possibility, and yes, dizziness could be one of them. After ingesting CBD, it’s possible that you may become dizzy. The dizziness could be related to changes in autonomic nervous system (ANS) activation, cerebral blood flow, reduced blood pressure, and/or neurotransmission.
If you do become dizzy after consuming CBD, it’s recommended that you evaluate your blood pressure.
The inhibitory effect that CBD has on the CNS may cause blood pressure to drop, thereby making you become dizzy and/or lightheaded. In some cases, the dizziness could just be a temporary side effect that new users experience during their first few weeks of using CBD as the body adapts to the substance.
If the dizziness is severe, you should probably evaluate your CBD dosage, its purity, and whether it may be interacting with other medications or substances that you’re using.
What Are the Other Side Effects of CBD?
Below is a list of the possible side effects that you may experience as a result of consuming CBD. It’s important to understand that these side effects are often subject to significant individual variation among users. In other words, every individual is different and may, therefore, experience different effects. For example, while one user may experience tiredness as a side effect, others will not.
That said, these are the most commonly reported CBD side effects:
- Diarrhea: One of the most common side effects of CBD is diarrhea. It’s not yet understood why, but you should speak to your doctor if you do experience this.
- Dry mouth: CBD may interact with salivary cannabinoid receptors in a way that either decreases or suppresses salivary production. This means that you could experience dry mouth, also known as cottonmouth.
- Heart rate change: Since most people find that CBD promotes relaxation, calmness, and drowsiness, you may experience lower blood pressure and a slowing of heart rate.
- Tiredness or drowsiness: Tiredness could be the result of the ability of CBD to downregulate activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and upregulate activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). This is why many users take CBD in the evening to enhance sleep.
- Brain fog: You may experience impaired clarity of thought (sometimes called brain fog) as a result of using CBD.
Factors That Influence CBD Side Effects
There are an array of variables that may influence the specific CBD side effects that you may experience – as well as the severity of each side effect. In most instances, a combination of these variables can explain the differences in side effects among CBD users.
The amount of CBD that you consume – relative to your body size and tolerance – may determine whether you experience side effects. And if you do, how severe they are. In the majority of cases, it’s believed that side effects tend to be more severe and numerous among those who use high doses of CBD relative to body size and tolerance.
How You Administer CBD
How you take your CBD could influence the type and severity of side effects that you experience. For instance, whether you took CBD on an empty or full stomach, administration timing (mid-afternoon or evening), and modality of administration (e.g., sublingual).
For instance, someone who takes CBD sublingually on an empty stomach at night may have very different side effects than if they take it on a full stomach in the early afternoon.
Duration of CBD Use
The total amount of time over which you have consistently used CBD may influence the side effects that you experience. For instance, over the short-term, people may be prone to experiencing the side effects of CBD as a result of their brain/body adjusting to the presence of drugs.
Final Thoughts on CBD and Dizziness
CBD is non-toxic, non-psychoactive, and is considered very safe to consume, which has even been confirmed by the World Health Organization. However, side effects are still a possibility, and yes, CBD could make you dizzy.
This doesn’t mean that you will experience dizziness if you take CBD, but you certainly could. If it’s severe, you should speak to a doctor.