What Are The Side Effects Of Taking CBD?

CBD is considered to be a very safe substance to take. Our body has an endocannabinoid system that produces its own cannabinoids, thus making CBD, a phytocannabinoid, very easy for our bodies to absorb and utilize in bringing our system into balance.

There are many studies that show that long-time use and high doses of CBD are well tolerated by humans. There are studies that show that dosages of 1500 mg to 2500 mg have shown to be safe.  To put it into perspective, Aphrodite oil has 500mg in the whole bottle, so according to the studies, it is safe to consume 3-5 bottles per day (not like you are going to, but it’s nice to know that it’s safe).   

While there is no denying the amazing health benefits from taking CBD, there are, however, a few areas where one should be cautious and aware of when taking CBD.

1.  Quality

First and foremost, make sure that you are getting your CBD from a reliable source and there is no THC in it. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid and even though it does have its own health benefits, it also can have many side effects if not taken with caution. Icaria’s CBD hemp oils contain 0.00% THC and are made in Vancouver. 

2. Pregnancy and breastfeeding

There are relatively very few studies and records of taking CBD while pregnant and breastfeeding. The more popular CBD becomes the more historical data we are going to have, which will give us a better understanding of how it affects the mother, the fetus, and the baby. In a meantime, in my opinion, it’s best to be cautious about taking CBD during pregnancy or breastfeeding like you would be with any other new supplement.  

3. Liver Metabolism

There are studies that have shown that CBD can inhibit the activity of some liver enzymes called cytochrome P450 which metabolize a lot of pharmaceutical drugs. It’s a similar effect to eating a portion of grapefruit which inhibits the same family of enzymes. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you probably aren’t taking many pharmaceuticals, however, it's a very common thing not to drink grapefruit juice with certain drugs. If you are taking pharmaceutical drugs and want to take CBD, you should consult with your doctor and/or pharmacist.


While cannabis has been around for thousands of years, studies into the health effects of using the substance are still quite limited. With the recent moves to legalize cannabis in the US, and its pending legalization in Canada, we should expect a plethora of new information to be published regarding potential health benefits. I believe strongly that this new data will support the more widespread use of natural remedies and in particular the use of cannabis products, in the treatment of acute and chronic health conditions.  I can't help but feel that we are on the threshold of a new and exciting chapter in our history...make sure to keep an eye out for these new studies and reports.

One last note about the concept of “side effects”. Everything that we consume has an effect on our body, and understanding that effect is important. For example, even a ‘superfood’ like spinach can decrease the absorption of iron or can cause irritation in people with digestive issues. Spinach is not at fault, it’s an extremely healthy food, but we are all unique and we should be conscious of what we put into our body. Treat CBD as a health supplement and take the needed precautions like you would with other health supplements.