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CBD side effects


Although there are few studies to date on the side effects of CBD and this substance is considered safe for health, some side effects can be felt. Mostly benign, it is still important to know them. Moreover, the consumption of CBD is not recommended for certain categories of the population. 

What is CBD?
What are the side effects of CBD?
CBD contraindications

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol form structureCBD is a cannabinoid, an active substance, derived from the hemp plant. Non-psychoactive, it interacts with our Endocannabinoid system (SEC), responsible for the overall balance of our body. The ECS has CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout our body. When a cannabinoid is produced by our body (endogenous) or brought to our body (exogenous) by its consumption, such as CBD for example, it connects with these receptors in order to localize where the action must be concentrated in order to restore the body's balance. 

CBD is increasingly studied and observed closely, especially since the authorization of its marketing in several countries including France, so many benefits on our body. Natural substance and used since antiquity in the pharmacopoeia, CBD has anti-inflammatory, relaxing, pain relieving or analgesic and anxyolitic properties. That's why it is gradually being introduced into the daily lives of French people and is emerging as a gentle, natural and safe alternative to relieve everyday ailments, to a greater or lesser degree. Finally, CBD does not represent any risk of addiction, even consumed over the long term. Moreover, in 2011, (already!), a report of medical studies  was published, entitled "Safety and adverse effects of cannabidiol", which attested that CBD does not represent any toxicity for the cells.entitled “The security and the undesirable effects of cannabidiol '', which attested that the CBD represented no toxicity for cells.

What are the side effects of CBD?

Various CBD products

Present in different forms: oil, flowers, infusions, gummies, etc., CBD seduces and is found everywhere. The cannabis plant, for a long time demonized, is gradually taking its revenge. But like any substance, after ingestion, it is possible to feel some side effects. Nevertheless, these are not serious and are subjective.

The most common side effects are : 

- dry mouth
- digestive disorders
- headaches
- a decrease in appetite
- a feeling of dizziness
- nausea

Note that the World Health Organization (WHO) considers that a daily dosage of less than 1500 mg does not represent a health hazard and that the side effects of cannabidiol remain minor and mild. Therefore, during a 2018 report, WHO concluded CBD as having "a good safety profile." At very high doses, however, and in very rare and specific cases, CBD could cause adverse effects. 

If you experience any side effects, we advise you to talk to your doctor. If you are a new user, you should know that it is possible to adapt the daily dose. It is best to start with a low dose to see how your body reacts and increase it if necessary, without ever exceeding the daily dosage. 

CBD contraindications

Prohibited for pregnant women

Until now, the contraindications linked to the consumption of CBD are few, but are still being studied. Thus, as a preventive measure, the precautionary principle is applied. Therefore, products containing CBD are strongly advised against pregnant women, because cannabidiol is suspected to reduce the protective function of the placenta. The same is true for breastfeeding women, since CBD could end up in the mammary canal and be transmitted to the baby, although for the moment, no scientific study proves the effect of CBD on infants. Moreover, it is not recommended to consume CBD at the same time as a drug treatment. In case of doubt, the best thing to do is to ask your doctor for advice and guidance. 

Finally, we advise you to read the list of ingredients contained in CBD products. Firstly, this allows you to check the quality of the product, the origin of the product, the method of cultivation used and to ensure compliance with European standards. Secondly, it allows you to ensure that you do not have any allergy to any of the possible additives contained in the product.

The products developed by Harvest laboratories are organically grown, manufactured in Switzerland and are regularly tested by independent laboratories. Because we have nothing to hide and because we want to offer you the best possible experience with quality products, we are transparent about the list of ingredients and their origin.


CBD is a safe molecule that does not present any danger for the body. Nevertheless, it is important to watch the quality of the product consumed. Moreover, as this substance is still the subject of numerous studies, although it has therapeutic properties, we recommend that you ask your doctor for advice, especially if you wish to use CBD on a long-term basis. Finally, be sure to respect the recommended daily doses.