Are There Any Side Effects from Hemp or CBD?

What we know so far

Thanks in part to the Farm Bill that was passed in late 2018, it has never been a better time to be a grower of hemp or a maker of hemp-based products. And the same is true for consumers of either. Hemp has tons of uses from clothing to carpeting and even fuel. It also has possible medicinal uses, which is why hemp oil – also called CBD oil – is becoming very popular. Research still needs to be conducted to verify the overall benefits and side effects. Before you decide to try it, it is important to learn about the possible side effects.

First of all, getting “high” isn’t one of them

Hemp and marijuana are still often lumped together, though – as we’ve discussed before – they are not the same plant. One of marijuana’s defining characteristics is THC, which is the chemical compound responsible for the “high.” Hemp oil may have very small traces of THC (.3 percent or less), but usually none at all. This means that taking it will not produce any psychoactive effects. With that being said, there are some potential unwanted side effects to know about, including:

Issues related to fatty acids

Hemp oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which are considered healthy fats. These polyunsaturated fats are the same type found in things like sunflower and pumpkin seeds. While part of a balanced diet, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. When people consume more polyunsaturated fatty acids than is recommended, this can lead to heart issues and an increased risk of bacterial infections.

Digestive problems

People who regularly experience digestive issues may want to talk to their doctor before taking hemp oil. This is because, for those susceptible to these kinds of ailments, it could cause stomach cramps or diarrhea.

Dry mouth

Hemp oil has also been known to cause dry mouth with some. But when it happens, it’s just temporary, and it can easily be remedied by drinking water.


While some users of hemp oil have actually found that it helps them be more alert and awake, for others, it is the exact opposite. This can happen most often when someone takes a large dosage.

More research is needed

The list of side effects is pretty minimal when compared to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Because CBD oil is relatively new, it has not been studied very thoroughly yet. As further testing is done, we will have the opportunity to learn more about any possible negative side effects.

But for now, research has shown that CBD oil may be able to help with many things, including anxiety and depression, cardiovascular health, and even acne. It’s also often used to help deal with arthritis and other chronic pain.

The reason CBD oil is used for pain relief has to do with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Everyone has and ECS that helps to regulate pain. Our bodies create endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. Research has found that CBD can help decrease pain by targeting endocannabinoid receptors.

The pain-relieving quality of CBD is why CopperGel now makes a cream that contains 100 percent pure hemp oil. CopperGel Ice is applied directly to the skin, so it goes exactly where you need it to without the need to be ingested. Plus, it also has menthol, which helps provide cooling relief that is fast and long-lasting.

Want to see for yourself what hemp oil can do for you? Because of our money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose when you try CopperGel Ice or any of our products. For any concerns or questions, feel free to contact us by sending an email to

*The FDA regulates food, drugs, and cosmetics that contain CBD. CBD products have not been subject to FDA review as part of the drug approval process, and there has been no FDA evaluation of whether they work, what the proper dosage is, how they could interact with other drugs, or whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns.

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