Can CBD Cause Headaches? Let’s Talk Side Effects

Jun 08, 2021Posted by: brian sorel

Can CBD Cause Headaches? Let's Talk Side Effects | iCBD blog

In the past few years, CBD has become a popular remedy for many ailments. With the ability to relieve the symptoms of anxiety, pain, acne, and more, it’s no wonder CBD has become so popular. Many people seek out CBD because it has very few side effects, but just like any other substance, there are a few you should be aware of.  Let's start from the top and answer a common head related question: can CBD cause headaches?

What is CBD and how does it work? 

The cannabis plant has more than 100 different cannabinoids, the most popular being cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabinoids act on our endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating things like appetite, sleep, mood, and pain. The therapeutic effects of cannabis come from its ability to bind with endocannabinoid receptors in your brain and central nervous system. 

What are the different types of CBD? 

CBD comes in three main forms:

  •     CBD isolate
  •     Broad spectrum CBD
  •     Full spectrum CBD 

With a CBD isolate, you’re getting pure CBD, while with a broad or full spectrum product you’re getting CBD combined with other cannabinoids, like THC or other smaller organic compounds found in the cannabis plant, called terpenes. Broad spectrum CBD is CBD combined with terpenes, whereas full spectrum CBD contains CBD, terpenes, and up to 0.3% THC, which is the legal limit. 

Why are there so many different kinds? There is evidence to show that, when combined with other cannabinoids, like THC and terpenes, CBD is more effective. This theory is called the entourage effect. So for someone looking to get the most of their CBD, a full spectrum product is probably recommended.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD is a great option for anyone looking to reap the benefits of the cannabis plant without the psychoactive effects of the THC in regular marijuana. CBD is known to help with:

  •     Pain relief
  •     Anxiety
  •     Depression
  •     Acne and other skincare concerns
  •     Arthritis
  •     epilepsy
  •     insomnia and other sleep disorders

What are the side effects of CBD?

 Like any substance, CBD does not come without side effects. And although they are mild, it’s always best to research any potential side effects of a substance before putting it in your body. If you are concerned, you can always discuss using CBD with your medical provider before you implement it into your routine.

CBD is usually tolerated well by users, but can cause side effects like dry mouth, diarrhea, changes in appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. It can also interact with any other medications you may be taking, so make sure to consult your doctor if you are worried they may interact.

Can CBD cause headaches?

Many users question whether or not CBD can cause headaches. Headaches or migraines have not been a common side effect for many CBD users; however, although it is rare, some people have reported headaches after using CBD. So, what do researchers have to say about it?

Most research suggests that among CBD’s common side effects are weight gain, changes in appetite, diarrhea, dry mouth, drowsiness, hypertension, and lightheadedness. The study did not suggest headaches to be a side effect. It’s possible that lightheadedness could lead to a headache, but clinical trials have not produced any proof that headaches are common after using CBD.

Headaches, in general, are hard to diagnose, as there can be a long list of reasons you may be suffering from one. But if you notice you are suffering from headaches often after taking CBD, here are a couple of reasons why this might be happening.

1.You may be taking the incorrect dose 

Taking the correct dose of CBD is very important. If you take more or less than needed, your CBD cannot work properly. With CBD, the chance of overdosing is high. Most of CBD’s side effects come from using the incorrect dosage, whether too low or too high. It’s possible this is why no headaches were reported in the study mentioned above, as all doses were monitored closely. 

2. Poor quality CBD

The market for CBD is largely unregulated, with only one CBD product, Epidiolex, an epilepsy medication, being approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This is why it is vital you do your research on a product before you ingest it. The market for CBD has surged in the last few years, leading to many manufacturers looking to make a quick profit with cheap, poor quality products. The side effects of poor-quality products include allergies, respiratory issues, and, of course, headaches. 

If you’re in the market for a good quality, well-tested product, iCBD offers many full and broad spectrum CBD products, like the Don’t Be Sad CBD oil, which comes in both 400 mg and 1000 mg, as well as vegan gummies and a 500 mg topical roll on gel, great for pain relief. They even have CBD oil specifically for your cat or dog!