Is CBD Safe?

One of the things that makes CBD so appealing is that there’s little risk, as CBD has been shown in studies to be very safe, with few accompanying side effects. 

So is CBD safe? In general, YES, CBD is considered safe to use. 

In November 2017, the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Drug Dependence concluded that “in its pure state, cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm,” and recommended that CBD not be made a scheduled substance (3). 

CBD may have the potential for drug-drug interaction and may interact with the cytochrome P450 enzyme system, which can impact how substances like pharmaceuticals are broken down in the body. However, neither of these things make CBD inherently ‘unsafe’ for use.

There is some evidence that CBD and other cannabis compounds could potentially have an impact on pregnancy and developing babies- according to a study published in 2013 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, even short-term exposure to CBD led to increased permeability of the placental barrier, potentially making it easier for certain substances to affect the developing fetus. While increased permeability of the placenta isn’t in and of itself dangerous, it could make it easier for the fetus to be put in danger. 

Despite the overall safety of CBD, it’s important to talk to your doctor to make sure it’s a safe option for you before adding it to your routine.