Side Effects of Hemp: Would You Rather Take the Risk?


Side Effects of Hemp: Would You Rather Take the Risk?

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Thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, interest in cannabis derivatives, including hemp oil products, has increased exponentially. Websites such as have been put up to provide interested individuals with important information about the benefits as well as the few side effects of cannabis products that are starting to become readily available in the market.

Amid the frenzy of purchases of cannabis-related products, most consumers are seemingly clueless about the number of side effects that can come from using and supplementing with such products. While hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) oil do come with numerous health benefits, they have also been observed to have a few adverse effects on some individuals. Admittedly, these cases are rare. It is always best, however, to remain circumspect and ready if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned below. The following are the side effects of hemp.

Hemp Is Beneficial for Heart Health

Hemp, particularly its seeds where hemp oil is extracted, is packed with the amino acid arginine. When consumed, arginine boosts the body’s production of nitric oxide, which has vasodilating properties. Nitric oxide effectively relaxes the blood vessels that help manage hypertension and prevent the onset of heart and kidney disease.

The seeds are also a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are also beneficial for cardiovascular health. These are categorized as polyunsaturated fatty acids and are beneficial for overall health. Taken in excessive amounts, however, these fatty acids have been linked to cardiac problems and a compromised immune system response.

Hemp Is Beneficial for Managing Hypertension

As mentioned in an earlier entry, the increased production of nitric oxide when supplementing with hemp is effective in managing hypertension. Those with high blood pressure can benefit from this ability of hemp oil. On the flip side, this ability makes hemp products not suitable for those who are hypersensitive to its vasodilating effects. One 2017 studies show that a few individuals who are sensitive to the relaxing effect of hemp experienced low blood pressure or hypotension.  In extreme cases, hypotension can lead to blurred vision, dizziness, fainting, fatigue and disorientation.

Hemp Is Beneficial for Managing Sleep Disorders

Several independent studies have shown the ability of hemp and CBD oil to help regulate sleep patterns. One documented case in 2016 involved a 10-year old girl who was suffering from disrupted sleep patterns because of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and as a result of being abused. CBD oil became instrumental in helping provide the girl with better sleep quality, which supplemented her therapy and counseling. This ability to manage sleep disorders, however, makes sensitive individuals prone to drowsiness and sleepiness when using hemp products.

It is important to keep in mind that hemp products have been around for decades, even before serious talks about the legalization of medical marijuana started. Most of its benefits have long been proven even though people are only starting to realize them now.

Using a host of cannabis sativa derivatives offer a host of health benefits. Just like any other supplements, however, some people are just too sensitive to its effects. If you wish to use any hemp oil products, it will be best to consult your physician, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition that puts you at risk if you used any of the hemp-derived products.