The Safe, Organic Alternative

Non-euphoric, non-psychotropic, non-toxic and non-habit-forming, CBD is a safer and, in many instances, more affordable alternative to pharmaceuticals. Unlike traditional drugs, it delivers the therapeutic benefits without the undesired side effects – many of which we’ve compiled below. 


 
CBD

CBD

In plain terms, CBD will not get you high; it works for natural pain-relief, anti-inflammatory and therapeutic purposes.1 Cannabinoids have their effect mainly by interacting with receptors in your brain and body. THC reacts with a specific receptor of which CBD has very little to no impact. New studies are providing mounting evidence that CBD reacts to other receptors in the brain and body contributing to therapeutic effects. Because of the way that CBD reacts to the body, this is the safer, less controversial alternative with all the health benefits still intact. CBD has multiple uses. The oil can be taken orally, rubbed on the skin and sometimes inhaled via vapor to produce its effects.
CBD is safe and nontoxic for humans, even at high amounts and after continuous usage. CBD is harmless and can be used by anyone because it is non-psychotropic, unlike THC, and has minimal side effects. These being infrequent but still occurring, people using CBD have experienced diarrhea and some fatigue. Based on information from this study, CBD has no physiological effect on/does not cause: blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, glucose levels, pH levels, exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs and bloodstream, red blood cell volume, vomiting, potassium and sodium levels.2
 

Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals are products created in a lab. They’re known for having long lists of side effects which can be extremely harmful to users. Painkillers and anti-anxiety medication, specifically, can be highly addictive, as well.
The prevalence of opioids has been an important, fast-growing issue that has developed into an epidemic in America. Five times more Americans died from prescription opioid overdoses in 2016 than in 1999. The most common opioids nationwide are hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone.3
The state of Oklahoma, specifically, has been hit hard by the prescription and effects of opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 101.7 opioid prescriptions were written by medical providers per 100 people in Oklahoma during 2015. That’s 31.7 more prescriptions than the national average in 2015. Statista reported that 88 prescriptions for opioids were prescribed per 100 Oklahomans in 2017. In Oklahoma, the most common opioids are fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone.3

3U.S. OPIOD PRESCRIBING TRENDS

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Prescribing rate per 100 persons Weeks 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

All opioids / Overall High-dosage

Misuse and abuse of painkillers and anti-anxiety medication can be very harmful. Patients can take their medication sporadically, not using it on days they believe they’re feeling better and then overcorrect on days they’re feeling worse by doubling up their dosage. Patients can also use painkillers to help cope with stress or their mood rather than using appropriate medication to treat these issues.4
Opioids, specifically, can cause nausea and vomiting. They also have been known to cause a symptom known as pruritus, which is severely itchy skin. The highest rate of unintentional deaths due to prescriptions are from Opioids.4

Oklahoma, 2012-2016

Substances involved in unintentional poisoning deaths

Prescriptions Drugs
Meth
Alcohol
Cocaine
Illicit opiates
Other / Unknown
67% 16% 8% 3% 3% 4%

Here are some of the adverse effects associated with the pharmaceuticals – not CBD – used to treat these common conditions:

Acne

 
  • Skin dryness

  • Skin irritation

  • Upset stomach

  • Dizziness

  • Lightheadedness

  • Depression

  • Cholesterol fluctuation

  • Liver function interference

  • Reduced birth-control effectiveness

  • Severe birth defects

  • Nausea

  • Blurred vision

  • Headache

  • Confusion

  • Fatigue

  • Nightmares

  • Drowsiness

  • Dizziness

  • Unsteadiness

  • Difficulty thinking or remembering

  • Increased saliva

  • Muscle or joint pain

  • Frequent urination

  • Decreased sexual performance

  • Depression

  • Difficulty speaking

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Cold hands

  • Weakness

  • Nervousness

  • Excitement

  • Trouble sleeping

  • High blood pressure

  • Bleeding or blood-clotting problems

  • Slow wound-healing

  • Heart damage

  • Autoimmune reactions

  • Swelling

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Mouth sores

  • Trouble breathing

  • Cough

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Hair loss

  • Organ damage

  • Allergic reactions

  • Increased risks of certain infections

  • Second cancers

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Weight gain

  • Diarrhea

  • Sleepiness

  • Sexual problems

  • Suicidal thoughts and/or actions

  • New or worsening depression

  • New or worsening anxiety

  • Agitation

  • Restlessness

  • Panic attacks

  • Insomnia

  • New or worsening irritability

  • Aggression or violence

  • Acting on dangerous impulses

  • Mania

  • Mood swings

  • Black, tarry stools

  • Bleeding gums

  • Bloody urine or stool

  • Impaired vision

  • Bulging soft spot on the head of an infant

  • Disturbed color perception

  • Changes in skin color

  • Chest discomfort or pain

  • Confusion

  • Convulsions

  • Cough

  • Infrequent urination

  • Difficult or troubled breathing

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Dilated neck veins

  • Dizziness

  • Dry mouth

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Fainting

  • Fast, slow or irregular heartbeat

  • Headache

  • Hives, itching or skin rash

  • Increased sweating

  • Increased thirst

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Loss of appetite

  • Muscle pain or cramps

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet or lips

  • Pain

  • Pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin

  • Welts

  • Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue

  • Seizures

  • Sweating

  • Swelling of the face, fingers, feet or lower legs

  • Tenderness

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Unusual bleeding or bruising

  • Weight changes

  • Absent, missed or irregular menstrual periods

  • Anxiety

  • Constipation

  • Decreased sex drive and performance

  • False or unusual sense of well-being

  • Irritability

  • Weakness

  • Redness, swelling, or soreness of the tongue

  • Restlessness

  • Drowsiness

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Unsteadiness

  • Depression

  • Loss of appetite

  • Ataxia

  • Blurred vision

  • Tremors

  • Weight loss

  • Insomnia

  • Headache

  • Liver failure

  • Bone thinning

  • Rash

  • Behavioral changes

  • Double vision

  • Irritability

  • Aggression

  • Anxiety

  • Paranoia

  • Slurred speech

  • Acne

  • Gum thickening

  • Hirsutism

  • Dry mouth

  • Peripheral edema

  • Weight gain

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Memory problems

  • Hair loss

  • Irregular menstrual periods

  • Hearing loss

  • Decreased platelets

  • Pancreas problems

  • Kidney stones

  • Abdominal discomfort

  • Sleepiness

  • Dizziness

  • Blurry vision

  • Weight gain

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Swelling of the hands and feet

  • Dry mouth

  • Nausea

  • Constipation

  • Decreased appetite

  • Increased sweating

  • Suicidal thoughts and/or behavior

  • Dizziness

  • Extreme thirst

  • Dry mouth

  • Infrequent urination

  • Dark-colored urine

  • Constipation

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

  • Red or brown pee

  • Tar-like stools

  • Persistent bleeding from gums or nose

  • Coughing up red things

  • Severe headache or stomach ache

  • Unusual bruising

  • Cuts that won't stop bleeding

  • A bump on the head or serious fall

  • Bleeding strokes

  • Stomach ulcers

  • Stomach pain

  • Heartburn

  • Stomach ulcers

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Rashes

  • Wheezing

  • Throat swelling

  • Liver or kidney problems

  • High blood pressure

  • Leg swelling

  • Drowsiness

  • Blurred vision

  • Dizziness

  • Dry mouth

  • Nausea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Mild constipation

  • Pancreatitis

  • Burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet or legs

  • Changes in appetite

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Difficulty keeping balance

  • Dizziness

  • Drowsiness

  • Dry mouth or throat

  • Gas

  • Headache

  • Heartburn

  • Mental and physical impairment

  • Stomach pain or tenderness

  • Convulsions

  • Unusual dreams

  • Weakness

  • Vision problems

  • Chest pain

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

  • Hives

  • Hoarseness

  • Itching

  • Nausea

  • Pounding heartbeat

  • Rash

  • Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue or throat

  • Vomiting

  • Liver problems

  • Mood swings

  • Menstrual cycle changes

  • Depression

  • Headache

  • Joint pain

  • Fatigue

  • Rash

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhea

  • Stomach pain

  • Hair loss

  • Nerve damage

  • Chest pain

  • Reduced heart rate

  • Lower white blood cell count

Neurodegenerative Disorders

 
  • Nausea

  • Upset stomach

  • Diarrhea

  • Weakness

  • Fainting

  • Significant weight loss

  • Risk of addiction

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Rash

  • Liver damage

  • Upset stomach

  • Heartburn

  • Stomach ulcers

  • Kidney problems

  • Increased risk of heart attack and/or stroke

  • Dizziness

  • Drowsiness

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Confusion

  • Swelling of hands and feet

  • Increased appetite

  • Increased risk of infection

  • Osteoporosis

  • Cataracts

  • Constipation

  • Thinner skin

  • Reduced effectiveness over time

  • Skin irritation

  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight

  • Birth defects

  • Hair loss

  • Liver problems

  • Depression

  • Dry, cracked skin and/or lips

  • Hair loss

  • Joint pain

  • Nosebleeds

  • Trouble seeing in the dark

  • Feeling tired

  • Loss of appetite

  • Upset stomach

  • Weakened immune system

  • Kidney damage

  • High blood pressure

  • Unusual changes in behavior

  • Hostility

  • Agitation

  • Depression

  • Suicidal thoughts and/or actions

 

1
Bergamaschi MM, Queiroz RH, Zuardi AW, Crippa JA. Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol, a Cannabis Sative Consitiuent. September, 2011; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22129319 Accessed February 26, 2019
2
Future Med Chem. Prakash Nagarkatti, Rupal Pandey, Sadiye Amcaoglu Rieder, Venkatesh L. Hegde, Mitzi Nagarkatti. Cannabinoids As Novel Anti-inflammatory Drugs. October, 2009; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/ Accessed February 26, 2019
3
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opioid Overdose. August 30, 2017; https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p1205-screening-congenital-heart-disease.html Accessed October 8, 2018
4
Pergolizzi JV, LeQuang JA, Berger GK, et al. The Basic Pharmacology of Opioids Informs the Opioid Discourse and Misuse and Abuse: A Review. Pain Ther. 2017;6:1-16