CBD Side Effects: A Beginner’s Guide

Are you new to CBD and curious to learn more about the side effects? Then you’ve come to the right place! We understand the CBD space is new territory for many people. Our mission at Equilibria is to educate you on the science behind CBD and support you throughout your entire experience! We recognize you may have questions throughout your wellness journey. Still, we’re here to empower you along the way with guidance on the best products, dosage, and routine for you. 


We’ve compiled some of the most popular questions asked from our members about CBD side effects. Our goal is to help you feel more comfortable getting started with your CBD journey. Check them out below!


A Beginner’s Guide to CBD Side Effects


Is CBD safe?

side effects of cbd oil, is cbd bad for you, cbd side effectsThe World Health Organization released a report assessing the safety of CBD. It revealed CBD demonstrates a good safety profile and is well-tolerated overall. However, everyone is different and has their own unique experience with CBD, so we offer personalized dosage support to every one of our members. CBD influences the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a biological system that works to help our bodies achieve balance. As the body rebalances itself and adjusts to CBD, some members experience side effects at the beginning of their routines, which usually fade with time.  


To learn more about how CBD works in the body, we have a great blog post discussing the endocannabinoid system and how CBD supports this system in restoring balance to the body and mind. 


The presence or absence of side effects may depend on your body chemistry, environmental considerations, health conditions, and any medications you might be taking. Therefore, it’s essential to talk to your healthcare provider before incorporating CBD into your routine to understand if CBD is a good fit for you.


Common Side Effects 

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea 
  • Headaches 
  • Dry eyes or dry throat


If you’re noticing some of these effects as you start your CBD routine, you’re not alone! Some of our members tell us that they see some side effects when they first begin their CBD routines and find that the effects typically go away on their own after a few weeks. 


When you’re taking CBD, you’re working to support your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in finding balance across many of the systems in your body. Your ECS influences processes in your body such as stress, the sleep/wake cycle, energy, hormones, and much more! This system can get thrown off balance when your body experiences issues, like a great deal of stress. If you’re experiencing side effects from a CBD routine, your body is likely adjusting to the CBD, and your ECS is working to re-establish balance within the body. 


Experiencing side effects? Try these tips

  • side effects of cbd oil, is cbd bad for you, cbd side effectsStart low and slow with dosing. The goal is to use the lowest dose possible to see benefits. You can always lower your dose if you feel like your dose isn’t working for you to see if this offers a better experience. 
  • Stay hydrated! CBD is a potent, plant-based product that may contribute to dehydration. It’s a good idea to increase your water intake to make sure you’re adequately hydrated when adding CBD into your day-to-day life.
  • Focus on absorbing your doses effectively. Take your Daily Softgel after eating a full meal containing healthy fats. Take your Daily Drops in smaller doses such as ½ dropper (5mg/0.5mL) increments and hold each dose of oil under your tongue for at least 1 minute (you want to swallow as little oil as possible!). These small changes can often make a big difference! 


Side effect examples

Suppose you’re feeling nauseous or noticing digestive discomfort after taking the Daily Softgel. In that case, we strongly suggest taking it with food. More specifically, with some sort of healthy fat like avocado, nut butter, cheese, etc. This can help with an uneasy stomach and may also boost the CBD’s absorption in your body.


If you find yourself feeling nauseous after taking the Daily Drops, keep in mind that it could result from swallowing too much oil at one time. You might try taking smaller doses at a time. For example, suppose you enjoy 1 full dropper (10mg/1mL). In that case, you might break up the larger dose into two smaller 1/2 droppers taken one right after the other. Using this technique gives the oil more opportunity to absorb, and you will hopefully end up swallowing less oil overall.


Talk with a Certified Wellness Coach or your healthcare provider

Schedule a 1:1 Support Session or reach out to the Member Education team at wellness@myeq.com. Our Member Education team is here to support you throughout this process and are always happy to offer additional information and suggestions! If you’re taking any medications or have a medical condition, it’s best to consult with your healthcare team to determine if there are any potential considerations with taking CBD. 


Do you have any other questions about CBD side effects or your routine? Let us know! Arrange a time to chat with a Certified Wellness Coach or email us at wellness@myeq.com to get in touch with a Certified Wellness Coach and receive guidance on your routine.