Cannabidiol (CBD) products are popular among users due to their therapeutic effects coupled with a lack of side-effects at normal doses. Due to its excellent safety profile, this cannabinoid was removed from the list of schedule 1 drugs and used as an active ingredient in many health and wellness products. However, there have been cases where people experience itching after using CBD oil, and the purpose of this article is to investigate this.
Does CBD Cause Itching?
The main reason for the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) products is due to their general safety profile. At normal doses, there are very few adverse effects. According to a survey, it has a safer side-effect profile compared to some pharmaceutical drugs. However, at elevated doses, it causes side-effects like diarrhea, tiredness, change in appetite, and weight loss or gain. Also, there are not many reported cases of CBD products causing itching in the US.
However, in the UK, under the yellow card scheme of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), there were two reported cases. People who used CBD oil had experienced itching and rashes. The CBD uses included both topical application and oral consumption. It is assumed that this is due to an allergic reaction to CBD oil, which is used as the primary ingredient in many cannabidiol health and wellness products.
What Are The Symptoms Of Allergic Reaction To CBD Oil?
Only limited information is available regarding the symptoms due to allergic reaction to CBD oil. It is assumed that they can be like cannabis allergy symptoms because legally available CBD oil is made using the extracts of the hemp plant, which belongs to the cannabis family of plants.
Listed below are the cannabis allergic symptoms:
- Anaphylaxis (extreme allergic reaction)
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Rhinitis or nasal inflammation
- Watery eyes
- Shortness of breath
More research is required to confirm the allergic reaction to CBD oil and the extent of its severity. Also, remember that the issue of cannabidiol causing skin rashes are isolated cases. But it is assumed that people who are sensitive to cannabis can also be sensitive to CBD.
Epidiolex, the FDA-approved drug, causes side-effects, and rashes are one of them. Listed below are the other side-effects due to it:
- Reduced appetite
- Dark urine
- Pain in the upper right abdominal area
However, more research is required to conclusively state that cannabidiol (CBD) causes itching or rashes.