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  • by Nicola Boulton December 13, 2023 4 min read

    CBD Gummies Side Effects

    CBD gummies are chewy candies enriched with Cannabidiol oil; the gummies have side effects including, but not limited to, nausea, gastrointestinal issues, and drowsiness. This article discusses CBD gummies, their side effects, and factors to consider when choosing them.

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from hemp, a strain of the cannabis plant. CBD gummies are enriched with Cannabidiol oil. They come pre-dosed with different quantities of the Cannabidiol oil. Also, their taste and discreteness capture the attention of innumerable customers. Their small size enables you to carry them at your workplace. 

    Though they have enticing qualities, they also come with certain side effects. Therefore, consumers must monitor their reactions to the gummies. Some of the most reported side effects include dry mouth, nausea, gastrointestinal issues, and drowsiness. They also interact with other medications. As you take them, you might experience such effects though they differ with consumers. 

    What Are CBD Gummies?

    According to VanDolah et al. (2019), CBD gummies are chewy products enriched with enriched Cannabidiol oil. Consumers love them due to their incredible taste and discreteness. These qualities make them convenient for many users; one to carry them around without drawing attention. CBD gummies have pre-determined dosages, which enables newcomers and experienced consumers to have the correct dosage without struggle. The gummies also present a tremendously sweet taste that masks CBD content's earthy and herby taste, creating room for more consumers. Therefore, gummies are preferred to other cannabis products like CBD oil and tinctures. When buying CBD gummies, you need to know your appropriate dosage; this will help you to avoid overdosing, which might come with side effects. The medical experts recommend starting with the lowest CBD dosage, then increasing the dosage until a proper dosage is determined. Experienced users can purchase CBD gummies enriched with the highest amount depending on their desires. 

    CBD Gummies Side Effects

    Although CBD gummies have several potential health benefits, they have certain side effects. However, the side effects are not fatal and last only for a short time. Most of the common ones include:

    Dry Mouth

    Cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol molecules can lessen saliva production. Consequently, your mouth becomes dry since the little saliva produced cannot hydrate the mouth properly; this explains why Cannabidiol enthusiasts report dry eyes and mouth after taking the gummies. These effects upsurge when users take gummies infused with high THC amounts. Therefore, it is important to hydrate continuously or chew ordinary gummies after taking CBD to counteract the side effects. 


    Some CBD users experience sedation and drowsiness after taking their CBD gummies. Though certain individuals are uncomfortable with these effects, some users take them as an added advantage. These effects intensify if the user takes Cannabidiol gummies with diverse sedating medications. CBD customers become more relaxed when taking CBD gummies, although fatigue sometimes occurs. 

    Consumption time is an important aspect of the gummies' routine. The users should discover the best time to achieve their desired health effects. Cannabidiol specialists encourage users to take these products after work or before bed. Doing so will boost sleep for users struggling with insomnia, REM, and daytime sleepiness. 

    Gastrointestinal Issues

    People have different medical histories. For example, some have been struggling with allergies and cannot take certain food types, while others can take different foods without experiencing negative results. In such scenarios, Cannabidiol gummies might show varying side effects. Some people have reported liver and diarrhea problems after using these gummies. Loss of appetite is the most typical side effect associated with Cannabidiol consumption. If uncontrolled, it might lead to weight loss in certain individuals. Therefore, all Cannabidiol consumers should monitor how the products react to their bodies. Seek medical attention in cases where you discover health and experience adverse side effects.


    A few CBD enthusiasts experience nausea with CBD supplements. This, however, depends on consumers' sensitivity towards Cannabidiol products and their preferred consumption method. Consumption methods determine the Cannabidiol amount absorbed in the body. Cannabis-derived products come in oils, tinctures, gummies, and vapes. 

    CBD gummies are poorly absorbed because they pass through the digestive system and later into the liver before being released into the bloodstream. Some amount is lost during this process, meaning that the consumer will encounter minimal results. Oils and tinctures are consumed sublingually; their bioavailability is higher than the gummies as they do not go through digestion. According to Bruni et al. (2018), CBD vapes have the highest bioavailability since they are absorbed directly into the body without digestion. 

    Concerning sensitivity, Cannabidiol-sensitive customers are more vulnerable to nausea after using the gummies. Bridge &Abazia (2017) stated that Cannabidiol could address vomiting and nausea, particularly in people undergoing serious treatments such as chemotherapy. 

    CBD Interacts with Other Drugs

    According to Brown &Winterstein (2019), CBD interacts with other drugs. It does so by slowing down or speeding up the rate at which your body digests certain medications; this escalates or de-escalates the amounts of these products in the body. If you are under medication, consult your medical provider before consuming the gummies. 

    The Bottom Line

    CBD gummies are beneficial products, albeit with some side effects. Therefore, you should understand your health status before taking CBD products. Although Cannabidiol consumers have reported the side effects, they are not long-lasting. Users can control these effects by following the recommendations given by CBD specialists. For example, take water while taking CBD supplements, including gummies, to overcome dry mouth issues. Also, avoid the gummies if you have an underlying medical condition unless guided by your doctor. For newcomers, start low and slow until you discover your proper CBD dosage to avoid undesirable results. 


    Bridgeman &Abazia. (2017). Medicinal cannabis: history, pharmacology, and implications for the acute care setting. Pharmacy and therapeutics42(3), 180.

    Brown, &Winterstein (2019). Potential adverse drug events and drug–drug interactions with medical and consumer cannabidiol (CBD) use. Journal of clinical medicine8(7), 989.

    Bruni, Della Pepa, Oliaro-Bosso, Pessione, Gastaldi, &Dosio (2018). Cannabinoid delivery systems for pain and inflammation treatment. Molecules23(10), 2478.

    VanDolah, Bauer, &Mauck (2019, September). Clinicians’ guide to cannabidiol and hemp oils. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 94, No. 9, pp. 1840-1851). Elsevier.

    Nicola Boulton
    Nicola Boulton

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