Can CBD oil cause diarrhea?

Can CBD oil cause diarrhea?

Here at Transcending Organics, occasionally we get asked “Can CBD oil cause diarrhea?”. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of the many cannabinoid compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant. It is generally very well tolerated by most people, especially in moderate doses. CBD is favored by many for its proposed health benefits, as it has very few (and uncommon) side effects, and these tend to occur at very high doses.

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Is it a side effect?

Can CBD oil cause diarrhea? There is a possibility that it may, which in itself seems a little odd to some, since many people actually take CBD oil to help them treat or find relief from gastrointestinal issues and upsets! Other side effects can include tiredness, dry mouth, and changes in appetite, however, as we’ve already mentioned, these are quite uncommon.

What causes it?

So if you’ve taken CBD oil and had diarrhea, does that then mean that you are part of an unlucky few people who react poorly to CBD? Well not necessarily. In fact, for most people who have had diarrhea following taking CBD oil, it has usually been a case of reacting to the other ingredients or by-products contained in the product (which is why we always bang on about the quality and purity of the oils we produce! But more about that later). Sometimes it’s other ingredients, and sometimes it’s a flaw in the manufacturing process.

CBD usually helps (not causes) gastrointestinal issues.

Most of the research regarding CBD oil and stomach issues has been in the context of it helping to resolve gastric upsets, rather than causing them. Studies show that when CBD binds to the CB1 receptors in the body, it can:

  • Reduce excessive gastric acid secretion
  • Increase blood flow to the stomach lining, accelerating healing
  • Prevent reflux and therefore be protective for the lower esophagus.

If you have tried CBD oil in the past, had stomach troubles with it and ten wondered “can CBD oil cause diarrhea?”, then perhaps the first step would be to take a good look at the product you’ve been taking. You should take note of all the ingredients that are present, and then you may also need to enquire with the company as to what type of extraction method they use. Also take note that cannabis plants that are grown in poor quality or contaminated soils can produce significantly poorer quality CBD.

Can CBD oil cause diarrhea? How can I reduce the likelihood?

Our best recommendation is to purchase the best quality CBD oil– and you’ve come to the right place. Here at Transcending Organics, our specially selected strains of hemp plant are grown completely organically, in nutrient-rich, clean soils in California. We do not use any pesticides or chemicals of any kind during the process. Our plants undergo a Co2 extraction process, which is far superior to any other extraction method. This means that you receive the purest, highest quality CBD. All of our products undergo stringent filtration procedures to remove any traces of THC, making our products lawful and free from any addictive or psychoactive properties.

Furthermore, our full-spectrum blends all contain organic hemp seed oil as the carrier, making it gentler on the stomach and less likely to cause any digestive upset. And if you’d like to safeguard yourself even further, try taking CBD oil with some food rather than on an empty stomach. Food can help slow down the absorption process, allowing your body more time to metabolize the CBD.

So can CBD oil cause diarrhea? Possibly, yes, but probably, not if you choose Transcending Organics CBD oil products.


This article, entitled “Can CBD oil caused diarrhea?” is intended for educational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice. Transcending Organics recommends that you seek the advice of your trusted medical practitioner prior to taking CBD, or if you suffer from gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea.


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