With the light shining on the CBD industry right now, we are learning that there are some drug-to-drug interactions and there are sometimes side effects.

The drug-to-drug interactions that occur with side effects normally involve CYP450, which is an enzyme in the liver that is used to process pharmaceuticals. This enzyme can enhance the effects of Coumadin (warfarin) or an adult 325 mg aspirin.

By enhancing the effects of these particular medications, serious health concerns might arise. It is always advised to speak with your healthcare professional before you start a CBD product. It is also wise to speak to a trusted resource to guide you to finding the right product for you.

CBD is definitely a not one-size-fits-all.

It is important to note two of the most common side effects are dry mouth and fatigue. Other less common side effects are headaches and nausea.

Our endocannabinoid systems are like fingerprints, in that no two are exactly like. The CBD that worked for your neighbor might not work for you.

It is important to understand there are many different strains of hemp which are producing the CBD available in the marketplace today. For some, there is a lot of trial and error before the right company or the right strain of hemp is found.

We also need to consider that not all CBD products are created equal. Always look for a certificate of analysis (COA) before you buy. This should be available on the company’s website.

Many manufacturers are doing heavy-metal and pesticide testing; these additional tests are also beneficial.

Other questions you might want to ask are: Where is the hemp grown? What other ingredients are in the product?

Do you understand the amount of the dose you’re taking? Many people are very confused by the milligrams and their dosing. Do you really need to be taking 1500 mg of CBD? Do you understand this is equal to 50 mg per dose? Do you understand how to use the dropper in your bottle of CBD?

Many users opt for “bigger is better,” but this is not necessarily the best option. “Start low, go slow” is always the best advice. With this advice, your wallet might also be pleasantly surprised.

There are occasions where a higher dose of CBD may be needed or recommended. These recommendations will tend to be associated with an acute condition or a deep-seated inflammatory condition that has not respond to a lower dose initially.

It is also important to be aware most people do not experience an “ah ha” moment when starting to take CBD. It is best to take your CBD consistently for four to six weeks to determine its true effectiveness.

Should you find the “sweet spot,” stop there and maintain your dose. Plateaus can and do happen with CBD. Should your CBD stop working, it is advised that you stop taking the product for a week to 10 days and then restart to regain the positive effects.

Cynthia Groff, CCMA is the owner of Sativa Health Products on Hilton Head Island. SativaHealthProducts.com