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Can CBD Oil Help Relieve Your Nausea?

Key Takeaways

  • CBD oil may help relieve nausea, depending on cause.
  • Always seek medical attention for the underlying cause leading to nausea.
  • Some people may rather experience nausea after using CBD products like vape pens.

CBD can help relieve nausea, but not in all cases. Nausea is a very common symptom, and it may occur for many reasons. So, how well CBD works will depend on its cause.

The two common reasons for nausea are gastrointestinal issues or the so-called central nausea. CBD can help with nausea due to gastrointestinal issues, but only when the underlying cause is also managed.

Central nausea may occur due to toxicity, headaches, mental health issues, inflammation, and many other reasons. In such cases, CBD can provide symptomatic relief.

One way CBD may help alleviate nausea is through its interaction with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes, including appetite, mood, pain sensation, and nausea. CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the ECS, modulating their activity and potentially exerting anti-nausea effects.

Yet another way it may help is by influencing serotonin receptors in the brain. CBD may also help regulate vomiting reflexes, further contributing to its anti-nausea properties.

Several preclinical and clinical studies have investigated the use of CBD for nausea, particularly in individuals undergoing chemotherapy or experiencing nausea due to other medical conditions.(1)

As expected, CBD is especially more effective in chronic nausea occurring due to toxicity. This is because it controls nausea mainly by affecting certain brain centres. It may be of lesser value if nausea is due to stomach or gut irritation. Even if it does not help with nausea, it would still help those experiencing nausea by reducing pain and anxiety and improving sleep quality.

Furthermore, CBD's anti-inflammatory properties may also play a role in alleviating nausea. Inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract can contribute to feelings of nausea and vomiting, and CBD has been shown to possess potent anti-inflammatory effects. By reducing inflammation, CBD may help calm the digestive system and alleviate symptoms of nausea.

One of the advantages of using CBD for managing nausea is its relatively low risk of side effects compared to conventional anti-nausea medications. Common side effects of traditional medications, such as drowsiness, dizziness, and constipation, may be less pronounced with CBD, making it a preferred option for some individuals.

People also ask how to stop nausea from CBD oil. Well, this is another important topic. Some people may rather develop nausea due to CBD oil. However, such side effects are rare and are more likely to occur due to poor-quality products. Moreover, even if nausea occurs after taking CBD oil, then such nausea is transient or short-lived, and one may continue using CBD. When people continue using CBD for a few days, they stop experiencing nausea.

Some people do say that CBD oil makes me sick. This is extremely unlikely with good CBD products. CBD is a Novel Food; thus, it is fine for regular use. However, it is no secret that some people are intolerant towards some foods. Hence, one cannot exclude such a side effect in some instances. Overall, CBD is rather good for gut health and helps overcome nausea.

If CBD oil does not help or causes certain side effects, changing the brand and starting to use another product is always good. Side effects may also occur due to other components in CBD oil that are generally good for health, such as certain natural aromas or terpenes. But, again, this is a rare issue and not a cause for concern.

The Bottom Line

CBD acts on various brain centres and can even modulate certain brain chemicals. It has a calming effect on the brain. This makes it a safe remedy for mild nausea. CBD is not a medication, and it will only help when the underlying cause of nausea is treated. One can use CBD in different ways to overcome nausea. One of the good and healthy ways is using CBD oil but choose your flavour carefully. CBD vape pens are another option, but then vapes are also more likely to cause side effects, and it is worth understanding.

As a doctor, I would say that CBD could be an option for chronic and mild nausea. However, if nausea keeps repeating, it is vital to identify its cause and treat the underlying condition. Additionally, never use CBD for pregnancy-related nausea or when breastfeeding.


  1. Parker LA, Rock EM, Limebeer CL. Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids. Br J Pharmacol. 2011 Aug;163(7):1411–22.
Dr Preet Pal Singh Bhinder

This article was authored by: Dr. Preet Pal Singh Bhinder.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

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