Can You Overdose on CBD?
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Can you overdose on CBD? If you take a far larger than normal dose of it, what happens? Is it toxic if you overdo it?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s one of several phytocannabinoids (plant chemical) within cannabis.
It appears to be safe unless you are extremely reckless with it, and even then, you’ll likely be ok. You might have a pretty bad headache, or experience fatigue, but you’ll be ok. Usually, it does not lead to any side effects, and if side effects do occur, they likely won’t put you in the hospital.
TLDR: While it’s technically possible to overdose on CBD, it’s extremely unlikely. Toxic CBD doses are around 15000 to 20000mg.
A person can take many times more than an effective dose of CBD without experiencing anything worse than some temporary and unpleasant side effects.
Before we begin, if you are looking for medical or legal advice specific to you or your own specific scenarios, it’s always best to consult health care practitioners. They understand your unique scenario better than any online blog ever will.
Has Anyone Ever Taken Too Much CBD?
Even according to the world health organization, which is extremely cautious about declaring that a drug or supplement is safe, hemp derived CBD products will not kill you. Massive doses of CBD products will make you sick, but they will not kill you. If there is a lethal dose, it is not easy to find a clear case of anyone taking a lethal dose.
However, you can make yourself temporarily sick by taking far too much CBD oil. There could even be a dangerous or lethal dose of CBD, but people would never need to take such a high dose, so we don’t know how much CBD a lethal dose is.
Research is being done as we speak to figure out things like lethal doses, and liver toxicity levels (if there are any with CBD oil) for many different cannabinoids, like CBD, within the cannabis plant.
Many commonly used, over-the-counter medications are more dangerous than CBD products are.
The amount of CBD gummies (as an example) you need to take to calm down, focus, or sleep is low, far lower than what could make you sick or even cause some moderately unpleasant side effects. Taking higher than a necessary dose is also usually harmless.
There is a large variance between an effective dose of CBD oil, and a dose that makes you sick; this makes CBD a safe option. Dangerous drugs have a smaller difference in variance between an effective dose, and a harmful dose.
With illicit drugs, for example, you can go from being not very affected to being overly affected by only doubling your dose the illicit drugs. The difference between the dose necessary to get the effect you want and a harmful dose is minimal.
This is also why many pharmaceutical drugs should be carefully considered before using to help treat health conditions.
With things like pure CBD oil, there is a huge difference between the dose necessary to treat your anxiety to the dose necessary to make you sick to your stomach.
As a therapeutic dose, most people use between 5mg to 20mg to help feel relief from things like high blood pressure, or panic attacks. Many people then bump it up another 20-30mg if they don’t feel relief. Some people need more of it than others, but a lot of symptoms can be addressed by using around 20mg of CBD oil, or other CBD products.
A review of scientific research shows us that a person can usually tolerate up to 1500mg per day without experiencing adverse reactions, but an effective dose might be around 20mg.
I want to be very clear here: 1500mg of CBD oil per day is an extremely large dose. You likely need no where near that much.
For example, pure CBD oil drops by New Phase Blends contain 1000mg or 2000mg of CBD in the 30mL tincture. This is normally enough to last people one month.
Don’t take much more CBD than is necessary to treat your condition. While CBD is not addictive, you can build up a tolerance to it if you take a lot of it for a long time.
Rare cases of someone ending up in the hospital after taking CBD is likely because of contaminated CBD products, not the CBD itself. There are reports of a man who ended up in the emergency room with nausea, vomiting, and slurred speech who may have eaten contaminated CBD gummies.
However, we do not know what happened to make him require medical attention. The amount of CBD he took, 370mg, is many times higher than an effective dose but is usually safe. Did he simply take CBD isolate? Was it really THC? We just don’t know.
Some people are also unable tolerate high doses of CBD than others. The bottom line is we just don’t know enough information about this CBD overdose, and why exactly this man ended up in the hospital.
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