by Christine Athens
Cannabidiol (CBD) has quickly become one of the most popular products in the cannabis industry. It’s showing up everywhere, from local dispensaries to grocery stores, coffee shops, and even novelty restaurants. You can quite literally get your CBD with a side of CBD, and some CBD to go!
People take CBD for several reasons, the most prominent being for their health and wellness. It has both therapeutic and neuroprotective properties, and it’s universally regarded as safe. Then again, anything taken in moderation is considered to be safe, right?
So, what happens if you take too much CBD?
Well, the good news is experts agree that it’s impossible to overdose on the beneficial cannabinoid. The not so good news? There may be a few potential and somewhat unpleasant side effects to be aware of when consuming CBD, especially for first-time users.
The devil’s in the details, so let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Is There Such a Thing As Too Much CBD?
The concern with “taking too much” mostly has to do with dosage parameters, especially since CBD effects everyone differently. CBD products may contain potencies up to 6,000 milligrams, which sounds like a lot. However, keeping in mind the appropriate dosage per an individual’s body weight, and the amount they require daily, there’s never a need for excess.
Additionally, the bio-availability of CBD is roughly between 6% and 56%, depending on how it’s taken. Exceeding an already high dose of CBD at once will likely result in a percentage of the cannabinoid simply passing right through your system.
You also must take into consideration how CBD reacts with the body. According to the National Cancer Institute, cannabinoid receptors are not located in the brainstem areas that control respiration, unlike opioids. Therefore, lethal overdoses of cannabinoids don’t occur.
So, can you overdose on CBD? Again, absolutely not. Are there side effects from taking too much CBD? Possibly.
So, What Happens if You Take Too Much CBD?
If you’re consuming pure CBD, you shouldn’t have to worry about any unpleasant side effects. While everyone responds to the cannabinoid differently, side effects are rare. However, they do occur every so often, and it’s worth noting that the average person would have to take about 700 grams in one sitting to experience any adverse side effects.
The overall potential side effects of CBD include the following:
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in mood
- Dry mouth
These side effects, while uncomfortable, are not life-threatening. In fact, they’re usually very mild and pass within about 4-8 hours. It may be just your body adjusting to the cannabinoid or the type of product you’re using. It’s also more likely that you’ll experience side effects if you’re taking other medications.
It’s best not to panic if you’re experiencing one or more side effects after taking CBD for the first time. Of course, if you’re experiencing persistent side effects, stop taking it right away and see your doctor—especially if you’re taking other types of medication.
If you’re taking CBD that comes from a questionable company, you may experience side effects from any additives or chemicals within the product. Always purchase your CBD from a reliable source that provides a COA and doesn’t add any questionable ingredients to their products.
Everything in Moderation
So, what happens if you take too much CBD? Most likely, nothing. There are virtually no scenarios where you would feel the need to take an entire bottle of CBD oil at once. The same goes for other CBD products as well. Just remember to use CBD in moderation, adjust your dosage gradually if needed, and listen to your body.
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