I literally received this email the other day: “I was wondering – can you overdose on CBD oil? I think I took too much because I slept 14 hours after I took it at bedtime.” If I slept for 14 hours I think I would rejoice the next morning. But I understand the concern – he probably wasn’t used to conking out like this.
So can you overdose on CBD oil?
I dislike the word “overdose.” Overdosing is something typically associated with illegal drug use or prescription narcotics. It very obviously has a negative connotation because the outcome of overdosing is often a bad one. It implies that you are taking too much of something that isn’t good for you.
CBD oil on the other hand is an amazing supplement. It is not an FDA approved drug meaning it does not require a prescription. It doesn’t have to be purchased from a street dealer and can be found online and in stores readily. But most importantly it has taken the world by storm based on studies showing that it has many beneficial effects. Based on this, I hate to associate “overdosing” with CBD oil.
When it comes to CBD oil, there is sparse scientific data to support the optimal amount to take each day and a lot depends on the type of CBD product. Yes, there are guidelines based on the specific condition you are hoping it will help with, your age, your weight, etc… but CBD oil from a reputable company doesn’t come with a “dosage” per say. A reputable company, like the ones I personally use and trust, will simply supply you with the amount of CBD per serving and let you decide how much you need daily.
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So how can you possibly overdose on CBD oil?
You know the old adage “too much of a good thing.” Well that applies to CBD oil in some ways. You definitely can take more than your body is able to process at that given time and this can lead to drowsiness or possibly a slight drop in blood pressure as your body goes into a more relaxed state. If you are new to CBD then you always want to start slow and steady and work up to a higher daily intake so this doesn’t occur (unless of course you want to sleep like a baby!)
After a lot of research I could not find one confirmed case of someone who had truly overdosed on CBD oil. It is a fairly low risk endeavor so I would have been shocked had I found evidence to support overuse to the point of death.
What are the “side effects” from consuming CBD oil?
The goal is that CBD oil will help you feel your best and not produce anything that might be construed as a side effect. There are no known adverse CBD oil side effects and it’s shown to be well tolerated even at higher amounts.
A research review investigating CBD side effects and safety found that CBD had no adverse physiological effect on the following:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Body temperature
- Glucose levels
- pH levels
- Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs and bloodstream
- Red blood cell volume
- Time it takes for food to leave stomach and travel through the intestines
- Vomiting action
- Potassium and sodium levels
CBD oil won’t get you high
I have heard people discussing how CBD oil gave them a “head trip.” CBD oil is completely non-psychoactive. This means that, as opposed to THC found in marijuana, it not will adversely affect:
- Sensory awareness
- Reaction time
This is because hemp CBD oil is derived from hemp, a type of cannabis that contains only up to 0.3 percent THC — nearly 33 times less than the least potent marijuana. CBD even has anti-psychoactive properties, making it capable of countering the euphoric effects of the psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
How much is too much?
According to WebMD, “CBD doses of up to 300 mg daily have been used safely for up to 6 months. Higher doses of 1200-1500 mg daily have been used safely for up to 4 weeks.” I take 100mgs per day and have used up to 200 mgs at times. The average individual likely won’t need more than 200mgs per day and most people using it for general wellness and body homeostasis will stay under 100mgs per day.
Like I said before, start slow and work up to a daily amount that makes you feel your best. Ideally, it should help with the quality of your sleep so yes, you might find you are able to sleep longer. As with any natural supplement, if CBD oil is making you sleep too much, simply reduce the amount you are taking and see if that changes things.
In summary, you likely will not overdose on CBD oil. Overdose isn’t a word that should be paired with CBD oil. Take care with your initial consumption and let the body do its work!
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