It’s also important to note that just because it’s unlikely that you can consume enough CBD oil to endanger your health, taking too much CBD could still make you feel weird as heck. Also, a study published in Cannabis and cannabinoid research in 2017 found that CBD oil is known to interact with certain medications, so make sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist if you’re currently taking any prescriptions. Dr. Vergnaud adds that CBD isn’t a good idea for pregnant people, because there aren’t any studies to indicate that it’s safe.
Ultimately, if you’re wondering if you can overdose on CBD, know that there doesn’t appear to be a high risk of it; in fact, studies show CBD could actually help people recover from overdoses of drugs like cocaine and opioids. But even though CBD oil that only contains CBD will not get you high, taking more that a therapeutic dose will likely just make you want to take a nap.
With the 2018 Hemp Act, part of the 2018 Farm Bill, signed Dec. 20, 2018, all products derived from industrially farmed hemp grown in the U.S. became legal in all 50 states, ending a more than 80-year ban of large-scale hemp farming in this country. In the years since, CBD products have hit the mainstream, and it’s become easier for researchers to test CBD and its effects, which was previously difficult because of federal regulations around hemp. But scientists aren’t yet 100% conclusive on CBD’s effects — and it’s important to educate yourself before getting started.
How CBD Affects Your Body
“Pure naturally-occurring CBD — the non-psychoactive component of cannabis or marijuana — is widely believed by health and medical experts to be safe, with no risk of overdose or dependency,” Dr. Sophie Vergnaud M.D., a clinical specialist with GoodRx, tells Bustle. “However, it’s important to understand the potential health risks and side effects before using any CBD product and talk to a healthcare professional about determining an appropriate dosage that’s right for you.” Too much CBD for you might be just the right amount for your best friend.
Maybe you’ve considered trying the cannabis compound cannabidiol (better known as CBD) lately as an all-natch way to deal with things like anxiety, insomnia, or chronic pain. If you’re taking CBD, perhaps you’ve also Googled: Can you take too much CBD? In order for CBD to be toxic to your system, you would have to ingest almost 20,000 mg of CBD oil in less than a day, according to a 2011 study published in the journal Current Drug Safety. For context, a single gummy might contain around 10 to 30mg — but that doesn’t mean you can pop them one after another like candy.
CBD comes in a variety of delivery methods, including gummies, drops, sprays, applicators, vaporizers, softgels, and more. Dr. Vergnaud notes that aside from Epidiolex, no CBD products have been FDA-approved, and non-regulated products might contain all kinds of nasties, like pesticides and heavy metals. If you’re looking for a CBD product, she recommends finding a trustworthy brand that publishes lab test results of its products, and doing your research; sites like CBD Oil Review can help you assess different brands.
“Studies have found that CBD causes few side effects,” Dr. Vergnaud says. CBD doesn’t contain any THC, the active ingredient in cannabis that gets you high. But, she explains, people treated with Epidiolex, the only FDA-approved medication containing CBD, experienced side effects like drowsiness, changes in appetite, and fatigue. Children who’ve accidentally eaten a bunch of gummies or CBD products have been treated for breathing problems, according to a 2020 study published in Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, but it doesn’t appear to have caused them lasting issues.
The typical adverse effects of THC products include, but are not limited to:
Given the relatively loose legality of CBD products and how easy it might be to mistaken a hemp-derived CBD product from a cannabis-derived one, it is warranted for the concern on what might happen should an accidental (or deliberate) overdose occurs.
Upon cultivation, we use Supercritical CO2 Full Plant Extraction, which is regarded as the safest and most efficient way to extract our plants, retaining the entire molecule structure. To filter out the THC, lipids, wax, and other undesirable plant matter, we remove them under a state-of-the-art chromatography process. To give chromatography an analogy, it would be the equivalent of peeling an orange, where the skin would the undesirables, including that of the THC, while the rest of the orange would be the CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes. Upon peeling the orange, is everything else still an orange? That is what Full Plant Extraction with a chromatography process looks like.
CBD products are so easy to consume that some people are worrying about how much is ‘too much.’ What happens if you accidentally (or deliberately) take too much CBD? Can you overdose on it? Let this article serve as a follow-up for our In-Depth Guide to Tincture Dosing article we published just a few months ago.
These effects, while uncomfortable, will often pass within 4-8 hours. The best thing to do in these situations is to not panic or stress yourself out. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, and if your appetite allows it, to eat something! Physically, you will be fine; so find a good way to mentally distract yourself – a walk can help, or if you feel too ill to move, put on a good movie and veg out. If you find yourself too tired or groggy, make yourself as comfortable as possible and sleep it off.
Of course, other factors could complicate the effects of CBD and could be responsible for adverse reactions. For example, adverse effects could stem from an interaction between CBD and the patient’s existing medications.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD oil can help treat pain and seizures in dogs, and that it has beneficial anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, and anti-cancer properties, just as has been observed in humans. CBD may also help improve appetite and promote heart health in dogs, and many CBD-infused dog treats and CBD oil for dogs are readily available on the market.
On a similar note, the Harvard Health Blog published a post in 2018 regarding adverse effects caused by impurities or contaminants in the CBD, which could exist given the largely unregulated status of cannabis products. Following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD products were legalized and placed under the jurisdiction of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Other factors, such as an interaction between CBD and the patient’s existing medications, could complicate the effects of CBD and could be responsible for adverse reactions. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The bottom line is that CBD appears unlikely to be fatal, but exceptions may exist and collaboration with your physician is essential before starting a regimen.