Can one overdose on CBD?

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Can one overdose on CBD?

Can one overdose on CBD?

Like almost any substance, it is always possible to take too much of something. We discuss whether it’s possible to overdose on CBD, and what happens when someone has taken an excessive amount.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of misconceptions and, frankly outright inaccurate beliefs, when it comes to cannabis oil. In this article, we’ll be focusing purely on CBD oil and not THC. It’s vital to know the difference between the two compounds.

What would be considered “too much” CBD?

According to a review of clinical data conducted in 2017, humans have been tested with doses of up to 1,500mg per day of CBD. To put that in perspective, the maximum regulated amount of CBD in South Africa can contain no more than 600mg cannabidiol per sales pack. You would need to ingest two and a half bottles in order to reach 1,500mg. South African regulations are also such that a maximum daily dose of cannabidiol may not exceed 20mg.

What happens if one consumes too much CBD?

As mentioned above, a user would need to consume an incredibly large amount of CBD to experience potential negative side effects. Yet, whilst rare, it’s important to look at what some of these symptoms could include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Change in appetite
  • Dry mouth

While certainly unpleasant, these side effects will generally pass usually somewhere between four and eight hours. Should you experience any of these side effects, make sure to drink plenty of fluids and, if possible, eat something. You will be fine, so just relax and make yourself comfortable.

It’s also important to remember that a variety of factors need to be considered when talking about consuming too much CBD. Things like a person’s height, weight, tolerance, and many other factors all come into play. For further reading on dosage, check our article on how much CBD one should take.

One more thing to consider is the actual product. With a plethora of options available on the market today, one needs to know exactly what they’re purchasing. The quality and make-up of CBD products will vary, and companies use different extraction methods to obtain their cannabis oil. Read our article on the CO2 extraction process here.  It’s important to check if the company or site you’re purchasing from provides third-party laboratory tests.  Luckily for you, we at ensure that all listed brands are third-party tested with random independent testing to ensure purity and potency.

CBD is only toxic in incredibly large doses and studies regarding its lethality in humans have not, for obvious reasons, been conducted. As mentioned however at the beginning of this article, it is always possible to take too much of something. You will never need to take a toxic amount of CBD, as it won’t perform better than taking the correct amount. In fact, it might do the very opposite.

As always, if you or your pet are experiencing any negative side effects from CBD usage, we recommend speaking to a medical professional or veterinarian.

Disclaimer: We recommend consulting with a qualified medical doctor or veterinarian when preparing a treatment plan for any and all diseases or ailments. Do not exceed more than 20mg of CBD(Cannabidiol) in your daily dose as per South African government regulations. Regulation amending s22(A)2 of the Medicine and Related Substance Act, 1965 (Act no.101 of 1965) Published 23 May 2019