Can I Overdose on CBD?
CBD oil is and will continue to be on the rise in the UK thanks to its many uses and forms. Many brands around the UK have been creating different forms of CBD products, and these CBD infused products have been developing into quite the market. But with this popularity quickly rising, there are also many questions which remain unanswered for some people, especially since there is still so much educational information yet to be distributed in large enough quantities throughout the UK.
With that said, one of the most asked questions is whether or not one can actually overdose on CBD or die from consequences of taking too much CBD oil. Unfortunately, there are many drugs and substances in the world which can be harmful or even lethal when taken in excess, but the answer is different when it comes to CBD. Below you will see all the most important information about this subject, and you will hopefully learn all the most essential facts about CBD.
Can CBD Be Fatal?
As you read above, this has been a repeatedly asked question online and in the media in general; and to answer that question, we must first understand what CBD actually is, and why it can or can’t cause any harm to the human body.
To start off, we all pretty much know at this point that CBD oil is derived from cannabis and hemp plants, and that it naturally occurs within these plants just like other substances such as pinene, limonene, flavonoids, and other normally found compounds within plantlife; and is practically the same as any other plant extract or essential oil thanks to its natural and organic origin.
So, in this case, CBD is in no way similar to many of the drugs or chemical substances which are lethal when taken in high doses. Many people now know that overdosing on, say, marijuana itself (which is still very much illegal in the UK) is practically impossible, so why should a non-psychoactive component extracted from the same plant be lethal in any way?
To summarize this point, there has been no evidence whatsoever yet that CBD can be lethal if taken in excess, and there should be no worries about overdosing on it. But, regardless, this still does not mean you should just take as much CBD oil as you want. You see, CBD is the same as all other dietary supplements in the fact that it is sold and made to complete your daily nutrition, and add certain nutrients which you may be lacking, such as certain vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. In fact, some claim CBD is one of the best dietary supplements for people who eat a vegan diet, for CBD supplies a certain type of fatty acid which many vegans tend to be quite low on.
Anyway, the fact that CBD is a dietary supplement should help you understand that you only need a certain amount of these nutrients in one day, and therefore taking your CBD in the correct dosage will both allow you to get the perfect amount of nutrition each day, and also be much softer on your wallet, if you know what I mean.
Because, let’s say, for example, that you like to take a certain protein powder as a daily supplement; well, would you take double the amount suggested to you? Probably not, because the recommended dosage is there for a reason, and you will get all the nutrition you need in just one dose. So CBD is exactly the same, for all you need to do is take the recommended amount daily, and you’ll get all the nutrition you need for one day. It’s just that simple!
How Much CBD Is Too Much?
When it comes to determining how much CBD oil is too much, we really have to realize that everyone is a bit different and that what may be enough for some people may not be for others. Therefore, we do recommend seeing a nutritionist or another professional who may be able to guide you personally through the process of finding the correct dosage for you.
But when it comes to CBD products such as capsules or gummies, there is always going to be a dosage which is recommended to you, and which represents the amount of that product which is to be taken. This is the same as with any other dietary supplement, and it is always best to stay within the suggested dosage of your supplements.
Now, as you read above, there really can’t be a “lethal dose” of CBD, so technically there really isn’t an amount which is “too much”; but like everything, it should be taken mindfully and in moderation, because it can cause an upset stomach if taken in excess at once. Much like ice cream - so yummy, but only in smaller amounts, or else you get a stomach ache.
Therefore, we always recommend staying within the recommended dosages on edibles and oils, and this is mainly so you don’t get an upset stomach; because otherwise, you will not likely feel any other discomfort, and you most definitely won’t be in any serious danger.
How to Find the Right Dosage For You
Some products such as CBD oil drops or concentrated pastes or oils can be a little harder to figure out sometimes, just due to the fact that they are not already pre-measured, and you may have to work out the correct dosage for yourself. But how?
Well, we actually have an entire blog called “CBD Dosing Guide” which informs you about all the different methods of finding the best dosage for you, so if you want to learn more about this subject, please feel more than welcome to stroll over to it at any time. But for now, below are some of the ways you can find a good dosage for you:
- Based on your body weight.
- Starting with a low dosage, and then working your way up from there.
- Microdosing based on your body weight.
There are many different ways, as you can see, to work out a dosage which would most benefit your body and your daily lifestyle, so we recommend you find the perfect one for you either on your own with the help of our “CBD Dosing Guide” blog, or through the help of a professional in this field. Of course, we also always recommend you to seek the guidance or the professional opinion of your doctor, although they are not allowed to prescribe CBD as a medicine, for it is not a medicine, because they will be able to know exactly how much you should take based on your current nutritional status, etc.
Does CBD Have Any Side Effects?
CBD in itself only has a few side effects which have been found until now, which is either nausea, diarrhoea and feeling lethargic. These don’t occur on a very regular basis, and only occur when CBD is taken in excess, or too much at once.
But there have been additional things which could be good to look out for, one of them being the ingredients which are in the products. Some of these ingredients may cause allergic reactions, and we advise you to always check labels and tags for any ingredients which you may be allergic to. The reaction itself would not, of course, be due to the CBD, but due to the additional ingredients in a CBD product; so just keep your eye out for any ingredients which you may be allergic to.
Otherwise, there is a theory which is a bit complex regarding the way CBD reacts with a certain digestive enzyme within our livers called the Cytochrome P-450 enzyme system, which is essentially in charge of breaking down and metabolizing certain drugs and medicines. The theory suggests that upon interaction with CBD, the enzymes could possibly break down and/or metabolize those drugs and medicines differently than they usually would, causing different effects. I won’t go into it on this blog, for it is not too relevant with our topic here, but please visit our blog “What Drugs Should Not Be Taken With CBD?” to learn all about this topic!
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
As you have now read all the information necessary to understand more about the dietary supplement CBD, and whether it could be lethal, we can now come to the conclusion that CBD is not a risk of overdose, and you should not be too worried when taking it. But we do, as you know, suggest taking CBD with moderation, for the recommended dosages always suggest the best amount of CBD for your daily nutritional needs.
We also suggest stopping taking this dietary supplement if it doesn’t sit right with you, for your comfort and wellbeing is of most importance to us, and we don’t want you to ever feel a notch under absolutely amazing! Therefore, just take it easy and slow with your CBD supplement, and enjoy your day as usual once you have taken your dose. You’ll definitely get the best out of your products if you wear a smile all day :)
Also, as you can see, we do try to offer you as much information as possible on our site in the form of blogs, so please don’t be shy, and begin learning more and more about CBD, why it is a good dietary supplement, and many other great topics. In addition to this, contact us if you have any additional questions, we will always be right here to assist you and get you one step further to being a CBD expert!