Wondering what will happen if you take too much CBD? Read this article by Envy CBD to learn the side effects of too much CBD and the chance of CBD overdose. Is it possible to use too much CBD oil, and if so, what are the effects? Find the answers to these questions and more in this Secret Nature guide.
What Would Happen If I Took Too Much CBD?
Since the Farm Act of 2018 lifted the Federal ban on hemp production, CBD seems to have taken over the country and people everywhere are discovering its numerous benefits. You can walk into almost any store and find CBD products with endless ways to use them. You can eat CBD, drink it, vape it, dab it, smoke it, rub it into your skin, add it to your favorite snacks, and even give it to your pets!
CBD products are so easy to consume that some people are worried about how much is too much. What happens if you accidentally (or deliberately) take too much CBD? Is CBD overdose a thing? After our In-Depth Guide to Tincture Dosing article, we will explain what happens if you take too much CBD.
WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid most commonly found in hemp and cannabis plants. Hemp differs from cannabis and lacks a sufficient amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that makes its users feel high. Like THC, CBD binds with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body to activate the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS affects numerous mental and physical functions, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function.
Concerning the legality of CBD products, the Federal government allows the production of industrial hemp but does not necessarily legalize CBD specifically. This legal gray area gets more confusing as some state laws can either allow CBD entirely or ban it altogether. Check out our CBD Legality broken down state-by-state for more information on state laws.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN IF I TAKE TOO MUCH CBD?
Given the relatively loose legality of CBD products and how easy it might be to mistake hemp-derived CBD for a cannabis-derived one, concern about CBD overdose and taking too much CBD is warranted.
On a molecular level, hemp-derived CBD products don’t possess enough THC to create such a response. CBD’s chemical properties do NOT include psychoactive elements in the same way that THC does. So if you do take too much CBD, what you’ll experience will be caused by the THC content in the product. This likely means that you’re not consuming a hemp-derived CBD product but a cannabis-derived one.
The typical adverse effects of THC products include, but are not limited to:
- Mental Slowness
- Accentuation of Anxiety and Depression
- Decreased Memory Retention
If cannabis-derived CBD products can not cause an overdose, what happens if you take too much CBD if it’s hemp-derived? The answer should be obvious – it’s even less likely for these products to leave you in an uncomfortable position. CBD doesn’t directly react with receptors responsible for respiratory and cardiac functions. Even the World Health Organization declares CBD non-toxic. So you won’t die from CBD overdose if you take too much CBD.
Due to Federal prohibition, there is not enough early research on the subject, with pro-cannabis studies often being suppressed. The published studies suggest a dosage upwards of 200mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight administered intravenously. Recent research believes this dosage is much higher, exceeding 10,000mg/kg (nearly 700 grams) per serving.
To knock this CBD overdose theory on its hand, products with that high concentration don’t exist as there is no reason to. According to the bioavailability of CBD, the average range sits between 6% and 35%. So if you take too much CBD, more than your body can handle, you will only pass it through.
SIDE EFFECTS OF TAKINGTOO MUCH CBD
While a high dose of CBD does exist, the likelihood that you’d accidentally (or voluntarily) take an intravenous administration of 700 grams of CBD in one sitting is improbable. However, it is worth noting that too much CBD does not go without its side effects. Should you exceed 1500mg of it, the side effects include:
- Changes in Appetite
- Dry Mouth
These effects, while uncomfortable, will often pass within 4-8 hours and not lead to CBD overdose. Don’t panic or stress yourself out in these situations. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, and if your appetite allows it, eat something! Physically, you will be fine, so find a good way to distract your mind. Taking a walk can help. If you feel too ill to move, put on a good movie and try to relax. If you’re too tired, make yourself as comfortable as possible and sleep it off.
HOW TO PROACTIVELY LOOK FOR CBD PRODUCTS?
Where you buy your CBD from plays a large part in proactively regulating your dosing and helping you avoid taking too much CBD. The media is pretty on top of things when publicizing negative coverage towards a particular event or product. This negative coverage steadily picks up as hospitalizations from low-quality vape cartridges to mislabeled products overpower public perception. While these incidents are isolated, they still put a negative image of CBD products in the typical American’s head. In addition to that, shady counterfeiters are making fake CBD oil using synthetic cannabinoids, like those found in Spice and K2.
CULTIVATION & EXTRACTION OF CBD
One of the first things you can do to proactively find the right product and not accidentally take too much CBD is to research the source of your CBD – hemp! When it comes to Envy’s products, 100% of our hemp is grown in the USA by farms that DO NOT use pesticides. We DO NOT use artificial light to simulate “perfect world” conditions. Instead, our farms are all outdoor, using the sun and organic practices to cultivate a healthy yield of hemp.
After cultivation, we use Supercritical CO2 Full Plant Extraction, which is considered the safest and most efficient way to extract CBD and retain the entire molecular structure. To filter out the THC, lipids, wax, and other undesirable plant matters, we remove them under a state-of-the-art chromatography process. The process is like peeling an orange where the skin is the unwanted compounds such as THC, and the rest is 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 is.
The first thing you see with a CBD product is its packaging. Does the information on the label tell you the exact ingredients in the product and how you should use it? Or does it just say CBD and expects you to trust that? Ultimately, you are putting this stuff into your body. So knowing what that entails should be clear for you to avoid taking too much CBD and give in to the CBD overdose myth. A few things to look for include:
- 3rd party lab tests
- Amount of active CBD per serving
- Supplement fact panel, including a list of ingredients
- Net weight
- Manufacturer and distributor names
- Suggested use
- Clear indication of the type of CBD (full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate)
- Batch or date code
Luckily for you, all Envy’s full spectrum CBD products have the necessary information so you can make an informed decision on whether our products will help you steer clear of taking too much CBD. You can find our full panel testing results on our website for each product. We also include supplement facts, directions on how to use and under which circumstance(s), distribution information, and clear indications that ALL our CBD products contain what we advertise. After all, our mission is to provide the means for everyone to take care of themselves. To help you do that, we start by building trust and transparency between you and us.
THE BOTTOM LINE
CBD products are more in demand than ever, and their benefits can help return you to a state of being in control over your health and wellness. To help you regain this control, it is in your best interest to educate yourself on the side effects of taking too much CBD and the possibility of CBD overdose. While the side effects are similar to those of other treatment options, you need to understand that experiencing anything beyond temporary discomfort while taking too much CBD is unlikely. Nevertheless, to help minimize the likelihood of this discomfort, we recommend you do your research on the company and its products before making the decision. And if you’re looking for something pesticide-free and organic, we suggest you see our vast collection of CBD products.
What Happens If You Use Too Much CBD Oil?
CBD is generally regarded as a mild, practically harmless substance. Unlike THC, this hemp constituent is non-intoxicating, and unlike many mainline pharmaceutical treatments, CBD does not appear to have any serious side effects .
As with anything, however (you can even overdose on water ), there is a limit to how much CBD you can take safely. According to the available evidence, the toxicity threshold of CBD appears to be around 20,000mg or 20g.
If you have any experience using hemp, you know how incredibly difficult it would be to ingest this much CBD during the brief 24-hour time window necessary to induce toxic effects.
We’ve just covered the most important fact you need to know: CBD is only toxic in doses so large the average consumer will never come anywhere close to using too much CBD oil. Let’s flesh out the details surrounding CBD toxicity to help you choose an ideal dose and better understand how this cannabinoid affects the human body.
Is CBD toxic?
Pretty much everything on planet Earth is toxic in the right quantities. In human biochemical research, toxicity is defined as the amount of a substance that can cause bodily harm. There are no such things as inherently “toxic” substances — even cyanide, widely considered to be one of the most potent poisons, is not harmful in extremely low concentrations .
To judge the relative toxicity of CBD, therefore, it’s necessary to compare the concentration at which CBD is believed to be toxic with the toxicity threshold to similar substances. While hardly definitive, preliminary lab studies indicate that CBD may exert toxic effects in humans at concentrations of 20,000mg and above.
To be absolutely clear, this means you would need to ingest 20 full grams of CBD at once for this cannabinoid to exert toxic effects. Since CBD fully metabolizes in the human body within 8-32 hours , you would furthermore need to ingest these 20 grams of CBD within a single day for this cannabinoid to become toxic.
The cost of this experiment is prohibitive for most consumers. Even more importantly, the commonly reported mild side effects of CBD, such as sleepiness and nausea, would likely prevent you from ingesting such an incredibly large dose of CBD to begin with.
So, is CBD toxic? Hardly.
Reaching the toxicity threshold for CBD appears to be nearly impossible, and studies indicate that doses up to 1,500mg CBD are well-tolerated in human subjects. Turning CBD into a toxic substance by ingesting more than 20,000mg of this cannabinoid would require nearly superhuman feats of dedication and incredible economic expenditure.
Can you overdose on CBD?
We’ve established that CBD can only become toxic under the most extreme and absurd circumstances. Can you still take too much CBD, however, even if you don’t take enough to make this cannabinoid toxic?
Even without using more than 20g of this cannabinoid in a single day, your body may react negatively to extremely large doses of CBD. According to the available scientific evidence, however, using toxic concentrations of this cannabinoid will not result in the severe symptoms that are commonly associated with overdose.
For most people, the term “overdose” brings to mind horror stories set into motion when people ingest dangerous quantities of prescription or illicit drugs. It’s important to clarify that even when taken in quantities around 20,000mg, CBD will not cause heart failure, internal bleeding, or any of the other terrifying consequences of ingesting too much alcohol or overdosing on opioids or stimulants.
The hallmarks of overdose as they have been established in popular culture will not occur even if you take CBD in concentrations that have been established as toxic. In all likelihood, ingesting unreasonable quantities of CBD will only result in vomiting or diarrhea as your body purges itself of this mild, non-intoxicating substance. The main concern would be dehydration, which could easily be treated with basic hospital equipment.
What are the effects of taking too much CBD?
Even though scientific research has established the toxicity threshold of CBD at 20,000mg over the course of around 24 hours, the definition of “too much” CBD will vary from person to person. A variety of factors can affect the way that a person’s body interacts with CBD, and the threshold at which CBD’s effects become uncomfortable changes in response.
People who are new to CBD, for instance, have not built up any tolerance to this cannabinoid, and there’s also some evidence that it takes multiple doses for your endocannabinoid system to become accustomed to CBD. For new CBD users, therefore, even reasonably small doses of CBD, such as 50-100mg may be “too much.”
The most commonly reported negative effects of CBD are sleepiness, nausea, and dry mouth. When you take too much of this cannabinoid, it’s reasonable to expect these negative effects to intensify.
New CBD consumers may note negative effects at lower doses. Ffor CBD users who have become accustomed to this cannabinoid, negative effects may only set in at higher doses.
Most studies agree that doses up to 1500mg CBD per day are well-tolerated in humans. Especially if you’ve used CBD for a while, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll experience any negative effects when ingesting this cannabinoid in concentrations under 1500mg CBD.
Regardless of how accustomed to CBD your body may be, the worst effects you should expect from taking too much of this cannabinoid are nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, fatigue, or sleepiness. In cases of extreme overdose, CBD may cause tremors, convulsions, trouble breathing, slow heart rate, and other serious negative effects. You would need to significantly exceed the 20,000mg/day toxicity threshold of CBD, however, to experience these severe side effects.
Can CBD be lethal?
Lethal doses of CBD have been achieved in animal studies . In most cases, CBD achieved lethal results in animals via cardiac failure.
Due to obvious ethical concerns, similar experiments have not been conducted in humans. It is difficult to say whether CBD is lethal in people and at which concentrations this cannabinoid would achieve human lethality.
Even though CBD becomes toxic at concentrations of 20,000mg per day, this concentration is not considered to be a lethal dose. Rather, this is simply the threshold at which CBD predictably exerts negative effects in human subjects.
While the lethal dose of CBD in humans has not been established, it’s likely that cannabidiol’s toxicity threshold would need to be significantly exceeded before lethal effects ensued. In short, CBD is a remarkably mild substance that is incapable of becoming lethal at concentrations an average consumer could use.
Pharmaceutical drugs commonly become lethal at surprisingly low concentrations. CBD appears to be significantly safer for both this cannabinoid’s intended consumers and for any children or pets who accidentally get their hands or paws on CBD tinctures, capsules, edibles, vapes, or flower.
Differences between CBD and THC toxicity
While THC is highly intoxicating and can cause anxiety or paranoia, CBD is only mildly psychoactive and does not cause any significant “head changes.” THC can also be habit-forming while CBD does not appear to cause dependency of any form.
It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the toxicity of THC is significantly different than that of CBD. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the median lethal dose of THC is 4,000mg (4g), which this prestigious medical organization assures us is still “very low compared to most other recreational and pharmaceutical drugs.”
Let’s take a look at these THC toxicity figures in comparison to the toxicity of CBD. Recall that the 20,000mg toxicity threshold reported for CBD is not this cannabinoid’s lethal dose — lab studies indicate you would need to ingest significantly more than 20g of pure CBD to die from this substance.
A mere 4g of THC, however, is enough to kill an average 150lb person, making THC at least 5 times more toxic than CBD.
The WHO and other authorities assure us it would be extremely hard to ingest more than 4g of pure THC. It’s now reasonably common among heavy THC users, however, to vaporize dabs of THC concentrate larger than 1g that contain more than 60% THC. As a result, a “gram dab” can contain nearly a quarter of the fatal dose of THC.
Why CBD quality matters
Cannabidiol appears to be safe even if you routinely ingest quantities of 1500mg CBD or higher per day. The CBD industry is anything but perfect, however. Depending on the CBD products you ingest, the cannabidiol concentration in your system might be the least of your worries.
Many CBD producers fail to practice basic quality control oversight over their production processes. While CBD-rich hemp is often grown using safe, organic, and sustainable methods, just as much hemp on the market is contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, and other substances that are hundreds of times more toxic than CBD.
CBD extracts are sometimes combined with dangerous ingredients, such a PG, VG, artificial flavors, and chemical preservatives, that could also overshadow the benefits of CBD and cause contamination hazards.
While the toxicity of CBD itself hardly seems to be cause for concern, some of the sub-par ingredients in CBD products could be extremely dangerous. To protect yourself from contaminants in CBD products, choose hemp brands that use hemp and other ingredients that are organic and non-GMO.
Enjoy CBD safely
CBD is only toxic in extremely large doses and the lethality of CBD still hasn’t been established in humans. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard with this cannabinoid.
The results are still out regarding the ideal dose of CBD for adults. The evidence we’ve accumulated so far, however, seems to indicate that using more than 1,000mg of CBD per day fails to provide any increased benefits.
In fact, most CBD users report find their ideal dose of this cannabinoid is around 100-250mg per day. Feel free to experiment with CBD to your heart’s content safe in the knowledge that this cannabinoid is remarkably non-toxic.
Just remember — moderation is the key to success with any substance.
CBD overdose FAQ
Anything else you’d like to know about the toxicity and overdose potential of CBD?
1. Can CBD oil kill you?
The simple answer is no. Anything — including oxygen and water — can kill you at the right concentrations, however.
In studies, CBD has been well-tolerated even at extremely high doses . Experts suggest that doses of CBD as high as 1500mg per day may be safe, but there isn’t enough evidence to draw conclusions.
Compared to substances like opioids, which are fatally toxic at remarkably low doses, it looks like you would have to try extremely hard to kill anyone with CBD.
2. Can you take too much CBD before bed?
Some users report grogginess the next morning when they use unusually high doses of CBD the night before. Taking too much CBD before bed does not appear to be harmful in any other way, however.
If a small dose of CBD is not enough to provide the bedtime effects you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to use a little bit more.
3. Can CBD oil make you jittery?
CBD is only known to cause tremors, jitters, or shakiness at extremely high doses. This cannabinoid must be administered in concentrations well exceeding 1500mg per day to result in these extremely rare CBD side effects.
4. How much CBD is OK per day?
In clinical studies, doses of CBD as high as 1500mg per day have been shown to be safe . These results need to be corroborated with further research, but it appears that even very large doses of CBD remain unable to cause any major side effects. To strike a balance with your body’s endocannabinoid system, consider sticking with a daily CBD dose between 50 and 200mg.
5. What happens if you take CBD oil every day?
Scientists have not come across any information indicating that taking CBD oil on a daily basis is dangerous. As with any substance, though, contaminants in CBD oil can make this substance dangerous even if it is perfectly safe on its own. Therefore, you should only use high-quality CBD products that come with third-party lab reports proving they don’t contain any harmful contaminants.
6. Is 70mg of CBD a lot?
Within the spectrum of common CBD doses, 70mg is neither a lot nor a little. Taken all at once, 70mg CBD might provide very strong effects, but spread out over the course of a day, this dose won’t affect you very profoundly.
The way 70mg of CBD affects you changes significantly depending on the way you use this cannabinoid. Ingested orally, 70mg of CBD won’t knock your socks off even if you take it in a single dose. Smoked or vaporized, though, CBD becomes much more potent, making a dose of 70mg capable of providing intensely relaxing effects.
7. Can you get addicted to CBD oil?
Despite extensive research, CBD has not been revealed to have any addictive properties whatsoever. In fact, the opposite might be true: quite a few studies have been published regarding the potential usefulness of CBD as an addiction treatment .
Even though CBD doesn’t appear to have any addictive properties, it’s still possible to become psychologically dependent on any substance. Make sure to use CBD responsibly despite the fact that this compound appears to be remarkably safe.
8. Can too much CBD make you dizzy?
Dizziness is an uncommon but known side effect of using CBD. Generally only occurring when you use more than 200mg CBD at once, dizziness after using CBD can usually be remedied by sitting down for a while and drinking some water. The vast majority of people who use CBD, though, never become dizzy.
9. Can CBD oil cause breathing problems?
CBD is not known to cause breathing problems. Since this cannabinoid has a relaxing effect, though, it’s conceivable that CBD could make it harder to breathe if you already have a pulmonary impairment.
Always consult with a doctor if you have any questions about how CBD might impact your medical conditions. CBD is known to interact negatively with certain common prescription drugs, making a physician’s advice even more important.
10. Can CBD oil cause heart palpitations?
CBD is not known to cause any cardiovascular conditions, making it different from THC, which appears to make cardiac arrhythmia worse in some patients . If you want to use THC but are concerned about heart palpitations, CBD might be a viable alternative.
11. Why does CBD oil make me feel weird?
While it doesn’t make you high, CBD has a strong relaxing effect that might feel “weird” to some users. Give CBD a proper chance, but if you continue to feel weird when you use this non-intoxicating cannabinoid, stop using CBD, and get a doctor’s opinion.
12. Is CBD oil safer than ibuprofen?
Generally considered to be safe, synthetic NSAID drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause stomach ulcers and digestive bleeding in some people who use these common over-the-counter medications. CBD is not known to cause any digestive or bleeding conditions, partially explaining why so many people who used to rely on OTC painkillers are switching to all-natural CBD.
13. What happens when you stop using CBD?
When you stop using CBD, you shouldn’t feel any withdrawals or significant negative symptoms. CBD is not believed to be chemically addictive, so it’s very unlikely you’ll find yourself enduring cravings or other symptoms of withdrawal if you stop using CBD. The only negative consequence will be the disappearance of any benefits you enjoyed while using CBD.
14. What are some common cannabinoid toxicity symptoms?
In the case of THC, common signs of cannabinoid toxicity include increased anxiety, rapid heart rate, nausea, and mental confusion. Toxicity is practically unheard of in the case of CBD, but examples of negative effects that can occur when you use this cannabinoid are sleepiness and mild gastrointestinal distress.
Cannabinoid toxicity is extremely rare and usually does not occur unless you have cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) , a rare condition that involves strong negative reactions to cannabinoid ingestion. Used in normal or even quite high concentrations, cannabinoids like THC and CBD usually do not cause serious negative effects.
15. Can CBD side effects include tingling?
Tingling is not a common side effect of CBD. Some conditions, such as diabetic neuropathy, can cause tingling in extremities like your fingers and toes. If you experience tingling after using CBD, you should consult with a doctor immediately.
16. Can too much CBD make you drowsy?
Yes, taking a dose of CBD that’s higher than what you’re used to has a tendency to make you drowsy. CBD doesn’t get you high, but it does relax you, and many users report that CBD makes them sleepy.
If you want to avoid getting sleepy when you use CBD, keep your doses low, and choose CBD products that have been infused with sativa terpenes. Sativa strains are believed to be energizing, which might counteract the soporific effects of CBD to some degree.
17. How much does it take for CBD to kick in?
You most likely won’t feel the effects of CBD unless you take at least 10mg. A dose of 5mg is too small for the average person to feel CBD’s effects, but if you take at least 10-20mg, you should start to feel CBD kick in within the expected activation time of the product type you chose.
Some users find that taking larger doses of CBD allows this cannabinoid to kick in faster. You might feel the effects of 50mg of CBD faster than the effects of 25mg, for instance.
18. Is 25mg CBD enough for anxiety?
Many users indicate that 25mg of CBD is an ideal dose for anxiety. For context, 25mg is about the amount of CBD included in an average gummy or capsule. It’s also the equivalent of a small bowl of hemp flower, a few hits of a CBD joint, or 1-2 draws from a CBD vape.
People with anxiety commonly rely on inhalable CBD products that kick in quickly once an anxiety attack hits. These products also deliver relatively high concentrations of CBD per dose.
19. How long does a 50mg gummy last?
You should feel the effects of a 50mg CBD gummy for around 2-3 hours. If you use CBD gummies on a daily basis, you may need to take more every 1-2 hours to continue feeling the desired effects. Users with lower tolerances may feel the effects of a single 50mg CBD for as long as 3-4 hours.
20. How long do CBD gummies take to start working?
CBD gummies and other oral CBD products generally kick in within 20-30 minutes. Like tinctures, it’s possible to hold CBD gummies in your mouth for a while before swallowing.
Take some time to thoroughly chew your gummies to improve their activation time and effectiveness. If your CBD gummies still haven’t kicked in after 45 minutes to an hour, take a larger dose.
21. Are 500mg CBD gummies strong?
If a single CBD gummy were to contain 500mg total cannabinoids, it would certainly be quite strong. Thankfully, in most cases in which CBD gummies are referred to as “500mg,” that number refers to the total milligrams of CBD per bottle, not per gummy.
From there, you’ll need to determine how many gummies are in the bottle to conclude if 500mg gummies are strong or not. If there are 100 gummies in the bottle, they’ll only contain 5mg CBD each, which isn’t much. If there are only 10 gummies, though, each one will contain 50mg CBD, which is a large dose.
22. How long will 500mg CBD gummies stay in your system?
If you consume 500mg of CBD in the form of gummies, CBD will remain detectable in your system for between five and 30 days depending on the rate at which you consumed your CBD gummies. When you use them in low doses over a spread-out period of time, cannabinoids are removed from your system relatively quickly.
Used in high doses or all at once, however, cannabinoids remain detectable in your system considerably longer. This is mainly a moot point in regards to CBD, which isn’t usually a target of drug testing.
23. Why do I feel weird after taking a CBD edible?
You shouldn’t feel weird after taking CBD in the form of an edible or any other type of product. Users almost universally describe the effects of CBD as mild and pleasant, and taking CBD in an edible shouldn’t change this cannabinoid’s inherent effects in any way. CBD doesn’t even get you high, the type of “weird” that people conventionally associate with edibles.
If you still feel uncomfortable for a while after taking an orally ingested CBD product, seek medical attention. It’s possible that a non-cannabinoid ingredient in the product you used is responsible for your discomfort.