Can You Overdose on CBD
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Can You Overdose on CBD?

We read it frequently, and rightly so: cannabidiol (CBD) is a molecule that, even if it’s extracted from cannabis, is neither psychoactive nor addictive. It’s also said to be devoid of known notorious side effects. However, one question is less frequently addressed: is it possible to make a CBD overdose? Beyond the very possibility of taking too much CBD, from what quantity can we speak of a ‘too’ high dose of cannabidiol? This’s what we explain to you in this article. If after reading this article you’re still afraid of overdoing it, you can always try buying CBD edible products online in Australia and not worry about adjusting the dosage!

No, You Can’t Overdose on CBD

By definition, an overdose is the consumption of an excessive dose of a certain substance (usually a drug), with the risk of causing death. To start, CBD isn’t a drug or even a narcotic. No case has also been reported for which consumption of CBD would have directly endangered the health of a consumer, nor caused death.

Among those responsible for known overdoses, on the other hand, we find drugs (heroin, cocaine, amphetamines), alcohol (whose symptom is alcoholic coma), and pharmaceuticals including certain anxiolytics and painkillers such as morphine, codeine.

THC can lead to heavier side effects such as delirium, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, but no fatal overdoses were observed. A few rare cases of deaths involving marijuana use do exist, though. However, no direct causal link has been established and, if the active ingredients of marijuana played a role, it seems more likely that it’s only a secondary role by worsening a pre-existing condition (Heart problems in the subject in particular).

The short answer to a complex question: you can’t overdose on CBD cannabis, whose THC levels are too low to risk an overdose anyway. CBD edible products can be the best option for those who are still worried (read more about CBD edibles here).

Risks of CBD Overdose

CBD, even in high doses, isn’t toxic. However, it can lead to the appearance of certain side effects. However, they generally disappear on their own once the cannabidiol has been digested, a few hours after taking it.

Main risks in case of CBD overdose:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Pasty mouth

When Is a ‘Too High’ Dose of CBD?

The good news for all CBD lovers, it takes a lot of CBD to reach too high a CBD dose. Even if the scientific literature is still thin on this subject, a 2017 study provides us with the first elements of an answer.

The study is interesting. It crosses new data with preliminary studies carried out in 2011, particularly in the context of the administration of high doses of CBD, for chronic use. Doses ranging up to 1,500 milligram per day have thus been shown to be well tolerated by humans.

Another 2016 study was interested in the action of CBD on epileptic seizure children, in particular those suffering from Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes. The initial dose of 5mg/kg/day gradually increased to 50mg/kg/day in patients who tolerated it.

Since CBD edible products contain a fixed dosage of CBD, you can rely on them instead of adjusting the dosage yourself.

Properly Find Your Optimal Dose of CBD

For maximized effects, it’s important to find the right dose of CBD

We’ve prepared a dosage guide here, but in general start low and go slow –and always consult with your health professional before trying new supplements.

Or you can try CBD edible products with fixed dosages and see which dosage provides you with the benefits you want.

Reports of Cases of CBD Overdose on the Internet

Whether on the Internet or by word of mouth, some rumors die hard. Some have even become urban legends and some of them evoke cases of CBD overdose. When you dig a little deeper into this type of case, you usually conclude that the person concerned had used other substances, voluntarily or not. The risk of a product being labeled as CBD but hiding something else does indeed exist, especially when its origin can’t be traced. It may then contain other ingredients, often of poor quality.

On this subject, we warn you against synthetic products, and synthetic cannabis is unfortunately common in Australia. If you’re going to buy CBD edible products or any other CBD products online, make sure to find a trusted brand.

Final Thoughts

To ensure that you aren’t taking any risks, it’s advisable to only buy CBD cannabis from serious online stores such as Down To Earth. All our products are tested by third-party labs to ensure their quality, effectiveness, and purity of our products. Check the lab reports here. Down To Earth CBD oil and edible products are highly recommended by CBD lovers in Australia.

If you want to consume CBD without risk, while ensuring total control of the list of ingredients used, our online store offers you a great range. Also, if you’ve a question or want more information about any CBD topic, contact us! We’re here to help!

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