Can someone take too much CBD?
Here we find out
What dose is considered “too much?”
There aren’t many studies done on toxic levels of CBD. That would be hard to justify from an ethics standpoint. However, according to a 2011 study, published in Current Drug Safety, the “toxic” dose of CBD falls somewhere around 20,000 mg of CBD, taken almost all at once.
To understand this, it’s important to note that the suggested starting dose for most conditions is somewhere around 5-20 mg per day. While studies have been done on dosages around 1500 mg per day, most tinctures contain between 100 and 1500 mg in an entire bottle.
That means that someone would need to ingest between 13 and 200 entire bottles of CBD tincture all at once, depending upon the concentration of CBD within the bottles. That’s a hard stretch to consider.
Simply put: when taken at recommended doses, or, even above recommended daily doses, the average CBD user does not need to worry about taking too much.
Is a “toxic” dose of CBD lethal?
The answer to this question might surprise you.
Unlike other substances, the toxic dose (20,000 mg of CBD), is not widely considered to be lethal. It may be possible – in the same study mentioned above in Current Drug Safety, lethal doses were achieved in monkeys; but, this would be unethical to study in humans.
The general consensus among professionals and even the World Health Organization is that in even in extremely large doses, CBD is likely to cause extreme drowsiness, lethargy, upset stomach, nausea and diarrhoea and other unpleasant, disorienting side effects, not death.
Additionally, CBD is one of the only substances deemed by the WHO to have no major side effects or risk of dependency.
This does not mean that “testing” the toxic dose of CBD is a good idea. However, it does provide reassurance that CBD users can experiment with various doses to find one that is effective for their specific, individual needs.
CBD vs. THC
It is well-known that CBD varies greatly from its counterpart cannabinoid, THC.
THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the “high” associated with traditional marijuana use. Unlike CBD, it does have toxic, potentially lethal side effects.
A serious warning
Here’s the thing: pure CBD from trusted suppliers able to provide evidence of growing and harvesting conditions and practices along with independent test results of their products is deemed safe, as mentioned above while THC has a less proven track record.
Like other health supplements, there is currently no specific standard that a product must test against to be sold or distributed. This means that if CBD contains a higher level of THC than advertised (in most states, CBD must contain 0 % THC or less to be “legal”), or, contains other unlabeled substances, it could be hazardous to your health.
Performing research and purchasing CBD from trusted sources is absolutely critical. Ask your chosen company to verify their claims by sending you a Certificate of Analysis, or COA. This is a document created by a third-party testing facility that can verify a product’s components and concentration while providing peace of mind during the purchasing process.
Now, enjoy CBD with ease
The bottom line is this: CBD, even in reasonably high doses is safe. Like anything, if ingested recklessly, it could have negative side effects, however, those side effects pale in comparison to other substances, even other cannabinoids.
The CBD shop selling cannabis-infused coffee in Exeter – and it’s all totally legal
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Selling cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become a big business to get into now that it’s becoming widely accepted the life-changing health benefits it can offer, but misconceptions around it are still proving challenging to overcome as an Exeter shop owner found this week.
“A lot of people connect it with using drugs and you’re a pothead if you take it, but hemp is different because it’s very, very beneficial to the body and you don’t get high.
Just a day after police raided ‘cannabis shop’ the Holy Smoke in Plymouth, Ondrej Hejda, who opened Devon Hemp in Exeter around three months ago, was visited by police.
The informal visit was sparked by questions raised by members of Exeter City Council who were unsure about what the premises are selling and the 37-year-old was happy to show police how he specialises in offering high-quality hemp food supplements.
Ondrej, who used to own the Head Shop in City Arcade before planning permission was given to turn the area into student flats, is hoping to start growing and processing his own hemp at a friend’s farm in Devon to make it a locally-sourced product.
Within the next few months, he is also planning to host educational workshops in the shop to bust the myths surrounding CBD.
“You can take it orally or put it in foods. It does have quite a herby, earthy taste. My preference is to have it in coffee.
“We can’t say it’s a medical product, but it is known to have those properties. My customers range from people who have Parkinson’s to people with toothache who take it instead of painkillers.
“Other people take it for reasons including anxiety, inflammatory problems, skin problems, stress-related problems and depression.
“I’ve seen many times how it can change peoples’ lives. One of my customers is a woman with breast cancer who was on all sorts of painkillers for years and now she is off them all and can live her life to the full since taking hemp.