This Is What Happens When You Take Too Much CBD

It seems like you can't go anywhere these days without seeing CBD products on the shelf. CBD, or cannabidiol, is often associated with marijuana products because they share some similarities, but CBD and marijuana are different. It's true that they come from similar plants, but more often than not, the CBD oil that you purchase online was extracted from a hemp plant, not a marijuana plant. Both are cannabis plants, but hemp plants contain less than 0.3 percent THC (via Healthline).

Still, it's understandable that some people who have never used CBD products before are hesitant to do so because of the potential effects it could have on their bodies. CBD created from hemp is not psychoactive, which means it won't get you "high" like THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. However, CBD products are still not approved by the FDA, which means that there aren't any dosage guidelines available to the public. Even so, CBD can help with a lot of different health problems like anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, seizures, and irritable bowel disease (via Healthline).

Most research that has been done on the effects of CBD show that it is relatively safe to consume, even if you have a lot, but in case you're still concerned about how much you should take and how much is too much, we'll help you learn more about CBD.

Can you overdose on CBD?

The short answer is no. Unlike other drugs, there isn't a recognized lethal amount of CBD that would kill you. However, there is a limit to how much CBD you should consume. There are limited studies on the toxic levels of CBD, but generally, a toxic amount of CBD is somewhere around 20,000 mg in less than a day (via Open Access Government). It's important to note that most bottles of pure CBD oil that are sold online contain somewhere between 100 and 1,500 mg, so you'd have to drink multiple bottles of CBD oil in order to get to that toxic level. 

Even if you did consume what's considered to be a "toxic" amount of CBD oil, there's still a very small chance that anything significantly negative will happen to you. 

What are the side effects of taking too much CBD?

We know that you can't overdose on CBD, but can you take too much? And what happens to your body if you do? Like with most other substances, "too much" will depend entirely on the person taking it. One person might get drunk from one drink, but it could take another person five drinks to feel drunk.

If you're considering using CBD products, you should take your weight, symptoms, and the potency of the product into consideration (via Healthline). You can also ask your doctor about their recommendations for CBD dosage. WebMD notes that there are a few risks, which are "controllable if taking CBD under the guidance of your doctor." They'll most likely tell you to start out with a small dose and continue to increase if you don't feel any effects. 

It's very unlikely that you'll end up taking too much CBD, but if you start to experience symptoms like diarrhea, fatigue, or appetite changes, it might be a sign that you've crossed your threshold for CBD tolerance and that you should scale back your dosage a bit (via Healthline). Overall, when using CBD products, worrying about taking too much should be at the back of your mind. You should still do your research and purchase CBD from a reputable source that sells high-quality products, but the side effects of taking CBD, if you have any, will most likely be positive.