Can You Take Too Much CBD Oil?

A common question asked by beginners is “what happens if I take too much CBD oil?” It’s a valid question. But can you actually take too much to begin with? Let’s discuss that along with some tips on finding the right dosage for you.

Can You Overdose on CBD Oil?

CBD is non-toxic. Lethal overdoses do not occur from cannabis or cannabinoids as reported by the National Cancer Institute.

While there has never been a reported lethal overdose nor is there an established lethal limit, you can still get unwanted effects from taking too much. Just because CBD is generally well-tolerated and safe, it doesn’t mean you should overdo it.

What Happens if I Take Too Much CBD Oil?

Even though you may be tempted to think that “more is better,” that’s usually not the case. In fact, many users of CBD find that the saying “less is more” is more appropriate.

Fatigue and headaches are the two most common signs that you may be taking too much CBD oil. These potential side effects of CBD oil can typically be eliminated by lowering your dose.

CBD is Bi-Phasic

While many studies are still needed on CBD as a whole, the ones we do have suggest that CBD is bi-phasic. Basically, this means that its effects will change depending on how much you take.

For instance, small amounts of CBD have been shown to be somewhat uplifting and even energizing. But take moderate or large doses, and you may be hit with a sudden wall of sleepiness.

What is Considered a Small or Large Dose?

You may be asking what we consider a small versus a large dose of CBD. Generally, small doses are in the range of 0 – 20 milligrams. Large doses can be in the 50+ milligrams range. But in reality, the definition of small or large can vary depending on the person.

One individual may have energizing effects up into the 50 mg range and only get hit with sedating effects in the 100+ mg range. In fact, a lot of CBD research studies use pretty massive doses, upwards of 1000s of milligrams of CBD. So it’s all relative.

What Effects Will CBD Have on Me?

The key is finding out what works for you, rather than relying on what works for someone else. This is why we usually recommend starting low-dose, and slowly increasing until you reach the point that you have the most desired benefits from the product. If at some point you start to experience undesired effects, try changing your dose to what it was previously.

By starting low and increasing slow, you save money while fine-tuning the appropriate amount to take for your body. Sublingual drops are typically the most recommended delivery method for this period of trial and adjustment. They allow you to customize your dose as needed based on the amount of drops or milliliters that you use.

Remember that the serving suggestions on CBD products are just that, suggestions. It’s not unusual for the suggested amount to be much too high for the typical user just starting out. Instead, consider it as a dose to possibly gradually work up to.

Sarah Jorczyk is an advocate for CBD products and one of the Administrators of the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook. She strives to educate the public, and promotes the use of safe products while helping others throughout their CBD journey. You can also find a variety of her content, including reviews and educational videos, on the group's youtube page.

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