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Can You Overdose On CBD Oil?

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With an estimated 64 million Americans having tried CBD, it’s fair to say that it’s grown in popularity in recent years.

But with the industry still largely unregulated, and many low quality brands taking advantage of the trend, potential users may still have concerns about the safety of using CBD oil.

With so much misinformation and unanswered questions going around, I thought it would be a good idea to answer one of the more common questions people seem to be asking online: can you overdose on CBD oil?

What Is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s more commonly known, is one of over a hundred naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds that are found in the Cannabis plant.

These cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors present throughout the body that was only discovered relatively recently, in the early 1990s.

While research is still in it’s preliminary research period, it’s thought that the endocannabinoid system could be involved in a number of the body’s functions, including having an effect on the immune system, appetite, pain, mood and memory.

Just as iron is vital for the normal function of red blood cells, our endocannabinoid system also needs support. As CBD doesn’t make up a natural part of our diets, most people aren’t doing enough to support their endocannabinoid system, which is why the discovery of CBD oil is so exciting.

Can You Overdose On CBD Oil?

The short answer is no - you can’t overdose on CBD oil.

A report by the WHO stated that CBD was found to have relatively low toxicity, noting that it has “no effect on a wide range of physiological and biochemical parameters or significant effects on animal behaviour unless extremely high doses are administered.”

Those extremely high doses refer to a level in excess of 30 mg of CBD per kg orally daily for 90 days in monkeys.

To put that into perspective, for an 11 Stone (70kg) adult, that would be about the equivalent of using an entire bottle of our Signature Blend No.3 every single day for 90 days.

Given the recommended dose is actually only 2-3 drops administered 2-3 times per day, you can see that it is highly-unlikely that any user could overdose on CBD oil.

What Happens If You Take Too Much CBD Oil?

While there are occasional instances where people have reported side effects from CBD oil, it is typically well tolerated by the vast majority of users.

Some of the side effects noted in studies have been fatigue, changes in appetite, and diarrhea, but these were rare among participants.

These side effects can often be caused by users taking too much CBD oil too quickly, without giving their body time to adapt, and simply reducing the dosage or stopping completely will stop the side effects with no lasting repercussions.

Is CBD Oil Addictive?

Another common question we get asked about CBD oil is whether or not you can get addicted to it.

Again, the answer is no.

While there is a limited amount of research into the topic, evidence from controlled experimental research suggests that CBD is not associated with abuse potential.

In fact, a study in 2019 found that, compared to a placebo, CBD reduced drug cue-induced craving and anxiety in the participants who all had a history of heroin abuse but were not current users.

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

There are no firm rules about how much CBD oil users should take, as there are a number of factors that can affect how each individual responds.

A dosage that works for one person may be too little for another, so we recommend that our users follow the doses provided with their CBD oil, and remain mindful of how their body is responding.

If you’ve never taken CBD before, it’s worth starting with a lower strength product and gradually increasing the strength of your oil if you’re unhappy with the results.

It’s also worth noting that we have had a number of users who don’t think their CBD oil is doing anything for them and stop taking it, only to find that a number of issues reappear that they hadn’t even noticed had gone; so try taking a break from CBD oil if you don’t think it’s a good fit for you, and keep track of any issues or niggles that crop up again.

In the unlikely event that you do experience any side effects, try reducing your dose to see if that helps, or stop taking the oil completely.

What To Look For When Buying CBD Oil

Although CBD oil is now legal in many countries around the world, the fact that it is a new industry means that there are some companies out there that are simply trying to capitalise on the trend by selling inferior products.

Choose a company that is transparent about where it’s products are produced, and who have their products certified by a lab, as there have been instances where people have unknowingly used CBD oil with an illegal level of THC in it, and fallen foul of the law.

We also recommend that users avoid products using CBD isolates, instead opting for a full spectrum CBD oil, as this increases the effectiveness of the CBD by leveraging the entourage effect.

If you’re unsure about whether or not CBD oil would be a good fit for you, we offer a free health advice service with me, Nick, a registered Osteopath with more than 15 years’ experience in the natural health field; so feel free to get in touch if you do have any questions.

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