It’s no secret that hemp extracts are one of the most popular wellness products available, but can you consume too much CBD?
Millions of people reach for CBD daily. These products are used to help with everything from aches and pains to sleepless nights.
While some people take CBD multiple times a day, it begs the question: can too much CBD be a bad thing?
Though hemp has been used for thousands of years, it was prohibited during a period of rapid technological advance. Much of the information that could have been gathered during the past century has gone unrecognized, and as such, CBD remains shrouded in mystery.
Some people mistakenly associate CBD with marijuana. However, while hemp and marijuana are from the cannabis family, they hold different chemical compositions. This association sometimes leads people to believe you can take too much CBD.
So, let’s take a closer look at CBD, how it works, and what happens when you consume large quantities.
First, What is CBD?
To understand the effects of a high dose of CBD, we must first understand what it is and how it works.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 140 known phytocannabinoids produced by the cannabis family of plants. Both hemp and marijuana produce CBD, but in different concentrations. Hemp contains particularly high concentrations of cannabidiol and is the preferred plant for making CBD products.
CBD companies put a great deal of effort into growing their hemp. The best brands, like CBDfx, use organic and sustainable growing techniques. This ensures their plants are never exposed to pesticides or harsh chemicals.
Once the plants have reached full maturity, they are carefully dried, and prepared for extraction. There are a number of commonly practiced extraction methods, but CO2 extractions are considered the cleanest and most efficient.
After all of the beneficial compounds are extracted from the hemp plant, the resulting oil is combined with a carrier oil and diluted to the appropriate potency. The ingredients of a flavorless CBD tincture are usually simple and contain only hemp extract and carrier oil.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. There are no dangerous chemical reactions that take place, and this interaction is completely safe.
The endocannabinoid system is present in all mammals and consists of a series of cannabinoid receptors that influence various areas of the body. There are two cannabinoid receptors associated with CBD use- CB1 and CB2.
The CB1 receptor is found in the brain and influences the central nervous system. The CB2 receptor is found in soft tissues throughout the body and primarily influences the peripheral nervous system.
When you consume CBD, it indirectly interfaces with both CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Can CBD Get You “High?”
Some people worry that if they take too much CBD they might get “high”.
One of the great things about CBD is that it doesn’t have any psychoactive properties. This allows people to enjoy a wealth of benefits from the cannabis sativa plant without any worry of feeling “high”.
This misconception stems from wrongfully associating CBD with marijuana. Marijuana is of the same family as hemp, but has very different concentrations of compounds. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that is famous for making the user feel “high”.
Hemp is rich in CBD, but has a low concentration of THC. For CBD products to be sold in the U.S, they must contain less than 0.3% THC. Even if you drank an entire tincture, this minuscule amount of THC is not nearly enough to make you feel “high”.
(Don’t drink an entire tincture of CBD. That’s a lot of oil and may cause an upset stomach.)
Is CBD Toxic?
CBD is completely non-toxic even in extremely high doses. You can take as little or as much as you want, within reason. You cannot overdose on CBD, nor can it make you sick in any way.
That being said, CBD is not all you’re consuming. Unless you have some pure CBD crystals, you are also consuming a carrier oil of some sort, and whatever additional flavorings or preservatives have been added. These are more of a concern than the CBD.
If you were to drink an entire tincture of CBD oil, you’d probably have an upset stomach. This doesn’t have anything to do with CBD. It’s because there’s too much oil! If you drank a tincture full of olive oil, or sesame oil, you’d have the same reaction.
The same is true with any CBD edible. If you eat an entire bottle of CBD gummies, you’re probably not going to feel great. But that’s because you ate way too many gummies, not because they have CBD in them.
Can You Overdose From CBD?
CBD is non-toxic and non-intoxicating, so there really isn’t any way to overdose. You can’t get “too high” from CBD, because CBD can’t get you high! You can’t get sick from CBD either, though too much of the carrier oil can give you an upset stomach.
CBD products are heavily regulated and have to follow a list of strict guidelines. Before any CBD product is released on the market, it must be tested at third-party labs to ensure that it does not contain any toxins and has less than 0.2% THC.
Developing a Tolerance
You can’t overdose on CBD nor will it get you high or make you sick, so what happens when you consume too much CBD? You develop a tolerance.
Let’s take a step back. Developing a tolerance isn’t a bad thing and it doesn’t mean that you’ve consumed too much CBD. It simply means that your body has gotten used to interacting with these compounds.
When you develop a tolerance for CBD, it’s usually because you’ve been good about maintaining a daily regimen. When you take CBD daily, you allow your body access to its full range of benefits.
Many people use CBD 3-4 times daily to combat pain or maintain their composure in stressful situations. At some point, these people will need to explore ways to continue feeling the effects of CBD.
Solutions for High-Tolerance Users
If you feel like your CBD isn’t working like it used to, you’ve probably developed a tolerance. At this point, some people start doubling their serving size. This seems logical at first because if you take two droppers from a tincture instead of one, you’re obviously going to get twice as much CBD.
While this technique will provide you twice as much CBD, it’s also going to cost you twice as much.
The best thing to do when you feel yourself developing a tolerance is to purchase a more potent oil. If you were previously taking droppers from a 500mg tincture, pick yourself up a 1000mg tincture.
This will enable you to take the same amount of oil, but access double the amount of CBD. Increasing the potency of oil instead of the serving size will not only make your tincture last longer, but it’ll also save you a few quid!
So, can you consume too much CBD?
Not really. Even in extremely high-quantities CBD is 100% non-toxic and non-intoxicating!
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