You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of CBD, but how much should you take to feel those?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 60 active compounds in the cannabis plant. These active compounds, known as cannabinoids, affect your body in many different ways.
CBD isn’t psychoactive — meaning it won’t get you “high.” Instead, research suggests that it may help:
- reduce anxiety and depression
- improve sleep
- reduce seizures in people with epilepsy
- soothe pain and inflammation
- improve heart health
- improve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
No matter what condition you’re trying to treat with CBD, giving yourself an adequate dosage is key — or it might not work for you.
Can I take too much CBD?
Simply put: No.
A 2011 study analyzed the outcomes of a number of CBD doses, and even the study’s highest doses of 1,500 milligrams per day showed no signs of toxicity. But what if you go beyond that 1,500 milligram mark— can you overdose on CBD? According to research, the biggest risk you run of taking a huge dose of CBD is getting sleepy.
Can You Overdose on CBD Gummies?
Regardless of the CBD product you’re taking, the answer is still the same. If you’re wondering, can you overdose on CBD gummies, the answer is no. When you eat a CBD gummy, your body will metabolize the CBD differently than it will if you smoke or vape CBD. And while this could change how long it takes the CBD to go into effect or how long the effects last, it won’t change the toxicity of CBD.
Can a Dog Overdose on CBD Oil?
Interestingly, CBD has made significant headway into pet products. According to a report that circulated in early 2019, pet and animal product sales are expected to reach $125 million by 2022, making it one of the fastest-growing sectors in the CBD market.
Within the rapidly growing pet CBD market, products for our furry friends are especially popular, which has led many pet owners to wonder, can a dog overdose on CBD oil? According to the American Kennel Club, there is not a lot of definitive evidence on how CBD affects dogs.
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.