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Can you Take too Much CBD Oil? The Best Way to Dose

Can you take too much CBD oil? As cannabidiol (CBD) continues to grow in popularity, users are finding more ways to use CBD for its wellness benefits. As consumption increases, questions arise regarding how much CBD is too much?

Most CBD dosage recommendations are based on the up-titration, which sees the user increase their dosage on a gradual consistent basis until they find the desired result. 

This allows users to experiment in finding their dose, but also leaves the question, can you take too much CBD oil? 

We understand that safety come first when it comes to trying anything new, so in this article we will cover:

  • Can CBD be toxic?
  • How much CBD should I take?
  • What is the best CBD dosage? 
  • How to know when you’ve taken too much
  • How to safely take CBD

Can you take too much CBD oil?

When trying any supplement or substance, if you take too much there is a possibility of an adverse reaction. Too much of anything is never a good thing, but how much CBD is too much? 

According to a study published in 2011 by Current Drug Safety, ‘a “toxic” dose of CBD falls somewhere around 20,000 mg of CBD taken almost all at once’. A substantial amount of any mainstream CBD product would need to be taken in one go for this to take place. 

Can CBD be toxic? 

Most CBD brands sell concentrations of 100mg-1500mg, with some extract formulas reaching 3000mg. To put these toxicity levels into perspective you would have to take several bottles in one go to reach a level that would be deemed toxic. This is not to say that large doses also don’t have adverse effects and that CBD shouldn’t be taken without reasonable caution.

So, how much CBD should I take? 

how much cbd should i take

Dosage can be one of the harder things to figure out when it comes to CBD, as the one size fits all approach doesn’t apply. Currently, there aren’t any official Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for CBD intake.

The up-titration method is the most frequently advised CBD method. This involves starting with a very low dose of CBD (as low as 1mg) and working your way up to a dose that feels comfortable for you.

The required dose for each person depends on your height, weight, and health condition. CBD is one of over 80 plant compounds found in the hemp plant, which works with your body’s internal endocannabinoid system to help regulate the body. Everyone’s body is different, so the dosage depends on each person’s tolerance levels and general health. 

What is the best dosage?

Recent studies into CBD dosage suggests between 20 and 1,500 milligrams (mg) per day. The best way to find your ideal dose is to start with the up-titration method where it’s recommended that you start with a low dose and keep track of how much you have taken. 

It’s important to keep an eye on your dosage, a dosage diary can help you record the effects. 

In a recent report by the WHO, it states ‘CBD is generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile.’ (this statement applies to the compound CBD and does not apply to any specific CBD product) 

If you would like more information about how to keep track of your dosage you may want to read 5 ways to create an effective CBD routine. 

How to know if you have taken too much CBD? 

The side effects of CBD can display themselves in different ways. The effects can be mild to moderate as follows:

  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Low blood pressure

What to do if you think you’ve taken too much

Once you get into the habit of taking CBD you will soon get used to how CBD should feel. Before you start any new supplement routine you should always consult your doctor, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions or illnesses, or are taking any prescribed medication. If you do experience any of the side effects mentioned above, rest and consult your doctor. 

In conclusion – How to take CBD safely 

The best way to stay safe while taking CBD is to always do your own research, and choose a high-quality CBD brand. Look for clearly labeled ingredients that state how much CBD per mg your product contains. 

Before you start your routine check with your doctor especially if you have a pre-existing condition or are on medication. Start with a low dose and work your way up until you find a dose that suits you. If you do take too much CBD and experience side effects reduce your dose and keep a record of how much you have taken. 

Jada Lynton

Jada Lynton is Content Manager at Endoca. She’s passionate about wellness and holistic health and is dedicated to producing cannabis education and wellness content that’s informative and accessible to all–whether you're a CBD expert or a newcomer. After a personal experience taking CBD for better health, she now continues to help spread the word about the effects of cannabis and cannabinoids.

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