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October 11, 2020

Can You Eat Too Much CBD?


Paaez Coleman

Can You Eat Too Much CBD

Sure, you may love all of our gummy flavors but here’s a question you may not have considered: can you eat too much CBD?

The effects of CBD are commonly confused with the effects of THC. We’ve all heard stories of someone eating too much of an edible and having to “ride it out” for hours. 

This simply isn’t the case with CBD because there’s one primary difference—THC content. It’s nearly impossible to take too much CBD. You’d literally have to set out to make it your mission. Still, it’s hard to introduce harm from overeating a CBD edible.

Once you fully understand the ins and outs of CBD, you’ll see why CBD is considered safe, all-natural, and helpful.

Why It’s Nearly Impossible to Take Too Much

When you’re looking at different CBD products, you’ll see a wide range of concentrations. If you’re only starting out with CBD, this can be pretty confusing. How do you know where to start? 

The answer is more simple than you think. Start with smaller serving size amounts and work your up as needed. You can find edible products as low as 5mg per gummy, which may sound insignificant, but it’s a great starting point because you can build as needed. 

Now, for the obvious question. How much CBD can you take in a day without adverse effects? Surprisingly, you can take up to 1500mg of CBD a day without adverse effects. In fact, the World Health Organization issued a report which stated CBD is generally safe and well-tolerated with serving amounts up to 1500mg. 

We know this sounds extreme, right?  

How is this possible? 

CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that contains less than 0.3% THC by and provides a wide range of therapeutic benefits. You won’t have to worry about some of those intoxicating, overstimulating effects that occur with an excess of THC. 

Consequently, if you experience any adverse effects, it’ll be nothing more than a little fatigue (a long nap), upset stomach (trip to the restroom), and a touch of dry mouth (grab bottled water). 

CBD is all-natural and therapeutic with no fatal overdoses of CBD reported, so “overdosing” isn’t something you have to worry about.

Personal Genetics Play a Part

Now, we know we said you can take up to 1500mg of CBD before experiencing side effects. However, this doesn’t mean you should attempt this right off the bat!

As stated before, we all have our own experience and tolerance level with CBD, but this comes from several personal factors. 

Some of the personal factors that influence our tolerance levels: 

  • Weight
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Severity of symptoms
  • Desired effects
  • Metabolism
  • Genetics
  • Your personal body chemistry
  • The concentration of the product

At the end of the day, once you start building your experience and expertise with CBD, you’ll know exactly what works for you and how to increase and decrease your serving based on this experience. 

The Bioavailability Factor

Many of us have a tendency to completely forget or overlook the level of bioavailability our products have. Although your CBD capsules contain 30mg of CBD, your body will not absorb all 30 mg because some of the CBD content gets lost traveling through the digestive system. 

Additionally, there’s the aspect of allowing cannabinoids the time to build up in your system. The human body produces its own cannabinoids, and some of us naturally have more than others. 

We need to have an adequate amount of cannabinoids for them to attach to the necessary receptors to produce the effects we’re looking for. 

Moral of the story: Understand CBD affects us all differently for the reasons listed above. 

Exploring Different Edible CBD Products

If we’re talking about “eating too much CBD,” we’re talking about edible products. This category of products boils down to tinctures, gummies, chocolates, cookies, or anything else you consume. 

CBD tinctures were one of the first CBD products to gain noteworthy attention due to its versatility and convenience. The drops are placed under the tongue for the capillaries to absorb into the bloodstream. With the exception of vape pens, tinctures have the highest absorption rate. 

The downside of tinctures is it’s hard to get the serving amount right because you’re wary of taking too much. If you find yourself in this position, start with a drop or two, and work your way up as needed. 

There are also some great resources available online that help people gauge how much CBD oil they should be taking based on all of those personal factors we spoke of. Also, make sure to keep track of how many drops you’re at because it’s easy to lose track. 

CBD gummies are a little easier to gauge as far as serving amounts because they’re premeasured. Our gummies contain 5mg per gummy, so they’re perfect for those interested in “testing the waters” with CBD. You can add another as you see you’ve built a tolerance and need more by way of results. 

Make sure you check the concentration of your gummies because they vary a bit across the market. But generally speaking, you can use this approach with any gummy regardless of the concentration. 

Moving Forward with Serving Amounts 

We’ve learned a few things about CBD and how much we can safely ingest. If you’re worried about taking too much, there’s not too much that can happen besides taking a good nap and seeking out some extra hydration. 

Something to always keep in mind is we’re all extremely unique when it comes to our biological make-up and tolerance levels.

For these reasons, CBD is a subjective, personalized experience. Overall, have fun with it. Just keep track of your serving amounts and understand your body isn’t fully absorbing the total amount of CBD you’re consuming. 

We’re guessing these are all reasons CBD is set to reach 20 billion by 2025!

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