According to a recent Gallup poll, 14% of Americans use CBD in some form. That's almost one out of every seven people.
In addition the poll found, 40% of CBD users take it for pain, 20% use CBD for anxiety, and 11% of users rely on it to help them sleep.
If you're thinking about trying CBD, gummies are a great way to start. CBD gummies taste great, and they're easy to take, making them an ideal way to try CBD. However, if you're reading this, you likely have some questions about dosages and whether it's possible to take too many gummies.
Is there such a thing as a CBD overdose? What are the side effects?
Read on to find answers to all these questions and more.
What Studies Say About Too Much CBD
Let's cover one of the more common questions we hear from people new to the world of CBD—Can you overdose on CBD?
First, there aren't a ton of studies on the toxicity of CBD. However, the data we do have on the effects of CBD suggest that it's generally safe and non-toxic to humans. The short answer is that you can't overdose on CBD.
Is There a Toxic Level?
A 2011 study on the safety and side effects of cannabidiol found that for CBD to be potentially toxic to your system, you would need to take around 20,000mg in a short time.
To put that in perspective, a recommended amount is usually somewhere between 5-20mg per time taken. There are some studies on amounts as high as 1,500mg per day, but most bottles and tinctures only have somewhere between 1,000 and 3,000 mg. You'd have to take an entire bottle or more each day!
Of course, more studies are necessary to learn about the effects of CBD on humans. As time goes on and more people try CBD, the more we learn about how it interacts with the body.
Most people start with a small amount and work their way up, finding the ideal amount that works for them. Most companies will also recommend this, as your body may react differently to CBD.
Even if you do your research and read reviews on a product, you may need a higher or lower amounts than other users. That's why experimenting and starting low is the best place to start.
Comparing CBD to Other Drugs
When compared to other drugs, CBD seems to be very safe. Most side effects have been observed in animals. More studies on humans will tell us about CBD's effects, but the general consensus so far is that humans can tolerate it quite well.
That said, there is always the chance of side effects.
Possible Side Effects
One of the biggest "side effects" people experience when taking CBD gummies is feeling sleepy. This is why many people rely on CBD to help them sleep or to relax.
Here are some other possible side effects:
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Reduced appetite
Many users may not experience side effects at all. However, you may want to talk to your doctor before taking any CBD gummies, as they may interact with certain medications.
Determining the Correct Amount
Are you concerned about CBD gummies and side effects?
Figuring out the right amount to take can help you alleviate any side effects — if you experience them at all. For instance, using too much CBD can leave you feeling lethargic or drowsy. Thankfully, changing the time of day you take your gummies or altering the mg amount is easy to do.
The great thing about CBD gummies is that they taste amazing, but that can also make it easy to pop one too many. Trying a lower mg amount might help, even if it's lower than the recommended dosage. You may need less CBD than you think!
If you use CBD gummies for sleep, for example, we recommend trying one gummy at a time. Wait to see how your body reacts. Edibles, like gummies, take longer to kick in than smoking, vaping, or using a tincture.
In general, it takes between 30-60 minutes to notice the effects, but this varies based on several personal biological factors.
Gummies need to travel through the digestive system and enter the bloodstream. Users unaccustomed to taking CBD may pop another gummy when they don't "feel" anything, but you might just need to give them a little time!
Check the back of your product and see if there's a recommended dosage there. If not, start with one gummy and work your way up as needed. Don't be afraid to reach out to the company and ask them a question if you're unsure about dosages.
Can You Build a Tolerance?
So you know it’s highly unlikely to overdose on CBD gummies and that perhaps the worse that would happen if you ate too much would be a feeling of sleepiness. However, can you build up a tolerance to CBD?
People that take a CBD gummy every day like a vitamin often ask this question. Interestingly enough, while long-term use of cannabis containing THC results in an eventual tolerance, CBD may have an opposite effect.
CBD and Reverse Tolerance
First off, what is reverse tolerance? This phenomenon happens when a person needs less of a substance to feel the beneficial effects the more they use it.
Can taking CBD gummies regularly result in reverse tolerance? Possibly. The 2011 study we mentioned earlier did not find any links between tolerance and CBD usage.
While we need more studies on the matter, it doesn't seem like your body builds up a tolerance to CBD the same way it would with other drugs.
More studies on reverse tolerance and CBD might even prove that using CBD over time could result in reverse tolerance. Imagine being able to lower your dosage and obtaining the same effects!
Ready to Try CBD Gummies?
We hope this answered some of your questions about taking too many CBD gummies. Don't worry — it's likely eating too many gummies will simply leave you feeling sleepy. Wait a bit to see how your body reacts, and adjust your dosage as necessary.Are you ready to try CBD gummies for yourself? Check out our selection of CBD products and try some today!
These statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. CBD product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
CBD should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. A doctor's advice should be sought before using CBD and any supplemental dietary product.