Is CBD safe? Or, “How not to get hurt by CBD.”
CBD has been found to be both non-addictive and non-toxic. Researchers have tested (on humans) CBD oil dosage of up to thousands of milligrams per day and have found that it is not possible to overdose.
A typical dose for most people ranges between a couple of milligrams per day to 200 milligrams per day. Some people with serious conditions may take as much as 500-1000 milligrams per day, and this is still deemed 100% safe.
Can you take too much CBD?
As mentioned above, Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are known to be non-toxic, with no known fatal overdose levels ever reported. A research study from 2011 (published in the journal Current Drug Safety) indicated that chronic use and relatively high doses of up to 1500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.
In order for CBD to be toxic to your system, you would have to ingest as much as 20,000 milligrams of CBD oil in a very short amount of time. To do this would be challenging in and of itself, but it would also be cost prohibitive for many people. It would cost upwards of $2000 to ingest CBD products that would add up to 20,000 milligrams. In addition, it would be unpleasant to consume it all at once! A typical serving ranges between 2 and 50 milligrams. You can see how hard it would be to take in 20,000 milligrams!
One more point worth noting on this topic is that there are no withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking CBD, even if you’ve been taking it for an extended period of time.
Are there side effects?
7 side effects of CBD oil that have been reported or documented (according to current research and studies):
- Dry Mouth. CBD oil can cause dry mouth in some users. While researchers aren’t completely sure of the reason for this, a study published in 2006 showed that CB1 and CB2 receptors are present in the glands responsible for producing saliva. When these receptors are triggered, your saliva production can drop, which leads to a feeling of having a dry mouth. This is not dangerous in any way and will do nothing more than prompt you to drink a little more water than usual.
- Lower Blood Pressure. High doses of CBD oil can cause a slight drop in blood pressure in some people. This typically occurs within only a few minutes of CBD entering your system. This doesn’t happen to everyone, and the worst that can happen is a few minutes of feeling lightheaded. However, if you have any problems with low or high blood pressure, or if you are taking any medications for blood pressure, talk to your doctor before trying CBD oil.
- Lightheadedness or Dizziness. This is usually connected to low blood pressure, as mentioned above. Some individuals feel slightly dizzy for a few moments after they take in CBD oil. This typically passes within a few minutes on its own. It can also be resolved by laying down for a few moments.
- Nausea. Some people have found that ingesting a large dose of CBD oil can cause mild stomach discomfort. This is based off reports from users, not from from scientific studies. This is an usual side effect, since CBD oil is used to help relieve nausea and increase appetite. If you do happen to get nauseous, it will be mild and usually dissipates quickly. If you find this happens to you, simply take a smaller dose next time.
- Sleepiness or drowsiness. This side effect of CBD oil should hardly come as a surprise, because high doses of CBD oil can be used as a sleep aid for insomniacs. At low doses, CBD oil causes relaxation and diminished pain or anxiety (pain and anxiety can cause sleep disorders). At higher doses, it can produce drowsiness. If you find that CBD oil makes you drowsy, don’t take CBD oil before operating machinery or driving a vehicle. Remember, CBD oil can sometimes take a few hours to kick in.
- Increased Tremors in People with Parkinson’s Disease. Early research suggested that a side effect of a high dose of CBD oil is to worsen the muscle tremors associated with Parkinson’s Disease. More recent research has indicated that at low doses it may also be safe and even helpful for those struggling with this disease. Since there is some ambiguity on this topic, we strongly suggest consulting your medical practitioner before trying CBD.
- Headaches. CBD can occasionally cause headaches in some people. CBD oil is used to treat headaches and migraines, and there are more people than not who report that CBD effectively relieves their pain symptoms. If you experience headaches as a side effect of CBD, you’ve most likely purchased a lower quality CBD product. It may contain solvents, such as ethanol and isopropanol, which some people are sensitive too. In this case, it’s advisable to switch to a higher-quality CBD oil or other product. Your headache symptoms should go away.
As you can tell, most of these side effects are mild ones that can be easily addressed and that go away quickly. CBD is incredibly safe. Side effects are few and far between. The ones that do occur are typically only mildly annoying and can be eradicated by taking a lower dose next time.
Assuming you are now feeling comfortable about consuming CBD, you may be asking “how should I take CBD“?