Can You Take Too Much CBD? Learn About CBD Dosage and Safety

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You’re curious about CBD oil, you’re thinking about buying your first tincture, or you’ve already done so. But what should you do once you have it? Maybe you’re wondering how many milligrams of CBD you should take, or possibly, if you can take too much CBD? Or even whether the dosage varies by certain factors, such as age, weight, or specific needs? Here are some of the considerations, as well as some suggestions about the high-quality CBD tinctures and products we produce at Upstate Elevator Supply Co.

Can You Take Too Much CBD?

First things first — you probably already realize it’s not necessary or beneficial to ingest an entire bottle of CBD oil, which is why we include serving sizes on our bottles of CBD tinctures. But could you accidentally take too much? It’s important to note that there aren’t many studies about the correct dosage of CBD. However, one clinical review published in the journal “Current Drug Safety” points out that CBD is nontoxic and has been shown to be safe in chronic and very high doses of up to 1500 mg, which most people probably wouldn’t use. Another clinical review published in the “Journal of Clinical Medical Research” explains that numerous studies on varying dosages have shown that CBD is generally well-tolerated by most adults, has a good safety profile, and may produce only mild side effects, such as nausea, fatigue, and irritability.

How Many Milligrams of CBD Should You Take?

The World Health Organization reports that studies have examined a wide range of higher doses ranging from 100–800mg, usually administered as a tincture or in a capsule, with doses varying depending on the purposes of the study. They concluded that CBD is generally safe in a range of doses, and side effects may be the result of interactions between CBD and “patient’s existing medications.” Furthermore, one clinical review in the “British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology” examined 35 studies, out of which 23 showed “significant improvement in primary outcomes,” (meaning the main reason people used CBD, such as anxiety) with lower doses of CBD between <1 and 50 mg.

While finding the right dosage for your specific needs can take some time, patience, and experimentation, most people start with a few drops of one of our tinctures under the tongue for everyday concerns and to support well-being. The best advice is to start low and increase your dose until you notice desirable effects—bearing in mind a wide range of safe doses and the variability of each person’s endocannabinoid system.

Does the Dosage Vary By Time of Day, Specific Need, or Other Factors?

There’s no one-size-fits all dose, so it can be difficult to figure out the best amount of CBD to take. If you’ve discussed CBD with your doctor and they haven’t given you a recommendation of the correct dosage, most sources say it’s a good idea to start with a low dose for a week and build up from there to see how your body tolerates and responds to the formula. Everyone has a different physiological and psychological makeup (i.e., your weight, specific needs, and body composition), so everyone can respond differently to CBD.

There’s no real research on the best time of day to take CBD, so it’s really a matter of trial and error. Some studies have examined the benefits of taking CBD once or twice a day, but the times they suggested depended on the specific outcomes they were researching. Keep in mind that with Cannabis products, less is usually more; Project CBD suggests trying CBD in low doses throughout the course of the day to start off.

Again, it’s a matter of what you’re using CBD for; for example, one study that examined the effects of CBD on anxiety and sleep instructed participants whose primary complaint was anxiety to take CBD in the morning after breakfast, but to take CBD in the evening after dinner if their primary complaint was insomnia. You may need to experiment with the time of day you take CBD and keep a record of the way you feel afterward. Some people experience invigorating effects from CBD, while others feel more relaxed or drowsy, so again, the effects can vary.

What Happens If You (Theoretically Speaking) Take Too Much CBD?

Say, for some reason, you decided to ingest an entire bottle of CBD. What would happen then? There are no recorded CBD overdose reports, and while there isn’t really any research on what happens to people who have tried extremely high quantities, the World Health Organization’s consensus is that CBD has no “clinically significant” side effects, even in high doses. They state that “there are no public health problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

The Bottom Line

It’s important to remember that since the FDA doesn’t regulate CBD, and most studies of CBD have been performed on animals, there aren’t really many reliable studies of the best dosage in humans. We advise starting low when it comes to dosing, and if you have further questions or if you have specific concerns, it’s a good idea to consult your physician, especially if you have any health conditions or take prescription medication.

Stacy Mosel, L.M.S.W., is a health and wellness writer as well as a licensed social worker, yoga enthusiast, certified Reiki practitioner, and musician. She received a bachelor’s degree in Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1999 and a Master of Social Work from New York University in 2002.