- You won't experience a lethal overdose.
- There are some potential negative side effects to overdosing.
- Consider starting low and working your way up.
- Consult your doctor if you are on any medications!
One of the questions we get asked them most is, "How much should I take/use?" This is true for every form of CBD from tinctures, to edibles, to topicals. It is totally understandable to be in the dark about how much is enough and how much is "too much" CBD.
No need to fear, but be careful...
We can start off by putting your mind at ease. There is no possibility of a fatal overdose of CBD. This doesn't mean that you should go ahead and challenge yourself to chug a 3,000mg bottle of the stuff! It just means that you won't die from it.
Some studies have found negative side effects to ingesting CBD at a high dosage. These side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- A temporary drop in blood pressure
- Changes in appetite
Obviously you would want to avoid any of these negative side effects, so let's talk about how much you should take!
Start high or start low?
There are two schools of thought on this topic. Most of the experts in the industry will feed you the line "Start low and go slow" until you hear it ringing in your head. There is good reason for this. It is the safest way to start taking CBD, though it can be frustrating. Many people want to start seeing effects from their CBD dosing immediately and starting "low & slow" can be a barrier for entry with people who are impatient.
There are others in the industry that will recommend going for a high dosage and then tapering back to see what you need to maintain the effects. There is credence to this strategy besides just a reckless pursuit of positive effects, however it should never be used by anyone taking a medication that reactive with CBD. We will talk more about medication interaction in a bit. This strategy comes from studies that have found CBD to possess a "reverse tolerance" effect in the human body. Where most other compounds introduced to the body require a higher dosage over time to maintain effects as the body builds up a tolerance, CBD does the opposite. As the body grows accustom to the CBD, the body will need less of it to maintain the effects if taken regularly.
Again, the "start high" strategy should never be used by anyone taking a medication that is reactive with CBD and you should always consult with your doctor before adding CBD into you daily routine if you are on any medications.
What is "high" or "low"?
That is a tough question to answer, because everyone's body is a bit different. We can merely give you a reasonable place to start.
- Low: 5mg - 15mg
- Medium: 20mg - 40mg
- High: 50mg+
This breakdown is basic and is not taking into account the many variables at work. Things like metabolism, body mass, delivery method, and much more can play a role in determining your needs. You will also want to take into account the kind of CBD you are using. If it is a water soluble or nano-CBD, then you probably need a bit less than normal due to it's higher bioavailability or absorption potential. You just want to be careful when you have no idea how your body is going to react.
CBD and Drug Interactions: Will CBD react negatively with your medications?
CBD interacts with the enzyme "Cytochrome P450" which is the same enzyme used to break down most active ingredients in prescription and non-prescription drugs. That means CBD can increase or decrease the effects of the following classes of pharmaceuticals:
- Angiotension II Blockers
- Calcium channel blockers
- HIV antivirals
- HMG CoA reductase inhibitors
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
- Oral Hypoglycemic Agents
- Proto-Pump Inhibitors
- Steroids and corticosteroids
Now, don't be deterred if you see this list and immediately find a medication classification that you take on a regular basis. Just because CBD can cause slight alterations in your medication's effectiveness doesn't entirely disqualify you from using it. There are medications on this list that will not cause issues if their effectiveness is slightly altered, but there are others that absolutely will.
That being said, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR! I know I have said this several times at this point, but it cannot be stressed enough. If you are currently on any medications, talk to your doctor about CBD before adding it into your daily routine.
What you should really be worried about is the cost...
All said and done, you won't experience a lethal overdoes from CBD and the potential negative side effects generally only start to show up from MASSIVE overdosing. If you are not on any medications that could potentially be impacted by the presence of CBD in your body, you are pretty safe to take as much as you want. Should you though? CBD isn't cheap if you are getting something worth taking. The value is evident to those who have seen positive results from it, but at some point the cost may become too much if you are misusing it.
Figure out how much you need to get the results you are looking for and then maintain. Your wallet will thank you!
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