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What Would Happen If I Took Too Much CBD?

August 08, 2019 6 min read

Since the Farm Act of 2018 lifted the Federal ban on hemp production, CBD seems to have taken over the country; and people everywhere are discovering a multitude of its benefits.  You can walk into almost any store and find a CBD product; and these products offer its users an endless way to consume it.  You can eat it, drink it, vape it, dab it, smoke it, rub it into your skin, add it to you favorite snacks, and even give them to your pets!

CBD products are so easy to consume that some people are worrying about how much is 'too much.'  What happens if you accidentally (or deliberately) take too much CBD?  Can you overdose on it?  Let this article serve as a follow-up for our In-Depth Guide to Tincture Dosing article we published just a few months ago.

what is cbd?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid most commonly found in both hemp and cannabis plants.  Hemp differs from cannabis in that it lacks a sufficient amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that makes its users feel "high."  Similar to THC, CBD bonds with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body to activate the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).  The ECS affects a wide variety of mental and physical functions, including "pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function."

Concerning the legality of CBD products, the Federal government allows the production of industrial hemp, but does not necessarily legalize CBD-specifically.  This legal gray area is emboldened even more so as certain state laws can either allow it in its entirety or ban it altogether.  Be sure to check out our CBD Legality broken down state-by-state in a previous article.

what could possibly happen?

Given the relatively loose legality of CBD products and how easy it might be to mistaken a hemp-derived CBD product from a cannabis-derived one, it is warranted for the concern on what might happen should an accidental (or deliberate) overdose occurs.

Hemp-derived CBD products, on a molecular level, do not possess ample amounts of THC to warrant such a response to accidental overdose.  Read: it's impossible.  Since CBD's chemical properties DO NOT include psychoactive elements in the same fashion that THC does, what you would be experiencing would largely be caused by the THC content in the product.  This likely means that you are not consuming a hemp-derived CBD product, but instead, a cannabis-derived one.

The typical adverse effects of THC products include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental Slowness
  • Accentuation of Anxiety and/or Depression
  • Decreased Memory Retention


If cannabis-derived CBD products can make you, but not kill you, what could be said for hemp-derived CBD products?  Well, the short answer should be obvious - it's even less likely to leave you in an uncomfortable position.  CBD is so non-toxic, even the World Health Organization declares it so; reason being that CBD does not directly react with receptors that are responsible for respiratory and cardiac functions.  Read: You will not die.

Early research on the subject is limited due to Federal prohibition, with pro-cannabis studies often suppressed.  The studies that are published suggests a dosage upwards of 200mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight administered intravenously.  Recent research believes this dosage to be much higher, suggesting an amount exceeding as much as 10,000mg/kg (nearly 700 grams) per serving.

To knock this ludicrous theory on its hand, CBD products with that high of a concentration simply do not exist as there is no reason to.  According to the bio-availability of CBD, the average range sits between 6% and 35%, so taking more than your body can handle will simply pass it through. 

cbd's side effects

While a large dose of CBD does exist, the likelihood that 1) you'd accidentally (or voluntarily) take an intravenous administration of CBD and 2) you'd take 700 grams of it in a single sitting remains improbably.  It is worth noting, however, that CBD does not go without its side effects.  Should you exceed 1500mg of it, the side effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Dry Mouth

These effects, while uncomfortable, will often pass within 4-8 hours.  The best thing to do in these situations is to not panic or stress yourself out.  Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, and if your appetite allows it, to eat something!  Physically, you will be fine; so find a good way to mentally distract yourself - a walk can help, or if you feel too ill to move, put on a good movie and veg out.  If you find yourself too tired or groggy, make yourself as comfortable as possible and sleep it off.

how to proactively look for cbd products

To proactively regulate your dosing, where you buy your CBD products play a large part.  The media is pretty on-top of things when it comes to publicizing negative coverage towards a particular event or product.  This negative coverage steadily picks up as hospitalizations from everything from bad vape cartridges to mislabeled products overpower public perception.  While these isolated incidents are, well, isolated, it's still puts a negative image in the typical American's head that CBD products aren't all that amazing.  In addition to that, shady counterfeiters are making fake CBD oil using synthetic cannabinoids, like those found in Spice and K2.

cultivation & extraction of cbd

One of the first things you can do to proactively find the right CBD product for you is to research where the CBD comes from; and to do that, you must return to the source - hemp!  When it comes to Envy's products, 100% of our hemp is grown in the USA from farms that DO NOT use pesticides.  We DO NOT use artificial light to simulate "perfect world" conditions.  Instead, our farms are all outdoor, using the Sun and organic practices to cultivate a healthy yield of hemp.

Upon cultivation, we use Supercritical CO2 Full Plant Extraction, which is regarded as the safest and most efficient way to extract our plants, retaining the entire molecule structure.  To filter out the THC, lipids, wax, and other undesirable plant matter, we remove them under a state-of-the-art chromatography process.  To give chromatography an analogy, it would be the equivalent of peeling an orange, where the skin would the undesirables, including that of the THC, while the rest of the orange would be the CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes.  Upon peeling the orange, is everything else still an orange?  That is what Full Plant Extraction with a chromatography process looks like.

product labeling

When it comes to product labeling, the first thing you'd see as a CBD product is its packaging.  Does the information tell you exactly what the product is and how it should be used?  Or does it just say CBD and expects you to trust just that?  Ultimately, you are putting this stuff into your body, so knowledge of what that entails should read and clear.  A few things to look for include:

  • 3rd Party Lab Tests
  • Amount of Active CBD per Serving
  • Supplement Fact Panel, Including List of Ingredients
  • Net Weight
  • Manufacturer and/or Distributor Name
  • Suggested Use
  • Clear Indication of Type of CBD (Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, or Isolate)
  • Batch or Date Code

Luckily for you, ALL of Envy's Full Spectrum CBD products possess the necessary information for you for make an informed decision on whether our products will help you.  You can find our full panel testing results on our website for each product.  Each product will also include supplement facts where applicable, directions on how to use and under which circumstance(s), distribution information, and clear indications that ALL of our CBD products possess what we advertise.  After all, our mission statement is to provide the means for everyone to take care of themselves; and to do that, it starts with building trust and transparency between you and us.

the bottom line

CBD products are very, very popular these days; and its benefits can help return you to a state of being in control over your health and wellness.  To help assist you in returning to this control, it is in your best interest to educate yourself on CBD's side effects.  While the side effects include more of the same effect as you'd generally find with other treatment options, do understand that it is highly unlikely that taking too much would amount to anything beyond temporary discomfort.  Nevertheless, to help minimize the likelihood such discomfort occurs, we recommend doing your research on the company and its products before making the decision.  Best of luck!


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