Since the legalization of hemp cultivation with the US Farm Act of 2018, the demand for cannabidiol (CBD) health and wellness products has risen rapidly. This is because people are discovering its multitude of therapeutic and health benefits. As a result, its popularity is increasing by word of mouth. The other reasons for the rise in popularity are its minimal side-effects and it is non-psychotropic. Hence, it is useful for treating the symptoms of many common ailments. In this article, we will discuss the effects of taking too much CBD.
What Is Hemp-Derived CBD?
Legally available cannabidiol (CBD) products are made from hemp plant strains that have less than 0.3% of THC. The health benefits of cannabidiol are due to its positive effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that regulates homeostasis. This is a network of chemical messengers, i.e. neurotransmitters and hormones spread throughout the body. As a result of this, it affects various physiological and mental functions like memory, mood, pain, metabolism, stress response, sleep, immune system function, etc. Cannabinoids like CBD and others naturally found in the hemp plant produce their effect on our body because their structures and functions are like the endocannabinoids naturally produced by our body.
Can You Consume Too Much CBD?
Compared to THC, you cannot consume too much CBD as the human body has a high tolerance for this cannabinoid. Also, the WHO has recommended its removal from the list of schedule 1 drugs due to its safety profile. Clinical trials have shown that an individual can be given up to 1,200 mg of CBD daily without any adverse side effects. However, some people exhibit mild symptoms of side-effects. This difference is due to the variation in the physiology of people.
What Are The Side Effects Of CBD?
If the dosage of CBD exceeds more than 1,500 mg, it will exhibit side-effects like fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, anxiety, drowsiness, and changes in appetite. The severity of these symptoms increases with a rise in the amount of CBD consumed. Often, they are mild and disappear after a few hours. Also, they do not lead to loss of life because CBD does not interact with ECS receptors that are involved in cardiac and respiratory functions.
How Much CBD Should You Be Taking?
To get maximum CBD health benefits, you must consume the optimal dosage, and this varies from people because of the difference in their physiology. Optimal CBD dosage mainly depends on the weight, age, state of health, and severity of the symptoms of ailments.
Finally, before consuming CBD products for your ailments, you must consult with the physician as they can help you with identifying the optimal dosage.