While Cannabidiol (CBD) may have just been made federally legal throughout the United States when the 2018 Farm Bill was finalized in December 2018, utilizing Hemp for the CBD cannabinoid has been going on for years. When the farm bill was passed, the industry was merely an overload of niche cannabis products, however, now the industry and its products are more mainstream, making their way into retail chains, gas stations, pharmacies, and standalone shops all around the US. You can now experience the powerful benefits of CBD in a variety of forms, from oils to edibles, topicals to vapeables, and any way you can think of consuming the magical hemp-derived compound, it's definitely a thing.
Despite the large number of consumers that are what can be considered early adopters of CBD, there are many that are still on the fence about these products due to the concern of overdosing. It has been widely known, more so for people that consume cannabis, that cannabis products do not lead to overdoses. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has already stated that CBD is medically beneficial with nearly zero health risks.
Ultimately, what it comes down to is the research put into cannabis products, and unfortunately, there has been very little that is concrete when it comes to dosage level. However, from the research that has been conducted, along with the heavy consumer use, it is shown that not much, if anything, can lead to an overdose on CBD alone. To put you more at ease, it is widely believed that a person cannot overdose on cannabis or its many compounds that exist within the plant, such as Cannabidiol (CBD). Furthermore, there has been zero instances where someone has died from consuming large amounts of only THC or CBD to date. What is unfortunate, however, is that we are all aware that alcohol and opioids are readily available to most American citizens, and we know the damages those products deliver. People are literally dying each day to alcohol, whether that be from consuming too much alcohol and damaging the body or consuming too much and being so impaired that they harm themselves or others. Opioids, on the other hand, are on a heightened level, killing everyone from our youth to our seniors, damaging their body and creating an addiction that destroys them and everyone around them.
The thing you have to understand about cannabis is that its cannabinoid receptors aren't located in the brainstem, so it cannot alter prominent functionalities, such as breathing. However, opioids, where receptors are located in the brainstem, can be interrupted and cause a person to lose oxygen or experience poor blood circulation, causing death or many other serious injuries to the body.
For those that believe they've overdosed on a CBD product, we aren't here to combat your claims, however, we will tell you that CBD is likely not the cause of a bad experience. You see, it is possible for someone to have a bad experience while consuming cannabis, however, there is a big difference between a bad experience and an overdose. When you do receive this "bad experience" from a cannabis product, the cause is more likely to be from over-consumption of THC, not CBD. We aren't going to say that there haven't been any reported cases of uncomfortable side effects from using too much CBD, however. These reports are certainly not common, however, if in the case you do consume too much CBD, the symptoms may include anxiety and depression, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, appetite changes, drowsiness, or dizziness.
As we share with all of our customers, it would be very rare for you to ever encounter a bad experience from a CBD product, more specifically from the brands that we carry and sell in our store. We also share that it is your job, up to the consumer, to monitor and accurately dose themselves based on the way they feel. We cannot tell you how much CBD you should take or how much it will take for you to experience satisfaction or some type of relief for your ailment. However, what we can tell you is that you should always start off with a low milligram and slowly work your way up until you feel relief and gain a sense of satisfaction. Staying around 10 to 50 milligrams is ideal, however, there are some people that require an even larger count of CBD for severe cases. When first starting to use CBD, we also will recommend that you start at a low milligram and work your way up until you get some type of satisfaction or relief, but do not continue to raise the amount of CBD 'to feel even more effects'. The reason why is because once you're at a heightened milligram level of CBD, anything below that will likely not deliver the same satisfaction or relief. Your body builds up a tollerance, and when you go below that, it simply isn't as effective or you're stuck paying a higher price for the same satisfaction and relief.