Have you used CBD for a long period of time but now you feel like it isn’t working as well as it did when you first tried it? Are you concerned that you might be taking too much? These issues aren’t unheard of.
Anecdotally, people have described a need to up their dose to feel the same effects when using cannabidiol regularly for many weeks and months.
There is much concern that using CBD daily or in excess can contribute to tolerance in the same way people eventually develop a tolerance for THC and whole plant marijuana, as well as other drugs. So what will CBD do to you if you use too much or use it for too long a period?
CBD And Long Term Use
Based on what we know so far, it’s difficult to determine whether one is likely to develop a tolerance or resistance to CBD when used for a long period. Some users have reported that they need to gradually increase their dose once they’ve been using CBD oil on a regular basis for a period of months.
CBD tolerances haven’t been observed in many acute and chronic dose human-based studies, but more recent research has shown that CBD’s pain relieving and seizure reducing effects become less powerful in patients with epilepsy. It should be noted that this is also a common issue with conventional antiepileptic drugs.
It’s believed that a CBD tolerance may be less likely to develop than a THC tolerance as CBD has been shown to affect many more receptors throughout the body and therefore lasting resistance is less likely to occur.
Anecdotally, it appears that a reduction in CBD’s effects can vary from person to person. That makes some sense as the function of one’s individual endocannabinoid system will be the primary factor in how CBD’s effects are felt from person to person, and whether those effects tend to wane over time.
Developing a tolerance for CBD is not the same thing as developing a dependency or addiction. There’s no evidence to indicate that it’s possible to develop an addiction or physical dependency on CBD.
There are other factors that contribute to the effectiveness of an individual CBD product. If you’ve recently made a switch and you find one brand of CBD oil isn’t working as well as the next, it may be due to an issue with the product itself. Even when relying on the same brand, batch inconsistencies can occur and could be an explanation for varied efficacy.
CBD And Excessive Use
What happens if you start with too much CBD or take a larger dose than you’re used to? Can that lead to a tolerance the next time you take it or even result in an overdose?
When you take too much CBD in a single dose or use it excessively over a period of time, you may be more likely to experience side effects, which can include nausea, diarrhea, and drowsiness. When taken in excess amounts, these side effects may be unpleasant but are usually not dangerous.
Taking too much CBD at once will not result in a true overdose, as there is no amount of CBD that might be considered lethal or toxic. There’s no evidence or any known instance of a fatal overdose.
Introducing too many cannabinoids into the body can cause endocannabinoid receptors to essentially shut down until levels return to normal. This is similar to the way the body will simply flush out of any excess vitamin and mineral supplements when there is no nutritional deficiency.
Once the excess CBD fully leaves your system, a more appropriate dose should still provide expected effects.
Maximizing the effects of CBD for your individual needs often involves finding what’s known as the “sweet spot”. This is the ideal dose that enables you to gain the best possible experience without overwhelming the endocannabinoid system or inviting heavy side effects.
This is why it’s often recommended to start low and go slow when trying CBD; doing so will better enable you to identify your sweet spot dose.