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Can You Overdose on CBD? The Myths and Facts

Stacey Wellington

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CBD Overdose Facts

Cannabis and its cannabinoids may be legal on the state level, but it always pays to know that it is remains to be outlawed on the federal level. This is why these are still not regulated by federal authorities such as the Food and Drug Administration. Combined with the fact that different people receive cannabinoids differently, this goes to mean that it is difficult to determine the prescribed dosage of cannabidiol.

With this information missing, many individuals who may be interested in trying out this product refrain from doing so because of fears of overdosing. Here, we will uncover the myths and reality of CBD overdose. Read on!

CBD Overdose: Is it Real?

The Myth

Some individuals refuse to even get their hands on cannabinoid-infused products, let alone the plant itself. This is due to the prejudice ingrained in the minds of individuals, which could be fuelled by the fact that marijuana remains to be a Schedule I drug along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Critics of this naturally occurring plant even go to the extent that consuming too much of cannabis and its cannabinoids can lead to fatal consequences.

Now, we ask: Can you OD on CBD?

The Reality

In response to this question, there are a few things we should consider:

  • The Scheduling of Marijuana

The first thing we should clarify is whether or not we should lump marijuana along with opioids and other dangerous drugs. After all, Schedule I drugs are those that do not have accepted medical use and high potential. Schedule II (which includes cocaine) to V have recognized medical use and safety, with V being the least dangerous among the five.

However, studies show that marijuana (and CBD) is non-toxic, unlike opioids. Moreover, users only have a 9% possibility of getting serious addiction as compared to heroin (23%), cocaine (17%) and alcohol (15%) users.

  • Fatal Overdose from Cannabis and Cannabinoids Does Not Occur

Every marijuana has an amount of cannabidiol, tetrahydrocannabinol (the highly psychoactive THC) and other cannabinoids. Even then, research by the National Cancer Institute says that lethal overdoses due to the consumption of the plant and its chemical compounds. This is because endocannabinoid receptors in the body are not found in areas targeting respiration, unlike opioid receptors.

  • Overconsumption Does Have Adverse Effects

While it does not have fatal effects, it is important to note that overconsumption can lead to psychosis, confusion and disorientation, which can increase the risk of death. Moreover, it can cause tachycardia, hypotension and decreased gastrointestinal motility, among others.

For CBD, some side effects include tiredness, diarrhea and weight gain or loss due to changes in appetite.

  • The Occurrence of CBD Reverse Tolerance

Another concern regarding the high and frequent consumption of this cannabinoid is CBD tolerance. While THC users have shown signs of tolerance build up, cannabidiol users are in no danger of developing a tolerance on the cellular level. This means that the body’s cannabinoid receptors do not develop a weakened response to cannabinoids even with frequent interaction. The fact is, frequent CBD use leads to the development of reverse tolerance. This is when your body requires less of the compound to achieve the effects you are looking for.

Proper CBD Dosage

Beginners are asked to slowly navigate their way when ingesting cannabis. While there are no official dosages prescribed by the law, a good rule of thumb would be to take 1 milligram of CBD oil for every 10 pounds of body weight. Meanwhile, beginners can increase their intake to 2 milligrams per 10 pounds of body weight when taking an evening dosage.

Bear in mind that starting small and starting slow allows you to gauge how you react to each intake.

Potency and Purity

Recent studies in the field show that CBD-rich cannabis extracts are more potent and safer in treating a variety of conditions, including epilepsy. Compared to individuals treated with CBD isolates or simply purified CBD oil, a study published on the Frontiers in Neurology journal show that cannabidiol oils from full plant extracts offer more therapeutic effects.

Researchers of this study also demonstrate the ability of pure plant-derived extracts to improve the users’ quality of life. For example, the studies reveal that individuals who took cannabidiol-rich cannabis extracts experienced a boost in their quality of sleep, motor skills, and even awareness.

While there are no differences in terms of efficacy, using full plant extracts may yield more benefits when measured up to CBD isolates. So, to get the desired effects and to err on the safe side, make sure to pick one that is made from pure sources.

Best Practices

To help optimize the bioavailability of pure cannabidiol products, you have the option of taking these products orally or by inhaling its vapor. So, you have the option of placing oil droplets directly under your tongue or even ingesting some edibles.

However, there is another way of getting the most bioavailability of your cannabidiol oil: injecting it into the bloodstream. Since this method is not widely known, vaporizing or orally ingesting these goods are great options. You can also opt to increase bioavailability through sublingual consumption, such as taking CBD tinctures, sprays, and lozenges.

With this information, it appears that the answer to the question of whether or not you can OD on CBD is a mix of yes and no. Yes, because intaking too much of the compound does have side effects. However, this type of OD is non-fatal as compared to what immediately comes to mind when talking about opioid and even alcohol overdose.

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The State of Cannabis in Washington State: Things To Know in 2021

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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its beautifully lush landscapes, crisp apples, fresh air, and progressive lifestyle/health views. Being the only state named after a United States president(George Washington), Washington is a place many happily and willingly call home or their sanctuary.  

In terms of other well-knowns, Washington state was one of the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use nearly a decade ago (2012 to be exact). As long as you are 21 years old or older and reside in the state, you can privately partake in the consumption of cannabis without any legal ramifications. This has been an appeal to many across the country, with some actually moving to the state for this reason.

In 2021, and with the dawn of a new administration in the White House, marijuana looks to have a very bright few years ahead. We’ve already seen an emergence of pot stocks and hometown dispensaries budding up all around the United States and the rest of North America, and that only looks to continue into the near future.

If you’re in the mood to finally take the leap into using cannabis, now could be a great time to learn more about this wonderful plant and its many healing and rejuvenating properties. 

What is it used for mainly in 2021?

Cannabis was once thought only to be good for “getting high.” There has been a plethora of scientific research giving us a better understanding of this miracle plant. It has been used to treat Cancer, Epilepsy, Seizures, Glaucoma, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021 after a rough 2020, many have been using it as a healthier way to indulge at home, protecting themselves from the ongoing pandemic. Instead of frequent alcohol consumption, there has been a larger shift towards the consumption of cannabis as it has been stated to be less harmful to vital organs like the heart and liver. Alcohol also creates a lot of inflammation within the body, whereas cannabis reportedly fights inflammation. 

Best places to buy it in 2021?

The best places to purchase your cannabis are from state-licensed retailers in Washington. Purchasing weed through private means(aka black-market) is still illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to do your due diligence when seeking reputable dispensaries as there are “pop-up shops” that claim being licensed but are not, and purchasing from them could result in a hefty fine or even jail time. 

Per WeedMaps, Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana, or 85 grams;
  • 48 ounces, or 1.36 kilograms of marijuana-infused products in solid form;
  • 1.69 gallons, or 6.4 liters of marijuana-infused products in liquid form, or; 
  • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Washington state cannabis Legislation in 2021

As far as growing and cultivation of marijuana for personal use, this is still illegal. Washington cannabis laws are more liberal than other states, but there are still many restrictions, such as not being able to consume it in “public view”. The most notable push in the cannabis space in Washinton state is a bill for home cultivation.

Conclusion

Washington is a great place to visit and, for many, is one of the best places to call home due to its stance on cannabis consumption. With 2021 being a year of progression, it looks like the state of cannabis in Washington will only continue to shine.

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Topical CBD for Pain: Does it Even Work? [VIDEO]

Carissa Stevens

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CBD for Pain

CBD is now known all over the world as a pain reducer and an anti-inflammatory substance. The most common ways of consuming it is by taking it orally or through smoking or inhalation. Now, this video will further explore the effectiveness of topical CBD for pain.

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CBD and Inflammation – Morning Marijuana News [VIDEO]

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CBD and Inflammation

Inflammation is our body’s natural response when it is being harmed. However, severe or prolonged inflammation can be debilitating. This is where CBD comes in along with its proven anti-inflammatory properties. This video gives us a better idea on how exactly CBD fights inflammation.

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