What Happens if You Overdose on CBD oil?

As a derivative of cannabis, a lot of people have reservations about using CBD oil. Is it addictive? Will it get you high? Can you overdose on CBD oil? We understand that people are wary about consuming an extract from a plant that is classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA and we’d like to offer some clarity.

There are multiple elements that can lead to an overdose, none of which have been linked to the use of CBD oil. In fact, you’ll see that when it comes to CBD oil, you have very little to worry about.

With that in mind, let’s put some of those burning questions to rest and explain why there is no need to worry about a CBD oil overdose.  

CBD Oil is Not Addictive

Let’s clarify this point from the get-go - CBD oil is not addictive. This is a significant fact given that two of the major contributing factors in accidental overdoses are tolerance and addiction.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 compounds, known as cannabinoids, found in the cannabis plant. Another of these cannabinoids in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is responsible for the intoxicating effects of cannabis. In addition to causing intoxication, THC is potentially addictive. CBD, however, is free from both the mind-altering properties and the potential for addiction. In fact, CBD oil has even used to help patients overcome their addiction to pharmaceutical drugs like opioids.

Addiction alone is not responsible for overdoses though, building a tolerance to a substance is another contributing factor.  

It’s Unlikely That You’ll Build a Tolerance to CBD Oil

Many drugs, such as opioids, gradually become less and less effective as your body builds a tolerance to them. For some drugs, this tolerance can build over months, in others, it may be only a matter of days.

The end result is an individual needing larger quantities of the substance to get the desired effect, putting them at greater risk of overdose.

While it has not yet been unequivocally proven, multiple studies and anecdotal evidence have indicated that it is incredibly unlikely that you will build a tolerance to CBD oil. In actuality, there is believed to be a point at which the effects of CBD oil plateaus. A range of clinical research studies has shown that up to a certain point the benefits of CBD oil increase, but once past that point, there is no significant change. The reported amount required to reach that point varied depending on the study and the specific health condition that was being researched.

If the concept of developing a tolerance to CBD is something of particular concern to you, you may find that taking short breaks or changing your dosing schedule grants you peace of mind you need to use confidently.

There are no recorded CBD Oil Overdoses

You read that right, if there is any fact that can put your mind at rest, let it be this: there are no known reports of anyone ever overdosing on CBD oil (or cannabis for that matter). While there have been deaths attributed to the use of cannabis, these have been due to the THC content creating poor judgment and impairing motor skills, not from an overdose. Again, CBD oil is free of THC, making any negative outcome incredibly unlikely.

A report by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) explains further why a CBD oil overdose is improbable. The NCI says: “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”

But, It Is Possible to Take Too Much CBD Oil

With all of that being said, it is possible to take too much CBD oil but it likely to hurt your bank account more than anything else.

It would be difficult, and take some effort, to consume an uncomfortably high dose of CBD oil but it could theoretically happen, especially if you were using a high strength CBD product and took more than the recommended dose.

The waste of both money and good CBD oil aside, your body won’t be happy if you take too much. Realistically, your body will eliminate the excess CBD oil by whatever means it can, with diarrhea being the most common side effect.

You may also experience lethargy, anxiety, nausea or other non-life threatening symptoms.

How to Take CBD Oil Safely

As we’ve discussed, you will not experience a CBD oil overdose, but it is still important to use it safely.

If you have any preexisting medical conditions or are on prescription medication, speak to your doctor to ensure you have a medical professional overseeing your treatment. While typically well tolerated, CBD oil has been shown to interact with some pharmaceuticals including antibiotics and antidepressants and your doctor should be able to help you navigate these obstacles.

In terms of dosage, we recommend following the guidelines which are enclosed with your chosen product. In general, 20-30mg of CBD oil is an adequate dose for the majority of people, but you may find that you require more or less depending on its efficiency in your system and the nature of your symptoms.

Finding the Best CBD Oil

There are such a wide variety of CBD oils available that finding the right one for you can be a difficult task. You may opt for the convenience of a daily capsule. Or perhaps you’d prefer the flexibility of CBD oil in a dropper. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s a quality project by checking these two things:


A high-quality CBD oil will be sourced from organically grown hemp and will be free from pesticides and fertilizers. All of the products sold on this site are not only organic but are also vegan, meaning that no animal has been in any way exploited in the process, creating a sustainable product.


Any reputable company will have its products laboratory tested, but did you know that many manufacturers do this in-house? For totally unbiased information, opt for products which have been third-party lab tested so that you can have full confidence in what you’re buying.

Take a look at some of our most popular organic and vegan products.