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Overdose on CBD? Is it possible? Are there any harmful effects if you or your pet take too much CBD? Today we will explore those topics based on some research papers and studies.

As CBD has become more popular in Hong Kong over the last 2 years, you have probably seen CBD products around Hong Kong in different forms, such as CBD oil (also known as CBD drops or CBD tincture), CBD gummies, CBD isolate and CBD cream. You may have even seen CBD for pets. However, there is no clear guideline about how much CBD to take and what happens if you or your pet overdose on CBD.

First thing first, what is CBD and why does it work on humans and pets?

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the hundreds of natural compounds found in the cannabis plant and hemp plants and it offers many health benefits without making users feel “high” unlike another compound called THC. CBD is legal in Hong Kong and is not considered a dangerous drug, as long as it does not contain THC or its derivatives.

Every mammal possesses an endocannabinoid system (ECS). This complex network of neurotransmitters, receptors, and enzymes is responsible for moderating some of the body’s most important functions. Experts believe that the ECS is responsible for regulating anxiety, pain tolerance, inflammation, stress, memory, appetite, and the sleep-wake cycle.

When we or our pets, introduce cannabinoids like CBD into the body, experts believe that endocannabinoid production is increased. This results in more reasonable reactions to issues like inflammation and anxiety.

Let’s start with humans, can we overdose on CBD and what is a normal dosage?

CBD is used to address a variety of concerns such as anxiety, insomnia, and pain. There is a different dosage recommendation for different usage and it is based on your symptoms, weight, and desired strength. The most common dosage is 20 to 40mg of CBD per dose.

a chart to show CBD amount to take based on strength

Humans can comfortably tolerate up to 1,500 mg per day, according to a 2017 study . For reference, at Rebounce CBD HK, we offer 500mg and 1000mg of CBD oil, this would be equivalent to ingesting 3 bottles of 500mg CBD oil or 1.5 bottles of the 1000mg CBD oil.

Side effects for human when overdose on CBD

While most people can tolerate CBD in a highly high dose, it can still cause side effects if consumed too much. Some of the side effects include the following:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite changes
  • Drowsiness
  • Lowered blood pressure

New users are always advised to start low and increase slowly until reaching the desired effect. You may cut back on CBD dosage or consumption if you experience any of the side effects.

How about pets? Can your pet overdose on CBD and what is a normal dosage?

Many pet owners are using CBD for pets for various health conditions, such as pain (including chronic pain and joint pain), inflammation, seizure, anxiety, cancer, and more. “Hemp-based CBD appears to be rather safe in healthy populations of dogs and cats,” according to a study that looked into the safety of CBD on healthy pets. The researchers discovered no changes in blood (serum) chemistry, indicating that toxicity is low when using CBD-rich hemp products safely. Cannabidiol is “non-psychotropic” and “very acceptable” in cats and dogs, according to the researchers.

A common rule of thumb is to give your pet 1-5mg of CBD per 5kg of body weight per dose. CBD is available in a variety of forms, including oils, treats, topicals, and lotions. The way you provide CBD oil to your dog is determined by their tolerance level. CBD oil tinctures are the most convenient and efficient way to give CBD to your dog. If you have a picky dog, you may always use CBD dog treats! At Rebounce, we offer natural flavored CBD oil in 500mg and 1000mg concentration, it is made of merely 2 ingredients – CBD and MCT oil and third-party lab-tested to ensure its purity and THC free. To serve your dog, you can simply mix it into the food your dog is taking.

Side effects when pets consumed too much CBD

The same as humans, pets are likely to experience side effects when taking too much CBD. What are the side effects if my dog takes too much?

When sensitive dogs are given CBD for the first time, they may exhibit some of the following symptoms:

Dry Mouth – Dog owners should provide fresh, clean water to their pets on a daily basis. Whether you give your pet CBD or not, this is critical. Water should be available both inside and outside the home.

Drowsiness – While a relaxed temperament may be preferred, a pet who appears to be overly sleepy may be allergic to their CBD product or another chemical in the oil.

Diarrhea – A common side effect of new supplements or natural items is loose stools. Because carrier oils in CBD hemp oils might induce loose stool, switching to a product with a different carrier oil may be a better option.

Lowered Blood Pressure – Your dog may become queasy, drowsy, and dizzy as a result of a transient drop in blood pressure. Allow them to rest till the pain disappears.

It’s critical to pay attention to your dog’s reactions. Other CBD compounds could be to blame for the symptoms. Always read the ingredient list on a CBD product and request lab results to ensure that the CBD oil for dogs is of high quality and purity.

3 guidelines to find quality cbd products for you and your pet:

1) Use Hemp-derived CBD and not marijuana-derived CBD.

2) Third-party Lab tested – a good practice is to check the (Certificate Of Analysis) COA on the product before you purchase.  The CBD content will be displayed on the COA, demonstrating the purity and the absence of THC. At Rebounce we have all our products lab-tested to ensure quality and make sure all our products are THC-free before they are imported to Hong Kong.

3) Use CBD products that are CBD isolate based or board spectrum: this will ensure the product do not contain THC or cause toxicity

It’s vital to keep in mind that CBD and cannabis as a whole are still in their infancy. It’s always a good idea to check with a doctor to see what the suggested dose is for your specific needs and whether it will interact with any medications or supplements you’re taking

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