Can You Build a Tolerance to CBD?

by | Nov 23, 2020 | CBD Education

Our bodies are extremely intelligent and adaptable. They alert us when we are sick, happy, angry, or scared and are always working to keep us as healthy as possible. One of the most important things that our bodies can do is metabolize the things that we consume. From food to medication, our bodies work to process whatever it is that we choose to put into our system. With certain substances, though, the body can develop a tolerance as a person consumes more and more. So, for example, someone who is addicted to alcohol will develop a tolerance because their body is increasingly able to metabolize the alcohol faster than usual. This results in a need to drink larger and larger quantities to feel the desired effects. The same process happens with other things we consume such as caffeine and over-the-counter pain relievers. The more we expose our bodies to these things, the faster the body is able to metabolize them. This is not true for everything, but our bodies generally have the ability to develop a tolerance to what we consume.

Today, one of the most popular all-natural medications people are seeking out is CBD. Whether a person uses it as an oil or an edible, CBD can help alleviate pain, treat symptoms of common mental illnesses like anxiety and depression, and increase physical function. Unfortunately, like alcohol, caffeine, or over-the-counter pain relievers, the body can become tolerant to CBD. As they build a tolerance, some people might think that the CBD is no longer working but really what it means is that the body needs more CBD to provide the desired results.

CBD Tolerance

You can become tolerant to CBD just as easily as most anything else. Regular users of CBD will develop a tolerance much quicker than people who only use it occasionally. If you find that you are tolerant to the amount of CBD you are consuming, you can:

  • Increase your dose — By upping how much CBD you are consuming, you can get the effects you want. Unlike other instances where increasing your consumption of something you are tolerant to (such as prescription medication or hard drugs), you cannot use too much or overdose from CBD. There has never been a recorded case of a CBD overdose.

  • Step away for a minute — If you use CBD regularly and find that you are no longer experiencing its benefits, you have probably developed a tolerance. Simply taking a break from using it for a few days can help lessen that tolerance so that when you use it again, you will get the effects you want.

  • Change things up — Take into consideration some factors like what time of day you are taking your CBD, how you are consuming it, and what type you are using. Consider changing up how you normally consume CBD by choosing another method of use or by taking it at a different time of day.

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Options for CBD

How quickly a person becomes tolerant to CBD (or any other substance) will vary greatly and depend on several personal factors including weight, height, metabolism, and more. These things will also affect how someone reacts to CBD in the first place, too, of course. The important point to recognize is that there is no simple answer to how CBD will affect you over time. One person’s reaction is not indicative of what anyone else’s will be. 

One of the great things about CBD is that it can be used even in large quantities without negative consequences. As mentioned earlier, if you find that your set dose is no longer having the desired effect after using it for a while, you can safely increase your dose. CBD is non-habit forming, too, so you don’t have to worry about becoming addicted to it even if you start to use it more over time. There are two general ways to increase the amount of CBD you are administering:
using more of the same product at a time or switching to a product with a higher concentration of CBD. You can see the amount of CBD a product contains by reading the label and looking at the amount of CBD in milligrams, ranging from as low as 10 mg to as high as thousands of milligrams. Choices like CBD oil will generally have a higher potency than CBD gummies, for example. 

You have a variety of options when it comes to using CBD and successfully feeling its positive effects, even with continued use. CBD has so many potential benefits that it’s worth taking the time to figure out what your body needs. Stick with it and you will be glad you did. 

Shop CBD Products at Neuro XPF

There is no need to be concerned if you find yourself building a CBD tolerance. However, if you need help figuring out how to properly reverse your tolerance or break it, reach out to a professional who can help guide you. Neuro XPF offers numerous CBD products that can help improve sports performance, increase focus, and alleviate pain.

<a href="" target="_self">Kyle Turley</a>

Kyle Turley


Kyle Turley is a former NFL football offensive tackle. Outspoken with his use of Cannabis and CBD, he credits Cannabis for saving his life and continues to help create policy change around marijuana use in the NFL. He is a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee and is passionate about helping professional athletes suffering from physical and psychological issues recover with the help of CBD. Learn more about Kyle Turley

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