BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 9: Martha Stewart attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
In the middle of a summer when Martha Stewart set up pool thirst traps and quarantined them with her gardener, she also dips her toes into the cannabis field – this time not with Snoop Dogg, but with her own brand: Martha Stewart CBD. That’s right, the woman who launched a thousand lifestyle brands is finally getting into the CBD game.
Stewart sat down with the New York Times to discuss their new line of CBD products, which was being developed in partnership with cannabis company Canopy Growth. As always, the interview was full of interesting tidbits. For example, MS has a self-imposed limit of three zooms per day. (Smart, tbh.) Oh, and besides, she can’t get enough of her new line of products.
“I pop 20 [rubbers] and just feel fine, but some of my friends do two and feel high, I don’t know why,” Stewart told the NYT. “It’s not high like a marijuana high. It’s a CBD high, relaxed.”
Stewart then ate not one but four cubes of her CBD gums during the hour-long Zoom call. “You don’t think you’re eating anything other than pie,” she said. “I just got a black raspberry.”
If after reading this you feel alarmed, you are not alone. I immediately went looking for the right dosages of CBD and how much is too much. Twenty of Stewart’s gummies make 200 mg of CBD. Is that a lot? In all honesty, it’s hard to say: there really isn’t that much information about what amount is right or wrong when it comes to that stuff.
Although people say they use CBD for stress or for sleeping, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one CBD product and it is a prescription drug for epilepsy. The starting dose for this drug is 2.5 mg for every kilogram of body weight twice a day. We did the math: a 150-pound person would take roughly 136 mg of the drug per day. I don’t think Martha uses the same form of CBD in her gums as she does in the drug – but she keeps surprising me.
Stewart’s own company recommends consuming only two to three gummies a day, a total of 20 to 30 mg per day. There are also 30 gummies per container, which means Stewart could potentially plow through most of a day if their habit is consistent.
Lauren Grossman, MD, emergency physician and medical director of the UCHealth Integrative Medical Center, says the effects of CBD are entirely dependent on the dose or concentration and the quality of the product. “One problem with gums, especially THC, is their cumulative effect,” she explains to Refinery29. “People will use one, not feel a lot, and keep coming up until they overdo it.”
Stewart’s gums are THC-free, however. “I can’t comment on what a person does if I don’t know the clinical context, but here’s what I can tell you when it comes to generally accepted clinical guidelines,” says Dr. Grossman. “CBD from industrial hemp is usually prescribed this way: 5-15 mg two to three times a day, which brings it to a maximum of 45 mg per day.”
The Mayo Clinic says that ingesting too much of the stuff can potentially lead to diarrhea, drowsiness, fatigue, and decreased appetite, but if Martha were plagued with such symptoms, she certainly wouldn’t be casually consuming the gums as she was. I’m speculating here, but I feel like there is also a risk that the sugar will give her a cavity or two – not that I think MS would ever skip a night floss.
If you plan to follow in Stewart’s footsteps and pop a few rubbers, we recommend eating a lot less than 20. Start with one and go from there depending on how you’re feeling. And it’s probably a good idea to consult your doctor before even taking CBD. After all, not all of our tolerances are MS level.
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