Updated: Sep 30, 2020
Proper Dosage For CBD
In a way, understanding how much cannabidiol (CBD) you should be taking is less of a science and more of an art, as you just have to get a feel for it.
For every CBD product you buy, you are likely to receive a direction for use or a recommended dosage by the producer, but the experience may vary for individuals. The dose of CBD ideal for an individual depends mainly on his/her body weight. However, it may also be influenced by some other factors, such as the individual's body chemistry, his or her age, if they have any other health problems, and if they've taken CBD or used cannabis products in the past.
Unfortunately, there are no official guidelines for CBD dosage, since it is not yet FDA-regulated. But that notwithstanding, there are general rules and best practices you can follow.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner in the use of CBD or an experienced CBD user, having an understanding of how CBD works or should be used may be a little confusing. This is made even worse by the fact that the industry is quite new. Consequently, there is a persistent question of what is the correct dosage of CBD. In this article, we will explain the proper CBD dosage and how you should be using it.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
As a general rule, you should start with a low dosage and gradually increase how much you take. Also, there may be differences in the actual CBD content between different products. Be careful when you try a new CBD product, or as you change the dosage form.
It's important to begin with a low dose of CBD until you're sure how your body and the entire system reacts to the CBD you’re consuming. There has been a wide range of studies on CBD dosage in clinical trials, but the information so far has not been sufficient to propose any principle on CBD dosages. Consequently, there is a need for additional testing before there can be any CBD dosage recommendation for specific uses.
It's best to use the recommended dose of the CBD product you’re buying unless you have your doctor’s approval to use a larger dose of CBD. People who have certain health problems, like liver disease, may have to take lower doses of CBD in order to avoid some serious side effects.
When you’re considering your CBD dosage, it is important to keep in mind the following points:
If you use CBD to treat seizures, ask your doctor what the best product is; your doctor should also inform you of the right dosage in this case.
Many CBD oils are available at a concentration of 1 milligram per drop, so it is easy to increase the dose. However, read the CBD product labels carefully to make sure you know the volume of CBD provided by each drop.
The dosage of CBD Vape Oil you should take may be tricky too. This depends primarily on the amount you inhale as well as the CBD concentration of the vaping liquid. Timed release doses of CBD are the ideal route.
Start by using CBD creams and lotions in moderation.
Is It Possible To Take An Overdose Of CBD?
Although it is quite difficult to take an overdose of CBD, it may be possible. A 2011 study, however, found that there is a tolerance of heavy dosage of CBD by the human body, even if you take as high as 1,500mg per day. That’s about 150 average CBD gummies or 5 bottles of the average CBD tincture, so not an amount that you would ever realistically take.
According to some estimates, a man of 180 pounds would have to take more than 33 tablespoons of CBD oil in order to overdose. Because the recommended dosage of CBD in this context is 1/8 teaspoon (concerning his weight), the man has to put in serious effort to reach the overdose point (at 33 tablespoons) before reaching the point where CBD may start showing signs of being harmful.
For those who are on other medications and want to use or start taking CBD, it is best that they first discuss this with their doctor. The side effects of CBD usage are still few, and even if they occur, they only include minor issues such as appetite change, diarrhea, fatigue, etc.
CBD Isolate or Full-Spectrum CBD?
People often ask if they should use the CBD isolate or if they should go for full spectrum CBD. We have written in-depth on the similarities between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD, as well as their differences. CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD, while full-spectrum CBD contains other cannabinoids. So, it is only a matter of choice as to which will fit your purposes the best.
When Do I Increase My Regular CBD Dosage?
Unless your doctor recommends otherwise, it is best to start with a lower dose of cannabidiol and gradually increase it. This may mean you go from 20 to 40mg of CBD per day, for instance, by increasing the CBD amount by 5mg each week for four weeks. Continue like this until your symptoms are effectively being treated.
For example, you could begin with 40mg of CBD to treat severe pain. On days when you are in severe pain, you may take 40mg of CBD. Increase this to 45mg after one week and use 50mg after the second week. For anxiety and stress management, regular CBD dosing throughout the day with lower doses is the most effective method to prevent symptom onset.