CBD is the latest health craze and for good reason. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most commonly found therapeutic compounds in cannabis and hemp plants. Scientific research shows CBD’s promising potential as a treatment form for severe pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, insomnia, seizures, and cancer.
Don’t rush to chug that entire bottle of CBD oil quite yet, though. Finding the right dose of CBD for your unique needs requires careful consideration of factors such as your body weight, the medical condition you’re treating, your body chemistry, and the concentration of CBD in the products you buy.
Finding The Precise CBD Dosage For You
Before fully embracing the daily CBD lifestyle, it’s important you discuss CBD treatment with your doctor and receive a medical prescription if you live in a legal state. Some doctors are hesitant to recommend CBD, however, due to a lack of definite research on its effects. Every person will have a different amount of milligrams of CBD they need per day.
If you’re a first-time CBD user, you may want to start off with the smallest CBD dosage possible. Health experts recommend starting with 20 mg to 40 mg of CBD per day or less. After a week of CBD treatment, you can assess if you need a higher or lower dosage. Increase your dosage by 5 mg every week until you’ve reached your desired effects.
Keeping a CBD consumption journal or diary can help beginners keep track of the products they’ve tried and their experiences. Document the size of dose (½ dropper, 10mg), the time it was taken, the strength and length of a dose, the effects, and a comparison between how you felt before and after taking the CBD dose.
Calculating CBD Dosage
Smoking and vaporizing CBD flower buds and concentrates are difficult to dose correctly. Some vape companies offer pre-filled dose vape pens to ensure you get a precise dose every time. CBD-infused products such as gummies or capsules list the single serving size on the packaging in milligrams (mg). CBD capsules and gummies, generally, come in 5 mg or 10 mg doses per gummy or capsule.
CBD tinctures, or dropper bottles, are a little trickier to calculate their CBD dosage. CBD tincture may only state how many milligrams are present in the entire bottle. It’s up to you to calculate how many drops are in a 10 mL bottle, for instance. One drop contains about 0.05 mL. A 10 mL bottle of CBD contains about 200 drops. Therefore, one drop contains about 5 mg of CBD in a 1,000 mg bottle.
How To Avoid Taking Too Much CBD
CBD’s health benefits are widely reported, but its side effects may be downplayed due to its alluring hype. Generally, low and high CBD doses (up to 1,500 mg a day) are tolerated well by humans but can cause some mild side effects such as fatigue, diarrhea, changes in appetite, and changes in weight.
Before asking how much CBD you should take, it’s crucial to buy CBD from reputable brands. Because CBD products aren’t FDA tested (yet), consumers must ensure companies perform third-party lab testing for purity and potency. Finally, discuss your CBD regimen with your doctor to avoid medication interactions and start feeling relief right away.