Understanding how CBD works and how to use it can be somewhat confusing, especially since the industry is so new. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking CBD for the first time, or if you are an experienced user, everyone wants to know how much CBD Dosages to take and what are its side effects?
While there are plenty of articles about the benefits of CBD, we’ll quickly summarize the basics of CBD and CBD benefits for you here.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 60 active compounds in the cannabis plant. These active compounds, known as cannabinoids, affect your body in multiple ways. Since CBD isn’t psychoactive, it doesn’t get you high. Instead according to research, CBD may help you in:
- Reducing pain and depression
- Improving sleep
- Reducing seizures in people with epilepsy
- Soothe pain and inflammation
- Improve heart health
- Improve systems of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
It doesn’t matter what condition you’re trying to treat with CBD, you need to realize that adequate dosage is key – or it might not work for you at all. It might take you some time to figure out how much CBD you should take. And since it’s not currently regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), there is no official recommended dosages.
Because of this consumers are blindly estimating their dosages based on recommendations from brands they buy their products from or even worse; friends who are uncertified and claim to be experts, simply because they use CBD.
‘Take one dropper of CBD per day’, is the most common dosage recommendation out there. But there’s no way to tell if it’s the right dosage for the given individual since it doesn’t take into account important factors like:
- Weight of the individual
- Concentration of CBD
- The severity of the condition being treated
- Individual’s body chemistry
There will always be some trial and error, as you gauge your proper dosage and there really isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ dosage recommendation. According to Neuroscientist Nick Jikomes, “As our body’s physiology changes, so do the receptors in our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which are directly responsible for the interactions with CBD. As a result, optimal CBD dosages will keep changing throughout an individual’s lifetime.”
What does the research say about the appropriate CBD dosages?
CBD has been the subject of a lot of discourse and research over the past few years. This 2017 review shows that a great deal of research has found CBD to be a relatively safer treatment. The studies analyzed in that review did not show that there was one universal dosage of CBD that everyone should take. Instead, it underscored the fact that different people (and in the animal studies, different animals) respond to different dosages anywhere between 20 and 1,500 mg per day.
There’s still a lot about CBD that we don’t know, but as the cannabis industry grows, research will likely conduct more studies on cannabis, including marijuana, hemp, and its derivatives.
So how can you figure out the correct CBD dosages for yourself?
As we mentioned before, the amount of CBD you should take depends on a range of factors. Before trying CBD, be sure to talk to your doctor about the appropriate dosage and any potential risks. If your doctor tells you how much to use, you must stick to their recommendation; especially if you’re taking a prescription medication that contains CBD such as Epidiolex, a form of seizure medication.
Estimate your dosage based on your body weight
As with most substances, individuals with more body mass will require more CBD to experience its effects. With that being said, a good rule of thumb to determine your proper CBD dosages is to take 1-6 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight, based on the individual’s level of pain. For instance, 20 mg-33 mg would be a great starting dosage for a 200 lb. patient, while 15 mg-25 mg would be best for another who weighs 150 lb. For reference, use Honest Marijuana’s Simple Dosage Calculator.
Consult your physician
When in doubt, consult your physician, especially if you have an existing medical condition. While there aren’t tons of doctors who have experience with CBD, most doctors should have a good idea about how your body will react to CBD and can provide you a professional CBD dosage for your situation.
Start small and increase dosage gradually
If your doctor doesn’t provide a recommendation, it is best to start with a smaller dosage and gradually increase it. This could mean starting with 20 to 40 mg a day. After a week, increase this amount by 5 mg. Continue this until you feel that it’s effectively treating your symptoms. It’s wise to keep track of how much CBD you’re taking on paper or in a notes app on your phone. Also, note down whether your symptoms are getting better or not.
Let’s say you have a friend who weighs no more than 150 pounds and takes 50 mg of CBD twice per day, which he claims provides all kinds of benefits. Since you guys are approximately the same weight, he recommends the same dosage to you. Here’s why this isn’t the best way to choose your dosage. Not only are we all made differently, but we each also have our own unique history with the use of substances, medications, supplements, and other things we put in our bodies. Because of this, we all have different body chemistry, and this will affect how our body reacts to CBD products.
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