Discover the Dose of CBD that’s Right for YouJanuary 28, 2019
CBD or “cannabidiol” is the New “IT” product in Health & Wellness right now and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. Many people are buying CBD, but with so many different concentrations on the market, how do you discover the dose of CBD that’s right for you?
There are no guidelines or recommended dose for CBD mainly because there are many variables in deciding the dose each person needs. Two major ones to consider are:
Weight: All mammals have an EndoCannabinoid System and receptors in every cell in our bodies, CBD can be taken by all people of different weights, but each at a different dose.
Product Consistency: There are so many different compounds in the hemp plant, that can be isolated and recombined in many, many different formulations and strengths. That is why you may hear not all CBD is created equal. That isn’t to say its bad to be different than this brand or that brand, but research is key to finding what brand specifically works for you and that the brand has product consistency.
Where to Start with CBD:
Most people who are new to CBD start with the suggested CBD dosage on the label and gradually increasing the dose until they achieve the desired effects. The dose will depend on the strength of the entire bottle and the number of servings in the bottle,
What we have seen in the CBD marketplace as the accepted standard starting dosage is 25mg per dose taken morning and night. From there you can increase the dose every few days until you achieve the desired effects. Be aware there is a bell-curve of effectiveness so once you feel your desired result it is not more beneficial to take more, it will be a waste, and you could feel symptoms like a headache, dry mouth, excessive tiredness. If this happens just cut back the dosage.
The following chart from Mayo Clinic provides specific dosage recommendations for various illnesses:
- Loss of Appetite in Cancer Patients: 2.5mg of THC (orally), with or without 1mg of CBD for six weeks. [S]
- Chronic Pain: 2.5-20mg of CBD [with or without THC] (orally). [S]
- Epilepsy: 200-300mg of CBD (orally) daily. [S]
- Movement Problems Due to Huntington’s Disease: 10mg of CBD per kg of body weight daily for six weeks (orally). [S]
- Sleep Disorders: 40mg-160mg of CBD (orally). [S]
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms: Cannabis plant extracts containing 2.5-120 milligrams of a THC/CBD combination daily for 2-15 weeks. [S]
- Schizophrenia: 40-1,280mg oral CBD daily. [S]
- Glaucoma: A single sublingual CBD dosage of 20-40mg (>40 mg may increase eye pressure). [S]
How Do You Benefit from CBD?
Many people who take CBD do not have a serious illness. Anyone can experience the many benefits that come with its use.
Cannabinoids such as CBD influence everything from inflammation to anxiety and depression.
The following is a short list of illnesses and conditions whose symptoms may be relieved by CBD:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Bacterial Infections
- Broken Bones
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Pain (neuropathic, chronic etc.)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Substance Abuse/Withdrawal
This list is nowhere near complete as new research is being conducted all over the world, especially since medical marijuana laws are changing rapidly and new drugs derived from hemp and marijuana are being approved by the FDA now.
Important to not with CBD is while there is no established lethal dose of CBD, and chronic use/high doses of up to 1500 mg per day have been repeatedly shown to be well tolerated by humans.
There is one major exception and that is the negative effect cannabinoids can have on the functioning of the liver’s CYP450 enzyme.
The most important things to do before taking CBD (or any other herbal product) are research any possible drug interactions and talk with your physician.
Sources noted and also include: cbdoilreview.org