So, you have studied about CBD oil and have decided to finally join the league of people who are making use of CBD to treat their arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pains, and many other ailments. Now comes the tough question. Out of topicals, tinctures, edibles, and vaporizers, which method is the most suitable way to consume CBD for you? And the biggest (and the toughest) question is – what quantity should you take?
Considered as a therapeutic and healing substance, CBD is an all natural and powerful medicinal tool, which occurs naturally and is extracted from hemp or marijuana plants. Being one of the prime cannabinoids in cannabis, CBD is an absolutely safe and non-addictive substance that does not cause psychoactive effects.
As the researchers related to the medical field try digging deeper around the medical applications and potential uses of cannabis compound, it has been found that cannabinoids interact not just with our body but also with other cannabinoids. Of late, studies have started giving insight around how these substances work, how can they be used more effectively and the ways in which they can be put to the best use in the field of medicine in the future.
Whether you are a first time user or an experienced one – it does not matter when it comes to understanding how CBD works and the revolutionary ways it can be used in – which at times can be a little confusing because the industry of CBD oil is relatively new. On a daily basis, you must have come across hundreds of articles that talk about the benefits of CBD, but when it comes to the optimal CBD dosage, you will not find a lot of them.
One of the most frequently asked questions by the first time consumers and experienced users alike is – what dosage of CBD is optimal? While the FDA has not recommended any particular serving size of CBD officially, this question tends to confuse people a lot. What is, even more, worse is that the consumers estimate the dosage on the basis of brand recommendations and companies from which they buy CBD from. Youngsters blindly believe their friends and colleagues who have simply been using CBD and claim to be the “uncertified experts” of the quantity.
Factors that determine the quantity of CBD intake
Ask people and the most common answer that you’ll get is, “one dropper of CBD per day is enough for you.” There is no denying the fact that it can definitely be the right dosage but there is no definite basis which can say if this is the right dosage for a particular person or not. The right amount of dosage depends on various important factors such as:
● The body chemistry of the person wanting to intake it
● The weight of the individual who wants to consume CBD
● The concentration of CBD
● The severity of the condition being treated
● Tolerance level
While on the above factors determine the optimum dosage for a person, it is obvious that there cannot be a single cap of dosage which can suit one and all. It requires some amount of hit and trial method in order to understand a proper dosage.
If the neuroscientists are to be believed, they say that the physiology of our body changes and the case of receptors in our endocannabinoid system is pretty much the same. The receptors in our body are directly responsible for how they interact with CBD. It would not be wrong to say that the CBD dosage tends to differ throughout the life of a person. In plain and simple terms, there is not a single and universal CBD dosage which can be prescribed to everyone.
So how much CBD should a person take? What are the best ways to figure out this? Here are a few tips to understand all about it.
How to choose the amount of CBD dosage?
We suggest that you should not heed to the dosage advice given to you by your colleagues and friends or the information that you find on the internet. Not two bodies are similar and so the dosage of CBD varies as well. Here are certain points that can help you choose the correct amount of dose for you.
The body weight of the individual who wants to consume it
The weight of a person plays a crucial role when it comes to estimating how much or how little CBD should he or she consume. On a broader perspective, the people with more weight need to take a higher dose of CBD to experience the therapeutic and calming effects. The people who are lighter on weight tend to experience similar effects with a much lesser dose.
To sum it all up, individuals with more body mass need more CBD and the people with lesser body mass require less CBD dose. With that being said, we say a good rule of thumb to determine the optimum CBD dosage to take in is around 1 to 6 mg for every 10 pounds of body weight – which also depends upon the level of pain that person is experiencing.
For instance, about 20 to 33 mg of CBD would be enough as the starting dosage for a person weighing around 200 LB (90kg). On the other hand, 15 to 25 mg would be sufficient for somebody who is around 150 LB (68kg).
Start with a smaller dosage, increase them gradually
For instance, one of your friends suggested that you take as much dose as he or she takes – 25 mg twice a day for a body weight of around 150 LB. You too, happen to be around the same weight approximately so he or she thinks that the same amount of CBD will work for you both.
It may or may not work for you. Here is why:
Every single body is made differently and has a unique history associated with it around the usage of supplements, medications, substances and many other things that we feed it with. It is because of these reasons that everybody has different chemistry which usually affects how our body reacts with CBD.
First of all, it is absolutely necessary for you to understand how much CBD will be able to benefit you on the basis of your body weight, predict how your body may react with that amount of CBD and start taking it. Word of caution – one must constantly monitor how their body is reacting to CBD and only increase the dosage slowly. To determine the perfect dose that would suit your overall body and illness.
Talking it out with your doc
The number one rule for all the times when you are unsure about any medication is to consult your physician. And in case you have an existing medical condition, it becomes all the more important to do so. While the CBD oil is quite a new product in the market, it has not been explored as much by the doctors till now. Still, most doctors should have a relatively good idea around how your body will possibly react to CBD and guide you through the optimum dosage of CBD oil for your existing ailment.
The desired effect after the consumption of CBD
While CBD is considered absolutely safe, and non-toxic for consumption, the correct amount of dose can be measured by the extent of pain or discomfort a person may be experiencing. For somebody suffering from chronic pain, severe depression or anxiety they may require a higher dosage of CBD in order to show pronounced effects. But if a person suffers from milder health issues, he or she may choose to have a much lower of the same in order to see positive changes.
Do you accept the fact that each body is different from another one? Then you can very well understand that the genetics, general health, and tolerance level differs too. Each person has their own reasons for taking up CBD oil and everything – right from genetics, tolerance levels to general health play a critical role in how CBD works for them. Although CBD consumers may develop a tolerance for it over a period of time, it can also result in reduced effects from the same amount of dose. Subsequently, higher doses may be needed to achieve the best health benefits. Somebody who is doing perfectly fine from a health point of view will not require the same amount of CBD in their system as compared to someone who may be suffering from severe medical issues.
Concentration of CBD
The strength or concentration of CBD means the total amount of CBD present in a particular product. The concentration of CBD is measured in milligrams i.e. mg. Quite often, people confuse the concentration of CBD with dosage but these are two entirely different things.
Dosage indicates the amount of CBD you need to take per serving while the concentration of CBD implies the percentage of CBD present in a product. For example, let us take a bottle of CBD tincture which has a concentration of about 2000 mg and contains 50 milliliters (ml) of the tincture. The indicated standard serving size is about 2 ml. So, this would indicate that every 2 ml will contain approximately 60 mg of CBD. A point to be noted here is that consumer will not be intaking 2000 mg with each dosage.
Taking in note all the above criterions, the first time CBD consumers will be able to determine the amount of CBD dosage they should take for a good start.
By now you have understood the different ways that can help you determine the right amount of dose for yourself. The next question that arises is – how can you accurately measure the CBD dosage?
Have you ever thought how much CBD should you put in the vaporizer or how much CBD in a dropper from your CBD tincture would be enough for you?
Until you know the correct way of measuring your dose, knowing how much CBD you should consume is pretty much pointless. This takes us to another critical question – do you know that there are a lot of different ways of consuming CBD? Just in case you are feeling a little confused, here is shedding some light on the above questions.
How to Measure Your CBD Tincture Dosage
One of the easiest ways to consume CBD is by using CBD tincture. All you need to do is fill the dropper with the tincture, roll the oil under your tongue and hold it there for about 30 to 90 seconds before swallowing it down.
Wondering how many drops of oil would be sufficient for you?
With a dropper at your disposal, it will be quite easy for you to figure out how many drops of oil should you take in. First of all, you need to find out how much CBD does your dropper hold in a single go. This will let you gauge the amount of CBD you are taking.
Now the point is, how can you figure out the amount of CBD oil is there in a dropper?
Mostly, a dropper holes 1 ml of the tincture. If you know how many millimeters are there in the CBD tincture you have, you can easily determine how much CBD is there in its dropper.
[Total CBD in Bottle] ÷ [Number of Milliliters in Bottle] = MGs of CBD in a Dropper
For instance, let us say you have a 60ml CBD tincture that has 1800MG of CBD:
1800 ÷ 60 = 30MG of CBD per dropper
Now, if your proper dosage of CBD is 15MG, and a single dropper of that 1800 mg tincture contains 30 mg, you would simply fill the dropper halfway.
There is no denying to the fact that this method is not 100% accurate. But it is much more accurate than not measuring at all and taking any random amount of tincture. Always remember that you should start with a small dosage and slowly increase it until you find the perfect amount of CBD that can benefit you.
How to measure your CBD vape dosage
One of the most common methods to consume CBD is by the means of vaping. Vaping CBD can be easily done using the CBD cartridge system or using CBD e-liquid. Both the methods are quite easy and offer an enjoyable experience.
If you have decided to use e-liquid to vape CBD, you should start by gauging the amount of CBD present in a dropper – just like you would do in case of a tincture. After you know this, you will know the amount of CBD you are putting in a single tank of vape. You can vape throughout the day but you must keep a check on when you need to refill the tank and how many times will you need to refill it.
In case your proper CBD dosage is about 50 mg and you are using a 2000 mg bottle of CBD liquid, a single filling of the vape tanker would contain about 66.66 mg of CBD approximately. It is absolutely necessary to keep an eye on your dosage so that you vape a single tank of CBD on regular intervals throughout the day without being overdosed.
However, the means of vaping is not a 100% accurate method to choose the right amount of CBD, but it can help you gauge your CBD intake very quickly.
The truly accurate way to measure CBD – CBD Capsules
All the above-mentioned methods are not absolutely accurate to measure the amount of CBD. after reading so many semi accurate methods, you must be wondering –
‘Is there any 100% accurate way using which I can determine my CBD dosage?’
There certainly is, CBD Capsules.
CBD capsules are filled with an exact amount to CBD which is truly the most accurate way to track the CBD dose. If the optimal CBD dose for you is around 15 mg to 25 mg, you should buy a bottle of CBD capsules with the potency of about 20 mg or 25 mg. Taking a capsule is the easiest way to track the amount of CBD that is going in your system.
Consuming CBD in the form of edibles
While there are other ways of consuming CBD in an accurate manner such as CBD edibles, CBD beverages, CBD applicators, CBD gummies, and many others, it is totally up to you too you choose which ever method suits you the best.
The edibles just like CBD tinctures have a longer and more lasting effect because they are ingested orally. It takes about 1 hour or so after consumption for the edibles to start affecting you and it lasts for up to 4 to 5 hours (it also depends up on the potency of CBD).
Determining the CBD dosage using edibles is effortless because each edible has a fixed amount of serving size and the dosage is always indicated in the list of ingredients. While the gummies have a concentration ranging from 5 mg to 100 mg, there are other higher dosage edibles available in the market as well.
Our final take
Have you been using CBD products for a while now but haven’t verified the potency of CBD from the brand you purchased it from? It may be one of the biggest reasons for the minimum benefits that you may be experiencing.
Even though cannabis is a safe medicine, figuring out the right amount of dosage for the health ailments you have been suffering from will add to the benefits that you want to see. Even though reaching a fixed amount of dosage requires some trial and error, at least cannabis is not harmful and you do not have to worry about any major side effects it may have (apart from an upset tummy or something minor like that).
If you are new to cannabis medicine or if you are beginning to understand things about it and want to give yourself the therapeutic benefits it offers, remember to go slow and increase the dosage gradually.