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How to Safely Determine The Proper Dosage of CBD

As more and more people are learning about CBD and how to include the non-intoxicating extract into their routine, many are curious about the exact amount they should be taking.

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How to Safely Determine The Proper Dosage of CBD October 10, 2019

Given that CBD doesn't yield the same type of psychoactive effect that THC does, it is important to first begin with a quality product that has undergone lab testing and is transparent about being compliant with the FDA.CBD, which is known to deliver a variety of mental and physical benefits, is a versatile compound—one that can be consumed in a variety of ways. Once you determine your specific product and accompanying method, determining dosage is the next step. Each CBD product will include its own guidelines for dosing, often referred to as a recommended "serving size". Some products include a weight table to help determine this. The manufacturer will also include the concentration of CBD found in the product, which will be helpful information to consider when approaching individualized dosage.

The recommended dose, which means the recommended amount of CBD for an individual to take at one given time, is dependent upon a variety of factors. This can vary with the individual user, the ailment seeking treatment, and the product itself. There is no “one size fits all” dosage that is universally accepted regardless of product, meaning that it is especially important to do a bit of research before consuming CBD.

There is no “one size fits all” dosage that is universally accepted regardless of product, meaning that it is especially important to do a bit of research before consuming CBD.

First, due to how the body absorbs and responds to CBD through the Endocannabinoid System, the amount of CBD to be administered can be influenced by the body weight of a consumer. Generally speaking, those on the lighter side of the weight spectrum should be taking less than those on the heavier side of the weight spectrum in order to experience the desired result of CBD. In other words, the greater the body weight, the higher the dosage that should be considered.

Another factor to consider is the level of discomfort being experienced by the user. Those with severe pain will require a different dosage than those in minor pain, for example. Additionally, the concentration of CBD oil also needs to be considered. If the product is created with a high concentration of CBD, less product will be needed to achieve the desired effect. If a product features ingredients such as MCT oil or other additive ingredients, the user may be instructed to consume a larger amount due to how the body breaks it all down.

Dosage also depends on the method of consumption. If CBD is taken orally (through an edible or capsule), once the product is consumed, only a fraction of it may make it into the bloodstream after having gone through the digestive system. For example, a person may need to take a larger dose of edibles to achieve the same result as one dosage taken sublingually if the tincture in question is a high concentration.

For CBD oil and tinctures specifically, dosages usually include a dropper that has different markings on it, that can help you to further tailor your dosage. Most CBD oil and tinctures also recommend consuming 1 to 2 times daily, but this is also dependent upon the specific product information and recommended dosage. When consuming CBD oil through a vape, it enters the bloodstream quickly, allowing for users to receive effects more quickly. It varies with the vape product itself but in general, inhaling for about 3 to 5 seconds has been reported to yield effective results. Given this method, CBD can be administered on an as-needed or as-desired basis.

While CBD dosage can take time and experience to yield a customized approach, it is important to keep in mind that CBD is non-toxic and preliminary research has found that there are no serious side effects. One study in 2011 found that even in chronic doses as high as 1,500 milligrams per day, CBD products were deemed safe.

Due to these varying factors regarding dosage, it is best to consult a medical professional to learn more about determining the best methods and dosages for your individual CBD experience.

Recommended Daily MG Dose
Weight Everyday Wellness Medium Chronic Conditions/Pharma*
125 25 63 250
150 30 75 300
175 35 88 350
200 40 100 400
*High is very chronic pain + severe epilepsy. Low is everyday wellness.

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Depending on your weight and pain level, you can adjust the amount you take daily. Keep in mind, if you’re concerned about taking too much, we recommend speaking with a trusted medical professional before embarking on your CBD journey.

References - 2011 study cited

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