CBD is extremely popular and extremely versatile as a wellness product. Getting the best results starts with getting the right dose for your body.
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is one of the many non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is completely legal and free of any side effects. However, some people do report that CBD can make them feel drowsy. One of the ways to make sure that you don’t experience that is to make sure that you’re not taking more than you need.
Figuring out how to dose your CBD every day isn’t complicated but it still remains one of the most commonly asked questions about CBD products. When it comes to taking CBD in capsule form or eating CBD gummies, your dose is already measured out for you. However, with CBD oils, sometimes referred to as tinctures or drops, you have to measure it yourself.
Why Do People Need Different Doses of CBD?
CBD isn’t one-size-fits-all and that can be a little bit confusing when you’re not experienced with it. There are several factors that play a role in the amount of CBD you should be taking. Some of these factors include your age, weight, gender, and symptoms. Some people are also more sensitive to cannabinoids than others, especially if they have more experience with cannabinoids other than CBD.
Younger users may find that they need less CBD than older users. Weight is a significant factor because the Endocannabinoid System, which is how our bodies interact with and use cannabinoids, is made up of a network of cannabinoid receptors; research suggests that these receptors are more present in the body’s fat cells than in other cells.
CBD has many uses and health benefits, as you probably already know. The purpose you have for taking CBD is also one of the reasons that people need different doses. Someone who is using CBD to deal with chronic pain or to help them with a serious medical problem (such as cancer) is going to need a significantly higher dose than someone who is using CBD to help them sleep at night. Generally, the more serious the symptoms are, the higher the necessary dose is going to be.
The type of CBD you choose is also something that is going to make a difference in the dose you need. A full-spectrum CBD is packed with other cannabinoids and may provide you better results with less product. CBD isolate, which contains just the one cannabinoid, will not provide you with the entourage effect, so you may need more.
Finally, there are tons of different CBD products. Edibles, beverages, topicals, patches, tea, cigarettes, vape products, and plenty of other options give you multiple ways to take your CBD every day. Each delivery method is going to metabolize a little differently in the body, which means that you may need different doses based on the method you choose.
Finding The Right Dose For You
Some products have doses that are less than ten milligrams per serving and some products will go all the way up to 60-100 milligrams per serving. There is a huge range of doses that you can experiment with and choose from to find what provides you the best results based on the symptoms you’re trying to absolve.
If you’re using CBD for general wellness, chances are you’re not going to need a very large dose at all. Starting with something simple like ten to 25 milligrams, taken daily, is going to provide you with the benefits of CBD but won’t make you super sleepy. If you take too much CBD, because it has such relaxing effects, you may find yourself tired throughout the day. So when you first get started with CBD, you should probably take it at night unless you’re going to be taking one that has B vitamins that boost your energy, or if you purchase something like CBD beverages or coffee that contain caffeine.
Treating a physical or mental ailment with CBD is going to be a little bit different. When it comes to deciding what you need for something like that, you need to consider how severe your symptoms are. If you have something like neuropathy or arthritis that causes you severe pain, or you struggle heavily with anxiety, you may find that 40mg a day or more is what provides you with the most relief. If you have joint pain when it rains because of the pressure changes, or you get a little bit anxious throughout the day, you may need less.
The process for finding the right dose for you is going to be an experimental one. You should always start low and go slow, just like with anything else. If you have mild symptoms, we recommend starting with ten milligrams or even five per day. If you have more severe symptoms, you can start a little bit higher (think in the 20-25mg range). You should take that amount for at least a week and see if you get results from it, then move up as needed, a little at a time.
Understanding CBD Labels
One thing that is a key part of learning how to dose CBD is understanding CBD labels. Most of them will have an amount on the front of the bottle that can range from 300 to 3,000 milligrams. This amount is not going to be the amount per dose; instead, CBD manufacturers put this number on there to tell you exactly how much CBD is in the bottle.
In order to find out how much each dose is, you need to look a little bit further. Some of them will have this information printed beneath the amount on the front of the label. Others will have it in the nutrition information.
A 30ml bottle that is 300 milligrams per bottle is going to be ten milligrams per milliliter; so, one dropper of oil will be a ten-milligram dose of CBD. A 30ml bottle that is 1,000 milligrams per bottle is going to be about 33 mg per dose. Make sure that you read the bottle and any information on the packaging to help you to understand exactly how much you’re getting. If measuring doses is difficult for you, you should consider getting a product that is going to have a pre-measured dose in it like tablets, capsules, gummies, or edibles.
Just remember, start at a lower dose than you think you need, and don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience the results you’re seeking right away.