The Health Benefits of CBD; They come with the right dosage!
The health benefits of CBD are widely documented. Although THC is more popular due to the “high” feeling that comes with its usage, CBD is a great option if you are looking for a non-addictive remedy for your pain or anxiety. In fact, one of the main selling points of CBD is the fact that it can provide so many health benefits while also allowing you to be fully functional throughout the day. CBD and THC can have synergistic effects if they are used together, but there are also some ailments that CBD can actually relieve just by itself.
Here are a few things that CBD can be used to treat:
- General Anxiety and Social Anxiety
- Muscle Pain
It’s clear that CBD can be a powerful treatment that could help raise the quality of your life on a daily basis. However, if you are new to CBD you may be intimidated by the variety of ways to take CBD as well as the dosage for all of the methods of delivery. In this article, we will explore the dosage that is recommended as well as why we recommend that dosage.
CBD Dosage For You; How much to take is safe and recommended?
The amount of CBD that you take, like any medication/substance, is different for every individual.
Here are some of the several factors that should be taken into account:
- Your Body Mass
- How you are taking the CBD
- The Concentration of CBD
- Personal history with CBD
- What condition you are looking to treat
The exact dosage of CBD for you could be completely different from the dosage suggested for someone very similar to you. The best way to ensure that you are taking the correct amount of CBD is to ask a trained professional or a doctor.
A doctor will be able to assess your situation and give you a personalized recommendation of how much CBD to start with.
If you are given a professional opinion, it is unanimously agreed upon that you should stick to that recommendation for your own safety. Taking an incorrect dosage could worsen or complicate your health in ways that you may not expect.
However, we do understand that some readers either cannot ask a doctor or their doctor is not well versed in CBD knowledge. If you are in this boat, we suggest starting with a minimal dose of CBD to see how your body reacts. When it comes to CBD, you should always assess the risks and benefits.
The risk of taking a relatively small amount of CBD is very small, while the benefit is avoiding potential adverse effects from too much CBD.
CBD Dosage is different from person to person!
A small amount of CBD is different for everyone, but for most, this can be between 20 to 40 mg in a day. When you take this amount, pay extra attention to how your body responds. If you are not noticing any positive or negative effects, you can slowly increase the dosage on a weekly basis.
You should not be reckless when increasing the dosage because your body may not respond immediately to CBD. We suggest raising the CBD dosage by no more than 5 mg a week. Once you notice that your body is responding positively to the CBD you should become more acutely aware of the dosage.
Does increasing the CBD by 5 mg give diminished returns?
If so, you should stick to the current dosage.
At any point, it is possible that you may experience some of the negative side effects of CBD. This can include anxiety, changes in appetite, nausea, etc. You know your body better than anyone, and if you feel that something is off you should stop taking CBD and speak to a professional.
Pausing your CBD intake is an easy solution that could avoid serious complications, especially if you are taking other medications.
We suggest writing down all of the effects you feel while taking CBD, exactly how much you taken that week, and checking back on the notes from the previous week.
When it comes to your own health and wellness, no one will take charge for you. By being vigilant and knowing your own body, you ensure that you are taking the best care of yourself.
How To Calculate Dosage; Take CBD the right way!
In the previous section we suggested that you start with a certain mg of CBD, but how much is that exactly?
There are several ways to consume CBD:
- CBD Oils
- Sublingual Drops
- Creams and Ointments
With some of these methods of delivery, the amount of CBD in the product is easy to measure. For example, CBD that you ingest has a clear per serving label for the amount of CBD. It’s important to read the labels of these CBD products very carefully. They may say that a single serving of the product is 5 mg, but a single serving could actually be two gummies or half of a gummy.
By failing to read a CBD products label correctly, you may end up taking double the dose on accident!
However, taking CBD can become even more complicated if you have purchased CBD oil. CBD oil often comes in a bottle and it tells you how many milligrams of CBD are in the entire bottle. To figure out the dosage of the bottle you will have to do some math to know exactly how much CBD you should be taking.
CBD Dosage; Best Practices to take CBD
To know the exact dosage of CBD oil that you will be taking, you need to know the size of the bottle, the mg of CBD in the bottle, and the number of mL per drop from your dropper. It’s important to note that when we refer to a drop of CBD, we mean a single drop, not the full dropper.
You want to first figure out how many drops of CBD oil there are in the bottle, which can be derived from the size of the bottle and the size of the dropper. Then you want to take the mg of CBD in the bottle and the number of drops in the bottle to find the mg CBD per drop. Then you take the daily mg of CBD you want to take per day and find how many drops of CBD you need to reach that number.
Reading the instructions may seem confusing, but after running through a few samples you will be an expert in no time!
- Let’s assume that a 20-mL bottle of CBD oil contains 1,000 mg of concentrated CBD.
They supply you a dropper with the bottle, and let’s assume that each drop is 0.05 mL.
This means that with that dropper, you will have 400 drops of CBD oil and each drop will supply about 2.5 mg of CBD.
If you wanted to have a light dosage of 20 mg per day, how many drops of CBD oil would you need?
Well if each drop of CBD is 2.5 mg, we would need 8 drops of CBD oil to have our daily dose of CBD.
- Let’s assume that a 10-mL bottle of CBD oil contains 1,500 mg of concentrated CBD.
They supply you a dropper with the bottle, and let’s assume that each drop is 0.05 mL.
This means that with that dropper, you will have 200 drops of CBD oil and each drop will supply about 7.5 mg of CBD.
If you wanted to have a light dosage of 15 mg per day, how many drops of CBD oil would you need?
Well if each drop of CBD is 7.5 mg, we would need 2 drops of CBD oil to have our daily dose of CBD.
If you are looking to avoid this math, then you can look for CBD oils that already specify the amount of CBD per drop. By knowing the amount of CBD per drop, it makes it a lot easier to quickly calculate your daily intake. If you are unable to find any CBD oil that gives you that information, you can always refer to these samples to help you control your dosage.
Why Being An Informed CBD User Matters?
The amount of CBD you take can transform the way you feel and relieve you of pains and anxieties. The positive effects are undeniable, but the adverse effects need to also be paid attention to. When you purchase a product either online or at a dispensary that sells CBD, be sure to pay special attention to the information they display as well as their suggested dose.
If at any point you feel as though the sellers of the CBD are not professionals you should not purchase any CBD from them. This is because at the end of the day, CBD is still unregulated by the FDA and there are certain greedy individuals who sell bootleg CBD that can seriously harm your health. In fact, a 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 52 Utah residents got acute poisoning from CBD products. After doing further research, the findings suggested that the poisoning was a result of synthetic CBD. One of the telltale signs that the CBD is synthetic is if it has very little labels and it does not have any dosing information on the bottle.
You should treat CBD just as you would treat any other medication. Everything that goes into your body needs to be rigorously checked. While we spent a lot of time discussing the dosage of CBD, we felt that it was important to spend a small fraction of the article speaking of synthetic CBD.
To put things into perspective, a study in 2011 suggested that humans were able to handle relatively high amounts of CBD on a daily basis. In fact, even dosage as high as 1500 mg of CBD was tolerable according to the 2011 study. A similar study was also done in 2017, and this study corroborated the original study with similar findings. There were very few negative effects that were reported.
Here are some of the side effects associated with synthetic CBD:
- Altered Mental State
As you can see, the side effects of synthetic CBD is very severe compared to the side effects of even large doses of natural CBD. For this reason, the dosage for any synthetic CBD is and always will be zero. If you have a small inkling of a doubt that the CBD you are purchasing is not of high quality, you should immediately purchase from a different online store or vendor.
Simply Put, CBD Dosage should be calculated!
After reading, CBD dosage may seem complicated, but it is usually something that you only need to figure out once. After taking CBD even for just a few weeks, you will have a better idea of how your body responds and what steps you should take moving forward. As we stated earlier, everyone responds differently to CBD and it’s up to you to be an informed CBD user.
The suggestions that apply to every single reader are:
- Consult a doctor before taking any CBD medication if you are able to. They can offer personalized insight that could potentially save you time and pain.
- Double check the dosage before you purchase any CBD. If you are unsure about the dosage, always start with an extremely small dose and slowly increase your dose.
- The dosage for synthetic CBD is always 0 mg. Never take synthetic CBD no matter what anyone says, regardless of how cheap it is.
If you follow these CBD dosage guidelines and pay attention to the factors that we mentioned above, we are confident that you can maximize your chances of having a great experience with CBD.
If you want to ask us any further questions about CBD dosage, let us know in the comments below!