It is estimated that 62% of people who try CBD are looking for relief from a medical condition. Unfortunately, unlike medicine, there is not a CBD oil dosage chart on the side of the bottle.
Even with widespread growth as word of mouth testimonials highlight relief for a variety of ailments, the questions still remain. How much CBD should one take and how much is too much?
The key to answering those questions involves a dual process of understanding the product and also understanding there is a unique reaction to each individual.
What is CBD Oil
For starters, CBD (cannabidiol) oil is not marijuana. It is an extract from plants in the cannabis family; mainly industrial hemp. It does not contain the ‘high producing’ THC. As such, it is legal in all 50 states. There is also no prescription required.
CBD comes in many forms, with the most popular being the sublingual drops that are placed under the tongue. This provides the fastest absorption rate into the bloodstream with benefits being felt generally within 15-30 minutes.
Depending on the manufacturer, there are varying degrees of strength and potency. There is also a variety of mixtures and recipes with an emphasis on specific conditions. It is important to research and trust the supplier.
CBD tincture is one variation and is made through a process of soaking the hemp plant with highly potent grain alcohol and marinating for several hours. It is then mixed with an essential flavoring oil agent like peppermint. It is very potent and should be started in smaller doses.
Some producers do a CBD isolate; which is extracting just the cannabidiol from the cannabis plant for a pure concentrate. Another method is called full spectrum and uses other cannabinoids found in the plant for unique blends. Some full spectrum blends can include small amounts of THC depending on the production. But, even full spectrum blends from hemp are so low in THC that they are legal in all states and do not cause any sort of “high” in the person taking the product.
Each method has its benefits and there is information available to decide the best option depending on the desired result.
How it is Classified
The FDA does not classify CBD as a medicine and as such has never formulated an RDI (recommended daily intake). It is also not regulated. It is considered a dietary supplement.
As with most natural remedy solutions, CBD oil dosage is highly subjective. Many people learn about CBD from their family or friends and get their serving amount advice from them. This is not a good idea as each individual/case is different. Others rely on generic web searches. Some sites will suggest simply using one full dropper, but that is often too broad and may not be a good place to begin.
Start With the Basics
First of all, it is almost impossible to overdose on CBD. it is considered non-toxic and therefore taking too much will not cause harm. The benefits may change if too much or too little is taken, but there are no dangerous side effects.
In fact, the most common reported side effect is drowsiness. Some caution should be used when driving or when needing to be alert at the onset of using CBD until the reaction and response are determined.
If there is a serious pre-existing medical condition it is always wise to talk with a doctor before starting CBD. Be sure to mention all medications currently being taken.
There are four basic components when deciding the correct CBD oil dosage.
– Condition Being Treated
CBD oil is taken for many medical conditions. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, epilepsy, migraines, and even cancer are just a few. The amount being administered may vary depending on which complaint and its severity. Everyone also has a unique desired outcome for using CBD oil.
– Concentration of Product
Read the label. Find out the concentration per mL. All CBD oils are not created equally. The quality of the product matters! It is also important to remember it can take time for the beneficial components to build up in the system and offer consistent results.
– Size of the Individual
There is not a one size fits all delivery system for CBD oil. Body mass index plays a role in how much is beneficial and how much may actually be wasted. An online dosage calculator can be useful to determine a starting point.
As an example from that chart; an individual weighing 151-240 pounds using CBD for chronic pain at a medium level could start at 22.5 mg. These are just guidelines and each person will have to experiment on which amount produces the best outcome.
– Body Chemistry
In addition to body mass, each person has their own metabolic signature and rate. This is why insulin doses vary so widely. How each individual’s body absorbs the CBD property will need to be monitored for future dosing adjustments.
Traditional medicines and even other supplements may affect the desired reaction of the CBD. Genetics also play a role. These are more reasons why every person’s CDB oil dosage will differ.
Keep A Chart
Whether an online journey or just an old fashioned notebook, records should be kept. Details such as when (time of day), how many times a day, how much, if taken on full or empty stomach and of course the effects. Did it help just a little or a lot?
Depending on the outcome and the specifics, adjustments can be made and those results also recorded. Consistently tracking the progress is the best tool to monitor the doses.
If weight is gained or lost, this should also be recorded and calculated into the mix. Other changes in health or even mood should be tracked and charted.
It is true there are many variables when it comes to effective CBD oil amounts. The good news is with careful planning and research, it can be a highly beneficial addition to a health care program. The rewards are quickly becoming apparent and more people are looking to try this natural wonder.
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