One of the biggest questions people have when they start taking CBD oil is, “How much CBD should I be taking?”
This can be kind of a complicated question because there are a lot of factors to consider. Things like the kind of ailment a person is relieving, their individual biology, weight, tolerance, etc., all play a part in figuring out how much CBD oil you should be taking.
Even though there is a lot of mixed information out there regarding CBD dosage, there is a good way for you to find out what the right CBD dosage is for you!
Because the therapeutic use of CBD is still once again fairly new in our country, there hasn’t been a huge amount of research done regarding an average dose of CBD for the general population. Everything discussed in this article is meant to act as a general, informational guide and not medical advice and should be used as such in finding your ideal, individual dose.
CBD Dosage: How Much CBD Oil Should You Be Taking?
- There Is No “One Dose to Rule Them All”
It’s true–CBD dosage depends on a lot of different factors, and these factors vary from person to person.
Factors including weight, metabolism, diet, genetics, environment and product consistency play into finding the right dose for each person. And because these factors can differ wildly from person to person, it makes sense that having a universal CBD dosage is technically impossible. Approximate and individual dosages are as good as it’s going to get.
Keeping these factors in mind, the general recommendation is that people start with a lower CBD dosage and start to work their way up as needed until they feel the relief they are looking for. Some folks even find it helpful during this process to journal the things that they are experiencing so they can help narrow down the right dosage for them.
- Let’s Take a Closer Look at These Different Factors…
Every person has their own genetics, tolerance levels, and state of health. This makes each individual’s reason for taking CBD unique and plays a vital role in determining their CBD dosage.
For instance, someone who suffers from debilitating chronic pain can’t take the same CBD dosage as someone in the prime of their health and reap the benefits that they are needing.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these factors:
1) Someone’s genetics can have a significant impact on how their body reacts to a certain CBD dosage.
Some people have a genetic mutation within their CB1 receptors. The CB1 receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that are found inside of the cells throughout the body, and these interact with cannabinoids like CBD.
If a person has this genetic mutation, it could end up resulting in a poorly functioning ECS, and this is an important thing to know when figuring out someone’s CBD dosage.
2) Everyone’s tolerance levels are different. Whether you are just starting to take CBD or if you’ve been taking it for a while, your tolerance to it is going to be different than the next person’s.
Biologically, females tend to be more sensitive to cannabinoids like CBD. This makes them more likely to reap therapeutic benefits from a smaller dose of CBD than men who are typically larger than women.
Even then, some people are simply more sensitive to CBD than others because we are all wired differently. Natural CBD tolerance levels are directly controlled by the ECS; the health of the ECS will determine whether a person’s individual CBD dosage should be higher or lower.
3) A person’s state of health needs to be taken into consideration as well when determining CBD dosage.
As we mentioned before, someone suffering from a more severe ailment is going to need a higher CBD dose than someone taking it for a more minor issue or just as an added supplement for general health. This is a particularly important factor to keep in mind when finding your perfect dosage.
- How Much CBD is the Right Dosage for You?
A great way to find your low, starting CBD dosage is based on your weight and a simple formula. Your body weight will help determine how high or low your starting dosage should be.
A good guide to figuring out your perfect CBD dosage would be to take 2.5mg-5mg of CBD oil for every 10 pounds of body weight you have.
As an example, after doing the math, 50mg-100mg would be a great starting dose for someone weighing 200 pounds while 37.5mg-75mg would be best for someone else who weighs 150 pounds.
This is where you start out on the lower end of the dosage scale and work your way up. If you find that the lower dosage isn’t cutting it for you, gradually increase the amount you are taking until you find the right CBD dosage for you.
Just make sure to be patient and take your time–finding the right dosage for you may take a bit of time, but it will definitely be worth it in the end.
- You’ve Figured Out Your Starting Dosage…So How Do You Measure That?
So you’ve got your formula to help you find the right CBD dosage you.
While many of CBD products already come with a calibrated dropper that already has the measurements on it, some CBD oil products don’t. So if you happened to get a product that doesn’t have the measurements all ready for you, here’s an easy way to figure out how to properly measure out your ideal dosage.
This method of measuring assumes that you are using a CBD oil tincture. The first thing you need to do is figure out how many milligrams your dropper can hold when full. Once you figure this out, then you can accurately measure out your CBD dosage.
A typical dropper holds 1 milliliter of liquid; if you know how many milliliters are in your CBD tincture (it should be printed right on your label), then you can use this simple formula to determine how much CBD is in the dropper:
[Total CBD in the Bottle] ÷ [Number of Milliliters in the Bottle] = MGs of CBD in a Dropper
If you have 1000mg of CBD in your bottle, and there’s 30ml of oil in your bottle, then you should have:
1000mg ÷ 30ml = 33.3mg/ml in your dropper
So if you’re proper CBD dosage is 15mg, then you can fill the dropper just over halfway full and you have your dosage measured out.
While this isn’t a 100% accurate way to measure, it is the best way to measure without a labeled dropper and more accurate than not measuring at all. You can always order a calibrated dropper as well if you want to get as accurate as possible.
- Can You Take Too Much CBD?
There isn’t as established lethal dose of CBD; some people with extreme or chronic conditions can take high doses of CBD, as high as 1500mg each day. These doses have been shown to be well-tolerated by humans.
It’s important to check with your doctor before adding large amounts of CBD or any other health supplement to your daily health regimen.
While it isn’t lethal and generally well-tolerated, there are a few slight risks associated with using CBD in high doses or for extended periods of time, however, including:
- Mild Low Blood Pressure
- Dry Mouth
- Reduced activity of T and B Cells
- Decreased Fertilization Capacity
- Reduced p-Glycoprotein activity
- Reduced activity of Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) Enzyme
Remember to keep in mind that these side effects illustrate worst-case scenarios with CBD; they aren’t necessarily a general reflection of long-term higher dosage use.
- Conclusion: Remember That CBD Isn’t A Miracle Cure
It’s important to remember that CBD is not a miracle cure, regardless of whether you’ve found your ideal dose or not.
It doesn’t magically take away illnesses and ailments that a person may deal with, although it can help provide relief for certain ailments.
It’s also important to keep in mind that CBD oil doesn’t work instantly. Many people make the mistake of assuming that they can’t find relief from CBD or that it “doesn’t work” because they didn’t feel instantaneous relief the first time they tried it. Like any other substance, CBD could take time to work with your body to get to the place of relief that you are looking for.
So remember to be patient as you look for your perfect CBD dosage. Once you find it and start feeling the benefits of it, you will be thankful that you took your time in this process.
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