CBD Dosages - What You Need to Know

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Now that you’ve decided you want to take CBD to address a certain ailment, it’s time to understand how dosing works.  Because CBD is an unregulated industry, we don’t have well established guidelines regarding how much to take for specific purposes. So, how do you know how much CBD to take?  Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as simple as you might have hoped.  

But, by following the guide below, you’ll be able to determine which amount is right for you in order to find the most relief possible.

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Tell Your Doctor

First things first: Before you start taking CBD, it’s suggested that you inform your doctor.  That’s because your doctor will want to know what you’re taking, and he or she will also likely have some suggestions for you.  If your doctor happens to know a lot about the cannabinoid, he or she might be able to help you figure out how much to take.  He or she may even be able to prescribe CBD.

Follow the Directions

Every CBD product should come with directions on its packaging.  These directions are general guidelines.  Still, they can help you get an idea of what a standard dose is supposed to look like.  We strongly recommend that the first time you take a CBD product, you follow the directions provided by the manufacturer.

Note the Strength

Remember that every CBD product has its own strength.  This strength refers to the concentration of CBD that’s in the product’s formula.  It’s measured by milligrams.  Many companies make products available in a wide range of milligrams so that the user can decide how much CBD they want to get out of a single dose.

Obviously, the CBD strength has a lot to do with how much you should take.  It should go without saying that the higher the concentration, the less you’ll need, while the lower the concentration, the more you’ll likely need.

However, it’s always recommended that you start with a lower concentration and work your way up.  That’s mainly because CBD can be a bit pricey, and there’s no need to invest in a high-concentration product if you don’t have to, as the higher the concentration, the higher the price.

Ask Yourself Why You’re Taking CBD

Before determining how much your dosage should be, it’s important to know exactly what you want out of your CBD experience.  Are you taking it for mild stress on busy workdays or because you’re dealing with chronic panic attacks that are debilitating?  Are you taking it because you have the occasional headache or because chronic migraines are a part of your life?

The more severe your symptoms, the higher the dosage level should be.  That’s because severe symptoms may indicate a cannabinoid deficiency in the body, meaning that the body will respond to a higher amount of CBD.

Now, the sad reality is that many people who claim that CBD doesn’t work just weren’t taking a high enough dose.  Maybe they suffer from fibromyalgia and went with a low-concentration gummy candy.  That low concentration probably won’t be sufficient enough to provide widespread, long-lasting relief.

Consider Which Type of Product You’re Using

Today, the CBD market consists of a wide range of products that each affect the body differently.  Each type of product requires a different dosage level.

  • Tincture: Held under the tongue for one minute before it’s swallowed.  While it’s held under the tongue, it absorbs into the bloodstream through the tissue of the mouth.  Typically, one full dropper of a CBD tincture counts as a single dose.

  • Capsule: Swallowed, meaning that the CBD must travel through the digestive tract before reaching the bloodstream after being processed by the liver.  This means that a CBD capsule will take longer to take effect.  Typically, one or two capsules a day is sufficient.

  • Edible: Like a CBD capsule, it first travels through the digestive tract.  Because every edible has a different CBD concentration, follow the manufacturer’s instructions before taking it.  And, give it about an hour before taking another one as edibles can take a while to start working.

  • Vape Oil: Comes in a wide array of concentrations.  They tend to take effect very quickly because they enter the bloodstream almost instantaneously.  Unlike most CBD products out there, CBD vape oils vary in dosage level because of how they are taken.  Because they’re so fast-acting, the user typically takes a series of puffs until they get the relief that they want.

  • Drink: Again, CBD drinks can come in any concentration.  They can take about thirty minutes to take effect, so keep that in mind before doubling your dose.  Typically, one drink is all that you need in order to experience long-lasting, widespread relief.

  • Topical: CBD topicals are unique in that they only provide relief to the area in which they are applied.  That being said, CBD topicals vary in terms of dosage level based on the concentration of CBD as well as the other ingredients that are in the product.  Generally, a liberal amount massaged into the affected area can provide relief that lasts for hours.

Things to Keep in Mind

Now that we covered each product, here are some factors to keep handy: 

#1: Be Prepared to Experiment

Everyone’s body is different, meaning that no two people will be affected in the same way by the same amount of CBD.  This applies to any type of medicine.  So, know that you might spend some time experimenting with your dosage level before you find that it’s giving you the effects that you want.

#2: You Can’t Overdose

As of now, there have been no reported cases of death by CBD overdose.  CBD is nontoxic and identical to a compound that’s naturally produced by the body.  So, don’t be afraid to increase your dose because you think it will cause bodily harm.

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#3 The Higher the Quality, the More Effective

Keep in mind that a high-quality CBD product will likely give you more relief at a lower dose.  Low-quality CBD products may contain filler ingredients that counteract the potential benefits of hemp.  Additionally, low-quality CBD products may be lacking in potency, meaning that they won’t be very effective at all.

#4: It Might Take Time

For some people, CBD needs to accumulate in the body before it begins to provide relief.  So, take your CBD daily for a few weeks before evaluating its effects.  If you’re still not seeing relief, increase your dosage level by a small amount until you’re satisfied.

#5: Timing Matters

When you take your CBD might have to do with how much it affects you as well.  For instance, if you’re taking CBD for sleep, make sure that you take the product shortly before bedtime.  That’s because high doses of CBD in the morning will likely be out of your system by the time you’re ready to go to bed.

Potential Relief Depending Upon the Dosage Level

Taking CBD could provide you with the potential relief from your symptoms, but you won’t experience much effectiveness if you’re not taking the proper dosage level.  That’s why this guide can help you determine how much to take in order to experience the relief that you desire.