How Much CBD Oil Should I Take? New CBD Dosage Recommendations
CBD oil has only recently started gaining recognition in the medical community as a safe, reliable alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. As such, exact guidelines on how much CBD an individual should take for various conditions are virtually non-existent. With that in mind, you should recognize the following suggestions as an informational guide; a point of reference to begin experimenting with what works best for you.
It is essential first to understand why you are taking CBD to calculate the correct dosage of CBD for yourself. Dosages will vary depending on whether you are treating pain, anxiety, inflammation, or other ailments.
Due to the biphasic properties of CBD (small/large doses can have opposite effects), ‘less is more’ is a good thing to keep in mind. While a low dose of CBD oil may alleviate anxiety, larger doses can worsen it - and vice versa.
Another crucial factor in determining dosage is if the product you choose has a full-spectrum of cannabinoids, or is merely an isolate - i.e., exclusively CBD, CBN, CBC, etc.
Full-spectrum blends tend to have therapeutic effects at very low doses, whereas isolates tend to have a tiny dosage window that will elicit desirable effects.
Due to the unregulated nature of the CBD industry, figuring out how much actual CBD is in a particular brand of oil can be particularly challenging. While some may state precisely how many cannabinoids are in each drop/mL, this may not necessarily mean CBD alone and could include several different cannabinoids like CBG, THC, CBC, or CBV.
Additionally, some products may state a certain amount of ‘hemp extract’ per serving - which tells you virtually nothing about the amount of CBD contained inside.
The trick is to do your research and find a CBD vendor with high integrity and rapport that states exactly how much and what type of CBD is in their product. Only then can you truly begin to determine the proper dosage of CBD for your body.
There are three main ways you can choose to ingest CBD - inhalable, ingestible, and topical.
Smokable products include items like vape pens/cartridges, high-CBD cannabis, wax, concentrates, and isolates.
Ingestibles are things such as edibles, sublingual drops, tinctures, or CBD-infused water/chewing gum/cooking oil.
Topicals are those products like CBD-enriched lotion/shower gel/body care products, transdermal patches, or bath bombs (like an Epsom salt bath with added CBD).
Each type of cannabidiol product boasts different lengths of time from ingestion - onset of effects, as well as a different total duration of beneficial effects.
For example, when using a vape pen, the dose administered is usually minimal (around a milligram of CBD), and the onset is immediate, but the therapeutic effects will fade after about an hour.
With ingestibles, it can take up to two hours after eating before you start to feel the effects, but the relief can last upwards of four to six hours.
Topical products are all over the place, depending not only on the dose and the amount used but individual variations in skin and environmental conditions. Transdermal patches with CBD can release a constant dose into your bloodstream, possibly maintaining effectiveness for several days.
Everybody is different and has unique needs when it comes to using CBD as medicine. Some people despise the act of vaping/smoking, whereas many people need the on-demand relief offered by this route of administration.
Know yourself, pick your preferred delivery method, and stick with it.
While extremely vague at best, most in the CBD industry agree that approximately 25mg of CBD twice a day is a great place to start for newcomers. Experts suggest that you stick with this dose for several weeks before making adjustments, as CBD is thought to take time to build up to significant levels in the body.
The takeaway here - CBD is not a ‘quick fix.’ It takes time to work it’s magic; patience and discipline will be important while embarking down this path towards natural healing. If you don’t feel ‘healed’ overnight, don’t give up - finding the right dosage for your CBD can take some time, but the payoff is most likely well worth it.
Fortunately, Mayo Clinic has established the following recommendations, based on scientific studies, traditional use, and various authorities’ opinions:
- Schizophrenia: 40 to 1,280mg oral CBD daily
- Chronic Pain: 2.5 to 20mg of CBD
- Movement Problems Due to Huntington’s Disease: 10mg of CBD per kg of body weight daily for six weeks
- Sleep Disorders: 40mg to 160mg of CBD
- Epilepsy: 200 to 300mg of CBD daily
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms: Cannabis plant extracts containing 2.5 to 120 milligrams of a THC/CBD combination daily for 2-15 weeks
- Glaucoma: A single sublingual CBD dosage of 20 to 40mg (>40 mg may increase eye pressure).
- Loss of Appetite in Cancer Patients: 2.5mg of THC (orally), with/without 1mg of CBD for six weeks
Chronic doses of over 1,500mg of CBD have been shown in scientific studies to be extremely well-tolerated by humans, and at worst, produce mild side-effects.
These side-effects include:
- Low blood pressure
- Dry Mouth
- Reduced activity of CYP450 enzymes
The most serious of these is perhaps the reduction in activity of CYP450 enzymes, as these molecules metabolize a majority of drugs people consume, including caffeine, NSAIDs (like ibuprofen, anti-depressants, and much more. Alterations in CYP450 activity can drastically affect the amount of these substances in your bloodstream, possibly producing unwanted effects.
However, keep in mind that grapefruit juice and several other substances (such as St. John’s Wort) have equally potent effects on the CYP450 enzyme system, so it is not anything that is unheard of or unnatural.
Always consult your healthcare provider before embarking on any natural products regimen, and take care!