CBD Dosage 101
Feb 18, 2020
It is crucial for new and experienced CBD users alike to thoroughly understand how CBD works and how to get the recommended amount of CBD through proper dosing. However, you may not know exactly how much you’re consuming.
Luckily, we’ve made it easier by providing you with the proper dosing guidelines for consuming CBD.
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Medical Cannabis: Cannabidiol Dosing 101
One of the most frequently asked questions about CBD is in regards to proper CBD dosing.
While there are dozens of articles focused on the therapeutic benefits and medicinal applications of CBD, few are centered around proper dosing guidelines. Without further ado, let’s begin.
RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE
Unfortunately, this is not exactly a straightforward topic. This is because, unlike other supplements, the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) has yet to create a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for cannabidiol – meaning that CBD does not yet have an official serving size. This has resulted in consumers having to blindly estimate their dose amount and strength based almost entirely on the recommendation from the companies and brands that make and distribute them.
The most common instruction is to take a full dropper’s worth once per day or as needed. While this dosage may work for some, there is no way to know if it’s the right dosage for everyone else because it doesn’t consider certain important factors, such as:
- The individual’s unique body chemistry
- The weight of the individual
Taking this into consideration, CBD has no “one size fits all” dosage – meaning that some trial and error will be expected while gauging your ideal dose strength and amount. So how then do you decide how much CBD you should take? Begin by using the three simple steps highlighted below to find out.
Understanding how to properly dose your daily intake of CBD is crucial for all new and experienced CBD users alike.
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HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR IDEAL CBD DOSAGE
1. Estimate your dosage based upon your body weight
As with most other substances, consumers with more body mass require more CBD in order to experience its effects. A good rule to follow when determining an optimal dose of CBD is to take anywhere from 1-6mg for every 10 pounds of body weight based upon the consumer’s level of pain. For example, a great starting dose for someone who weighs 150 lbs would be somewhere between 15-25mg, whereas a 200-lbs patient would range from 20-33mg.
2. Start small and gradually increase
Never follow a dosing recommendation based solely upon another’s claim, no matter how great the benefits may sound because it may not work in the same way for you – this is true even if you are both approximately the same weight. This is because not only are we each made differently, but we each also have a unique history regarding the use of medications, supplements, substances, and anything else that is consumed into the body. Each of these factors contribute to our own unique body chemistry and drastically affects how our body will respond to CBD.
With this in mind, the best approach in determining the optimum dose for you is to begin with an initial dose based upon your body weight. From there, you can gauge how your body reacts to that amount of cannabidiol before gradually increasing or decreasing as you deem necessary. Carefully monitor your reactions until you find the perfect dose that yields optimal therapeutic effects for you and your condition.
3. Consult with a professional healthcare provider (where applicable)
As it stands currently, many different states plus Washington D.C. have passed legislation to legalize cannabis use (and CBD as a byproduct) for either medical or even recreational use.
Consumers living in these select states have an added advantage of being able to speak with a healthcare professional to learn not only if CBD would be a suitable treatment for them, but proper dosing instruction and guidelines as well. If you do not have this luxury, use steps 1 and 2 as a guideline.
HOW TO ACCURATELY MEASURE CBD DOSAGES
Now that we have discussed how much CBD one should consume, another important factor is how to properly and accurately measure a dose. This may seem unimportant to some, but think about it: how much CBD is in a full dropper of tincture or how much is in a single puff from a vaporizer?
Knowing how much CBD to take is worthless without gaining a proper understanding of how to accurately measure a dose. With numerous application methods, it’s often difficult to know exactly how much CBD is being administered. Below are a few of the most common ways to consume CBD and how to accurately measure each dose.
HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR CBD TINCTURE DOSAGE
Consuming a CBD oil tincture is perhaps one of the easiest (and arguably best) ways to administer a dose of cannabidiol. The oil is simply applied under the tongue where it is then absorbed into the bloodstream.
For maximum therapeutic effect, it is important to let the oil set for as long as possible in order for maximum absorption to take place before swallowing. To determine exactly how much CBD is in a dropper’s worth of oil, simply utilize the following formula:
- [TOTAL CBD IN BOTTLE] ÷ [NUMBER OF MILLILITERS IN BOTTLE] = MGS OF CBD PER DROPPER
For example, if you have a bottle of 30mL CBD tincture that contains 1500mg of CBD:
- 1500MG ÷ 30ML = 50MG CBD PER DROPPER
Granted, this method may not be 100% accurate, though it is far more accurate than not measuring at all. Again, always start a CBD regimen with small doses and gradually increase until you find the right amount that works for you. Refer to the aforementioned CBD by weight chart.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR CBD VAPE OIL DOSAGE
Vaping CBD is done using either a CBD cartridge system or CBD e-liquid. Both methods are incredibly easy and offer a highly enjoyable experience. Like tinctures, to understand how much CBD you are consuming (vaping) per tank, you need to know how much CBD is in a single dropper. For example, if you have determined your proper CBD dosage to be 25mg and you are utilizing a 1000mg bottle of e-liquid, there would be approximately 33.33mg of CBD per tank.
To properly administer this dosage, a single tank would need to be consumed periodically throughout the course of the day. Again, this is not 100% accurate and should instead be used as a general estimate. With careful monitoring, it is easy to quickly gauge your proper daily CBD intake.
THE MOST ACCURATE WAY TO DOSE CBD
Considering that the aforementioned methods have only been semi-accurate, you may be wondering if there is, in fact, a 100% accurate way to dose CBD and there certainly is - CBD capsules. These are pre-measured with exact amounts and provide a truly accurate way to dose CBD. If you have found your optimal dose range to be between 16-25mg, simply purchase a bottle of either 20mg or 25mg capsules and take one daily.
It doesn’t get any easier than swallowing a capsule. It is important to note that, however accurate, taking CBD via the digestive tract is not considered to be the most effective consummation method.
We are not doctors and this article is not designed to diagnose or treat any condition. Always speak with a healthcare professional before adding any supplement into your daily diet. We hope that this CBD dosage guide has been both helpful and informative.
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