Introduction to CBD Dosages
As the legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational use continues, one of the biggest questions that seem to be confusing for both new and experienced users is on the right dosages to be used. While there are dozens of articles talking about the benefits of using CBD, there is hardly enough information online teaching users on how to dose the compound correctly. This is a big problem because, with CBD, the doses will directly determine whether you will witness the benefits you are looking for or not. If you are not sure on how much you should be taking for a particular benefit or purpose like saying treatment of asthma, then you will never see your symptoms improving. It’s for this reason that every CBD user must have some basic knowledge on how to dose CBD correctly, and this isn’t as easy as it sounds. In this article, we will try to simplify the calculation process for CBD dosage as much as possible for everyone to understand. We will tell you all about the various factors that must be taken into account to ensure that you get the right dosages that will yield the necessary effects with minimal adverse reactions.
Choosing The Right CBD Dosages for You
One thing that you should know right away is that there isn’t a dosage that is right for everyone. This basically means that you cannot rely on the dosages that your friend is using for your specific case. This is because dosing CBD involves considering some personal aspects that influence its effectiveness.
Here is how you can choose the right CBD dosage.
- Consider your Body Weight
Your body mass will determine how much of an impact CBD products have on you. As you can expect, the people with most body mass usually need more CBD to enjoy its benefits while the guys will less mass can take just a little of the compound to experience the same effects.
Its recommended that for every 10 pounds of body weight, you should take a dose of between 1 to 6mg depending on your level of pain. Therefore, if you weigh between 86 to 150lbs, the right CBD dosage for you will be between 12mg to 18mg. The exact dosage will depend on the level of pain you are experiencing, i.e., is it mild, medium or severe?
- The condition you are treating and its severity
As you may already know, CBD is used to treat a myriad of health conditions. The dosages, therefore, vary depending on the specific condition you are dealing with. The recommended dosages for some of the popular illnesses treated by CBD include 200-300mg for epilepsy, 2.5-20mg for chronic pain, 40-1280mg for schizophrenia, 20-40mg for glaucoma, 40-160mg for sleep disorders, etc.
After identifying the specific dosage for your illness, the next thing is to gauge how severe it is. The higher the severity, the more the dosage you’ll have to take for it to be effective.
- The concentration of The CBD you are Using
This is perhaps the hardest part of using CBD. This is because the concentrations of the CBD you are using is dependent on the brand of the CBD product you are using. The problem here is that there are so many CBD vendors and all of them are offering products with different concentration levels. The sad thing is that some of these concentrations are not even accurate which means that whatever dosage you decide to use might not be effective. It is for this reason that we encourage you to find the best vendor possible whose CBD concentrations are accurate. This will make your dosage calculations a lot easier, and it’ll also improve your overall experience with their products.
- Start Small
Your initial dosages should always be as low as possible. How is this important? One, we all have different body chemistry, and this affects how one reacts to the introduction of specific compounds. Secondly, everyone has a past history of certain drugs, and this may affect how your body responds to the CBD you are planning on taking. To make sure that you minimize the chances of your body reacting negatively to this compound, you must start with small dosages for some time. Gauge your body’s reaction, and if you demonstrate high tolerance, then you can increase the dosages gradually until you reach a relatively high dose where you can enjoy the outcomes you are looking for without any complications.
- Consult a Physician
Of course, you can avoid the headache of finding the perfect dose yourself by consulting your physician. He will take all the necessary factors into consideration and help you find the right range of dosages that will work for you.
Consulting a physician is also vital especially if you have a complicated medical history or if you are on another medication. A medical practitioner will be able to determine whether using CBD with other drugs will be okay or not.
Method of Administration
You cannot talk about the accurate CBD dosages without discussing the mode of administration. CBD can be taken in various ways, and each one of them comes with its own challenges.
One of the easiest ways of taking CBD is through tinctures. This involves filling the dropper with the oils and holding it below your tongue for 30-90 seconds before swallowing. It all sounds pretty easy in the text, but in reality, there is still a couple of calculations to do. You must know how much CBD is contained in a single drop for you to determine how many drops you need to take. Most vendors usually brand their products with information on the total CBD available in the bottle and the total milliliters within the bottle. By dividing the total CBD in the bottle by the number of milliliters, you’ll find out how many mg of CBD are present in a dropper. This makes it easier for you to know how many drops you should take or if you only need a half of it.
Then we have CBD cartridge systems and CBD e-Liquids through which you can vape CBD. This method also involves calculating how much CBD is contained in a dropper for you to know how much of it is getting into the tank. The method also requires a lot of monitoring to see when the tank needs refilling and how frequently it should be done. All of this determines the dosages of CBD you are taking.
Finally, we have the encapsulated CBD. This is the most accurate way of knowing how much CBD you are taking because all the capsules are usually accurately dosed with the exact amounts of CBD branded on them. If, for instance, your recommended CBD dosage is between 16 and 25mg then you can just buy a 20 or 25mg bottle of CBD capsules. Taking the pills is also a lot more convenient compared to other methods. The problem with CBD capsules, however, is bioavailability, and this is why more people opt for sublingual use over the pills even though the tablets are more accurate to dose and convenient to use.
Other accurate methods of administration include CBD applicators, CBD gummies, CBD edibles, and CBD beverages.
Is it Possible to Overdose on CBD?
Overdosing on CBD is possible but highly unlikely. How so? Well, a CBD overdose is considered to be around 50,000mgs of CBD which is honestly very difficult for anyone to do. I mean, no one would knowingly take over 300mg of CBD for every 2.5 pounds of their body weight. The good thing is that even if you were to take such high amounts of CBD, there aren’t any severe adverse reactions that you might experience. Drowsiness might be the only side effect of such a high dose, and this will wear off after some time.
CBD oils could be powerful and useful in treating different illnesses but without the right dosages then taking it becomes rather pointless. All new users should start out by experimenting on the compound at low dosages for three days or so before readjusting the dosage accordingly. You can also find websites online that help in calculating the appropriate CBD dosages or make your work even easier by just visiting a physician. Either way, you must get the dosages right for you to enjoy the benefits you are seeking.