CBD Dosing Guide
How Much CBD Should You be Taking?
CBD Dosing Guide: CBD (cannabidiol) usage is becoming more and more accepted by mainstream medicine. There are many research studies supporting the notion that CBD can help people combat a wide variety of issues. It’s no surprise that CBD is growing in popularity all over the world. However, it can be challenging to determine how much CBD to take, especially if you’re new to the growing revolution of people using CBD for relief and support with anxiety, arthritis, pain, menopause symptoms, insomnia and other health issues. Now comes the truly hard decision: tinctures, topicals, vaporizers or weed edibles? Which are best for you? And how much should you take? Many people benefit from a combination of delivery methods. Here are some examples of how some people like to use and combine CBD products:
|Anxiety||1 to 4 times daily oral supplement (Tincture/edible)
+ Vape Pen as needed
|Arthritic Pain||1 to 4 times daily oral supplement (Tincture/edible)
+ Topical as needed
|Sleeping||Oral supplement (Tincture/edible) a few hours before bedtime
(lower doses can energize while higher doses encourage sleep)
Important Dosage Considerations
Determining the best CBD dosage generally depends on the following factors:
Concentration: Concentration, or strength, refers to the total amount of CBD in a given product. Concentration is measured in milligrams (mg). This is different from dosage, which indicates the amount of CBD per serving. For instance, let’s say a bottle of CBD tincture has a concentration of 1500 mg and contains 30 milliliters (mL) of tincture, with 1 mL as the standard serving size. This means each 1-mL serving will contain approximately 50 mg of CBD; the consumer is not ingesting 1500 mg with each dosage.
Body weight: A person’s weight often plays a role in how much – or how little – CBD affects the body. Generally speaking, heavier people need higher doses to experience the calming effects of CBD; lighter people, on the other hand, may feel the same effects with a lower dose.
Desired effects: For many, the optimal dose comes down to the level of pain or discomfort they are experiencing. Someone with chronic pain or severe anxiety may need a higher dose to alleviate their symptoms, whereas a person with a milder condition may prefer a lower dose with less pronounced effects.
Using the criteria above, first-time CBD consumers should be able to determine a good starting dosage. Next, we’ll look at some typical starting doses for CBD consumers with different weights and desired effect levels.
Calculating the Best Dosage
The table below breaks down starting doses based on body weight and effect level that can be taken up to 4 times daily. These dosages are approximations and highly subjective due to the nature of CBD consumption. Many people consume a much higher dosage at nighttime and lower dosages during the day.
|Weight Group||Recommended Starting Dosage for Mild Effects||Recommended Starting Dosage for Moderate Effects||Recommended Starting Dosage for Strong Effects|
|Light (less than 125 lbs.)||10 to 15 mg||15 to 25 mg||25 to 35 mg|
|Medium (125 to 200 lbs.)||20 to 25 mg||25 to 35 mg||35 to 45 mg|
|Heavy (more than 200 lbs.)||25 to 30 mg||30 to 40 mg||40 to 50 mg|
Stronger Doses May Be Needed
Stronger doses than those listed may be more suitable for certain CBD consumers. These include people with severe pain or other debilitating symptoms, as well as those with a relatively high CBD tolerance. CBD is not toxic and gradually increasing CBD dosage does not carry any known side effects, so ramping up one’s dosage is generally safe – and, in some cases, beneficial to the consumer. Many find that incrementally increasing the dosage is the best way to achieve the desired effects of CBD.
The Right Amount of CBD Depends on the Person
Because there are a wide variety of people who use CBD for a myriad of issues and ailments, it’s impossible to determine one single perfect serving for every person. However, the correct serving for each person will maximize the potential benefits of the cannabinoid product you choose and will help ensure your long-term success with CBD.
Finding the right amount of CBD to take can be tricky, because CBD effectiveness can be impacted by various factors, including the height and weight of a person and what they’re suffering from. Age and metabolism will also play a role in determining your ideal CBD regimen.
Finding the Right CBD Balance for You
If you’re new to CBD oil in Canada, we recommend starting with 25 to 50 mg a day. Then listen to your body. Take note of how the product is affecting you, how long those effects last, and if you’re achieving the degree of relief you’ve been seeking. Before increasing the amount you’re taking, try consuming your CBD at different times during the day since effects may differ when taken in the morning versus the evening. When you find a time that works for you, start taking the CBD consistently at the same time of day every day. No matter where you start, you can increase your serving size with time. If you don’t feel the effects you’re looking for after two weeks, try increasing your intake by 10 to 25 mg to see if a higher concentration works better for you. When in doubt, remember: the true expert in your CBD regimen should be you.