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CBD Oil Dosage
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CBD oil is one of the biggest trends in the field of alternative medicine – and this is because it is incredibly effective. But how does an individual take CBD oil and what’s the correct dosage?
There isn’t one. The optimal dose is determined based on different factors. These include the body type, the CBD tolerance, the level of discomfort the individual is experiencing, and other indirect things including the type of the CBD product itself.
However, this doesn’t mean that it is impossible to determine the optimal dose. It just means that there isn’t a strict rule that works for everyone.
In order to help you find the proper dosage for you, we have a guide that analyzes all of the key considerations regarding CBD oil dosage and intake.
So, if you are new to the whole concept of taking CBD, this guide is for you. We’ll go over everything you need to know before getting started, and it will help you determine your dosage, results and ultimately – how satisfied you’ll be with your CBD product.
How Much CBD
Should I Take?
You are probably wondering how much CBD is enough for your body by now. As we mentioned before, the CBD dosage depends on several factors – some of which are depending on your own body and health, whereas others are just general factors like the type of the product for example.
In many cases, the package of the CBD product will also contain a guide on how to determine your dosage. However, it is also suggested to consult a doctor and have the other factors in mind.
Factors affecting your CBD Dosage Requirements
Below, you’ll find a list of the most important factors you should take into consideration when you are determining your CBD dosage.
Your own genetics impact the amount of CBD you need to intake. This is because some individuals have been found to have mutations in the CNR1 gene. This gene is responsible for coding the CB1 detector – a type of receptor that interacts with cannabinoids.
Reasonably, issues with the CNR1 gene might result in you having an endocannabinoid system that doesn’t function well. So, this is an important variable to consider when you think about using CBD oil products.
Also, if your genetics implicate that your body suffers from chronic stress, you’ll potentially need higher CBD oil compared to people who don’t suffer from that condition.
The different weights a person’s body can have, have an effect on how CBD affects the body, and to what instance it does. Generally, the people who weigh more need higher doses to experience the effects of CBD. People who weigh less for instance, need lower doses of CBD to experience the same effect.
The general rule that is applied regarding the weight is that a person needs 1-6 mg of CBD for every 10lbs of body mass, with the other factors taken into consideration.
However, other factors such as the age of the person and the ones we mentioned on this list play a role too.
Condition You Are Treating
With more than 65 different targets throughout your body, CBD has a long list of beneficial therapeutic properties. Focusing on just one or two or those properties when taking CBD products is a good thing to do as well.
As you’ll learn from the text below, you’ll see that you can use CBD for numerous conditions. The different conditions and their severity may affect the amount of CBD your body requires.
It is also really important to remember to consult your doctor before taking CBD if you have an underlying medical condition, as the CBD might affect your body differently in the cases of some conditions.
CBD Concentration in Your Product
Different CBD products can have different concentrations – i.e. have different amounts of CBD in them. Especially when you consider the various servings they have. For instance, CBD capsules might have 5 mg of CBD per capsule, but others can have 10 mg for instance.
However, it can also happen that CBD oil doesn’t have the exact CBD amount in a drop. Many times the bottle will specify how much CBD is there in an entire bottle. So, the dosage of CBD a person takes will also be calculated based on this.
Method of Intake
CBD products come in different forms – edibles, capsules, topical creams, oils and others. It is important to know that the CBD interacts with our body thanks to the receptors in our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), and the different forms work differently with these receptors.
Often, the most effective way for general treatment are oils, as many of the receptors are found under the tongue. However, depending on the individual needs, the different methods of intake can have a different effect on a person’s body.
CBD Doses for Different Conditions
Previously we mentioned that different conditions for which CBD products are used might have an influence on how much CBD your body needs.
However, CBD products have a significantly large list of effects and benefits for different conditions. This is why, finding the optimal dosage for each of those conditions might be time-consuming.
In the section below, we’ll talk about the different conditions, diseases and discomforts and how CBD products can be helpful there. Also, we’ll go over the ideal dosage for each condition.
Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons why people use CBD products. According to recent research, CBD products can be really effective in terms of pain management, and as such the cannabinoid analgesics have generally been well tolerated in clinical trials with acceptable adverse event profiles.
Daily CBD doses of 2.5-20 mg taken orally with or without THC have proven effective in alleviating the symptoms of chronic pain.
A large number of epileptic patients have proven to have excellent results from being administered with CBD oil products. CBD products have also proven to help in minimizing the convulsive attacks or at least offering partial improvement of the clinical condition.
For epileptic patients, the recommended CBD oil dosage is 200-300 mg, orally.
Loss of appetite
Loss of appetite is common among cancer patients, and a study in the Annals of Oncology journal demonstrated that an effective cannabinoid treatment for appetite stimulation consists of a daily dose of 2.5 mg of THC taken orally with an optional 1 mg of CBD for 6 weeks
Anxiety and other mental health issues are also a popular reason why people tend to opt for CBD products. CBD products work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the body, which if too low, is a possible reason for depression as well.
The ideal dosage for anxiety treatment is about 300-400 mg taken on a daily basis, through oral intake.
CBD products are recognized as anti-inflammatory remedies, which is why many people use them for treating inflammation in their bodies. CBD modulates the function of the immune system. Research indicates that in general, the effects of this modulation seem to be quite positive.
The proper dosage for inflammation treatment depends on the area with discomfort, and often, it is suggested using CBD topicals for transdermal effects.
Cancer patients can benefit a lot from using CBD products, as CBD has the power to boost the immune system and alleviate the different symptoms and discomfort cancer patients are experiencing. Although CBD doesn’t necessarily treat cancer, it does help with the symptoms and the side effects from cancer treatment.
There’s concrete evidence that supports the idea that cannabinoids can reduce tumor growth in animal models of cancer. CBD may also enhance uptake or increase potency. Otherwise, CBD can help cancer patients cope with the side effects of treatment, such as chemotherapy-induced nausea, pain, and sleep issues.
Also, CBD products are still researched and have the potential of being good for preventing cancer altogether.
The CBD dosage for treatment of cancer-related symptoms can vary a lot, often it is .5mg of THC (orally), with or without 1mg of CBD for six weeks, but we suggest consulting a doctor for this one.
Sleep Loss or Insomnia
Often associated with depression and anxiety, insomnia is a troublesome issue for many people. This is why, CBD is used as a really effective treatment for numerous sleep disorders.
The proposed dosage of CBD for these conditions might vary between 40 and 160 mg, taken orally.
The benefits of CBD for treating diabetes-related health conditions vary around the reduced inflammation and improved blood glucose control. Also, research shows that the anti-inflammatory effects that CBD has can be a positive impact on the development of insulin resistance and thus, type 2 diabetes.
The proposed dosage of CBD varies between diabetes patients, however, it is recommended that it is taken as an edible, capsule or oil.
Studies show that the use of cannabis-based medicine to treat RA can be really important for the development of RA treatment. It was concluded that cannabis-based medications can significantly reduce inflammation and improve the pain management of patients. Also, it helps in improving sleep and the other side effects of RA.
The best way to treat RA in patients is through transdermal use, and applying a CBD cream or lotion 3-6 times a day has proven to be effective.
Observational studies reported rapid alleviation of Parkinsonian symptoms. These include bradykinesia and tremors. Many Parkinson’s patients who use CBD products also report improvement in their mood and with sleep issues.
The proposed method of intake for Parkinson’s patients is through capsules or by vaping, and the dosage varies between 50-150 mg on a daily basis.
Migraines usually cause discomfort amongst people because of the crippling head-aches. However, CBD products have proven to be quite successful in alleviating the pain. Specifically, studies show that the use of CBD products can alleviate the pain of a migraine attack by up to 40%.
The proposed dosage for CBD in people who suffer from migraines is around 200mg on a daily basis taken orally, but this can vary on the individual factors.
Schizophrenia may be treated with CBD products, and studies show that such products are a safe way to alleviate the discomforts for conditions as serious as schizophrenia.
A daily dosage for treating schizophrenia can vary between 40-1280 mg taken orally.
Women around the world alleviate the discomforts of menstruation and the period cramps by using CBD products.
The proposed method of intake is through a vaginal suppository, as often as needed.
Studies have shown that CBD products have important benefits in osteoporosis treatments. Specifically, CBD works best by mitigating the onset, progression, and damage caused by bone loss and osteoporosis, and works great thanks to the “entourage effect”
The suggested dosage of CBD is between 10mg and 100mg on a daily basis.
Depression is a common disorder that can have a devastating effect on a person's social life, motivation and overall health. Recent studies have shown that CBD can help with depression. One study from 2014 explains how CBD can be used to treat depression.
They state that CBD has a positive effect when interacting with the serotonin receptors of the brain. Serotonin is also known as the happy hormone and it directly affects a person's happiness and well-being.
The best results were noted when using it orally and regularly. There is no risk of developing an addiction to it. Individuals that suffer from depression should start with a daily dose of 5 to 10mg and increase it until they achieve the desired results.
There is some research on CBD as a treatment for ADHD, and although, and as such, it alleviates the symptoms of ADHD and depression-related conditions. According to recent studies, it has shown to be well-tolerated amongst ADHD patients.
The recommended dosage for ADHD can vary, and it had positive effects when taken up to 10-12 mg daily – by ingestion or vaping.
In the cases of Fibromyalgia, CBD can be really beneficial because it activates the serotonin receptors. By doing this, it plays an important role in the pain perception, helps maintain a proper body temperature and reduces the inflammation in general.
On a daily basis, fibromyalgia patients can take a dose of 10 to 100 mg, orally.
Crohn’s disease is a very unpleasant inflammatory bowel disease. It most commonly affects the small intestine, but it can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. The symptoms include: bloody diarrhea, fever, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain.
Since CBD has anti-inflammatory characteristics in can help relieve some of these symptoms and pain. Recent studies have shown that people who suffer from Crohn’s disease and use CBD as treatment have shown improvement and reduced symptoms.
It is recommended that a daily dose of 10mg to 100mg be used. Furthermore, best results have shown in those patients that applied CBD rectally.
Limited or interrupted blood flow in the brain leads to a stroke. This further leads to deprivation of oxygen and nutrients that further leads to death of brain cells. Using CBD can help in many ways. It prevents the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Whenever they are released the brain undergoes further trauma and damage. Furthermore, the neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory characteristics of CBD help prevent auto-immune attacks of the brain tissue.
The sufficient daily dose for a stroke recovery patient is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg of CBD for every pound of bodyweight, taken once to twice per day.
Best Ways to Take
There are several different ways to take CBD oils, and sometimes the need for each of the ways depends on the type of discomfort or symptoms a person is feeling, or even the convenience of each option.
As you can see from the paragraphs below, you can take CBD oil products by eating/drinking them, putting them under your tongue, as topical creams, by vaping/smoking it, and trans dermally.
In general, there isn’t a way that is absolutely better than the other ones. However, choosing amongst the different options is easier when the condition and personal preferences are taken into consideration.
How to Use CBD Oil?
If you are finding yourself confused before using CBD oil for the first time, you’ll find these few notes quite helpful.
CBD oil can be taken in different ways, and depending on what type of product you have – you use it like that.
Determining the proper dosage can be somewhat time-consuming, but once you find the dose for you, you are good to go. It is always suggested to start with the lowest dose possible and gradually increase it as time passes by. This prevents you from developing “tolerance” to CBD, and it will help you maximize the benefits.
In most cases of using CBD tinctures, you should expect to not feel any sensations, as it takes time for the effects to take place. However, be prepared that the effects of CBD oil can last for 3 or 4 hours.
Taking tinctures sublingually also requires that you hold the serving under your tongue for about 60 seconds. Afterwards, you can swallow it.
In general, the best way to use CBD oil is to follow the instructions on your bottle. Different types and brands of CBD oils have different instructions.
Inhalation: Smoking and Vaping
One of the ways of taking CBD is by smoking or vaping it – commonly known as inhalation. This is the best option for those who need an immediate response. This is because inhalation is the fastest way for delivering CBD in your body and brain.
Using vape is really simple and beginner-friendly. You need to exhale the air from your lungs and inhale through the mouthpiece slowly. You fill the lungs with smoke, hold it for a few seconds (or until you are comfortable) and exhale it.
Vaping is effective instantly, but also for the shortest period of time.
The peak bloodstream levels are within 10 minutes, and the CBD inhalation avoids first-pass metabolism going straight through your system.
Edibles / Capsules
CBD edibles are products that are meant to be eaten. These usually include gummies and capsules. Because of the fact that edibles are ingested orally, they have a longer onset time. Just like with tinctures, the effects can be prolonged.
The usual time for an edible to have effect is roughly within one hour since you've consumed it.
The effect can last between four and five hours and this entirely depends on the strength of the edible. When it comes to dosage calculations, edibles are fairly easy to calculate. The reason is that the dosage can always be found on the ingredients.
Edible gummies usually have a concentration between 5mg up to 100mg. But if you can always break the edible in half in order to lower the dose.
Oral - Sublingual Or Under The Tongue
There are various ways in which you can absorb CBD. One way is directly into your bloodstream through capillary-rich areas, such as along the cheek and gums or underneath the tongue. By using this method CBD avoids the first-pass metabolism and is directly sent into your body.
Absorbing CBD under the tongue is a quicker way than against the cheek. It is also worth pointing out that it is faster than swallowing.
Food is also an important factor here. Researchers have noticed that the amount of CBD absorbed has increased 5 times if the person had eaten recently. The reason behind is the fact that chewing increases the blood flow in your mouth, which in turn increases absorption.
Another factor that helps CBD absorption is to increase surface contact. It is recommended that you keep CBD oil in your mouth for around 90 seconds or more before swallowing. You can further increase absorption by swishing the oil between your teeth and around your mouth.
Other Different Ways to Take CBD Oil
Besides using CBD oil by smoking it, putting it under your tongue or drinking it in a form of a pill, companies tend to develop other effective and innovative ways for CBD intake.
Here, we’ll go over the most important and popular ones:
CBD topicals are products that can be applied directly on the epidermis or on the top of the skin. These include creams and lotions, salves and balms or therapeutic oils. What makes topicals unique is the fact that they never come in touch with the endocannabinoid system of the body.
As a matter of fact the cannabinoids found in topicals come in touch with the cannabinoid receptors of the epidermis. This results in a very soothing feeling in the area that you've applied the topicals.
CBD topicals can be very helpful if you want to relieve joint or muscle pain. In addition to that, CBD topicals can also help with stings, burns or other types of injuries and inflammation.
Most topicals contain moisturizers and antioxidants that have the ability to replenish and restore your damaged skin. When it comes to calculating the dosage, CBD topicals can be a bit tricky.
The concentration range of CBD topicals can be anywhere between 250 mg to 1500 mg. It is best to use a bigger concentration if you have higher pain.
Using transdermal patches is similar to topicals because in this case too, CBD is applied through the skin. The epidermis also absorbs the CBD just like it does with topicals.
However, there is a difference between transdermal patches and topicals. Transdermal patches work in the same way as nicotine patches do – they release CBD oil into your skin. However, the difference between the topicals and these is that with a transdermal patch – the CBD oil is released at a steady rate.
These are really effective in achieving the same results as oral CBD products. However, trials suggest that they don’t work for some conditions like epilepsy, whereas oral CBD products do have an effect for it.
So what is the best way to take CBD Oil?
As we mentioned before – finding the best way to take CBD oil varies, mostly because of the different conditions it can help with.
However, the most effective way to get the most from your CBD product is by ingesting it. This is because of several reasons.
First, ingesting it the easiest way to start with, as CBD capsules resemble regular pills, and there isn’t a special method rather than drinking the pill with water.
Second, finding the perfect serving is really easy with CBD capsules. Unlike CBD oil drops where you have to count the drops you take, CBD capsules have a predetermined amount of CBD in them, so you cannot possibly mistake your dosage.
Alternatively, you can use it as a tincture. This is also a convenient way of using CBD as you place it under your tongue and hold the drop for a minute. This is the most convenient way for those who seek to adjust their dosage every now and then.
How Bioavailability & Way of Intake changes
your CBD Oil Dosage
Bioavailability is a really important concept that has an influence on your CBD oil dosage. In the paragraphs below we’ll discuss how this affects your dosage, and what the effects of the different ways of intakes are.
Bioavailability is the rate at which substances are absorbed in your bloodstream. The bioavailability can vary for different CBD products, and here are the most important rates of bioavailability you should know:
- Oral capsules and gummies – 5%
- Oils and Tinctures – 20%
- Vaporization and inhalation products – 30-40%
These are really important, as they change how the CBD oil is absorbed into your body.
Selecting the optimal CBD product for your personal circumstances
When you are choosing the best CBD product for your needs, there are certain things that you should know.
CBD vape products aren’t the best way of CBD intake for those who are looking for a socially acceptable methods. So, if you are in a meeting, CBD vape is out of the question. The more discreet options are capsules or edibles.
Also, you should know that CBD edibles and capsules are great for knowing exactly what your daily CBD intake is. However, only 5% of the consumed CBD actually enters your bloodstream, so if you are in need for a stronger and more potent CBD product, they probably aren’t the best option.
You have different options to choose from – ingestible in all forms, vaporized products and topical products.
And whichever you choose, we’d suggest choosing organic products coming from reputable brands. This way, you avoid consuming harmful chemicals in your body, and you ensure that you maximize the positive effects of CBD.
CBD tincture usage is very simple and convenient. It is consumed orally through drops. There are ways and methods that can increase the speed of the effect when you use tinctures. Such as holding it in capillary-rich areas like beneath the tongue or along the cheek.
By doing this, the CBD gets into your system quicker. When it comes to dosage approximation it can be a bit tricky, but it is simple math actually.
The only thing you need to figure out is how many milligrams of CBD are in one drop and this will tell you how many drops you need in order to reach your desired dosage.
Does CBD Oil have
any negative Side Effects?
CBD oil can help in many situations and also brings a lot of health benefits. But despite all of the positive sides of using CBD oil, there are a few side effects that need to be noted and addressed. Please keep in mind that the side-effects can vary from one person to the other.
Some of the side effects include: Anxiety, changes in appetite, changes in mood, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea and vomiting. Another important thing worth mentioning is that it is recommended that you avoid using CBD oil during breastfeeding or pregnancy.
Can you take
too much CBD?
This is a very common question for those people who don't have much knowledge when it comes to CBD. CBD is non-toxic. The chemicals produce very little side effects and if they occur, they are usually non-threatening.
According to recent studies by the National Cancer Institute they stated that overdosing on CBD is impossible. The same can be stated for marijuana and THC.
The explanation behind this is that because cannabinoid receptors are not located in the brainstem areas that control respiration, unlike opioid receptors, it is not possible for lethal overdoses from cannabinoids and cannabis to occur.
It is also worth mentioning that the report also stated that cannabinoids are also far less addictive than other drugs, which also include prescription medications.