CBD (Cannabidiol) is everywhere – it’s in the media, on your Facebook feed; your best friend is probably even taking it, but if you’re new to CBD getting started with the right dosage can be a bit difficult. If this is your first time consuming CBD, how much should you be taking for the optimal effect?
There are a number of factors that make getting the dosage right a challenge:
1 – Your doctor won’t necessarily be able to help as they won’t have received training on CBD in medical school and may not be familiar with its usage. Where some doctors may have read up on the research behind CBD, they may still not be able to provide a definitive dosage plan because it varies from person to person.
2 – Government agencies that regulate products such as CBD (the MHRA in the UK) do not allow CBD sellers to make detailed dosage recommendations.
3 – CBD research is still in its infancy, and there is still a lot of work to be done before there is definitive evidence on what dosage is right.
4 – Different CBD oils have different concentrations, so dosage will vary significantly between a CBD oil that has a concentration of 6% and one that has over 40%.
5 – Every person’s body is different and will process the CBD differently, and everyone has different health and wellness goals.
With all these factors in mind, it’s not surprising that many people struggle with finding the right CBD dosage after buying their product. So, how much CBD should you take?
New to CBD? Here’s How to Get Started
The key to starting with CBD successfully is to start off low. Begin with the lowest possible dosage, and gradually increase the amount until you feel that it is having the desired effect. Don’t forget that CBD oil will take a while to have an effect, so wait a while before increasing the dosage.
In most cases, doses should start somewhere between 1 mg and 10 g. If you don’t feel the effects of the CBD, then try a higher dose. Using this method of trial and error will help you to find the lowest possible dosage that allows you to meet your health and wellness objectives.
Keep CBD Product Recommendations and Guidelines in Mind
Read the information that is provided with your CBD product. There may be information on the product label, or there may be a separate leaflet that is included with your purchase. There will usually be an indication of the recommended serving size, as well as how to ingest the product, the amount to take, and how frequently to take it. Keep in mind that this is just a general guide but, especially if you’re using CBD for the first time, it can help give you an idea of what dosage to start with.
Factors That Influence Your Ideal CBD Dosage
The amount of CBD that you take will depend on the form of CBD, what type of CBD it is, and how concentrated it is.
The Form of CBD That You’re Taking
The form of CBD that you take will impact the dosage you will need because the different forms have varying levels of bioavailability. Bioavailability is the measure of the amount of a substance that is absorbed into the bloodstream and is, therefore, able to provide an effect.
CBD oil is the most popular way to consume CBD, and it is has good bioavailability. This applies to when the CBD oil is taken sublingually (ie under the tongue) and is absorbed by the capillaries into the bloodstream. The effects of the CBD can also be felt quite quickly, making it easier to get an idea of the right dosage level.
The way that you use the CBD oil will impact the dosage you need. In some cases, people will choose to mix the CBD oil into a drink or food, or even add it to a gel capsule. This usually happens when the user struggles with the taste of the CBD oil. But the problem with these methods of ingestion is that the level of bioavailability is dramatically reduced as the CBD passes through your digestion system and the liver before entering the bloodstream.
It will also take longer to feel the effects, which also makes it more difficult to judge the right dosage to use. It’s estimated that cannabinoid capsules and edibles only offer a bioavailability of between 6% and 15% which will mean you will need to take a lot more to have the same effect as if you take CBD oil orally.
The Impact of Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum CBD
In general, CBD oil will tend to be full-spectrum, although there are some exceptions. But it’s important to mention this distinction because full-spectrum CBD contains a range of other cannabinoids in addition to CBD as well as terpenes and flavonoids. In comparison, isolate contains only CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD is considered to be more effective than isolate due to the entourage effect that it offers where the synergy between the individual ingredients increases the overall efficacy of the product. It is therefore likely that you will need higher levels of CBD isolate to have the same effect as a full-spectrum CBD oil.
The Concentration of the CBD
Even if you’ve decided to use full-spectrum CBD oil, the concentration of the product will have a big impact on the amount that you take. As concentrations vary, one drop of CBD from a CBD oil with a 6% concentration will have a lot less CBD than one drop from a product that has a concentration of 40%. Here you’ll need to do a bit more homework to determine the amount of CBD that is present in each drop of the oil, and from there determine the ideal dosage.
Most Common CBD Doses
There are many factors that have an impact on the ideal dose of CBD, and it varies from person to person. But the most common dosage is between 15 and 50 mg of CBD, 1 to 3 times a day, most often in the form of CBD oil consumed sublingually.
And, with this in mind, it makes sense that CBD products tend to recommend a dosage of around 10 to 25 mg, usually in the morning and evening.
Choosing the Right CBD Dose for Your Needs
If you’re new to CBD, the ideal dose is something that you’ll have to work out for yourself, but it’s worth looking at the dosage recommended on the packaging of your CBD product, and starting from a low dose.
From there you can experiment, increasing the dosage until you feel the desired effect which will mean paying close attention to how you feel, and remaining patient as it can take some time to feel the full effect.