How Much CBD Should I Take?
CBD oil has emerged as one of the most promising supplement for curing a host of anomalies in our daily lives. Unfortunately, the industry being very young, there is a lot of confusion and lack of accurate information floating around. There are thousands of experts who have written on CBD oil and its goodness, but not many have commented upon its dosage. This is an attempt to make it simpler for you to arrive at the right dosage and the process to be followed to be get the best out of your efforts.
Let us start with the bad news first!
- There is no standard dose in CBD
- CBD oil being a natural product, it comes in different potency making standardization difficult.
- Unlike conventional medicine, there is no standard prescribed dose volume that you can take to cure a particular problem.
Now that we have given you the bad news first, it is time for some good news.
You can arrive at the exact CBD oil volume to be taken with the help of the following information:
- What is the concentration/ potency of CBD oil?
- How much do you weigh?
- How does your body react to the dose?
- How serious is the condition being treated?
Concentration / Potency of the CBD oil:
Let’s say, you have a tincture bottle with you which holds 50 ml of tincture in it. The label on the bottle says that there is 1500 mg of CBD in it. In most cases, every tincture bottle comes with a dropper. Generally, one drop from this dropper measures an average 1 ml. This means the bottle will normally have 50 such drops (1 drop = 1 ml, 50 drops = 50 ml). Now since CBD oil is homogenously mixed with the alcohol of the tincture, every drop has 30 mg of CBD oil in it (1500 mg/ 50 drops = 30 mg/drop)
The quantity of CBD in every drop may vary depending upon the volume of the bottle and the total quantity of CBD oil present in it. So, apply some simple maths and you can arrive at the volume of CBD oil per drop in a jiffy.
Your body weight:
The quantum of CBD oil required is directly proportional to your weight. Unfortunately, the scientific community is yet to arrive at the exact quantity required. However, there exists a rule of thumb which people generally use. It says that an individual needs approximately between 1 to 6 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. Also, depending upon the pain levels, this number may be higher. The following table will give you a better idea.
Remember, this is just an indicative table and not a prescribed dose chart. Every individual needs to arrive at his/ her own dosage after multiple trials.
Your body’s reaction
CBD oils have been found to be effective in managing the following:
- Managing insomnia and related sleep disorders
- Stress and Anxiety
- Chronic pain
- Cancer related symptoms
- Skin care
- Heart care
- Brain and other neurological symptoms
This is not comprehensive since a lot of research is yet to happen in this field. While people find CBD oil to be very effective in managing these conditions, some may experience some discomfort in the initial period.
CBD oils have a very bitter taste and a very strong nutty smell. While there is no evidence of any permanent or life-threatening side effects, some people complain of diarrhoea, abrupt change in body weight or fatigue in short runs. However, these are generally short-lived and the body soon returns to normal. As of now, there is no known long-term side-effect of CBD oil.
Normally, you should begin with the smallest possible dose, say one drop. Continue to use one drop a day for a week or so and see how you feel. Increase the dose or frequency only when you start getting comfortable with this minimum quantity.
Severity of the condition
The severity of the condition has a direct impact on the quantity of CBD oil used in every dose. As a first step, you should always consult your doctor before you take the first dose. In case you have a medical condition and are already on some medication for it, then it is important that you speak with your doctor without fail. However, if your doctor is unable to advise you, then we suggest that you start with the lowest possible dose. After a weeklong usage, you will know the way your body reacts and will also know whether you need to increase the dose further. After a week, increase the dose marginally by say 5 mg and study the result once more. Again after a weeklong trial, increase the dose by another 5 mg. You will arrive at the exact quantity after multiple “trial & error” experiments. But we can safely say that you will require larger doses, if your medical condition is severe.
Fortunately, there are no known long-term side-effects to CBD. However, you may you may experience some non-life threatening side effects in the initial period but they too are short-lived.
CBD oil is one supplement where research has still not happened to the extent required. While everybody seems to acknowledge the benefits, research is still inadequate. Hence, the only option left for you is to start with the minimum possible dose and increase it in steps till such a point that you are comfortable.
So, if you are planning to start CBD oil supplements in your pursuit of a healthy life, then we recommend that you start small. Remember, experience is your best teacher. It is only your experience that will guide you to reach that golden quantity where you will experience bliss!