The Perfect Dose Doesn’t Exist… How to master your CBD dosage throughout the day to maximize your benefits. Cannabidiol oil, or CBD, has become incredibly popular in the last few years thanks to its wide-reaching therapeutic effects on its users’ sense of mental and physical wellbeing. Whether you’re one of the mi Looking for a CBD Oil Dosage guide? Look no further, Cannainsider has put together this quick reference chart for cannabidiol consumption.
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How to master your CBD dosage throughout the day to maximize your benefits. Cannabidiol oil, or CBD, has become incredibly popular in the last few years thanks to its wide-reaching therapeutic effects on its users’ sense of mental and physical wellbeing. Whether you’re one of the millions of people experienced with using natural CBD supplements, or you’re curious about getting started, pinpointing the ideal formulation, quantity and schedule for taking your CBD is one of the keys to maximizing the benefits. CBD comes in a lot of different forms, strengths and targeted uses, and every person’s body will react somewhat differently to the substances one consumes. But don’t fret! Figuring out the perfect regimen of CBD for your own specific goals and needs is easier than you might think. Let’s take a closer look.
What is microdosing?
The concept of microdosing may be familiar to some readers. It means taking very small amounts of a drug or supplement in order to test or benefit from its effects, while also avoiding harmful or unpleasant side-effects. Sounds good, right? Similarly, in medicine, titration means finding the dose of a drug that offers the maximum benefit with minimum adverse effects. Well, lucky for us, CBD has extremely limited and mild known side-effects and has been found to be non-toxic in humans in doses up to 1,500mg/day. But the concept of titration, and more specifically self-titration, is still helpful in guiding CBD users. Start with a microdose — how little can you take to feel any positive effect at all? Does increasing the dose from there cause improved results? And beyond what point do you no longer notice improvements? If you can answer these questions, you’re well on our way to optimizing how you use CBD in your daily self-care regimen.
Delivery Methods (not overnight shipping, but we offer that, too):
Before any attempt to establish your ideal personal daily dose of CBD, it is crucial to understand the difference in concentrations and bioavailability between the common delivery methods that are out there. We’re talking topical, sublingual and oral. When it comes to precise control, the clear choice is sublingual delivery in the form of a tincture. First, the dropper allows you to administer a specific quantity of CBD. Some quick math (or reading the label) will help you figure out the strength per serving. For example, a 1,500mg strength tincture in a 30mL bottle will have roughly 30 1mL servings of 50mg each. Fractional markings on your dropper or counting individual drops allows for even greater precision. Tinctures tend to have good bioavailability (the percentage of a substance that enters circulation when it is introduced to the body so as to have an active effect) of around 13% – 19%. For consistency and effectiveness, remember to use your tincture correctly by holding the oil under your tongue for at least 30 – 60 seconds before swallowing. This delivery method should produce effects within about 30-45 minutes or so, with effects lasting from 4 – 6 hours. Oral (capsules or gummies) delivery of CBD has lower bioavailability than a tincture (around 10% – 20%), but offers other benefits like ease-of-use and potentially longer-lasting effects. When you consume CBD orally, it has to pass through your digestive system before taking effect, which can take one to two hours. Though lowered bioavailability may mean less CBD ultimately gets to your bloodstream, the effects may last longer (roughly 4 – 8 hours), making this a great delivery method for formulations targeted at aiding sleep, for example. Unlike sublingual and oral products that enter the bloodstream through your mouth or stomach, topical CBD like lotions and creams act primarily on the endocannabinoid receptors found in the body’s peripheral nervous system. The result is that they can provide targeted, specific feelings of relief for the user’s body. Researchers believe that with topical CBD, bioavailability is very low. Which is to say that if you find CBD creams and lotions effective, you should feel confident using it as often as needed.
Is Less More? Maybe yes, maybe no.
Which brings us to the final piece of the puzzle: you. Yeah, you! If you’ve read this far, you must have some goals — the things you want to accomplish by incorporating CBD into your self-care routine. Be clear about these goals first — what kind of psychological state do you want to promote (or prevent)? What type of physical challenges do you need to overcome in your day-to-day? How do you want to feel when you go to sleep at night, or wake up in the morning? There are various CBD supplements and formulations targeted at these fundamental wellness goals — choose what’s best for you. Next, plan how best to distribute your supplements throughout your day and week. Do you need a boost in the morning? Sustained focus through the afternoon doldrums? Help getting to sleep? Make a schedule and stick to it. Daily consistency is believed to contribute greatly to CBD’s effectiveness. Finally, using what you learned today, dial in your specific dose. Start small and find that key amount where you say, “ahh, there it is!” Continue to build from there while asking yourself if the benefits increase as well. If the benefits plateau or fall off, then step it back a notch. It might take a little patience and experimentation to find the perfect, individualized regimen, but the reward will be well worth the effort.
Don’t take my word for it — let’s hear from the pros:
Most people seeking to maximize their benefit from CBD use various products and delivery methods throughout their day to establish a “loading dose” of CBD early on in the day–and then maintain it by grazing with different consumption methods throughout the day. This strategy has the benefit of keeping levels of CBD relatively high throughout the day, so benefits can be experienced over a 24-hour period. For example, some athletes may take a sublingual tincture to start the day, and then top up with gummies or caps mid-morning or around lunch time. Of course, we are all mindful of our immune system these days, so Immune Drops + CBD are a helpful addition to the daily CBD stack to enhance immune response with natural support compounds. To wind down or recover from a busy or active lifestyle, many athletes like to treat themselves to a soothing topical cream combined with sleep-oriented products like our CBD + Melatonin capsules for sound rest.
CBD Oil Dosage
CBD is exploding in popularity and there is a constant stream of new products hitting the market. Whether you’re new to CBD or have been trying products for a while, it’s mostly a trial and error game to understand what the right dosage is for you.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at how to understand dosage for CBD oil and some critical factors you must consider when approaching the dosage process, but more on that in a minute.
How CBD Works
CBD provides many benefits to different areas of the body. We bet you would agree that it’s such a diverse and unique compound that has a multitude of applications, so it’s hard to compare it to anything currently on the market. It stands in it’s own category.
Let’s break down how CBD works.
The reason CBD can be so effective for treating so many conditions is because of the body’s endocannabinoid system. The body has natural receptors found in the brain, lungs, liver, and kidney, among other places. It’s responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in the body. If a functional aspect of the body is off (conditions like chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, etc) CBD may treat it by binding to these natural receptors and working its chemical magic.
Warning : this calculator is for informational purposes only. Talk with your Doctor before taking CBD. Individual results vary, and in fact it is already known that individuals have wildly different results with CBD.
So, you may guess where we’re going with this..
You want to first understand why you’re taking CBD products. Are you experiencing pain in your foot? Do you have trouble sleeping? Are both of these problems? When you understand your why, you can approach your treatment from a more informed place. Knowing your why also gives you a way to measure if the dosage is working for you. Does your foot feel better? Are you sleeping more deeply? With a wellness product like CBD, you will be learning what dose is best for you through experience, so understanding how to measure progress is important.
Choose A Method
There are many different ways to take CBD. You can purchase tinctures, edibles, gummies, salves, drinkables, suppositories, face masks, lotions and so on. It seems as if the industry is infusing CBD into everything! But in reality, there are only two different ways CBD (or anything) gets into the body. It’s either ingested orally or absorbed through the skin. Consider your lifestyle preferences and your why when deciding which method you prefer.
When it comes to dosing, it’s natural to want to compare it to THC — the cannabinoid that gets you high. However, CBD is different and CBD dosing and THC dosing are completely separate considerations when it comes to potency and efficacy.
Dosing For Yourself
CBD oil is still new to the scientific community, so the data about dosing is nascent. Many CBD companies will dose their products at 10 mg per dose. This may look like one gummy or one full tincture dropper. The basic wisdom is to start with a small dose, 2-10mg of CBD, and increase from there. It’s also a good idea to keep a journal and write down what you notice with each dose. How long you wait before deciding to increase is up to you.
You need to consider several factors when approaching CBD dosage:
- The severity of your condition
- Past experience with CBD
We examined information regarding CBD dosing guideslines and here’s what we reccomend as a starting point. The general rule of thumb is to start low and work your way up to a higher dose.
Bioavailability is the degree to which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream. Just because you take a 10 mg CBD product doesn’t mean all 10 mg reaches your bloodstream. Tinctures are so popular because they are placed directly under the tongue for at least 30 seconds and then swallowed. The area under the tongue is thin and is one of the best places for CBD to enter the body. The bioavailability of a tincture will vary from a salve, a capsule, a suppository, and so forth. Keep this in mind when considering dosing.
So what are some of the critical factors you must consider when dosing CBD?
Overdosing & Drug Interactions
CBD is a non-toxic substance which means that no fatal doses have ever been reported. A 2011 study also states that levels of 1,500 mg of CBD are tolerated well in humans. You can experiment safely with CBD without the fear of overdosing.
Research shows that CBD may inhibit the cytochrome P-450 system. Why is this important? This system is found within the liver and is responsible for metabolizing potentially toxic substances. Doctors consider the amount of time it takes drugs to be processed through this system when determining dosage levels for pharmaceutical drugs. If you are considering adding CBD to your regimen and are currently taking other prescription drugs, make sure to consult with your doctor.
Asking Your Doctor (Or Vet)
Unfortunately, because the science is so early, most doctors are not trained to understand CBD or the endocannabinoid system. Animals like cats and dogs also have endocannabinoid systems which is why many products are marketed towards pet owners. This is why it’s not talked about widely in medical or veterinary circles, but that is shifting as pharmaceutical companies are researching, testing, and introducing CBD products to the market.
As a general rule of thumb, when in doubt, always consult your doctor or veterinarian to make sure you are doing what is best for your body (or pet) and its unique conditions.
If you are using CBD to treat a specific condition, you may want to search for patient groups on social media and talk with others who have used CBD for your condition. Finding others who are similar in weight, lifestyle, and gender may help you get a better understanding for what dosage or method might work best for you.
It’s also important to understand that not all medical professionals agree on CBD dosaging, for example Dr. Jordan Tishler says, “CBD requires very high doses, typically 800-1200mg per day (10-20mg/kg). While this is easy to understand, it translates to $50-100 per day, which is more expensive than most can afford. Studies show over and over that below these doses CBD is not effective and that people claiming benefits at lower doses are simply getting placebo.”
The Bottom Line
CBD has proved to be hugely beneficial for different types of people with different conditions. When seeking the best dose for you, make sure you consider your size, lifestyle, and current medications.
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