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CBD Dosing

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

Modified Date: May 30, 2020
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One of the main questions we are asked is “how much CBD should I take for my health condition?” While this may sound like a simple question, we should be able to answer without too much trouble, this is not a one-size-fits-all system, as everyone is different. In this article, we provide some general suggestions for determining how much CBD to take based on a number of factors.

First Thing First - Calculate The Amount Of CBD Per Serving

Those who use CBD Tinctures can consider 1 serving = 1 full dropper (1 full squeeze). The total amount of CBD per serving is equal to the total amount of CBD milligram in a bottle / size of a CBD bottle in milliliters. For example: 1500 mg of CBD in a 30 mL bottle, with 1 mL as the standard serving size, means each 1 mL serving will contain approximately 50 mg of CBD. Below is a friendly calculator you can use:

Calculating The Best Dosage For You

As with many other supplements, weight is often a determinant in dosing. This theory dictates that the more you weigh, the higher your dosage should be. In addition, the level of pain or discomfort people are experiencing can determine the right dosage. Someone with chronic pain or severe anxiety may need a higher dose, whereas a person with a mild condition may prefer a lower dose.

The table below breaks down starting doses based on body weight and effect level for humans:

WeightDosing for Mild Effects
Dosing for Strong Effects
0-85 lbs.10mg15mg
86-100 lbs.12mg20mg
101-150 lbs.15mg25mg
151-200 lbs.20mg30mg
200+ lbs.25mg40mg

The table below breaks down starting doses based on body weight and effect level for pets (dogs and cats):

WeightDosing for Mild Effects
Dosing for Strong Effects
0-25 lbs.0.5mg1.25mg
26-50 lbs.1.25mg2.5mg
51-75 lbs.2.5mg3.75mg
75+ lbs.3.75mg5mg

Experiment with dosage using an up-titration method

Remember that determining the right dosage for CBD follows a trial by error process. Uptitration is a method where you begin with the smallest baseline dose of a compound and increase it incrementally over time to discover the point at which it is most useful for treating a symptom or condition. Uptitrating with CBD can be done in five easy steps:

Determine an initial baseline dosage as instructed on your product of choice. Take this dose for seven days, paying attention to any changes in your symptoms. For example, if the recommended dose is one dropper full, take just that for an entire week. A week will allow time for the CBD to build in your system.

If you do not experience results after seven days, increase the dose by adding half of your original baseline dose. In this case, you would raise it to 1 ½ droppers full.

For the next three to four days, take your increased amount of CBD, carefully noting any changes in your symptoms again.

Repeat. If you still haven’t found relief after the fourth day of taking the new dose of CBD, continue to increase the dose by half a dropper full until you obtain the desired results. This may take a bit of time so be patient and stick with it.

Refine. Once you are at a dose that works for you, stay there. If you experience any adverse effects, reverse the process by lowering the amount of CBD in small increments until you have found just the right amount that works for you. You may want to divide a bigger serving size and break it into small doses several times a day.

Up-titration will lead you to the best dosage which is not only perfect for your body weight but also takes into account your body chemistry, level of pain and discomfort,  and the condition you are trying to treat.

Consult your physician

Your physician is in an excellent position to help you if you are confused. They will have detailed information on your health history and can serve as a partner in your wellness. It is likely that your doctor is already recommending CBD to his or her patients or has CBD users on his list of patients. 

During the consultation, be as open as possible and provide them with all necessary information about other medications you are taking.

Legal Issues Surrounding CBD Dosing Recommendations

Although the issue of legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis has been a major topic of debate in the United States and other parts of the world, the development of any sort of universal standards has been slow in coming. In December, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into law. Among dozens of other provisions, it legalized the cultivation and sale of hemp at the federal level. This legalization has led to intensified efforts to determine the various medicinal uses of CBD and how to standardize labeling and dosage suggestions.

While this is excellent news, it has some disadvantages. Primarily, some CBD businesses are being called out for making specific health claims about CBD. We are hearing more about FDA inspectors removing edibles from store shelves and sending warning letters to companies who are not in compliance. The main problem is that there is no clarity whatsoever in determining why these actions are being taken, who they will affect,  and how they may be remedied. 

This past year, the FDA approved Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures. This is the first drug containing cannabidiol ever to enter the pharmaceutical market. Because it has been approved and classified as a drug, The FDA appears to be leaning toward regulating CBD as a drug as well, which will require not only a complete overhaul of its definition but a set of standards for the CBD industry to adhere to.  Unfortunately, we don’t have that yet, and many retailers of CBD are in the dark about what information can and cannot be shared. This should explain why our dosage instructions are vague.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there is no “right way” to calculate a proper dose for CBD, and it may take some time, research, and patience. However, if you can be persistent, the results are worth the wait.  CBD works for many people and has a high safety profile with very few risks or adverse effects. It is up to you to choose the best dosage for your needs.

 

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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