CBD Oil Dosage, What’s the Right Dose For Me?
Canadians can find plenty of information about CBD’s health benefits, but less so when it comes to proper CBD oil dosage. That’s simply because research on CBD began so recently that more research is needed to find out what optimal doses are. Your CBD dose could be different depending on what you’re treating. The same dose that treats chronic pain may not be effective for insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy or the myriad of other conditions we’re discovering CBD can help you with. Doses will also vary according to your weight and your natural tolerance to CBD.
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Will a different CBD oil dosage result in different effects?
Yes! Part of the reason different ailments are affected differently by CBD is because CBD can bind to many different kinds of receptors in the body—over 65 in fact! At low doses, CBD binds with the receptors it has the highest affinity for. At higher doses those receptors get saturated and the excess CBD moves on to interact with other receptor systems, causing different effects.
Two important things to remember when using CBD is that CBD’s bioavailability changes depending on how you consume it, and that CBD is biphasic.
Bioavailability refers to the amount of CBD you actually absorb and it changes quite dramatically depending on how you’ve consumed it. If you consume it in pill or edible form, you should know that the liver is very effective at removing CBD compounds before they reach the bloodstream. If you’re getting CBD by smoking flower or vaping, your lungs also filter some of it out, although quite a bit less than your liver would.
The surest way to get the maximum potency is to use CBD oil in Canada, also known as CBD tincture, and to use a dropper to administer drops under your tongue (which is probably why flavoured CBD tinctures are always best sellers). Remember not to swallow the oil right away. Make sure to leave the tincture under your tongue 30-90 seconds. The blood vessels under your tongue are close to your brain and the surest way to get the most bang for your buck.
CBD is biphasic. That means that at some dosages, CBD provides certain effects while at higher dosages CBD will have different effects.
Confused? Just think of alcohol as an example. Alcohol is biphasic too. Below a certain level of blood alcohol content (BAC), alcohol is a stimulant that makes you feel energized, confident and sociable. But when your BAC gets too high, alcohol becomes a depressant that reduces cognition, coordination and can negatively affect mood.
Although CBD is biphasic, it doesn’t work the same way as alchohol does. It’s not a stimulant at one dosage level and a depressant at another. Just remember that changes in CBD oil dosage will change the effects you experience.
For newcomers to CBD, it’s recommended that you start with a low dose and gradually increase it until you find your cbd oil dosage “sweet spot” where effects are most beneficial. It helps a lot if you keep track of your daily dosage and the effects you experience by keeping a daily journal. That way, after a month you can go back and see what dose seemed to work best for you. Just be aware that doubling your dose doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll double the effectiveness. A larger dose might actually become less effective, that’s why increasing your doses gradually is the better way to go, there’s less chance you’ll miss finding your “sweet spot.”
How do I calculate my cbd oil dosage?
When you buy a bottle of CBD it might not be obvious how much you are supposed to take. It really depends on your body weight and the severity of the condition you’re trying to treat.
The chart below is a good starting point for figuring out your first dose according to your body weight. When using CBD for the first time, start with a lower dose and increase it gradually until you find that sweet spot where you’re getting the optimal effects.
As each bottle of CBD oil is a bit different—maybe different volume or a different potency—you’ll need the formula below to calculate your dose. Have you got your calculator ready?
First, read the label on your CBD oil bottle to find the potency per 1ml dropper. It should look something like:
For a bottle with 250mg CBD: “1 full dropper is 1ml with 8.3 mg of CBD”
Now check the dosage chart above and divide it by 8.3 (or whatever your bottle yields per full dropper) and then you’ll know how many droppers you’ll need
Your dosage on the chart (let’s say 18 mg) divided by 8.3 mg = 2.2 droppers. This is about 2 and a quarter droppers – easy enough to measure out using the indicators on the dropper itself (generally 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1ml)
Just round up or down, whatever’s closest. A quarter dropper won’t likely have a drastic impact on your experience. However, doubling or halving your dose will–and we don’t recommend it!
Find the potency of your CBD oil on the bottle label.
Check how much CBD in milligrams (mg) a full dropper contains.
Look up your suggested starting dosage for your weight and condition in the chart above.
Do some simple math.
Should I use CBD differently depending on what I am treating?
Some of the popular ways people are taking CBD in Canada include vaping, smoking flower, CDB edibles, CBD pills and capsules, topical CBD balms and lotions, CBD drinks and CBD tinctures. People use these different products for different reasons. For example:
First, think about the intended target of your CBD dose. If you’re targeting your brain or immune system CBD needs to travel through your bloodstream to reach its target. That means your best bet is to use a CBD oil, vaporizers or some sort of oral product.
If you’re targeting muscle, joints, skin or a mucous membrane (EG. vagina), you’ll want to try a topical or suppository. These allow you to deliver the highest concentration of CBD directly on the target area. It’s also quite common for people to combine products for best results. For example, you can use both a CBD topical and sublingual CBD oil to treat arthritis.
CBD dosage according to weight
This is another way to calculate your initial dose. The formula is 0.1mg per pound of body weight. If you weigh 100 pounds, start with 10 mg a day. If you weigh 200, start with 20 mg a day. After the initial dose, begin gradually increasing dosage as mentioned above until you reach your “sweet spot.”
What are the guidelines for other conditions?
The following are rough guidelines only and don’t represent medical advise or a prescription. These are completely safe dosages, but have been arrived at through inference, discussion and anecdotal evidence, not clinical study.
- Chronic pain: Take from 2 to 20 mg a day.
- Anxiety: Take from 10 to 20 mg a day.
- Epilepsy: Take from 200 to 300 mg a day.
- Glaucoma: Take from 30 to 40 mg a day.
- Insomnia: Take from 50 to 150 mg a day.
- Depression: Take from 2 to 10 mg a day.
What’s the best kind of CBD for me?
That really depends on what you are using it for. If you want to ensure you are getting CBD only, it’s recommended that you buy a CBD isolate which will be 99.9% CBD. When CBD isolate is extracted, all THC, terpenes, waxes, oils, chlorophyll, cannabinoids and more are removed.
However, broad-spectrum CBD may be more beneficial because the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids in hemp create what’s called the “entourage effect.” Essentially, the entourage effect is what happens when different compounds work together to create better, or additional effects. If you want the entourage effect but not THC—the compound that gets you “high,” then broad spectrum CBD might be best for you.
Still, broad-spectrum CBD is not the same as full spectrum CBD. Full spectrum CBD has hemp’s terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids, but also includes THC. This might be the type of CBD you want if you want to experience better sleep. THC can help induce sleep while CBD improves sleep quality and recovery.
Is it possible to overdose on CBD?
There are no instances of people overdosing on CBD. CBD is safe and humans tolerate large doses well. It’s possible to feel a few side effects if you take way, way too much including diarrhea, appetite changes, and fatigue. However, people have been prescribed 1500 mg of CBD per day—the entire contents of a typical bottle—without any side effects. We don’t recommend taking an entire bottle of CBD at once of course! Typically, a bottle should last you 2-4 weeks.
One thing that is important to note is that CBD can interact with other medications. If you are on any prescription medications, you should talk to your doctor about taking CBD to make sure you don’t experience any unwanted drug interactions.
So there you have it. Now you are equipped and ready to begin improving your mental, physical and emotional health. Just use the guidelines for cbd oil dosage above, experiment a little and find your “sweet spot.” Soon, you’ll be enjoying the enhanced quality of life CBD is already bringing to millions around the globe.
CBD Oil Direct recommendations:
For fast acting relief from anxiety
Full Spectrum CBD Vape Pen – 0.5g
Why choose to vape? CBD is more bio-available when inhaled through the lungs, and that means more gets to your endocannabinoid system, particularly the receptors in your brain. When you vape, you feel the effects much more quickly than with edibles. The Delush Vape Pen uses a unique ceramic-coil to heat the oil, no carcinogenic metals here! A Full Spectrum hemp-derived CBD, this formula includes organic terpenes blended into premium organic MCT Oil. Delush pens are set to heat at a low, consistent temperature (below 200°F) avoiding the production of harmful carcinogens.
For Post-Workout Muscle Aches
The Good Budder Pain Relief Balm, 500mg CBD
Topical CBD products are useful for treating a host of problems including inflammation, arthritis, muscular aches, and pains, sprains, tendonitis, nerve damage, rheumatism and minor burns. Just apply the creams, salve or balm directly onto the sore areas of your body, where the CBD can react with localized receptors.
Made with all-natural organic ingredients, The Good Budder Pain Relief is great for muscular aches and pains from sports, intense physical training, chronic inflammation and everyday stress. It’s even better incorporated into a therapeutic massage! With a high CBD dose for a topical product, The Good Budder packs a bigger therapeutic punch while supporting your health and wellness.
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For gradual CBD absorption over time
Sour CBD Gummies, 300mg pack – 20mg CBD per gummy
A staff favorite, one of the best CBD products in the edible category as far as we’re concerned. CBD gummies are one of the most discreet ways to consume CBD when you’re out and about. These delicious sour gummies (also available in “Sweet” and vegan “Wine O’clock flavours) slow-release CBD so you feel effects in a gradual way over a longer period of time. Superb quality, organic CBD from Canada’s West coast ensures you’re getting nothing but the best. Just take 1 gummy in the morning and 1 gummy in the evening for increased wakefulness and sleep quality. Relieves anxiety and neuropathic pain too!
For pain relief and inflammation
For effective relief with the “entourage effect.” Honest Botanicals Full Spectrum CBD Oil is some of the highest quality CBD produced on Canada’s West Coast. This full spectrum oil offers the full complement of cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes naturally present in the hemp plant and is made organically without the use of any solvents. A reliable CBD oil for pain.
Medical disclaimer: This information does not constitute medical advice and it should not be relied upon as such. Consult with your doctor before modifying your regular medical regime.