What’s the right CBD dosage for you is a question that really doesn’t have a straight answer, but as you’ll see there are general guidelines.
The use of CBD products has grown exponentially over the last few years with more and more people taking CBD in all kinds of ways, in the hope it will combat everything from mental health symptoms to even epilepsy.
Whilst the wider medical establishment is still reluctant to embrace the power of CBD, slowly but surely the tsunami of anecdotal evidence is leading to a real sea change in opinion.
For instance, on the back of the study of CBD to treat some forms of epilepsy, there is a CBD based prescription drug now available.
CBD is legal to sell and use here in the UK…though saying that, CBD Flower and Concentrates are in a somewhat grey area….so we’ll ignore those for the moment 🙂
The Right CBD Dosage – What Is CBD?
CBD, or to give it its full name – Cannabidiol – is derived from the cannabis plant.
However in this case the active ingredient that gets users ‘high‘ is removed – and that’s the Tetrahydrocannabinol – better known as THC.
That means you cannot get high using CBD – no matter how much you take…more on that a little later.
Obviously not all of the THC can be removed no mater what process is used.
To be legal for sale here in the UK, CBD MUST contain less than 0.2% of THC. That level varies across the world, in the USA for instance the legal amount of THC left within CBD classed as ‘legal‘ has to be below 0.3%.
As we’ve seen above, CBD comes in very many forms, however the most commonly used are pills or capsules, creams, drops and vaping. Using CBD in a vape pen is said to be the quickest way to get CBD into your system.
As a regular CBD vaper, I can attest to that…at times of high level stress for instance, a few puffs on my CBD vape pen really does seem to help lower my levels…that’s anecdotal BTW, I’m not allowed to say if and how CBD helps me…
Add to that I carry a couple of CBD vape pens and a bottle of tincture in my rucksack when hiking – I use them when my tired old knees start aching and swelling 😉
What Health Issues Could CBD Treat?
Again I’m in a bit of a grey legal area here, in that given I’m not a medical professional, I shouldn’t really say.
However what I can say is based on all that anecdotal evidence, the vast majority of users are taking CBD to combat – or alleviate illnesses and symptoms such as:
- Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression
- Difficulty in sleeping
- To ease pain and as an anti-inflammatory
- General well-being
I definitely use CBD for the first three…
Again, please do check with a medical professional before you begin using any CBD products – yes even CBD bath bombs lol – if you are at all concerned.
The Right CBD Dosage – The Strength
The amount of CBD within any product you are considering is the key to getting the desired results you’re looking for.
If you’re a vaper, imagine it’s very similar to the nicotine strength in your e-liquid.
However in the case of CBD, users tend to start on low strengths, moving up to the right one for them – whereas vapers start on high strengths and tend to go low as time progresses…
Like nicotine based e-liquids, CBD content is also measured in milligrames, and by a rule of thumb products tend to begin at around 25mg and can go right up to 10,000mg and I guess even higher. I’m fortunate to be using 10,000mg CBD Asylum oral drops and without doubt they are doing exactly the job I was hoping for…
Brand new CBD users do not – usually – need to be anywhere near that sort of strength.
The Right CBD Dosage – It’s All About YOU!
So, with all those different strength CBD products out there, what is the right dosage of CBD for you?
This is where things get a little shall we say woolly!
There really is no hard and fast rule, if anything it’s down to a little bit of common sense and trial and error.
In a nutshell, and please remember this is a generally accepted guide, it depends an awful lot on these two key factors:
- What you are hoping to treat
- Your body size and weight
So, and in simple layman terms – [the emphasis with me being on simple] – the larger frame and body weight you are, technically you will need a stronger strength CBD.
I say technically, that’s a generalized way of thinking and a bit of a consensus from various studies.
Truth be told, there are very few peer to peer reviewed studies into how or if CBD acts on certain health issues.
However one of the most recent the – Dosage, Efficacy and Safety of Cannabidiol Administration in Adults: A Systematic Review of Human Trials – concluded:
There is some evidence, even though low quality, that supports anxiolytic effect of acute administration of oral CBD.
There is moderate-quality evidence that chronic and acute administration of CBD can improve psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia patients.
Further, large RCTs are needed to confirm the effect of CBD for the treatment of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, dyslipidemia and cannabis use disorders.
Insufficient data regarding safety issues were provided, but most studies reported no AEs with acute administration and mild to moderate adverse effects with chronic administration.
So there’s definitely something to it all…more research is underway and very much needed.
So to put it simply, the larger you are, the higher strength CBD may be required.
Some medical experts suggest – as most of us do – starting low and if required moving the dosage up weekly, until the desired effect is required.
In my case, and a heavy CBD users for almost 5 years now, I’m 6ft 1 and 16 stone [all muscle lol] – if I was starting to use CBD, today I’d probably begin at around 250mg and move up if required.
As I said at the beginning, the lack of clinical trials on CBD means we are in the early days and trial and error, with a few guidelines is the order of the day I’m afraid.
How Much CBD Should I Take Daily?
Again, and sorry for repeating myself, it’s all about YOU and the effects you’re getting.
You CANNOT overdose from taking CBD – that is a well known fact and there’s plenty of clinical trials proving this.
However, the most recent showed that when tested in mice, CBD COULD interact with other drugs being taken. So again, please seek proper medical advice to see if any medication you may be on could interact.
The good news is that many CBD companies out there do add levels to take during any 24 hour period – so, and unlike me lol, read the bloody labels!
The other good news, if like me, you’re a little big boned – ahem – some clinical trials suggest CBD can curb your appetite.
Trust me, after eating one of those delicious CBDfx CBD Protein Cookies – I’m pretty full up!
So…The Right CBD Dosage To Take?
After reading through this you can see the truth is no one actually knows – which is a bit annoying.
However, apply your common sense based on your body mass and through trial and error, and you’ll find the right CBD dosage that works for you, and in whatever form you prefer.
As to if say a 25mg CBD Gummie sweet has the same instant effect as a a 50mg CBD e-liquid, again common sense comes into play.
That gummy will load your body with 25mgs of CBD once ingested, whereas the 50mg CBD vape juice, whilst getting into your system far more quickly, will need topping up regularly [by vaping] to get 50mg into your system…if that makes sense…I suck at math.
Until definitive clinical trials are completed, we’re pretty much on our own as to how much CBD we take and in whatever form.
Do make sure buy your CBD products from a reputable source, because the science is starting to realize there is something to be said for using it, and the results prove it.
Are you a regular CBD user?
What is your preferred way of using CBD…vaping…oral drops…cookies…tinctures…pills or some other way?
What strength did you start with and what was the best dose for you?
Is it working and what for!
Please let me know in the comments below…it’s an interesting topic that many are keen to find out more about 🙂