Many people new to CBD ask themselves, “What is the Correct Dose of CBD?” Before we answer this common question, we need to address the FDA’s stance on CBD oil.
It is important to note that the United States FDA has not authorized the use of CBD to treat any pain, anxiety, or sleep issues that many people are using their CBD oil for. Anything in this article is purely speculative in nature, and you should always consult your healthcare provider before treating yourself with CBD oil for any reason. The FDA has not approved CBD as a supplement to treat any of these symptoms.
Not that the disclaimer is out of the way, lets take some time to discuss finding the correct dose of CBD for YOU! Everyone is different, so what works for someone may, or may not, work for yourself when it comes to asking yourself, “What is the correct dose of CBD?”
So, What is the Correct Dose of CBD?
Everyone is new to CBD at some point in there life. About 95% of current CBD users all starting supplementing with CBD in late 2018 when the Farm Bill
was introduced and passed. With all the different varieties of CBD out there, I would expect nearly everyone to be confused about finding the correct dose of CBD to treat themselves with. Most people start with a CBD product that is anywhere from 500mg to 1,000mg of CBD per 1oz tincture, or bottle. These bottles come with about 1oz of CBD oil in them, or x30 1mL droppers, when used. One full dropper (1mL) is typically a recommended dosing on these bottles. If you do the math for the CBD dosing on this, that equals 16mg per dropper in the 500mg tinctures, or 32mg per dropper in the 1,000mg tinctures. All you are doing is dividing the total amount of CBD in the tincture by 30, since there are roughly 30mL in one ounce of fluid.
Figuring out Dosing of CBD.
There is, unfortunately, not a straight forward answer to the question, “What is the correct dose of CBD?” If we are starting with these tincture doses mentioned above, try starting with the smallest amount of CBD possible that will effectively treat your symptoms. For example, if the serving size is 1mL dropper full, take a half of a dropper and see how your body responds. If you feel relief, great! If you need more relief, increase it to a full dropper. Any company with a quality product will have markers that indicate .25, .50, .75, and 1mL on the dropper. All you have to do is measure accordingly. This will typically work for people new to CBD oil use. As with most substances, your body will grow tolerant to the use of CBD over time, so be sure to monitor how your body is responding to the CBD dosing. So the main takeaway here is, start small, and work your way up until you feel relief. Keep in mind that CBD can help with relief, but if you are looking to completely erase your symptoms for good, you may have some unrealistic expectations.
What About These Super High Dosed Tinctures?
A vast majority of people do not need the tinctures that are marked in excess of 3,000mg of hemp extract and higher. Some people may use these because their body has developed a tolerance. Some people may use them because they are able to micro dose with it and make their product last for a very long time. Everyone is different, but if you are new to CBD, and wondering what is the correct dose of CBD, I would stay away from these products for now. As discussed previously, many people get excellent relief with products marked at 500mg to 1,000mg per tincture, and I feel confident that you can as well.
How Often Should I Take CBD?
If you haven’t already guessed it, it depends on the user. Everyone experiences different degrees of symptoms at different times. It is also important to take into account the half-life of CBD extract, so we know when the amount we take is effectively gone from out systems. The elimination half-life of CBD is 18–32 hours. Cannabidiol is metabolized in the liver as well as in the intestines by CYP2C19 and CYP3A4 enzymes, and UGT1A7, UGT1A9, and UGT2B7 isoforms. The takeaway here is the 18-32 hours. That means, roughly 18-32 hours after you take your CBD oil, it will be halfway gone from your body. I want to avoid the science behind half life here, so please google “what is half life?” if you have further questions. Most people take their CBD oil 2 – 3 times a day, depending on their symptoms. This would equate taking your dose, which you have figured out by now, every 6 hours, or so. Some days you may not need it as often, and that’s ok. Remember, we’re treating the symptoms, and if there are none present, that’s great!
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