There is no argument over the impact that CBD products make in the market, but the decision of CBD dosage is not that easy owing to the young nature of the industry. The high market demand of CBD has encouraged manufacturers to make diverse products and choosing one from this wide product range takes some time. The next big decision that you have to take after selecting a CBD product is its dosage, and with the variable concentration and potency of different CBD products, there is no fixed dosage recommendation.
Below are some important things you must consider to choose the best CBD dosage for your use.
Your body weight plays a major role in the dosage decision and like many other medications, CBD dosage levels has to be raised as individual body mass increases. Taking 1-6 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight is mostly recommended.
According to this recommendation, a 200 lb person could take 20-33 mg of CBD as the starting dosage while a 15-25 mg dosage would suit a 150lb person. The recommendations assume that the person is using CBD as the sole medication because if they are already on any other medication course, there are chances of a synergizing effect. In such instances, make sure that you have a discussion with your doctor.
Time Of Dosage
The time of taking CBD contributes largely to the dosage decision and the dosages vary according to the time of consumption. The initial dosages at the onset of the day and evening and pre-bed dosage will not be the same. The initial dosages during the daytime should be kept minimal because there is a chance of high dosages affecting your coordination during the day.
The evening initial dose is higher than the daytime initial dose because it is taken in the evening once you get back home after work and you can afford some level of grogginess, provided optimum pain relief effect will be produced.
If you have the habit of taking CBD before your bedtime, you have to decide the pre-bed dosage too. To ensure that you get a sound sleep, a higher dose would be required making the pre-bed dosage higher than the daytime and evening initial dose.
You have to take a re-dose when the effects of your initial dose wear off and the symptoms reappear. The re-dose is relatively low because the levels of CBD in blood would not drop so low within a short time. The half-life of CBD is about 18 to 32 hours, which narrows the possibilities of taking re-doses.
CBD Product Type
Three spectrum options are available in CBD and the concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids are different in these spectrum options. Full spectrum CBD products are extracted from the whole plant and they contain all of the phytochemicals in the hemp plant including CBD, less than 0.3% THC, terpenes and several other cannabinoids. The presence of all this phytochemicals in combination produces entourage effect that accentuates the impact of the medication.
Broad-spectrum CBD products contain all the phytochemicals in the hemp plant except THC and this too can produce entourage effect.
CBD isolates exclusively contain CBD and is an excellent option for people who prefer cannabidiol and no other compound.
The content and concentration of these three spectrum options differ greatly, which impact the dosage decision as well. Full spectrum CBD, even in lower doses can create the optimum impact but CBD isolate requires higher doses to create the desired impact. The dosage of broad spectrum CBD falls in between full spectrum and isolate options.
Quality Of The CBD Product
Not all CBD products will be of the same quality grade and better quality CBD need to be taken only in lower doses to create optimum effect. CBD products extracted from poor strains of hemp will be of low quality and you would have to take high doses of it.
Method Of Intake
There are several options in methods of CBD intake and you can choose one that is convenient for you. You can consume CBD sublingually like with CBD oils, take it by adding it to edibles, vape it or smoke it. The options are many.
In sublingual method, the CBD oil or tincture is placed under the tongue for about a minute before swallowing it, facilitating the direct introduction of CBD into the bloodstream. While taking CBD edibles, they have to be digested first and only then, the CBD gets into the bloodstream leading to decreased bioavailability than sublingual method. Topical application of CBD is chosen for targeted pain relief and this method is one that has less bioavailability because CBD is applied on the skin surface and not introduced into the blood stream.
The tolerance levels of CBD gradually increase with regular use and if you are a first time user, low doses are enough to produce the desired effects.
Reason For Taking CBD
The type and severity of your medical condition affects your CBD dosage. The dosages you take for chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, anxiety etc varies from each other.
Before arriving at a conclusion about the right CBD dosage, you have to take the factors discussed above into account to ensure that you get the best CBD experience.