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CBD Dosing Suggestions

By Marc Lewis

Summary

  • CBD dosage will vary for each person
  • Long term research on proper dosage for conditions like sleep, anxiety, and chronic pain are limited
  • You should ask your doctor about potentials drug interactions

How much CBD should I take? It’s a question we hear a lot. The trouble is, there’s not a clear answer. We even asked a couple experts if they’d help us with dosing guidelines, and they said there wasn’t enough information available. So, what follows are a few suggestions to help you work toward the right CBD dose.

Keep in mind your dose depends on several factors and may require trial and error. This means it’s important to start low and increase slowly.

Here’s what we know about CBD.

Cannabidiol (CBD) comes from cannabis. It’s found in marijuana and hemp. We focus on hemp-derived therapies at Remedy Review. CBD is different from THC in that CBD will not get you high. It interacts with your body in an indirect way.

The FDA has approved only one CBD medicine called Epidiolex for the treatment of two forms of epilepsy—Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Epidiolex is only available via a doctor’s prescription.

Hemp-based CBD oils, salves, lotions, and tinctures are sold throughout the country and online. These products are not FDA-approved nor regulated as dietary supplements. The space is full of exaggerated claims and bad products. That’s why you have to be careful when shopping for CBD. You want to stick with reputable brands that are transparent about the source of their hemp and their testing protocols. You also want to be sure you’re never taking more THC than you bargained for.

CBD has shown potential for relieving anxiety, pain, and insomnia. But a lot of the information you’ll find online is anecdotal. Always talk to a healthcare professional before you make any changes to your routine.

Now, about dosing.

Two things to know about CBD products to help you pick the right dose.

First, products are labeled with a concentration. This number is the amount of CBD in the bottle, usually noted in milligrams.

Second, products are labeled with a serving size. A brand will tell you the milligrams of CBD in a serving size, or you will have to do some math to get the milligrams in a single serving using the total servings in the bottle. Some brands give you an exact break down of mg of CBD in portions of their dropper. Rosebud CBD (a staff favorite) comes with handy serving cards in each order.

Once you know the number of milligrams in a serving, you can build a dose.

A popular online post suggests you find your dose of CBD by taking “1–6MG of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight based on the individual’s level of pain.”

This is a suggestion for pain. If you’re taking CBD for another issue your dose may be different.

If you’re looking for a sleep aid, you may want to take a single, higher dose. Similarly, you’ll dose differently to manage anxiety, especially if you need to be alert during the day. A CBD dose for anxiety may need to be smaller and taken at intervals.

Once you find out how a certain milligram dosage of CBD makes you feel you can work your way to a dose that is right for different situations and use cases.

How long does it take CBD to work?

Think about caffeine for a minute. There are people who drink a cup of coffee and bounce off the wall immediately. Others have a cup and seem steady as a pole, yet lay awake all night as their bodies slowly process the coffee. Everyone’s metabolism is different. This holds true for CBD. If you’re taking a CBD product, you’re at the mercy of your body. You may feel a dose right away or it may take a couple hours. Give it time. Don’t take something, feel nothing, then take a bunch more. That’s not smart.

  • A vape or flower that you smoke will get into your bloodstream fastest and work immediately
  • An oil that dissolves under your tongue will work relatively quickly, but takes some time
  • A gummy may take more time to digest and take effect

Finding a CBD dosage that works for you is more art than science. If you want to find an exact dosage, there are doctors who have experience with cannabis derivatives. A professional could may you zero in on the correct dosage more quickly than you could on your own. Professional help is also safer if you’re treating a serious condition.

For some context, I’m a bigger guy (215 lbs (+/- 5 lbs depending on lunch) and my metabolism is slow. It takes a while for me to feel a dose of CBD. Maybe 1-2 hours for optimal effect with an oil. This is even longer if I were to eat a gummy. A dose around 10-20mg will ease my nerves. I feel a 35mg dose. Higher than that and I’m tired.

Protect yourself and your family

Risks increase when you opt for cheap, synthetic, or unproven products that have not been tested. Read reviews and shop brands with an established reputation.

Consumer advocates suggest buying from brands in states where marijuana is more broadly legal because those states have personnel and procedures in place to better track the industry.

Also, consider your states laws before having products shipped to your home.

Again, these are not FDA-approved medicines or dietary supplements. In some instances, you’re relying on word of mouth and posted test results on brand sites. We’ve heard of state labs that have trouble keeping up with demand and outsource testing. We’ve heard that various labs can test samples differently and all be, in some ways, right. The space is outgrowing established quality control practices.

Do your research. If you’re trying to find a dose of CBD to make you relax or go to sleep, trial and error may be the correct course. If you’re interested in treating a serious medical condition with an alternative therapy, seek out professional medical advice.

The information here is intended to help steer you in a safe direction. We exist to provide a measured, accessible resource. This is not medical advice.

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