Knowing how much CBD to take, when, and how quickly you should consider changing your dosage is a common question.
We are all unique and experience the impact of CBD in different ways, so while in many cases it might be trial and error, you’ll need to know where to start if you’re a new CBD user!
Browsing the market can be confusing; CBD products come in multiple strengths and concentrations. With different retailers using different terminology to label products with their strength, it can also be tricky to compare two similar CBD oils directly.
Here we’ll explain how dosages work, what you can do to keep track of what you are consuming, and how to start with CBD in the most beneficial way.
Why are CBD Dosages Different Across Different Products?
The crux of the issue is that CBD isn’t regulated, and you won’t find any official guides that dictate what dosage is suitable for what purpose. Likewise, manufacturers must label their products with the CBD strength, but this is not standardised.
For example, one seller might list their product as a percentage of the total weight of the oil you are buying – Adio sells CBD tinctures in 5%, 15% and 30% concentrations.
Others might print this information as mg/ml – and unless you happen to know how many mg are in an ml, that might not be easy to understand.
Another issue is with different forms of CBD:
- Each brand might have a different sized bottle and a different sized dropper.
- Dosage is subject to personal interpretation – so what a ‘dropper full’ means to you might be 25% less than another person.
Therefore, it isn’t possible to give a definitive guide as to how to calculate your dosage, since two different bottles might be different strengths, and have different sized droppers.
The best option is to use a pure CBD and count your dosage in individual drops – not a subjective dropper full. That way, you know how many drops you have taken, and can gauge your response to decide whether you need to increase or reduce that.
Does my Ideal CBD Dose Depend on my Weight?
It most definitely does. Much as recommended daily calorie intake, or weekly guidance on the number of alcohol units will vary, your CBD usage will depend on your physiology.
For example, a 5’4 person will feel a more significant impact from the same dose as someone 6’2 – because they are simply smaller, and will usually feel a more substantial effect from the same dosage.
Your metabolism and digestive rates are also a factor. While tinctures are by far the most effective way to take CBD and offer the fastest absorption rate, if you have a speedy metabolism you might find that any supplement or medication you take seems to have a lower impact as you digest the product faster than somebody else.
While there isn’t a universal standard dosage, you can decide on your initial number of drops by considering how intense a dose you wish to take, and your weight. As an indicative benchmark, the average droplet will be about 0.05ml – or 200 drops in a 10ml CBD oil bottle.
- If you are a smaller person, weighing around ten stone, you’re best to start with a 5% concentration and go for two drops, three times per day – and determine whether the impact is sufficient. If not, you can increase your dosage to four times per day, or stick with the same dose, but switch to a higher concentration CBD.
- If you are a larger person, say weighing around 15 stone, you might find that dosage doesn’t have enough impact. We’d still recommend starting with a 5% concentration as a new user, but try three drops, three times per day rather than two.
The impact is entirely personal and depends on your reason for trying CBD. This factor also makes CBD dosage subjective, and if you use it regularly as a holistic aid to maintain balance, you might wish to increase your usage during times of increased stress or pressure.
Likewise, many people report that CBD helps them to manage symptoms of conditions, such as arthritis or anxiety. If that condition flares up, you might benefit from a higher dosage until you feel well, or your symptoms have been alleviated.
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Why is my CBD Dosage Important?
It’s easy to feel that dosage doesn’t really matter – after all, CBD is a plant-derived compound, and given that it is natural and pure, surely you can take as much as you like?
That isn’t entirely true, and although Adio CBD is indeed pure and carefully extracted from hemp plants, it can have a powerful impact.
Therefore, it’s best to start slowly and build up from there. Here’s why:
- Cost Efficiency. Refined, high-quality CBD is affordable, but it does cost more than a cup of coffee. If you’re taking excessive dosages, you might find that your CBD oil runs out much faster. A smaller dose is usually sufficient, and you might find that a couple of drops three times a day on an empty stomach is perfect – so avoid a higher amount, and make sure you use your CBD mindfully.
- Finding Your Threshold. Some studies have suggested that users may experience a threshold, past which the effectiveness of the CBD begins to decline. That means, if you start taking too high a dosage, you might feel that the only way is up, should you require a higher level of relief. This may prove detrimental, and if you exceed your personal threshold, your CBD might stop working as well.
- Recognizing Your Desired Impact. CBD oil is used for multiple reasons, and users report that it alleviates symptoms ranging from anxiety to pain. The correct dosage for a different ailment might change. For example, in a lower dosage CBD can act as a mild, non-addictive, non-psychoactive stimulant, and be beneficial for users struggling with symptoms of anxiety or depression. Higher CBD dosages may have a mild sedative effect and therefore be suited to pain or inflammation relief.
- Avoiding Side Effects. While CBD is safe to use, new users who opt for a high dosage without testing the impact can expose themselves to side effects. Those could include reduced appetite, dry mouth, or drowsiness, so it’s advisable to start with a lighter strength and increase as needed.
Can I Overdose on CBD?
No, you can’t. CBD is non-toxic, so you can’t overdose or poison yourself by taking too much.
There is minimal risk of experiencing any severe side effects. Still, some people do have intolerances and allergies that they might not be aware of, and it’s always wise to err on the side of caution when introducing something new to your routine.
CBD works by interacting with our natural endocannabinoid systems, and therefore can’t cause any intoxication or serious illness.
However, you can take too strong a dose of CBD, which could make you feel tired or nauseous, or cause a stomach complaint and dizziness. In most cases, people who have deliberately taken an excessive dose of CBD to investigate the impact have simply fallen asleep – which can be harmless but has the potential to be extremely dangerous if you are driving, working, or operating machinery.
Therefore, while you cannot overdose on CBD, you should be conscious that it can have powerful impacts and should never assume your tolerance level for something you haven’t tried before
You also can’t become addicted to CBD. That property makes it ideal for increasing or decreasing your doses depending on your need.
Researchers are currently studying how CBD can assist in drug rehabilitation, particularly for opioid addicts. So it has shown to not only be non-addictive, but a potential holistic therapy to help treat addiction.
Why Isn’t It Possible to Give Definitive Dosage Instructions?
Our body compositions are all different, and the way we react to substances can vary dramatically.
- Some people are highly allergic to foods that other people eat every day.
- Some of us have extreme reactions to medications, such as antibiotics, that other people take with no problem.
- Some people become intoxicated after one, lightly alcoholic beverage, whereas others will show little outward signs of intoxication after several much stronger drinks.
CBD is no different. Each user will have a different ideal dosage, and be using CBD to manage an alternative health factor, which itself may determine when you use your CBD, and in which periods you might benefit from a higher dose.
Our blood pressure, metabolic rate, height and weight, other medications, diet, digestive systems, heart rate, and age, will all determine the physical impact of any supplement we take, or product we ingest. Therefore, it would be misleading to create a defined chart stating dosages.
Using a broad-spectrum painkiller as an example, if you were to take a paracetamol tablet for a minor headache, one might be sufficient. Another person might need two to experience relief and require a second dosage later on in the same day.
CBD is a personal experience and one that benefits from a considered approach, with the flexibility to increase or decrease depending on your needs.
Adio always recommends starting with a 5% concentration and sticking with it for at least 30 days to see whether you find it provides the benefits you are seeking. Ideally, a 12-week period will provide the optimal accumulative benefits, and leave you in an excellent position to decide on whether your dosage is working for you.