How to Find the Proper CBD Dosage for You
On this page, we are going to delve into CBD dosages and how to find the proper one for you. Because there are so many different forms of CBD, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how much you should be taking. And the answer to this is dependent on several different variables.
First and foremost, the proper CBD dosage for you is dependent on many things, such as your:
- Drug Resistance
Dosing your CBD is a very individual process, but it is not something that should be feared in any way. Although mild side effects can occur, you are never at risk of overdosing on CBD products and causing permanent damage or death.
With that being said, let us take a closer look at finding the proper CBD dosage for you.
Methods of Delivery
Before you can begin to calculate how much CBD is the correct amount for you, you will need to decide what kind of CBD product you are going to use. There are several of them on the market, and they each come with their own unique dosing equations. Below we will highlight a few of the most popular methods of delivery for CBD.
Products: Oils, Capsules, Tinctures, Edibles, and Powders
Ingesting CBD orally is probably the most commonly-used method of delivery. When you ingest CBD orally, it passes directly through your digestive track where it is then absorbed into your bloodstream and carried throughout your body.
Taking CBD by mouth is one of the slower methods for relief, but it also stays in your system the longest, providing some of the best relief for your symptoms. It was found that the ideal level of CBD in your bloodstream typically exists around 1 to 6 hours after ingestion.
Products: Creams, lotions, and facemasks.
Taking CBD topically is a great way to target specific areas of your body. The CBD diffuses across your skin and absorbs into nearby targets. This allows you to focus specifically on muscle pain, inflammation, and acne. Topical CBD rarely enters your bloodstream.
The amount of time it takes for topical CBD to take effect varies based on the area of your body you use it on.
Products: Vape pens, dabs, smokable flowers with high CBD content.
Whenever you inhale CBD, it passes directly to your lungs where it immediately enters the bloodstream.
Although this method is the fastest one in terms of feeling relief, its duration is also the shortest. Optimal bloodstream levels occur roughly 10 minutes after inhaling.
Steps to Finding the Proper Dosage
The research on CBD and its effects is still young in the grand scheme of things, so there is still no foolproof way of experimenting with different products and finding the correct dosage that provides optimal results for you. However, there are plenty of guidelines out there that will help you to find the best way.
The first place you should look when calculating your proper CBD dosage is on the label of the product you are using. CBD companies must comply with specific labelling laws put forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will almost always provide dosage information.
All CBD products will clearly state the total milligrams of CBD in the package. But even more important than that is the serving size.
For example, if you were consuming CBD gummies as a means to ingest the chemical compound, then the serving size would likely be one gummy. The label on the product should also list the total amount of servings in the package.
Again, there are many variables that can affect what your proper dosage is. Here is a general step-by-step guide to help calculate this:
- Decide What Your Goal Is
Your proper dosage will depend a lot on why you are using the product in the first place. If you are using CBD for high levels of pain relief, you will most likely need a higher dosage than most other people. If you are using it to calm mild anxiety, then chances are you will not need a lot of CBD to achieve your goal.
Once you understand what your goal is, it is time to move onto the next step in choosing the product you wish to use.
- Choose Your Product
It can be difficult figuring out how to choose the right CBD product for you, but once you have figured it out you can begin to determine your correct dosage.
Make sure you choose a trusted product from a reputable company that has proper labeling and THC testing. The product that you choose should compliment both you and the goals you have for it. Always be sure to do your research on the different products and, most importantly, have fun with the process. There is an ocean of quality CBD products on the market, so take your pick!
- Test Your Product
Once your chosen product is in your hands and you are ready to try it out, take a long look at the dosing suggestions on the label. As a general rule, it is always a good idea to start out taking 1 serving. This will give you a gauge on how much “one dose” affects you.
Make sure you are patient and go into it with an open mind. And remember, CBD is NOT the same as THC. Therefore, do not be waiting in anticipation for a specific euphoric feeling to suddenly “hit.”
- Record Your Results
Make sure you are taking note of how the different doses have affected you. Pay close attention to any specific results or side effects that you noticed, such as increased or decreased anxiety, a loss of appetite, or even nothing at all.
Keeping all of this information in a journal is the best way to create a reference guide for yourself in case you ever forget or go a period of time without using CBD.
- Decide Your Ideal Dose
After experimenting with different dosages, you should have a good understanding as to which one benefited you the most. Go back through your journal and mark the product and the dosage you used that provided you with the most relief.
From there, you will be able to consistently take the correct dose of CBD so that you can mend any ailments you may have. If you ever decide to switch CBD products, just follow the same steps as before to find its correct dosage for you.
Other Things to Consider
Other than the general factors listed above, there are a couple of things you should consider when trying to find the correct CBD dosage for you.
For one, prescription medications can have an effect on CBD’s ability to provide you relief. You also do not want to randomly test out different combinations of medications to see which one works best for CBD. If you are unsure whether or not your prescription will alter the effects of your CBD product, consult with your doctor so that you can gather more information.
Secondly, you NEED to be making sure that you check the THC content on any CBD product that you are considering purchasing. Aside from the unwanted THC levels that will enter your body, CBD and THC have contradicting effects. This means that if you purchase a CBD product that has a THC content of 0.3 % or higher, it will practically be ineffective.
Make sure that you purchase from a reputable company so that you ensure you are getting the best CBD products.
Listen to your body and the feelings it has, this is the best way to calculate the proper CBD dosage for you. Never be hesitant to do more research as you go. After all, knowledge is power.
If you feel that you have missed something or just want to retouch on the main ideas, there is a frequently asked questions section below. Thanks for reading, and please subscribe to our newsletter here at The CBD Guru.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I find the proper CBD dosage for me?
Finding the proper CBD dosage for you is easy. Simply set your goals, choose a product, and then ease yourself into experimenting with it while you jot down information about the dosage you are taking. Eventually, you will find the proper dosage that provides you with the relief you were seeking.
- What factors affect finding the proper dosage?
Many factors influence what your proper dosage will be, including your age, gender, weight, drug resistance, and symptoms you are trying to relieve.
- Can you overdose on CBD?
No, you can not overdose on CBD. However, ingesting more than your recommended dosage can lead to certain side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and fatigue.
- Which method provides the fastest results?
The quickest way to get CBD to circulate through your system is to inhale it. To do this, you can use vapes, dabs, and high-CBD cannabis flowers.
- Is CBD safe?
Yes, CBD is safe. It is a common misconception that CBD is not safe because it is derived from cannabis. However, even marijuana products are considered safe and have never resulted in someone’s death. CBD, unlike marijuana products, does not contain THC and therefore will not give you the same “high” effect.
- What Can CBD Help With?
There is a long list of conditions that CBD can help you deal with. This list includes, but is not limited to: inflammation, anxiety, pain, acne, epilepsy, weight loss, Alzheimer's disease.