Did you know that over 25,000 acres of U.S. land were devoted to growing hemp in 2017?
The bulk of these acres are dedicated to producing cannabidiol (CBD), a healing compound derived from the hemp plant.
Millions of people around the world are getting their hands on this amazing compound, now found in creams, tinctures, and even chocolates.
If you’re new to the CBD scene, however, there’s plenty to learn before you try out your first dose.
While CBD oil is non-psychoactive – meaning that it won’t get you high – it can impact users in different ways.
For this reason, it’s important to dose appropriately. Keep reading to learn more about effective CBD oil dosage for beginners and veterans alike!
What Is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound of the hemp plant. It is one of over 100 compounds in the plant.
It is not to be confused with THC, one of the compounds that can have psychoactive effects in users. This is indeed what gets individuals high.
CBD is non-psychoactive. But this is only one of the many benefits of using CBD.
Research is still ongoing. Yet plenty of studies are pointing to the incredible health benefits that CBD offers users.
CBD, for example, may effectively manage anxiety, depression, and other psychological conditions. It can be incredible for chronic pain management and even alleviate respiratory issues.
Individuals suffering from sleep disorders are also likely to benefit from CBD use, enjoying longer and healthier sleep cycles.
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the realm of things that CBD can potentially treat and alleviate.
In fact, CBD has already appeared in an FDA-approved drug for treating a rare type of epilepsy!
So far, research hasn’t indicated any major side effects of CBD use, either. However, CBD may impact individual users in very different ways.
It is possible to consume CBD in a variety of forms.
The most common form of CBD is an oil, typically placed under the tongue for quick absorption into the bloodstream.
Some individuals may prefer to consume CBD in edible forms usually as gummies or chocolates. CBD-lovers can also take advantage of this compound’s benefits by taking capsules regularly.
You can even smoke it!
Lastly, you can apply CBD-infused products topically. People struggling with muscle pain, for example, may appreciate using CBD lotions on those fussy muscle fibers.
Most manufacturers will release their own suggestions for consumption on individual products. Yet these will vary depending on the product and its concentration.
It’s important to note that most CBD oils will contain around 0.03% THC. If you are at all sensitive to THC, please be advised.
How to Choose the Best CBD Oil Dosage
Before you go out and buy hemp CBD oil and start reaping its health benefits, there are a few things to keep in mind. Foremost among these is dosage.
You do not need a prescription from a doctor to get your hands on some CBD oil. In fact, doctors do not typically prescribe CBD to their patients.
This is because scientific and medical research of CBD is still getting off the ground. So far, there is no daily recommended allowance for CBD.
What’s more, the majority of medical schools don’t discuss CBD in their core classes. This means that nobody is “officially” licensed to prescribe dosages.
Nonetheless, CBD oil is widely available to American consumers. And just like any other health supplement, CBD requires mindful consumption.
Here are some tips for choosing the best CBD oil dosage for your needs.
1. Know Your CBD Needs
First and foremost, why are you interested in trying CBD?
You don’t necessarily need a specific reason for consuming CBD. You may simply be wanting to jumpstart your health and wellness regime.
Plenty of people supplement their diets with CBD, the same way most of us supplement with vitamins.
Nonetheless, make sure you clearly identify your CBD needs. This can help you determine how much CBD you’ll need to take to notice results.
Are you in need of better sleep? Are you looking for a solution for managing severe anxiety?
Perhaps you are experiencing regular heartburn, arthritis pain, or mood swings.
Whatever the case, identify your needs as well as their severity. For severe or acute conditions, it may be wise to consult a practitioner before you try CBD.
For mild and/or persistent issues, CBD offers an excellent natural means of alleviating symptoms.
Keep in mind that CBD is not necessarily the “magic pill” or a “cure” to existing conditions. It should be treated as a supplement at best, at least until more research says otherwise.
2. Research Reputable Brands
There are scores of CBD manufacturers out there. How do you know which one to choose?
You may wish to start by consulting your local health food store. CBD products are showing up in most health food stores, including local cooperatives and organic markets.
Otherwise, if you have access to a green marijuana card, you will be able to purchase hemp-based products, both CBD and THC-based, from local providers.
Don’t be alarmed if you don’t have a marijuana card, however. You don’t need one to buy CBD products!
The internet is your friend when it comes to finding a brand that works for you. Research reputable brands, preferably those that cultivate non-GMO hemp and use sustainable practices.
Reputable manufacturers will also use high-quality carrier oils. Some products may be nano-enhanced, meaning that they are highly absorbable.
These manufacturers will also likely have information about dosage on their website.
3. Read the Label
Remember, every CBD product is different. Concentrations may vary from product to product, so always read the label before consuming.
Some manufacturers will specify how much one “dose” constitutes on their products. Typically, with oils, this will be designated in the amount of “drops” or “pumps,” depending on the vessel.
We strongly recommend adhering to the label’s dosage recommendations first, especially if you are new to CBD oil.
This is because CBD affects everyone differently. So many factors can influence its impact, including your weight, gender, height, age, and body composition.
The label will also tell you what other ingredients are in your CBD oil, as well as the CBD concentration. Most CBD oils will have a carrier oil, something even as simple as sunflower oil, for transmitting the compound.
4. Start Low
Whatever condition you are attempting to treat with CBD oil, begin with a low dosage.
Keep in mind, however, that some conditions may require greater dosages than others.
For example, the Mayo Clinic recommends that individuals suffering from epilepsy should take between 200 and 300mg of CBD daily. Those with sleep disorders, on the other hand, may only need 40mg-160mg daily.
And if you suffer from chronic pain, you may only need a maximum of 20mg of CBD (with or without THC) daily.
Start with one or two low doses a day. Remember that it may take time for your body to adjust to CBD, and you may not notice “results” right away.
You can always increase this dosage mindfully over time, but be careful of doing so in any rapid fashion.
Can you overdose on CBD?
Research has yet to suggest that this is possible. So don’t let this worry you.
Indeed, the Mayo Clinic recommends that individuals with schizophrenia take upwards of 1,280mg of CBD a day – that’s quite a lot!
5. Understand Other Factors
There are quite a few other factors that can influence how CBD can affect you. Make sure you are familiar with at least a few of these as you test out dosages.
For example, individuals suffering from chronic stress are likely to need more CBD than individuals not struggling with stress. This is because our body’s stress hormone, cortisol, can negatively impact CBD receptors.
Consuming alcohol can also increase the impact of CBD, just as alcohol can augment the effect of THC.
Also, frequent exercise can actually help with your CBD dosage. The more active you are, the more you are likely to feel the impact of CBD.
This is because exercise activates levels of anandamide, which is responsible for activating CBD receptors.
We’re not saying that you should or shouldn’t drink alcohol while consuming CBD. Simply be aware of how these other lifestyle aspects can change the dosage you need!
6. Research Drug Interactions
If you are taking any regular prescription medication, make sure you check to see if CBD interacts with this drug.
Research is still figuring out what CBD may interact with. But for now, it could interact negatively with certain antibiotics, steroids, antidepressants, and more.
We recommend chatting with your medical practitioner about this before you start dosing on CBD oil.
CBD Oil Dosage Tips
The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to CBD oil dosage is to cultivate awareness. It may be wise to keep a journal to track how certain dosages affect you.
You may also want to consult friends and family members about their CBD experiences.
While doctors do not typically prescribe CBD, they can also be helpful for helping you determine whether or not CBD is right for you!
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