A Complete Guide to CBD Dosage

There are a few things you should bear in mind when taking CBD, including which CBD product to take, the way to consume it, and, most importantly, the CBD dosage, as this will affect how the CBD effects your body. Here at Canabiotics, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you understand how much CBD to take.

Main things to consider when taking CBD

If you are new to the world of CBD, you will probably have several questions on your mind. These may include the following:

  • What CBD product should I be buying?
  • How much CBD should I take and how regularly?
  • What CBD dosage is advised for my specific medical condition?  

Knowing how much CBD to take can be difficult, especially when there are endless variables to take into account, such as your body weight, your body chemistry, the concentration of CBD in the product you are taking, your medical condition, and other medication you may be taking, you may also want to consider your diet, metabolism, genetics and the environment too. In other words, there are countless variables to consider.

Read on to find out how to work out how much CBD you should take.

How much CBD should I take?

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CBD works with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which differs from person-to-person. As a result, finding the correct CBD oil dose can be difficult and there is no one answer that fits all. In order to help you understand your body, find out how much CBD you should take and whether there are any risks, it is worth speaking to your doctor or healthcare professional.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to start with a smaller dosage (such as around 20 to 40mg per day) and gradually increase it by 5mg week by week until you feel that it is helping. During this time, it is advisable to document how much CBD you are taking and how you are feeling each week.

You may be wondering; can you overdose on CBD?

You’ll be pleased to know that according to a 2017 World Health Organisation (WHO) report, it is not possible to overdose on CBD, so don’t worry.

The different ways to consume CBD

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You may not be aware, but how much CBD you should take will depend on each CBD product. This is due to different methods having different timescales to which they enter your bloodstream to have an effect on the body, as well as having different bioavailability (the amount of CBD that enters the bloodstream).

Therefore, when it comes to buying CBD products, such as oil, gummies, capsules, or chewing gum, you should find out how much CBD is in each product and which type of CBD is used (full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate) – this should be written on the packaging of the product or listed on the manufacturer’s website. (For example, our CBD chewing gum contains full-spectrum CBD and is available in 5mg, 7.5mg, 10mg, and 15mg per gum).

CBD can be applied directly to the skin as a cream or oil, however, CBD can also be inhaled or ingested so that it enters the bloodstream.

The main ways to take CBD are as follows:

  • Sublingually (under the tongue)

This usually comes as CBD oil, CBD tinctures, or CBD gum. It must be allowed time to absorb into the bloodstream before being swallowed. It is advised to be held there for up to 10 minutes before being swallowed for optimum effect around 30 minutes later.

  • Vaping

Vaping CBD means to heat up a CBD product to the point in which the CBD and/or other cannabinoids present leave the cannabis product and create a gas which can then be inhaled. After inhalation, the CBD immediately enters the bloodstream where it takes immediate effect.

  • Orally

Consuming CBD orally means to ingest CBD into the digestive tract, which is where it will be absorbed into the bloodstream and the full effects will be seen a few hours later. This usually comes as CBD oil, tinctures, edibles, gummies, capsules, and powder.

  • Topicals

Topical CBD is where cannabidiol has been extracted and placed into a cream, lotion, or balm for use on the skin. This method of taking CBD means it doesn’t enter the bloodstream.

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