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 in order to help you reap the full health benefits.
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?
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 to see whether your symptoms are getting better.
If you are treating chronic pain, you may want to start with 40mg and increase to 45mg after a week, and a further 5mg the week after to 50mg. At this point, you may feel your pain is bearable and you don’t need to increase your CBD dosage any further.
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
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 for localised relief for certain skin conditions, however most medical conditions require CBD to enter the bloodstream. In order for this to happen, CBD must be inhaled or ingested. 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 blood stream 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 CBD means to heat up a CBD product to 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.
Consuming CBD orally means to ingest CBD into the digestive tract, which is here 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.
Topical CBD is where cannabidiol has been extracted and placed into a cream, lotion or balm for use on the skin to care for muscle aches, inflammation and skin conditions, such as acne. This way of taking CBD means it doesn’t enter the bloodstream, but still has positive health benefits.
How much CBD oil to take for medical conditions?
Different medical conditions require different levels of response, so it is important to bear this in mind when choosing a CBD product to take. These are the CBD dosages recommended by medical professionals for various illnesses, where using CBD oil has had a positive impact on treatment:
- Chronic pain
Chronic pain can be debilitating and effect day-to-day life considerably. As a result, in order to help subside pain, think about taking 2.5 to 20mg of CBD orally daily.
If you are diagnosed with epilepsy, you will have heard about the many health benefits of taking CBD. Speak to your doctor for more information, but it is advisable to orally take between 200 and 300mg of CBD daily.
- Sleep disorders
If you have trouble sleeping, such as insomnia, studies have shown that taking 40mg to 160mg of CBD orally before bed helps significantly.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
If you suffer with the condition multiple sclerosis (MS), consider taking cannabis plant extracts containing 2.5-120 milligrams of a THC/CBD combination daily for 2-15 weeks. Patients typically use eight sprays within any three hours, with a maximum of 48 sprays in any 24-hour period.
If you are diagnosed with schizophrenia, medical professionals advise for you to take between 40 and 1,280mg oral CBD daily.
Remember, this differs from person-to-person, so be sure to experiment to find out what works for you and consult your doctor.
If you suffer with glaucoma, it is advised to take a single sublingual CBD dosage of 20-40mg per day. (Be aware that >40 mg may increase eye pressure).
- Movement problems
If you have movement problems caused by Huntington’s disease, ingesting 10mg of CBD (orally) per kg of body weight daily for six weeks can help with movement.
If you are going through chemotherapy for cancer, taking CBD can have many benefits, especially when it comes to reducing the horrible side effects, such as nausea and loss of appetite.
Be sure to consult your doctor first, but often the optimum dosage is at least 100mg of CBD per day. Saying this, cancer patients have been known to take several hundred milligrams of CBD per day, so it depends entirely on the person. It’s best to start with 100mg and monitor your symptoms daily, before increasing by 50mg increments.
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