The world has gone crazy over CBD oil and more people are convinced with its amazing benefits. But not all have the same needs.
Everyone is different; what works for me might not be good for you. What you prefer might not be what I want.
It’s the same way when taking CBD oil. Apparently, the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has not released any Recommended Daily Intake or RDI when using CBD. So, technically speaking, we are all “blind.”
Some CBD users would resort to asking their friends who use CBD themselves. Others (like you) read articles (like this) on the internet to help them fully understand everything about CBD oil dosage.
How much CBD oil do I need to take? Is there a required amount? When is the best time to have it? Let’s find out!
Wait, CBD? What?
Before worrying about how much you need to take, why not discuss what the heck are you taking in the first place? Let’s have a short review.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid that can be found in the Cannabis sativa plant. This is a non-psychoactive component that provides helpful benefits to our body.
According to studies, the use of CBD oil can help alleviate pain, stress, and even depression. CBD does not bind with our cannabinoid receptor, also known as CB1 receptor.
It means that every time you use CBD, you don’t need to worry about getting high. Its reaction is rather beneficial than harmful, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
THC, on the other hand, is the component of the plant that gives the kick or euphoria. Unlike CBD, this substance bind with our CB1 receptor.
However, a small amount of THC blended with CBD can also be beneficial. This is known as the entourage effect.
Instead of working against each other, you can get the best of THC when you mix it with CBD. They complement each other by giving your body relaxation instead of anxiety. The pain relief effect of CBD is further improved when combined with a small portion of THC.
The operative term here is “small amount.” If you overdo it, using THC might pose harm as studies have proven.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
Is there such thing as an “ideal” dosage to take? Well, not really. If you want to go the CBD way, you have to consider three things:
- Your condition that needs treatment – Most people choose CBD to relieve pain. If you have the same goal, identify which part of your body is painful to know how you would treat it.
- Your body mass index (BMI) – The bigger the body, the higher the dosage.
- Your preferred administration – Of course, your comfort is important. For instance, if you could not tolerate vaping, you may choose concentrates.
The following are my recommendations for general purposes. But again, remember that we have different needs:
As I have mentioned, the table above is what’s generally known based on your weight. The CBD oil used in this case is through direct intake using a dropper.
The CBD Calculator
Since there is no “standard” intake recommendation, you may also use the CBD calculator. It can help you estimate the right amount to use given your body mass and the condition you want to be treated.
To use this calculator, you have to identify the volume of CBD in the product you bought in ml and mg. You also have to declare your weight (don’t worry, the calculator is pretty discreet).
For example, the product you brought has 10 ml or 100000 mg of CBD in it and you weigh 169 lbs. For general health, it suggests that for every 29 mg or 0.03 ml of CBD you take 1 drop. You can also split this into two intakes for the day.
CBD Oil Dosage Per Condition
How about dosing per condition? This one is quite tricky because you also have to consider a person’s threshold. What might be too painful for me is bearable for you?
Let me breakdown my recommendations per condition CBD oil is known to help alleviate:
According to the Arthritis Foundation, people who suffer from arthritis can have 5 to 10 mg per intake. If you have arthritis, you need to start with a low dosage.
You may choose to take it either once or twice per day. Increase your dosage slowly until you reach a total of 100 mg of intake per day. If that isn’t enough, you may try CBD oil with low THC doses.
For children, a minimum dose of 0.5mg per day is recommended. You can add 0.5 mg every two weeks. You can go to a maximum of 10 mg per day.
For adults, I recommend 25 mg dosage per intake, twice a day. You can add 25 mg every two weeks until you reach 100 to 300 mg. You should also stop taking CBD oil when seizures have already stopped. (1)
I take 10 mg of CBD oil before I sleep. You can have up to 20 mg before going to bed.
If you experience grogginess or bowel problems, lessen your intake.
Anxiety and Depression
Some people, who regularly use CBD oil as a treatment for depression, take the smallest dose possible. I recommend that you start with 1 mg per intake. You can increase up to 3 mg.
You can make it a daily staple – take one in the morning and then another after 12 hours. (2)
Start with 5 mg per intake per day. This would make you gauge the effect on your body.
If you feel like it isn’t working, you can increase up to 10 mg per intake. You can also consider taking it twice a day when necessary. (3)
Ways to Take CBD Oil
Now that you have an idea on the dosage, let’s check out what are the best ways to take CBD oil. This part is where I leave you to decide.
Placing CBD Oil Under Your Tongue
The most recommended way to take CBD oil is sublingual. Just place a drop or two under your tongue and leave it there for about 30 seconds to a minute.
You don’t need to use any tools except for the dropper that’s already included in the bottle. What’s great about this is that you can control the amount of CBD oil you’d like to take.
Vaping is the most popular option and the fastest way to get CBD into your body. When you inhale the vapor, CBD goes directly to your lungs – bypassing digestion since you are not eating it.
CBD would then flow with your bloodstream for you to feel the effect just after a few minutes. Talk about suave, right?
Ingesting Capsules and Edibles
You may feel the effect after a few hours when you choose edibles. However, people who do not like the earthy taste of CBD oil prefer this than anything else. Who would not love baked products or gummy bears, right?
Yes, other than the usual capsules and tablets, you can get CBD oil through cookies or gummies. You can also take them whenever and wherever you are.
Applying Salves and Topicals
Applying salves is the easiest way to take CBD without any hesitations. Just massage it to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes for it to take effect.
However, don’t expect it to be as potent as the rest. Still, this is the best option for people who are suffering from muscle pain and skin diseases.
Which CBD Product Should You Prefer?
There is no ideal dosage, and that goes with the products, too – there isn’t any ideal CBD product. I can push you all day to like my preference, but that does not mean you could not try the rest.
My friends and I tried almost everything for us to know which fits perfectly in our daily living. Among all the choices, I opted for CBD oil because I feel comfortable using it.
Okay, that does not mean you have to try everything, too. CBD products are quite pricey, you know. Be smart, use the internet.
Nowadays, most millennials choose vaping CBD. Some people say it even helps in smoking cessation and alcoholism. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone: it helps you alleviate the pain and stop smoking.
Choosing capsules or ointments does not make you less of a person. You can choose CBD gummies at any age, no one will judge you.
Whatever your preference would be, the main goal is to help us get relieved from any stress or pain.
Can You Overdose on CBD?
Remember that CBD is not a toxic substance. It may be found in the Cannabis Sativa plant, but that does not mean that it is harmful.
Usually, it has zero to 0.3% of THC, which is the recommended controlled amount. This amount of THC could not be detrimental to anyone’s health.
But, as they say, too much of something is bad enough. If you overdose on CBD, you don’t actually die. In fact, there are no cases of people dying because of overdosing.
However, you might lack the energy to do things. Some people even experience having diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. If you overdose on CBD, you might also experience having a dry mouth.
Can Your Body Take Too Much?
Again, there is no recommendation from the FDA yet. But aren’t you curious to know how much could our body tolerate?
The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a test on healthy volunteers using 200 mg oral CBD. Even though they felt dizzy, the volunteers did not show any signs of impairment or heart issues.
It only shows that, yes, you can tolerate high amounts of CBD. But of course, I would never recommend you to do that.
To sum it up, there really isn’t any ideal dosage when it comes to taking CBD oil. But if you would like to start the journey, take small doses at a time. Gradually increase your intake only when you think you couldn’t feel the desired effect.
There are many ways to take CBD oil, but the best way is the one you are most comfortable with. I prefer CBD oil, which you might not want. Choose what you think would best suit your lifestyle.
Children and adults have different needs and tolerance. If you would choose the CBD path towards healthy living, make sure that you are using the right amount given according to your need, your weight, and your preference.
Read and study for you to become well informed about CBD. You may see a lot of positive results on a test run in animals, but be careful because it may have a different impact on you.
But in the end, you are the master of your soul. Your body knows what it could and could not accept so, don’t force it.