You have decided to give CBD a try for one of the many benefits provided but how do you start?
Each of our bodies responds differently to CBD so there is no one size fits all dosage, and there will be some trial and error while gauging your proper dosage. There are countless variables such as weight, diet, metabolism, genetics, the concentration of CBD in the product, the ailment, and more that makes a prescribed dosage an impossibility. Instead, I will provide a recommendation to begin using CBD but you will have to experiment to see how your body reacts. The biggest tip I can provide is to “start small”. Starting with a smaller dose and working your way up will allow you to conserve CBD and save money all at the same time. Another benefit of starting small is that you can see how your body reacts to the different ingredients.
- Choose your method of CBD intake
- Begin with a small dosage
- Take multiple small doses over the day rather than one large dose
- Use the same dose for several days in a row before deciding to make a change
- Consult your doctor before starting any CBD treatment, as you would with any other supplement
Choose your method of CBD
Oral – Tinctures
CBD can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream from capillary-rich areas underneath the tongue, along the gums and cheek which circumvent possible metabolism in the stomach and a first-pass effect by the liver.
This route gets CBD into your bloodstream faster than swallowing at a more concentrated level. Under the tongue (sublingual) is generally quicker than against the cheek (buccal). It’s often suggested to keep CBD oil in your mouth for 1.5 minutes or more before swallowing. During this time, increase absorption by vigorously swishing the oil around your mouth or leaving it under your tongue for the minute and a half— this increases the surface contact between the oil and your capillaries.
Oral – Edibles and Capsules
When CBD is ingested, it passes through the digestive tract, where it’s absorbed into the bloodstream and travels throughout your body. This is the slowest route for CBD to reach its targets, but also the longest period of time that it’s active. Generally speaking, edibles and capsules take longer to provide relief but they last longer as the body slowly digests.
Many people find the best results while mixing the two. As an example, the first thing in the morning use a tincture to provide immediate relief for an ailment. A few hours later taking an edible, such as a gummie, will help provide a long lasting affect throughout the day.
Topical – Salves and Creams
Topical CBD diffuses across your skin and reaches local targets, like muscles, inflammatory cells, and pain-perceiving nerves. Very little, if any, enters the bloodstream but it will provide immediate relief to the affected area.
Often paired, topicals are great for on-the-spot treatment. However, for long-term health goals, people often get the best results when they pair topicals with oral or other CBD products.
How to choose your CBD dosage
With substances that bind to many different receptors, like CBD, there’s often a sweet spot around a mid-sized dose. That means you can’t necessarily expect the substance to be twice as strong if you double the dose—in fact, you might see the opposite.
The average dose is from 10 to 60mg, one to three times a day, though much higher doses to treat pain are equally tolerated.
If you are new to this treatment method, consider starting with a 5~10mg dose the first time you take CBD. If you feel no effects within a few hours try another 5~10mg dose and so on. If you are not new to CBD then you may want to start with a higher dose, such as 25mg of CBD. From that point on continue making adjustments until you find the right dosage of CBD for your body and ailment.
For the most part individuals with a larger body mass will require more CBD to experience its effects so keep this in mind when you are choosing your dosage.
For example, a 225lb person may need 30~35mg of CBD, one to two times a day, to treat anxiety where a 150lb person may only need 15~20mg of CBD. Again, this is just an example and dosages will vary from person to person.
The below chart is another way to estimate your CBD dosage based on body weight. Again, you will have to experiment and see what works for you but this chart can be used as a starting point or guideline.
How to measure your dosage
While I wish I could provide a mathematical CBD dosage calculation, it isn’t quite that simple – very rough estimates are about as good as it gets. As I mentioned earlier in this article it will take some trial and error to find your correct dosage but how do you know how many mg’s of CBD you are consuming?
It is simple with edibles and capsules seeing each has an exact amount of CBD, they provide a truly accurate way to dose CBD. Tinctures, however, make it a little harder but in reality, there is a basic math equation that is used to determine how much CBD you are ingesting.
For example, if you have a 30ml CBD tincture bottle that has 1500MG of CBD in it. Each dropper can hold a total of 1ml, which is clearly marked on all Natural Reserve CBD droppers. This means you can completely fill a dropper 30 times with one bottle. The equation is as follows:
1500mg of CBD ÷ 30 refills = 50MG of CBD per full dropper
See the below chart for a breakdown of all Natural Reserve CBD tinctures:
What’s your timeframe
Some variations of CBD hit the body and start working immediately while others take time to start working. If you are looking for immediate relief then tinctures or topicals will be the right choice for you. If you are looking for steady levels of CBD throughout the day than an oral product, like an edible or capsule, may be more appropriate.
Can you take too much
Clinical trials have provided doses of up to 1200mg a day, for months at a time without observing any serious side effects.
We also do not want you wasting your money by thinking the best method is to use the highest concentration of CBD available. There will be times when one person does require a very high dose while others will require a minimal dose to alleviate their symptoms.
That said, we recommend talking to your doctor before beginning any CBD therapies. Some studies have shown that CBD can lower your blood pressure and could potentially conflict with other blood pressure related medicines.