The Ultimate CBD Dosage Guide For Beginners
This article will walk you through the common types of CBD products, personal and professional dosage recommendations, and hopefully, make you feel more comfortable with a cbd based lifestyle.
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Here are the main sources I used to create this article. After reading my article if you want more information I strongly recommend reading sources 1 and 2. Comment below if you have any questions, I’d love to help.
Source 1: National Center for Biotechnology Information
Source 2: New England Journal of Medicine
Source 3: Clinicaltrials.gov
Source 4: British Journal of Pharmacology
Did you know that medical scientists are just now developing dosing schedules for medical marijuana, medicinal hemp and their extracts, including CBD? Cannabis is one of the most highly studied drugs at over 24,000 peer-reviewed studies on PubMed, alone.
First: 7-steps to Finding Your CBD Dosage:
1. Decide how you want to take cannabis. Cannabis oil is available in sprays, capsules, edibles and other products.
2. Find your ratio. Cannabis products have varying amounts of CBD and THC. A high CBD or high THC product is not necessarily superior to a strain with a balanced ratio. Find the proper combination to optimize your therapeutic use of cannabis.
3. Begin with a low dose especially if you have little or no experience with cannabis. Take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose.
4. Use the same dose and ratio for several days. Observe the effects and if necessary adjust the ratio or amount.
5. Don’t overdo it. “Less is more” is often the case with cannabis therapeutics.
6. Be aware of possible side effects. Cannabis is a safe and forgiving medicine. Depending upon delivery method and individual tolerance, it can amplify anxiety and mood disorders. Other possible side effects are dry mouth, dizziness, and faintness.
7. Consult your health counselor. Proceed cautiously, especially if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, mental illness, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Are The Recommended CBD Dosages?
The following recommended doses were extracted from various clinical studies, with sources at the top of this article and hyperlinked into each recommended dose.
General Health: 1 – 2.5mg/day
Chronic Pain: 2.5 – 20mg/day
Epilepsy: 200-300mg/day or 40mg/kg
Sleep Disorders: 40-160mg/day
These are general guidelines and you should always consult with your primary physician before starting any new supplement or regimen.
Take these recommendations as a benchmark of where to start. You will find that CBD typically takes about 30mg to truly feel an effect. This is due in part to the fact that our bodies are so used to strong pharmaceuticals and immediate results.
Here’s what the National Center for Biotechnology Information said about dosage:
Preclinical and clinical studies show CBD possesses a wide range of therapeutic properties, including antipsychotic, analgesic, neuroprotective, anticonvulsant, antiemetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, and antineoplastic properties (see source 1, source 2, source 3, source 4 for reviews).
A review of potential side effects in humans found that CBD was well tolerated across a wide dose range, up to 1500 mg/day (orally), with no reported psychomotor slowing, negative mood effects, or vital sign abnormalities noted
Metabolism contributes largely to how we absorb the cannabinoids and terpenes. Additionally, many conditions are beginning to be classified under Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) “This is very broad and vague, but in theory, the severity of the deficiency can attribute to the dose necessary.”
I currently consume over 120mg of CBD per day. I suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia. To be honest, I think I”m pretty normal. Most of us that work full-time jobs, have a family and at least a mortgage stress too much and have terrible sleep patterns.
The goal we all have is to take control of our life no matter what is thrown at us. Stay positive and keep reading, you can’t afford to miss the next few sections:
Take a look at what 20+ Reddit users said their daily CBD dosage was:
Now that you have an intro to finding your ideal CBD dosage, let’s jump into the most popular forms of CBD and how to consume them.
Isolate vs Full-Spectrum: What’s the difference?
Simply put, CBD isolate is the pure, isolated CBD compound all by itself. It exists as a white-ish powder and contains no other active compounds.
CBD isolate became fairly popular due to its complete absence of THC. Unfortunately, it is absent from every other beneficial cannabinoid, terpenoid or essential compound – this makes isolates less effective for digestible products but much more effective for topicals.
Full-spectrum oil, on the other hand, contains other active plant compounds in addition to the CBD. This includes other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBL, and CBCVA, as well as aromatic cannabis terpenes like pinene and limonene.
Reddit comments about Isolate vs full plant spectrum, which is better and why:
What Are The 3 Most Popular Ways To Consume CBD?
1. Oral Uptake: Lozenges, Tinctures, and Hard Candies are included. This method can provide near-immediate relief, sometimes taking up to 15 minutes. The therapeutic effects span over the next few hours.
2. Gastrointestinal Uptake: This method includes hearty baked goods such as cookies, brownies, granola or any other dense foods. Gummies are also included. The cannabinoids take up to 4 hours to become activated. Therapeutic effects span up to 8 hours or more.
3. Hybrid Uptake: This uptake method includes chocolates and infused drinks. The method is a combination of sublingual absorption and G.I. absorption. It may take up to an hour for the cannabinoids to activate. Although, this method spans over the next 2-4 hours.
What Are The 6 Most Popular Forms of CBD?
CBD tinctures or oils are by far the most common form of CBD. Popularized by brands like CWhemp, tinctures are very common for new CBD users.
If you are new to the CBD world I would recommend you start with a tincture. Tinctures are basically oils. In its simplest form, a tincture is a highly concentrated liquid extract combined with a solvent such as vegetable glycerine or alcohol, and are then formed into drops, ready to be administered.
How are CBD tinctures made? Here’s a four-step guide provided by leafly:
1. Tinctures are produced by soaking cannabis flowers or isolates in a high-proof grain alcohol, then applying low heat for a significant span of time.
2. This allows the active compounds in cannabis to infuse into the alcohol, much of which is then boiled off.
3. The result is a potent liquid that delivers the effects of the cannabinoid molecules without any smoking or another form of combustion.
4. In the growing consumer market, producers will often add carrier oils and other complementary ingredients, such as an orange oil to improve the taste of a tincture.
I found this nice image on Pinterest showing an inside look at what the oil in your CBD tincture is composed of:
CBD Tinctures have numerous benefits, here are three that wikileaf and I agree on:
1. The arteries beneath the tongue allow tinctures to be absorbed into the bloodstream quite quickly, people can expect to feel results in fifteen to forty-five minutes.
2. Tinctures are also a low calorie, smoke-free alternative. The potency of a tincture generally means that a consumer would only need to take two to three teaspoons of the substance a day.
3. Finally, the alcohol in the heating process functions as a preservative, so, unlike other methods of consuming herbs, tinctures usually have a multi-year long shelf life.
To conclude when managing your daily dosage for a tincture, remember that all tinctures are a mixed compound, so you may need to consume a large amount of CBD to reach your desired quantity.
2. CBD Shatter:
Shatter is defined as the consumption method associated with the flash vaporization of cannabis concentrates. Shatter refers to a texture of concentrate that breaks and shatters like glass, rather than pulling like taffy.
3 Facts about CBD Shatter:
1. A little bit goes a long way and is known to be one of the best ways to get immediate and effective relief.
2. CBD Isolate also contains less plant material, so you are inhaling more cannabidiol and less combusted resin
3. CBD Shatter is CBD isolate, that means its 99% pure
A Reddit user from the subreddit /CBD showed exactly what 99% pure CBD isolate looks like. Click the image to read all of the comments on CBD isolate and CBD shatter.
The knock on CBD shatter and all CBD concentrates is that it feels very much like a drug and that they are hard to consume.
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Also, if you want to jump to the juicy dosages you can read my guide on CBD concentrates later.
Overall, the recommended dosage for concentrates is lower than other CBD products. Why? Concentrates are pure. You don’t need the same volume if you are consuming pure vs a mixed product.
You’re not going to dab 15mg of shatter if you consume 15mg of CBD oil. Even pure oils use a PG/VG filler. If you are new to CBD I wouldn’t start with a concentrate.
3. CBD Vape Juice:
CBD vape juice is like a normal e-liquid that is used in an electronic cigarette, except CBD e-liquid is a cannabis-infused product, rather than a nicotine product. Both are used as the fluid for electronic cigarettes or vaporizers.
1. You already vape. This is a no-brainer. If you are already vaping for other reasons, then swapping out your regular e-liquid for CBD vape juice is an obvious thing to do. You probably love vaping and you’ll love getting your CBD from vapor too.
2. Small dosage. The great thing about CBD vape juice and this also goes for pre-filled cartridges of it, is that you’ll know exactly how much you’re getting and can space out your use. It’s convenient and (dare we say it?) fun, to just take a puff on your vapor device here and there throughout the day. You can methodically dose out the right amount that you need.
3. It’s private. If you are using CBD to help with anxiety or stress in your day, you may not feel comfortable bringing a CBD product to the office with you. But everyone knows about vaping by now and there isn’t the same stigma. One of the benefits of CBD vape juice is that nobody knows what you are actually vaping and there is no smell!
4. It’s tasty. It is our great hope that all CBD products will have good taste, but we all know that isn’t always the case. The great thing about CBD vape juice is that say what you will about it but vaping is tasty. If you’ve ever tried it, you know there are some incredibly good flavors out there for vape juice, and now they’re available to help make CBD taste incredible too.
This guy is a bit goofy, but ignore his crazy unicorn t-shirt and listen to his reasons for favoring CBD vapes.
4. CBD Edibles:
Simply, an “edible” is any food, such as candies, cookies, and brownies, that contains CBD.
For many people wishing to consume CBD, edibles are an easy alternative to other routes of administration, such as vaping and smoking.
In addition, some patients cannot or simply choose not to consume their marijuana or CBD in whole leaf form. Some people don’t like the taste or have respiratory issues preventing them from smoking/vaping, etc.
To learn everything about CBD edibles, take seven minutes to check out the guide I wrote on CBD edibles.
When opting for a CBD edible you can feel safe knowing the exact dosage per serving size. I’ve never found a professional CBD edible that didn’t clearly list all of its ingredients, dosage per serving, recommendations and cautions.
If you are new to the CBD world I would recommend starting with an edible. They are manageable, effective and typically cost-effective.
Here is a chart I created to find your ideal CBD edible dosage:
5. CBD Topicals:
A topical is a medication that is applied to a specific place on or in the body. Most often topical administration means an application to body surfaces such as the skin or mucous membranes to treat ailments.
Types of CBD topicals or transdermal products that I tried:
1. CBD Salve and Balms: Salves and balms only use fatty oils and wax as a base
2. CBD Creams and lotions: Creams and lotions use water and moisturizing agents in their base
To learn more about CBD salves and balms, check out my article comparing the two transdermal CBD products.
6. CBD Softgels
A soft gel is an oral dosage form for medicine similar to capsules. They consist of a gelatin-based shell surrounding a liquid fill. Softgels are tasteless and can be taken on a full or empty stomach, taken with water, soda, or even with a dry gulp.
Pros of CBD Soft Gels:
1. Each capsule offers a set amount of CBD, it is much easier to keep track of your daily serving size.
2. Soft-gels can start working in 20 minutes but may take up to an hour to “kick in”
3. They last at least four hours, but usually up to 8-10 hours.
4. Softgels are preferred if you are a smoker because smokers lack the efficient absorptive mechanisms in the mouth because of the effect of cigarettes on salivary production.
A seamless way to introduce CBD into your daily routine, softgels serve as the entry barrier for a lot of 50+-year-old users to feel comfortable with adding CBD to their routine.
I personally love softgels, they have no flavor, they set in fast and last for up to 10 hours. These little pills pack a punch and are cost effective.
Different routes of administration, such as vaporization, sublingual tinctures, or transdermal patches, provide a more direct route for CBD to enter the bloodstream.
This probably allows for a larger proportion of the CBD in those products to enter the bloodstream. So, people interested in CBD products may want to consider experimenting with different routes of administration.
The best advice I can give people is to be patient with your CBD experimenting, you may have to try several types and brands of each type to find the product that does you best.
Remember to use the 7-steps I shared above, and always start slow and dose low.
Stay tuned for our next CBD dosage guide that will focus on CBD users that require a daily dosage above 75mg.
Comment below if you have any questions! happy dosing!