Whether you are new to CBD or have been using it it for years, figuring out your ideal dose has been confusing, until now.
The Big Q: Why?
The Big A: CBD is compelling to consumers because it comes with a long list of promising purported health benefits; from reduced anxiety to help with nausea, inflammation, and insomnia. They are still waiting for clearance from the FDA, but in the meantime, many consumers are eager to test out the positive claims of CBD.
If you are wondering whether it is time join the CBD users, you are not alone. But as with any new food, drink, or supplement that promises health benefits, it’s best to start slow and smart.
- How is anyone to know how many CBD gummy bears is ideal?
- Should you put that entire vial of CBD oil under your tongue or keep it to one droplet?
- What does 5mg mean?
To help shed some light on nailing the right dosage, we checked in with Alexa Capano, a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with the 1st doctorate in cannabinoid science in the United States, she is an expert in the growing field of CBD products.
Start slow: “The best practice and the industry standard for dosing is to guide new CBD users to ‘start low and go slow.’ This means starting at a dose of 10mg and slowly titrating up as needed by increasing the dose in 5mg increments every 2 to 3 days,” says Dr. Capano.
Ease up your dosage, then Stop: The dose response curve looks like an inverted ‘U,’ or a bell-shaped curve, so the aim is to identify the peak of the individual’s response curve. “More is not always better” she emphasizes. So, you technically have to exceed your maximum dose to identify it.
For example: If you felt the same or worse after adding 5mg, then return to the previous dose. This requires some effort and patience by the consumer. Dosing is highly individualized, and scientific evidence does not support weight-based dosing in adult humans at this time. “In my observation, however, most people will achieve their optimal dose between 10mg and 40mg daily with high quality, full-spectrum CBD oil,” she adds.
Here is an example.
- Day 1: 10mg
- Day 2: 10mg
- Day 3: 10mg
- Day 4: 15mg (feels better than 10mg)
- Day 5: 15mg
- Day 6: 20mg (feels better than 15mg)
- Day 7: 20mg
- Day 8: 25 mg (does not feel different than 20mg…or feels worse)
- Day 9: Return to 20mg. This is the optimal dose.
Try it before bed:“I recommend people start using CBD at home, 1-2 hours before bedtime,” Dr. Capano says. The most common side effect is drowsiness, so if someone experiences this, then a nighttime dose will not compromise their safety or their productivity. Also, a night time dose will likely result in a good night’s sleep.
Adjust the dosage according to the type of CBD being used, as dosing depends on delivery route. You need less from a tincture that goes under the tongue than you would from an oral product, like a gummy or a capsule. This is because some of the active ingredients are lost to the GI tract by 1st-pass metabolism when taken orally. Tinctures under the tongue bypass this route, and therefore you get more of the active ingredient meaning greater bio-availability from sublingual delivery Vs oral delivery.
In Summary: The correct amount of CBD for you depends on your needs, the type of product you take, and the way your body responds to CBD. Everyone’s body reacts differently. Patience is Key, and if you do not like the way you feel after sampling CBD oil, do not use it.
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