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CBD Dosage: How Much CBD Should You Be Taking?

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Cannabidiol, or CBD, has been making headlines recently thanks to its potential impact on health and wellbeing. 

It’s an all-natural compound derived from the hemp/cannabis plant and comes in many shapes and forms, making it a versatile option for supplementation.

As a relatively new discovery, there's still some confusion over CBD and its effects. 

New users can find it particularly challenging to figure out the right strength to support their health goals safely, so here’s how to figure out the best CBD dosage for your body and situation.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

Every person is different, and the correct CBD dosage for one person may produce different effects for another. So - while there are some good general starting points that many will find useful - others will need to follow a more individualized plan to achieve their goals and minimise the chance of any potential side effects.

There's no single fixed-dose when it comes to CBD, no matter how you choose to take it. The ideal amount will vary from person to person.

The UK FSA stated in May 2020 that it recommends healthy adults do not take more than 70mg of CBD daily

Fortunately, there's plenty of room for error when testing dosages and numerous studies have shown that even high levels of CBD are well tolerated - with some users observed taking 1500 mg of CBD daily without unwanted side effects. 

Below are some of the factors that go into how much CBD you should take.

Height And Weight

Your height and body weight will play a significant role in CBD dosage.

CBD has a slower distribution rate throughout the body with more tissue present and thus a lower and slower absorption rate.

Tall or heavier individuals may need a more potent dose of CBD to feel the same effects as smaller individuals.

Body Chemistry

Body chemistry also plays a vital role in CBD absorption. 

People with a naturally fast metabolism will absorb CBD more quickly, often resulting in more potent short-term effects. 

People with a slow metabolism, on the other hand, may require a higher dose of CBD to achieve similar results.

Dosing

The strength and amount of CBD you take will also play a factor in the quantity you should be taking.

We usually recommend people start with a medium strength CBD product as this leaves enough room to adjust the dose in either direction, however, some people do prefer to start with a small amount before working their way up to a more potent dosage.

Most CBD products make it easy to measure out the exact dose of CBD that you want in a sitting, so if you feel that the effects are too weak, slowly increase your dosage until you see the desired results.

Many new users begin with a dose of around 5 mg of CBD, and many edibles, capsules, tinctures, and more come in easily measurable servings. This can be taken up to three times a day, with most of our oil drops recommending 1-3 drops up to 3 times a day.

Whatever dose you choose to start with; be patient and observe yourself for at least a week or two before increasing - or decreasing - your dose as appropriate. We recommend doing this in smaller increments until you find the right dose for you. Once you find this, there is no need to keep increasing or decreasing.

Even though there are studies showing doses of up to 1500mg CBD being well-tolerated, we do not recommend a daily dose of more than 70mg - and in the vast majority of cases, even 70mg will be much more than you actually need.

Unlike THC, CBD does not appear to build up a tolerance in regular users, so long-term CBD users shouldn't have to change their dosage over time, though some people do like to play around with it every now and then.

However, if you gain or lose weight, you may have to adjust your daily treatment plan accordingly.

What Strength CBD Should I Use?

Extracts can vary in strength depending on how it gets harvested and processed, and the maturity of the plant means CBD oil can contain several other cannabis compounds in addition to CBD.

CBD products are only legal if they’re made from approved low-THC strains of the Cannabis Sativa plant, although they may still contain small amounts of THC along with all of the other compounds, flavonoids and terpenes that are present.

These additional compounds can enhance the effects of CBD for a stronger, longer-lasting treatment.

There are three main types of CBD products that differ based on processing, composition, and strength.

CBD isolates are purified and processed to remove all other cannabis compounds so that only the CBD remains. 

With just pure CBD involved, isolates offer the mildest effects of all CBD treatment options, and some people choose them because they are looking for an option that is 100% THC free - perhaps for drug-testing purposes.

Broad-spectrum oils contain CBD and other cannabis compounds such as CBC, though they don’t contain any THC. In many cases, companies even refer to products as “broad spectrum” when they only actually contain 2 or 3 compounds found in the plant. 

Broad-spectrum products can offer more of an entourage effect than isolates, meaning more substantial results than CBD alone.

Full-spectrum CBD is the most potent option for users. 

It goes through minimal processing, leaving more cannabis compounds present and intact, and is the closest thing you can get to using the entire plant exactly as mother nature intended.

Full-spectrum oils may contain trace amounts of THC, though it should only be in very trace amounts.

The type of CBD you choose will depend on what you’re trying to achieve, but we’d always recommend going for a full-spectrum CBD product to capitalize on the entourage effect.

Can You Take Too Much CBD?

In most cases, CBD is a perfectly safe option for people from all walks of life. 

Even with high doses, CBD shows no signs of toxicity and produces few side effects. 

It’s virtually impossible to overdose on CBD, even after ingesting more than the recommended dosage.

If you did happen to accidentally take too much CBD, at worst, you’ll experience some mildly uncomfortable side effects. 

People who have taken too much CBD in a single sitting often report these symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea

Reactions like these are very rare, and the best way to avoid them is to avoid taking too much CBD at once.

The only time that CBD could pose a potential risk is if it’s being used alongside certain other medications where there may be an interaction. In these circumstances, it can enhance specific symptoms such as drowsiness, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries.

You should avoid combining CBD products with certain antidepressants, stimulants, or blood thinners. It's also best to avoid CBD while on certain diabetes medications or if you are taking herbal supplements such as kava or melatonin.

The simplest thing to look for is medications that contain the warning “do not drink grapefruit juice when using this medication.” In these instances, “grapefruit juice” can effectively be replaced with “CBD” so users shouldn’t use CBD alongside the medication. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to speak to your doctor.

How To Take CBD

CBD is a versatile supplement, as there are plenty of ways for users to take it quickly and discreetly. 

When ingesting CBD, it can have a slower and more subtle effect, and in reality, most “edible” CBD supplements are not a very effective way of using CBD, due to their low bioavailability. 

When swallowed, CBD goes through the stomach and is processed by the liver before hitting the bloodstream, leading to a delay in the effects.

Taking CBD oil and tinctures sublingually can be more effective, as blood vessels under the tongue can more readily absorb CBD into the bloodstream.

CBD drinks and edibles are a convenient way to take CBD, but their effects will vary depending on the quality of the product used.

CBD vape oil is quickly becoming a popular alternative to nicotine products, and it also offers quick and efficient delivery to the bloodstream. However, as a company that likes to focus on people’s health and wellbeing, we can’t recommend people use this method to take their CBD as there are real question marks over the safety of vaping cannabinoids in this manner.

You can also apply a CBD cream directly to your skin where the ingredients will be absorbed through the skin. Using CBD in this way may not be as effective for some as using it orally, but for others wanting to use CBD in specific areas, it could be the perfect option.

Does CBD Have Any Side Effects?

While CBD is perfectly safe in most instances, in very rare cases some users may experience some mild, unwanted side effects

Side effects include tiredness, changes in appetite and diarrhoea, but these are incredibly rare and are often the result of users taking too much CBD too quickly.

The best way to avoid these side effects is to ensure that you take the correct CBD dosage, making sure that you remain mindful of the strength of the CBD you’re taking.

We’ve found that often people will not notice any changes until they stop taking CBD, at which point aches and pains reappear, so it’s important to keep track of how you feel when starting a new CBD supplementation routine.

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