Introduction to CBD and Dosage
When it comes to CBD, there is lots of information out there regarding dosage. Finding the perfect dosage for you personally is key to gaining the desired effects. It is all too common to hear “Take one dropper of CBD per day,” which is a regular dosage recommendation. This doesn’t take into consideration the individual consuming CBD or the reasons behind choosing to use CBD. Some key things to be considered are:·
- The weight of the individual
- The conditions being treated
- The concentration or potency of CBD
- The form the CBD is in eg. CBD oil, CBD capsules.
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is an active compound which is called cannabinoids. They are found in the hemp plant, which is related to the marijuana plant (where cannabis comes from) and are known to work naturally with your body's endocannabinoid system. We all have an endocannabinoid system which has lots of tiny receptors that attach themselves to your nervous system. CBD has an effect on mood, pain and everyday experience by connecting to these receptors. High quality CBD can help stimulate receptors which has many benefits to overall health and well-being.
The benefits of CBD
In addition to treating the multiple forms of epilepsy, CBD is also effective for anxiety, stress, sleep, depression, and physical ailments. There is no shortage of research to back up these claims either. High-quality CBD supports our bodies’ natural endocannabinoid system. In essence, CBD consumption is similar to any other supplement we take - it naturally supports and encourages what our bodies are already doing but enhances it. Cannabinoids in CBD products help maintain a natural balance to support your mind and body’s wellness.
CBD - which is a cannabinoid from the cannabis plant - helps cannabinoids interact with your endocannabinoid system. It helps your body stay balanced. Research and anecdotal evidence shows that it can help promote a healthy sleep cycle and has been used to help treat symptoms of insomnia. Studies that have shown CBD does improve sleep aren't always sure of why this is. It is suggested that it helps to tackle the root cause of insomnia. At Reboot CBD we stock OTO Sleep Drops which were placed third on Get the Dose best 2020 CBD oil review!.
According to a 2015 review, CBD interacts with the cannabinoid type 1 receptor (CB1R) and in other receptors in the brain that help to regulate fear and anxiety in the body. The review also found that it was successful in treating specific types of anxiety disorders such as:
- generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- social anxiety disorder (SAD)
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- panic disorder (PD)
CBD and cancer have been a recent topic of discussion. There is no evidence to suggest that CBD can cure cancer or even alleviate symptoms but there are lots of studies with similar results. It has been shown that CBD may be helpful in reducing nausea caused by cancer treatment - chemotherapy. Synthetic cannabinoids like dronabinol have been approved for use with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, but have not been shown to be superior to conventional anti-nausea medications.
Research surrounding CBD and dosages
CBD is legal in most places but quality and strength varies throughout the world. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not control most CBD products. As a result, the quality, concentration, potency and safety of the CBD products can vary dramatically - it is difficult to calculate a perfect dosage. It is important that dosage is controlled by the user to gain the maximum benefits from CBD.
The FDA has only approved the use of CBD for some forms of epilepsy, there is not enough research to evaluate how you would use it specifically for different medical issues but you can measure your dosage and see how you feel and alter it accordingly.
In recent studies, researchers have tested various dosages of CBD, ranging from 100–800mg per day, some even higher dosages. According to a review, an individual suffering from psychosis saw an improvement after taking 1,200mg per day for a few weeks. Another study showed people suffering with schizophrenia saw the benefits after taking increasing dosages of 40–1,280mg per day for 4 weeks.
Different forms of CBD
The dosage an individual chooses to take will depend on the method of consumption that they use and the strength of the product. CBD comes in many forms such as:
CBD Oil - CBD oil is a daily supplement to help with a variety of health issues. CBD drops are easy and effective to administer your daily dose orally and are the most popular as they are usually a purer form of CBD. Simply place the drops in your mouth, under your tongue using the dropper/pipit and hold the CBD oil in place for a minimum of 60 seconds - this allows absorption via into the bloodstream quickly. Once 60 seconds has passed, swallow the CBD oil.
CBD Spray - CBD Sprays are quick, easy and convenient for fitting CBD products into your daily life. CBD Sprays are similar to CBD oils in the way that they promote quick absorption into the bloodstream as they are sprayed directly into the mouth.
CBD Capsule - CBD capsules offer the benefits of CBD, but in an easy-to-take form. CBD capsules are still of a high-quality product and are much more familiar to us to take on a daily basis.
CBD Edibles - CBD edibles are proven to help with lots of health issues or just daily health in general. CBD edibles such as gummies are a great way to consume your daily intake easily and discreetly. They are very easy to simply open, eat and enjoy. They do take longer to take effect but are best for those seeking sustained effects.
Recently as the CBD market grows things such as drinks, cosmetics and food products are all being created with CBD as an ingredient.
How to work out what dosage you are taking
Some products, such as CBD gummies, capsules, or pills, are clear on how much CBD is in a single serving. E.g. the packaging on a bottle of CBD capsules might state that there is 5 mg of CBD per capsule.
If you’re already currently using CBD oil, it is most likely that it is in a dropper bottle. With some CBD products the bottle might specify how much CBD is in a single drop which makes it easier to calculate and control your dosage.
Sadly, some products are not so specific and you have to do some maths to work it out. If the bottle states the amount of CBD in the entire bottle you can estimate. One drop is about 0.05 millilitres (ml). That is not the full pipit, just a singular drop. If the bottle is 10ml of CBD oil it contains 200 drops, if the packaging for that 10-mL bottle says that the bottle contains 1,000 mg of CBD, each drop will contain about 5 mg of CBD.
Consider Body Weight
A good place to start with dosage is your weight in relation to your pain levels, if that is why you are taking CBD. As with most, individuals with more body mass require more CBD to benefit from its effects. A good rule to start with to determine your personalised CBD dosage is try taking 1–6MG of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight based on the individual’s level of pain.
Start Small and Increase Dosage
If in doubt with your dosage start small and gradually increase your daily dosage until your gain the desire affects. It might be helpful to keep note of how much dosage you are taking and give a brief description of how it affected you so you can understand how your body reacts.
Talk to a professional
It is always good to talk to someone if you are unsure about your dosage, it is trial and error to find the best balance for your body but do reach out if you want to get in touch for some advice and guidance on where to begin with your CBD journey.
Is it possible to overdose?
CBD is being used much more widely to be a natural treatment for many conditions such as arthritis, anxiety and hormonal acne. There is growing awareness and lots of scientific data to prove CBD is having positive effects on a wide range of health issues. CBD is still sometimes a taboo topic and a commonly asked question surrounding it safely is always asked.
If you’ve considered using CBD, you could have questions about its long-term safety. One of the most common questions about CBD is whether or not it's possible to overdose and potentially harm yourself by taking an excessive dose of CBD. In simple terms, you cannot have too much CBD, it cannot reach a harmful level to humans but it can have side effects person to person so consider how it affects you!
CBD has been known to give some people symptoms such as nausea and fatigue. It can also raise the level of coumadin which is a blood thinner, in the exact same way that grapefruit juice does. CBD is always sold as a supplement not a medication.
Concluding CBD Dosing
There is so much information online about CBD and it is hard to find the exact information you want. The exact dosage is different depending on your needs and your body. At Reboot CBD we advise as best as we can to help you start your CBD journey. We hope this ultimate guide to CBD dosing gives you enough information but please do contact us if you have any further questions.
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