CBD Dosage: How Much CBD Should I Take?
CBD Dosage : CBD’s efficacy for a mixed bag of ailments has ignited a storm of CBD-infused treats at grocery stores (in some places) and enticing libations swimming with Cannabidiol. But, like many of those seeking relief through medical marijuana, there is little guidance available to point people toward correct dosing strategies.
How people use marijuana to treat themselves has been a long precursor to this predicament with CBD. In ten states, marijuana for recreational use is legal, as long as you’re 21 years of age. And in 32 states, marijuana can be used medically, with a physician’s prescription, which is relatively painless to obtain.
But after getting approved for a medical marijuana card—which in some cases, can be done easily online, without even seeing a physician—patients aren’t typically given instructions for a certain weight or mg dosage per day—the process of finding one’s appropriate dose is relatively blind, leaving those trying cannabis for the first time with research via an often incorrect internet or salespeople speaking from personal experience.
The narrative is now the same for CBD. Those turning to Cannabidiol, seeking relief from ailments while avoiding the intoxicating and addictive cannabinoid, THC, are blindly estimating their dosages from the companies selling the product to them, or worse—taking advice from friends or family expelling faulty information.
The internet is a tangled web to unweave, and many searching the internet for legitimate information leave more confused than when they began their search.
Since CBD isn’t FDA-approved, they haven’t stepped in to ease the matter either. The FDA has not created an RDI (recommended daily intake) for CBD, and no official “serving size” is tethered to Cannabidiol.
Even with miles of studies showing CBD’s healing properties for different conditions, patients are left to fend for themselves and very often start with too much or too little. It has become figure-it-out-for-yourself dosing mayhem.
There may yet be hope, though. With a bit of strategy, you can find a CBD dose that works for you.
What Does CBD Dosing Depend Upon?
CBD is available in multifarious forms, and common ways to take CBD are by way of tinctures (oil droppers), edibles, pills, and inhalation through a vaporizer. And like prescription medications, doses for CBD are not one-size-fits-all. The amount of CBD an individual consumes is dependent upon a range of things:
– The form of CBD (pill, oil, etc..)
– The concentration of the CBD
– The severity of the condition being treated
– The individual’s weight
– The individual’s biochemistry
For example, if a friend that’s twice your weight who takes it for seizures, swears by, and encourages a certain dose, it would be unwise to match the dosage of your friend as body weight plays a significant role in the efficacy of Cannabidiol. And similar to prescription medications, you may find that a specified dose is ineffective or maybe too much, which will require amendments.
How to Know How Much CBD is in a Drop
The most popular route for CBD is via tincture (oil dropper), which comes in varying sizes and concentrations. To figure out how much CBD you’re actually getting per serving can be a bit of a tedious process, as the mg of CBD per bottle vary and determining the quantity of CBD takes some math—one could purchase a 30mL bottle of CBD oil containing 300mg, 500mg, 1000mg, 1500 mg, or even 3000mg of CBD. Nearly every bottle of CBD lists the serving size as one full dropper, with 30 servings per container—but dropper sizes can vary, too.
One single drop out of a dropper equates to approximately 0.05mg of CBD—in a 300mg bottle. Twenty drops of CBD oil equates to roughly 1mL, so 20 drops of CBD out of a 300mg, 30mL bottle would add up to around 10mg of CBD. But in a 500mg bottle, one drop of CBD oil contains approximately 0.83mg of CBD, and an entire dropper full would give you about 17mg of CBD—a potentially high dose for someone just starting with CBD.
And imagine how much CBD you’d be taking if you bought a 3,000mg, 30mL bottle of CBD and consumed an entire dropper full—you’d be consuming ten times the amount of the 300mg bottle—100 mg of CBD.
Here are some more examples of how much CBD you’ll get out of 1oz, 30mL bottle of CBD:
1mL (1 dropper/20 drops), 300mg bottle: approximately 10 mg CBD
1mL (1 dropper/20 drops), 500mg bottle: approximately 17 mg CBD
1mL (1 dropper/20 drops), 600mg bottle: approximately 20 mg CBD
1mL (1 dropper/20 drops), 1,000mg bottle: approximately 33.5 mg CBD
1mL (1 dropper/20 drops), 3,000mg bottle: approximately 100 mg CBD
Estimated CBD Serving Size By Condition and Weight
It’s recommended for anyone trying CBD for the first time to start with a bare minimum dose (1-3 mg) and work their way up to their anticipated needs depending on their weight and condition. As with anyone, one’s individual biology will determine the efficacy of CBD.
Everywhere you look, the advice regarding dose is “speak to your physician to determine if you should take CBD (and speak to your physician regarding how much CBD you should take).”
The only problem is, most physicians are not familiar with CBD. The reason is that there are hardly any studies on CBD dosage, other than the ones that were done for certain juvenile seizures. So with that in mind, let’s look at the general consensus on dosing recommendations, based on people’s experiences.
CBD dosage: Below is the recommended amount per weight and condition to take per day.
(Lower dosing has been shown to be effective as well. Speak to your physician.)
INSOMNIA: 40-160 mg
CBD Dosage: Mild Pain:
51-100 lbs: 6-8 mg
101-150 lbs: 8-12 mg
151-230 lbs: 12-15mg
Over 230 lbs: 15-30 mg
CBD Dosage: Moderate Pain:
51-100 lbs: 9-12 mg
101-150 lbs: 13-15 mg
151-230 lbs: 16-30mg
Over 230 lbs: 31-50 mg
CBD Dosage: Severe Pain:
51-100 lbs: 12-15 mg
101-150 lbs: 16-30 mg
151-230 lbs: 31-50mg
Over 230 lbs: 50+ mg
CBD Dosage: Mild Depression or Anxiety:
51-100 lbs: 2-4 mg
101-150 lbs: 3-5 mg
151-230 lbs: 6-8mg
Over 230 lbs: 10mg or less
CBD Dosage: Moderate Depression or Anxiety
101-150 lbs: 6-8 mg
151-230 lbs: 9-12 mg
Over 230 lbs: 15 mg or less
CBD Dosage: Severe Depression or Anxiety
51-100 lbs: 6-7 mg
101-150 lbs: 8-10 mg
151-230 lbs: 12-15 mg
Over 230 lbs: 15+ mg
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Weed Edibles: 8 Things to Know Before You Try Ingestible Cannabis Products
The wild world of weed edibles is vast—and continues to grow. There are gummies, brownies, cookies, hard candies, mints, drinks, capsules, dissolvable tablets, and more. Exploring all these options can be a fun adventure, but edibles can also be intimidating because their effects last so much longer than when cannabis is inhaled. And once you ingest them, there’s no turning back. So here’s what you need to know before diving in.
Edibles are touted as a way to have fun, but also as a way to manage some health conditions, particularly pain and sleep issues. And there is some research to suggest they can be helpful. There is strong evidence that cannabis can help reduce chronic pain symptoms and moderate evidence that it can help alleviate short-term sleep issues associated with some health conditions, according to a comprehensive 2017 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. But those findings don’t address ingestible cannabis specifically or individual products on the market now.
Much of what we know about cannabis in medicine comes from either animal studies or anecdotal evidence, Sara Jane Ward, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology at Temple University who studies pain management with CBD and cannabis, tells SELF. Although these types of studies can be helpful, experts would generally like to see much larger and more robust studies before offering specific recommendations about how to manage symptoms.
This gap in research is a byproduct of the legal status of cannabis in the U.S. Right now cannabis is still a Schedule I drug, which is the federal government’s most restrictive category, SELF explained previously. The prohibitionist mindset that keeps cannabis there is the same system that continues to support a drug war that sends far too many people—particularly Black and brown people—to prison and props up law enforcement systems that perpetuate racist violence. This is one reason it’s crucial to be mindful and intentional about where you spend your money on cannabis products, prioritizing diverse-owned dispensaries and products wherever possible.
But without much guidance, the consumer is left to make a lot of choices about which products to use on their own. Although that trial-and-error process can be intimidating, it can also be fun. “Enjoy the experimentation because it should be enjoyable,” Sara Payan, cannabis educator and public education officer at the Apothecarium, tells SELF. Even if the product you’re using isn’t ultimately right for you, take this time to be mindful and learn more about how your body reacts to these experiences. Cannabis offers one of those rare opportunities that we can pause and evaluate, she says.
Whether you’re a total newbie to the world of cannabis edibles or you’re back from a long break, it’s important to know what to expect. Read on for some expert-backed tips about how to try weed edibles in a way that’s as safe and (hopefully) enjoyable as possible.
1. First, determine whether edibles are right for you.
Edible cannabis products are particularly helpful for some people at managing some health conditions, but they’re not necessarily right for everybody. So, first, think about what you want to get out of this cannabis experience and, maybe with the help of your doctor or a specialist, determine whether an edible is the best way to achieve that.
Cannabis is legal for medical use in only 36 states and D.C. But even if medical cannabis is legal where you are, it’s understandable that you might not feel super comfortable talking to your doctor about using it. If that’s not a conversation you want to have with them or if they aren’t equipped to discuss it in the detail you’d like, you can go to your state’s health department website to find a list of doctors who are licensed to certify cannabis patients. (Here’s New York’s list, for example.) They’ll be able to provide helpful guidance about using cannabis in your unique situation, which might include edibles.
Inhaling cannabis, through smoking or vaporizing it, will allow the compounds in it to act quickly, but the effects will last only three to four hours, Jordan Tishler, M.D., president of the Association of Cannabis Specialists, tells SELF. “Edibles are the opposite,” he says, likening them to extended-release medications. “They’re slow to work, but once they work, they last much longer.”
That makes weed edibles a better choice than inhalation for people who need longer-acting effects, like those dealing with chronic pain or insomnia. But they’re maybe not the best choice for people who need fast-acting relief from conditions like headaches. (Again, it’s important to remember that there are no FDA-approved prescribing guidelines here—much of what we know about cannabis medicine is from animal studies, limited human data, and experience.)
The fact that edibles don’t require smoking can be attractive as well. “The primary reason why people seek to use edibles might be stigma,” Dr. Ward says. Edibles are generally more discreet than smoking and allow you to avoid any issues with inhaling smoke or vapor. For people who have compromised lung functioning (maybe due to a condition like COPD), edibles may be “a route that physicians would feel is safer for them,” Dr. Ward says.
2. Be aware that cannabis can interfere with some medications.
Products containing cannabis have the potential to interfere with other medications you may be taking. “That’s one of my biggest concerns for people who are using cannabis without consulting a physician or pharmacist,” Dr. Ward says. “There are certain interactions where using cannabis can increase or decrease the strength of other medications people are taking.”
Right now experts know more about this with CBD (cannabidiol), which is one component of cannabis. “CBD relies on the liver to be broken down,” Dr. Ward explains, so if you’re taking other drugs that use the same pathway, that can affect how the body processes them. Both CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, generally considered to be the main psychoactive compound in cannabis) have been shown in lab studies to affect certain enzymes normally involved in processing many types of medications, including antidepressants and blood thinners, so cannabis could theoretically alter their functioning.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of studies in this realm. So the bottom line is that, if you regularly take medications, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor or a cannabis medicine specialist before using marijuana.
Best CBD ratio for pain
When treating pain with cannabis , you should ensure that the type of product and the ratio of the cannabinoids taken into consideration. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol are the primary cannabinoids, and other compounds can contain plant cannabis, e.g., terpenes and many other cannabinoids that provide a therapeutic effect.
Knowing whether CBD products have THC is essential to understand how to measure the CBD-to-THC ratio. Knowing how to balance your CBD dosage is quite simple; you ensure the CBD is higher than the THC to lessen the effect of THC, such as anxiety and paranoia. For instance, the 3:1 CBD to THC ratio is accurate because it is three times higher than the THC.
Cannabidiol, in total CBD, is gotten from the cannabis Sativa plant, also known as marijuana or hemp. CBD is the ultimate in hemp products which, by the way, is legal federally. CBD hemp products can be below 0.3% THC. It is not intoxicating because it was taken in small quantities. CBD can also be found in cannabis products that ha high THC.
CBD can be seen in products like oil and edibles since it naturally occurs and gives relaxation and calm. Unlike delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive.
THC is the cannabinoid responsible for getting high if used in large quantities. A cannabis product containing over 0.3% THC is illegal federally but can be obtained in states that legalized recreational and medical marijuana. Understanding the individual roles CBD and THC play in managing pain can help you find the best products for your specific needs.
The cannabis plant is used for recreational and medical purposes. The cannabis plant can leave a pleasurable effect after use which can soothe symptoms of various conditions such as chronic pain.
Consumers can take Cannabis plants in numerous ways, either by smoking or vaping, as tea, edibles (brownies or candies), raw, applying it on the body as a tropical treatment, capsules, or supplement.
Cannabis ingredients can be psychoactive in some but not in others. Depending on how a plant is grown, it varies in potency and balance.
CBD shows promise in treating varieties of conditions and ailments such as chronic pain, amongst others. However, research needs to be conducted to know the required dosage for specific diseases and conditions. Having the necessary knowledge of CBD products and how they work can improve your ability to administer CBD to particular ailments and situations accurately.
CBD products vary in the market, and they each have their considerations when it comes to the dosages they should be taken in. the CBD products types are listed below;
- CBD oil
- Topicals, such as creams and lotions
- Sublingual, such as oral sprays and droppers
- Vape pens
- High-CBD flower
When determining the required CBD dosage, if the CBD product ratio to THC is accurate, the CBD to THC ratio varies from product to product. Still, there is a commonplace ratio that ranks between 1:1 and 18:1 among most manufacturers.
A CBD to THC ratio of 18:1 cancels out the chance of getting the high they produce. A 1:1 CBD-to-THC ratio in a product is more balanced than the 18:1 CBD to THC and better suited for someone prepared for the intoxicating effects of THC, even if they are mild. Something such as a 2:1 or 3:1 CBD-to-THC ratio in the mid-range will be higher in CBD but will still slightly maintain the sensory and psychoactive effects of THC.
However, a person’s tolerance level will ultimately determine their reaction to THC’s products that will affect their intoxication level. Experimenting can help you choose the most effective CBD dosage for you but knowing how different the CBD to THC ratio works will help you narrow down the search. It might help start with a dose of 2.5 – 10mg of CBD to reduce anxiety or 160mg for inflammation.
But getting the CBD dosage is dependent on various factors, which include; The individual’s diet, metabolism, weight, medications, genetics, and medical condition, as well as the formulation and grade of the CBD. Therefore, it’s impossible to develop general CBD dosage instructions that work for everyone, but professional estimates can still be made using the limited information currently available.
Of course, novice users should start with a lower dose and work their way up until the optimal CBD dosage is found.
How much CBD is recommended for pain
CBD and THC cannabinoids can work individually to alleviate different types of pain. Still, by combining them, you can achieve an extra level of pain relief because it can fit o your specific needs.
Everybody needs differ primarily based on various factors not limited to genetics, medication, body composition, etc. The following guidelines work for most people:
1:1 – This is a good option for all kinds of pain. It is a general ratio and has equal amounts of CBD and THC. Though it can be uplifting, it can likely cause impairments if you use the suggested size. As a precautionary measure, you are always advised to start low, go slow to avoid intoxicating effects. You can also try it for neuropathic pain.
What strain of CBD is best for pain
CBD is a great cannabinoid to relieve pain, and it is generally recommended to try for strains that have a balance of THC and CBD. below are the various strains of CBD best for pain
Best CBD strain for pain and inflammation
Flyboy is a rare CBD strain that is perfect for treating pain and inflammation. The CBD interacts with the CB1 andCB2 receptors in the brain. Flyboy also helps to regulate the perception of pain and relaxes the muscles.
- SPECIAL SAUCE
The super sauce is soothingly perfect for treating chronic pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. It even has a high CBD level and an irresistible berry flavor that puts the mind to rest.
- SUVER HAZE
This strain is good for pain relief not only because of its calming effects, but Suver haze is also a good mood regulator.
- HAWAIIAN BREEZE
Hawaiian Breeze combines the energizing properties of Sativa and the relaxing effects of Indica. Hawaiian breeze has excellent pain relief properties because of the 19.8% CBD level. Hawaiian breeze is also known to induce sleepiness in consumers.
Chardonnay is an excellent CBD for pain relief. It is significant for treating joint pain, and because of its many analgesics and muscle relaxant, it helps the consumer feel relaxed.
So far, researches done to evaluate the safety of CBD for pain is ongoing. The only study that has shown positive results regarding the significant effects of CBD on the body has been carried out on mice. However, no serious safety concerns have been raised with moderate doses.
On the other hand, CBD is found to interact with some drugs commonly taken by people dealing with chronic pain and arthritis. For this reason, you must consult your doctor before trying CBD if you take any medication for treating pain.
Application of different cannabis to reduce pain
CBD can be taken in a different form for maximum effects, those forms of application are discussed below;
- Inhalation (smoking, vaping):
CBD, when inhaled, is effective immediately and can last for 2-4 hours, depending on the potency of the dosage taken. It is an excellent choice for instant relief and can be layered for a longer-acting method to get you through the night.
- Transdermal (patches, gels):
Transdermal products are substances that absorb directly into the bloodstream, and it takes effect almost immediately, it is applied and can last for up to 12 hours. It is typically used on areas close to the veins on the skin surface.
- Sublingual (placed under the tongue):
The sublingual administration can provide rapid relief, but it doesn’t take effect immediately since it is not water-soluble. Most are swallowed to be absorbed by the digestive system, which they have to wait for -hours for the dose to take effect. A true sublingual through absorbs rapidly in the mouth. The results can begin in 25-20 minutes and can last 4-6 hours.
- Edibles (gummies, capsules):
Edibles are absorbed rapidly by the body, i.e., between 30 minutes and 2 hours, and can last in the body for 5-8 hours. It is long-lasting.
- Topicals (creams, salves):
Tropicals take effects immediately but are not long-lasting, in which the pain is back in an hour.