How Much CBD Should I Take? Basic Guideline Of How To Choose CBD Servings
This is the question we are asked the most at Soul. It is also the hardest question for us to answer!
There are many variables to consider when figuring out how much CBD to take.
Every person is different. Age, weight, lifestyle, genetics, and environment all play an important role in your serving. Your body is as unique as your soul.
Additionally, your WHY for taking CBD will impact what an appropriate serving for you is. For example, whether you are taking it for overall health and wellness or whether you are taking it for a specific condition. Also, how severe your condition or symptoms are.
While we don’t have an easy answer to give you, we do have some guidelines that can help you answer “How much CBD oil should I take?”
GUIDELINE FOR CBD SERVINGS
Of course, first-and-foremost, you should consult with a healthcare practitioner (as you should when taking anything new). Especially if you are taking other medication or are having major health concerns. Your well-being is so important, you deserve all of the support and the best care!
A note for discussing CBD with your doctor or a health professional: have you read our article about the endocannabinoid system yet? If you haven’t, go check it out now! As a quick reminder, CBD works primarily through the endocannabinoid system. Scientists only discovered this complex network of neurons in the ‘90s, so it is brand-spanking new. There is a lack of widespread knowledge about the endocannabinoid system, both in the general public and with doctors and healthcare professionals. This is not something they learned when they were in school, and it might not be something that has come up a lot for them. Taking that into consideration, we recommend that you learn as much as you can on your own before consulting with a healthcare practitioner so that you are prepared for any conversation. We also recommend giving practitioners a call to see if this is an area they are well versed on or experienced in. Choosing the right practitioner for you is so important with any health concerns, but especially when discussing something that is not widely understood or acknowledged.
CBD is safe to take. It does not have adverse side effects and you will not overdose. Because of this, some people think that means they should just start by taking a large serving right away.
At Soul, we are all about peak safety and health, so we like to take a more conservative approach. Even though we know that CBD is safe and that we don’t have to worry about anything crazy happening when we take it, we love to treat our bodies like the temples they are!
So, we suggest that you start with a low serving (like one of our CBD gummies) and see how it feels. Keep that serving for a couple of days and monitor your mood and your calmness. We love to use journaling to really tune in to our experience during this process!
If you don’t notice a change, check with your vetted healthcare professional to discuss increasing your serving. If you do decide to increase your serving, continue to monitor your feelings for a few more days.
How Much CBD Should I Take? Use This Calculator To Find Out
Wondering how much CBD you should take? So do a lot of people.
The good news is that our Calculator helps take some of the guesswork out.
Cannabidiol (CBD) products are increasingly becoming one of the most popular general health and wellness products around the world. More and more people are turning to this natural compound for the potential health benefits that it offers, but how much should you take? It is one of the most commonly asked questions on our chat board.
The easy answer to it is… “Let’s Figure it Out Together”
Just like asking how much Aspirin you should take or how many calories you should consume – there are 4-5 important data points needed to get to the right answer. Some of those data points used in determining how much CBD you should take include: weight, metabolism, sex, the reason for using it, and what type of CBD you’re taking.
Sounds complicated, right? Don’t worry, though! We have developed a CBD dosage calculator to help you determine approximately how much CBD you should be taking, and it even suggests which CBD products may be better suited to you.
Before we discuss how the CBD calculator works, let’s take a look at what CBD is and some of the different factors that affect your CBD intake.
What is Cannabidiol, and what are the factors that influence dosing?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most abundant compounds in the hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychotropic properties and won’t get you high. Both hemp and marijuana plants belong to the cannabis sativa plant family, but each has unique properties.
All Federally Legal CBD products sold in the U.S. are from industrial hemp plants. The reason is that hemp is high in CBD and very low in THC. In Stirling’s case, our Product has 0% THC.
Inside all of us is something known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids. Like endocannabinoids, cannabinoids bind with the receptors in the ECS and transmit information around the body. The ECS has receptors spread throughout the body, but they are most prevalent inside the immune and nervous systems.
It’s because CBD is such a relatively new product and research and studies are ongoing that it’s so hard to determine an exact amount of CBD people should take. What works for one person may not be suitable for another. However, what we can do is give you a close estimate of how much you should be taking.
Interestingly, current studies show people don’t build up tolerances to CBD like they do with many other substances. A study in 2011 found that there not only did people not develop a tolerance to CBD, but they also had to use less product over time. Currently, this is just a theory, and more research needs to be conducted to confirm the reverse tolerance properties of CBD.
Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published a study indicating there have been no instances of people overdosing by taking too much CBD. In effect, your body gets rid of any it does not use. This is not the same as THC. THC builds up in fatty tissue. The good news is that Stirling has 0% THC Guaranteed so you don’t have to worry about THC.
How does the CBD dosage calculator work?
No – This Cutie does not do the calculations!
By answering a few questions – The CBD dosage calculator algorithm goes to work and kicks out an approximate range of the quantity of CBD you should consume.
The CBD Calculator follows several steps that you’ll need to answer as accurately as possible to ensure that you get the best dosing advice.
The questions that you’ll need to answer are:
- Who is using the CBD? – A Male or Female? Or is the CBD for a pet? Yes, even our pets have an endocannabinoid system and can benefit from CBD!
- Why are you taking it? – Next, we’ll ask why you’re taking the CBD. There are a variety of different reasons people take CBD, and we want to ensure that you’re getting recommendations for the best oil or product that suits you. The choices:
- Maintaining Health / Preventative Use
- I’m an Athlete and I want to Recover from Exercise / Gym Quicker
- Reduce Stress / Help My Brain Relax
- Sleep Better
- Pain (below 5 on a scale of 1-10)
- Chronic pain (above 5 on a scale of 1-10)
- Joint Pain & Swelling
- Other, more severe condition
- Weight Range – This is an important question for all health products. How much you weigh plays an important part in determining how much CBD you should be taking.
These are the things that we need to know to give you approximate guidance on what type of CBD product you should be using and how much CBD you should take. While these factors help to provide you with an approximate guideline to how much CBD you should be taking, there are other factors that we can’t determine.
How your body reacts to CBD, for example, your metabolism and tolerances, aren’t factors that we can account for in our CBD dosing calculator.
Once you complete the CBD dosing calculator, you will be given an approximate guideline on how much CBD you should be taking (recommended daily dosage) and also some great products that would be suited to you based on the information that you provided.
CBD Dosage Conclusion
The information provided by the calculator is intended as an approximate guideline only and will not be suitable for everyone. As with anything, no two people or their conditions will be the same, and actual dosages will vary from person to person. If CBD is not working for you, please talk to your doctor and adjust the dosing.
One thing that Stirling experts recommend is beginning with smaller doses and then gradually work your way up to larger dosages. Start with a lower dose, and then over a few weeks, you can increase the dose or frequency of dosages until you find a comfortable level that suits you or your condition.
You should always refer to the dosing guidelines supplied with any product that you buy, and if you notice any negative side effects, you should stop using it immediately and seek professional medical advice from your doctor or healthcare provider.