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How Much CBD Should I Take?

August 31, 2022 5 min read

How Much CBD Should I Take?

How Much CBD Should I Take?

CBD has been used over a long period to treat various diseases and conditions. However, it is not easy to determine the dosage. This compound's dosage depends on factors such as age, the condition being treated, gender, and the form of CBD being taken, among other factors. This article tries to explain some general guidelines for dosing CBD.

 If a person is using CBD for the first time, they should always start with a low dosage and gradually increase it until they get the intended results. Luckily, CBD is safe, and there is no known severe effect on overdosing it, but still, it is better to be cautious when taking anything new as our bodies may react differently. Therefore, it is advisable not to depend on what others say or feel after taking CBD. This article will guide a person on how much CBD they should take and the factors to consider.

Introducing CBD

CBD is also known as cannabidiol; a compound derived from the hemp plant. It is the second most abundant compound. Unlike the most abundant compound, THC, CBD is not psychoactive. CBD is derived from flowers and leaves in the form of oil. According to Working (2022), there are three types which are:

Full-spectrum CBD

This CBD contains all hemp extracts, including CBD, CBN, CBC, flavonoids, and terpenes. Combining these hemp compounds creates an entourage effect that makes CBD more effective in treating various diseases and conditions. Full-spectrum CBD also contains some THC that does not exceed 0.3%. This amount is considered low to cause psychoactive effects.

Broad-spectrum CBD

It contains all the extract in hemp just like full-spectrum apart from THC. This type is considered free from THC. However, it still may contain THC in negligible amounts, which cannot exceed 0.3%.

CBD isolate

The purest form of CBD does not contain other hemp extracts such as CBG, CBN, flavonoids, and terpenes. It also includes 0% of THC. However, this type of oil lacks the entourage effects.

How Much CBD to Take

There is no universal dosage for CBD. The dosage may differ from one individual to the other because of the different body chemistry, weight, age, and degree of substance tolerance. When taking CBD, consider the below factors;

Purpose

People take CBD for different reasons. According to Rupasinghe et al. (2020), CBD is taken as a supplement but can also treat various skin diseases such as anxiety, pain, and nausea. If one is taking it to treat or manage pain caused by arthritis, take it sublingually, twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening. Start with a few milligrams, such as 5ml for a week. If a person doesn't experience relief after taking it for a week, increase the amount gradually until they feel the effects. These directions may differ if treating other conditions such as nausea and anxiety. Individuals may need to take a higher amount of CBD when treating more severe diseases. Some who take CBD as a supplement rather than treating a condition may require bringing it at least once or twice a week as it is not needed daily.

Form of CBD

Zenone et al. (2021) explained that there are several forms in which CBD is taken. These include tinctures, vapes, sprays, edibles, pills, and capsules. CBD can also be used topically in the form of balms and lotions. These forms contain different amounts of CBD. For example, taking CBD gummies may only give you a maximum of 5 ml of CBD. Taking a tincture or a drop of oil under the tongue may only provide 1 ML of CBD. Do not forget that CBD that goes through the digestive system may take a long to show effects. CBD taken as tinctures may kick in faster as it goes directly into the bloodstream. If someone takes CBD edibles or capsules, they may need to wait a bit longer. They should take it on an empty stomach to enhance the absorption of CBD that goes through the digestive system. Taking CBD oil along with other healthy fats may facilitate its absorption as CBD is fat soluble.

Start Low

Start with a low dosage if one is self-prescribing CBD for any condition. Starting low will help a person determine how CBD reacts to their body. They can start with 2ml of CBD for a week. If they feel no effects, they should consider using a different form of CBD but do not rush to increase the amount. Taking too much CBD can cause side effects such as fatigue, diarrhea, and changes in weight and appetite. Overdosing CBD can also cause liver damage, though these cases are rare.

Individual Factors

When taking CBD, factors such as weight, age, sex, personal preferences, and general health should be considered. A person with a heavy weight may need to take a high amount of CBD. Older people may need a lower dosage compared to middle-aged people, while men may need to take a high amount of CBD than women. If one has underlying conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, and cancer and is probably under medication, consider consulting your doctor before taking CBD.

Is Too Much CBD Harmful?

Hazekamp (2020) stated that too much CBD may have undesirable effects. Taking 600-1500mg of CBD daily may be safe. Taking more than the recommended daily may be dangerous and lead to liver damage. To avoid such complications, start with a low dose and gradually increase until one reaches the maximum. If you do not experience the intended effects, try a different form of CBD.

Precautions and Side Effects of CBD

CBD is generally safe. However, some known side effects include nausea, dry mouth, changes in appetite, weight, fatigue, and diarrhea. In rare cases, CBD can cause liver damage, especially if taken in high amounts. It can also interact with other medications. Therefore, it is advisable to seek medical advice before taking CBD supplements and other drugs.

Conclusion

There is no universal dosage for CBD. However, people have been using it to treat different ailments for an extended period. The amount to take differs depending on personal preferences, gender, body size, and general health condition. It also depends on the form of CBD being used. It is advisable to start with a lower dosage and gradually increase but not exceed the maximum daily amount. CBD may have side effects such as dry mouth, changes in appetite, fatigue, and diarrhea.

References

Hazekamp, A. (2018). The trouble with CBD oil. Medical cannabis and cannabinoids, 1(1), 65-72.

Rupasinghe, H. V., Davis, A., Kumar, S. K., Murray, B., & Zheljazkov, V. D. (2020). Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa subsp. sativa) is an emerging source of value-added functional food ingredients and nutraceuticals. Molecules, 25(18), 4078.

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Zenone, M. A., Snyder, J., & Crooks, V. (2021). Selling cannabidiol products in Canada: A framing analysis of advertising claims by online retailers. BMC public health, 21(1), 1-10.