Probably the most frequently asked question with regards to CBD is: How much should I take? The answer to this question isn’t a straightforward one and optimal CBD dosing will depend on many factors.
Whether you’re are new to CBD or an experienced user, understanding how CBD works and how to find your optimal dose will enable you to maximise the benefits you receive, while minimising any unwanted potential side effects.
What is CBD?
Firstly, for those of you that are new to the world of CBD – a brief introduction to this therapeutic compound.
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is one of many naturally-occurring compounds, known as cannabinoids, found in the cannabis and hemp plants. In fact, there are over 100 different cannabinoids found in cannabis, each with their own beneficial properties.
CBD and other cannabinoids found in cannabis positively interact with our native endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a vital role within the body, the main function being homeostasis or balance. The endocannabinoid system regulates a wide array of the body’s functions like mood, appetite, sleep, hormone production, and even stress and immune system responses.
CBD oil can help boost our bodies natural defenses and help to maintain good health.
CBD is safe to use on a regular basis and is non-intoxicating, so it won’t get you high.
Everyone Is Unique.
The first thing we need to establish is that everyone is unique and will react differently to various supplements, including CBD. Therefore it is impossible to set an exact recommended dose for CBD oil.
There isn’t a “one size fits all” dose, and there will be some trial and error while gauging your proper CBD dosage. CBD oil works differently for each person.
But there are guidelines which you can follow which will aid you in finding the optimal dose for your needs.
Factors that may influence your CBD dose.
We have established that everyone Is different. There are many factors which may influence your correct CBD dose, including;
• The concentration of CBD oil you are taking
• Your weight, age and general health
• Your tolerance to CBD
• Your reason for taking CBD.
Not only are we all made differently, we each have our own unique history with the use of substances, medications, supplements, and other things we put in our body. Because of this, we all have different body chemistry, and this will affect how our body reacts to CBD.
First gauge how your body responds to CBD.
When beginning CBD, it’s best to start with the lowest possible dose to gauge how your body responds to CBD. Everyone reacts differently to various supplements and CBD is no exception. Take one drop of CBD oil and listen to your body. Do you feel drowsy? Do you feel energised? Are you experiencing any symptoms that are not usual for you?
Once you have assessed how you personally react to CBD you can begin to find your optimal dose. There are a couple of common methods, which we will now discuss.
Estimate your CBD dose based on body weight.
One commonly used method of CBD dosing is to calculate CBD dose in accordance with body weight. As with many other substances and supplements, individuals with more body mass may require to take more CBD to experience the benefits. A CBD dose of between 1mg-5mg (milligram) per 4.5kg body weight is often used to determine the right CBD dosage. Your reason for taking CBD may also be an influencing factor, as well as your age and tolerance to CBD – so dosing using your body weight alone may not be an effective method for everyone. Experiment to see what works for you.
The “Low and slow” method of introducing CBD.
Another common method of dosing CBD is the “low and slow” approach. With this method you start with a low CBD dose and slowly increase your intake each week, until you reach the desired effect.
A good starting point is: 2-4mg of CBD, 3 times a day, for the first week. This is likely to equate to 1-2 drops (or sprays) of CBD oil, but this will depend on the strength of the oil you are taking.
Spread the drops throughout the day. For example, take one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Maintain this dose for a week.
The next step is to gauge how your body reacted to that amount of CBD, then increase gradually each week, while continuing to monitor your body’s reactions till you find the perfect dosage that works for your situation.
You will know when you have reached your optimal dose, because a further increase in CBD does not bring with it addition benefits. Please do not exceed the recommended 200mg daily CBD supplement limit.
The “low and slow” approach may not be suitable for all health situations. There may be some circumstances where higher doses of CBD are beneficial from the outset. If you have any queries please consult your doctor.
Our Love Hemp 400mg CBD oil spray would be an ideal choice if you are new to CBD. It comes in 4 flavour options and contains 1.8mg of CBD plus other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes, per spray.
The Bell Curve Effect
Once you have found your optimal level there is no need to continue to increase your dose because, it is theorised that, the benefits of CBD follow a bell-curve of effectivity.
This means that as you increase your dose of CBD per week, your benefit from taking CBD will increase, but only up to a point. Past this point, the possible benefits slowly diminish and become negated. This is why it’s recommended that you to start low and slowly increase your dose until you reach optimal results.
But if you find your health circumstances change, please don’t be afraid to experiment with your CBD dose.
Why is it best to start “low and slow”?
When you first start taking CBD you may experience some mild side effects including headaches, dry mouth, dizziness and nausea. These side effects are more likely to occur if you start with a high dose. So starting at a low dose and slowly increasing will minimise the potential side effects you experience.
Also, some people report feeling worse before they feel better when they first start taking CBD. Many believe a phenomenon called “the Herxheimer reaction” or “Herxing” is to blame. It’s a temporary state where you feel worse as your body tries to heal itself. Common symptoms include headaches, upset stomach, flu-like symptoms and rashes on the skin. These symptoms appear to last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but they disappear as quickly as they appeared. By controlling your CBD intake and starting at a low dose, you can minimise these unpleasant effects. Also drinking plenty of water will help reduce these symptoms.
And finally, why take more CBD than you need to? As CBD works on a bell-curve, any additional CBD you take above your optimal dose could be seen as wasted money.
At Love Hemp we offer a wide selection of high quality, full spectrum CBD oils in various strengths. So whether you are new to CBD, or an experienced user looking to increase your dose, we have a CBD oil suitable for your needs.
Finding your optimal CBD dose.
By following the above information and listening to your body, you can find a CBD dose that offers optimal results for you. It may take a bit of time and experimentation but the potential benefits are well worth the effort.
Knowing the numerous benefits that CBD can have on the body should be a motivating factor in your journey of discovering a dose that helps you to get the results you are hoping for.