CBD is all the rage lately, and with good reason: Millions of users and some scientific evidence have found the compound to be incredibly helpful at addressing multiple physical and emotional problems.
However, the compound is basically brand new to the commercial market, having only been legalized with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in December of 2018. As a result, many consumers have a ton of questions about what CBD is, how it can be used, and how it can be used safely.
Many of those questions center around use and dosage. CBD is available in a variety of forms, including edibles, vaping, balms, lotions and tinctures, and all of this has made it hard to determine the best dose for CBD use. While determining a specific dose for an individual may be difficult, there are some best practices which you can use for determining your best dosage. Here’s a quick guide to doing just that.
How Much Is Too Much?
Here’s the good news – overdosing on CBD is extremely difficult, if not impossible. This is because, unlike other drugs or dangerous compounds, CBD is non-addictive, safe and well tolerated. It does have side-effects, but those are generally well-tolerated and manageable.
Studies conducted on the subject have found that humans can safely consume large amounts of CBD with no negative side effects. A 2011 study tested individuals and found that even people who had consumed large amounts of CBD – 1,500 miligrams – had no negative side effects.
Factors Which Mitigate CBD’s Impact on Your Body and Mind
Numerous factors impact your CBD experience. These include, but are not limited to:
Always keep in mind that the more you increase your CBD consumption, the greater the risks of you experiencing negative side effects of CBD. These side effects are usually relatively minor and limited to things like fatigue, dry mouth or diarrhea.
The truth is that there is no way of determining what dosage may work best for you. Indeed, this question about the need to determine an accurate therapeutic dose will likely be one of the most researched questions about CBD in the upcoming years.
It is for these reasons that it is highly recommended that, when you start to use CBD, you start with a low dose. This will give you time to determine what level of CBD consumption makes an impact for you, and if you do have any of the negative side effects which are sometimes associated with CBD consumption.
Furthermore, as CBD can cause fatigue, diarrhea or an upset stomach, it is highly advisable that you are somewhere at home or where you can lie down easily if you do get tired. After all, the last thing you want is to be outside or somewhere busy or where you don’t have access to a bathroom if you are in the middle of using CBD or the first time and do get an upset stomach.
Measuring Dose Depends on Method of Consumption
Another challenge with CBD dosing is that it can be difficult to accurately measure a dosage, depending on your method of consumption. Some methods are much easier than others.
Generally speaking, measuring dosage in tinctures or pills is easiest. All you have to do there is look at the compound’s labeling to determine how much is in the stopper or the pill.
Measuring doses in an edible should also not be terrible difficult, as your label should have how much of CBD is actually in whatever you are eating or drinking. However, the accuracy of that label depends on just how stringent the company’s manufacturing is, and as noted below, this can be a challenge.
Measuring a dose in a vape can be difficult, as numerous factors (the type of vape you have, how much CBD you load into the vape, how long you inhale/exhale) can alter the amount of CBD you actually ingest. Measuring CBD dosage with a balm or topical can also be problematic, as skin absorption rates and other ingredients in the balm can impact how much CBD is actually ingested.
A Safety Note About Labeling
Taking an accurate dosage of CBD is only possible if the labeling on the CBD product is accurate; unfortunately, this is not always the case. A 2017 study from the University of Pennsylvania examined the accuracy of CBD labeling and found that nearly 70% were mislabeled.
As such, it is always safer to purchase CBD products which have been independently tested by a neutral, third party, and come with a Certificate of Analysis which shows what ingredients are in the product, and in what amounts. This ensures that you are actually ingesting what it says you are ingesting on the label.
CBD oil is new, it is exciting, and it may be very beneficial to users. However, it’s clear that more research needs to be done in order to better determine just how CBD can be the most helpful. As such, use caution when you try using CBD. Start slow and with low doses, and gradually increase the amount you ingest until you find a level that works for you. Determining the best level of CBD to consume is likely to be one of the chief goals of future research, so it’s difficult to say just what CBD level works for you. Thankfully, CBD is safe and viewed as non-dangerous by most medical professionals, and while you should always consult your Doctor before consuming CBD, you should be able to start consuming the compound at whatever level is comfortable for you.