The benefits of CBD oil appear limitless. But is there a magic amount that works best?
To answer that, you need to start by knowing what symptoms you’re treating with the CBD oil, along with your experience with CBD oil and your weight.
Take too little CBD oil and you will not feel any benefits. Your pain and symptoms will continue.
Take too high of CBD dosages and you’ll feel the side effects of the CBD. In rare cases, CBD oil can have adverse effects.
However, if you take the right amount, you’ll notice your symptoms beginning to fade. Finding the right CBD dosages for you and your symptoms means you’ll need to do some experimenting.
Fortunately, this process can be easy with a few tips. Here’s how you can find the perfect CBD dosage.
CBD Oil Benefits and Side Effects
CBD is a safe, natural alternative to traditional pain medications.
It can calm the mind, improve focus, and ease aches and pains. However, if you take too much, you may encounter some other problems.
The side effects of CBD oil are minimal and not life-threatening. You don’t need to worry about overdosing on CBD oil.
Most people don’t feel any side effects, however, if it’s your first time using CBD oil, you may experience:
- Tiredness and foggy mind
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
The most common one is tiredness, as CBD oil is a natural relaxant.
Let’s switch to the benefits of CBD oil. When taken in the right amount, CBD oil can help with:
- Sleep disorders
- Inflammation and general pain
- Less frequent and severe seizures for those with epilepsy
- Illness due to cancer treatment
- Improve appetite
Again, the trick is to find the best amount that works for you.
The Right CBD Dosages
There are many factors to consider before you start using CBD oil regularly.
Your body weight, experience with CBD oil, and the oil strength are all important. If you’re new to CBD oil, use the lowest CBD dosages and work your way up to a higher dosage.
Like many medications, your body weight plays an important role in determining the CBD dosages you’ll need.
People with a lighter bodyweight will need less CBD oil than those with a greater weight. A general rule is to take 1-6mg of CBD oil per 10lbs of body weight. Using 1mg per 10lbs of body weight, a 200-pound person will require between 20-mg of CBD while a 150-pound person will only need around 10-20mg of CBD oil.
On the higher end, a 150-pound person may need up to 80-90mg of CBD oil. That is the highest dosage a person should take to avoid becoming too tired or ill.
People who have experience taking CBD oil will require more to achieve the same effects. Over time, your body can build a tolerance to CBD oil. In rare cases, people can develop a reverse tolerance in which they feel more side effects.
Should you begin to feel sensitive to CBD oil, reduce your dosage.
Basing CBD dosages on body weight will help you find the lowest amount of CBD you’ll need. Starting with the lowest amount of CBD oil will cut your chances of experiencing the side effects of CBD oil.
Symptoms You’re Treating
The symptoms you’re treating and their severity are another determining factor for CBD dosages.
A person experiencing greater pain from arthritis will need more CBD oil than someone with mild anxiety.
With some practice, you’ll be able to gauge the amount of CBD you need.
CBD Oil Strength
When shopping for CBD oils, you’re sure to find a range of potencies.
You can find anything from 1mg of CBD oil per 1mL serving to 100mg per 1mL serving.
All forms of CBD have a potency label with the total amount of CBD it contains. Since the labels tell the total amount of CBD in the bottle or cartridge, you’ll have to do some math.
Divide the total amount of CBD (let’s say 1500mg) by the number of milliliters (we’ll go with 30ml) in the bottle. This will give you the amount of CBD in a 1mL serving. In this case, it’s 50mg of CBD per 1mL of oil.
People needing less than 50mg may do a half-dose. This can be small spray, half of a dropper, or half a CBD vape cartridge.
Basing your dosage on your body weight will help you find the best strength. You can take CBD more frequently or in higher amounts should you feel the benefits beginning to fade.
How You Take Your CBD
Are you using tinctures, edibles, topicals, or vape to take your CBD? Each one will affect you differently.
You’ll need higher CBD dosages of edibles and topicals to feel the effects. Edibles take anywhere from half an hour to 90 minutes to take effect.
Topicals work in about a few minutes but also require a higher amount.
When using under-the-tongue tinctures and vape oils, you’ll only need a small amount of CBD oil. Tinctures will take 5-20 minutes to take effect while the vaping takes only 1-3 minutes. If you use tinctures, here’s a cbd usage guide to learn about dosage and use.
Start with the least potent forms of CBD tinctures, vape liquids, and nasal mists. You can better gauge how the CBD affects you and be able to take more if you don’t feel the CBD.
Frequency of CBD Dosages
After about 2 to 4 hours, the CBD begins to wear off.
Most people use CBD twice a day but you can vary the frequency depending on your needs.
Other methods include taking the same dose every 3-4 hours or as needed. Another way is micro-dosing every hour throughout the day.
There’s no right or wrong way as long as the CBD alleviates your symptoms and the frequency doesn’t cause side effects.
Give CBD a Try
CBD is a safe, legal, and natural pain reliever with a list of benefits.
CBD dosages vary from person to person, so what works for your friend may not work for you. By following the tips above, you’ll be able to find the perfect amount of CBD that works for you.
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