Cannabidiol (CBD) isn’t just an ordinary plant compound; it’s a wonder chemical, a sort of panacea, more than capable of bringing relief in almost every condition you can name from epileptic seizures and arthritis to skin conditions and anxiety.
When we go out and buy a CBD product from the market because of positive word-of-mouth, we have high expectations from it. However, some of us fail to experience the benefits that others often report to us. One significant factor behind this may be the dosage.
Since every person is different, there isn’t any fixed one-size-fits-all dosing recommendation for CBD. Depending on the severity of the condition and a person’s metabolism, each of us usually requires different dosages to experience the benefits this non-psychoactive compound has to offer.
Here’s how you should go about finding the right CBD dosage for you:
Go low and slow
Before you go full throttle on CBD, you need to make sure that your body tolerates it well. In order to do that, you have to start low and slow – a process better known by the term ‘microdosing’.
Eileen Konieczny, a registered nurse and medical cannabis expert, has some tips for people. In her book titled Healing with CBD, she suggests starting with a microdose of 10 mg, and dividing it into 2-3 doses, which are to be consumed at regular intervals throughout the course of a day. After a week at this level, you can gradually increase the dosage by 5-10 milligrams, Konieczny writes.
Don’t forget to note the changes that you experience in your symptoms in a diary. Alternatively, you can also use mobile apps like Releaf and Strainprint to track your symptom improvement over time.
Know what you are consuming
The two things that you should know about your CBD product so as to find the ideal dosage are the amount of CBD in the bottle and how much is delivered through each dose.
Thus, you can opt for tinctures that bring quick relief via precise sublingual (beneath the tongue) administration. Here are a few things that you should know about tinctures:
- Tincture bottles typically hold 1 ounce or 30 ml of liquid
- Standard dropper size is 1 ml
- If your product label lists 500 mg of CBD, each dropper contains just under 17 mg extract.
Consuming more CBD than required won’t give you more relief
Once your body starts to experience the wonders of CBD, you can assume that your microdosing experiment has been successful. Make sure to not overdo it at this stage.
More CBD may not necessarily mean more relief and might even lead to some side-effects.