Cannabidiol, or CBD, is gaining popularity as a beneficial dietary supplement. Historically, research in the United States was minimal regarding cannabis and hemp. Still, today, all around the globe, research is starting to prove the science behind the cannabinoid’s miraculous displays of health and wellness.
Yet, despite the growing interest from researchers and consumers alike, CBD dosing may still seem intimidating for many people. Although it’s not as simple as saying “take two and call me in the morning,” learning to dose CBD accurately doesn’t have to feel like rocket science either.
Learning a few basic guidelines can simplify the process.
CBD Dosing Simplified: Find the Right Dose
Everyone is Different
Despite being humans, each of us is unique. Our body chemistry, genetics, lifestyle, and environment make us all very different. Similarly, cannabidiol dosing can be different for every person. Finding the appropriate CBD amount is a personal, individual process, and as such, there is no “one-size-fits-all” dose.
You also have to consider:
- How your system responds to CBD
- Your goals and reason for using CBD
- Product type
Start Low and Increase Dose Slowly
CBD consumers must learn to use a process called titration, or slowly increasing their dose over time, until they get the results they desire. While high doses are well tolerated, less is more. We recommend trying our CBD Product Finder Quiz as we designed a straightforward and fast quiz in bringing the best product to you as if you called and asked.
CBD Dosing Schedule Example
- Day 1-3: 10mg
- Day 4-5: 15mg (feel it more than 10mg)
- Day 6: 20mg (feel it more than 15mg)
- Day 7: 20mg
- Day 8-9: 25mg (feel it more than 20mg)
- Day 10: 25mg (you feel it but a slightly less than Day 8)
- Day 11: 20mg (go back down to most optimal dose)
Try it Before Going to Bed
The best time to try CBD is probably 30-60 minutes before going to sleep because you would be able to tell how much it affects your body. Be sure to take note of how well of a job it does in making you feel tired, drowsy, and how well you slept throughout the night.
Too Little CBD
If you take too little of CBD, then you won’t notice any effects or results that you were looking for. Then you’ll be wondering what all this hype about CBD is. This is no surprise since it happens to people often, and this is when we have to do our part in educating. To see results, we recommend increasing your dose by 5-10mg 1-2 days until desired effects.
Too Much CBD
Since you’ll be increasing your CBD dose, it’s essential to keep track of the symptoms and effects. As you take higher doses, you’ll notice that at one point, it’s very effective, and next thing you know, you won’t feel much. That’s when you should cut down a little bit to be at the optimal dose.
You must take it consistently every day, so your body is always replenished with CBD. Cannabinoids enhance & replenish your CB1 & CB2 receptors to maintain homeostasis in your body and continue taking it every day helps with constant support to achieve the results you want.
Keep a Journal
Some people find that keeping a journal is very useful in finding the best optimal dose of CBD because they’re tracking how they feel. Keep it simple and straight to the point. When you notice it is very effective and then not as much anymore, then it means you’re building tolerance, so lower your dose slightly.
Three Tips on CBD Dosing
Understanding that finding the right CBD dose requires patience is essential. Wait an hour after taking CBD to see if you feel a difference or even better, give it 1-3 days of consistent use.
Buy Quality CBD
Growing hemp, drying & curing the plants after harvest, extraction, and purification is a very complicated process. When buying CBD products, you must make sure you’re buying quality CBD. The best CBD extracts are the ones that contain a wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes, & flavonoids with the least impurities. It’s essential to do your research and buy from a reputable company that shows transparency.
Less is More
When it comes to CBD or cannabinoids in general, there is something called Biphasic Effect, which we’re covering below this. It’s the idea that at higher doses, cannabinoids have diminishing returns in effects and results.
Tolerance of CBD
When a person consumes CBD or THC for some time – from a few months to a few years – the body can get used to the medicine, and it can build up a tolerance. Many people find that they, over time, need to raise their dose to maintain the same level of medicinal effect. At some point, people reach a “maximum effect,” which is when they increase the dose; it does not improve the effects. High levels of THC or CBD can desensitize the CB1 & CB2 receptors in the brain and nervous system.
If you notice it is less effective then before, do this:
- Take a tolerance break. Stop consuming CBD or THC for 3-7 days, every three months or so. When you stop taking CBD for a couple of days, fat tissues still store cannabinoids, which the body utilizes when you cut supply. The Endocannabinoid System resets when these “store supplies” are used up, which is when tolerance goes down towards normal levels.
- Lower your dose substantially, and then you can slowly start raising your dose.
Find Your Optimal Dose
The word biphasic simply means “two phases.” Cannabinoids have biphasic properties, which mean as the dose increases, the effects do not necessarily improve. Higher doses can produce opposite or adverse effects. In general, smaller doses of CBD tend to stimulate the body much effectively than higher doses. That is why we recommend starting with our 300mg CBD Oil.
This graph is a representation of the Biphasic Effect and shows how less is more.
What is Microdosing CBD?
Microdosing is taking small, or smaller doses than the standard amount of a drug when the full dose isn’t necessary to achieve the desired effects or to not experience any of the side effects if there are any. Microdosing is widely popular in psychedelics such as mushrooms, acid, and even marijuana to avoid the negative aspects that come with it.
In the case of CBD, side effects are very minimal so that’s not a reason for someone to microdose for, however, for healthy people looking for just overall health wellness then microdosing is something to consider. Microdosing CBD is also great if you’re looking to take it during the day but not feel any effects of drowsiness, even the slightest.
Example of Microdosing CBD Schedule:
Day 1: 5mg 1-2 times per day
Day 2: 5mg 1-2 times per day
Day 3-5: 7.5-10mg 1-2 times per day
Day 5-7: 10-15mg 1-2 times per day
Day 8-10: 15-20mg 1-2 times per day
Does Weight Matter When It Comes to CBD Dosage?
Bodyweight does play a role in determining your optimal dosage, but there are other factors as well, but at the same time, the answer is no. One is that everyone’s Endocannabinoid System is different in how sensitive your body is to cannabinoids. For some people, they may weightless but have a high tolerance while someone else might weight heavier but have a lower tolerance.
Other important factors include:
- Type of severity of your conditions
- Your age
- Your body chemistry
- How you’re taking CBD & the type of CBD product
The Future of Dosing
Research and innovation continue to improve our understanding of herbal supplementation for health and wellness, including cannabinoid supplementation. As scientific knowledge of CBD expands, expect to see improved methods of delivery to increase bioavailability so that you can get the most out of your products. However, by making an informed, responsible approach to cannabinoid supplementation, consumers can quickly find their optimal dose of CBD by remembering three simple steps — start low, increase slowly, and less is more.
If you need help with choosing what product is best for your needs, make sure to try our Product Finder Quiz. In less than 30 seconds, you’ll answer three simple questions that will show you products tailored to what you need.
Still Have Questions About CBD Dosing?
Questions about dosage and using CBD are very common, especially to new users. You can always call us at (800) 563-0187, click the live chat button on the bottom right, visit our Help Center, or email us at [email protected] Whatever questions or help you need, we’re here for you.
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