When it comes to dosage, it’s worth bearing in mind that everyone is different — every person has a different endocannabinoid system, tolerance levels and health conditions. As with any natural remedy, how much you should take depends on a lot of factors including your size, your metabolism, whether you’re taking it daily for health, the way you’re taking it, and if you’re taking it to treat something in particular.
However, there are some universal CBD dosage recommendations commonly used:
1) Begin with the smallest dose possible and work your way up
If you’re new to CBD, it’s wise to begin with the lowest possible dose. Note your reactions to each dose as your body gets used to the cannabinoid. It doesn’t take much CBD to supplement your body’s own natural endocannabinoids. Experts recommend starting with 5 to 50 milligrams a day depending on your size/weight. The average person might want to start with 10 milligrams.
After your first dosage, wait 3-4 hours before considering taking more. The effects can take anywhere from a few moments to take effect with vaping, to a half hour or more with tinctures, and up to an hour or more with edibles.
If you don’t feel any effects at all, take a little higher dosage in a few hours. Once you get to a dosage where you start noticing a difference, it’s best to remain at that dosage for a week or so. Track any changes in your energy levels, mental states, and overall health. With that knowledge, you can increase or decrease your dose accordingly until you achieve the desired effect. Don’t make any big rises in dosage, just add a little at a time and watch for another week. Using this “start small” method, you can get to a comfortable level where you’re getting the effects you desire and not wasting money by taking more than you need.
After your body becomes more tolerant, you can then experiment a little with the dosage to find what works best for you. This is known as the ‘Up Titration method of dosing’. But remember to increase your dosage gradually with just a milligram at a time.Your body will let you know when you’ve reached your limit. You can always reduce your dosage until you find that sweet spot.
2) Read the product labels
As it stands, CBD products have no universal measuring system. So, while one product may contain 20 milligrams per half a CBD dropper, another virtually identical product may in reality have 35 milligrams per dropper. With that in mind, it’s always best to study your product labels carefully and measure how many mg (milligrams) of CBD you will actually be getting.
3) Consult your doctor
It is always best to discuss introducing CBD into your system with a medical professional prior to trying it — especially if you are on other forms of medication.