If you are a sufferer of insomnia, feel anxious, have chronic pain or have been diagnosed with any of a host of other ailments, you may have heard that Cannabidiol (CBD) is good for that. So you went ahead, did some research and finally bought a CBD product. Now how do you know exactly what dogase you should use?
CBD is an extract from hemp flowers that is taking the health and beauty world by storm. Preliminary research suggests that because of its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects it may support those suffering from serious addictions, concussion, fibromyalgia, diabetes, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders and many other conditions. However, this potentially useful substance doesn’t seem to come with one-size-fits-all dosing recommendations. In fact, you may just have to use a little trial and error in order to find the right dose for you. Below we have listed a few guidelines that should help you do just that.
Start low and go slow
This should be your mantra as you find your perfect CBD dose which could take some time. As you begin, you should make sure you tolerate it well before working your way up to a dose that relieves your unique symptoms. The industry calls this process microdosing or self-titration, both meaning it is up to you to find the lowest dose for you while still being effective.
In the book, Healing with CBD by Eileen Konieczny, she advises to start with a microdose of 10 mg, or even dividing that into two or three doses in the course of a day. After a couple days or a week at this level, she explains, what is best is that you gradually increase the dose by five to 10 milligrams at a time.
Konieczny and others recommend this process of slowly raising the dose while keeping notes on your symptoms in a journal so that you can monitor the extract’s effectiveness. If you need help with this, there are apps such as Strainprint and Releaf that can help with symptom tracking.
You need to know your product
One of the biggest hurdles new CBD consumers have is knowing exactly how much CBD is in the product they bought, and how much is in each dose of that product. Tinctures are the perfect CBD product for microdosing because they allow you to slowly increase your dose in a way that edibles and capsules do not. Starting with a tincture, especially taking it sublingually (under the tongue), is a good way to understand how CBD affects you and what a good dose will be for you.
Always look for a lab report or on the product label for the total milligrams (mg) of CBD in the container and per dose. Make sure you don’t get your units confused here: milliliters (ml) measure the volume of a liquid while milligrams tell you the weight of the extract that was dissolved into the liquid of the tincture. If, however, you have purchased a tincture and feel like this may just be the world’s worst math problem, this may help.
● Most (though not all) tincture bottles are one ounce, or 30 milliliters (ml)
● The standard dropper size is 1 ml
● If your bottle contains 500 mg CBD, each dropper contains just under 17 mg extract
● To start at 10 mg, you will need about 12 drops from that dropper
You can increase by as little as one drop at a time as you self-titrate to find the perfect dose for you
Your Perfect Dose
When you have the perfect dose you get the desired effect you want while using the lowest possible amount. At this dose, you will start feeling the benefit from what you are taking but are unlikely to experience any side effects (CBD has almost no reported adverse effects, however, your results may vary). Taking the time to find this “perfect dose,” will save you a load of money as you take only as much as you need.
Once you find that perfect dose or a dose that you feel is working, ongoing daily or intermittent symptom tracking will help you know when to adjust your dose since your body is a dynamic system which means changes in dosing may have to occur to keep that perfect dose.
Finally, do not hesitate to take a low dose of CBD for continuity purposes. Integrative medicine practitioner and medical cannabis expert Dr. Dustin Sulak says doing this can be an effective long-term approach to healing, “over time,”
“I began to notice that most patients using small amounts of cannabis were getting better and more sustainable results than their high-dosage counterparts with similar conditions.”
By choosing a high-quality, clearly-labeled product and using the microdosing approach experts recommend, you are giving yourself the greatest odds of experiencing a higher level of well-being with the support of cannabidiol.
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