Dialing in the perfect CBD oil, CBD cream, or CBD tincture dosage can feel confusing — if not overwhelming — when you first start using cannabidiol regularly. Too little, and you may not achieve the beneficial qualities that so many people are ascribing to CBD. Too much, and you may feel sleepy, dry-mouthed, and too drowsy to do much. However, when you do find your ideal daily dose, you just might find that CBD is a critical daily brick in your supplement regimen that you end up looking forward to!
CBD Dosage Suggestions Are Just A Guideline
Friends have urged you, peer-reviewed research has encouraged you, and scores of anecdotal reviews online have persuaded you — and now, you’re ready to try cannabidiol (CBD) for yourself.
But what all of those sources won’t tell you is that finding the perfect daily dosage of CBD isn’t quite as straightforward as you may think. Just like supplements, medication, and even the food you eat, we all have different bodies that process things differently from others. Experiences aren’t universal when it comes to ingredients that you ingest or apply topically. Your weight, age, gender, tolerance, and outcome goals will all affect the ideal CBD dosage amount that you eventually land on.
Of course, CBD has been shown to be non-toxic — which means that even if you accidentally dose “too much,” the consequences are not dangerous. The main symptom associated with overdoing it with CBD is drowsiness, although dry mouth and mild headache have also been reported in certain extreme circumstances.
Keep in mind that calibrating the ideal CBD dosage is inherently a personal journey, and one that you’ll likely need to experiment with, even with these guidelines in mind. Think of it as more of an experiment rather than something based on strict math or rules. At the end of the day, you’re taking cannabidiol because you’re looking for a desired result, and that’s something that you’ll inevitably have to play around with before you find the dosage that works for you. Stick with it, and you just might join the legions of CBD aficionados that consider it a crucial part of their daily lives.
Figuring Out Your CBD Dosage For Anxiety Treatment
First, let’s talk about one of the main reasons that people are flocking to CBD in an effort to self-treat via natural means: anxiety. The Anxiety & Depression Association of America puts a very conservative estimate of 18.1% of the US adult population that suffers from anxiety. That’s around 40 million people, though the real figure is likely higher.
There’s no shortage of approaches claiming to combat anxiety: meditation, yoga, martial arts, hobbies, philosophy, pharmaceutical drug treatment, therapy… the list goes on. The fact of the matter is, the best approach to anxiety probably combines more than one treatment method. There’s no one single magic bullet that can simply erase anxiety from your brain. Instead, think of your effort to tame your anxiety as a patchwork quilt of mindsets, activities, and yes — supplements or medication, if you decide (along with your physician) to try that route.
Many people who already have a treatment plan in place for anxiety are reporting incredible results from adding CBD to that regimen. Several studies have shown that CBD potentially can suppress the body’s anxious response to stressful stimuli, with more major studies currently underway at the time of this writing. One study in particular showed that CBD make work as a 5-HT1 receptor agonist, directly boosting serotonin levels in your brain — essentially a ‘feel-good’ chemical that should wipe out the somatic anxiety response in your body.
It’s important to note here that we do not make any direct claims as to CBD’s efficacy in terms of treating anything. The data and research is simply too new to infer any direct causation between CBD and anxiety relief. With that being said, initial studies are exciting and promising, and there’s no shortage of people anecdotally reporting major relief from anxiety when they add CBD to their treatment plan.
So, the million dollar question: how much CBD should you take for anxiety? One major study found that a dose of 600mg of active CBD reduced the symptoms of social anxiety in the test subjects. That’s a pretty large dose, however, and there’s some evidence to suggest that smaller doses, starting as low as 40mg, might also work to reduce feelings of anxiety. In the next section, we’ll talk about how to figure out where you’ll fall within that rather wide dosage range.
What Are Some Other CBD Oil Daily Dosage Suggestions?
We’ve already looked at some guidelines surrounding CBD dosage and anxiety relief. But with a suggested range of 40mg to 600mg, it can be tough to narrow down exactly where you fall on that spectrum. For that, we’ll have to look at two major considerations: your body type, and your strategy for increasing the dose.
Your Unique Body & CBD
You should understand that, generally speaking, your physiology will affect how your body reacts to what you take. A 300lb adult man will likely need a larger dose of many things, compared to a 19 year old woman who weighs 110lbs. Your weight is the first major consideration when figuring out your ideal dose. The larger you are, the more CBD you’ll probably need to dose in order to feel its effects.
Additionally, a seasoned CBD user can often dose more CBD without feeling drowsy, than someone trying it for the first time ever. That’s an important consideration to take into account to make sure you don’t accidentally take too much and turn yourself off of CBD entirely before you have a chance to see its benefits.
How To Slowly Increase Your CBD Dose
With the physiological considerations of CBD dosing in mind, you should aim to slowly increase your dose — starting with a very small dose, such as one drop of oil or tincture — until you reach your desired effect. Experiment with it! Remember that you can always take more CBD once you’ve ingested or applied it… but you can’t take less. Again, though, don’t fret too much if you take more than you need. There are no serious side effects for most people associated with taking a lot of CBD, other than the aforementioned sleepiness and other minor inconveniences.
What About CBD Oil For Pain & CBD Dosage For Inflammation?
There is no standard recommendation for how much CBD you should take for pain and inflammation, since research surrounding how exactly CBD treats those symptoms is still ongoing. With that being said, there are some general guidelines that have emerged in regards to taking CBD for pain.
Generally speaking, you’ll want to try anywhere from 1 to 6mg per 10lbs of body weight when dosing CBD for pain and/or inflammation. If you weigh more, you can err closer to the larger dose; if you weigh less, shade more towards the lower end.
For many people who want to take CBD as part of their pain management plan, it wouldn’t make very much sense to take so much CBD that you end up falling asleep. After all, the goal is (probably) to live comfortably in a way that manages the pain without altering your quality of life too much… not to simply sleep through the day. Therefore, you’ll have to use trial and error to find the perfect balance between dosage amount and alertness.
CBD Dosage For PTSD, Sleep, Anxiety, Inflammation, Depression and Cancer May Vary Widely
As you’ve probably heard, CBD is being looked at as a potential option to help treat everything from insomnia, to schizophrenia, to PTSD, and even cancer. We’re still on the very cutting edge of understanding how CBD may work to ease symptoms of these conditions; so if you’re planning on dosing CBD for one of these things, you’ll need to experiment and keep the general guidelines about weight in mind.
As with taking CBD for any condition, you’ll want to make a decision based on your weight and current CBD tolerance/experience, and gradually move up from there until you see results that you’re happy with. Many people take 1,200mg of CBD as the very maximum amount they’d want to take in a day — for many people, that will be way too much. You’ll need to see how your body reacts, and adjust accordingly.
Answers To Common CBD Dosage Questions
There are a few main questions that we tend to hear over and over again when it comes to CBD dosage. To wrap up this article, let’s take a look at these common inquiries:
How many CBD gummies should I eat to help with sleep?
- Many people find that using CBD for sleep is one of the easiest conditions to dose, since the main side effect of CBD is drowsiness. That means that you can err on the side of taking a little bit more. If you’re using CBD gummies for sleep, start with 1-2 before bed, and see how you do. From there, add 1 gummy per night until you reach a level that feels right for you.
Should I take CBD daily, or as needed?
- This is an inherently personal question that will be different for everyone. Many of the conditions that CBD anecdotally helps are chronic conditions with major quality-of-life implications. To that end, taking CBD like a daily supplement makes the most sense for many people, as they want to get the benefit of its effects all day long, if possible. However, more casual users (or those with less severe anxiety, insomnia, pain, etc) may find that a “take as needed” approach works better for them. It’s all up to you and based on the results you’ve gotten so far.
Is there a standard suggested amount of CBD to use?
- When in doubt, think of the formula used for CBD pain dosage: 1mg to 6mg per 10lbs of body weight, depending on how aggressively you want to dose. And always remember to use the ladder method to slowly work your way up in dosage instead of diving in on your very first day!