Beyond The Hype Series- Part 6
Hopefully you are already on the path toward making cannabidiol (CBD) part of your daily lifestyle. At this point, it’s important to determine what product type is best for you as well as the dosage.
Please note we are not physicians. All the information we provide is based upon research, knowledge from customers and our own experiences. Please consult your physician before using CBD.
What Form of CBD Do I Chose?
Before determining dosage, it is important to consider what type of product will best suit your lifestyle and health regimen. There are many options to consider: tinctures, topicals, vapes, edibles, capsules and even hemp flower. The best solution for you might be different than someone else based on personal factors and bioavailability of CBD when using different products. Bioavailability is the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream. Products that travel through the digestive system or skin will have lower bioavailability and onset rates compared to inhaled products and tinctures.
What Else Should I Consider?
One of the most incredible aspects of CBD/hemp is the versatility of its applications. While we believe CBD should not be considered a cure-all, it is amazing how many benefits CBD provides for a variety of ailments. This is based upon how CBD impacts the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Everyone’s ECS is unique, making it a challenge at times to create specific doses for each person concerning a variety of ailments.
We know that different products with the same milligrams of CBD can have different results. We also know that we all have a unique ECS and different ailments. Using CBD effectively requires listening to your body, keeping track of your symptoms and adjusting your dosage accordingly.
Where to Start with Dosing?
The short answer to dosing is to start small and work your way up. You should increase or decrease your dosage about a week after a consistent dose. This approach requires some patience, but commonsense modifications are appropriate as well.
Tincture products often contain 500 mg of CBD Isolate in a 1oz bottle (29.57 milliliters). Assuming this is a 30-day supply, that equates to 17 mg per day and a 1 ml dose. 17 mg per day is a good place to start when considering the right starting dose via tincture. This is a small dose compared to formal studies using CBD, but it allows for the ability to only increase the dosage as needed.
How Does Body Weight Factor into Dosage?
Clinical studies have developed CBD dosages based upon body weight. For example, the FDA approved CBD drug Epidiolex (for treating epilepsy) has a starting dosage of 5mg/kg of body weight. If you weigh 175 pounds, that dose is 395 mg per day. Epilepsy is a severe condition and likely requires a very high dose compared to most ailments, but body weight does appear to impact CBD’s effectiveness. If you weigh 120 pounds, you will likely need far less CBD than someone weighing 200 pounds.
Morning, Night or Twice Daily?
We recommend using commonsense and listening to your body. Are your symptoms mainly present during the day, night or all the time? If pain and inflammation are your targets, a morning dose may be preferable to an evening dose since most of your pain will likely be throughout the day. If you are taking CBD for sleep, an evening dose is likely best. We recommend dosing in the morning for pain and inflammation, with an additional dose in the afternoon if your pain persists or flares up. Half doses twice a day is great for maintenance if your symptoms are not severe.
Please note that there is some evidence that CBD can have a similar interaction as grapefruit on certain medicine. Here is an article that might help Article
What About Dosing for Edibles and Capsules?
Compared to tinctures, you will need more CBD to get the same benefit from an edible or capsule since those products will pass through the stomach before they enter the bloodstream. As we discussed earlier, the amount of CBD that enters your bloodstream through the digestive tract will be lower than through a tincture. A tincture of CBD held under tongue for 60-90 seconds gets CBD directly into the bloodstream by bypassing the stomach. The equivalent dosage of 17 mg via tincture is probably 25mg for an edible since its going through the stomach.
Topicals are a different category all together when it comes to dosing. Topicals are used on specific areas of the body to reduce inflammation and pain. In this case, more milligrams of CBD are usually more effective. Bioavailability through the skin is less than all other intake methods. With topical ointments, the risk is that a low dose product will have no real impact on your ailment. Many topicals on the market today have nominal amounts of CBD – 100-200mg/container. This is not much for a topical. We recommend at least 500 mg per container in a topical CBD ointment.
In our opinion, tinctures are a great place to start your journey with CBD. These are available from quality manufactures and are relatively easy to adjust their dosage. Start small (17 mg per day) and work your way higher if necessary. It can take up to a few weeks for some to start seeing the benefits of CBD. It is not uncommon for users to experience subtle improvement over time that are not fully recognized initially. Many of our customers have said, “I didn’t know how well my cbd was working until I stopped taking it”. Once you have your maintenance dose dialed in, experiment with other delivery methods (edibles, vapes, capsules, etc.) to see how they compare.
There is much to explore on this topic. Feel free to reach out to me and I will attempt to answer any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We discussed Is CBD Safe in Part 2 of Beyond the Hype series and CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum Oil in Part 5 which includes a discussion on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that can help you understand how CBD can work on many different conditions.