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CBD Oil Dosage [What’s Best for You]

May 2, 2018

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CBD Oil Dosage [What’s Best for You]

Although CBD oil is ‘legal’ in most states (we won’t go into the legal minutiae in this article), there is no single guide which tells people the correct dosage. There are a few reasons for this:

  • CBD is not FDA approved.
  • Only a relatively small percentage of physicians are willing to prescribe CBD to patients.
  • The strength of CBD oil varies depending on the brand.
  • Everyone is different: The amount of CBD oil you need depends on your height, weight, metabolism, and a variety of other factors.
  • The dosage varies depending on the condition you’re looking to treat.

Simply put, there is no concrete solution to the question: ‘How much CBD oil should I take daily.’ What I aim to do in this article, is to give you a ballpark figure based on your needs.

Aside from Medical Conditions, What Factors Dictate My CBD Oil Dosage?

Unfortunately, CBD is not as well researched as it should be which means researchers are still trying to determine the precise nature of CBD’s relationship with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). What we know is that cannabidiol DOES affect the ECS but since everyone has a different ECS, the effect of CBD on you will not be the same as it will be on someone else. This is why you’ll have to experiment with the effects of CBD, a process we explain below.

Without a doubt, the potency of the CBD oil you consume plays a major role in how much you need. Carefully check the label and try to use full-spectrum CBD oil. Pure Kana CBD oil for example, comes in three potencies: 300mg, 600mg, and 1,000mg. Since all three come in the same-sized bottle (30ml), it is clear that 1,000mg is the strongest. In this case, 1ml of the oil contains 33.33mg of CBD. Other factors include:

  • Metabolism
  • Weight
  • Diet
  • CBD tolerance
  • The severity of your condition

If these factors change, so will the amount of CBD you require. For example, if you have anxiety or depression which causes you to lose weight, you may need a lower dose of CBD. It is much more difficult to change your metabolism as it requires a significant alteration to your diet and lifestyle.

CBD Oil Dosage According to Condition Being Treated

There are various ways to calculate your CBD oil dose based on your medical condition. First of all, I can offer a generic dose for several conditions:

Chronic Pain

An estimated 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain with the most common types including neck pain, facial pain, migraine, and lower back pain. The optimal dosage is anywhere between 2.5mg and 20mg of CBD daily for at least 25 consecutive days. As you can plainly see, there is a wide disparity between the lowest and highest possible dosage. At this stage, you have to try to classify your pain as mild, medium or severe.

Next, weigh yourself. If you weigh over 240 pounds and have severe pain, you may need up to 45mg of CBD a day. However, a 145-pound person with medium pain may require 15mg a day, while a 180-pound person with mild pain may require 18mg of CBD per day; and so on.

Epilepsy

The case of Charlotte Figi may be the most celebrated case of CBD helping with epilepsy but it is far from being the only one. Even with a pharmaceutical version of CBD, Epidiolex, which is far less effective than the real thing, epilepsy sufferers found that their seizures had decreased by 54% after 12 weeks of using the drug. Patients with Dravet Syndrome had a 63% decrease in seizures after 12 weeks.

If you have epilepsy, you may need at least 200mg of CBD a day and possibly 300mg for over four months to see a lasting effect.

Sleep Disorders

Back in 1942, Americans enjoyed 7.9 hours of sleep a night on average. Fast forward to 2013, and this figure had reduced to 6.9 hours. This is below the lowest part of the 7-9 hours a night range recommended by medical experts. Less than 60% of Americans fall within the range as sleep disorders are rife. To help treat conditions such as insomnia, people take between 40mg and 160mg a day.

Increasing Appetite During Chemotherapy

While chemotherapy is a life-saving treatment for many, one of the most common side-effects is a loss of appetite as the treatment damages your cells and DNA. There are a variety of studies that show CBD’s ability to improve a chemotherapy patient’s appetite. It is a better option than high-inducing marijuana in states where the herb is still illegal. For best results, between 2.5mg and 20mg of CBD per day in known to be effective.

Treating Nervous System Disorders Such as Huntingdon’s Disease

Conditions such as Huntingdon’s results in nerve cell degeneration in the brain. Effects include uncontrollable movements and poor coordination. As CBD acts on CB1 and CB2 receptors, albeit indirectly, it potentially slows down neurodegeneration. Patients with Huntingdon’s typically consume 10mg of CBD per pound of bodyweight. So, if you weigh 150-pounds, you’ll probably need 1,500mg of CBD daily.

Experiment with CBD the Right Way

In medicine, it is always best to use the minimum amount for the maximum benefit. Once you go beyond that point, you are using too much; a mistake which could increase your CBD tolerance and reduce its impact in the long-term. As a result, always start with a low dose, monitor the results and increase the dosage as necessary. Typically, you’re advised to begin with a single drop of CBD oil in the morning and another in the evening to ensure it doesn’t result in a negative reaction.

In my example of a 180-pound person with mild pain, we ascertained that he would need 18mg of CBD a day. If you purchase the 1,000mg bottle of Pure Kana, you know that the product contains 40 servings at 25mg of CBD apiece. To begin with, try one-quarter of a serving which contains 6.25mg of CBD and work your way up. Obviously, your starting point depends on your medical condition and other things. Once you’re satisfied with the results, stop increasing your dosage.

Methods of Consuming CBD Oil

The most common method of using CBD oil is sublingual. You place the oil beneath your tongue for a few seconds (some brands recommend up to 60 seconds) to allow it to be absorbed in the mouth, before you swallow. One possible issue with this method is the ‘bioavailability’ which is a term used to describe the rate of CBD absorption. A high bioavailability means a large percentage of the cannabinoid made it through your system.

Methods of CBD consumption such as CBD pills, edibles, and water are the least effective with the lowest bioavailability. It can take up to an hour for you to feel the effects although they can last for four hours. Research suggests that the bioavailability of CBD consumed orally varies from 4-20%. In other words, even at the top end, only one-fifth of the CBD you consume gets through; the rest is metabolized by various parts of the body including the liver and lungs. Although estimates vary, experts are confident that sublingual consumption offers significantly greater bioavailability than oral use. You’ll feel the effects in as little as 20 minutes and they should last for four or more hours.

You can also ‘vape’ specific CBD oils by adding it to a special device that enables you to use CBD like you would an e-cigarette. Research suggests that inhalation results in a bioavailability rate of 56%. Another benefit of vaping is the rapid effects. You should feel an improvement within minutes and it lasts for several hours at a time.

Please note, NOT all CBD oils are designed for vaping.

Final Thoughts on CBD Oil Dosage

In reality, trying to provide a precise CBD oil dosage is a bit like attempting to calculate the length of a piece of string. There are far too many factors in play to offer you anything other than a generic estimate based on your size, medical condition, genetics, and metabolism, among other things!

I recommend beginning with half of the lowest estimate for your condition and working your way up. Eventually, you’ll get to a point where the CBD does everything you could ask for and much more. If you go beyond this dosage, you’ll succumb to the laws of diminishing returns and probably reduce the efficacy of the CBD within a few months.

One last thing, please take into consideration that I am not a doctor and this article is only based on personal experience. If you need more accurate information, please schedule a meeting with your primary physician.

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Jonathan Miller, age 53 is an Ex Railyard Engineer who suffers from chronic back pain and anxiety. Jonathan's goal was to create an unbiased site that would provide anyone who seeks help in CBD oil as a treatment, with accurate and helpful information.
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2 responses to “CBD Oil Dosage [What’s Best for You]”

  1. Rosie Cannon says:

    I am taking Effexor for anxiety, do I need to stop taking them in order to take one of the Cbd oils?

    • Generally speaking it is safe to take. There may be some side-effects that leave the CBD in your system for longer. If you are thinking of taking the CBD route, start with a small dose and see how you feel. If it doesn’t interact well, STOP

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Getting Started with CBD Oil

If you suffer from anxiety (like me), depression or pain and are looking to get started with CBD oil, you need information on how to buy CBD oil, or you’re simply looking to learn more about CBD products, you’ve arrived at the right place.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has significant medical benefits. CBD can be extracted from two different species of the Cannabis Sativa L plant, which include Cannabis and Hemp. Unlike its rival THC, CBD does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.

One of the main advantages of CBD is its non-psychoactive affect making it a great option for people looking for relief from inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, seizures, spasms, and other conditions.
 
As I mentioned above the primary distinction between Hemp and CBD oil is the part of the plant they are derived from and what parts of the plant are used to create the oil. Hemp oil is typically made from pressing cannabis seeds to extract the fatty oil from within, while some that have mastered the CBD extraction process also use the flowers as they contain high percentages of CBD. CBD oil, on the other hand, is usually made from the flowers of cannabis plant through various extraction methods.

How Does CBD Affect Your Body?

The way marijuana affects your body varies from person to person as it will often depend on genetics, tolerance to the cannabinoids, medical health, DNA, and more. It also depends on the way you consume the CBD, for example, the effects of vaping CBD are far different to smoking it in the form of high-CBD cannabis strains. 

CBD and the way it affects us is still of somewhat a mystery to researchers they still try to figure out how it effects the EndoCannabinoid system. During the previous century, it was discovered that our bodies have receptors within the brain and central nervous system. Specific cannabinoids such as CBD bind to those receptors and activate the EndoCannabinoid System (ECS). This then provides a wide range of psychological and physical benefits helping the body.

Without going into specifics, cannabinoids signal to the body to create endocannabinoids and build more receptors. This helps the body to limit things associated with pain and inflammation, repairs cells and provides a wide range of other health benefits. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD is thought to be the ultimate anti-inflammatory cannabinoid.

Want to learn more about how CBD works read: How Long Does it Take CBD to Work

Medical Benefits of CBD

There is a misconception as to whether CBD can help treat patients, similar to pharmaceutical medicine, but thanks to the internet and a few different medical studies patients and researchers have been exposing their findings on how CBD oil is helping to cure a wide range of medical conditions.

The most popular story was the one of Charlotte Figi. At the time Charlotte was only 6 years old. As a little girl, she was experiencing over 300 epileptic seizures per week until she was successfully treated by a CBD-rich strain oil, later named Charlotte’s Web.

The high-quality CBD oil, changed her life, helping her to overcome a 6-year battle. Since her story hit the news, CBD and other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant are constantly being researched to understand how they can help to treat different medical conditions. As a matter of fact, CBD has been thought to help treat over 170 medical conditions, among them severe conditions such as Anorexia, Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and PTSD.

Recent studies have even shown that CBD, may cure life-threatening diseases by altering genes. Other studies have proven that it might even be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis and chronic pain.

The way that CBD works is that it interacts with receptors located in different parts of the central nervous system. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2. Both reflect the areas of the brain they interact with such as the limbic system. When taking CBD, this cannabinoid locks in on these receptors and affects the body in different ways. For example, it can help to block the pain caused by specific medical conditions.

While numerous studies have shown promising results, it is important to understand that CBD research is still at premature stages. A 2011 study that researched CBD for fibromyalgia showed extremely promising results. 56 of 112 participants who took CBD in the form of oil saw a great reduction in their symptoms and pain, while those using traditional methods didn’t see hardly any improvement.

Can you Buy CBD if you live in an illegal state?

The process is not cut-&-dry, and but thanks to the Farm Bill of 2014, forms of CBD can now be delivered to your doorstep. Those that live in recreational states can purchase CBD cannabis oil which is high in potency and extremely effective for helping to treat severe medical conditions, while those that live in other states that are not medical or recreational can benefit from CBD hemp oil. CBD Hemp oil is perfect for helping to treat a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression and acute pain. 

Who is NaturalWellNessCBDOil?

My name is Jonathan, and I’ve created this loving resource that is packed with information about CBD oil. I am growing a community on Facebook and are constantly engaging with different people to help them make more informed decisions. I review products on a daily basis and provide unbiased reviews about some of the top CBD oil manufacturers. All the information on the site is FREE; I only ask that you help to share the information you find on the site with other people that are suffering. 

To your health and happiness.