While the acceptance and use of cannabidiol as a therapeutic substance is widespread, medical professionals and scientists are just beginning to develop dosing schedules and standards for CBD and other hemp extracts. There is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) for CBD, so doctors can’t prescribe it. Because there is no officially recommended dose, these tips serve the purpose of being an informational guide.
Keep in Mind that Everyone is Different
Many variables are factored into CBD dosage, including your metabolism, weight, diet, genetics, the environment, and more. Since there isn’t a universal recommended dosage, rough estimates are as good as it gets. If you’re starting your CBD Explorer journey, however, start with the minimal suggested dosage on products and gradually go from there. As a rule of thumb, a general serving standard is 25mg of CBD twice daily.
It Depends on Why You’re Taking It
Your dosage will also vary according to the type of medical condition you are ingesting CBD to treat. For example, if you take CBD for pain, the dosage is 2.5-20mg of CBD; for epilepsy, 200-300mg; sleep disorders, 40mg-160mg; and glaucoma, 20-40mg. Check in with your doctor for specific dosage recommendations for various illnesses.
It Depends on What Type You’re Taking
There are different types of CBD products, and once you choose the best way to take CBD to fit your needs and lifestyle, your dosage will adjust accordingly. You can ingest CBD through the form of edibles, such as powders, edibles, cooking oils, or liquid hemp oil such as CBD drops. There are also smokables, such as wax or vape cartridges that contain CBD, and there are topicals, CBD-infused patches, salves, balms, or lotions.
It also may depend on how quickly you want the CBD to kick in. For CBD oil or extract, products should have a suggested serving size. Place the correct number of drops under your tongue; this allows for fast absorption. Smokables provide the fastest absorption. Edibles provide the most drawn-out effects and take a longer period of time to take effect.
Rest Assured that You Can’t Overdose and CBD is Not Addictive
There is no lethal dose of CBD, and chronic use of up to 1500mg per day has been shown to be well-tolerated. CBD is also a non-psychoactive compound, unlike THC, and it is not physically addictive in the same way as other substances such as alcohol, cocaine, and opiates. As such, CBD cannot produce any physical withdrawal symptoms. However, keep in mind that humans can become addicted to just about anything, including exercise and food, so always keep track of your CBD intake.
As with any product, it’s important that you speak with your doctor before you begin to use CBD. Your doctor will be able to go over the medicinal benefits of this hemp compound with you, discuss why you want to start taking it, and to figure out the best way to ingest CBD for your specific needs. From there, you can calculate the best dosage for yourself.