Cannabidiol, or CBD, is gaining popularity as a beneficial dietary supplement. Historically, research in the United States was minimal regarding cannabis and hemp, but today, all around the globe, research is starting to prove the science behind the cannabinoid’s miraculous displays of health and wellness.
Yet, despite the growing interest from researchers and consumers alike, CBD dosing may still seem intimidating for many people. Although it’s not as simple as saying “take two and call me the morning,” learning to accurately dose CBD doesn’t have to feel like rocket science either.
Learning a few basic guidelines can simplify the process.
CBD: The Personal Supplement
Despite being humans, each of us is unique. Our body chemistry, genetics, lifestyle, and environment make us all very different. Similarly, cannabidiol dosing can be different for every person. Finding the appropriate CBD amount is a personal, individual process, and as such, there is no “one-size-fits-all” dose.
Instead, CBD consumers must learn to use a process called titration, or slowly increasing their dose over time, until they get the results they desire. When starting the process of titration, there are a few key points to keep in mind:
- New consumers should always start low and increase the dose slowly, every two to three days, and only 5 – 10mg at a time.
- While high CBD doses are usually well-tolerated, less is more. No one wants to waste CBD, going overboard on dosing is not only a waste, but it can increase the risk of adverse effects such as nausea, fatigue, and drowsiness.
- Many consumers find keeping a journal is beneficial for tracking doses, as well as symptom relief.
- For people with light symptoms, a dose of 10-20mg of CBD per day can be enough to feel the desired effects.
- Be patient instead of quickly increasing dose. Patience and consistency is key.
Additionally, CBD is non-psychoactive, so the consumer won’t “feel” anything by taking CBD supplements. Instead, consumers should be attentive to symptom severity and track any notable increases or decreases in symptoms.
When a person consumes CBD or THC for sometime – from a few months to few years – the body can get used to the medicine and it can build up tolerance. Many people find that they over time need to raise their dose to maintain the same level of medicinal effect. At some point people reach a “maximum effect”, which is when they increase the dose it does not increase the effects. High levels of THC or CBD can actually desentisize the CB1 & CB2 receptors in the brain and nervous system.
For those who want to restore their earlier tolerance and sensitivity, here are a few solutions for you:
- Take a tolerance break. Stop consuming CBD or THC for 3-7 days, every three months or so. Although you may stop taking CBD for a couple days, cannabinoids will be stored in fat tissues, which the body utilizes when you cut supply. When these “stored supplies” are used up, tolerance usually goes back down the endocannabinoid system can reset.
- Lower your dose substantially and then you can slowly start raising your dose.
The Biphasic Effect
The word biphasic simply means “two phases.” Cannabinoids have biphasic properties, which mean as the dose increases, the effects do not necessarily improve. In fact, higher doses can actually produce the opposite or adverse effects. In general, smaller doses of cannabis or CBD tend to stimulate the body much effectively than higher doses. Hence we always recommend our customers to start with our lowest dose which is the 300mg Hemp Extract tincture.
Don’t forget less is more! The chart below is a great representation of the Biphasic Effect and how taking higher doses reduces the marginal positive effects of CBD or other cannabinoids.
The Future of Dosing
Research and innovation continue to improve our understanding of herbal supplementation for health and wellness, including cannabinoid supplementation. As scientific knowledge of CBD expands, expect to see improved methods of delivery to increase bioavailability so that you can get the most out of your products. However, by taking an informed, responsible approach to cannabinoid supplementation, consumers can quickly find their optimal dose of CBD by remembering three simple steps – start low, increase slowly, and less is more.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Our products and the information on this page is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*