What CBD Dosage is Right for Me?
Now that CBD has become a widespread trend thanks to constantly changing laws in the U.S., there are plenty of questions that new consumers often have. Even if you are familiar with CBD, there are so many new products coming onto the market that questions abound. The question that seems to be on everyone’s lips is: “how much CBD should you take?” So, let’s find your perfect CBD dosage.
How much CBD should I take?
Your CBD dosage depends on many factors. Because CBD works by stimulating your body’s endocannabinoid system, everyone is different–just like everyone doesn’t have the same brain structure with the same thoughts, preferences, or habits. Because of your individuality, it’s helpful to begin with these questions in order to find the CBD dosage that is right for you.
- How do you react to CBD?
- Does CBD give you energy or does it make you relaxed?
- What CBD dosage can you take without becoming too tired?
- What CBD dosage makes you feel relaxed?
- What CBD dosage didn’t work for you?
- How do you like to consume your CBD?
- What’s your body weight?
- What do you want to feel from your CBD?
Whether CBD makes you tired or energetic plays a large role in the amount of CBD that’s right for you. If it makes you energetic, you might not need any more of it than you’re already taking. If it makes you relaxed, you might have found your perfect dosage! If it makes you sleepy, you should try to lower your dosage of CBD, unless you are using it to help with insomnia. If you’re still getting the same response after lowering your dosage, you may want to try a different brand of CBD or try CBD that is derived from a Sativa plant, which may give you the energy boost you need.
How you take CBD is also a large factor in finding the perfect dosage for you. If you’re putting your CBD into your coffee every morning, you’re going to have a different dosage compared to someone who puts it under their tongue. That’s mainly because taking CBD under the tongue a higher concentration of CBD reaches the bloodstream this way. You might need to increase your dose of CBD if you’re combining it with caffeine to achieve a relaxed, or “chill” effect. When you use CBD on its own, you might not need as strong a dose as when pairing it with caffeine.
CBD for beginners
If you’re completely new to CBD, starting with a small dose is best to get your body acclimated to CBD. If you don’t have a lot of wiggle room or freedom to go through the necessary trial-and-error phase of trying different products, there’s a way we can quickly find out which CBD will work best for your body.
With CBD DNA testing, you can find out which dosage of CBD will work with your particular endocannabinoid system. You’re also able to find out if CBD will have a calming or energizing effect, based on your DNA. We’ve partnered with Strain Genie to provide CBD DNA testing and reports. When you visit their site, you’ll be able to send in a sample of your DNA with an at-home swab kit. From there, they will produce a report detailing how to best use CBD for your health and well-being.
Different reasons for taking CBD
CBD can be a great addition to your health and wellbeing regimen. CBD increases the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is responsible for regulating, mood, happiness, and anxiety. Increased levels of serotonin help brain cells to communicate, which can improve:
- Chronic Pain
What kind of CBD is there?
There are three main types of CBD that are available to consumers. Full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. Each one has its own unique benefits and it’s worth exploring to find out which is best for you.
Full spectrum CBD contains all the extracted elements of the hemp plant, including other phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and low levels of THC (below 0.3%). These other cannabinoids interact with CBD and each other to produce the desirable ‘entourage effect.” Full spectrum CBD is generally extracted from the hemp plant, but can also be extracted from marijuana plants.
Broad spectrum CBD contains phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and other chemical compounds from the plant, but no THC. Broad spectrum CBD is always extracted from the hemp plant. Despite not having any THC, broad spectrum CBD still benefits from the entourage effect due to the inclusion of other cannabinoids and terpenes from the raw extract.
CBD isolate is made by completely stripping away the oils and terpenes from the hemp extract. Instead of coming in the form of an oil or tincture, CBD isolate is commonly sold as a powder. However, due to the lack of the entourage effect, CBD isolate is less commonly found in consumer products.
What are the ways to take CBD?
When it comes to CBD, there are many ways that it can be consumed. You can vape it for a rapid effect. Try mixing CBD oil into your favorite snacks or add CBD tinctures to your coffee or latte. You can also simply take CBD oil under your tongue, which is one of the fastest ways for it to reach your bloodstream. The best part about CBD tinctures is that you can experiment with finding the perfect dosage of CBD. You can start by putting a full dropper from a tincture under your tongue and increase slowly from there.
Our Blueberry Lemon Tincture has 500 mg of CBD total. One dropper, or one serving, is equivalent to 1 fl. oz. / 30 mL, and contains 16.5 mg of CBD in each serving. You can take two full droppers and hold under your tongue for a minute each time to feel the full effects. If you need more CBD to feel a difference, you’re free to experiment with exactly how much you need.
For a standardized dosage of CBD, you can easily get your daily dose in a CBD capsule, similar to taking vitamins, or you can discreetly take them on the go in the form of fun and delicious CBD gummies.
- Tinctures usually have 100 mg to 5000 mg of CBD
- Vape oil usually has 200 mg to 1500 mg of CBD
- Edibles can have anywhere from 5 mg to 100 mg of CBD
- Topicals typically have 250 mg to 1500 mg of CBD
Whichever way you choose to enjoy your CBD is the best method for you. At Root Wellness, we’re proud to serve raw and flavored CBD that has been produced with natural growing methods.
Can you overdose on CBD?
While taking too much CBD hasn’t killed anyone, it is possible to have too much CBD in your system. When this happens, the most discomfort you’ll feel is from side effects like diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, and upset stomach.
You shouldn’t need to worry about overdosing on CBD. You would have to take 20,000 mg of CBD (four whole bottles of CBD oil in a short period of time) before it becomes toxic to your system, according to a 2011 study published in the Current Drug Safety journal. Chronic use of CBD, along with amounts up to 1,500 mg per day is well-tolerated, a study reported.
You’ll also want to check with your doctor before experimenting with CBD to ensure that you aren’t going to encounter any interactions with your current medications when using CBD.
Summary: The Perfect CBD dose
The perfect CBD dose depends on your lifestyle, your body weight, the way you respond to CBD, the way you choose to consume your CBD, and what you want your CBD to do for you. Your perfect CBD dosage also depends on your genetics, and more specifically, your endocannabinoid system. You can take a DNA test to make it easier to find the perfect dosage and get a report on how CBD will work for you.