One topic that doesn’t quite get attention it deserves in today’s CBD industry is dosage. When it comes to smokable forms of CBD like CBD Hemp Flower & CBD Concentrates, perhaps users have more of an experimental approach towards finding the right dose. But, for many CBD users they don’t want to take too much nor too little, they would like to know the correct dosage to experience optimum effects.
The issue that arises when trying to pin down a one-size fits all CBD dosage, is that it just isn’t this easy. There are several factors that will change recommended dosage such as an individual’s height and weight, consumption method, and metabolism speed. Those who are taller and weigh more will generally require higher doses, as well as those who are using edible forms of CBD rather than smokable or vaporized CBD.
In this article we will discuss CBD dosage in depth so you can better asses your own individual and unique dosage requirement.
Cannabidiol has long been overshadowed by the much more popular cannabinoid present in Cannabis Sativa, THC. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a psychoactive ‘high’. Until recently CBD was largely ignored and didn’t get much attention, but this has changed drastically in recent years.
How is CBD Made?
CBD is a cannabinoid that is produced in the resin glands of Cannabis Sativa plants. Most CBD available today is extracted from hemp, which is simply just Cannabis Sativa plants that contain less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC on a dry weight basis. CBD can however also be extracted from recreational/medical Marijuana, though this form of CBD is prohibited from being sold on the legal market in most states. For this form of CBD you will usually need to obtain a medical marijuana card or live in a state that has a recreational adult use Marijuana program.
CBD oils, CBD distillates, CBD flower, & CBD concentrates extracted from federally legal hemp plants are legal to consume, sell, and purchase in all 50 states. These CBD products contain less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC and will not produce the strong ‘high’ associated with the use of THC. All of the CBD concentrates and CBD Hemp Flower products available at Sauce Warehouse are 100% federally legal per the 2018 Farm Bill, and Sauce Warehouse ships to all 50 states.
Some may argue that Marijuana extracted CBD products are more effective and produce a stronger ‘entourage effect’ due to a full spectrum cannabinoid profile, however, in most cases these individuals are simply unaware that hemp-derived CBD products also exist with these full spectrum cannabinoid profiles that create an equally potent entourage effect minus the psychoactive contribution from high levels of THC.
Full spectrum CBD concentrates that we have available here at Sauce Warehouse are great for those who wish to experience the entourage effect created when a full spectrum cannabinoid profile is used in combination with natural hemp terpenes. These concentrates are often extracted directly from hemp plant material, and they contain all the natural terpenes and cannabinoids that were present in the hemp plants at harvest, including THC.
Broad Spectrum CBD concentrates are a better option for those who wish to avoid THC whether it be to avoid failing a drug test or perhaps due to a sensitivity to the cannabinoid. Some people may find that THC worsens anxiety symptoms and makes it harder for them to fall asleep. Broad Spectrum CBD concentrates only contain CBD and other minor cannabinoids, allowing users to avoid THC while still enjoying the effects of CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids.
What Dose Should I Take My First Time Using CBD?
Now that we have a better understanding of what Cannabidiol is, where it comes from, and the types of CBD products that are available, let’s look at dosage.
Experimentation is key when using CBD products, especially smokable CBD products such as CBD Hemp Flower and CBD Concentrates. Starting with the smallest possible dose and working your way up will allow you to observe how your unique body chemistry will react. You will also want to spread your doses out over the course of several hours rather than taking many small doses within a short period of time. While vaporizing and smoking CBD produces instant effects, the effects can still intensify over time so it’s best to start small and give it time!
With each daily dose you should gradually be able to get a better sense of how CBD affects you, and you will be able to adjust your dose accordingly for the best results. Keep in mind that smaller doses will be more stimulating, but when the dosages become larger the effects tend to be more sedating.
If you are using CBD orally in the form of edibles, you will want to wait at least 2 hours before increasing the dosage as digested CBD can take up to 2 hours to take effect.
General CBD Dosages
Research has shown that the human body can safely handle 1,000mg of CBD each day. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should aim for a daily intake of 1,000mg! A general starting point for the average person is 15-25mg of CBD per day.
As we mentioned before however, body size and consumption method play a large role in the dosage required. When CBD is digested, it tends to get destroyed before most of it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Because of this, larger doses are required. Instead of 25mg, you may need double or even triple this amount to feel effects.
Dabbed or vaporized CBD is a much more efficient consumption method that will allow for absorption of the entire dose and immediate onset of effects. This will also allow you to gauge your reaction to CBD much quicker and find your ideal dosage more quickly as well.
Talk to Your Doctor
When in doubt, talk to your doctor or a professional healthcare provider. If you are wondering if CBD is a good option for you but are worried about taking the wrong dosage or perhaps you may be worried about CBD interacting with other medications you may be taking, it is always best to talk to a professional. Your doctor can tell you if there are any serious risks involved in adding CBD to your daily routine and they can also advise you on the best starting dosage based on your unique body chemistry.
This was once a ‘taboo’ subject to talk with doctors about, but these days most doctors are recommending CBD to their patients! Your doctor can tell you the best dosage and other useful information like how often you should take CBD.
CBD is becoming more popular by the day and is being used by all different types of people for just as many different purposes. CBD dosages will vary based on the individual and the consumption method.
Dabbing CBD Concentrates, vaporizing CBD cartridges, and smoking CBD Hemp Flower will be the more efficient consumption methods requiring smaller dosages and producing immediate effects. On the other hand, eating CBD edibles or using oral tinctures may require larger doses and the effects will take much longer to kick in.
When in doubt, always talk to a medical professional like your personal health care provider. These professionals can offer you much more accurate information regarding the dosage of CBD you should be taking and how often you should be taking it compared to any information you will find on the internet!
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