Learning how to use CBD oil is one of the biggest challenges for many consumers in Canada. With different concentrations, formulas, methods of ingestion, it can naturally get a little confusing. In this article, you'll learn how to properly dose CBD oil, as well as other CBD products like edibles, capsules, and topicals.
CBD oil has become a common household item since it hit the mainstream market a few years back. All across the nation, Canadians are using CBD to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, even acne.
How effective your CBD will depend on whether or not you're using it correctly, and there are a few rules to follow.
How do I know the correct dose of CBD?
CBD is not one size fits all, and what works for your neighbour or sister may not be the right dose for you. Your personal health concerns, body weight, metabolism, and even the type of CBD you're using all play a part in getting the dose right.
Someone who has a higher body weight is naturally going to need more CBD; someone who is using CBD to treat insomnia vs someone who is using it to treat acne will use completely different methods.
What matters most about CBD oil is finding the dose that works best for your situation and yours alone. CBD works on a bell curve response. A bell curve with CBD means you won't see that great of results if you take too little. The same applies when you take too much, the results will start to diminish.
Starting at a low dose and gradually increasing over time is the best approach. This way, you can monitor how you're feeling and adjust accordingly.
If you're worried about overdoing it, don't be. CBD is generally considered safe to take, even in extremely high amounts; it's estimated that the amount needed to produce serious adverse effects and overdose is around 20,000mg.
To put this in perspective, you would need to drink 20 1000mg bottles of CBD back to back. This is never going to be a situation that occurs, so feel free to play around with it a little bit.
What type of CBD oil is best?
Before even trying to figure out your dose of CBD oil, you need to choose what CBD oil you are going to use.
There are a few different types of CBD, and some may work better for you than others. The three main types are:
Full Spectrum CBD oil will contain CBD, as well as all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and beneficial plant matter. This includes traces of THC, which while it won't get you high, it may trigger a positive on a test. Using Full Spectrum CBD will give you the maximum benefits possible.
Broad Spectrum CBD oil has the majority of the benefits of Full Spectrum, only the THC has been removed, bringing it down to ND (non-detectable) levels.
CBD Isolate is a 99.9% pure crystalline powder that is only CBD and nothing else. No other cannabinoids or terpenes are present.
How to properly dose CBD oil
Because CBD oil comes in so many concentrations here in Canada, anywhere from 250mg to 5000mg, you'll need to figure out how much CBD you're actually getting out of each drop.
Here are the terms that you need to understand:
MG/mg - this is the total amount of CBD listed on your bottle, for example, 500mg, 1000mg, 1500mg.
ML/ml - this is the total amount of liquid in the bottle. Standard CBD bottles come as 1 oz or 30ml.
Dropper - this is usually connected to the bottle's cap; the standard size for droppers is 1ml and contains approximately 20 drops.
To figure out how much CBD is in every ml or every drop is pretty simple. You take the full mg amount on the bottle and divide it by the number of ml that the bottle contains. We'll do this here using a bottle of CBD oil that is 1000mg in a 30ml bottle.
1000mg divided by 30ml = 33.33mg of CBD in every 1ml of liquid (every dropperful).
To find out how much CBD is in every drop, take the amount of CBD in 1ml, and then divide it by the number of drops in the dropper (remember, the standard size for the dropper is 1ml and contains 20 drops. You can personally test out any dropper by filling it and then counting out each drop as you put it back in the container).
33.33mg divided by 20 drops = 1.6mg of CBD per drop.
So now we know how much CBD is in every drop. But how much CBD oil are you actually supposed to take?
Like we said above, going "low and slow" is the best way to go about finding your perfect dose of CBD. Start by taking 5-10mg of CBD twice a day and gradually increase as needed over time.
Some people find that it only takes very little to find relief, while others may need much more. We are all different and have different Endocannabinoid Systems; therefore, our doses will differ. If you've given it a decent amount of time, 3-4 days, and aren't noticing any results, don't be scared to bump it up a bit.
How to dose CBD capsules and other CBD edibles
Most CBD capsules come in concentrations of 10mg to 30mg of CBD per capsule, though there are higher amounts available from some companies.
The same rules apply, however. If it is a 10mg capsule, start taking one capsule twice a day and increase as necessary. If you start with a 25mg capsule, you may want to start with just one a day.
How to dose with CBD topicals (creams, lotions, salves)
These are the easiest types of CBD products to dose, as they are generally a "use as needed" type of product. Most CBD topicals do not penetrate the skin barrier and enter the bloodstream, so you are safe to use as much or as often as required.
There are exceptions to this, though, such as transdermal CBD patches. These types of CBD products (transdermal) have special ingredients specifically designed to penetrate the skin barrier.
Final thoughts on how to properly dose CBD oil
Naturally, due to the many factors that play into CBD and dosing, it is impossible to give someone a hard and fast answer to what dose they should use.
By following the rules of starting at a low dose and gradually increasing and paying attention to the changes in your body, you'll be able to identify what works and what doesn't.
Remember, you're looking for the perfect dose for you, not for anyone else.