CBD, one of the most useful compounds extracted from cannabis plant, is gaining popularity around the globe for its therapeutic properties. Looking at this, the number of CBD users is rapidly increasing. However, every new user, in fact even some very experienced ones, always seek answer to one question – how much CBD should be taken?
Well, there is no simple answer for that question. As a matter of fact, the delivery method plays a vital role in determining the right dosage. The thing is, each delivery method has very different and unique potential. This concept is known as bioavailability.
For those who don’t know, bioavailability refers to the amount of CBD content which gets absorbed in your bloodstream. Now, by far vaping CBD vape oil is known to have the highest bioavailability. On the other hand, tinctures are a little less effective, but comparatively more efficient than CBD capsules and edibles which are known to be least effective.
The bioavailability of different CBD products:
- Vapes: 40 to 50%
- Topicals/patches: 35 to 40%
- Tinctures: 20 to 30%
- Capsules and edibles: 5 to 15%
The important thing to keep in mind is – your dosage will change with your delivery method. For instance, after vaping 10mg CBD, you get 4 to 5 mg in your bloodstream. However, when you take 10mg CBD via tincture, your body will absorb only 2 to 3 mg CBD.
In order to determine the right CBD dosage for yourself, the first thing you need to understand is exactly how much CBD is present in the product. You will get this detail from the product label, or by checking out the lad test reports of the product you are willing to buy. Once you know the CBD content of a particular product, you can experiment a little and figure out a dose which works best for you.
There are several things to consider while determining CBD dosage. For instance, CBD dosage depends a lot on your weight, delivery method, as well as the condition you are trying to treat. The common thumb rule is starting with the lowest recommended dose and gradually increases it with time and experience.
Some of the commonly recommended CBD dosages are:
- 2.5 mg CBD for cancer patients
- 2.5 to 20 mg for individuals suffering from chronic pain
- 20 to 160 mg for treating sleep disorders
- 40 to 300 mg for treating social anxiety
- 200 to 300 mg for those with Epilepsy
You can surely use this guide as a reference, but it is recommended that you figure out your personal dosage by experimenting with the products you have on hand. Also, it will be good if you consult your doctor before adding CBD to your routine, especially if you are trying to treat a specific condition with CBD.
Lastly, once you have figured out a dosage which works for you, there is no need to change it. However, if you feel you aren’t getting enough, increase your dosage by 1 to 5 mg.