CBD Dosage – How to Find Your Optimal Dose
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Process for Finding Your Optimal CBD Dosage
Never start at a high strength if you‘ve never used CBD oil before.
Step 1 – Start Low
The first step is choosing a starting dose or serving size in milligrams of CBD. The key here is to start with a low amount, especially if you are just starting to take CBD. Based on input from users, a general guideline is to start out by taking 5-10 milligrams of CBD twice per day. Ideally, once in the morning and once in the evening.
Starting with a low amount is recommended because it often takes several days for your body to adjust to taking CBD. It also helps you avoid the mild side effects (such as a headache or nausea) that may occur from taking too much.
Step 2 – Increase Slowly as Needed
Take your starting daily dose once or twice per day for at least one week. If you are not getting the desired results after a week, then increase the amount slightly.
Keep slowly increasing the dosage every 3-4 days until you get the results that you’re looking for. At that point, you’ve found your optimal dosage level and you can continue taking that amount going forward.
If at any time you experience adverse side effects such as headaches or nausea, it’s recommended that you lower the dosage. Those are typically signs that you are taking too much.
Step 3 – Make Adjustments Over Time
You can expect that you’ll need to do some experimentation and make adjustments to your dosage over time. This includes experimenting with how many times a day and what time of day you take it.
It’s also common for your optimal dosage amount to change over time. Some users have reported developing a tolerance to CBD after prolonged use. If you find that you’re not getting the desired results anymore, you may want to reset your system by stopping CBD for a few days. You can then restart the process of finding your optimal dose from scratch.
CBD Dosage Chart by Weight (in mg)
CBD Dosage For Anxiety
The effective dose of CBD oil for anxiety or chronic stress usually falls on the moderate to heavy range of the spectrum.
However, some people with anxiety disorders find they’re especially sensitive to CBD may only need a small dose.
When using CBD oil to manage anxiety levels, it’s best to start with a mild dose first to see how you respond. If you don’t see any improvement, move up to the moderate dosage next. Most people notice improvement with the moderate or heavy dosage according to their weight.
For best results, take CBD oil first thing in the morning, and repeat around lunchtime. Many people will take a mild “booster dose” about 30 to 60 minutes before engaging in activities that trigger their anxiety.
CBD Dosage For Pain
The dose of CBD oil for pain can vary significantly. For mild pain, such as low-grade arthritis, mild PMS pain, or low back pain — a mild or moderate dose of CBD oil will usually do the trick.
For more severe pain, nerve pain, or treatment-resistant multiple sclerosis or cancer pain — you’ll likely need to use a heavy dose of CBD oil.
Some people experience the painkilling benefits of CBD oil immediately, others need to take the oil for a few days or weeks before noticing any improvement.
The time it takes to notice improvement depends on the underlying condition that’s causing the pain.
Inflammatory pain, cancer pain, or pain from endometriosis can take a long time — while arthritis pain, digestive pain, muscle pain, and PMS pain usually improve within a few hours of taking CBD oil.
For arthritis or joint pain, you can get faster effects by using a CBD pain cream alongside your CBD oil.
CBD Dosage For Sleep
CBD oil has been shown to improve both the quality and duration of sleep — but studies have shown the effective dose of CBD oil for sleep is higher than other conditions. Aim for a heavy dose of CBD oil if the goal is to improve your sleep.
Low doses of CBD (less than 10 mg) can have a stimulating effect, while higher doses (20 mg or higher) are generally much more sedative. The more CBD oil you use, the stronger the sedative effect.
Certain types of CBD extracts also tend to have a stronger impact on sleep. For example, CBD oils that contain sleep-supportive terpenes such as linalool, bisabolol, lavandin, or myrcene have the strongest sedative action.
You can also find CBD oils that contain melatonin to make the oil even better for promoting sleep.
CBD Dosage For Depression
CBD oil is useful for managing symptoms of many mood disorders — including depression.
Finding the right dose of CBD oil for depression can take some trial and error. The underlying processes that cause depression don’t happen overnight, and they won’t disappear overnight either. It can take several weeks or months of steady CBD oil supplementation — along with other lifestyle modifications — before you can expect any real improvement.
It’s best to start with a mild or moderate dosage of CBD oil for a few weeks before graduating to the heavy dose once you understand how CBD affects your body individually.