In the world of CBD, there’s a lot to know. From the different extract types to the strange terminologies and everything in between, you may find yourself having a question or two (hundred). Something a lot of new consumers are curious about is dosing. Specifically, they want to know: what is a therapeutic dose of CBD? Or, what dose is ideal for presenting the best medicinal values?
Here, we’re covering the unique therapeutic values CBD offers and how you can find your perfect dose. Let’s get started.
The Therapeutic Value of CBD
In general, CBD is known for its high therapeutic value and ability to benefit the body. Because of the way that CBD works alongside our bodies’ endocannabinoid system, it’s able to work as all-natural support from head to toe.
Since CBD essentially relies on our ECS to do its job, every person’s reaction to CBD will be unique. Cannabidiol functions in the body to help with what needs it; so, unless you and someone else have the same body chemistry, we’ll all find different benefits. But that’s what makes CBD so incredible!
Here are some of the most common therapeutic values that CBD holds.
Treatment of Seizures
Scientific evidence has shown that CBD effectively treats childhood epilepsy syndromes such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. Studies demonstrated that CBD could reduce seizures and, in some cases, put a stop to them.
Recently, the FDA recognized the value of CBD in treating seizures and approved the first-ever medicine containing CBD to treat these conditions, Epidiolex. Because of this decision, we can accurately say that CBD is vastly beneficial in treating those with seizures and severe epileptic disorders.
The ability of CBD to soothe and calm the user without inducing a ‘high’ feeling has made it popular in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Low serotonin levels have been linked to depression, and CBD boosts the brain’s production of serotonin.
Even better, CBD has not shown any of the side effects associated with the use of antidepressants. Animal studies demonstrate that CBD acts faster than antidepressants to counter depression and improve mood.
CBD has also been employed in the treatment of pain. Its analgesic qualities have been proven in a study that showed that cannabinoids effectively relieve and manage pain, especially in treating pain for patients with malignant diseases.
Cannabidiol’s pain-relieving values are widespread, assisting with myriad complications. Whether it be nerve pain, arthritis pain, or headache pains, CBD demonstrates beneficial characteristics for them all. While CBD cannot rid you of your pain entirely, it works to mitigate discomfort levels, making your pains more manageable overall.
So, Is There A “Perfect” CBD Dose?
CBD may have therapeutic benefits, but like every other medicine, you need to get the dose right for it to be effective. Scientists are still studying CBD as there’s a lot about it we don’t know. However, what we do know is there is no universal perfect dose that every user should follow. Effects and doses vary from person to person — it’s ideal when it is just right for you.
So many variables go into figuring out the right CBD dose for you. You must consider body weight, height, the condition you’re treating, age, body mass index (BMI), metabolism, tolerance, and CBD form. For example, the heavier and taller you are, the more CBD you’ll likely have to take for effects. If you’re treating a minor condition, your average dose will probably be smaller than one using it for a chronic condition. See what we mean?
It is best to speak to your doctor and get a professional dosing recommendation. If you don’t have a doctor’s recommendation, it is advisable to begin with small doses usually around 5 mg. After consumption, wait at least an hour before determining whether or not you need more.
If you don’t experience the effects you’re looking for, you can try taking a stronger dose next time. However, a good general rule of thumb is to only up your doses in increments of 5 mg. Any more than that and your body might have an adverse reaction.
What is a Therapeutic Dose of CBD?
Rather than a universal “perfect” CBD dose, we can speak instead of a therapeutic dose, the amount of dosing you need for it to be effective.
This amount varies according to person and product. For instance, the only cannabis-derived product approved by the FDA is Epidiolex, and the starting dosage is 2.5 milligrams per kg of body weight twice daily, a total of 5 mg. per kg of body weight a day. There is no other cannabis-derived product approved by the FDA, so no other product has an official dosage guide.
Irrespective of the “official” dosing guide, a lot of people find that anywhere between 10 – 40 mg. is ideal for helping them experience the therapeutic effects they need. At doses this reasonable, you can consume a few drops in the morning and evening to ensure the CBD stays working as it should. But, you’re not consuming more than your body likes. It’s all about finding that balance!
Again, there is not a one-size-fits-all dose for CBD, because we’re not all one-size-fits-all. So, the best way is always to start low and slow with your doses and go up from there.
Would it surprise you to know that there is no standard recommended CBD dosing frequency? Of course not! Just like a therapeutic dose, dosing frequency varies according to the person, product, and condition being treated. To find your dosing frequency, decide which product you want to use (capsule, oil, nasal spray, edible) and the potency (higher potency means less dosing). Then, you can begin with small doses and study your reaction to it.
Best Types of CBD For Easy Dosing
Two important things to take into account while dosing are to listen to your body and consult experts. If you are a beginner, you’ll want something that’s not too strong; we highly recommend a mild dose of CBD oil. With CBD oils, the products come with an easy-to-use dropper that illustrates exactly how much CBD you’re consuming. Effects kick in within about 15 minutes or so, making it a great product for quick results and accessible dosing.
If you are not a newbie and would prefer faster effects, reach for CBD vapes or flower! We only suggest this for connoisseurs, though, as these products are quite tricky to dose. This may also be the case for CBD edibles. These products are incredibly potent — and last for hours — but they can be challenging to dose if they’re just a single baked item. Instead, we’d recommend reaching for already-dosed CBD gummies. These tend to have small CBD amounts (usually around 5 – 10 mg. per gummy), making them great for dosing and providing a full-bodied experience.
Turning to Elevate Holistics to Help You Find Your Perfect Therapeutic Dose of CBD
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