In 2018, roughly $620 million worth of CBD products sold in the United States alone.
With so many products on the market, it can be hard to figure out where you should start. After all, many of those products aren’t cheap.
Should you start with gummies, tinctures, or something else? And what strength do you even need?
Finding the right dosage for you depends on several factors like your level of pain and your weight. Keep reading to learn more about CBD and find the right CBD dosage for your needs.
CBD Concentration and Dosage
The concentration or strength of CBD is measured in milligrams (mg). Whether you take CBD in a tincture, a capsule, or another way there is always a concentration strength on the bottle.
Low-strength CBD products start around 5mg. For example, many CBD gummies range between 5mg-25mg per gummy.
Dosage is different from strength and you may need to adjust your dosage according to your needs. Although one gummy may be 25mg, the suggested serving size or dosage could be 1-2 per day. If one serving isn’t enough, you can go up to the next strength as indicated on the packaging.
Gummies and capsules are easy to calculate the dosage since the strength is on the package for you. But what about tinctures?
Tinctures and oils come in a variety of strengths with dosages from around 5mg to 50mg. For example, a 1500mg (concentration) bottle might have 30mL of tincture with a serving size of 1mL. Each serving size would have 50mg of CBD.
Tinctures are a popular way for beginners to try CBD but getting the right dosage can take time. To find the right CBD oil dosage for you, start by asking yourself the following questions.
What’s Your Body Weight?
Your body weight can impact the dosage amount you’ll need. Weight can also play a part in the effectiveness of the product.
When does CBD start working? In general, people that weigh more may need a higher dose of CBD to feel any difference. Those that weigh less may feel the effects of CBD with a lower dosage.
It’s important to note that weight is just one factor to consider when determining the right CBD dose for you.
What Effects Do You Want?
Before you start taking CBD, ask yourself what you want and why you’re using CBD. People may use CBD to help them with pain or to feel relaxed and get to sleep at night.
Chronic pain is one reason that people try CBD. According to a recent survey by the Arthritis Foundation, many participants with arthritis showed interest in or used CBD products.
Other common reasons that people use CBD include:
- Anxiety or stress
- Joint pain
- Heart health
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
Many people believe in the benefits of CBD, although not everyone sees the same results.
It’s important to talk with your doctor before starting a CBD supplement. Discuss your symptoms and any prescriptions you currently take to determine a good starting dosage.
People With Severe Pain or a High CBD Tolerance
Those with severe pain or a high CBD tolerance may need higher doses.
For many people, their ideal dosage comes down to the level of discomfort they feel. If you’re not taking CBD for pain relief, your optimal dosage could differ.
Some people develop a tolerance to CBD. This can happen when someone takes CBD over a long period of time and notices reduced effects while still using the same dosage. If this is the case for you, try increasing the dosage amount.
For people trying CBD for the first time, tolerance shouldn’t be an issue. But be sure to keep an eye on the effects you feel and note any changes.
Finding the Right CBD Dosage for You
So you’re interested in trying CBD but which product should you choose?
Tinctures remain a popular choice for people first starting out because it’s easy to adjust your strength as necessary. Start slow and with a low dosage and follow the instructions. Take the recommended amount using the dropper and hold it under the tongue for about 1-2 minutes.
Not sure which concentration strength to buy?
You can use a dosage tool to calculate the dosage of a product. This lets you determine the potency of the product and figure out if it’s right for your needs. You can also use the CBD dosage chart as a reference for finding the right strength.
It can take longer to feel the effects of an edible so keep this in mind before increasing your dosage. Try microdosing over a period of a few days to find your optimal dosage.
Other Factors to Consider
Tinctures are a great way for beginners to test the effects of CBD on their bodies. But some people find other methods of ingestion preferable because it’s easy to monitor your dosage.
Other methods of taking CBD include edibles, sprays, topicals, and vape products. Try different methods when CBD dosing to see what works best for you.
Another factor to consider is whether you want a full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or an isolate CBD product.
CBD isolate is a product without any waxes, terpenes, or cannabinoids from the hemp plant. This product can reach up to 99 percent pure CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD products contain cannabinoids and terpenes as well as CBD. Full-spectrum CBD contains very small amounts of THC (but not enough to get you high.)
Broad-spectrum CBD falls between the two. It also contains other beneficial ingredients but contains no THC.
Ready to Try CBD?
There isn’t a set rule for which CBD dosage works best, so take time to figure out what strength works for you. It’s best to start slow with a low dosage and log how you feel. If you feel any side effects like headaches or nausea, decrease your dosage.
Before starting CBD, talk to your doctor first. Your doctor can recommend a good starting dose. Make sure you’re not taking any prescriptions that could interact with CBD.
Use these tips as a guideline to get started with CBD. And if you’re looking for more advice like this, be sure to check out the rest of our website. We have news and tips on everything from business to lifestyle and more.