One of the most common things people interested in taking medical marijuana want to know is how much to take. Cannabis is very personalized medicine, and getting the right dose of CBD is different for everyone. There isn’t a standard ratio, strain, or consumption method that’s right for everybody.
Determining the Right Dose of CBD
There are however, some things to consider when figuring out how to get the right dose of CBD. If you’re new to medical cannabis, CBD has shown to be beneficial to countless different conditions. Perhaps the most well-known benefit is the effect CBD has to control epileptic seizures in both children and adults. Clinical trials of high-dose CBD have shown it to reduce seizures in over half of those treated.
Other studies have shown CBD to be effective in managing chronic pain, depression, anxiety, stress, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
CBD is undoubtedly amazing and has helped countless people ditch traditional prescription medication for good. Not unlike prescription meds however, getting the right dose of CBD is different for everyone. People with more serious medical conditions like epilepsy and cancer may prefer high-dose therapy. Those looking for relief from headaches or stress on the other hand, may find relief in smaller doses.
Different Methods of CBD Delivery
CBD is typically available in 3 different types of delivery. These include:
- CBD Oil
CBD oil is generally preferred, as it offers the quickest relief. It also offers consistent dosing. This is huge if people want to know the exact dose of CBD they are taking every time. It can be especially helpful when starting out with CBD, as knowing precise dosages can help when taking other products.
Using CBD oil under the tongue (sublingually) tends to work quickest, offering relief in 5-20 minutes after ingestion. Some patients also find vaping CBD is effective, which also offers almost immediate results. Capsules are also a popular method of CBD consumption, but will take longer than sublingual or vaporized application to feel effects. Edibles can take up to two hours for effects, but tend to last longer due to the way they are absorbed into the bloodstream.
General Guidelines to Get the Right Dose of CBD
Let’s suppose a person is taking a sublingual form of CBD oil. When taking drops or oil by mouth, a general dose of CBD would be:
- Overall Health and Wellness: 3-15mg CBD daily
- Chronic Pain: 3-20mg CBD daily depending on severity of pain
- Sleep Problems: 40-150mg CBD daily
These are general guidelines, as CBD is different for everyone and every condition. It’s best to start small when first starting. You can then gradually increase your dose until you find what works best for you.
Have you found the best dose of CBD to treat a specific condition? We would love to hear what works for you in the comments below!