The Rise of CBD
A hot topic over the past couple of years has been an interest in a chemical known as cannabidiol. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has garnered an enormous amount of interest in the field of medicine for a variety of reasons. CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in both marijuana and hemp. On the federal level, marijuana is illegal. As such, products derived from it, such as CBD oil, remain illegal federally. Many states have begun to legalize marijuana, though. States like Hawaii and Florida have legalized marijuana and products derived from it for medicinal use only. Other states, such as Colorado and Illinois, have legalized recreational marijuana use, making products derived from marijuana legal without a medical need.
Contrary to the status of marijuana, hemp, with a THC level below 0.3%, was made legal on the federal level when President Trump signed the Farm Bill of 2018. This removed hemp with the proper THC level from being listed as a Schedule I drug. As such, CBD products derived from hemp are legal under federal law. The focus on the level of THC is because THC, formally known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary active ingredient in marijuana, which is responsible for the psychoactive effect that causes the sensation of being high. Various state laws may still make the products illegal on their level. Nonetheless, CBD products are increasingly gaining traction in the markets.
The Benefits of CBD
Hailed for their ability to assist in the treatment of a multitude of ailments, CBD products are being used more and more. Research has shown amazing results in the management of pain and the reduction of muscle tightness with conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Additional benefits have been observed in reducing issues from insomnia and anxiety. Crohn’s disease has been another significant disease for which CBD products have become more prevalent in the treatment of. For those interested in giving CBD a try, one of the first questions that may arise will be what dose should you take when just starting. The answer to this is that it depends on a variety of factors. Keep in mind that it does take time to build up effective amounts in your system.
How Much Is Enough?
There is no one dose that fits all when it comes to CBD usage. Among the factors that have to be considered when determining the appropriate dosage for yourself are your metabolic rate, weight, the potency of the product, and your body’s reaction to not only CBD but the various forms of CBD products. Other factors include the purpose for which the product is being taken. Different medical issues require different doses or require doses to be completed in conjunction with other measures.
The Mayo Clinic has guided specific medical conditions. For cancer patients suffering a loss of appetite, it is recommended that a 1 mg dose be used in conjunction with THC. For chronic pain, between 2.5 and 20 mg. For individuals who have epilepsy, the recommended dose is around 200-300 mg. 10 mg per kg (2.2 pounds) of body weight are recommended for Huntington’s disease patients who are dealing with movement issues.
One of the more popular methods of determining dosage is to base the dose upon your weight. It is suggested that 1 to 6 mg be used per 10 lbs of body weight. For instance, a person weighing 100 lbs should use 10 mg on the low end and 60 mg on the high end. This calculation may provide effective results for some, but as all people are different, more or less may be required to achieve the desired results.
Different Products, Different Results
Another factor to be considered when determining a CBD dosage is the type of product. CBD comes in a variety of forms, such as ingestible, smokables, and topicals. Ingestible like CBD Oil tinctures usually have a serving size that is suggested on the label. Some labels may say to start with a certain amount and gradually increase the dosage. Finding your correct amount will be a matter of experimentation to some degree.
Ingestible such as oils that are used via a dropper usually have a serving size on the package. If this amount is ineffective, then simply add more. These products are typically used by placing the drops under the user’s tongue for 30 to 60 seconds and then swallowing. The potency of these products may be different, so that will need to be taken into account.
CBD vape products are popular and highly effective. Smokable CBD oils work almost instantaneously. Beginning usage is recommended to be around 10 mg per serving. The downside to vape products is that they do not last long. You can usually expect these products to last about 30 to 60 minutes before it is time to vape again.
Topicals such as lotions and balms are another way to use CBD products. To use these, you just apply the product directly to the affected area. This method allows for only the trouble area to be targeted. The products are long-lasting as they do not have to be metabolized by the liver. These products are typically effective for more than 5 hours at a time.
Transdermal patches are another method of getting CBD in your system. These patches also have the benefit of bypassing the liver and therefore being longer-lasting. These patches can last for 1 to 2 days but only have to be applied to an area of the body to begin working. The doses of these are set by the product. The only downside to these products is that they may take in excess of an hour to begin working.
Final Thoughts on Determining Your Dose
Learning the correct dose for yourself will be somewhat a matter of experimentation. While there are basic guidelines for an initial starting point, there are too many factors relevant to an effective dose to precisely tell you, as an individual, what will work for you. It is best to use the guidelines as a starting point and to adjust accordingly, based upon the desired result.