FINDING YOUR CBD DOSAGE & DRUG INTERACTIONS
Have you finally decided to try CBD but are confused at how much to take? It is definitely a murky area because to date, there is no scientific data on how much CBD you should take for any given situation. However, do not worry! We’re here to help guide you in finding your dosage!
The FDA does NOT allow hemp CBD to be sold as a medicinal product. Due to this, all CBD products must have some form of a nutritional label with a “suggested serving size”. This may create confusion for our customers because people generally refer to the suggested serving size as a guide.
However, you should not rely on how much CBD Oil the label suggests as a serving because, when it comes to CBD, each individual’s body is unique in how it responds and reacts to CBD. The FDA also does not allow any claims that CBD can cure, help or treat any health condition.
Before we get into the guidelines on dosage, it’s important to understand the following about CBD:
Our CBD products are full spectrum meaning it has all the compounds found in the hemp plant; cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, enzymes etc. They all work together synergistically. This is called the Entourage
Effect as each compound plays its part to create the whole. This implies that if one or more of the compounds are removed, some of the beneficial functions may be lost.
THE BIPHASIC EFFECT:
What does biphasic mean? It means that what is beneficial at a low dose may have an undesirable effect at a high dose. Cannabinoid compounds have biphasic properties whereby small doses and high doses have opposite effects.
This is important to understand because many people believe in the “more is better” train of thought. With CBD more is NOT necessarily better!
If you are new to taking CBD and are on pharmaceutical medications, it’s important to speak with your health care practitioner about possible drug interactions.
To gain the optimum benefits of CBD, pay attention to your body and your own reaction. It’s strongly recommended that you keep detailed records of your usage.
Our CBD oil products are Oil Infusions which are best used directly under the tongue (as shown below) because it starts getting absorbed by the mucous membranes of the mouth before it reaches the stomach where acids begin to break it apart.
Since there is not enough data on dosage and due to the requirements set by the FDA, hopefully the following information will be of help to you as it will provide you with guidelines that can help you figure out your CBD dose.
The following could be factors that play an important part in finding out your CBD dosage:
- Your biology and metabolism and how they respond to CBD.
- How your endocannabinoid system functions and acclimates to CBD over time.
- The issue you are trying to help.
- Your weight or rather body fat. Cannabinoids are lipophilic meaning they are attracted to fat, which could hinder absorption into the bloodstream. So if you have a higher body fat percentage, it could lead to less absorption, and if you have a lower body fat percentage, you may feel more intense effects from a lower dose.
- Your body chemistry, including foods and pharmaceuticals ingested.
- Your sensitivity to cannabinoids.
CBD is considered safe to consume as long as it is clean and has no toxins.
Titration means taking small steps over time in order to allow for adjustments slowly. This is the best way to introduce CBD to your body. It means STARTING OFF WITH A LOW DOSE AND ADJUSTING UPWARD SLOWLY OVER TIME. It is recommended that when first starting out, try taking one dose of your daily amount in the morning and one dose in the evening. Do this for 3 – 4 days to allow the CBD to build up in your system.
The following chart may help in determining your starting point. Again, there is no standard dosage guide; this is a guideline that may help you find your dose:
Let’s look at how to calculate the amount of milligrams of CBD in a bottle using Nature’s Daily Dose products which use the standard 30 mL bottle (approximately one ounce):
[Total CBD mg in bottle] divided by [Number of milliliters in bottle] = Milligrams of CBD in a dropper.
So for our 600 and 1200 mg CBD Oil:
600 mg / 30 mL = 20 mg of CBD per dropper
1200 mg/ 30 mL = 40 mg of CBD per dropper
For oil infusions: 20 drops = 1 mL
How much CBD is in each drop?
A good rule of thumb is 20 drops of liquid for every milliliter, so just divide the above number by 20 to calculate CBD per drop. If each dropper (which measures one milliliter) holds 20mg of CBD, then we simply divide 20mg of CBD into 20 drops. This means
each drop will deliver a 1 mg dose of CBD. You can also divide the total milligrams of CBD per 30mL bottle by 600 to calculate CBD per drop.
So in our 600 mg CBD Oil, you get 20 mg of CBD per dropper.
20 mg/20 drops = 1 mg so each drop from our 600 mg CBD bottle will give you 1 mg of CBD. If you were a 150 pound man/woman with a mild condition, the chart above recommends you take 12 mg of CBD per day. You could then take 6 drops in the morning and 6 drops in the evening.
If you are new to taking CBD, you could even start with 3 drops twice a day for 4 days and see how you feel. If you don’t feel any different, then up your dose to 4 drops twice a day for a few days. If you find relief at 4 drops twice a day that is called your SWEET SPOT – your dose.
We hope you found this article helpful and know that if you have any questions do not hesitate to email or call us at Nature’s Daily Dose.