CBD: Finding your perfect dose. CBD or cannabidiol is one of the most important active ingredients, found in marijuana. It is derived directly from the hemp plant and also forms a part of medicinal marijuana. CBD can also be artificially manufactured in a laboratory these days.
Modern medicine is beginning to rely more heavily on CBD and doctors are using it for treatments in various conditions, from Parkinson’s to brain seizures.
This might get you thinking about the side effects of CBD. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
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Figuring Out The Perfect Dose For CBD
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently does not regulate the dosage of CBD, so figuring out a dose that works for you can be slightly tricky.
It is imperative that you speak to your doctor before settling on a dose. Given the circumstances, it might seem like a good idea to play it by ear and self-administer doses that give you the level of comfort you desire. However, this can be highly detrimental to your health, especially if you have any long-term diseases like high blood pressure or diabetes. It is, therefore, best to have an upfront conversation with your healthcare provider and allow him to administer a dose for you.
Research conducted in 2017 by Kerstin Iffland and Franjo Grotenhermen concluded by stating that “CBD safety profile is already established in a plethora of ways. However, some knowledge gaps detailed above should be closed by additional clinical trials to have a completely well-tested pharmaceutical compound.”
The research also stated that there is no one specific universal dose of CBD that can be recommended for everyone. Just like pharmaceutical drugs, each person responds to a different dose of CBD. The dosage also varies considerably if it is being administered to animals.
Most human studies have concluded that a dosage between 20 to 1500 mg/day is safe.
It is always considered safe to start with a low dosage of CBD. Say, for example, you plan to use CBD to help you with chronic pain from an underlying condition. You could start with a low dose of say 20 mg and work upwards from there. It is highly possible that at the end of a few weeks, you feel that a dose of 50mg provides you with the relief you desire and makes your pain bearable.
It is also highly recommended that you keep track of the dosage you have been using. This will prevent you from going overboard.
You should consider the following before deciding on the dosage for yourself:
- Your current body weight
- The condition you are aiming to treat
- The concentration of CBD in the product you plan to use
How To Calculate CBD Dosage
Most CBD products come with detailed instructions in the packaging regarding the calculation of dosage. It is always best to include your doctor in the decision about the dosage of CBD you wish to intake.
The calculation of dosage also depends on the kind of product being used, eg, gummies have an entirely different method of dose calculation, in comparison to CBD oil.
CBD Doses For Common Conditions
CBD for anxiety: The most commonly recommended dosage for anxiety and conditions related to it is 300 – 600 mg per day.
CBD for epilepsy: The use of CBD is recommended for only certain types of epilepsy. 2.5 milligrams per kilogram of the person’s body weight is a good place to begin.
CBD for cancer-related pain: The dose of CBD in such conditions should not exceed 30 milligrams per day. The dose may be regulated as per the requirement of the person.
CBD for central neuropathic pain: A maximum of 25 milligrams is usually recommended, depending on the extent of pain and the severity of the condition.
Opioid addiction: 400 – 800 milligrams per day is the recommended allowance in such conditions. However, it must be kept in mind that such cases must be under the strict supervision of a medical practitioner. The doctor must be alerted immediately if any side effects are observed.
Arthritis: A maximum of 30 mg per day is allowed for those who suffer from chronic pain caused because of long-term arthritis.
Side Effect Of Too Much CBD
Anything in excess is harmful and CBD is no exception to this rule. Listed below are a few symptoms you might observe if an excess of CBD (in any form) has been consumed:
- Dry mouth
- Upset stomach
- General disorientation
This is also a good place to point out that persons on blood thinners, heart rhythm medications, thyroid medications and seizure medications should exercise extra caution when using CBD.
There is yet a lack of conclusive evidence regarding the perfect dosage for CBD. It is therefore imperative to start small and increase dosages only after consulting with a medical practitioner. Dosages must be increased only if necessary, so it is always recommended to start with the smallest dose possible.
In conclusion, it is obvious that CBD has been shown to improve the quality of life in healthy individuals as well as those whose health is compromised. Its efficacy and potency can vary from person to person. It is obvious that one must be careful with the dosage and consume only the required amounts.
CBD is already freely available in the US and there can be no denying that in the time to come, it will take the World by storm. If used responsibly, a tiny amount can significantly improve your daily life.
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