What is the Right Dose of CBD for Me?

What is the Right Dose of CBD for Me?

Marijuana has been widely used as a recreational drug for decades, but few people have ever considered its medicinal uses. Cannabis contains a powerful cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD) which helps treat everything from pain to anxiety.

CBD caught the public's attention largely thanks to two parents, Paige and Matt Figi, when their daughter, Charlotte Figi, developed a scarce, serious, and intractable form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. They spent years and years making emergency trips to the hospital to treat her seizures before they found an unlikely solution: cannabis. While many doctors were skeptical at first due to the many negative effects that come from childhood marijuana smoking, the Figi parents had found a strain that was high in CBD and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This strain of cannabis is used for relieving several physical and physiological symptoms rather than getting the user high.

The Figi parents were shocked. Their daughter's seizures had completely disappeared. Their actions had spurred states into changing their legislation. Places that were once harsh on marijuana now began to consider pro-CBD laws.

CBD clearly has its use in treating a countless number of conditions including cancer, arthritis, insomnia, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, appetite loss, inflammation, ADD, PTSD, stress, sclerosis, and more. However, information about CBD is still fairly unknown to the public perhaps partially due to the hostility surrounding cannabis and its components. Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota didn't legally allow medical marijuana until 2016 and many states still have some ways to go before medicinal marijuana becomes widely accepted.

Due to the limited information about CBD, it can be difficult to determine just how much you need to take. It should be noted that there is no known lethal dosage of CBD, so you won't have to worry about overdosing on it if you take too much. However, you should know that CBD does use the same neural pathways as opioids and that taking both drugs together will amplify the effects of opioids. Using CBD also prevents many other drugs from metabolizing as quickly, meaning that they will be more potent and stay in your body for much longer.

CBD is usually taken sublingually, meaning it is administered underneath the tongue. A general guideline to takes the right dosage of CBD oil would be:

  • 2.5-15 mg for general health issues
  • 2.5-20 mg for chronic pain issues
  • 40-160 mg for sleep disorders

Health product supplier HoneyColony recommends taking the base dosage of four drops of Superior Cannabinoid three times a day, though certain ailments require more specific dosages. Formulator Elizabeth Moriarty suggests the following:

  • Chronic pain: 2.5 - 20 mg taken sublingually for 25 days
  • Epilepsy: 200 - 300 mg taken sublingually for up to 4.5 months
  • Glaucoma: 20 – 40 mg taken sublingually
  • Increase appetite: 2.5 mg of THC with or without 1 mg of CBD daily for six weeks
  • Movement problems from Huntington's disease: 10 mg for every 1 lb of body weight taken sublingually for six weeks
  • Multiple sclerosis: 2.5 – 120 mg of a THC-CBD cannabis plant extract for 2 - 15 weeks or 2.5 - 120 mg of an oral spray containing 2.7 mg of THC and 2.5 mg of CBD for up to eight weeks
  • Schizophrenia: 40 – 1,280 mg taken sublingually daily for up to four weeks
  • Sleep disorders: 40 – 160 mg taken sublingually daily

Keep in mind that the ideal dosage varies from person to person based on a number of factors including age, weight, genetics, and lifestyle. If you want to find the ideal dosage for you, start off small and take that dosage consistently for a few days. Keep a journal to document how it affects your mood and sleep and if it interacts with any other medication you take. If you don’t feel anything consider consulting with a medical professional and try increasing the dosage. Remember to take it one step at a time and that your mileage may vary depending on several different factors. Find the one that’s right for you and stick with it.

1 http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/
4 https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/cannabinoids-101-what-makes-cannabis-medicine