Guide to CBD Dosages

Appropriate CBD dosage is still not a common knowledge despite the fact that the medicine has become incredibly popular. With this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn all you need to know about your proper CBD dosage level.

Step 1: Decide on the Delivery Method
There are many ways to take CBD, from oil drops, vaping, or even in gummy forms. These different methods of CBD consumption have a varying degree of absorption rate and potency. For example, oral oil drops will give you a longer lasting impact, but it takes longer for the CBD to take effect. On the contrary, vaping will give you a quick relief from having anxiety. The effect is a lot more potent but doesn’t last very long. Think about your conditions and your intended usage of CBD, as it can help you choose the right delivery method.

Step 2: Learn Your Tolerance
The different delivery methods also have a varying degree of bioavailability, which is the degrees to which the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. The higher the bioavailability, the higher potency the CBD is going to have. It’s estimated that oil drops have around 20-30% bioavailability while vaping can go as high as 40%. Other methods like CBD gummies and capsules don’t usually have a high bioavailability value, ranging around 5 to10%. This means that one drop of CBD oil can be 4 to 5 times more potent than chewing a CBD gummy that weighs exactly the same. You also need to keep in mind that each person has a varying degree of tolerance for CBD, meaning that we all have our own proper dosage. This is why it’s so important to experiment with different dosages to find out the right amount for you.

Step 3: Formulate A Plan For Finding Your Optimal Dose
Having too much CBD can cause headaches, nausea, and other undesirable conditions. Underdosing, on the other hand, won’t make you feel any different. This is why you need to start off slow when experimenting with different dosages so that you don’t run the risk of serious side effects.

To help you find the optimal dosage, here are some tips you can use.

Follow the instructions of the product

Every CBD product comes with a label that includes the recommended dosage level as well as precise instructions on how to take it. This amount of dosage will already be lower than what you’re expected to take, but you can go lower if you’d prefer. If you have any questions about the product, you should give the manufacturer a call or leave them an inquiry. Each brand and formula has a different level of potency. By asking the company directly, you will minimize the confusion so that you can get the most optimal dosage.

Microdosing is one of the most effective ways to take CBD, as you can control both the daily intake and the dosage very accurately. This is mostly done by taking a drop of CBD oil every hour or until you start to feel the effects. This requires a lot of time and patience, so you’re going to need to keep a close eye on the clock.

This guest post was contributed by Krizian Augusto.

CBD 101: What to Know Before Buying

Ready to try CBD oil – but unsure how to use it or how much to take? Here are a few things you should know. People turn to CBD to relieve unwanted symptoms such as anxiety, pain, seizures, and difficulty sleeping, but did you know that your body comes equipped with a system that is a direct target for CBD and other compounds in the hemp, or cannabis, plant: the endocannabinoid system (ECS)? Ultimately, CBD helps the body to regulate inflammation, from which chronic illness stems. Dr. Ethan Russo (2004, 2016) introduced the concept of endocannabinoid deficiency as the root cause of many chronic illnesses. When in balance, the ECS boosts the functioning of the immune and central nervous systems, but when out of balance, it’s unable to keep our body in check and illness occurs.

Though it’s often simply referred to as CBD oil, look for a full-spectrum hemp oil. In general, the whole plant tends to be more effective due to the “entourage effect”. The entourage effect is realized through the whole plant extract and not just an isolated part. Dr. David Meiri has discovered 144 cannabinoids (like CBD, THC) in the plant plus terpenes (essential oils). With this being said, if your job requires drug-testing be aware that there are trace amounts of THC in hemp oil that could show up on a drug test. In NY, hemp oil with concentrations of CBD is legal when it contains less than 0.3% THC.

Note that there is a difference in hemp oil (as a food product) sold for its omega content and hemp oil produced with higher levels of cannabinoids like CBD. When shopping for a reliable product, look for product lab test results posted on a company’s website showing no evidence of contamination from solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, or microbes. The hemp plant is a bio-accumulator, making it a great plant to replenish toxic soil for agricultural purposes, but the oils you consume shouldn’t contain harmful substances. Also, a CO2 cold extraction method without the use of harsh solvents is recommended.

As for serving size, start low and go slow. Work up to a serving that feels right for you. Part of my role as a CBD specialist is to vet the companies that I recommend to clients so that they don’t have to do all the guesswork.

If you think CBD isn’t right for you, I have good news. There are various ways to target the ECS for wellness. PEA is another option that works for pain. This endocannabinoid (produced in the body and plants) interacts with the ECS and has been proven to reduce pain and inflammation. Balancing the ECS can also be addressed through nutrition, especially with spices like fresh black pepper, exercise like yoga, and alternative therapies like acupuncture. The best results of using CBD come from using it along with a lifestyle that promotes balance and health.

Written by Alicia Salazar of Stay Balanced in Patchogue, NY. Alicia is a health coach and CBD specialist who completed certification through the Holistic Cannabis Academy. Come visit Alicia at Tranquility Within in Patchogue to discuss CBD and a product that is right for you. Stay Balanced sells oils, liposomes, topicals, body butters, patches, and more.