Dosing Information For Newcomers To CBD Products

January 11, 2023

In recent years CBD, a chemical compound in cannabis, has drastically grown in popularity, primarily due to the federal legalization in 2018. At Best Buds, one of the most common questions we get is, "how much should I take?"

Getting to the bottom of this question is not simple, as the ideal dosage of CBD dramatically varies depending on the individual and their specific needs. Some factors involved in gauging the appropriate dosage include the person's weight, body chemistry, and the severity of their symptoms, prompting them to look into CBD, such as pain relief or anxiety relief. In addition, the CBD product used, such as oil, capsule, or edible, can also impact the dosage.

The general advice here for newcomers to CBD would be to start the dosage on the lower side. Mainly because it is also important to note that different people may react differently to CBD even if taking the same dose; remember, everyone's body is different.

Even though The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that CBD is pretty safe to use, and currently shows no public health-related problems associated with high-quality CBD. However, talking to your doctor before taking CBD is still a good idea, especially if you are taking other medications.

Below are some brief and general guidelines for dosing CBD:

  • A low-dose CBD product (2.5-20mg) taken once or twice a day may be enough to support better sleep and overall well-being.
  • A moderate-dose CBD product (20-40mg) taken once or twice a day may be more effective at helping those dealing with pain or a more severe form of anxiety.
  • A high-dose CBD product (40mg or more) taken once or twice a day is better suited for people that are having issues with getting to sleep and really need to relax.

Another factor to consider is when taking CBD orally, via capsules or edibles such as our CBD gummies, the onset of effects can take a bit of time, as the CBD must pass through the digestive system. And the bioavailability can vary wildly on the product form, while CBD oils and tinctures usually have a bit higher bioavailability than their capsule and edible counterparts.

Also, remember that the dosage recommendations on CBD products are quite often just estimates and that the effects may vary from individual to individual. Landing the ideal dosage for you may take a little bit of experimentation, so it's important to be mindful and note any changes in your symptoms as you scale your dosage up and down to nail down what works best for your specific body.

It's also worth mentioning that CBD can interact with some medications you may prescribe, so it's best to speak with your physician to ensure you're good and get the green light to begin a CBD regimen.

In summary, determining the ideal CBD dosage may take a bit of time; you may need to do a little trial and error and experiment with different doses to see what works best. It is typically the smarter approach to start with a smallish dose and gradually go up from there until the desired effects are achieved.