Why is it so difficult to find a standard dosing? Dosing is a term that can only be used by a prescribing physician and CBD is a supplement, therefore only a serving size can be discussed. Serving size seems to vary from company to company. If you are like me, you will probably find yourself asking, “Where do I start and how do I know I have had enough?” If you read labels, which is imperative, it seems to become even more confusing. Let’s break this down a little so it makes a little more sense.
Checking the label is the first consideration to decide upon as the milligrams will vary based on concentration and from company to company. If the label seems to be non-transparent or lacking simple information such as ingredients then do not use the product as this industry is predominately unregulated. Legally speaking, since CBD is a supplement, claims cannot be made about effectiveness. CBD and marijuana have been illegal making it difficult to obtain, even for research. Its’ classification also deemed cannabis to have no medicinal value, therefore little to no research has been available to scientifically prove effectiveness, but fear not, there are no shortages of testimonies stating otherwise. The 2018 Farm Bill was finally passed in December of 2018 providing legalization for marijuana’s cousin, hemp. This act alone will require a rescheduling of CBD off the Schedule 1 DEA Drug List and finally allow for research to generate concrete scientific data which will lead to an unknown amount of medicinal possibilities. This is why I recommend people set one goal for themselves pertaining to a particular issue such as pain, sleep, tremors, or perhaps better skin and tackle that issue first and only then move on to a second issue. Cannabis is a wonderful and powerful plant, but it’s not going to fix every problem. Everyone reacts differently to CBD which also means one size does not fit all or every situation.
Here is an excerpt from “CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis–Healing without the High” by Leonard Leinow, Juliana Birnbaum, Michael H. Moskowitz.
Micro servings are considered a low level, in the range of 0.5 mg to 20 mg of CBD per serving per day. Micro servings can be helpful for sleep, headache, mood disorders, nausea, PTSD, stress, and metabolic disorders.
Standard servings are the mid-range, between 10 mg to 100 mg of CBD per day. Standard servings have been shown to be helpful for pain, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease, anxiety, depression, arthritis, some mental disorders, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, autism, and weight loss.
Macro (or therapeutic) servings are at the high range, between 50 mg and 800 mg of CBD per day. Servings at this level are often used to assist with severe or life-threatening conditions.
This quote serves as a guideline to approximate serving sizes verses ailment.
Once you have the first bottle, it is time to begin your journey! It is always recommended to start low (even if you went to the next bottle up) and increase as needed because you may be very lucky and need only a little to accomplish your goal. Sublingual drops under the tongue will take less then 30 minutes to feel its effects if sufficient. Depending on your metabolism, it could be within 10 minutes. So if your first serving was 1/4 dropper and you feel great, stop. If you feel nothing, move up to 1/3, and then a 1/2 dropper until you find that desired feeling. The bottle says take two times daily equaling 1 full dropper, but if you have break thru pain in the afternoon, then maybe 1/3 dropper three times daily will do the trick. There are no hard and fast rules to serving needs, so if your goal is not pain related, one full dropper in the morning or at night may work just as well as splitting the CBD up through the day. Once you have determined how much CBD it takes to reach your sweet spot, then you can determine the concentration size. The second bottle could be based on concentration. The higher the concentration, the fewer drops will be needed, thus saving more money!
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