CBD seems like a ubiquitous acronym now; many people have tried CBD by now but not many have been guided as to appropriate dosing or what to expect. We believe in the ability of hemp plants to have positive applications for numerous conditions, and we’d like to share our knowledge!
As a brief introduction, cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 compounds naturally occurring in hemp plants. Other cannabinoids include CBC, CBN, CBG, and THC. All have different effects on us, and the combination of cannabinoids is known to be more therapeutic than CBD by itself. Look for products labeled as full spectrum hemp extracts as those will be the most inclusive of all cannabinoids. Additionally, be sure that you’re buying from a trusted source and that the company provides third-party quality testing (insert link to COA’s here).
The single most important topic surrounding CBD and hemp being effective is based on the dosing being used. Most people that feel that CBD didn’t work for them are taking very small doses. Would you take ¼ of an ibuprofen to reduce your headache?
A good starting dose for new CBD users is 25 milligrams twice daily. It can be difficult to find concentration on some products; if you’ve purchased a tincture, take the total bottle concentration and divide by the volume. For example, a 1200mg Hemp Oil that’s 30 milliliters (mL) would be 40 milligrams per mL. For 25 milligrams you would take 2/3 of a 1mL dropper full. Conversely, many soft gels and gummies are listed per unit and simplify dosing immensely. For more intense relief, doses of 75mg full spectrum hemp are needed. Dosing 2 to 3 times per day is preferred, as the average period of efficacy in humans is 4-6 hours. Of note, the safety margin for CBD and hemp is very wide; no lethal dose for CBD has been found. Many people needing significant support may consider taking 100-140 milligrams per dose.