When people need to take medicine, one of the biggest concerns is the dosage. A doctor usually writes a prescription, and it indicates how many units of the medication the patient has to take. Other everyday worries about medication include side effects and interactions with other drugs. For traditional medicines, these concerns are usually minor due to the extensive research that’s behind them, but for alternative medicine, the story changes.
Many alternative drugs and supplements aren’t backed by significant medical research, so people's confidence in them tends to drop. In this article, we are going to review some of the claimed benefits of CBD oil and also analyze what is the current "best practice" when it comes to dosage.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a substance extracted from true hemp (Cannabis sativa L), a plant that is widely known for its recreational and medical use. CBD is currently being researched for its potential medical benefits, and it is being investigated by many scientists for conditions involving pain, anxiety and many other symptoms.
CBD oil doesn’t have the recreational effects you would typically think of when hearing the word cannabis – in other words, it won’t get you high – and it is also an entirely legal product.
Most people that are considering using CBD oil have not sought the advice of a medical professional on how to use it or what is the recommended dosage. Part of this problem is due to the limited number of physicians familiar with this new alternative supplement. Those who have no access to a cannabinoid specialist usually frequent online communities or seek the advice of other people that have used CBD oil.
The big issue many new users are experiencing is that not every person needs the same dose of CBD oil and not every case requires the same method of delivery; there may be exceptional cases where the person should use other techniques to benefit from CBD oil. In a nutshell, every patient and illness is different and its wise to get a customised assessment.
Unlike the incorrect use of some traditional medicines that could lead to health issues and negative reactions or even death, CBD oil is safer to use because it cannot lead to an overdose and the side effects are usually only encountered with extremely high doses. Therefore, in this case, no one who is thinking of using CBD oil or is currently using it should be overly concerned about risk, although it is highly recommended to speak to a GP prior to beginning a new diet which includes supplements.
Still, most people would like to have some guidance that helps them to understand how to use the CBD oil and how much to take for each specific case. Keep in mind that CBD does not have an RDI (Recommended Daily Intake), and your optimal dosage will depend on the concentration of the oil, your weight, and the problem you are attempting to treat.
How to determine CBD dosage
1. Consider your body weight:
The CBD dosage will depend on the body weight of the person who is going to use it, so heavier people should definitely use a more significant dose than the average Joe. The CBD dosage recommended by US medical marijuana practitioners is 1-6 MG of CBD oil for every 10 pounds of body weight, and this range varies according to your tolerance. For example, if you have a low tolerance, you should take 1 mg of CBD oil for every 10 pounds of weight. If you are not clear about your tolerance threshold, most physicians recommend starting with a small amount of CBD oil and then adjusting the dosage depending on the effects.
2. Start with small doses: Even if a patient has a high body mass index or someone tells them that should take significant amounts of CBD oil to obtain more benefits, they should begin with a low dose to prevent any possible side effects. Starting with small doses also helps to introduce the substance gradually into the body. The best way to do it is to calculate the lower dosage according to the body weight of the person and, from that, increase the dose gradually until the patient finds the “sweet spot” or the dose that lets them to experience the desired benefits.
3. Consult a specialist, if it`s possible: If you are thinking of using CBD oil or are already using it, you should definitely consult with a physician experienced with the substance or even a cannabidiol professional about the correct dose. If this is not possible, it’s best to calculate your dosage according to your body weight and start adjusting depending on the results.
CBD oil dosage according to the problem.
CBD oil is being researched for the potential treatment of many conditions including pain, sleep disorders, epilepsy and others; and so the dosage will also depend on the disease that the person intends to treat. It is essential to know how to use CBD oil and the correct dose to obtain all the benefits it can provide; wrong implementation (either using too much or too little) could lead to experiencing no benefits or even the appearance of side effects. Let`s see how CBD oil should be used according to the most common conditions that it is being used for:
1. Pain: Pain can be caused by a wide variety of situations like diseases or trauma. CBD oil is used by sufferers in an attempt to ease the pain. The recommended dosage (US guidelines) for moderate pain is 2.5 – 30 mg of CBD oil per day for 25 days but the treatment duration depends mainly on the condition.
2. Epilepsy: Epilepsy is a disorder that produces continuous and repetitive seizures in the brain; this condition is usually genetically related or due to some type of brain injury. CBD oil has been found to reduce the frequency of seizures in patients –, especially children – with epilepsy. The dosage used was approx 200 – 300 mg of CBD oil daily.
3. Sleep disorders: There are many types of sleep disorders including central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, hypersomnia and others; CBD oil has been discovered to be useful during research studies due to its central nervous system effects, and if the results are replicated in large-scale human studies, it could be an excellent option for people suffering all kinds of insomnia. The dosage used for sleep disorders research was approx 40 – 160 mg of CBD oil a few hours before bedtime.
4. Schizophrenia: This brain disorder is associated with the appearance of hallucinations, delusions, trouble with concentration and thinking and even lack of motivation. This type of disease has no cure, but with the correct treatment, the disorder symptoms can become less of a problem for the patient. CBD oil has been shown to ease symptoms in patients with schizophrenia during research studies; the researchers used a dosage of approx 1000 mg of CBD oil daily.
5. Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a condition that can affect the optic nerve (which sends the images received in your eyes to the brain) and can cause partial or total loss of vision. This condition is usually asymptomatic and can be detected by a routine check with your ophthalmologist. CBD oil is being researched to evaluate if it can help lower eye pressure, the dosage used for the research is usually around 20 – 40 mg daily ingested under the tongue (sublingually). Doses higher than 40 mg could increase the eye pressure, so it is vital for sufferers to consult a qualified medical professional before use and be careful and consult with a physician regularly during use.
6. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis: Usually known as MS; it is a condition that affects either brain or spinal cord cells (or both), and it may cause symptoms such as vision problems, loss of balance and loss in movement is the arms and legs. As of today, there isn't a cure for multiple sclerosis; however, symptoms could be treated. CBD oil has also been found in a research setting, to relieve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis; the average dosage was approx 50 mg of CBD oil daily.
7. Anxiety: It is not a disease by itself; it is a condition or disorder that is related to nervousness, apprehension, fear and worrying; it also can be considered as an emotion. Anxiety can be caused by a situation or circumstance, but it can also be a disorder that needs medication. Many scientific studies have shown that CBD is able to reduce levels of anxiety in doses ranging from 15 – 25 mg per day.
CBD oil can potentially be used to help treat many diseases and symptoms. One of the significant advantages is that CBD has an excellent safety profile, you won’t overdose from it; however, it is recommended to use the proper dose of CBD oil as it is equally important to start with low doses and increase gradually. With time, some people may also develop tolerance to CBD oil and may need higher doses to achieve the desired effects.
***, Please note that the results of research do not necessarily indicate that CBD will be useful in a non-research setting. Please keep in mind that CBD is a supplement and therefore should not be used as a single treatment option or replace your regular medication. Always consult with your physician before starting to take CBD in combination with other drugs. The effective CBD dosage can vary depending on the method of use (vaping, orally, sublingually, and topically among others) ***