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Factors that Affect CBD Dosage

1. Lifestyle

Every individual will respond differently to CBD due to lifestyle factors including: health status, stress levels, diet, genetics, diseases, and more.

2. Tolerance

First time users are recommended a lower starting dosage of around 1-3mg. Doses can be increased slightly every day, but should stop when significant benefits are noticed to avoid overloading the body’s cannabinoid receptors.

3. Sensitivity

It’s important to always listen to your body to determine how much CBD you should take. Pause, take note of how you feel before taking your product and then make a note to tune back in half an hour later.

4. Extracts

When the option is available, get a Full Spectrum or THC-Free Broad Spectrum extract to get the full benefits of the hemp plant’s entourage effect. Full Spectrum CBD features hemp in its purest form with 0.3% THC, while THC-Free Broad Spectrum CBD features hemp in its purest form with the THC removed. CBD Isolate contains isolated CBD and is often synthetic or overly-processed, do your best to avoid this extract.

Which Type of CBD Should I Choose?

CBD Capsules & Edibles

When cannabinoids are digested through the gut, they undergo a chemical change that alters their structure as the body metabolizes the cannabinoids. This alters their chemical structure resulting in benefits within 30-90 minutes and long-lasting up to 7 hours.

CBD Oils & Sprays

A traditional CBD oil-based tincture or spray is meant to be taken sublingually (under the tongue), as the rich veins on the bottom of your tongue absorb the CBD directly into the bloodstream. This allows the CBD to travel throughout the body and work its magic before returning to the liver to be metabolized, providing effects within 20-40 mins and lasting 6 hours.

CBD Vapes & Smokeables

Smokable CBD extracts are the fastest-acting dosage method. You may feel effects within a few seconds after inhaling, with peak effects occurring after just a few minutes, and lasting up to 3 hours. This is a great product for those who enjoy the process of smoking cannabis and need quick relief.

CBD Lotions & Balms

CBD topicals come in a variety of forms to meet your needs: CBD balm, CBD lotion, CBD massage oil, and more. Effects may be felt within 30-90 minutes, with a lasting duration of up to 6 hours. This is the ideal product for those primarily concerned with using CBD for physical discomfort.

Product Types Bioavailability Onset Duration
CBD Capsules & Edibles Low 30-90 Mins ~7 Hours
CBD Tinctures & Sprays Low-Mid 20-40 Mins ~6 Hours
CBD Vapes & Smokables Mid-High 2-5 Mins ~3 Hours
CBD Lotions & Balms Low 60-90 Mins ~6 Hours

How Much CBD is Too Much?

Always remember to start low and go slow with CBD dosage, especially as a first-time user. Practice patience and give the CBD time to build in your system in order to allow it to exert its maximal effects. If one is already taking a larger dose and feeling comfortable, they should not be at risk for an overdose.

With that being said, there are certain signs and symptoms that some might consider symptomatic of an overdose, or better yet an adverse reaction to CBD. This is most commonly seen in individuals who aren’t familiar with nutrient dense foods, herbal medicine, or new to CBD.

The symptoms one may experience with too much CBD include dry mouth, vomiting, decreased appetite, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and diarrhea. Some of these symptoms can be considered very common to cannabis as a whole and may be experienced at a very low dose for some individuals or at a very high dose for others.

Recommended CBD Dosage: In Conclusion

Starting with a general CBD oil or CBD capsules at a small dose is the easiest and quickest way to begin experiencing the benefits of CBD.

Remember! Check the product you’re using for the type of extract it utilizes and proper dosage instructions. If these things are not clear, it may be time to get a new product. If you’re not currently experiencing any benefit from your product at a normal or high dose, take a break and try a different dosing method that may be more suited to your body. Lastly, listen to your body and how it responds to each product and you’ll know when you’ve found the right dose.