CBD Dosing Chart: How Much Should You Take
March 30th, 2018
With 29 States and Washington D.C. sporting medical cannabis programs, it’s a safe assumption to say that cannabis as medicine is effectively accepted by the majority of the U.S., by State. Medical cannabis is an extremely broad-scoped science, but two compounds are referenced the most: THC and CBD. While THC is the active compound in cannabis that causes euphoria and the feeling of being “high”, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound also found in cannabis that has impressive medical properties.
CBD is used for pain relief, as an anti-inflammatory, an anticonvulsant, and as an antioxidant, among other things.
CBD typically comes in the forms such as:
- CBD Oil (for ingestion)
- CBD concentrates (for vaporization)
- CBD edibles (for ingestion)
But, it also can be found infused into topical ointments for skin conditions and muscle aches, as well as in a variety of products ranging from soda to rolling papers. Given the breadth of ways to deliver for CBD to the system, dosing information is critical for ideal CBD intake as well as maximizing utilization of the medication supply, IE: reducing waste.
What’s the Right Dose?
How much CBD should you take? This question gets asked over and over, yet the answer is always the same – it is different for each person. There are several factors that need to be accounted for before thinking about how much CBD should take and how often.
Some of these factors include:
Also, it is important to note that some hemp-derived CBD products are considered dietary supplements, and are readily distributed online and in medical legal states – dosing charts are always based on the use of high quality CBD oil, extracted from cannabis plants that are bred for the genetic quality of being high in CBD.
|≥25 pounds||26-45 pounds||46-85 pounds||86-150 pounds||151-240 pounds||>241 pounds|
|Mild||4.5 mg||6 mg||9 mg||12 mg||18 mg||22.5 mg|
|Medium||6 mg||9 mg||15 mg||15 mg||22.5 mg||30 mg|
|Severe||9 mg||12 mg||18 mg||18 mg||27 mg||45 mg|
This chart provides dosing instruction in milligrams, based on the weight of the patient. As mentioned, weight is only one of several important considerations when determining dose. Your actual dose should account for your condition, severity, and metabolism most of all beyond your weight. CBD actually has different effects at higher doses, (biphasic) so if you’re not achieving the desired result at first, know that starting small and then increasing your dose steadily, as needed, until you reach your desired effect is usually encouraged. In some cases of severe illness, shock therapy using extremely high doses of CBD and /or THC may be appropriate, so always follow the prescription of a doctor for your best results.
Calculating Drops: CBD
Different CBD products will have different strengths and potencies: luckily, figuring out how many drops yield how much CBD isn’t rocket science.
First, find the serving size for your CBD oil. This means finding how many drops contains how much CBD. Typically, product packaging will have this information.
Next, find the milligrams of CBD that the serving size contains.
Once you have that information, find your recommended dose according to weight. Make any necessary adjustments upward based on medical advice or associated considerations of dosing.
Lastly, do the math.
For example, if 10 drops of oil contains 100 mg of CBD, that means each drop contains 10 mg. For a 250 lb. individual with mild pain, the recommended dose is 30 mg.
A 250 lb. individual with mild pain would take three drops to achieve the correct dose.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult with a qualified physician before consuming CBD products.
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