Dosing CBD: How Much Should You Take?

As the use of marijuana has become both more legal and more popular across the United States, you may have noticed a related trend on the rise: cannabis being marketed as a sort of wonder drug. Lawmakers and citizens are pushing for nationwide legalization at the state and federal level, and they are touting the medical benefits of cannabis as a strong argument for making that happen.

Marijuana, if you haven’t heard, comes with a whole slew of benefits for individuals seeking relief. From anxiety to chronic pain to PTSD, adults and seniors can turn to THC for help curing what ails them.

But there are, of course, people in need of relief who don’t want the psychoactive high that comes with the THC in marijuana. Whether they’re drug tested at work, choose to live a life free of mind-altering substances, or simply wish to maintain full control of their mental and motor functions, many people dismiss medical marijuana as an option for relief. What they might not be aware of, however, is an alternate option: CBD.

CBD: What’s It All about?

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CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that comes primarily from the hemp varieties of the cannabis plant. Unlike its psychoactive counterpart, THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and will not result in a high. Because of this lack of psychoactive effect, CBD is a popular and completely legal form of medicinal treatment for a wide variety of pains, disorders, and symptoms.

Common uses for CBD include the suppression and treatment of epileptic seizures, anxiety disorders, insomnia, inflammation, chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, general muscle and joint pain, and even neurological disorders. CBD has even been shown in some cases to attack and inhibit cancer cells. Users tend to experience a lightness in the body without undergoing a muddled or altered state of mind. In fact, CBD has practically no side effects. (Please note: as with most medications, you should still refrain from operating heavy machinery, including driving a car, until you know how it will affect you.)

Dosing CBD: How Much Should You Take?

Let me start by saying: I am not a doctor, specialist, or in any way a medical professional. If you plan on taking CBD to help treat (or supplement your current treatment of) a medical condition, it is important to consult a healthcare professional. You may be uncomfortable discussing CBD dosing with your doctor, but remember: it’s legal, it’s effective, and it’s about damn time we break this stigma and start getting people the medical relief they need and deserve.

There are many different CBD dosing suggestions out there for different medical needs. When you factor in differences in weight, height, body type, and tolerance, it becomes clear that there is no “one size fits all” answer for dosages to take. Fortunately, there is a more detailed breakdown featured on the website How Much CBD Should I Take? This website has a very thoughtful and honest take on dosing CBD, and I highly recommend reading it if you’re interested in getting more information on the topic.

This website contains recommendations for CBD dosing for individuals of all weights and medical histories. After all, a 100-pound person with mild aches should probably not be taking the same amount of CBD as a 250-pound person with chronic pain. Regardless of the patient’s weight and needs, however, it is highly recommended that users start at a relatively low amount and increase their dosage every three to four weeks until they experience relief for their symptoms. The following table can help users find a recommended starting point for their CBD dosage.

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Other sources recommend a wider range of dosing CBD. For general health, they recommend between 2.5mg and 15mg daily. To treat chronic pain, that daily range extends between 2.5mg and 20mg. And for sleep disorders such as insomnia, the dosage recommendation jumps to between 40mg and 160mg each day (or in this case, night).

As you can see, there is no easy answer to the question of dosing CBD, and no hard data to support any recommendations. Using CBD as a treatment plan depends entirely on one thing: you. And that means you need to listen to your body’s needs, reactions, and feelings. Pay attention to how different doses of CBD affect your anxiety, pain, chemotherapy side effects, nausea, insomnia, epilepsy, or other issues.

It can be stressful trying to find the perfect dose of CBD to treat your illness or disorder. You might find what works right away, or it could take several weeks or months. The key to dosing CBD is to be patient. It may be tempting to try and hit your body with a higher dose than necessary just to get relief, but ultimately you will be cheating yourself. Take the time to learn your body and your needs. Build up to a healthy, appropriate dosage over time. Remember: using CBD for medicinal purposes is completely legal across the United States. You owe it to yourself to talk to a healthcare professional about bringing CBD into your treatment plan and making sure you dose it correctly.

Article by: Daphne Eccleston