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How Much CBD Should I Take?

First, we recommend you use full spectrum CBD instead of isolate or broad spectrum unless you are a first responders that gets drug tested.  Full spectrum CBD has .3% or less of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes users to get high.  Remember marijuana has approximately 20% THC. In low doses, THC helps facilitate CBD in the body as well as having its own healing properties.  Hemp has over 100 different cannabinoids each with slightly different healing properties.  The full spectrum products in our store are rich in cannabinoids to ensure maximum efficacy.  We recommend taking CBD products daily for at least a week to achieve best results.

CBD dosing is not an exact science.  Remember CBD comes from a plant, not a chemical formula.  I have seen many charts that attempt to recommend an average daily amount of CBD.  CBD does go by weight to some extent.  Unfortunately, the charts I found are not very useful as the ranges that are proposed are too wide and overlapping.  Here is a simple rule of thumb I think can be extrapolated from the charts.  If you weigh less than 150 pounds a reasonable dose would be 20-30 milligram per day.  If you weigh over 150 pounds you may need 30 to 40 milligrams per day.   CBD interacts better with body fat than muscle.  So if you have high body fat you will likely need less. 

Most of the usage charts are for pain. Unfortunately, different ailments are going to need different amounts  of CBD.  For example, I started taking 25 milligram of CBD in the morning and 25 milligrams at night for pain.  After a week or two, I noticed a significant drop in my pain, but I also noticed a significant decrease in my anxiety.  Then I noticed my mood was improved and I was sleeping better.  Further, some days I might feel in a little more pain or a little more anxiety so I add a gummy, chocolate or tea on top of my daily dose.   I noticed anxiety needs a little more than pain. You may want to write down on a calendar and track your daily intake.  

There is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to the amount of CBD that you should take. Some users get their desired results from as little as 1 milligram of CBD daily, whereas others find that they need over 100 milligrams per day. Finding your personal “sweet spot” dosage will involve some experimentation and adjustments over time.  It is typically best to start low and gradually increase the dosage over time until you find your optimal dose where you get the desired results.  Less is more! Patience is also essential during the process. While some people get results immediately, it’s more common for it to take several days or even weeks.

There are diminishing returns.  You don’t need to keep piling on the CBD.  Over time, your body may need less not more.  It’s all about finding a level you are comfortable with.  Sorry for the subjectivity.  Mother Nature doesn’t really play by the same rules we are use to with typical pharmaceuticals.

In a study of 263 opioid-treated cancer patients with poorly controlled pain, the group receiving 21 mg of combined THC and CBD each day experienced significant improvements in pain levels, more so than the group that received 52 mg daily. The group that received 83 mg daily reduced their pain no better than placebo, but experienced more adverse effects. (Portenoy RK, et al. Nabiximols for opioid-treated cancer patients with poorly-controlled chronic pain: A randomized, placebo-controlled, graded-dose trial. The Journal of Pain. 2012;13(5):438-449.)

The endocannabinoid system is a sensitive, highly tuned physiologic infrastructure designed to maintain balance at a cellular level. When the cannabinoid receptors become overstimulated by high doses of cannabis, the cells pull the receptors inside, where they are either recycled or degraded. (Hsieh C, et al. Internalization and recycling of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor. Journal of Neurochemistry. 1999;73(2):493-501).

CBD and THC have many overlapping therapeutic qualities, including relief of pain, anxiety, seizures, and nausea, although they work via different mechanisms of action.  When combined, CBD and THC can enhance each other’s benefits while reducing unwanted effects, including the psychoactive or impairing effects of THC. This is great news for cannabis users who want health benefits while maintain optimal performance at home or work.

Generally, people take 1 to 2 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of their body weight is a good place to start. Then, you can gradually increase your dose until you start to feel the desired effects.

Body Weight

Dose of CBD

100 lbs

10-20 mg

110 lbs

11-22 mg

120 lbs

12-24 mg

130 lbs

13-26 mg

140 lbs

14-28 mg

150 lbs

15-30 mg

160 lbs

16-32 mg

170 lbs

17-34 mg

180 lbs

18-36 mg

190 lbs

19-38 mg

200 lbs

20-40 mg

 

Rob MacArthur, Co-Founder, The CBD Curators