What is the best dosage of CBD?
Many people assume that a higher dose of CBD is better than a lower dose. This actually is not always the case. Everyone’s body is different, and everyone’s health concerns are different. Sometimes, a more potent dose may surprisingly have the opposite effect of what you are seeking. In other words, if 10 milligrams of CBD relaxes you, you might assume that 50 mg would make you even more relaxed. However, you may find that a higher dose actually stimulates you. “An excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose.” (projectcbd.org) Because of this, it is important to really pay attention to your body’s personal response and reaction to varying doses.
Another factor to consider is whether you have an acute concern — like a sprained ankle — or a chronic concern — like ongoing hip pain. Acute problems often need a stronger dose of any treatment initially, which can then be decreased or eliminated over time. Chronic concerns (something that is persistent and ongoing) may require a smaller dose more regularly. Since traditional doctors don’t typically prescribe CBD for medical ailments, you will have to monitor how the supplement works for you.
How to Calculate CBD Potency
Calculating CBD potency can seem confusing at first.
Because a container of a hemp CBD product will say something like “450 mg,” this may make you think the strength of one dose is 450 milligrams. However, the amount of CBD listed on the package is the amount contained in the entire package. This means you must divide these total milligrams by the quantity of servings in the bottle. In other words, if the bottle contains 30 soft gels and a total of 450 mg of CBD, the strength per soft gel is 450 divided by 30 which equals 15 milligrams per soft gel (450/30=15).
Our shop (www.enliveencbdstore.com) has simplified this for you, and we have noted the milligrams per dose on all of our product descriptions. We have also created a “Potency” category that you can use to find a product with a CBD dose in a specific range.
Biphasic Nature and Bell Curve
We are often asked, “How much CBD should I take?” This is a very complicated question. Some people experience benefits at only 1 to 2 milligrams per day. Others may require 1000s of milligrams. There are many variables that go into determining a proper dose: weight, age, sensitivity to medications, sensitivity to cannabis, possible drug interactions, past experience with cannabis, how serious the health condition is, and other factors. One thing that we do know is that CBD follows a biphasic bell curve — and sometimes a triphasic curve.
To understand this, imagine that bell curve. As you gradually increase your dose, your benefits go up until a point at which the benefits plateau. After this point, it has been observed that as more CBD is ingested, the benefits actually decrease. In some cases, though, a second bell curve will form making a biphasic or multiphasic curve. This means that after you have lost benefit when increasing the dose, you can sometimes regain increased benefits when the dose is radically increased again. This biphasic nature means, however, that simply taking more CBD does not necessarily mean you will reap more rewards. We live in a culture where “more is more,” but in the case of CBD, more is NOT always more.
Proportional Increment Method
So how does a person know what dose of CBD to take? Cannabis doctors recommend a titration method of starting at sub-therapeutic doses and slowly increasing until the benefits are realized. At En-Live-En CBD store, we refer to this as the Proportional Increment Method.
Once you achieve the benefits you are seeking, you can continue to increase the dosage slowly until the benefits start to decrease. Then you should return to the slightly lower dosage where the maximum benefits were experienced.
In addition, it is good to note that it is more beneficial to take two or three smaller doses throughout the day rather than one big dose. In other words, if you find that 50 milligrams of CBD is the perfect amount for you, take 25 milligrams in the morning and again in the evening, rather than 50 milligrams all at once. The reason is that our bodies can only utilize a certain amount before the CBD is “wasted.”
A cannabis doctor in Portland, Maine — Dr. Dustin Sulak — talks about something called a sensitization protocol. This protocol is used when someone who has been taking high doses of cannabis stops receiving benefits from the cannabis.
It has been found that in these cases, increasing the cannabis dosage will actually continue to decrease benefits. When the sensitization protocol is implemented, the dosage is radically reduced or even fully eliminated with a cannabis “fast.” After this, the dosage is gradually increased again until benefits are experienced. It has become apparent that in these cases, the successful dosages end up being a fraction of what the user was consuming before the protocol was implemented.