Are you one of the millions of people turning to the CBD market as an alternative to OTC prescription meds? If so, congratulations! More Americans are substituting opioids with cannabis, which unlike opiate-based medications, are non-addictive.
Between the years 1999 and 2017, drug overdoses killed 702,568 people in the United States and almost 400,000 of those deaths involved the use of opioids. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which claims that from 2015-2016, illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids like fentanyl killed more people than any other drug category.
Thankfully, cannabis may produce some of the same sedating effects produced by drugs in the opiate class. Cannabis’ non-intoxicating cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) is being widely used as a natural and safe pain management treatment. In fact, a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry revealed how CBD could even reduce opioid cravings two to three-fold!
If you’re using CBD for another purpose, such as for anxiety relief, as a painkiller, or as a means of establishing proper overall health and wellness, the following information will be equally as important for you to absorb. In this post, we are going to talk about dosage and what is the optimal amount of CBD to use for you personally.
What is CBD oil and what can it be used for?
CBD is a chemical compound that occurs naturally in the cannabis and hemp plants. It is not a mind-altering substance, unlike the plant’s well-known intoxicating constituent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). While you can’t overdose from this cannabinoid, it can provide plenty of therapeutic effects for the human body.
Studies show that extracts containing a high-CBD content tend to work well as anxiolytic, antidepressant and antipsychotic medications. Within the next five years, this widely researched cannabinoid will steer a 34.7 percent CAGR for the global market.
Important Dosage Considerations When Using CBD Oil
Now, we are going to talk about dosage and what is the optimal amount of CBD to use for you personally. While you can’t overdose from this cannabinoid, each consumer’s optimal dosage is dependent on a few factors, of which we will touch upon below.
Determining the best CBD dosage generally depends on the following factors:
- Body Weight: One milligram of CBD for every kilogram of body fat is a good starting point when trying CBD for the first time. The heavier the person, the more cannabinoids they will need in order to experience what a lighter person experiences with a lower dosage.
- Concentration: Pay attention to the potency of your CBD before consuming it. For example, dropping a one-milliliter tincture onto your tongue containing 1,500 mg of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid will provide you with around 50mg of CBD.
- Tolerance Level: Are you a chronic cannabis consumer? If so, or if you have been using CBD for a while now, keep in mind that your tolerance will be higher than a newbie and so, you might need a stronger dosage.
- Desired Outcome: The more pain or discomfort you’re in, the more CBD you’ll need to experience relief. Consider how you want to feel before consuming CBD and base your decision on this.
Options for Discreet Dosing with CBD
Unlike OTC meds that are often prescribed by doctors, such as Hydrocodone (prescribed 127,859,000 times in 2017), Oxycodone/OxyContin (16,440,000) and Morphine sulfate (9,658,000), CBD consumption is by no means limited to consuming a capsule.
The oil – whether in its isolated or broad-spectrum form – can be baked into edibles for slow-releasing effects, vaporized for fast symptomatic relief, spritzed onto the tongue for quick absorption into the bloodstream or, if you so wish, consumed in the form of a suppository or capsule. CBD can even be applied topically to affected muscles or areas of skin for localized relief.
In addition to the aforementioned guidelines for choosing a CBD dosage, you should pay attention to the concentration of whatever product you wind up buying. Low potency would be in the range of 1-10 mg per serving, whereas a medium potency oil should deliver around 10-25 mg of CBD per serving, e.g. per capsule, per spray, per tincture, etc. Anything higher than this is considered highly potent.