Finding the ideal dose of CBD for each individual and their specific needs is not a simple task. Even medical professionals have a hard time with accuracy in the beginning because many factors play a role in how receptive a person is to CBD.
By receptive I mean, how well your body responds to the boost of beneficial cannabinoids. Think of cannabinoids like CBD as keys, and the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CB2) inside your body are locks.
Cannabinoids unlock these receptors within your body, and when your body sends out distress signals, these receptors activate, respond to the threat, and disappear once the problem is solved.
Using CBD in any form is a great way to balance your body, to boost your own ECS, and to heal from the inside out. While CBD is generally safe to consume in large doses, it is best to start small. Three common dose sizes effectively treat various conditions: micro, standard, and macro dose.
What is Microdosing?
A microdose is a small dose throughout the day. Microdosing is a popular method for treating mood symptoms such as stress, PTSD, sleep, nausea, headache, and metabolic conditions.
A standard dose of CBD is different for each patient. A standard dose of CBD can effectively treat unwanted symptoms like inflammation, stress, physical pain, anxiety, IBS, and even autoimmune disorders.
A Macro dose, also known as a therapeutic dose, is quite high. Severe symptoms such as seizures are often treated with doses at this level.
Oral CBD Products: Which Works Best Swallowing vs Sublingual?
Swallowing a CBD tincture can take up to two hours before you feel any effects. Using CBD oil sublingually (under your tongue) can speed up the onset of effects, and you can begin to feel them as soon as 15 minutes from dosing. Ingesting CBD oil can last up to 8 hours while using a tincture sublingually can last up to 6 hours.
Why Should I Vape or Inhale CBD Products?
If you are okay with vaping and smoking, this is the best method of consumption regarding both bioavailability and onset of effects. Vaping and smoking CBD strains, oils, and concentrates take effect immediately, but the duration of effects is often the shortest (2-4 hours).
What Is the Biphasic Effect?
Biphasic means two phases. Compounds from cannabis like CBD have biphasic properties. It means that even if you increase your dose, the effects may not necessarily increase. Actually, the interesting thing about the biphasic effect is that an increased dose can give you the opposite effects.
Generally speaking, a microdose is excellent for stimulating the mind and body whereas larger (therapeutic) doses tend to cause sedation. If you use too much CBD, it may end up being ineffective compared to taking a moderate dose.
Always remember: start low and go slow!
How do I Calculate a Reliable and Accurate CBD Dose?
First off, choose the method of consumption you prefer to use. CBD products come in sprays, oils, capsules, flower, tinctures, and edibles to name a few.
Second of all, Don’t go overboard. Using cannabis cannabinoids like CBD therapeutically means it is often best to lower your dose rather than increase it. Eventually, you will find your sweet spot where you receive maximum effects using the lowest possible dosage of CBD.
And finally, there is no such thing as a one size fits all dose for everyone. Depending on the potency, the desired effects you need, your condition being treated, the dose, the method of delivery, and the time of day, the effects of CBD can change.