What is dosage and why is it important?
Dosing is the act of taking a certain measure of a substance, in this case CBD, administered as a unit. The larger that unit is, the higher the dose. Dosing is very important because it allows us to take the right and safe amounts, allowing us to control the effect that CBD has on our body. The goal of dosing is to find the minimum amount of CBD needed to obtain the desired effects. It is important that you determine what dose is the right one as soon as possible in order to benefit from the maximum potential of CBD.
It should always be kept in mind that cannabis affects each person differently. Some people only need 1mg to feel the effects, while others need 100mg. Factors such as weight, tolerance to the substance, history of use - among others -, play an important role in defining how cannabis interacts with our body. For this reason, finding the exact dosage or a standardized dose is very difficult from a medical point of view. Many variables must be taken into account and, until now, there is no standardized system for the dosage of cannabis. In addition, education related to medical marijuana is not a formal part of the medical degree, this means that doctors need to embark on personal research in order to discover more about how this treatment helps our health and give better advice on the subject.
Where to start when it comes to dosage?
Due to the growing interest in CBD, the number of products and delivery methods on the market is overwhelming. Finding out which one is right for you can seem like a daunting task... so here are some questions that can help you determine where to start.
Why am I using CBD?
Are you trying to treat a physical condition, or maybe a mental or emotional health problem? Or you may simply be curious to try how CBD can help you across the board. CBD has many uses, so make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to use it for before you start, so you can find the method of administration that is best for you.
Where's the problem?
The choice of administration technique also depends on where the condition or discomfort you are treating is. Let's say you have a localized physical problem, such as joint pain, the most beneficial thing for you would be a strong topical cream that can be applied directly to the affected area.
What is the administration time?
Different administration techniques result in different effects. If you need instant relief or effect, ideally you should vaping or smoke the CBD. If you are interested in maintaining a certain level of CBD throughout the day, then it is best to use edible oils. Edible oils are more fun, however they are more difficult to dose. Also, it may affect some people more than others, it always depends on the individuals' metabolism.
Finding the right dose
Once you have a clear idea of why you are using it, you can begin to define your optimal dose. The general rule is to start with a low dose and slowly increase it. Keep in mind that most people find that tracking the progression of their symptoms and the variation in the dose of CBD they consume helps them discover the optimal measure and the actual effects of CBD on their body.
We also recommend that you seek professional medical advice before starting a cannabinoid treatment and that if you are pregnant or taking other types of medication, do not start this process. It is not yet known whether it is safe or not and further research is needed on the subject.
CBD: Concentration and Dosage
This is a very important factor to consider when finding the optimal dose. Some treatments require high doses of CBD, which could be considered small amounts of an oil containing 50% CBD (or 5000mg). If the problem does not require such high amounts, then oils containing 2.5% or 5% CBD could be used. Concentrations will vary between brands, so always check when buying the products.
Another factor to consider when calculating the dose of CBD is weight. In general, larger people need higher doses to feel the desired effects. However, this is not the most important factor when considering dosage.
There are some complementary ways that help increase the amount of CBD your body absorbs related to the method of administration chosen. For example, if you are smoking CBD you can try different inhalation techniques or if you are taking CBD oil sublingually, some recommendations would be to try to keep it under the tongue for a little longer so that it is better absorbed.
Recommendations and warnings
Research has found that CBD is a very safe substance. Some studies have investigated the effects of extremely high doses of CBD (up to 1200mg per day) and even with high amounts, there have been almost no negative side effects. Furthermore, in 2018 the WHO declared that "CBD is safe, non-toxic and non-addictive".
That said, we recommend that you talk to a professional before trying out CBD treatments and always keep in mind the recommendations and warnings of each product.
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