Unless a physician has prescribed a cannabidiol (CBD) product, it can be difficult to figure out what dose of CBD is your “sweet spot”. So, how do you dose CBD?
This article will give you the ins and outs on how to dose CBD*.
*Disclaimer: Any and all supplements you take, how often you take them, and at what dose you take them should be discussed and approved by a licensed physician prior to use. The information contained herein should not be considered medical advice and is for informational purposes only.
What Does the Research Say?
We have to be really careful when interpreting the research on CBD dosing because a majority of the studies have been performed on animals. Although most of these studies have shown a benefit for the various conditions CBD has been experimentally used to treat, it doesn’t necessarily mean we can extrapolate all of these results to humans.
With that said, from the human studies we do have, we know that up to 1500mg of CBD — even when used chronically — have been shown repeatedly to be well-tolerated by humans (1).
However, a 1500mg dose of CBD is astronomical for most, extremely expensive, and likely unnecessary.
For the way most users implement their CBD products, a dose between 25mg and 75mg of CBD might be optimal. This information is derived from a case series on anxiety & sleep, where most users experienced an improvement in their anxiety with a 25mg dose per day (2). Sleep scores also improved within the first month of this dosage, however, scores fluctuated after the fact.
It’s worth noting that this study was a case series, so it has its limitations.
Beyond this, there’s not a whole lot of insight we can derive from research. But, CBD/hemp research is growing and, soon, we will likely have a better idea of what dosages work best for certain conditions.
The Difference with Full Spectrum Hemp Oils
Another issue with some of the research we see on CBD products is that a lot of studies use CBD isolate extracts, not full-spectrum extracts that contain all of the other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and sterols. Not only do these compounds offer benefits of their own, but they also enhance the activity of the product as a whole.
What does this mean for understanding how to dose CBD? Let’s look at one study on epilepsy. This study found that a dose of full-spectrum hemp extracts was just as effective as a dose four times higher of CBD isolate (3).
So, although a dose of 25mg sounds low compared to some of the dosages we see in pre-clinical and clinical trials, a full spectrum hemp extract has considerably higher activity.
How Do I Find My Sweet Spot?
Everyone’s absorption, assimilation, and metabolism of cannabinoids are different. So, no blanket dosage is going to work for everyone and their needs.
The best way to find the dosage that works for you is to start with one dose, consistently, for two to three days. If you find that doesn’t work for you, increase the dosage by an additional dose and see how you feel. Once you’ve found relief, you’ve found the correct dosage for your body, or the “sweet spot”.
If you consistently need high dosing, you might find that purchasing a higher potency product is more cost-effective.
What Does PhytoLogica Offer?
Phytologica offers a wide variety of full spectrum hemp products: softgels, tinctures, and topicals. All of these products are designed for maximal absorption and activity. This means you’ll need a smaller dose to experience the benefits of hemp.
Depending on what your body needs and what your licensed medical provider approves, PhytoLogica offers various dosages, for example:
- 1500mg Tincture: 25mg of CBD per dose, 60 day supply
- 500mg Tincture: 8.5mg of CBD per dose, 60 day supply
- 250mg Tincture: 4mg of CBD per dose, 60 day supply
- 10mg Softgels: 10mg of CBD per dose, 30 day supply
- 25mg Softgels: 25mg of CBD per dose, 30 day supply
- 250mg Balm: dosage of CBD depends on how much is used
- 500mg Balm: dosage of CBD depends on how much is used
The tinctures are administered under the tongue (sublingual) for direct absorption into the bloodstream whereas the softgels are delivered through the digestive system in a highly bioavailable nanoemulsion. The balms offer more targeted pain relief.
All of these can be found in the online store.
Why Opt for PhytoLogica?
PhytoLogica uses proprietary manufacturing processes that guarantee the integrity of all hemp compounds and selective chromatography to carefully remove THC. The result is an ultra-pure, full-spectrum, professional-grade CBD-rich hemp extract that is incorporated into all PhytoLogica products.
This can give you confidence, knowing that every dose of full-spectrum hemp oil you take is available for your body to use.
To learn more about hemp and its benefits, check out the Phytologica blog.