You’ve been hearing about the benefits that can stem from taking CBD and decided to buy your first bottle CBD oil or supplements. That’s great–if you’re anything like us, we think you’re really going to love it. Managing stress, improving skin, supporting sleep–these are just a few of the things CBD has been known to help. But that’s not what we’re here to discuss today because before you can begin to reap the benefits of CBD, you have to figure out the right dosage for you.
How much CBD should you take, you ask? Well, that’s the thing– determining the right amount of CBD oil for your body is different than what it may be for someone else. There’s no concrete rule because it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation and everyone has a different sweet spot. However, we have a few tips that can help you figure it out.
When trying a new supplement, it’s always a good idea to begin with a smaller dose (2.5mg to 5mg), see how your body reacts, and gradually increase. Wait about 4 hours, after the CBD has reached its peak before trying a slightly higher dose.
In general, the starting point for the average user is anywhere from 10-50 mg per day depending on if it’s being used for stress, sleep, or both, which brings us to our next point…
Deciding on the right dose comes down to what you want to get from your CBD oil or supplement. For example, someone with chronic issues may need a higher dose than someone looking to help alleviate sore muscles. Someone with the occasional Sunday scaries may choose a lower dose than someone experiencing a high level of stress. Your desired effect will help dictate your ideal dosage.
Let’s talk about the actual concentration of your CBD oil. Depending on which product you buy, it can have different strengths. The product concentration is measured in milligrams (mg) per milliliter (mL), and the more mg per mL, the more concentrated the product. For example, our Winged Balance Oils come in three different concentrations–a 300mg bottle, 720mg bottle, and our extra strength 1500mg bottle that has more mg per serving than others.
As the saying goes, consistency is key. To find the right CBD dosage for your needs, it’s important to take the same amount at the same time every day. Keep a journal of how much you took and how you felt. Did you take it with food? What time a day did you take it? How long did it take for you to start to notice the effects? As you gradually increase or decrease your dose, make note of it so you can be aware of any noticeable changes. Over the next month, you may be able to see a pattern and figure out what works best for you.
Finding your sweet spot and the dosage that is the most beneficial for you can take time. Try to be patient as you allow your body to adjust and regulate itself. You may need to periodically tailor your dose to reflect your evolving schedule, mood, situational stressors, and environment. Side effects are generally uncommon with CBD, but if you are experiencing any, back off the dosage a bit and consult your doctor if the side effects become serious. At the end of the day, figuring out your CBD dose is more of an art than a science, so experiment a bit, stay consistent, and see what helps you feel your best.