How much CBD should I take?
From our experience and what new research is showing, it is best to think of CBD as more similar to Coffee than a prescription drug. For the most part, you don’t need to ask a doctor or your local pharmacist what the right amount of coffee you should be taking (though it wouldn't be a bad idea!). It is available just about on every corner in the US and in every grocery store. There is very little risk when it comes to Coffee and the Caffeine within it.
This is also true for CBD, there is very low risk and side effects when taking CBD. According to WHO (World Health Organization), naturally occurring CBD is safe and well-tolerated in humans (and animals), and is not associated with any negative public health effects.
With that in mind, most people are free to experiment to find the right dosage is for them for both CBD and Coffee. Most coffee drinkers understand how many scoops is their perfect amount or how many cups gets them the motivation they were looking for. Though, they typically wouldn’t be able to tell you how many milligrams of Caffeine are in each cup or scoop.
With CBD, the most common way to measure dosage is in milligrams. This makes it even easier, in a lot of ways than getting the right amount, compared to Coffee. The common rule of thumb is to start low and work your way up. For example, 5 mg of CBD is a common dosage starting point. Once you take 5 mg of CBD it is good to wait 30-45 min and see how you feel. You can repeat this process until you find the right milligrams for you.
When it comes to Fletcher Farms CBD products, we make products that are both high dose and low dose. Our CBD Gel Caps for example are 50 mg of CBD in each capsule. We would consider this a high-dose Gel Cap and recommend them for experienced consumers. For the less experienced, we recommend our 10 mg CBD Gummies. Each gummy contains a low dose of 10 mg CBD oil and a great way to start low with CBD and work your way up.
In our experience, most people take about 25-50 mg CBD daily and studies are showing that even higher doses could be more beneficial. In most clinical studies done in other countries, the participants are taking around 600 mg of CBD in order to make sure reach desired effectiveness. If you haven’t been able to feel the effects of CBD in the past, it might be good to try a higher dose. If you are taking any medications, you will need to talk to your doctor about how CBD might affect you.
Another factor when it comes to finding the right CBD dosage is whether the product is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. If the CBD oil used is full-spectrum and contains other cannabinoids you will most likely need a lower dose of CBD because of the “Entourage effect”. The other cannabinoids and phytonutrients help the bioavailability of CBD into your body. This is not to say that Broad spectrum and CBD isolate products do not work, it just means that you will most likely need a higher dose of CBD in order to get the same desired effects. In pre-clinical trials done on CBD, they typically use CBD isolate and use a dose of at least 600 mg. Most trials are not done with Full Spectrum CBD oil because of the other cannabinoids and phytonutrients in the study that could skew the results.
The last factor you should consider when finding the right CBD dose for you is how much cannabis do you already consume. If you are a medical cannabis patient or a daily consumer of cannabis, most likely your tolerance is going to be much higher and a much higher dose of CBD is going to be needed. Even in high THC cannabis, there are usually small amounts of CBD and can add to your tolerance.
When finding the right CBD dosage for you, don’t be afraid to experiment with different dosages and find the right amount for you. Everyone will be different in their preference. If you are on any type of medication, we can’t stress enough it is important to consult with your doctor on how CBD will work for you. This is really the only risk factor when it comes to CBD. If you are not taking any medications, most likely you will be free to find the right dosage for you.