One of the most common question Wee get asked is...
“How much CBD do I need to take?”
Starting your CBD journey can be overwhelming, with so much misinformation online it’s hard to know where to start & who to believe.
When it comes to dosages, sadly there is no one dose for everyone, after all, everyone is different, so it’s all about finding a dose that works for you.
What Is CBD?
CBD is one of around 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis/hemp that is non-psychoactive, THC is the predominant psychoactive cannabinoid (although there are others).
Few food supplements live up to the hype Cannabidiol (CBD) comes with & its understandable why.
With a vast array of health & wellness benefits, no addictive properties & no nasty side effects it’s no wonder cannabinoids are finding their way into everything from foods to spirits, to gummies to even candles (although Wee have no idea why you would put CBD in a candle…).
How Does CBD Work?
Did you know the Endocannabinoid System is one of the largest single systems in the human body & when it’s not operating correctly it can leave the door wide open for many ailments to creep into your life?
It makes perfect sense that Wee try our best to support this system in order to gain optimal health.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is an important neurotransmitter system found throughout the mammalian central nervous system, peripheral nervous system & the brain.
Endo means endogenous or within - like having an internal origin.
Endocannabinoids got their name from cannabis as the plant cannabinoids were discovered first.
Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters binding to our cannabinoid receptors.
CBD does not actually act directly on the Endocannabinoid System however, it interacts with the Endocannabinoid System indirectly by binding directly to cannabinoid receptors.
Certain receptors are more concentrated in specific regions in the body.
CB1 receptors are abundant in the central nervous system.
CB2 receptors are more often found on immune cells, in the gastrointestinal tract, in the peripheral nervous system & the brain.
Recently, endocannabinoids have been revealed as having homeostatic abilities & the ability to maintain equilibrium within our bodies.
Homeostasis is the body’s ability to maintain itself and function in the proper environment.
Equilibrium is maintained when the body parts and the internal systems are balanced.
This is essential for both the survival of the individual parts, & the combined whole.
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency
A common term you may hear is “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency“, it’s simple: it just means when the body does not produce enough endocannabinoids or cannot regulate them properly you would want to introduce -slowly- exocannabinoids. (cannabinoids from an external source, like CBD products).
Dosing CBD can be tricky at first, but not to worry, once you do find your own personal dose you are likely to experience a transformation in the way you feel.
As it stands, there is no research that gives precise dosage instructions for you to consume but certain factors may play a role.
Personal factors that may play a role in dosing are:
- Lifestyle (Active? Sedentary? Or Otherwise?)
- Do you use CBD already? (Is you Endocannabinoid System primed & ready?)
- How deficient are you in cannabinoids?
Product factors that may play a role in dosing are:
- CBD purity
- Is the hemp organic?
- What extraction method was used?
- Is the CBD oil based or water soluble?
- Was the hemp grown indoors or outside?
- Was any pesticides, herbicides or any other dangerous contaminants used while growing?
- Has any emulsifiers or preservatives been added to the product?
- Does the product contain the amount of CBD stated on the bottle?
- And more.
All our Endocannabinoid Systems will react differently to CBD based on strength & purity, that is why Wee always say:
“Low & slow is the way to go...”
You may need to awaken your Endocannabinoid System & this must be done slowly.
If you start with a too high strength of CBD product, you will overload your system & not receive the full benefits of CBD. From a low dose you can build up & find your own individual, tailored CBD dose.
An effective dose of CBD can be anywhere between 5 & 75mg per day. Do not worry about taking too much, if you do you may experience a mild headache or potential diarrhoea (nothing to worry about), remember that CBD is completely non-addictive & impossible to “overdose” on.
(Side Note: No-one has ever directly died from consuming Cannabis in any form).
Wee recommend that you start with a dose of 1 drop 2/3 x a day for the first week or two, form there, if you feel you need more you can up this dose to 2 drops 2/3 times a day but only if needed, you may find the relief required from the initial dosage.
When starting out with CBD, it is always advisable to take your drops in front of a mirror, this will let you see the drops leave the pipette so you can be confident you are getting the CBD dose required.
Always purchase you CBD products from a reliable, credible source.
Reliable companies should have their 3rd Party Lab Certification available stating just how much CBD (& other cannabinoids) are present in their products so you can rest assured that what you have spent your hard-earned money on is correct & safe.
If a CBD product seems too cheap to be true, you can bet your last £ it is. Like anything, there are levels to CBD quality.
To sum up, there is no set dosages for using CBD as each & every-one of us is different, some more deficient than others in cannabinoids, some with busier more active lifestyles or cleaner diets etc.
The important thing to remember is that CBD must be taken consistently in order to elevate the amount of Endocannabinoids circulating your system, this will aid you in optimising your health & wellness.