CBD Oil Dosing - Finding the Perfect Dose
CBD oil is fast becoming a popular all-natural medication for conditions like arthritis, cancer pain, PTSD, and anxiety. CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. It is a compound derived from the marijuana plant and is next to THC or tetrahydrocannabinol in highest concentration in marijuana. The main differences between the two are THC is known for its psychoactive effects or a high. CBD also acts on the brain like THC but its effects are felt as more relaxation in the body, more balance in the mind and less pain. This is what makes CBD a go-to medicine for many people, even those new to medical marijuana. For anyone using opioids to relieve chronic pain, CBD is a blessing. It is not addicting and causes no withdrawal symptoms when discontinued.
People suffering from cancer who do not want the high caused by THC find CBD beneficial for preventing nausea from chemotherapy and radiation. It also promotes more of an appetite so they can stay nourished. It is more tolerable to people with anxiety, PTSD and depression because it does not cause the sensations THC does that some people find uncomfortable when suffering from these disorders. It can have an effect on mood just as THC does and will sometimes promote a decrease in depression. CBD strains have made the news for their benefits in helping people with epilepsy and seizure disorders. The famous Charlotte’s Web strain literally cured a young girl of daily, almost hourly, seizures, and allowed her to go on to live a more balanced, healthy and normal life.
CBD Products and Dosages
CBD products are available as oils. There are some medical marijuana capsules, tinctures, and edibles which can have higher amounts of CBD but most of these contain an equal amount of THC. They also take a long time to take effect, sometimes up to two hours. CBD oil is available in drops and sprays. These usually go to action much more quickly. They can take effect in about 10 minutes with full onset within two hours. The blends of CBD are all different and are available in varying strengths. Most all contain degrees of THC but the traces are so small that they do not cause a high. In most cases, the amounts are also so scant that they would not show up on a drug test. You need to find out if these products are legally available in your state. Some are sold online but you can only buy them if you live where medical or recreational marijuana is legal. You must go into a dispensary or clinic to buy the oils.
There are different strengths and different brands. What you need to know is that strengths are based on the ratio of CBD to THC content. For instance, you may choose between 18:1, 8:1, 4:1. This means you would be buying an 18 to 1 ratio of CBD to THC in the first instance, 8 to 1 in the second and 4 to 1 in the third described here. What this means is that the 18 to 1 is the weakest of the THC contents and the 4 to 1 is the stronger of the three. If you prefer a little more of the THC effect, which can induce sleepiness and help with insomnia, and induce more of a psychoactive effect, you may want to choose the 4:1 product. If you are sensitive to THC and want just the effects of CBD, you would likely prefer the 18:1.
As for the product itself you can choose between an oil that is dispensed with a dropper or a spray. This is a matter of personal preference, but both are put under the tongue. Many people like the dropper because it is easier to dose smaller or larger doses while the spray is evenly dosed under the tongue. Dosing yourself can take practice. Expect to take some time to learn how to use either and experiment. The use of CBD is not regulated by the FDA so there is no precise amount to use. The spray tends to act faster than the dropper but the spray also does not allow you to adjust the dose as precisely as the dropper does.
When you go to buy your oil, consult with the dispensary staff. They will help you decide which strength is best and they can recommend the best brand for you. They can only give you their personal advice but it might be helpful in allowing you to more quickly and accurately find the right product for you.
One of the best aspects of either preparation of CBD oils are that it has no side effects. You might find you are sensitive to the carrier oil used to blend it. This is often coconut oil and some people find that it causes stomach upset. Some people also report that this is only temporary until you adjust to the medication which may only take a few days. If you are taking any type of medication for anxiety or PTSD or for your illness, check with your doctor. While they cannot give you a dose for CBD they can let you know if it is all right to use it with any medications you are currently taking.
Never stop taking a medication and replace it with CBD only without talking to your doctor or your pharmacist. Most makers of these products will indicate using one to two drops or sprays under the tongue. Droppers vary in size, though. You might also note that a package indicates taking 2 mg, but the bottle is measured in ml. Try using the smallest dose first and gradually build up until you feel the effects desired. If you have a dropper which measures .5 ml on it, build up to using a .5 ml. This might be too strong for some people no matter what strength the ratio is. It equals about 6 mg which is an "average" dose.
You might take it up to two times a day. Your actual dose will be based on the concentration you use, your weight, and your own body chemistry. Experiment to find the perfect dose.