If you’ve recently started using a CBD tincture, chances are you’re on observation mode. Trying to notice if you feel different, and looking for signs that the product is working.
That’s very normal with any supplement medication or change to your diet. However, it’s worth taking notice of just what dosing techniques you’re using and differentiating them in your trials. Here’s our guide to CBD dosing and techniques.
In recent years, the advent of potent cannabis oil concentrates, non-intoxicating cannabidiol products, and innovative, smokeless delivery systems have transformed the therapeutic landscape and changed the national conversation about cannabis and its many endocannabinoids.
Now it’s about figuring out how to optimize your therapeutic intake for your regimen.
Dosage and Beginners
Cannabidiol comes in a variety of different forms with a wide range of potencies, and its production and distribution have yet to be standardized in the industry. So what’s the best way to proceed when it seems like the products are all over the map in potency?
One of the common misconceptions about this kind of therapy is that you have to take a lot to attain symptom relief.
Most people are surprised to learn that the therapeutic effects can be achieved at dosages lower than expected. Ultra-low doses can be extremely effective, and this comes at a low price-point.
Preclinical science lends credence to the notion that a small amount of CBD can confer health benefits. Oral administration of low doses resulted in significant inhibition of disease progression in an animal model of heart atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), according to a 2005 report in Nature.
It’s still early in the world of research into endocannabinoids but it is hypothesized that it could be a defense against atherosclerosis in humans.
Concentrated oil extracts, infused sublingual sprays, tinctures, edibles, gel caps, topical salves, and other products all make it easy to get some of these compounds into your regimen.
A person’s sensitivity to CBD, the main component to many of these, is key to implementing an effective treatment regimen.
The practice of revolves around keeping track of how much you’re consuming. Starting small and working from there. Also keeping track of your symptoms. If you’re getting relief from the dosage then you’re in the Goldilocks zone. But if you’re feeling too tired or experiencing diarrhea, then the dosage should be lowered.
Cannabidiol (CBD) does not cause an intoxicating high like THC. CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the THC high, depending on how much of each compound is present in a particular product.
1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans, so it’s not a toxic substance in the slightest. Still, everyone is different. Just remember:
Start Slow, Go Low
The adage “start low and go slow” is apropos for Cannabidiol therapy.
As for oral administration, one should keep in mind that it can take 60 to 90 minutes before the effects of a single dose can be noticed.
Keep Your Regimine On Time
Use of ingestible CBD-rich products can be taken anytime. It’s recommended to use with breakfast or dinner, or shortly before bedtime. Continue use, and monitor dosage until the desired effects are achieved.
If there are adverse side effects, reduce the dose to the prior amount that was well tolerated.
For adequate symptom relief, some patients may need to ingest their CBD two or three times during daylight hours in addition to their night-time regimen.
Cautious titration is urged: On days 1 and 2, start with one dose.
On days 3 and 4, increase the dosage to twice a day; and, if well tolerated, increase the dose incrementally.
Doses exceeding the average may increase adverse events or induce tolerance without improving efficacy.
Adverse events are dose-dependent. Very high doses are more likely to cause unwanted side effects.
For most medications, a higher dose will pack a stronger therapeutic punch. However, endocannabinoids have biphasic properties, meaning that low and high doses generate opposite effects. Small doses tend to stimulate; large doses sedate.
It is important to note that every person on the planet responds differently, and builds tolerance at different rates. Check in with yourself often.
By introducing small amounts of CBD into your system, and increasing the dosage slowly, you minimize the risk of negative side effects. The goal is to take a large enough dose to achieve therapeutic effects and a small enough dose to minimize negative side effects.
CBD is a safe and forgiving medicine. Figuring out how to make the most of its health-enhancing properties may involve some trial and error.
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