Dosing of CBD Oil

The acceptance of cannabidiol as a therapeutic and healing substance is getting increasingly popular. And it leads to the important question- how to optimize your use of CBD oil products to suit your lifestyle and wellbeing.

It is even more challenging for the trained medical professional to advise regarding CBD oil dosing, as most of them have not studied it during their education. Very few doctors know anything about the dosing, possible side effects, and administration mode of CBD. Also, some doctors hesitate to prescribe CBD because there is no universally accepted dose of CBD. 

According to the study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence in 2017, 89.5 % of residents and fellows of medical colleges are not prepared to prescribe cannabis. And 66.7 % of deans report that their graduates are not prepared to prescribe CBD-related products1.

This sounds extremely frustrating for patients and can result in unguided therapy with a number of side effects.

Thus, the dosing of CBD oil is a critical issue to be solved as soon as possible. 

Since there are no official recommendations of CBD oil dosing we hope these tips will provide you as a useful guide.

All humans are different

Numerous factors influence the dosing of CBD oil. They include body weight, diet, metabolism, genetics, environment, etc. It is very difficult to calculate the proper CBD dosage as this data may vary depending on the time of the day, activities, and desired results.

It means that when deciding about the CBD dose, there is a need for an individual approach. ‘One size does not fit all’ is quite true for CBD.

Dosing for beginners

If you are new to CBD oil, it is better to start with the minimal suggested dosage on the packaging which is usually a few drops under the tongue. Taking CBD sublingually may increase its absorption. Gradually increase the dose. The experts recommend increasing the dose every 3-4 weeks2.

Many people have noted satisfaction with relatively low dosages while others achieve that same level of comfort with a different strength or dose.

It may be very useful to record your daily experiences. It will help to find the right dosage for you.

No unguided use

Do not decide on taking CBD oil alone. If you desire to obtain therapeutic benefits from CBD oil, it is best to consult with your physician or medical expert. Who can help you decide on CBD oil dosing. Study the dosing guidelines of the product attentively. If you take other drugs, speak to your doctor, and discuss any possible interactions. 

References

1.            Evanoff AB, Quan T, Dufault C, Awad M, Bierut LJ. Physicians-in-training are not prepared to prescribe medical marijuana. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017;180:151-155. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.08.010

2.            MacCallum CA, Russo EB. Practical considerations in medical cannabis administration and dosing. Eur J Intern Med. 2018;49:12-19. doi:10.1016/j.ejim.2018.01.004

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