CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is one of the 100 chemicals found in the cannabis plant. It’s extracted from the flowers of the plant, forming a raw paste. Unlike marijuana, hemp can’t get you high because it contains so little THC (the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that gets you high). If you’ve heard about CBD but didn’t quite understand what it is or how to use it, you’re not alone.
CBD can come in many forms including CBD Öl (oil), capsules and creams, which you can often buy in local stores or online. Looking at CBD oil dosages can be a daunting task, and whilst CBD can be tolerated in fairly high doses and isn’t intoxicating, it can cause some negative side effects if too much is taken.
So, let’s take a look at the benefits of CBD and how to work out the right dosage for you.
CBD Has Many Health Benefits
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of at least 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It was first discovered in the 1800s, but its medicinal uses were only discovered recently. Today, CBD is used to treat a wide range of conditions from epilepsy to stress, anxiety, and even some symptoms of cancer.
As well as helping with mental health disorders, CBD is commonly used as pain relief for joint pain and muscle soreness, which can help people manage arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS), amongst other ailments. Some research has also suggested that CBD could benefit the heart and circulatory system, including being able to lower high blood pressure. A great deal of research is still being done with regard to the benefits that CBD can have on a variety of illnesses, but the results so far do seem to be promising.
To Figuring Out the Right Amount for You
Whilst taking a lot of CBD isn’t intoxicating, you can take too much CBD, so it’s important to understand how much is too much. The amount of CBD you should take depends on a range of factors, and it is recommended that you consult a doctor before taking CBD to treat any illness.
You should also consider:
- Your body weight. The best way to determine what your optimal CBD dosage is to first determine your body weight. After that, you can either get CBD in capsule form or in oil form, both of which come in varying strengths and can be ingested. A good rule of thumb is to start with a lower strength (such as 20mg) for the first week and slowly increase up by 5mg each week. It is worth making a note of how much you have taken each time so you can keep track of what dosages work for you.
- The condition you’re treating. This is where it’s particularly important to get your doctor’s opinion before taking CBD. If you are treating new symptoms such as a painful headache, sore joints or nausea, it would be worth consulting your doctor if they persist, as these symptoms might be the signs of something more serious. CBD can help treat symptoms of cancer and cancer symptoms such as nausea, headaches and certain pains, but it is worth going off the recommendation of a doctor in case it affects any additional medication you already take.
Understanding the world of CBD and dosages can feel daunting at first if you are new to it. What is important to remember is that, although it might cause some negative side effects, CBD does not have an intoxicating effect if you exceed the recommended dosage by accident. However, it is always good practice to stick to the dosage that suits your individual situation, to ensure you are benefiting from it.