How Much CBD Should I Take? CBD Dosing Explained

    by John Reid / October 18, 2019

    Today, there is no perfect science when it comes to CBD dosage. Broadly speaking, there is no exact number of milligrams (mg) of CBD to recommend because we as individuals have such varied responses to CBD as medicine. However, there are effective ways to approach taking CBD to optimize the benefits of CBD we’ll map out here.

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    Start with an intention

    First and foremost, before taking CBD set a goal. What you’re seeking to gain from CBD? The more specific and measurable the goal, the better. Let’s say you’re taking CBD to improve sleep quality. Before taking CBD set an intention about what better sleep looks like. A good goal might be to take CBD with a focus on decreasing stress during the day to improve sleep at night. The more specific, measurable, and memorable the better. The next day, take a moment to note if CBD made a difference in your daily to routine compared to a CBD free day. After a few days of noting, you should have a good sense if CBD is making a difference based on your intentions.

    Everyone is different

    Recommending the “right amount” of CBD to everyone is like suggesting everyone should drink the same amount of coffee or tea in the morning to get the same effect.

    All of us have a slightly different optimal dose of CBD based on factors of genetics, weight, age, and symptom state. The effects may vary as well based on the method of consuming CBD. A CBD experience may come while taking CBD from a particular brand, just like coffee or tea, the experience of CBD will remain relatively the same, regardless of brand, if dosage is optimized.

    How to optimize your dose

    Start low and go slowly.

    According to Relief Scout customer data, as little as as little as 2.5mg of CBD can have a therapeutic effect. Most Relief Scouters start with 5-10mg of CBD and gradually increase dosage until the desired effect is met. That said, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the biphasic and triphasic effects to take right amount of CBD.

    The biphasic effect graph shows the relationship between dosage and benefits of CBD. biphasiceffectTo find the optimal dose start with a small, low dosage amount. Over a few days or even weeks, you should increase the dosage to the point where less benefit is recognized. Then decrease your dosage as your gain more benefits.triphasiceffect

    The triphasic effect occurs when a very high dose starts to create the opposite desired effect. Reported side effects of CBD include drowsiness, dry mouth, and decreased blood pressure. CBD is proven to be a generally safe compound but taking more CBD with less than optimal results will burn an unnecessary hole in your pocket. Simply stated, you might get more effect by taking less CBD. Certain methods of taking CBD offer better control over the CBD experience than others, so make sure you find the right method for you.

    Are you ready to begin optimizing your CBD dosage?

    Checkout our CBD dosage tool for a good starting point of CBD dosage.

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    John Reid

    John Reid

    John has over 13 years of experience in finance and consulting. John has joined the industry-wide mission to educate and introduce people to the value of this often misunderstood component of the hemp plant. When not working with the Relief Scout vendors, you can find John and his wife enjoying the great outdoors and surfing in San Francisco. And if you ever want to talk music, John is all ears.


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