CBD Dosage Guidelines

If you’ve ever purchased a CBD product before, you’ve likely read the label carefully to make sure that you know exactly what it is that you’re taking, and the proper method for taking it.  All CBD products should come with instructions according to universal regulations, which means that whether you’ve got a vape oil, a tincture, an edible, a topical or a different hemp product altogether, that label should tell you what the proper serving size is, and how it’s best to consume it.

One crucial bit of information on any CBD package is the CBD dosing guideline, which is based off of tier dosing guidelines developed by the NIH.  We will be talking about what this means.  Maybe you’ve wondered how crucial it is that you stick to the exact amount listed on the product’s label.  Well, allow us to answer all of your questions.

What is a Dosage Guideline?

A dosing guideline simply refers to the dosage amount listed on a product’s label, as determined by the manufacturer.  Some dosage guidelines are more complex than others.  For instance, a bottle of CBD oil may simply suggest that you take a dropper’s worth at a time.  Meanwhile, an edible’s label may suggest that you take a certain number of pieces according to your body weight, or your specific reason for taking CBD.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a guideline, which means its purpose is to provide guidance.  This means that it’s not a hard rule that you have to take the exact amount as recommended by the manufacturer.  This is just a standard dose that seems to work well for most.

Dose vs. Milligram Strength

Let’s quickly break down the difference between dose and milligram strength, because many people get these two things confused.  The dose is the amount of product you take per serving.  The milligram strength, meanwhile, is the concentration of CBD in the product’s formula.  Therefore, a standard dose of, say, a 100mg tincture will be much less potent than a standard dose of a 1000mg tincture.

Why Companies Provide Dosing Guidelines

Companies provide dosing guidelines for two reasons.  One is that it’s required.  Two is that companies want you to have a successful experience with hemp, and their team of experts know what the general dosage amount is to ensure that success.

What Customers Should Know About Dosing Guidelines

The thing is that in many cases, dosing is a bit more complicated.  For one thing, a few factors determine which dose is ultimately right for you.  

One is your body weight.  The more you weigh, the higher your dose should be.

The other factor is your particular needs.  For instance, let’s say you’re taking CBD for stress.  A small dose may be great if you’re dealing with some temporary, minor stress following a long day at work.  But that same dosage may not do the trick if you’re having a full-blown panic attack and want something that will help you quickly calm down.

Furthermore, we are finding more that everyone has their own inherent tolerance to cannabinoids.  Therefore, a standard dose may work for your best buds, but for you it barely does anything.  Or a standard dose may make you feel sleepy because of a sensitivity that you have to CBD.

So, what does all of this mean?  It means that when examining the dosing guideline of a product, you should also consider these other factors before committing to it.  The good thing about CBD is that it’s nontoxic.  Therefore, you can increase your dosage without risk of toxic overdose due to the cannabinoid content.

Speak to Your Doctor

The best way to ensure that you take the proper dosage is to speak with your doctor.  Ultimately, companies do not have the authority to give you medical advice.  But, your doctor does.  Your doctor should know your full medical history, current symptoms and, most importantly, any medications that you’re taking.  Then, he or she can help you come up with the perfect dose to take daily that will simultaneously give you relief and work with your unique situation.

Adjust Gradually as Needed

The other thing to keep in mind about dosing is that it often needs to be adjusted.  We recommend taking the suggested dosage amount for two weeks daily and chart the effects.  Once the two week is up, you can decide if any adjustments need to be made.