CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant with various potential health benefits.
CBD has been researched and used for various health benefits, including pain relief, improved sleep quality, reduced inflammation throughout the body, and improved mental health. Depending on the CBD product you consume, the CBD dosage you use will affect the results you receive.
This CBD dosage guide will help you choose what type of CBD product you should use and how to determine the optimal dosage for yourself.
As always, you should consult your doctor before using new supplements or health-related products.
What are the Different Types of CBD Products?
There are various CBD products, and the names can be relatively confusing for those who have not been explained the key differences.
Here is a quick guide to the different types of CBD products you might find.
Full-spectrum CBD products include the full, natural spectrum of cannabis compounds. There are over 80 known cannabis compounds like CBD, and full-spectrum products can contain varying amounts.
Some CBD products also include THC, the cannabis compound that is more widely known and the one that is responsible for the “high” of smoking cannabis.
In the United States, all states can have CBD products with up to .3% THC content, while other states that have legalized cannabis consumption can have CBD products with higher concentrations of THC.
Full-spectrum CBD products can cause you to fail a drug test due to their THC content, so it is a reason to avoid these products if you regularly must pass drug tests.
Broad-spectrum CBD products contain CBD and other cannabis compounds, excluding THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD products are beneficial because they contain many cannabinoids that provide a synergistic boost to your CBD product, but they reduce your risk of failing a drug test for THC consumption.
CBD isolate products contain the purest form of CBD and no other cannabis extracts. CBD isolate products are great for people who do not want any risk of failing a drug test, but they are less effective because they do not contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids that provide synergistic effects.
How to Choose the Best CBD Dosage
While the dosage levels depend upon the type of product you choose for CBD consumption, studies show different beneficial doses between participants.
For example, a 2020 study showed safe and beneficial effects of CBD in up to 6,000mg dosages.
To find the best CBD dosage for yourself, you may have to do some trial-and-error testing.
Your height and weight play a role in how CBD affects your body, along with your natural biochemistry.
For example, if you are taking stress relief gummies, you might notice that a smaller dosage does not provide relief as someone else reports, while a significantly larger dosage will produce the result you are looking for.
The research indicates that both small and large CBD dosages can provide relief, so the best advice is to begin with smaller CBD dosages and slowly increase the amount you are taking, with the guidance of a medical professional, until you find the optimal dosage for yourself.
Using CBD edibles or capsules is a great way to control your dosage because they are evenly dosed. CBD vapes and tinctures provide less reliable dosages, although they can still be very useful.
Research on CBD has shown significant benefits for a variety of health issues.
Before trying out any dosage, check with a health professional to understand your body, how it may react to CBD, and the accurate dosage suitable for your needs.