What’s the Right Dose of CBD For Me?

By now you’ve probably heard claims of CBD helping to relieve all kinds of ailments.

Maybe you think that CBD can help you, but what is the right dosage?

Let’s give you the facts you’ll need to become a smarter consumer and hopefully find a CBD product with the best dosage for you.

Comparing two CBD products is like comparing apples and oranges.

Research on the efficacy of cannabis is relatively new. Be skeptical if someone who isn’t a physician suggests that a specific milligram dosage of CBD will work for you.

Currently, the only FDA-approved CBD pharmaceutical is Epidiolex for the treatment of Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

However, there are thousands of other non-FDA-approved CBD products available for individuals wanting to try the benefits of CBD.

When it comes to all the unregulated products on the market, you need to be careful. Comparing the benefits of Product A and Product B is very difficult, as the efficacy of the CBD varies greatly from product to product.

If you are currently using a CBD product, you may either want to increase or decrease the mg of CBD per dose if switching products in order to get the same effect.

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Why does the effect of the same CBD milligram dosage vary so greatly from product to product?

Trying to figure out which dosage of CBD is right for you can be difficult. It requires an understanding of several different components that go into making your product:

  • The plant used
  • The extraction method used
  • What the producer puts in or takes out of the plant

These three components all determine what CBD spectrum the final product becomes.

What is the CBD spectrum?

There are three main categories in the CBD spectrum, and the CBD dosage required for the same effect will be different for each one.

Full Spectrum (aka Whole Plant, Whole Flower)

Full spectrum CBD products contain the full, wide range of compounds in the cannabis plant: cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.

Full spectrum CBD products are the only products that fully utilize the “entourage effect” — meaning that because the product preserves the full profile of the plant, hundreds of different chemical compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids) work together to provide a far superior benefit.

Because all these compounds work together to utilize the entourage effect, full spectrum CBD products require the lowest dose of any CBD product. You should use the lowest recommended dosage and increase only if necessary.

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum generally refers to CBD products with a wide range of cannabinoids and other compounds, minus THC.

However, the term “broad spectrum” is used very loosely. It can mean anything between the spectrum of isolate and full spectrum.

Depending on the number and percentage of cannabinoids, a broad spectrum product may require significantly more CBD per dose.

A good rule of thumb with broad spectrum products is to start low and increase your dosage over time. Be cost conscious as you increase dosage. A full spectrum product (which typically costs more up front) may end up costing less per dose for the same effect.

Isolate 

Isolate products contain CBD only.

These products require a precise, high milligram dosage for effectiveness due to the lack of terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids other than CBD.

Although isolate products may sound appealing due to their lower cost, you’ll likely not save money in the long run as they need replacing more often.

Conclusion

Full spectrum CBD is generally pricier up front, but requires the lowest dosage, so you may find yourself saving money over the long run and having a longer lasting product.

Broad spectrum CBD varies widely in cost, but also varies widely in ingredients. Due to this, broad spectrum products can be difficult to precisely dose.

Isolate CBD is often the least expensive product, but it requires the highest dose, so you’ll find yourself replacing it more often and saving no money.

Read more about the CBD spectrum here.

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