When it comes to taking CBD edibles, there is no one right dosage. The right dose for you will depend on many different factors. That includes your tolerance, your body type, and what your goals are for using edibles. The type of product that you use, as well as the concentration, are important to consider because some products will interact with your body in different ways than others. Remember that if this is your first time using CBD, you will want to consult with your doctor before using this type of product.
What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that you can find in the cannabis plant. This natural chemical will interact with your endocannabinoid system. Humans and mammals have this system in their bodies. It is thought that this system regulates different processes, including pain, sleep, mood, and appetite.
That can promote homeostasis, also known as equilibrium, in your body. It is thought that CBD may help the endocannabinoid with these processes. One common misconception about CBD is that it makes you feel high just because it is from a cannabis plant. However, this is not correct. The cannabinoid THC is what is really responsible for giving you a high. As long as you do not use a product with THC in it, you will not get this effect.
You can find many CBD products made from the hemp plant. This cannabis plant does not have high concentrations of THC in it. Instead, it has more CBD. Remember when you are using CBD, or any other cannabis product, that the long-term effects have not been studied much yet. It seems as though CBD is fairly safe to take.
However, you will want to consult with your doctor before you use it just in case. Even though you do not get a high as you would with THC, you will still likely want to take a carefully measured dose. That way, you can begin to build it up in your body instead of taking too high of a dose initially.
Understanding Different Products
Before you get started with dosing edibles and CBD gummies, you will likely want to understand how the different products work. There are several ways that they work.
- Edibles: Your digestive system will break down capsules, gummies, and other edibles before you feel the effects. Then, your digestive tract will absorb the CBD.
- Oils: You will take these sublingually. The mucous membrane under your tongue will absorb the CBD and transport it around your body in your bloodstream.
- CBD topicals: If you choose to use lotions, creams, or other topicals, the CBD will not enter your blood. Instead, it will target receptors in the skin where you apply them. However, if you get a transdermal product, it may enter the blood.
- Smoking: Burning your cannabis isn’t just for THC. When you smoke a CBD-rich flower, the compound will enter your bloodstream through your capillaries.
Important Considerations for Dosage
There are several factors that will help you determine the best dosage of CBD for your own body. For example, the concentration is the strength of the dose. This refers to the amount of CBD that one product has. That is measured in milligrams. This is different than the dosage, which shows the amount of CBD in each serving.
For example, consider a bottle of CBD tincture with a concentration of around 1,500 milligrams. It may have 30 milliliters of tincture in it and tell you that 1 milliliter is the standard serving. That means that every serving has about 50 milligrams of CBD in it. You are not having 1,500 milligrams of CBD in every dose.
Of course, your body weight also plays a role in the amount of CBD that you take and how it will affect you. In general, a heavier person will need to take a higher dose to have the same effects. If you are on the lighter side, you will likely have the same effects by taking a lower dose.
The effects that you are looking for will also play a role. Some people who take the product to try to help with chronic anxiety or severe pain may find that they prefer to take a higher dose. On the other hand, if you are taking it for another reason, then you may not need to take as much.
Over time, you might develop a tolerance to the product. That means that when you take the same dosage later, you might not have the same effects. In the future, you may need to take higher doses for the same effects.
Think about each of the factors above to help you decide on the right starting dose. Next, let’s look at some starting doses of CBD. That will give you a good reference point if you have no idea how much CBD is in a typical dose.
Determining the Right Dosage
You can use your body weight as an approximation of how much might be right for you. Of course, these are only estimates, and consuming CBD is highly subjective. Your doctor might be able to give you a better idea of how much to take.
- Lighter (less than 59 kilograms): You can take as much as 15 to 17 milligrams for stronger effects. On the other end, if you are just starting out, you might want to take no more than 11 milligrams. For a moderate dose, you can go with 12 to 14 milligrams.
- Medium weight (59 to 104 kilograms): The maximum you would want to take would be around 24 to 27 milligrams. But you could try to take no more than 18 milligrams if you are starting. Then, you can move on to around 19 to 23 milligrams.
- Heavier (higher than 104 kilograms): The minimum for you would be around 23 milligrams or less. If you did not get any effects from this, you could try around 24 to 30 milligrams. For stronger effects, you might go with 31 to 45 milligrams.
Some uses might be able to take even stronger doses than those listed above. That includes people who have extremely debilitating symptoms. If you have a higher tolerance, you might also be a good fit for larger doses.
The substance is not toxic. That means that increasing your dose gradually will not generally give you side effects. For many people, it is safe to do so. Increasing it in increments will allow the CBD to build up in your body. The type of product that you use also is important. Each one has different dosing methods, effects, and concentrations. Now, you might be wondering how to dose right with edibles. Let’s take a look.
Dosing With CBD Edibles
Edibles include products that you can eat, such as gummies and capsules. These take a little longer to take effect than other consumption methods because they go into your stomach. However, the effects will likely last a lot longer. In general, an edible will give you effects in about an hour after you have eaten them. Depending on the strength, it will usually last for about four to five hours after you eat them.
One of the nice things about edibles is that it is not difficult to calculate the dosage. Every CBD edible is one serving, and you can usually find the dose in the ingredients. In general, you can find gummies with concentrations from 5 to 100 milligrams. If you are taking a higher dose, you can take multiple gummies. Some users like to cut the edible in pieces to get the perfect dose.
What if I Don’t Feel Effects Immediately?
One of the most common mistakes that people make happens when they do not feel the effects after an hour. Then, they decide to go ahead and take another dose. However, a couple of hours after the first dose, both doses hit the user in full force. Even with CBD, taking too much of it at once can have unpleasant effects.
A better approach is to be patient, especially if this is one of your first times using it. Some people do need to take about two to three doses before there are any effects. That’s because it requires time to build up in the body. It is a good idea to take a low dose a few times within about eight to 24 hours. After that, you can consider increasing the dose a bit.
If you do not have any effects after an hour, you may want to have a small snack, such as an apple. That can turn on the digestive and absorption process in your gut. In very rare cases, users might not be able to absorb cannabis through the gut. If this is the case, a simple solution is to switch to dosing near the oral blood vessels, which are located under your tongue.
Is It Possible to Overdose on CBD?
CBD is not toxic, and there are very few side effects from the chemical. When they do occur, they are not life-threatening. In fact, one report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains that it is nearly impossible to overdose on CBD.
That is also true for marijuana and THC. The reason for this is that the cannabinoid receptors are not in the brain’s areas that control respiration, like the receptors for opioids are. That also means that cannabinoids are not addictive like other drugs are.
We’ve already seen that users develop a tolerance, and you can still get some withdrawal symptoms. For example, if you just quit using CBD, you may experience hot flashes, insomnia, or nausea. However, compared to symptoms from other substances, there are extremely mild.
What to Do for Too Much CBD
Some people who take CBD find that taking too much can cause them to feel extremely anxious or have other symptoms. It is rare to experience these symptoms. However, they might be a sign to choose a smaller dose next time:
- Extremely Dry Mouth
- Appetite Changes
- Psychosis (especially if you have mental health problems)
It is a good idea to be in a safe area and have someone reassure you that everything will work out well. It is also a good idea to stay hydrated. Some people find that taking too much CBD at once can lead to a dry mouth. Drinking water may help alleviate this symptom.
You might want to try taking a bit of lemon oil, as well. This is found in small amounts in lemon juice. You can find it in larger doses in the rind. You can grate some lemon zest, chew it, and then swallow.
Although taking too much CBD may give you some unpleasant symptoms, you will most likely be fine. If you feel nauseous, you may want to lay down for a while. You can try using ginger to naturally calm your stomach. A cup of ginger tea may help you feel better and relax.
Safety in Choosing CBD
You should remember that CBD is still fairly new, and it has not been tested very much, especially when it comes to long-term health effects. You should also remember to only purchase your products from brands that have been third-party tested. The results from these tests should be published online on the organization’s website. You are more likely to be able to avoid adverse reactions if you follow these steps.
Dosing with edibles is often easier than dosing with other types of products. However, no matter which one you choose, it is important to protect yourself. You will want to buy from companies that give you third-party lab results, information about how they manufacture the product, and the ingredients in it.
You should avoid using products that have synthetic ingredients in them. They may be more likely to give you an adverse reaction. It is not difficult to find completely natural CBD products.