From oils and e-liquids to suppositories, CBD comes in countless forms. In this article, we take a close look at how to dose CBD products and maximise their efficacy.
• Pain, both neuropathic and inflammatory
• Anxiety and stress
• Chronic inflammation
• Appetite and metabolism
• Seizures and tremors
• Vomiting and nausea
INTRODUCING: CBD AND THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
First and foremost, CBD doesn’t produce the psychoactive effect associated with cannabis. This “high” comes courtesy of THC, the main intoxicating cannabinoid found in marijuana. Most CBD supplements are derived from hemp, a variety of cannabis bred for industrial purposes that only contains trace amounts of THC.
To get your dose right, start with a single hit from your vape. Inhale gently for 8–10 seconds, and remember that there’s no need to hold the vapor in your lungs for an extended period.
Finding the right dose is very much a process of trial and error. Hence, we always recommend starting with a low dose and gradually building your way up until you hit a “sweet spot”. To help you achieve this, use the dosage guide below to know where to start.
CBD shows promise in the treatment of anxiety disorders, suggests a 2015 review of studies in the journal Neurotherapeutics. According to the investigators, CBD demonstrated potent anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) effects in animal research, albeit with counterintuitive results.
Here are a few tips to help you find the best CBD oil:
Human studies evaluating the use of CBD in treating chronic pain are lacking. Those that do exist almost invariably include THC, making it difficult to isolate CBD’s distinct effects.
CBD’s exact mechanism of action is unclear. Unlike THC, CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These are the molecules to which THC binds to elicit its psychoactive effects.
Here is just some of what the current evidence says.
(Recreational products will be similar in strength, format and pricing, said Canopy Growth vice-president Jordan Sinclair.)
“For individuals who have been paying close attention, they’re likely to be fine.”
Start low, go slow
“If you think about the risk of overconsumption, smoking versus oils, it is much easier to have too much when you’re talking about ingesting oils.”
They will be budget-friendly and simple to use, but experts warn it will also be very easy for new users to consume a far stronger dose than they meant to.
If you were a daily user with a 5 mg dose – on the small to moderate side – that would last you for most of a year (and cost a thrifty 43 cents per dose.) If you microdosed at 2.5mg, it would last a lot longer than that.