What are the CBD Dosages for Tincture, Vape, Topical, and More?
CBD is hugely popular for both recreational use and by people who have one of the many ailments and conditions that it is known to help with. It comes in a wide range of forms, as different products and from a growing selection of brands, and it is a product that will undoubtedly find many more users in time.
In this article we are going to talk about a subject that is often overlooked yet is very important, this being the dosage you should be taking with different types of CBD. As with many such substances, there are factors that mean the right dosage for one person will not be so for another, so let’s talk about these.
What Influences CBD Dosage?
Physical size and weight will naturally have an influence upon the dosage you need to take to get the effects of CBD. The following is a good list of things to think about:
- Body weight – think about this in terms of Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Body chemistry – each of us has a different metabolism rate when it comes to ingesting the likes of CBD
- Your condition – if taking CBD to help with an ailment or illness there will be variations to what follows.
Also to be considered are the strength of the CBD product you are using, which can vary wildly, and the method you are using to take it into your system. For the purpose of the following, we are talking someone with average BMI, in good health, and with a standard metabolism. Now let’s talk about the serious stuff.
Dosage for CBD Tincture
Many people find CBD tinctures to be the ideal way of ingesting CBD into the system. The tincture is usually placed under the tongue where it remains for 20 seconds at least. It is then absorbed into the system. The good thing about taking CBD as a tincture is that it comes in a measured bottle, with a dropper that is also measured. The dropper will measure out 1ml of the liquid, but you must consider the strength of the liquid when measuring your dosage. Be aware that this method may take longer to have an effect than some of the others.
Dosage for CBD Vape
Vaping CBD is rapidly becoming one of the most popular methods of enjoying the substance, and for good reason. Vaping involves inhaling the vapor from a vape pen or other device, hence it heads straight for the lungs. How much should you take at once? This depends on whether you take a quick draw or a long one, and how much is in your vape devices.
Let’s assume an example: for a 30ml bottle of vape oil at 1000mg CBD you have 33mg of CBD per ml of liquid. The tank or reservoir of your vape pen will hold around 1ml to 5ml of juice. So, if you empty a 5ml tank, you’ve ingested 165ml. This should be more than enough for an average intake. Bear in mind that CBD vape pens vary as per their size, so check the volume of yours before you vape.
Dosage for CBD Topical
Determining the dosage for a CBD topical is not easy. This is because you may be using a cream, a patch or one of many other methods of application. However, as we should stress with all of these, there will be recommended dosages on the packaging that you should adhere to. CBD is not a dangerous substance and there is little chance of taking too much with this method. The key is to discover the length of time the manufacturer recommends the patch or substance be left on the skin. By following this information you will know how long to wait for it to take effect.
We recommend that with topicals you try it a few times if it doesn’t seem to work at first. This method is the least instant of all the CBD application methods, and the one that is perhaps least used, but it comes highly recommended for people who suffer skin ailments such as eczema.
There are other methods of taking CBD – flower and concentrates for example – that are less popular, and these are trial and error when it comes to dosage. However, there is another difference between the various substances that needs to be considered, and that is whether the CBD you are taking is full spectrum, broad spectrum or an isolate. For reasons we are about to explain this will make a distinct difference to the among you should take and the effect. Here, on brief, is an explanation of which each means:
Full Spectrum – the cannabis plant contains many compounds, including CBD – cannabidiol. It also includes THC, which is tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the substance that, when we smoke marijuana, gives us the ‘high’. It is permitted in CBD products up to a maximum content of 0.3%. A full spectrum CBD product contains this amount of THC, plus CBD and all of the other compounds of the plant when extracted.
Broad Spectrum – during the extraction process the THC is removed, as are some of the other compounds in the cannabis plant. Those that are left behind vary between brands, as some makers have their own ‘recipe’ for broad spectrum products.
Isolate – this is where all of the compounds have been removed during extraction with the exception of CBD. In other words, this is pure CBD.
The problem with determining dosage is that it depends very much on the individual involved.
The key points are understanding the potency of the CBD in mg, alongside the volume of the amount to be taken in ml. With topicals it is about how powerful the CBD is in, for example, the patch combined with the length of time it is designed for application.
The best method is to go down the root of trial and error, starting at the low end of the dosage and increasing until you start to experience the effect you are looking for.
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