A Beginners Guide to CBD Dosage
CBD oil is becoming more well known and almost everybody I speak to about this amazing gift from mother nature wants to try it!
PROLIFE CBD have created 3 different CBD oils and strengths to allow customers to choose what is right for them – but how do we decide which % strength to choose and most importantly what dose is correct for me?
Toby and I tried 3 different CBD oils until we realised that as people who consider CBD oil a necessity for the rest of our lives to treat our epilepsy, diabetes, cancer and as a preventative – we needed to have full knowledge of what we were taking. There is a lot of confusing and misleading information about CBD oil itself, strengths, dosages and more so that is why we set up PROLIFE CBD so that, as well as protecting our own health, we can reassure others that if we are our own patients, then PROLIFE CBD can be your trusted source for CBD.
It is important to note that CBD or medical cannabis is right at the beginning of its journey and although there is a great deal of published research about the benefits of CBD and it can now be legally prescribed by specialists for certain conditions, we are still not able to offer medical advice. We don’t claim to be medical professionals, we are just 2 of the hundreds of thousands of people that have reaped great benefits from CBD and wish to tell the world a little more about it. So, we will tell you to the best of our knowledge what we have experienced so far and what other customers have told us but always seek medical advice if you are unsure about dosages for CBD or cannabis in general.
DIFFERENT % STRENGTHS AND CONCENTRATIONS OF CBD OIL
There are many different CBD providers all over the world, but you must question everything before you decide who to buy from and what to take. Usually you will be able to choose between a few different strengths. Which strength you choose should depend on what you are taking CBD oil for; whether it be for general wellbeing or for a particular condition.
The % is the amount of CBD in the bottle, so obviously the lower the mg number, the lower the potency generally is. However, this doesn’t mean lower quality, more about this in a second…
Most people begin with a 10ml bottle and lower strength to try the product out and then as people decide to use CBD oil long term, they switch to a higher strength and possibly a larger bottle as it often works out cheaper and of course lasts a lot longer before having to re-order.
Increasing the strength basically means you need to take less of it each time, this is all if you are taking a quality product. A lower % doesn’t mean a lower quality product (depending on the brand and what they are promising) but it does usually mean you need to take more drops to get the desired dosage and therefore the price per drop is usually higher.
We don’t offer less than 800mg per bottle as we don’t think that our customers will get the desired benefits if the strength is less than this.
Once you start using CBD oil regularly, you will be able to measure how much oil you need to find relief or therapy, then you can decide what strength and how many drops you wish to take each day.
So let’s focus on PROLIFE CBD and each of the 3 different oils that we offer:
This is our 800mg/10ml bottle. The strength of this oil is 8% CBD – the other ingredients are all natural ingredients from the hemp plant with no pesticides, herbicides or additives at all. All our products are also vegan as well as gluten and GMO free.
This is where most clients start if trying CBD for the first time – there are approximately 200 drops in the 800mg/10ml bottle and each drop contains approx. 4mg.
Many people use the 800mg oil for conditions like anxiety and body aches or pains and digestive problems. This bottle is also great for people who are highly sensitive to CBD (some people have a more active endocannabinoid system than others, so they do not need as much CBD oil).
The 800mg bottle is also a great option for people who just want to take CBD as a daily supplement and for general wellbeing, increased immune health, better bodily function balance or homeostasis, and general disease prevention.
There is not a recommended daily allowance or a universal guide for dosage, everyone is different, but based on research and the experience of our clients – we suggest 6 drops 2/3 times per day to begin with – this is approximately 48-72mg per day, but you can start with less and build up to a higher dose if you so wish. You will know when you are taking enough for your own body. We know people that take 30mg per day for general wellbeing and 600mg per day for cancer and motor neurone disease. Experts have said that you can’t overdose on CBD but your dose needs to be based on your condition and how you feel.
This is our 2000mg/10ml bottle. The strength of this oil is 20% CBD – the other ingredients are all natural ingredients from the hemp plant with no pesticides, herbicides or additives at all. All our products are also vegan as well as gluten and GMO free.
This is usually the next step up from the 8% bottle; most clients find that they want to begin increasing their dosage after finishing out 8% bottle to see the effects of a higher dosage.
The 20% bottle is also 10ml but its potency is over double of the 8% (sorry to state the obvious!) – again there will be approximately 200 drops but each drop contains 10mg of CBD.
We suggest 3-6 drops 2/3 times per day to begin with – this is approximately 60-180mg per day depending on your reasons for taking CBD. Again, as stated above, you can start as low as you like and gradually increase your dose until, you get the results that you are happy with – everyone is different.
This is our 10,000mg/100ml bottle. This is the bottle that you can find in every kitchen of all our family! The strength of this oil is 10% CBD – the other ingredients are all natural ingredients from the hemp plant with no pesticides, herbicides or additives at all. All our products are also vegan as well as gluten and GMO free.
We offer this bottle as standard with hemp extract or alternatively with MCT oil instead of hemp oil. MCT coconut oil has many health benefits and is taken as a daily supplement by many around the world so we wanted to combine these 2 amazing oils together (we take the CBD and MCT bottle). MCT coconut oil also enables faster absorption of the CBD into our system.
Many have taken CBD successfully to treat insomnia, severe anxiety or depression, chronic pain, addiction and many other health issues, and this is the bottle that is chosen by most treating these conditions as they are committed to taking CBD long term and naturally want the best value for money.
This is usually where our clients end up; this bottle offers the best value per drop and therefore it is the obvious choice for anyone taking CBD as a daily supplement.
There are approximately 2000 drops in the 100ml bottle and each drop contains approx. 5mg.
We suggest 10 drops 1-4 times per day to begin with – this is approximately 50-200mg per day depending on your reasons for taking CBD. Again, as stated above, you can start as low as you like and gradually increase your dose until, you get the results that you are happy with – everyone is different.
Analysis suggests increasing the amount of CBD you take every 3-4 weeks by 25mg until you attain symptom relief.
Mayo Clinic Dosage Recommendations
Mayo Clinic suggests CBD dosages based on scientific research, publications, traditional use, and expert opinion. Cannabinoid dosages and duration of treatment depend mainly on the illness (and countless other factors).
The following chart from Mayo Clinic provides specific dosage recommendations for various illnesses:
- Loss of Appetite in Cancer Patients: 2.5mg of THC (orally), with or without 1mg of CBD for six weeks. [S]
- Chronic Pain: 2.5-20mg of CBD [with or without THC] (orally). [S]
- Epilepsy: 200-300mg of CBD (orally) daily. [S]
- Movement Problems Due to Huntington’s Disease: 10mg of CBD per kg of body weight daily for six weeks (orally). [S]
- Sleep Disorders: 40mg-160mg of CBD (orally). [S]
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms: Cannabis plant extracts containing 2.5-120 milligrams of a THC/CBD combination daily for 2-15 weeks. Patients typically use eight sprays within any three hours, with a maximum of 48 sprays in any 24-hour period. [S]
- Schizophrenia: 40-1,280mg oral CBD daily. [S]
- Glaucoma: A single sublingual CBD dosage of 20-40mg (>40 mg may increase eye pressure). [S]
So Which Dose Should You Start With?
Everybody’s biochemistry and endocannabinoid system is different. So, for example, my friend who takes 1 x 4mg drop per day to control her anxiety doesn’t mean that someone else might not need several times that amount to achieve the same effect.
What many people have found is that they continue to increase their dose of CBD until they reach the desired effects and then with time, as our endocannabinoid system is in better balance, they can begin to reduce their daily dose to a maintenance level. This is great but again, it makes it very difficult to just ‘copy’ what someone else is doing.
Please remember, it is not our intention to give any clinical advice or medical recommendations – there is a lot more research and results to come but as of now, only a very small amount of people in the UK can prescribe CBD for a specific condition – this is why we offer our advice and products based on research already undertaken and as a food supplement that we believe can positively affect all of our lives.