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Unraveling CBD Serving Sizes: How Much CBD Should You Take?

September 20th, 2019 by Quinton Charles

How Much CBD Should You Take?

QuintonBy Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

If you’re into health and wellness, you have probably heard about CBD. This compound – found in the cannabis plant – is developing quite a reputation for how it may benefit humans and animals alike. But figuring out what to take – and how much to take – can be hard.

There is no one-size-fits-all serving size recommendation for CBD. However, after consulting with your doctor, you can start taking a small serving size of CBD and gradually increase the serving size until you start seeing the benefits you’re looking for. By examining the serving size of each CBD product, you can figure out which one is right for you.

CBD products vary significantly in the amount of CBD per serving. In this post, we will take a look at the most popular types of CBD products and explain how you can figure out how much to take of each capsule, oil, or gummy.

Why Should I Take CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of more than 60 naturally-occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds are known as cannabinoids. Unlike THC – another well-known cannabinoid – CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t make you feel high or stoned.

While the research on CBD is still in its preliminary stages, scientists believe that it works by interacting with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in our bodies.

A number of studies have found that CBD may be effective in:

While this research is promising, the science on CBD is still developing. While there are a number of potential benefits to taking CBD, only you can decide if you should take it. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding anything to your diet, including CBD.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

In 2018, the United States legalized the production of hemp, a type of cannabis that contains high levels of CBD and other beneficial compounds. While CBD is now legal in the U.S., CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As such, there are no official recommended serving sizes for CBD.

This leaves consumers to rely on manufacturer recommendations and their own research to figure out the right amount of CBD to take. The proper serving size will vary by person based on a number of factors, including your body weight, the benefits you’re looking to receive, your unique body chemistry, and the concentration of CBD in each drop, pill, capsule, or edible.

Before you start taking CBD, talk to your doctor about an appropriate serving size, and any possible interactions with any medications that you may be taking. If your doctor advises you on how much CBD to use, follow their recommendation. Otherwise, you will need to figure out the serving size that works best for you and your body.

While CBD is generally considered to be safe and effective, you should always start with a small serving size of 10 to 15 milligrams (mg) and gradually increase it by 5 to 10 mg each week, keeping track of how much CBD you are taking and how it makes you feel. When you find a serving size that seems to work for you, you can continue taking that amount.

Understanding CBD Serving Sizes

Whether your doctor gives you a recommended serving size or you start with a small serving of CBD to figure out what helps you the most, the amount that you take will depend on what product you are using. Each CBD product has its own recommended serving size based on its concentration of CBD. This means that you have to pay close attention to the label to make sure that you are taking the correct amount.

There are five main types of CBD products: (1) oils or tinctures; (2) capsules or pills; (3) edibles; (4) vape cartridges; and (5) topicals. Most of these products will list two numbers on the package: amount of CBD in the product as a whole, and amount of CBD per serving size. While both numbers are important, when it comes to determining serving size, you should focus on the amount of CBD per serving (per capsule, drop, or gummy).

Below, we’ll break down the CBD serving size for the various oils, capsules, and edibles that we offer in our store. These numbers can help you determine which product is right for you.

Oils and Tinctures

CBD oils can be purchased as either a raw oil extract or as a tincture. A tincture will have a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, along with the CBD oil. Each of these products will have a different concentration of CBD:

When taking a CBD oil, it is important to keep in mind that most standard droppers contain 1 mL of liquid. Check the package to determine if the serving size is an entire dropperful – 1 mL – or a single drop. Some CBD oils come with droppers with lines to show half, quarter, and other measures of CBD oil to help you get the proper serving size.

CBD Capsules or Pills

The amount of CBD in CBD capsules can vary significantly by brand and product:

As you can see, the serving size for each individual product varies significantly, from 5 mg per capsule to as much as 50 mg per capsule.

CBD Edibles

As with oils and capsules, the amount of CBD in each edible will vary considerably by product:

Remember: when you first start taking CBD, it is important to start with a small serving size. You may want to choose a product with a serving size that allows you to begin with a lower level of CBD and gradually increase it over time.

The amount of CBD you’ll want to take will also vary depending on the extraction level of the product. Isolate CBD products will require a larger intake when compared to full spectrum CBD products, because isolate products won’t produce the entourage effect. Typically, you’ll need 4 to 10 times the amount of a full spectrum product to receive the same benefits with an isolate CBD product.

Ready to Try CBD? We’re Here to Help.

After reading up on the potential benefits of CBD, you may be ready to give it a shot. Deciding what to buy is the next step – which can be difficult when there are so many new terms to understand. At Green Wellness Life, we are happy to assist you with finding a CBD product that is right for you. Our online CBD shop contains a wide variety of CBD oil products to choose from.

We aren’t doctors, and we cannot diagnose or treat any medical or mental health condition. What we can do is offer the latest scientific research and our own experience to guide you in purchasing a CBD product. If you’d like to learn more or get help, press the live chat button, call us between 9:00 and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, at 1-888-772-7875, or simply fill out our online contact form.

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