There’s a lot of excitement right now surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) for its seemingly endless health benefits. But regardless of all the hype, one thing’s for sure: CBD is making itself known as an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety, and so far, science backs up those claims.
However, since CBD research is in its early stages, doctors have yet to determine an effective dose. In the meantime, figuring out how much CBD you need mostly comes down to trial and error. That said, there’s still an approximate dosage range that you can work with, as we’ll explore in this article.
What is CBD?
If you aren’t already familiar with CBD, it’s a cannabis-extracted compound belonging to a group called cannabinoids. CBD is one of the best-known cannabinoids, along with THC – but unlike THC, CBD won’t get you high. For legal reasons, most CBD available online to purchase is extracted from hemp, not marijuana. Our CBD products at Every Day Optimal are all made from high-quality hemp and contain absolutely no THC.
The reason CBD works so well at relieving pain, anxiety, and other issues is because there are receptors throughout the body that interact with cannabinoids. This is referred to as the endocannabinoid system.
Why Dosage is a Complicated Topic
Anxiety encompasses many different experiences and disorders, so the ideal dose of CBD can vary from person to person. Some people use CBD to relax after work, while others need ongoing relief to keep racing thoughts at bay. It’s similar to why some people need medication, while others can effectively manage their anxiety with a healthy lifestyle.
Other factors (like weight, age, and metabolism) can also affect the way you react to CBD. And it’s worth noting that the way you take CBD can affect what dose you need. Tinctures (when taken sublingually) and vaping have the highest bioavailability – meaning that the bloodstream absorbs a higher percentage of CBD via these methods than it does with a capsule or edible.
In other words, not all CBD is created equal. It’s likely that your effective dose in tincture form is lower than your effective dose in capsule or edible form. In this article, we focus on dosage as it relates to tinctures.
What is a Tincture?
Tinctures are highly concentrated extracts and are therefore an extremely effective way to take CBD. They come in small bottles accompanied by a dropper for easy and precise dosing. You may already be familiar with alcohol-based tinctures, but when it comes to CBD, you’re more likely to see gentler carrier oils used instead of alcohol, like hemp oil, coconut oil, and MCT oil.
How to Use CBD Tinctures
Using CBD tinctures is easy – all you need to do is put several drops under your tongue (with our tinctures, a ½ dropper is a single dose) and hold it there for 30-60 seconds, then swallow. You can also add tinctures to food or drink, but the sublingual method is faster and, as mentioned, has better bioavailability. We recommend taking 2 doses per day.
Be sure to speak with your doctor before taking any new supplements, including CBD, or stopping any current medication. Even though CBD is natural, it’s possible that it can interact with other medications, and it can also affect how your body metabolizes certain medications.
Dosage Guidelines for Anxiety Relief
When it comes to using CBD for anxiety, there tends to be a “sweet spot” of effectiveness. In other words, more isn’t necessarily better. Too high of a dose can make you sleepy, cause more anxiety instead of less, or seem to do nothing at all. That’s why we recommend starting with a low dose – such as 5mg, or even lower if you’re sensitive to supplements and medications – and slowly increasing the amount every 2-3 days until you find the dose that works for you.
Below are some general ranges to aim for. Remember, your experience may be different, so always start at a low dose and work your way up to these amounts if needed.
It’s perfectly normal for this process to take days or even weeks before you find your optimal CBD dose, so don’t be discouraged. If you’re curious about what CBD feels like when it’s working, check out some perspectives here.
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