How Much CBD Should You Take? A Guide to Finding Your Sweet Spot
If you use medical marijuana, particularly CBD oil, pills, tinctures and flowers, you may wonder what’s the perfect dosage for your condition?
That depends on a variety of factors, including your pain and condition, body weight and metabolism, tolerance and physiology, as well as preference. Even as medical marijuana doctors, we do not make exact recommendations as to how much you should take. We merely recommend that you may benefit from taking it to treat an approved condition recognized by the state of Ohio as treatable with medical cannabis.
When it comes to medical marijuana, we do recommend microdosing — taking small amounts of medical marijuana over the course of a 2 to 3 day period. As you do so, try to identify the perfect CBD or THC dose for your desired outcome. This is a period of trial and error. Take notes and consult with a physician if necessary.
Why Microdose CBD Oil?
CBD affects your body in a variety of ways. Finding the right amount can help alleviate symptoms and provide relief. Too much may make you feel too spacey, incapacitated, on-edge or even paranoid. Too little may not treat your symptoms to their full potential. Finding the perfect amount allows you to treat your illness while minimizing the impact medical cannabis may have on functionality and life enjoyment.
The Effects of CBD Oil & Medical Marijuana
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system helping to regulate different body functions. It can help a number of different organs in your body function to their fullest, stabilize your health and balance your body functions. This can improve sleep, balance hormone levels, increase appetite and reduce pain.
Conversely, too much CBD oilcan have negative effects on body functioning. It may increase anxiety, stress, hamper your mental capabilities and organization, and even damper your mood.
Studies show that smaller doses of medical cannabis have the benefit of treating symptoms without crossing the line into dysfunctional incapacity.
Start Small & Know Your Medical Marijuana Dosage
When you buy CBD oil, tinctures or flowers from an approved Ohio medical marijuana dispensary, pay attention to the amount of CBD contained. Start small, ideally around 1ml, and gauge the effects.
If you are ingesting CBD or THC as an oil, tincture or edible and not via vaping, wait at least 45 minutes before increasing the dose. Many make the mistake of not waiting for the medicine to work its way through the digestive system. They take more, thinking they have not taken enough, and end up experiencing an overwhelming effect that may incapacitate.
If you haven’t experienced results within an hour, increase your dosage slightly and gradually — about 1 mg each time. When it comes to medical marijuana, it’s important to start small and increase gradually as you feel the effects.
Pay attention to the effects of the CBD oil on your breathing, calmness and comfort, contentment, pain levels, and feelings of gratitude.
Finding the Sweet Spot of CBD Oil
The amount of CBD oil ingested generally determines the effects. Measure the amount taken each time until you reach the spot where pain is remedied, contentment is secured, and well-being displaces anxiety or fear.
Keeping within that sweet spot will help you harness the benefits of CBD and medical marijuana while managing potential negative side effects. Talk to your medical marijuana doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Everyone’s body — and pain needs — differ. The right amount for one person may not be ideal for you. It may take more CBD to meet your pain needs, or you might not need as much. While your doctor can give general recommendations based on your body mass, pain issues, and experience with medical cannabis, only you truly know what it will take to meet your needs. After all, you are the one who is in pain.
That being said, there can be too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to CBD oil and medical marijuana. We recommend using just enough to feel better and no more. Tolerance can develop, meaning your body can get used to the effects. Marijuana management is a crucial aspect of pain management.
The Importance of THC in Conjunction with CBD Oil
To get the greatest benefits of CBD oil, you’ll want to choose a strain that has at least enough THC to qualify as medical marijuana. CBD oil is legal in Ohio without a medical marijuana prescription, as long as it has less than .01% THC, a minuscule amount. But studies have shown CBD to be more beneficial if there is a higher amount of THC than what can legally be sold in Ohio under Ohio’s medical marijuana laws. You can still choose a strain that is relatively low in THC and high in CBD so you don’t get the high effects but are still getting the maximum benefit of CBD, whether as a flower, tincture or CBD oil.