Discover your dose
When it comes to navigating the world of supplements, adaptogens and now, cannabis, you’re probably learning that none of them are one size fits all. Finding your perfect dose is incredibly personal in terms of our physical body (age, weight, diet and metabolism) and it also depends on what your intentions are behind taking it in the first place.
When discovering the dose of CBD that’s right for you, we suggest starting with these three things: know your “why” , start low, and be consistent.
Before you start taking CBD, understand what you’re trying to accomplish. Are you taking it to help with stress and anxiety? Are you using it to help with a specific condition or pain? Being mindful of your reason will guide you in the exact right direction.
For example, if you’re curious about using CBD to help balance your body’s response to stressful situations (think fight or flight adrenaline response), you’ll want something fast-acting and easy to take at a moments notice, sometimes multiple times in a day. This is also called micro-dosing and involves ingesting small amounts of CBD, typically between .5mg and 20mg, throughout the day. This type of dosing often serves those taking CBD for headaches, anxiety, nausea, PMS and trouble sleeping.
If you’re experimenting with taking CBD for inflammation, you might find that taking one, larger dose each day works better for you. You could take either the drops or capsules (learn more about different delivery methods here) and incorporate your dose into your daily routine. Personally, I take CBD first thing in the morning with my tea and favorite adaptogens. I like how it encourages me to take a moment and set a intention for the rest of the day. You may prefer taking CBD at night to invite a calming energy as you transition into the dreaming world. Taking one dose daily is also known as a standard dose. A standard dose typically ranges between 10 to 100 mg of CBD. People with chronic pain, inflammation, digestive issues, depression, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis tend to benefit from these larger, more regulated doses.
More isn’t always better when it comes to CBD. The best way to find your perfect dose is to start on the lower side and then slowly build up from there every couple of days by 5 or 10 mg. Pay attention to how you feel and when you start to notice a change in sensation. When you’ve found a dose that is working for you, great! You’ve got your baseline and from there, you can always adjust your dose up or down accordingly.
I often compare CBD with Vitamin D. We know that strong levels of Vitamin D can help raise our energy levels but we also know that we can’t expect to take Vitamin D for two days and feel amazing results. It takes time, patience and mindfulness.
It can be helpful to keep a journal to track the amount of CBD you’re taking, time of day, proximity to meals and how you feel. It may take a week or two to really notice the results but with consistency, you’ll be able to pin point what works best for you much more quickly. Learn more about what CBD feels like here.
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