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What factors should you consider when deciding how much CBD you should be taking?
Written by: Dr. Jonny Lisano, Ph.D.
You’ve heard all about the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) and you are wanting to try it for yourself but you aren’t sure what dosage of CBD you should take. Does this sound like your experience with CBD products? The number one question we are asked at 6° Wellness is, “How much CBD should I be taking?” There are a number of ways to find out what CBD dose is right for you, keeping in mind that research in this growing area is limited.
When deciding how much CBD you should be taking, there are multiple factors you should be taking into account. These include age, gender, body size, specific symptoms, and desired effects. As alluded to earlier, due to limited ongoing research, there is no set dosage of CBD combining the above factors. This is where you get to be what we call a “Citizen Scientist”! Only time, trial and error can determine what the optimal dose of CBD is right for you.
Currently, for first-time users and experienced CBD users alike looking to use CBD oil in the form of tinctures, vape or gummies we recommend starting at a lower dose of 5-10 mg of CBD. Then gradually increase your dose in a stepwise manner until you consistently achieve your desired effects. Sticking with one dose for a few days at a time is key. Be patient and give it time.
Even if you’re taking CBD to mediate some of the negative side-effects of exercise like muscle soreness and inflammation; you might find that you need more CBD following a leg workout than a yoga session to support your post-exercise recovery. You may even discover that you need to take more CBD following a workout than your friend who completed the same workout right along-side you. The amount you need to take may even change over time.
Your body is a consistently changing system. This means that you may find that you need to either increase or decrease your CBD dosage to produce your desired effects as time goes on. In this aspect, everyone falls on a continuum. You may discover that you need to take less CBD as you get further into your marathon training regimen, or that you need more CBD to help support joint pain relief as you get older.
Gender may even play a role in the amount of CBD an individual should consume. As time goes on you may even discover that you might be experiencing previously unthought-of effects, like the support of your mental well-being or your joints feel better in the mornings and evenings.
We suggest keeping a record of how much CBD you used when you used it, what you used it for and when/how that dosage made you feel in the hours following. This can serve you as a quick reference guide for yourself in the future just in case you ever forget!
We know, this may sound daunting but rest easy, 6° Wellness always has your needs in mind and hopes to make your experience with CBD as knowledgeable, enjoyable and beneficial as possible!
6° Wellness strives to provide you with clear, concise information for CBD dosing. We achieve this by providing only science-based research. We will continue to provide you with the most reliable and safe information possible on how you can incorporate CBD products into your daily life.
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Jonny received his Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Exercise Physiology. During his time at (UNC) he and his advisor established the first cannabis and exercise performance laboratory in the nation. Jonny’s early research pertaining to cannabis focused on the assessment of how the long-term use of cannabis products in physically active individuals affected parameters of overall health and exercise performance. As he progressed into the field of cannabis research his focused shifted from exercise performance to that of how CBD affects immune function in physically active individuals who are using cannabis products.
Jonny has always been an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle and believes CBD can be an integral part of that. His focus at 6° Wellness is to provide and explain the most current scientific knowledge pertaining to cannabis in a way everyone can understand, and providing recommendations on how the products we offer can fit into your lifestyle.
In his free time Jonny enjoys training for competitive obstacle course races, hiking the beautiful Colorado backcountry, and partaking in the occasional beer from the local craft beer scene.