Top 10 Tips on CBD Dosage

top 10 tips on cbd dosage

 

This is probably the #1 practical question on CBD and maybe the most misunderstood.

 

We can partly blame brands out there since there's lots of bad info on the market.

 

Let's lay out the dosage landscape based on actual research.

 

You may be surprised by the amounts of CBD that are pretty apparent there!

 

Beyond that, there are ways to squeeze the most out of the CBD that you do take and we'll cover those.

 

Let's get to it!

 

  • #1 Quantity matters
  • #2 The tongue trick
  • #3 After meals trick
  • #4 How much is too much
  • #5 Breaking up doses
  • #6 Should CBD be pulsed?
  • #7 Taking CBD around meds
  • #8 Can you take CBD long term?
  • #9 Cost per mg of CBD
  • #10 Type of CBD matters

 

Let's get started! 

#1 Quantity matters 

 cbd quantity mattaers

There's a giant disconnect here.

 

Research shows the following on daily levels: 

  • 50mg - basic test level; wellness
  • 160mg - aids sleep and pain
  • 300mg - peak neurogenesis (brain repair - key to mental health and addiction long term)
  • 600-800mg - more serious issues from public speaking to psychosis

 

Alright…now compare that with levels found in many products on the market.

 

250mg-500mg…in the entire bottle. Good luck with that!

 

You're better off drinking cheap olive or hemp oil.

 

The 300mg level (daily) is really our favorite one since neurogenesis (brain repair) is how SSRIs work for depression (till they stop due to tolerance). Long term, anxiety is a huge benefactor of this.

 

Start low (50mg) and adjust accordingly based on how you feel. Research on the 300mg level here.

 

Let's turn to tricks to get the most out of the CBD we do take.

#2 The tongue trick 

tongue trick with cbd dose

 

If you hold CBD oil under your tongue for up to 60 seconds, it can boost the amount of CBD that gets into your bloodstream significantly.

 

There's a spot there called the sublingual gland which can directly absorb things we drink/eat.

 

This bypasses the gut which is notorious for eating up (in a bad way) what we consume.

 

We can bypass this altogether by holding CBD under the tongue and then swallowing it.

 

Combined with our next trick, we can boost the amount of CBD by 4x's!

 

Speaking of which… 

#3 After meals trick 

cbd after meals

 

The liver is the primary processor of CBD.

 

This means that it breaks it down and keeps most of what you take from actually getting to work (besides the gut where it helps with inflammation).

 

It's a wrecking ball down there.

 

If we can take CBD after we eat meals…specifically meals with fat, more CBD will bypass the liver since it's busy breaking down fats.

 

That's partially why we use MCT oil from organic coconuts as a base for our CBD isolate.

 

It allows more CBD to get through!

 

Again, between the under the tongue trick and taking CBD after meals, we can boost CBD bioavailability by 4 times!

 

Is that too much? Let's go there. 

#4 How much is too much 

too much cbd

 

The research is between 600-800mg daily for more serious issues.

 

It has been tested up to 1500mg daily with a strong safety profile.

 

Interestingly, the safety profile is pretty comparable between 1500mg and 150mg.

 

How is that possible?

 

That's the beauty of CBD…it works like a feedback mechanism in which levels are low.

 

This effect is very different than THC (its cousin) which pushes in one direction which is why you can take too much (and it builds tolerance). See CBD versus THC for more.

 

We looked at how CBD works here in more detail (and research).

 

A deeper dive into CBD safety is here.

 

Should CBD be taken all at once or broken up? 

#5 Breaking up doses 

break up cbd doses

 

Should CBD be taken all at one time or broken up?

 

Peak CBD is around 4-6 hours after taking it.

 

Based on this, breaking up CBD into 3 doses works great as that's a good general base throughout the day.

 

You can add a dose before sleep (see CBD and sleep) or in the middle of the night if sleep is an issue.

 

It partially depends on why you're taking CBD.

 

If it's specific to a given issue (say panic attacks or anxiety), there's a point to take it as needed but longer term, the neurogenesis piece is our long term goal.

 

For now, 3 times daily, after meals is a perfect plan barring medications taken throughout the day (more on that below). 

#6 Should CBD be pulsed? 

should cbd be pulsed

 

Does CBD dosage need to be cycled?

 

Meaning…do we take it for 3 weeks and take 1 week off or risk tolerance?

 

No. CBD doesn't build tolerance or cause addiction.

 

This is due to its feedback mechanism rather than just pushing key pathways in one direction.

 

Tolerance is a huge issue among pretty much every medication and many supplements.

 

Anything that's an agonist (boost) or antagonist (reduces) a pathway will probably build tolerance.

 

This means your natural levels go down with time. The wrong direction.

 

We looked at tolerance specifically here. We also looked at can you take CBD longer term which gets to the same question.

 

This is a huge win for CBD and the dose does not affect this. 

#7 Taking CBD around meds 

cbd and meds

 

We mentioned above how the liver processes CBD which is pretty typical.

 

Roughly 60% of medications use the exact same liver pathway (called p450) to metabolize as well.

 

Taking CBD around meds that use the same pathway affects how those meds are metabolized which can: 

  • Causes the medication to linger longer
  • Causes the medication to go away faster

 

So…what can we do?

 

The general rule of thumb is to take CBD 4 hours away from the medication and work with your naturopath.

 

In the schedule above (1 after each meal), we skipped the CBD for that meal when we took the med.

 

If a person wanted 300mg daily, they could take 150mg twice a day while skipping the meal when they take the med. Or move the 3rd dose to before bed (if 4 hours away from the med).

 

More on CBD with meds here

#8 Can you take CBD long term? 

cbd long term

 

This is the tolerance piece.

 

You can't take benzos, SSRIs, THC, and 1000's of supplements/medications long term.

 

They build tolerance.

 

When a substance pushes a pathway in one direction, the body starts to push back.

 

For example, benzos boost GABA (our brain's "brake" pedal).

 

The body will then reduce GABA receptor numbers and sensitivity.

 

This means you need more benzos just to have the same effect which drives a further reduction.

 

It's a vicious cycle. Even supplements (GABA, 5HT, ashwagandha, etc) can do this.

 

Longer term, you can push pathways in one direction. We looked at tools that don't build tolerance for anxiety here.

 

CBD is called an allosteric positive modulator of key pathways. A feedback mechanism!

 

In the benzo comparison, we don't see the sedation and even overdose effect with higher levels of CBD.

 

We looked at CBD long term here.

 

Let's turn to how we afford the higher dose levels. 

#9 Cost per mg of CBD 

cbd cost per mg of cbd

 

The way to compare CBD is by cost per mg of CBD.

 

For example, our 6000mg bottle is 2-3 cents per mg of CBD BEFORE discounts up to 50%.

 

Many brands out there are much much more expensive.

 

For example, if a 250mg bottle costs $40 (not uncommon), that's 16 cents per mg!!

 

8 times more expensive! And probably without 3rd party testing or quality controls.

 

We found CBD from a brutal perimenopause (that story is here) so we priced CBD so that people can actually get the levels that match research.

 

The two tricks up above can also save quite a bit by maximizing the amount of CBD that gets through.

 

One more point. 

#10 Type of CBD matters 

type of cbd matters

 

There's a difference between 100mg of CBD isolate and 100mg of CBD full spectrum.

 

First, the research is based on CBD isolate…CBD by itself.

 

More importantly, 40-60% of the population has histamine issues and that number goes up as we get older and for women (since progesterone drops by 50% by age 40).

 

We see very different responses (translation…bad) with full spectrum for these people.

 

Just look at the product reviews and see how people respond.

 

When we first started our CBD journey (and it was that), we tried 3-to 4 of the biggest CBD brands on the market…all full spectrum because…"it's better".

 

Nasty side effects. Stomach issues. Congestion. Coughing. Standard histamine response.

 

Our research shows that early trauma/infection can upregulate the immune system and histamine is part of this system. See research here.

 

The last thing we want to do is spur this into action.

 

CBD isolate actually calms histamine response (more here) while full spectrum can antagonize it.

 

Histamine is excitatory in the brain so this is bad for anxiety, sleep, pain, etc.

 

The exact reasons most people are taking CBD to begin with.

 

Dosage matters but the right type of CBD might matter more. 


Okay…that's a wrap on our top 10 tips for CBD dosing.

If you have questions, please reach out to us directly via the chatbox to the right or email at support@indigonaturals.net . We love helping people navigate CBD!

 

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