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CBD Dosage: How Much Should You Take to Feel Awesome?

CBD dosage

CBD dosage is the most critical aspect of the effectiveness of this fantastic little compound! While CBD offers fascinating therapeutic benefits, it’s crucial to take the right amount to experience these effects. Let’s explore the research and recommendations to help you feel confident about your daily CBD dosage.

How Much CBD Do Companies Recommend?

Most CBD companies recommend doses that mirror THC because these cannabinoids come from the same plant. Unfortunately, this approach doesn’t account for the unique abilities and potency of each cannabinoid. THC is incredibly effective at doses as low as 2.5 to 10 mg, which is what inspired similar recommendations for CBD.

However, this is like comparing redwoods to ferns; just because they are plants from the ground and have green leaves doesn’t mean they are anywhere close to similar. Compared to THC, CBD is incredibly weak at cannabinoid receptors within our central and peripheral nervous systems.

CBD dosing

CBD does interact with many receptors, neurotransmitters, and other enzymes in the body, but again, in very different ways than THC.

Receptors:

  • CB1 (Cannabinoid receptor type 1)
  • CB2 (Cannabinoid receptor type 2)
  • TRPV1 (Transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1)
  • 5-HT1A (Serotonin receptor)
  • GPR55 (G protein-coupled receptor 55)
  • PPAR (Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors)

Neurotransmitters:

  • Serotonin
  • Dopamine
  • GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid)
  • Glutamate
  • Adenosine

Other Components:

  • FAAH (Fatty acid amide hydrolase, an enzyme that breaks down anandamide)
  • Anandamide (AEA, an endocannabinoid)
  • 2-AG (2-arachidonoylglycerol, another endocannabinoid)

So, remember that just because one compound is weaker than another doesn’t mean it can’t be effective; it just means you need a lot more of it.

Think of the relationship between THC and CBD as this:

THC is to opioid painkillers, as CBD is to ibuprofen.

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What CBD Dosage Used in Human Studies?

Human research on CBD dosage has been conducted for decades, consistently identifying the therapeutic doses required. An article reviewing 132 studies on the safety and side effects of CBD shows that effective human doses range from 300 to 1,500 mg daily. A more recent 2023 article suggests that the minimum effective dose for CBD is 300-400 mg daily, while more severe conditions like neurological disorders, seizures, and PTSD may require up to 1,500-2,500 mg daily.

Determining Your CBD Dosage

Determining an adequate CBD dosage can be a process of trial and error, but following a structured approach can help you find the optimal amount for your needs. Here’s a step-by-step dosing guide to help you get started:

Week One: 200-300 mg Daily

Start with 200-300 mg per day. If you immediately experience benefits, keep the dose the same for the next couple of weeks. The goal is to take the minimally effective dose.

Weeks Two and Three: 300-400 mg Daily

If you have yet to experience benefits, increase your dose by 100 mg, totaling 300-400 mg daily. It’s best to take the dose routinely, whether in the morning or evening; consistency is key.

Week Four: 400-500 mg Daily

Increase your dose to 400-500 mg a day. You can split the dose to 200-250 mg in the morning and the rest in the evening, or try only taking it an hour before bed at night. Hold this dosage for at least another month. Most people experience significant benefits in this range. More severe conditions may require significantly higher doses, but the goal is to take the least amount possible for the most effectiveness.

Insights from Future Compounds

At Future Compounds, we designed our product line with two primary considerations: customers just starting with CBD and those who know they need high doses. Our formulations and recommendations are based on extensive research and our team’s personal experiences.

(I asked Chat GPT to create a Future Compounds Dosing Infographic – I’m not even angry about the spelling mistakes and wrong milligram amounts because this is too badass not to share anyway!)

CBD dosage

What’s the CBD Dosage of Our Director of Shenanigans, CCO, and Most Okayest Blog Writer, Brandon?

Brandon shares his experience: “When I first started taking CBD, I used 10 mg capsules with my THC-infused coffee but didn’t feel any different. After researching, I tried 1,000 mg of isolate during a severe back spasm episode and experienced significant relief. Now, I take 300-500 mg daily for maintenance and up to 750 mg during intense episodes.”

CBD Dosage of Future Compounds CBD Products

Tinctures

Our tinctures offer 200 mg per serving, with 25,000 mg per bottle. Most people take two or three doses daily. A double dose an hour before bed is very effective for sleep.

Gummies

Gummies provide a convenient and discreet option with 150 mg per gummy. They are ideal for on-the-go use, and customers often combine them with tinctures or coconut oils. Although our gummies blow any competitor out of the water regarding cost per milligram, they are still the highest cost per milligram of any of our products. Gummies are great for those looking to test the high-dose waters or to be used in conjunction with our other more cost-effective products.

Coconut Oils

Our coconut oils contain 100,000 mg of cannabinoids per container, making them cost-effective CBD products worldwide—yes, that’s a legit statement. They can be consumed directly, added to recipes, or applied topically. Our coconut oils are usually ordered by those who have tried our other products and found a dose that works for their situation, who then want to save money and have a supply that lasts several months.

Isolates

Isolates are the most affordable way to get high doses of CBD. They can be infused into fat, oil, or high-proof alcohol, making them a flexible option for DIY enthusiasts.

Conclusion

Always consult with a healthcare provider before adjusting your CBD dosage or combining CBD with other treatments.

CBD dosage

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