Dosing CBD and hemp extract is different than dosing prescription and over the counter medications, as there is no standard dose that’s right for everyone. Everyone’s bodies are unique and everyone’s needs are different. Also, the type of hemp extract and the bioavailability of hemp compounds can greatly affect results and amounts needed.
Ultimately this means some experimentation will be necessary to find the best dosage for you. Because of this, we recommend working with a doctor or licensed medical professional familiar with CBD when using this product.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind when dosing CBD extract:
- Start with low doses. Not only is this potentially much better for your wallet, but according to studies, high doses of CBD are not always more effective than lower doses. Most people start with 10-50 mg per day, but as little as 2.5 mg CBD has been shown to have a therapeutic effect. Anecdotally, we’ve heard of users obtaining benefits at lower than 2.5 mg CBD per day, but only when vaping the product.
- CBD does not get you “high”, like THC, even in large doses. There is no euphoric rush or decrease in ability to perform tasks. Furthermore, 3Chi extracts have the THC removed. So while a full spectrum hemp extract from another company could get you high, depending on the dose, 3Chi’s broad spectrum extracts do not contain the compounds (THC, THCv, THCa) that make getting high possible.
- CBD is not addictive
- The body does not develop a tolerance to CBD. This means you will not have to increase your dosage over time to maintain results. In fact, anecdotal evidence suggests that you may be able to decrease the frequency of CBD you take over time to maintain results, once the desired results have been achieved.
- High doses of CBD-rich formulations are extremely safe and well tolerated. Fatal overdoses on CBD have never been recorded and according to the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) there is no observed lethal dose for cannabis extracts in humans. The ASA believes a human would have to consume 1,500 pounds of cannabis in 15 minutes to have a chance at overdose. For reference, 1,500 pounds is 680,388,600 mg, and a typical dose of CBD is typically 2-25 mg.
- Preclinical studies have shown that CBD extracts with multiple cannabinoids are efficacious at much lower doses and have a much wider therapeutic window than pure, pharmaceutical-grade CBD (also know as “CBD isolate” which 3Chi does NOT use). So if you used CBD isolate prior to using 3Chi, you may be able to use less extract to achieve the same or better results.
- Our 25 nanometer water-soluble extract increases the bioavailability of CBD by at least 5x. This means if you have a lotion infused with 1000mg of oil-soluble CBD and a 3Chi lotion with 200mg of water-soluble extract, the same amount of lotion from both will produce similar CBD effects.
- Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD may not always have an immediate effect and may require a “loading” period of 1-14 days depending on the person and reason for using CBD. So if you don’t see immediate effects from your lower dosage, you may want to continue taking regularly for up to 2 weeks before switching to a higher dosage.
- An effective dose depends on each person and their individual needs. Someone weighing twice as much as another person does not automatically need 2x more extract to achieve the desired result.
- CBD is a competitive inhibitor of cytochrome P450 in the liver which can affect how your body metabolizes certain compounds, like pharmaceutical drugs. This interaction may be dependent upon the dosage, and it’s thought that low enough doses won’t have an effect. However, a standard “low enough” amount is not known, but there are studies showing 25mg or more inhibits activity, so it would likely need to be much lower than that. If using other medications in conjunction with CBD, we suggest starting very low, or using CBD in a manner that avoids “first pass” metabolism by the liver. Vaping or topicals are good options to achieve this. We also highly recommend working with a doctor if you are using CBD in conjunction with other medications.
- CBD does not work for everyone. There are studies showing as high as 97% of people using CBD found some relief with it, but even then that study suggests 1 in 33 people may not be helped by CBD. However, it’s worth noting that the effectiveness rates of pharmaceutical medications are generally well below 97%.
- Negative side effects of CBD are rare but can include drowsiness, loss of appetite, upset stomach, and/or headache. Sometimes these side effects disappear after a few days of use as your body acclimates to CBD usage. However, sometimes these are a result of using too much CBD and can be eliminated simply by lowering your dosing amount and/or frequency.
- Side effects are more common in those using certain pharmaceutical medications in conjunction with CBD. Kidney and liver pain has also been reported as a side effect of users who are also taking other prescription drugs. If this side effect occurs, it’s important to stop taking CBD immediately and consult your doctor before using CBD again.
- If you experience kidney or liver pain or symptoms do not disappear after a day or two or by lowering your dose, discontinue use of CBD.