These days, it seems like everyone is talking about cannabidiol and how it’s so popular today. Unfortunately, information on how to consume it properly isn’t quite as widespread. If you’re planning on taking CBD for the first time, it’s crucial to figure out what works for your body. Perhaps microdosing CBD could be beneficial for you?
Everyone has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS)—a biological system that handles various functions in the body, including immune response, communication between cells, appetite, and metabolism. Each person’s ECS is different, so the dose that works for someone else may not necessarily work for you.
Most CBD products, especially tinctures, come with certain recommendations on the packaging. While this is an excellent place to start, there is no guarantee that it’s the amount your body needs to enjoy the full benefits. You can always take more CBD than you need, but you’ll only be increasing the cost of CBD use, which isn’t exactly economical. One of the best things to do is to find out the smallest amount of CBD needed to receive your intended health benefits, and this can even save you money in the long run. For determining the best dose, microdosing is the way to go.
What is microdosing CBD?
Microdosing CBD is a method that stemmed from the other side of the cannabis family tree to avoid over-consuming THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), but the goal is technically the same. You start by consuming a minimal amount, and gradually increase the serving size until you find the sweet spot. The goal is to figure out the optimal, yet minimal, amount of CBD you can take to satisfy your body’s needs.
Why is microdosing important?
Even though CBD doesn’t bring about psychedelic effects as THC does, it still may be a good idea to microdose. Doing so could help your body maintain consistent levels of cannabinoids, allowing you to enjoy its full range of effects more consistently.
Tips for Microdosing
Pay attention to product concentration.
The type of CBD you use can have an influence on the results. If you’re used to vaping but wanting to switch to a tincture, you should first crunch the numbers to identify the amount of CBD in both products. For example, a 200mg vape pen usually averages 100 puffs per cartridge, and there’s about 2mg of CBD per puff. A 1000mg thirty milliliter tincture, on the other hand, typically dispenses 600 drops from a bottle, amounting to 1.67 mg of CBD per drop.
Test in minuscule amounts.
When microdosing CBD, your mileage may vary. Only you can determine the amount that’s right for your body. It’s best if you stop taking more when you are satisfied with the results and wait four hours before retaking it with the amount determined by the previous four hours. Start with a couple of drops for a few rounds, and increase if necessary.
Don’t attempt to rush it as you’ll only likely skew the results. If you’re still unsure after the tests, you can always try again the following day to confirm your calculations.
What Does This Look Like In Reality?
Here is what this looks like when this is put into practice. Let’s say you find that your optimum serving size is 20mg of CBD. You could look at taking that single serving and spreading it out over four smaller servings of 5mg per serving taken more consistently throughout the day. You may find that only taking 5mg three times a day works as well as a single 20mg serving, and you are now taking 25% less product by keeping a small but more consistent administration of CBD.