Ok, so you have your full plant CBD extract, now what? Firstly, ensure you take the same CBD product each day. This is because different products will contain differing amounts of cannabinoids and have different levels of potency, so being consistent will provide you with the best results. Then, the most important thing to reminder for finding your effective dose is this mantra: start low and go slow.
Day 1 – As we have established, CBD can affect everyone differently so it’s vital to find out how you personally will react to it. Start by taking a small 5mg drop of CBD oil as directed and see what happens. If you suffer no adverse effects, then you’re ready for the next step.
First 3-4 Weeks – Try two 5mg drops per day. Space them out so you’re taking one in the morning and one in the evening. Keep this up for 3-4 weeks and see how you feel. If you’re still not getting your desired effect. Increase to 3 CBD drops
a day for a few weeks and re-evaluate.
If you’re still not feeling anything you can keep increasing the dose by small amounts every few weeks until you start to feel the benefit. The great news is that there is no known lethal dose of CBD and in fact, the human body can ingest incredible amounts of it, upwards of 2000mg a day, without producing any toxic effects. This means you do not need to worry about poisoning yourself by taking too much.
CBD is a fantastic medicine but it is not an instant cure all. It takes a while for CBD to take effect so give it the time it needs. Many people only try it for a few days or so, don’t feel anything and then give up prematurely. You need to be patient and have a consistent approach. Don’t give up too soon because your effective dose may be a few mg away.
The Biphasic Effect & ‘Herxing’
When you are medicating with CBD there’s two important issues to discuss. One is CBD’s “biphasic effect”. It’s a peculiar property of CBD which means that incorrect dosing can actually cause the opposite of the intended effects. For example, CBD is a fantastic treatment for anxiety but incorrect dose can, in some cases, cause irritability. If you experience this, then your dose will need to be adjusted. Unfortunately, this can happen with too low or too high a dose so again you will need a little trial and error to correct this.