You may have noticed that the dosing instructions on most CBD tinctures recommend taking a full dropper of CBD once per day. While this amount of CBD is a good place to start for many people, there is no benefit to taking more CBD than your body needs.
While taking more CBD than you need is not harmful, it can significantly increase the cost of CBD use. Your best option is to determine the smallest amount of CBD needed to achieve the results you are looking for, an amount you can easily determine with a method called microdosing.
What is Microdosing CBD?
Microdosing is a technique borrowed from the other side of the hemp family tree to avoid overindulging in THC, but the goal is the same.1 Microdosing starts with a very small amount of CBD, gradually increasing the serving size throughout the day until you find your minimum effective serving. The end result is the optimal amount of CBD for your unique needs.
Finding Your Optimal Dosage
Everyone responds to CBD differently. Your ideal serving size will depend on your reason for using CBD, the product type, and the way your system responds to CBD. To find your optimal serving size with a CBD tincture, start with a single drop of CBD the first hour. If you don’t notice effects after 45 minutes, take two drops the second hour, three drops the third hour and so on, assessing your progress before the next serving. Keep track of how you feel, how much you take, and stay alert to any indications of the following:2
Too Little CBD
If you take too little CBD for your needs, you will not feel any effects. You may even start to wonder what all the fuss is about. If you do not experience any noticeable difference, continue taking more CBD as directed above. If there are no changes, continue to increase your serving size by one drop every hour.
Too Much CBD
Since you will be taking CBD in increasing increments, you may hit a point where you have taken more CBD than your body needs. Some people will notice adverse effects if they take too much CBD. These reactions are not dangerous, just a sign that you may want to cut back on your serving size.
An Optimal CBD Dosage
Once you hit your optimal serving, you will know. You will get the effects you were hoping for. Microdosing allows you to experience the full health and wellness potential of CBD while saving money in the process. When you use fewer mg of CBD by determining your optimal serving size, none of your CBD is wasted. Your tincture or vape pen will last longer and you won’t need to purchase as often.
How to Find an Optimal Dose
The key to microdosing is to start with a very small amount of CBD, one drop of a tincture or a single puff of a vape pen, paying close attention to how you feel. If you notice your desired effect 45 minutes after your last serving, stop. Then total the number of drops you have ingested during the previous four hours to calculate the amount of CBD in your system. Try sticking with that serving size two to three times per day (every 4-6 hours) adjusting the frequency of your CBD use to your needs.
If you don’t notice results the first day continue where you left off the next. If your last serving size on day one is 10 drops, your second day will resume with 11 drops. Before you begin, consider the following suggestions:3
Pay Attention to Product Concentration
The type of CBD you are using can influence your results. If you like vaping CBD but decide to switch to a tincture, it’s important to pay attention to the amount of CBD in both products. You may have to break the numbers down a bit. For example, a 200mg vape pen averages 100 puffs per cartridge. That’s about 2mg of CBD per puff. A CBD tincture, let’s say 1000 mg for example, has 33 mg per dropper. Since a dropper holds 40 drops, that’s 0.8 mg of CBD per drop.
Test in Small Amounts
Only you can determine the amount of CBD that’s right for you. Microdosing will help you determine that amount. Stop when you are pleased with your results and wait four hours before taking it again with the amount determined by your previous four hours. Trying to rush the process can skew your results. If you are unsure, you can always test your results again the following day to confirm.
Test Different Products
While CBD tinctures are considered the gold standard for determining accurate serving sizes, tinctures are not right for everyone. The advantage of CBD tinctures is that the effects can last 6-8 hours. If you are looking for a more efficient delivery method, consider a CBD vape pen. The effects of a CBD vape pen are commonly felt within minutes, but try to stick to the same basic microdosing technique you would use with a tincture.
Three Tips for Microdosing with CBD
If you have been using a fairly large amount of CBD during the time before your microdosing experiment, consider waiting 48 hours since your last serving of CBD so you can start fresh. If you are new to CBD, it may take a few days before your system responds to hemp-derived products. The following suggestions could be helpful:
#1 Be Patient
Wait a full hour after taking CBD for the first time to see how you feel. Everyone responds to CBD differently so it could take hours, days, or even weeks before you experience noticeable results. This is where patience is essential. If you try to rush the process, you may end up taking more CBD than you need.
#2 Buy Quality CBD
Chances are you’ve read one of the numerous reports that caution people about unscrupulous vendors selling products with little to no CBD. Maybe you have discussed CBD with someone who was disappointed by their lack of results. They may not have purchased a quality product. That’s why it’s so important to purchase your CBD products from a reputable company like CBDistillery™, a company that provides third-party verification that their products are as potent as claimed and contaminant free.
#3 Don’t Mix CBD with Alcohol, THC, or Other Substances
When trying to determine your ideal serving size, it’s important to experiment at a time you will not be using any other products that could alter the way you feel or interact with your dosage. That means you will want to avoid using alcohol, over-the-counter medications, or cannabis products containing THC. Using other substance with CBD could interfere with the results of microdosing, or your CBD could alter the impact of the other substances.
Microdosing with Pure, Potent CBDistillery™ Products
Experimenting with microdosing is one of the easiest ways to ensure you are not taking too little or too much CBD. Your patience will be rewarded. Microdosing will lead you to your optimal serving size.
Hemp-derived CBD tinctures and vape pens are an easy way to microdose with CBD. A CBDistillery™ Vape Pen averages 2 mg of hemp-derived CBD per puff. The amount of CBD in a drop of CBDistillery™ CBD Tinctures will depend on the total cannabinoid content in the bottle. If you divide the number of mg per serving by 40, you will know how much CBD is in each drop. Holding your tincture under your tongue 30-90 seconds before swallowing will allow the CBD to enter your bloodstream faster than if you swallow immediately or add your CBD to foods or beverages.
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