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Is CBD Oil Healthy for Me?

CBD has been used in health supplements and cosmetics for decades, but you might not have come across it unless you were shopping at organic food markets and specialty stores. Only within the past few years has it slipped from the patchouli-scented shadows into the mainstream society spotlight. 

Nowadays, CBD oil and related products are popping up everywhere, from major supermarkets and e-retailers to corner stores and farmer’s markets. This spring’s COVID-19 lockdown aside, you’d almost have to go out of your way not to come across it at this point. 

Likewise, you’ve more than likely heard of its benefits, or at least its potential, for treating everything from anxiety to insomnia and even epilepsy. But if history has taught us anything about health fads, it’s that just because something is popular doesn’t mean you should try it (see colonics, tapeworms, or the “Sexy Pineapple Diet“). So is CBD just another fad, a potential threat to society, or a healthy, safe, and all-natural solution for a range of ailments? Here’s what you should know. 

What Is CBD? 

Generally, if health is the objective, you want to know what’s in a product before putting it in your body. CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of more than 140 naturally-occurring cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants. Marijuana and hemp are both members of the cannabis plant family but contain different concentrations of the two best-known cannabinoids, CBD, and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Hemp plants, the source for most CBD oils, contain only trace amounts of THC (the compound in marijuana that gets you “high”). Even when made with CBD extracted from marijuana plants, CBD products typically do not contain any THC. And if there is a trace amount, it’s not enough to have any effect. 

CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a vast network of neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids) and receptors responsible for controlling a range of bodily functions and processes. CBD specifically influences the CB-2 receptors, mostly found in the peripheral nervous system, especially the immune system. CBD essentially mimics endocannabinoids to help the ECS function more effectively. Using a CBD supplement is similar to taking vitamin D tablets. The body already produces cannabinoids but can sometimes benefit from having more of them to work with. 

What the Science Says 

Many CBD doubters say one source of their concern is the lack of definitive clinical evidence to justify recommending CBD as a health supplement or medical treatment. They have a fair point. 

Most scientific CBD research thus far has been conducted on animal subjects. So far, very few clinical trials have been undertaken to study CBD’s efficacy in treating various human conditions. 

However, there is an overwhelming amount of preliminary scientific evidence compiled from laboratory experiments, case studies, and research on animal models. The vast majority of research confirms CBD’s beneficial properties. At the very least, the evidence shows CBD has promise in treating several conditions, and, importantly, it has little to no risk of dangerous side effects or contraindications. 

Even the World Health Organization (WHO) is on board with CBD. The international health authority in 2018 published a critical review reporting CBD is a well-tolerated, safe solution for a range of medical conditions and does not seem to pose a risk for dependency, abuse, or other threats to public health. 

Nonetheless, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved one prescription CBD medication. The drug, called Epidiolex, is used to treat two rare epilepsy forms that predominantly affect children. The manufacturers underwent nearly 20 years of research and clinical trials to obtain FDA approval. As you might guess, all of that research isn’t cheap, and sufficient funding isn’t always easy to come by. So while we can expect to see more FDA-approved CBD medications in the future, the time and financial commitments necessary to obtain approval are one significant reason there are not yet more on the market. 

As you probably remember from science or statistics class, the bigger the sample size, the more accurate the survey results will be. For this reason, we can only reasonably expect that with more studies, we’ll learn more about what CBD is and is not good for. Currently, people are using CBD to treat a vast array of conditions. While there is plentiful evidence of CBD’s efficacy in treating some of these, such as anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, and certain neurological disorders, it is likely we will find CBD is not as useful for treating certain other conditions.

Benefits of CBD 

Knowledge is power, and the more we know about CBD, the more effectively we can use it. We know so far that CBD’s influence on the endocannabinoid system and its anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, and anti-anxiety properties can positively impact a range of conditions. Studies so far confirm CBD can help treat ailments such as anxiety, schizophrenia, neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting, and nausea. 

Many people have also reported success using CBD to treat ailments such as insomnia, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, diabetes, acne, fibromyalgia, heart disease, chronic pain, menstrual cramps, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy. It can also help people with addiction and dependence disorders

Speaking with The New York Times, James MacKillep, co-director of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research in Hamilton, Ontario, said “It’s promising in a lot of different therapeutic avenues because it’s relatively safe.” 

Potential Side Effects 

CBD, like any health supplement, carries some risk of side effects. But the likelihood of any serious adverse effects is minimal. Nonetheless, it’s always wise to consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or wellness regimen. 

Writing for Harvard Health Publishing at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Peter Grinspoon, addressing the potential side effects of CBD, wrote, “Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue, and irritability. CBD oil can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication.” 

The supplement vs. medication issue comes down to the aforementioned lack of clinical trials. The FDA doesn’t regulate the safety or purity of supplements, nor does it control or recommend dosage. For this reason, you’ll need to do some homework before buying a CBD product to ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for. 

How to Find a Quality CBD Product 

If you’re interested in trying CBD, consider asking friends or family members for recommendations. With thousands of people currently using CBD regularly, you more than likely have a few of them in your circle. 

When shopping, look for a brand’s Certificate of Analysis, or COA. This third-party document signifies the CBD oil was tested for quality and purity, including levels of THC and CBD concentration and the presence of harmful contaminants like pesticides or heavy metals. Also, make sure the CBD oil manufacturer’s lab meets ISO 17025 standards, meaning it meets strict health and safety criteria. A company should also use a testing method validated by one of the three national standard-setting organizations: the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, or the U.S. Pharmacopeia. 

If a retailer cannot or will not provide the COA, avoid that supplier and product. Also, turn away from any brand or supplier that makes specific health claims, such as stating their product can treat a particular ailment. It’s illegal for a CBD company to make any therapeutic claims. If in doubt, ask. Any reputable retailer should be happy to discuss the contents of their products (with verification) and what type of product might best suit your needs.  

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CBD Dosage: Figuring Out How Much to Take

CBD has become a very popular adjunct therapeutic treatment option for people who live with a health ailment and/or condition. However, despite the growing popularity of CBD, many still question its use. The biggest question that is asked is what is the appropriate CBD dosage for each individual? 

In order to use CBD responsibly and experience its benefits fully, it is important to become aware of what CBD is, what ailments and/or conditions CBD can help, things to know before buying a CBD product, and how to find an appropriate and accurate CBD dosage for your needs.

Here is an in-depth CBD dosage guide to help you find the perfect CBD dosage for you.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of over 60 active compounds in a cannabis plant. These active compounds, known as cannabinoids, can affect your body in numerous ways.

Although CBD is an essential part of medical-grown marijuana, it is derived from the hemp plant, a cousin plant to the marijuana plant. 

If you are afraid that CBD will make you “high ” it won’t because CBD is not psychoactive. According to the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Is CBD Legal?

For so long, CBD was considered to be an illegal substance in the United States, but recently that has changed. In 2018, the United States’ 2018 Farm Bill legalized CBD that is derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3% THC. However, while it is legal on a federal level, some states still consider it an illegal substance. 

What Medical Research Says About CBD Dosages

In recent years, CBD has become a subject of discussion among the scientific and medical community.

According to a 2017 review, a great deal of research has found CBD to be a relatively safe treatment option. The studies analyzed in the review also didn’t find a conclusive recommended dosage of CBD that everyone can take. Instead, it highlighted that individuals responded to different CBD dosages anywhere between 20 mg to 1500 mg per day. 

It is also important to point out that there is still a lot about CBD that we just don’t know yet. As the CBD industry grows, medical researchers are more likely to conduct more studies on it.

Who Should Use CBD?

CBD has been praised for its wide variety of benefits, and research lately has suggested that CBD can be helpful to those who suffer from, among other things:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Epilepsy 
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Heart conditions
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Although CBD continues to be studied for its health benefits and the appropriate CBD dosages for specific ailments and conditions, future CBD research holds promise in managing more conditions and/or ailments.

Things To Know Before You Buy A CBD Product

First and foremost, before you go and splurge on just any CBD product, it’s important to look out for a few things and keep in mind some considerations that will help you purchase the right product and from a reputable source.

Different Types of CBD Products

First, understand your available options. There are a plethora of CBD products on the market that are readily available both online and in-store, and each of them requires different considerations when it comes to CBD dosages. CBD product options include:

  • CBD oil, CBD tinctures
  • Topicals (e.g., creams and lotions)
  • Capsules
  • Sublinguals (e.g., oral sprays and droppers)
  • Edibles
  • Vape pens
  • High-CBD flower
  • Isolate
  • Suppositories

Depending on your ailment and/or condition, a certain type of product might be better suited for you rather than another. For example, people who suffer from joint pain may find great symptom relief using a topical CBD cream versus ingesting CBD oil. 

Always Buy From A Reliable Source

Second, it’s super important to find a CBD product from a reputable source, preferably one that has a certificate of analysis (COA) from a third-party testing lab. The certificate of analysis contains product verification, the amount of CBD in the product, and other potential ingredients that can be confirmed without relying on just the company’s word.

There are many synthetic CBD brands on the market, and the majority of these companies do not undergo third-party testing, meaning that their products could cause adverse effects. 

Always Read The Label

Thirdly, always read the label of a CBD product. After you’ve found a brand or company that has a certificate of analysis, the product’s label will include additional information on the label. The label will always show the amount of CBD and amount per serving size. Other details you can look for may include: 

  • The amount of active CBD per serving 
  • A Supplement Fact Panel, including other ingredients
  • Net weight
  • Manufacturer/Distributor’s name
  • Suggested Use
  • Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate
  • Batch/date code
  • Expiration date

Other labels you can look for are organic, vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and non-GMO, but that is more or so based on preference and/or dietary restrictions.

Some CBD Products Contain Different Levels of THC

Lastly, find out if the product contains THC or no THC. THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychoactive compound, meaning it will give you a “high.” There are some CBD products on the market that contain THC. So, if you’re looking for a non-intoxicating CBD product, look for one that contains less than 0.3% THC. 

Proper CBD Dosage Is Key

CBD is a great alternative to help relieve symptoms of your health ailment and/or condition. Before you start taking and/or using CBD, it’s important to get an accurate CBD dosage, or else you may find that you’re not receiving the full benefits of CBD.

Figuring out what a proper CBD dosage for yourself can be challenging, as CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and there are no official recommended CBD dosages at this time. 

As the FDA works towards regulating the CBD industry, there is a way to educate yourself on CBD dosages, how much CBD to take, the potential side effects, and more. 

A Guide to CBD Dosage: Figuring How Much CBD to Take

The amount of CBD you should take will depend on several factors, including:

  • Your body weight
  • Your diet
  • Your metabolism
  • Your genetics
  • Your body chemistry
  • The ailment and/or condition you want to treat and/or manage
  • The CBD concentration in edibles, tinctures, capsules, etc.

Simply put, there are many variables to take into account before deciding how much CBD to take or use. 

Different Types of CBD Dosages

Many different CBD brands and companies offer several varieties of CBD dosages. Depending on where you shop for your CBD tinctures, CBD capsules, or other CBD products, you may see CBD dosages ranging from:

  • 25 mg
  • 50 mg
  • 100 mg
  • 200 mg
  • 300 mg
  • 500 mg
  • 600 mg
  • 900 mg
  • 1000 mg
  • 1500 mg
  • 2000 mg
  • 2500 mg
  • 3000 mg

In other words, the lower the CBD dosage the weaker the CBD effect will be and the higher the dosage, the stronger the CBD effects will be. 

How to Determine A CBD Dosage That’s Right For You

While more research is needed to pinpoint the optimal CBD dosage for each individual, already existing studies can help narrow down the best CBD dosage for specific ailments and conditions. 

Before you take and/or use a CBD product, it’s important to talk to your primary care physician or healthcare team first about an appropriate CBD dosage and any potential risks and side effects. If your doctor tells you how much CBD to use, then use their CBD dosage recommendation. However, if your doctor doesn’t recommend an appropriate CBD dosage, there are some recommendations for beginners.

For example, if you’ve never taken or used CBD before, understanding CBD dosages can be overwhelming. The rule of thumb for beginners who wish to try CBD is that they should start with the smallest dosage available. Depending on where you purchase from, the smaller dosages usually range from 25 mg to 50 mg. The recommended product for new users is either CBD oil or a CBD tincture as they’re the most accessible and price-friendly. 

However, there is one other way to figure out how much CBD to take with a very simple math equation. 

The CBD Dosage Calculator Method

Using the CBD dosage calculator method is the easiest way to find the appropriate and most accurate dosage you should take depending on your weight and pain level. The CBD calculator method works best for CBD oil or CBD tincture products specifically. 

To determine the optimal CBD dosage for you, look at this table of dosage suggestions based on your weight and the severity of your ailment (pain level):

< 25 lbs26-45 lbs46-85 lbs86-150 lbs151-240 lbs>241 lbs
None-Mild4.5 mg6 mg9 mg12 mg18 mg22.5 mg
Medium6 mg9 mg12 mg15 mg22.5 mg30 mg
Severe9 mg12 mg15 mg18 mg27 mg45 mg

Keep in mind that these are starting point suggestions, you can adjust your dosage up or down according to your needs. 

The way to calculate the amount of CBD per dose is done by using some simple math.

How to Figure Out How Much CBD to Take

  1. Look for the serving size and amount of CBD per serving. For example, 10 drops = 25 mg of CBD. 
  2. To figure out how much CBD a drop contains, divide the amount per serving by 10. For example, 25/10 = 2.5 mg. So each drop contains 2.5 mg of CBD.
  3. Use the starting dosage from the chart above based on both your weight and pain level, and divide by 2.5 to find out how many drops you need. 

For example, you’re a 151 lbs person with mild pain, you will do 18/2.5 = 7.2 drops to receive 18 mg of CBD. It can be challenging to administer the .2 drop, so you can decide to round it to just 7 drops if needed. Also, if the decimal is higher than 5, consider rounding up or rounding down. 

To recap the CBD dosage calculator method:

  • Find the serving size for your CBD product (e.g., 10 drops).
  • Find the CBD in milligrams (mg) that serving size contains (e.g., 25 mg).
  • Determine the suggested starting dosage for your weight and condition.
  • Use the above formula and do the math.

However, if you’re still finding it hard to calculate the ideal CBD dosage for yourself, there are plenty of online CBD dosage calculators available that will do the math for you. All you will need to do is put in the above information and your CBD dosage result will generate automatically.

Advice to Those Starting To Take or Use CBD

Keep in mind that when you’re starting your CBD journey to give your body some time to react to the therapy. It is always a good idea to start at the lowest dosage and build up from there. 

Once you’ve started using CBD, you’ll need to adjust the dosage accordingly in the next three-day period. For example, if you feel discomfort or side effects from a strong dosage, then consider administering a smaller one next time. As you begin to get used to CBD therapy, you can gradually increase your dosage from there. 

However, if you’ve found a CBD dosage that works for you, then don’t feel pressured to increase it. You can definitely keep it at the same dosage. 

Is It Possible To Take Too Much CBD?

One of the most often touted benefits of hemp products and hemp extracts is the unlikely probability that a person will overdose. While overdosing is not entirely impossible, it is extremely unlikely that an individual will overdose on CBD. 

Additionally, a 2011 medical review on the safety and side effects of CBD found that the continuous use of CBD, even with high doses like 1,500 mg per day, is tolerated well by humans.

It’s important to note that if you’re interested in taking or using CBD but are currently taking prescription medication, you should make an appointment with your doctor or healthcare team to talk about any drug interactions with CBD. Your team of medical professionals will discuss with you if CBD is something you can include in your health ailment and/or condition treatment or management plan. 

Possible Side Effects of CBD

At this time, there are very few known side effects of CBD, but the commonly reported ones are relatively minor and similar to those with cannabis use. However, some people do experience some serious side effects. 

Dry-mouth is one of the most-cited side effects of CBD, followed by anxiety, changes in appetite and/or mood, diarrhea, dizziness or drowsiness, nausea and/or vomiting. 

The only other side effect of CBD is a decrease in your liver’s ability to process other medications, meaning those who are taking prescribed medications alongside CBD could be doing more harm than good. Always seek the advice of a medical professional before administering CBD. 

It should be noted that the above side effects relate strictly to CBD, and not to other substances that contain THC, a psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant/marijuana. Although CBD and THC can be found in the same substances, the two compounds produce different effects. For example, long-term THC use has been linked to negative psychiatric effects, but more research is needed into both the short-term and long-term effects of THC use. 

If you do find that you’re experiencing severe side effects after using CBD, it’s advised that you seek immediate medical attention right away by calling 911 or have some take you to the closest hospital emergency department.


As you may have gathered, CBD can be beneficial to a variety of health ailments and/or conditions and might be a great therapeutic option to help relieve your symptoms of pain, anxiety, sleep problems, and more. 

Currently, the scientific and medical community continues to research all the benefits of CBD, its short-term and long-term side effects, and its uses in other ailments and/or conditions.

While the FDA proceeds to improve on its oversight and regulation of CBD, it is always a good idea to do your own research and make sure you always purchase from a reputable source. For example, before you buy from a brand and/or company, be sure to look out for a certificate of analysis. 

So, whether you’re starting your CBD journey or wanting to learn how to take an accurate CBD dosage, hopefully, this guide has helped you gain both an appreciation and understanding of CBD, its use, how to calculate your ideal CBD dosage, and more.