No matter which health and wellness product you ingest or apply to your skin, using the proper amount is vital in achieving your desired effects. If you take too little, you risk not feeling any benefits at all and may eventually consider that product ineffective. If you take too much, you may experience various types of discomfort and shy away from a product that actually does have the potential to provide relief.
CBD has quickly gained a strong following of individuals who swear by its ability to relieve numerous physical and emotional discomforts. However, those who haven’t fine-tuned their CBD dosage may be missing out on the maximum benefits it has to offer, limiting their wellness journey without even realizing it.
Getting to Know CBD
With its overwhelming rise in popularity, CBD has begun making a name for itself in the health and wellness industry as promising reviews from newbies and longtime users alike have generated excessive interest in this so-called “wonder-supplement.” Along with rave reviews, CBD also has prompted its share of questions from the general public, and many misnomers can be found all over the internet, leaving some feeling skeptical about CBD and what it’s actually capable of. In an effort to put some of the uncertainty to rest and provide consumers a closer look at CBD from every angle, we are going to delve into all things CBD, including:
❏What is CBD?
❏CBD, hemp, marijuana, cannabis… What’s the difference?
❏Is CBD legal?
❏What is CBD used for?
Once all of those basic questions are addressed in an easy-to-understand fashion to ensure we have a baseline of CBD knowledge to build upon, we will pay special attention to one very vital aspect of CBD usage:
❏CBD dosages: Understanding labels, milligrams, droppers, and other dosage nuances to find the most ideal dosage amount for your needs.
Your CBD Questions… Answered
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it is one of the numerous compounds found in the hemp plant (there are over 100, in fact!). Once the compound is safely extracted from the plant via CO₂ or solvent extraction (the primary methods used by reputable CBD brands), it is typically put through a stringent purification process to remove any residual compounds, solvents, metals, and chemicals.
For companies offering products considered “broad-spectrum”meaning all traces of THC are removed – an additional step is taken to remove that compound as well. Products labeled “full-spectrum” can contain up to .3% THC, which is still considered “trace amounts,” making it legal and unlikely to produce side effects. After the extraction and purification, a concentrated CBD extract remains, and that extract is used in numerous health and wellness products on the market today.
CBD, THC, Hemp, Marijuana, Cannabis… What’s the Difference?
Because so many websites and articles seem to use many of these words interchangeably, it’s important to provide a clear understanding of these common terms so you are confident and well-informed as you continue learning about CBD and the many products you will find in stores and online containing it.
First, for CBD newbies, you may be surprised to learn that each of these terms is referring to something different. They’re all under the same vocabulary umbrella, and they are all important to learn in order to truly understand what you’re buying – so here is the breakdown:
Hemp and marijuana are both plants in the cannabis family. They are genetically similar, but not identical. While both plants contain many microscopic compounds called cannabinoids, only the marijuana plant contains high levels of THC, the ingredient responsible for psychoactive side effects. CBD is found in both plants. However, hemp plants contain significantly higher levels of CBD than marijuana plants – making it the ideal source for CBD oil. Therefore, hemp-derived CBD is the compound featured in many CBD products in stores and online, as it naturally contains .3% THC or less, complying with the law. We’ll expand on the legal information about CBD products next.
Is CBD legal?
Now that the different terms are more clear, the legality of these products will make more sense. CBD derived from hemp is completely legal in the United States since the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018. This means that individuals are free to purchase, use, and even travel with their CBD products without worry, thanks to this recent federal law.
The caveat: Consumers should pay attention to where they buy their CBD, ensuring they’re purchasing it from a reputable brand who guarantees that their CBD is hemp-derived by sharing their entire process – from growing the hemp plants to processing their products. Trustworthy companies will utilize third-party lab testing as well as the corresponding lab reports for customers to view, making it easy to verify what is (and what isn’t) in each CBD product. If there’s no third-party lab testing providing the extra layer of quality assurance, it’s best to find a different company.
What is CBD used for?
Because the CBD market has been rapidly expanding since 2018, research for CBD treating specific ailments is still in its infancy, but that hasn’t stopped consumers from coast to coast from reporting their success stories to anyone who will listen, resulting in an even higher demand for more versatile CBD products from top brands. CBD believers report that CBD products can aid in:
- supporting a more restful night’s sleep
- emotional and physical relaxation
- joint and muscle recovery
- reducing bodily fatigue
- enhancing skincare routines from head to toe
These are just a few of the benefits regularly reported by customers, and the list
continues to grow as more products hit the market, combining CBD with other
beneficial ingredients and essential oils to address an individual’s specific needs.
CBD Dosages: A Closer Look
Understanding labels, milligrams, droppers, and other dosage nuances to find the most ideal dosage amount for your needs
If you are someone who has given CBD a try and didn’t see your desired results, it’s possible that you used an incorrect dosage amount which, of course, failed to provide the benefits you were expecting. Because there are so many nuances when it comes to understanding how much CBD is just right for you, we are going to delve into the things to consider when trying to find your ideal CBD dosage for maximum benefits.
Understanding Labels on Your CBD Products
All CBD is not the same, which means the product found in one bottle is not identical to the same type of product in a bottle from a different company. The first step to understanding a specific product is to begin by looking closely at the label. (Note: When shopping online, most reputable companies will provide photos of their product labels as well as the vital product information within the description. So when we refer to “reading labels,” this means in-store or online in order to understand what’s inside the product.)
When you look closely at any CBD product, you’ll first see the name of the company, followed by the name of the product, and you’ll likely see how many ounces / milligrams is in the bottle. After ensuring your product contains hemp-derived CBD, you’ll want to examine the difference between the amount of the entire product in the bottle versus the amount of actual CBD in each serving. This amount can vary depending on the supplemental ingredients used within the product, such as carrier oils (like olive oil or MCT), essential oils to enhance flavor, and other ingredients added to tailor products to your specific needs.
Further, the supplemental ingredients plus the quality and concentration of CBD can vary from company to company. So one “drop” of CBD from one brand can significantly differ from the “drop” of another. This is why it’s imperative to understand what the milligrams actually mean for you when you are using CBD products. CBD companies who utilize a scientifically-advanced process to make the CBD more bioavailable (such as nanoemulsion) may recommend that you use less product to achieve results, as the product is designed to more quickly absorb into your bloodstream and contains a more concentrated amount of the active CBD ingredient. Again, this is why understanding labels is important in finding the right dosage, because there is no one-size-fits-all rule for dosing that applies to every product.
Differentiating CBD Dosages between Products
For tinctures, labels should indicate how many milligrams of CBD are contained in each full dropper, giving consumers enhanced control of their specific dosage as they fine-tune their milligram intake using the easily measurable dropper-applicator. For example, a 1000 milligram bottle of oral drops may contain 33.33 milligrams per serving (for a total of approximately 30 servings per bottle). For a beginner, you may want to start with your dropper ¼ full, exposing your body to only about 8 milligrams initially. You can repeat this up to four times per day, and listen to your body to see if you need to alter the dosage for your desired effect. It’s best to start with minimal dosing and increase as needed to find your body’s perfect amount.
For softgels, each individual gel capsule will contain a pre-measured amount of CBD (which should be specified on the label of the product) as well as other ingredients to enhance the product’s overall effectiveness. Again, reading the label is key here. While premeasured, most companies offer various sizes to accommodate various dosage preferences. For example, the same type of softgel may contain 11 or 27 milligrams in each softgel, so reading the label is the way to carefully control your dosage. Once again, it is highly recommended to start taking the lowest dosage and increase it gradually to find the ideal dosage for you.
Because topically administered CBD products – such as creams and balms – are applied directly to the skin, they do not enter the digestive system like orally administered products do. “Dosage” becomes challenging with topical products, as the CBD does absorb directly into your skin to provide relief to tired and fatigued muscles – but only locally (as in, it impacts the area it was administered but is unlikely to absorb into the bloodstream and impact the entire body). Because of this, you can easily combine products to enjoy topical benefits as well as head to toe relief from the product in your bloodstream.
CBD Recommendations for Your Body Type
In general, your weight can determine how your body can metabolize just about anything you ingest. So, of course, there’s no difference when it comes to understanding how many milligrams of CBD may impact your body. In general, based solely on your body type, these are the recommended dosages and how they may affect you.
Under 130 lbs:
→11 milligrams or less can provide mild effects
→12-14 milligrams can provide moderate effects
→15-17 milligrams can provide strong effects
130 lbs to 230 lbs:
→18 milligrams or less can provide mild effects
→19-23 milligrams can provide moderate effects
→24-27 milligrams can provide strong effects
Over 230 lbs:
→23 milligrams or less can provide mild effects
→24-30 milligrams can provide moderate effects
→31-45 milligrams can provide strong effects
These are general recommendations based solely on weight. So this should be used merely as a loose guideline as there are other things to consider as well – like personal tolerance, specific health conditions, and other medications. It is important to consult a physician before combining any health supplements with your prescribed medication, just to be on the safe side.
Choosing Quality CBD Products
Now that the idea of CBD dosage is a little more clear and hopefully you have a deeper understanding of labels, milligrams, and CBD in general, it’s important to reiterate one vital point: Purchasing high-quality CBD will ensure you have the best chance at seeing the results you are seeking. As we discussed above, it is fairly easy to slightly adjust your dosage in an effort to find the perfect amount of CBD to experience maximum beneficial results. However, if your CBD is not pure and contains harmful, unwanted chemicals, metals, and residual solvents, your dosage is not the problem… It’s your product.
Finding a trusted brand with an impeccable reputation across the CBD community will make the search for the perfect, safe to use CBD product much easier. When you shop with Rejuvia™, you can rest assured that every single product is made with meticulous attention to detail at every step. From diligent and responsible organic farming to a scientifically-advanced production process, we remove all THC and other unwanted ingredients from your CBD, leaving the most potent, clean, effective product on the market as a result.
Rejuvia™ utilizes a third-party lab to test their products for quality assurance, and makes those results available to customers for their own information and peace of mind. With so many things to consider when you take the leap to add CBD into your health and wellness routine, you shouldn’t be concerned that you can’t trust what’s in the bottle – and with Rejuvia™, you never will be. This family-oriented business strives to meet the needs of every customer, providing advice and recommendations along the way to ensure that every individual feels support as they take this important step toward increased vitality. Call or send a message, and get started on your CBD journey today!