It’s a brave new world in Canada. Now that cannabis has been made a legal industry, we’re seeing the growth of production and research into the varied benefits that CBD can provide. Alleged to relieve the symptoms of everything from cancer and glaucoma to ADHD and depression, it seems there’s nothing cannabis can’t do. But if there’s one resounding question from potential patients, it’s how to effectively choose the right CBD dose. Get ready, because the answer is as varied as there are reasons to seek CBD treatment in the first place.
If there is one area of medical science that seems to agree on the effectiveness of CBD, it’s in treating the symptoms of epilepsy. Several studies now provide supporting evidence that CBD is indeed useful in reducing the number of seizures for those who suffer. In the U.S., the FDA has even approved the CBD drug Epidiolex to treat rare forms of Epilepsy. What’s most interesting, is that tests of 10 MG and 20 MG doses suggest 10 MG is the preferred dose.
So why isn’t more better? For some users, CBD isn’t without its side-effects. When users in the study were on the lower dose they experienced fewer of them. Although the 20 MG dose was more effective overall for treating seizures, patients preferred to lower dose. Balancing side-effects with the benefits of the drug was the deciding factor, as those involved in the study reported fewer negatives as a result of the treatment.
Low and Slow
For those of us seeking CBD therapies for other ailments, we can follow the same guideline. The industry suggests starting with a low dose and slowly increasing it. We need to continually monitor for potential benefits as well as side-effects, and adjust the dose accordingly. As everyone will react differently to any drug prescribed, dosing is very subjective. When we consider that any given condition might have its own optimum dose, the difficulty of prescribing properly increases. With all of these variables, it makes you wonder how accurate standard doses of prescription drugs really are.
Purple Hemp Co. in British Columbia, suggests that a starting dose of 7.5 milligrams is a good place to start. With this amount of CBD, we should start to see some changes in how we feel within the first week. It’s important to keep in mind too, that the effects of CBD are cumulative, so patience is required. Although some benefits – such as pain control – might be experienced immediately, Purple Hemp Co. indicates that full results might take up to 3 months to be experienced. It’s a good idea to keep a daily record of your symptoms and side-effects. This way you have a detailed record of your experience that you can refer to throughout your treatment. Although there could be other side effects, things to keep an eye out for are fatigue, and changes in mood and appetite.
How Much is Too Much?
Is it possible to take too much? Again, the answer is a fully qualified yes and no. A comprehensive review of the science has concluded that long-term use of doses up to 1500 mg per day have “shown to be well tolerated by humans.” But still, some of the reported side-effects of CBD – such as lowered blood pressure – are serious enough that you should be consulting a medical professional for advice. Although treatment appears to be relatively harmless, there’s no reason to take chances.
Legalization of cannabis in Canada has opened up the doors. As more research is done, our understanding of the benefits of CBD will increase, and so too will our knowledge of how best to administer it. In the meantime, we have some firm guidelines and practices to follow. There’s an optimum dose for everyone, but ultimately it’s up to us to weed it out.