In 1940, researchers at Illinois University introduced the world to an interesting phytochemical. Sourced from the cannabis plant, the compound had an unexpected characteristic. It contained no psychoactive qualities. Also, it showed tremendous therapeutic capacity for a variety of symptoms, including chronic pain, anxiety, and depression, among others.
That compound is cannabidiol or CBD for short. Now, you may be wondering why a substance with an almost eight-year history is not better known. Sadly, CBD research faltered at the hands of anti-cannabis legislation. Back then, anyone using it did so in the shadows.
Today, however, CBD is everywhere you look (almost) as a result of changing attitudes and increasing public and political pressure. One of Mother natures earliest cultivated plants is now available in the form of an ingestible oil, topical cream, bath bombs, dog treats, and sprays and many more.
The Recommended CBD Dose
It’s important to remember that most current CBD products contain very small amounts of THC or none.
There’s no official serving size (recommended daily intake) for CBD. CBD-related research needed for this is still playing catch up. An unfortunate effect of being shunned for so long.
To achieve the associated health benefits of (CBD) and avoid experiencing any adverse side effects, you need to pay attention to how much of the substance you consume. Many factors, including gender, age, weight, body chemistry, and type and severity of condition under treatment, determine dosage. Experimentation is recommended for first-time and experienced CBD users to help them find their CBD “sweet spot” dose. Mircodosing is a popular way of getting this done.
What is Microdosing
Microdosing involves taking an intentionally low amount of a drug. That amount is roughly one-tenth to one-fifth of a regular dose. This is sometimes referred to as a sub-therapeutic dose. An easy way to think it is using the expression, “a little goes a long way.”
History credits the discovery of this technique to Albert Hofmann. He was a Swiss scientist who synthesized the hallucinogenic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Hofmann found microdosing LSD aided psychoanalysis and psychotherapy without causing highness, hallucinations, or lethargy.
Benefits of Microdosing
Some say CBD’s effects on the body are the result of interactions with the endocannabinoid system’s cannabinoid receptors. Microdosing CBD helps maintain stable CBD levels and prevents tolerance or cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS).
CBD tolerance is a condition where the body adapts to the continued presence of the cannabinoid, and effects are diminished. Users compensate by taking more CBD. CHS is a painful condition where people vomit uncontrollably (intractable vomiting). This type of emesis doesn’t lessen with time and does not respond to traditional treatments.
Microdosing is also a great way to get a feel for this non-psychoactive compound. It also helps the product last, which, in turn, saves you money.
How to Microdose CBD
Microdosing can be done with different types of CBD products. Oils or tinctures are the best suited. Follow this step-by-step guide to find your “sweet spot” dose.
- Your first microdose should be less than 3-5 milligram of CBD. Start with at least two doses, one in the morning and evening. You can take more if you’d like. Administer the drop(s) under the tongue (sublingual).
- Monitor how you feel for the next hour. Pay attention to your breathing and overall sense of calm and comfort. Also take note of what it does for your particular condition (pain, anxiety, stress, etc.) Users report effects ranging from nothing to increased relaxation, soothing calmness, or energizing.
- Increase the dose by 1 milligram if there are no effects after an hour. Monitor how you feel again.
- Follow this microdosing routine for three to five days. The first dose of the consecutive day should be a continuation from the previous day, not the original amount from the beginning of the experiment.
- Stop dosing immediately you feel the desired effect. The amount of CBD (in milligrams) you’ve consumed over the previous four hours is your “sweet spot” dose.
You can stop microdosing CBD at any time if you have an adverse reaction or change your mind. Most users say the effects of CBD are incremental with regular use. So, try to stick to your microdosing routine for maximum benefits that include better everyday energy and improved nighttime sleep patterns.
Tips on Mircodosing CBD
- Experienced CBD users trying the microdosing technique should start after taking at a 48- hour break. The half-life of CBD is between 18–32 hours. This break helps reset the ECS system so that microdosing is effective.
- First-time CBD users should experiment with microdosing for at least two weeks.
- Avoid smoking CBD for microdosing as accurately measuring the dose is impossible.