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 starts with a very small amount of CBD, gradually increasing the dosage throughout the day until you find your minimum effective dosage. The end result is the optimal amount of CBD for your unique needs.
Finding Your Optimal Dosage
Everyone responds to CBD differently. Your ideal dosage will depend on your reason for using CBD, the product type, and the way your system responds to CBD. To find your optimal dosage 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 dose. Keep track of how you feel, how much you take, and stay alert to any indications of the following:
- 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 dosage 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 dosage.
- An Optimal CBD Dosage Once you hit your optimal dose, 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 dosage none of your CBD is wasted.
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, paying close attention to how you feel. If you notice your desired effect 45 minutes after your last dose, 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 dose 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 dose on day one is 10 drops, your second day will resume with 11 drops. Before you begin, consider the following suggestions:
- Pay Attention to Product Concentration The type of CBD you are using can influence your results. It’s important to pay attention to the amount of CBD in the products. You may have to break the numbers down a bit. A CBD tincture, let’s say 1000 mg for example in a 1 oz bottle, 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 dosing again with the amount determine 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 doses, tinctures are not right for everyone. The advantage of CBD tinctures is that the effects can last 6-8 hours. CBD Softgels and Capsules have a precise amount of CBD per capsule or softgel. This cannot be changed so microdosing will not work with them.
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 dose 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 Heartland CannAssist®, a company that provides third-party verification for every product which ensures the CBD product is as potent as claimed and contaminant free.
- #3 Don’t Mix CBD with Alcohol, THC or Other Substances while determining the dosage. When trying to determine your ideal dosage, 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.
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 dosage.
Hemp-derived CBD tinctures are an easy way to microdose with CBD. The amount of CBD in a drop of CBD Tincture will depend on the total cannabinoid content in the bottle. If you divide the number of mg per serving by 20, 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.