Discovering Your Ideal CBD Dosage!
By Levana Rhema
Attaining legalization for Cannabinoid (CBD) products was been a long-fought battle. Despite the educational information and preliminary research studies on THC-free CBD, many in the medical communities are reluctant to prescribe these plant-based products. One possible reason may be that unlike prescription drugs, there is no set rule or general instructions for the perfect dosage.
Unfortunately, mainstream medicine and the schools that support it, pay little or no heed to CBD or the body’s highly significant Endocannabinoid System (ECS), effectively discounting the ECS role in balancing a myriad of critical health functions. But for those who are searching to find solutions beyond the normal prescription drugs that embrace a more natural, plant-based solution for their health issues, CBD products are often the ideal alternative. To support such a choice, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of appropriate dosages.
We Are Each Unique!
Margaret Mead is credited with saying “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” That holds true in life, and it holds true in our body’s reaction to both prescription drugs and the more natural CBD products; the effects on each will be singularly distinct.
The reason for these dissimilar reactions lies in the uniqueness of each individual’s endocannabinoid systems, which interacts with the CBD. This is why there is no suggested “standard” dosage. Because of this, we have provided a simple guideline to help you pinpoint the dosage that is appropriate for you and your specific health needs. But first, it’s important to understand what the biochemical composition is for available products, and how effective they can be.
Full Plant vs Isolate: Options
Conventional medicines generally isolate active compounds to derive pure pharmaceuticals for a more impactful affect. The same does not hold true for CBD products; one of the revolutionary studies conducted in Israel clearly showed that isolating CBD (single molecule CBD) from the other beneficial compounds of the cannabis plant clearly reduces its medicinal effectiveness, also known as the “entourage effect.”
This entourage effect refers to the synergy of retaining supportive compounds, like terpenes (flavor and aroma compounds) and phytonutrients in conjunction with other cannabinoids, in order to improve the effectiveness of the CBD overall. This is why Ocanna uses an organic, full plant CBD extract that contains traces of multiple cannabinoids, phytonutrients and terpenes, effectively harnessing these invaluable benefits, rather than using a pure CBD isolate.
To further emphasize the important benefits of using a whole-plant CBD, it is important to look at the effectiveness (or lack thereof) for the CBD isolate, which was found to have a bell-shaped dose-response curve. That means its therapeutic benefits become limited once dosage reaches a specific limit, providing restricted effectiveness due to the absence of the supporting CBD compounds. Therefor, the term “pure CBD” can be misleading; though it sounds like it would be a more effective compound, it is not.
Dosagee – Follow A Slow But Steady Pace
Now that we have zeroed down on the effectiveness of full plant CBD, lets explore the appropriate CBD dosage for your health goals. First and foremost, it’s important to recognize the impact of consistency, in order to reap optimum results. This becomes all the more essential because each product contains varied amounts of cannabinoids, which offer distinct levels of potency. It is always advisable to track and observe – you can’t adjust what you don’t remember – and proceed slowly.
Day 1: Remember, each person’s endocannabinoid system is different, so ideally you will want to start with 5 mg, or as directed by a physician, and make note of any effects. If after one week you have no side effects and no symptom relief, proceed to incrementally up your dosage until you experience relief from your symptoms and enjoy the benefits CBD can provide. The good news is, there is no risk in the process; the body can actually consume up to 2000mg a day without any toxic side effects.
Patience Is Rewarded
CBD can be a great healer and pain reliever, but because this is a more natural, plant-based solution, results will be slow and gradual. It takes time for the effects of CBD to reach noticeable levels. For those who undertake this more holistic solution with tenacity for their long-term health goals, the renewed wellbeing becomes a worthwhile reward.
Biphasic Effect & Herxing
It is also important to discuss two very important issues for those considering using CBD. The primary is the ‘biphasic effect’, which relates to side effects like irritability, which is often the result of an incorrect dosage. In the trial phase, too high or too low a dose may result in this reaction, which calls for an immediate adjustment of the dosage. If you have followed the incremental 5 mg for a week recommended dosage, you will be able to immediately adjust back to your previous dosage. Once you become stabilized, you can try adjusting your dosage once again.
Secondly, there may a detoxifying effect referred to as Jarisch-Herxheimerreaction or ‘Herxing’. In such situations, one can experience mild flu-like symptoms. Although one might feel a little ill, Herxing is actually a beneficial side effect. This is the process of ridding the body of parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria as well as other pathogens. Though uncomfortable, this cleansing process should only be temporary and not debilitating, so it is recommended you not give up.
In summary, first and foremost, to reap the benefits of CBD, a personalized approach is essential – the same dosage will uniquely affect each person. Start at 5 mg morning and evening and maintain the dose for a week before adding an additional 5mg to your regimen – and repeating the weeklong process.
Second, for optimum effectiveness, use organic, full plant CBD extracts like those from Ocanna, which contain the spectrum of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes. Also remember, reputable companies like Ocanna will reference their third party lab reports, which will substantiate the content of their formulas.
Last, but equally important, be patient and be consistent. Use the same product regularly, gradually increase your dosage and record your results; we lead busy lives and it’s easy to forget when you started a specific dose or when you began feeling results. From there you can look forward to the therapeutic benefits that plant-based CBD products can provide!