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CBD Dosage Calculator

AKA: How much of this stuff do I take?

Why do I need a CBD dosage calculator?

CBD products have become so popular and widely used that you’ve probably heard your neighbor, friend, or family member discuss them in great detail, recommending them for anything from relaxation and pain relief to finding balance in your mind and body.

 

What people seem to very rarely discuss is HOW MUCH to take, HOW OFTEN, and WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE if you take too much.


The article aims to give you some insight into how to calculate the right CBD dosage for you, and what some of the potential risks are if you take too much (SPOILER ALERT: there are almost none).


Calculating the right dose

Whether you choose sublingual CBD products or other product types, the typical way of finding the right dosage for CBD products involves starting with a minuscule amount (3-5mg, or “drops”), and then slowly increasing it to 10mg (“drops”) and beyond, until you feel a change has occurred in your physical or emotional pain levels.


While this approach is useful and will get you to where you need to be, we recommend a slightly different approach that will result in finding your dosage faster with the best CBD products in NYC.


First, we’d like to start you off with some introspection. How much pain are you feeling overall, or in a certain part of your body? We’ve prepared a 1-10 scale for you, where 1 is almost no pain - just the existential dull ache of existing, and 10 is severe pain that’s seriously affecting your quality of life. 


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The Popped.NYC pain scale


Once you’ve noted your pain level, the second step is to write it down in your Canna journal which will help you fine-tune your dose day in and day out based on the level of pain you’re feeling. 

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The Popped.NYC Canna Journal
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Once you’ve sorted out the “admin” part of the calculating process, we’re moving on to the more exciting part - actually testing the dosage.


Before you select the number of drops considering your pain level, you might want to check your body weight - in the dog world, a typical recommendation is to use 1mg of CBD for every 10lbs of body weight, and we feel it’s a good rule of thumb for humans as well. In fact, 20mg of CBD oil roughly amounts to the standard 2,000 calorie diet.


“Wait, nothing is happening!”, we hear you scream after taking your first dose. Well, there are steps to follow for maximum efficiency in taking in your CBD product.


First, squeeze the amount of liquid you measured under your tongue. After that, close your mouth and count to 10 or sing a happy tune. Either way, you want to hold for about 10 seconds, and then swallow, followed by several deep, calming breaths. 


Have you done it? Great! You’ll still have to wait for about 15 minutes before the full effect kicks in, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t feel the bliss immediately - you will give several less fucks less after it’s all done. 


Once you’ve enjoyed to your heart’s content (literally!), 3-6 hours later write down your dose, pain level before taking it, and pain level after in your journal, and then wait for the next day.


After a few days, you should successfully master taking just the right amount of CBD oil every single time, and you should slowly see an improvement in your overall pain level.


Note: While most people feel the effects that first time, other people can take up to several weeks to notice an effect. This is why it is important to give yourself 4-6 weeks of product use before making assumptions about whether it works for you.


Titrating (i.e. changing the dose based on your response) - we recommend changing your dose up or down no more than every 3 days. Your body is different every day and is affected by what you eat, how much sleep you get, your hormonal cycle. 

We will dive into this more on our posts about the Endocannabinoid system and homeostasis. Email us if you want more information!

Oh, and what about overdose?

Well, the good news is you can’t really overdose in connection to cannabis/CBD. Too much will pretty much just cause you to go to sleep. There’s no real danger to your health or wellbeing (unless you’re really abusing the product and chugging it down like it’s a mid-strength beer), but you’ll feel best if you use it cautiously and carefully calculate your dose.

As always, if you feel strange or are worried about the effects of CBD products, contact a medical professional and make sure you’re cleared for use, especially if you have previously existing conditions, like liver damage.


Let's wrap this up!

Taking the best CBD products is a great way to reduce the overall level of physical and emotional pain you experience. While there are no real risks connected with using too much CBD at one time, you still want to calculate the right dose for maximum effectiveness. Adding 1mg of product per 10lbs of body weight is a great way to get started, especially if you use our Canna Journal to keep track of how you’re feeling and progressing.