Whats the good dosage? How many MG of CBD should I take?
4 Things You Need to Know About Dosing CBD Hemp Oil
Many studies tout the benefits of CBD hemp oil against a range of ailments, including cancer, psychoses, and inflammation. But just how much should you take to treat these ailments?
Unfortunately, the FDA has only approved CBD hemp oil as a food product. That means the FDA prohibits manufacturers and retailers from offering CBD hemp oil as a prescription for any ailment, or in any way advertise it as a way to prevent or mitigate disease. Moreover, manufacturers and retailers of CBD hemp oil risk violating federal law in providing any such helpful advice. For example, in 2015, the FDA has cracked down on several companies’ websites that used language suggesting CBD hemp oil can treat or prevent disease. The following year, in December 2016, the government took further steps to seemingly try to eliminate the CBD hemp oil from the market when the DEA categorized it as a Schedule I drug.
The federal government’s hostility towards all-things-cannabis may seem hypocritical given certain federal laws. For instance, Congress passed a farm bill that allows states and research institutions to implement agricultural pilot programs for industrial hemp. Under this bill, Congress also blocked the DEA, USDA, and law enforcement agencies from interfering with the pilot programs’ operations. Moreover, the courts have blocked the DOJ’s attempts to prosecute against state-sanctioned marijuana programs. Despite being a Schedule I drug, Congress has barred the DOJ from spending money on interfering with states’ authorization of medical marijuana for possession, sale, use, or cultivation.
Politics and legalities aside, that still leaves online retailers unable to advertise CBD hemp oil as anything but a food supplement. Customers looking for a definitive answer about dosage will thus have a difficult time finding one on the Internet.
While it’s unclear whether this will ever not be the case, we’re at least able to provide you with the following four pointers for deciding how much CBD hemp oil is safe to ingest.
1. Know that CBD Hemp Oil is Non-Toxic
Hemp is an agricultural commodity that has a wide range of practical and industrial uses, and even the federal government recognizes its utility as a food and beverage product. Studies suggest ingesting any amount of hemp oil will not lead to toxicity. In other words, ingesting hemp oil will not affect your psychomotor or psychological functions. One study confirmed CBD hemp oil’s non-toxicity with subjects ingesting up to 1,500 mg of CBD per day.
2. Consult Your Doctor
Depending on whether you reside in one of the 29 states or D.C., which permit marijuana for medical use, you may consult a medical professional on achieving the right dosage for you. Only a medical professional can legally prescribe that dosage and will do so to meet your particular circumstances.
If you’re worries about that Schedule I categorization, understand that HIPAA protects the conversation you have with your doctor and “makes it nearly impossible for even law enforcement to obtain private patient records.”
3. Trial and Error
Like with any food, you can simply try a very small amount (e.g., 1 milligram) of CBD hemp oil to see if you like it or are allergic to it. If over time, you suspect it’s giving you some adverse side effects, one way to confirm you’re allergic is through doing an elimination diet.
4. Anecdotal Evidence From Your Neighbor or Friend May or May Not Be Useful
Our bodies are basically built the same: We all typically come with one heart, one stomach, two eyes, etc. Yet, the way in which our genes express themselves affect our metabolism, propensity towards certain diseases, and numerous other traits. If you factor that in with the various circumstances of our external environment, along with age and diet, you’d might start to understand why experts have yet to reach a consensus on how many milligrams of CBD hemp oil is “safe” or “effective”. On that same token, how much you think your neighbor or friend is taking is not necessarily what’s going to work for you either.
While it may seem frustrating that there’s no definitive answer on what’s the appropriate dosage, you can determine what’s the appropriate amount of CBD hemp oil to ingest using the above four simple pointers. Again, like with any food, ingest very small amounts to first determine if you’re allergic. Then, gradually increase the dosage. While experts generally agree CBD hemp oil is non-toxic, always seek the advice of your doctor (and not friends or relatives) if you have concerns.