Extracts from plants of the Cannabis genus of plants contain many different compounds, called cannabinoids. Of all of these different cannabinoids, CBD has the best safety profile, making it safe to use with little-to-no side effects. Keep reading to find out just how safe CBD is!
What is the correct dosage of CBD to take? The answer is, “it depends.” It is generally recommended to start small and then to increase the dosage as necessary to achieve the desired effects. Most experts recommend a starting dosage of 5 mg per day and see how that works for you. Most adults can increase their dosage to 10 mg once or twice a day to see the desired effects.
How do you calculate dosage from a purchased product? Most CBD products are sold by the milligram (for example, a tincture labeled as 1000 mg). They should also have a volume listed (for example, 60 mL). A dropper-full typically contains 0.5 mL of liquid. So, you can use this formula to calculate how much CBD there is per dropper:
[Total mg of CBD in bottle] ÷ [Number of Milliliters in Bottle] ÷ 2 = Milligrams of CBD Per Dropper
For example, if you purchased a 1000 mg bottle of Wai Natural’s CBD Oil (which comes in a 60 mL bottle), you would make the following calculation:
1000 ÷ 60 ÷ 2 = 8.3 mg CBD per dropper
To start with a dosage of 5 mg per day, you would take roughly one dropper full each day. To double this dosage, you could take two droppers full each day.
The safety of CBD has been well-documented. Given that a typical dosage of CBD is 5 to 10 mg per day, it’s astounding that dosages up to 1,500 mg per day have been tested! In fact, high doses (or up to 1,500 mg per day) have been well tolerated in both humans and animals. Other studies have shown that CBD has very low toxicity and shows no teratogenic or mutagenic activity.
CBD use also comes with little-to-no side effects. In several studies, doses of up to 600 mg of CBD have been administered to healthy humans with minimal side effects. In fact, it took doses as high as 1,280 mg per day for participants to report side effects such as sleepiness, decreased appetite or weight loss, and diarrhea. Again, given that the typical dosage is between 5-10 mg per day, these side effects were reported at levels over a hundred times higher than typical recommended dosages.
This excellent safety profile has earned CBD the reputation as the safest of the phytocannabinoids. However, CBD can interfere with enzymes in the liver that help to break down other medications, so users should be aware of these possible interactions and be careful when taking CBD at the same time as other medications.