September 16, 2022 4 min read
As you’ve probably noticed, when you’re getting started with CBD, you have to make a lot of decisions. And it seems like as soon as you’ve made one choice, there’s another decision waiting for you!
One of these is choosing the best CBD oil strength for you. How much do you need? How should you get started? Nobody wants to spend more money than they have to, so how do you figure out the right starting dose?
We hear you, and we’ve got all the information you need below to make an educated choice.
When you’re shopping for CBD oil at Kanibi, you won’t have to choose a bottle size (all of our bottles are one fluid ounce, or 30 ml, to keep things simple), but you will have to choose your CBD strength or potency.
No matter where you shop, it should be very easy to tell what the potency of a bottle of CBD oil is - and if it isn’t easy, then you probably shouldn’t be buying from that company. At Kanibi, we offer two potency options. You can choose our lower strength 750 mg or the 1500 mg tincture.
To be clear, the bottle sizes are the same, but the 1500 mg bottle contains twice as much CBD. We use MCT oil as a carrier oil (for both full spectrumand isolate tinctures), so the 750 mg bottle will have a higher ratio of MCT oil to CBD oil.
Make sense? This means that you’d have to take twice as much of the 750 mg tincture to equal the same dose as the 1500 mg tincture.
Some companies offer many different potencies, but we’ve decided to stick to two really respectably strong potencies. You can still measure a precise dose with either of these (we’ll go into that later in this article) and when you buy lower potencies of CBD oil, you’re really just paying more per mg CBD.
Understanding CBD oil strength is a really important step in getting the right product for you. You might be surprised how many people buy their first bottle of CBD without having any understanding of how much they’re taking. All they know is that they’re taking some amount of CBD, and it may or may not be doing what they need it to.
This really isn’t the best approach to getting the most out of the CBD you’ve bought. If you have no idea how much you’re taking, then it’s really hard to figure out if you should be increasing or decreasing your dose! You may even be taking inconsistent amounts of CBD, which won’t help either.
Consistency is key to getting the most from CBD. Give your body a bit of time to get used to one dose (and give yourself a chance to really see how you feel) before increasing or decreasing the amount you’re taking.
An important part of getting started with CBD is figuring out the minimum dose that works for you (the “sweet spot” that we’ll talk about next). If you aren’t paying attention to how much CBD you’re taking, that is going to be really difficult to do.
Basically, the best way to figure out which potency is best for you is to first figure out what your starting dose should be. If you’re brand new to CBD, then the advice is usually “start low and go slow.” Unless you’ve been advised otherwise by a medical professional, this is usually pretty good advice.
Our 750 mg tincture contains 25 mg CBD per ml (which is a full dropper). This really isn’t a high dose at all, but you could start even lower, with a half a dropper to begin with. See how this feels after a few days. Do you notice any changes?
You might wonder why we can’t just tell you how much you should take. We can’t do that because there are no standard dosage charts for CBD, and there a couple good reasons for this.
First of all, the research on CBD is still in the early stages and dosing for individual conditions just hasn’t been worked out yet (unless you’re using Epidiolex for epilepsy).
This is probably going to be extremely tricky for researchers since our endocannabinoid systems are really unique. A dose of CBD or THC that might have a profound effect on one person, may hardly make a difference to another person.
Other factors that could impact your dose could be age, weight, and metabolism. This means that there’s really no way to avoid a certain amount of experimentation with your CBD dose. We recommend starting with a low starting dose, and moving up until you feel like you’ve hit the place where you’re noticing benefits.
You’ll probably find that if you continue to increase your dose after that, the benefits won’t keep growing exponentially. More isn’t necessarily better when it comes to CBD.
Once you’ve determined where you want to start, it gets easier to choose which strength you want to buy. If you only need a low dose of CBD, or if you’re just starting out, then the 750 mg bottle may make more sense for you.
One thing to keep in mind is that the higher the potency, the less money you spend per mg CBD. For example, if you choose to buy our higher potency (1500 mg) bottle, you save $9 (compared to buying two bottles of the 750 mg potency) and you also qualify for free shipping.
And who doesn’t like to save a few dollars?
According to theWorld Health Organization, CBD has a good safety profile with few side effects. However, it’s always good to check with a medical professional if you have any doubts about whether you should use it or not.
Two groups of people who should be particularly careful are those with liver damage and pregnant or nursing mothers. If you fall into one of these groups, then please do check with your doctor before deciding if CBD is right for you.