What CBD should I use?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of the cannabis plant. Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world as a safe, non-addictive substance, with a robust therapeutic profile.
Many people are seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects – medicine more in synch with natural processes. By tapping into how we function biologically on a deep level, CBD can provide relief for chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression and many other conditions.
None of the information we provide here should be taken as clinical recommendation or medical advice – we’re not health professionals, and we certainly don’t claim to be. If at all possible, arrange an appointment to speak with a clinical professional about the proper use and dosing of CBD oil.
How does CBD work?
CBD interacts with our bodies by enhancing the effects of the compounds in our bodies called “endogenous cannabinoids”. These “endocannabinoids” are part of a regulatory system called the “endocannabinoid system”.
A system that’s helped us understand how and why our bodies regulate an extensive range of physiological processes that affect our daily experiences like mood, energy levels, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more.
The effect of an endocannabinoid system that isn’t functioning optimally, in one word, is DISEASE. In nearly all pathological conditions, it’s been shown that the endocannabinoid system has been dysregulated
So, it stands to reason that there’s therapeutic benefit in maintaining and regulating your endocannabinoid system and that the progression of almost all disease could potentially be slowed or halted in this regulated environment as Pal Pacher and George Kunos, scientists with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggested in a 2014 publication.
Different Strengths/Potencies of CBD Oil
Even though there are dozens of different CBD manufacturers out there to choose from, most of them will offer oils in at least two or three different potencies, or concentrations. Which concentration you choose should depend on what you’re looking to get out of the product, as well as what condition you’re aiming to find relief from.
As of right now Oil Science offer CBD Oil in two different strengths: 300 mg and 1000 mg. Naturally, their 300 mg bottle is their lowest-potency option, and this is the oil that most people recommend to start out on – regardless of the condition that they’re trying to treat.
Generally speaking what ends up happening is people who use CBD oil daily as a relief from chronic conditions (i.e. chronic pain, inflammation, insomnia, depression, etc) will end up switching to the high-potency 1000 mg bottle or more. However, even if you do suffer from one of these chronic conditions, it’s still recommended that you start out with the low potency oil first, at least until you gauge how your body reacts to the CBD. It’s important to understand that because everybody’s biochemistry is different, not everyone will react the same or get the same therapeutic effects from CBD oil.
Also, starting off with the lowest potency oil lets you adequately gauge how much CBD it takes to relieve your specific condition. If you’re treating severe pain for example, and you jump right into the high-strength 1000 mg bottle, you’ll have no idea how much oil it actually took to provide relief, even if it ends up working well for you.
If you start with the low-strength option, on the other hand, you’ll be able to start off with a 1-2 mg dose, then if that doesn’t work you can increase to a 3, 4, or 5 mg dose and see what that does. If you jump straight into a heavy 15+ mg dose and receive adequate therapy, you’ll never know if a smaller dose would’ve worked just as well. This is important on two levels: A) it will save you money from not taking more CBD oil than you need, and B) it will reduce the likelihood and/or severity of developing a tolerance.
Low potency CBD oil (300 mg)
A lot of people have used the 300 mg oil for conditions like mild to moderate anxiety and minor body aches and pains. Also, the low-potency oil is great for individuals who’ve found that they’re highly sensitive to CBD (and/or cannabis in general) – some people have a more active endocannabinoid system than do others, so they will naturally not require as strong of an oil.
The low-strength 300 mg is also an excellent option to take as a daily supplement, and many people take a single daily dose of it for increased immune health, increased bodily balance, and general disease prevention.
A single serving of the 300 mg (30 mL) bottle is equivalent to 15 drops of oil, which translates to a 7.5 mg dose of CBD. A lot of people won’t even use a full dose though, as they’re able to find relief with as little as 5-7 drops of oil, which translates to about a 3.5 mg dose.
High potency CBD oil (1000 mg)
Of course, the 1000 mg CBD oil is the most high-strength option. People have used it successfully in the past to treat severe cases of insomnia, depression, anxiety/panic attacks, chronic pain, and/or as a buffer while weaning off heavy drug or alcohol addiction. It’s not recommended that first time users start out with this tincture.
Just like the 300 and 600 mg products, it comes in a 30 mL bottle, but a single 15 drop serving equates to a heavy 24 g dose of CBD – unless your condition is fairly severe, you likely won’t have use for this high-strength tincture.