CBD’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, with many championing its various health benefits. Even physicians have spoken so highly of CBD that everyone is eager to use it to solve any problem they are facing. But before using it, you must know the optimum dosage of CBD required for the optimal effect. Before understanding the importance of the right dosage of CBD and how it interacts with other medications, let’s take a quick look at what CBD is.
CBD (or Cannabidiol) is one of the 113 cannabinoids extracted from cannabis. It is the non-psychoactive part of the plant, which is responsible for many therapeutic advantages. Courtesy of its non-toxic effects and many health benefits, CBD has been legalised in many countries all over the world. It is available in many forms including edibles, oils, vaporisers, patches, creams, etc.
Now, let's talk about the significance of the dosage of CBD. And if there are any chances of side-effects due to the wrong dosage.
Does CBD Have a Right Dose?
Dosage is not something you can ignore. It varies from person to person since everyone has a different set of problems they are facing. But if we are to state an amount, then research suggests that about 20 to 1500mg of CBD can be used per day. It is recommended to increase the dosage little by little so that our body can get familiar with it.
Moreover, patients should pay keen attention to the dosage as per their body needs. One's body may react haphazardly if given the wrong dosage. Following are some of the strictures to abide by to check the validity of CBD in your body.
Your Body Mass Distribution:
Weight is the center of the human body around which every aspect revolves – especially when it comes to medical science. Body mass distribution, or commonly known as body mass index, is a parameter to regulate the dosage enough to provide your whole body.
Dosage of CBD is highly dependent on the intensity of the ailment you have. The more intense a disease is, the higher the dosage will need to be. For instance, in the case of neurological diseases and post-traumatic stress disorder, a higher dosage is required. For less intense diseases, low dosages will be helpful as well. It all depends on the intensity of the disease you are suffering from.
Biochemical composition of a patient's body:
Our body is not necessarily compatible with just any medicine. We need to see which medicine suits our body. Many people cannot consume CBD as they are allergic to cannabinoids, terpenes, or THC. Such compounds could be injurious to health as they produce allergic reactions.
Different Concentrations of CBD:
Each form of CBD possesses different concentrations. Different CBD dealers have designed different forms of CBD products with variable concentrations as per the requirement of patients.
CBD is a natural tonic extracted from the cannabis plant. It is usually hard to know the original concentration of CBD. In the market, each capsule of CBD has about 5mg of concentrated CBD. For this purpose, market dealers write quantity and concentration on the packet of each form. For the ease of consumers, market dealers write them on the packet.
Researchers say that an average human can hold up to 1500mg of CBD. If somebody has a serious issue, they should rather consider consulting their doctor instead of consuming higher doses of CBD. Higher doses could be harmful and can cause side-effects like diarrhea, change in eating habits, exhaustion, and loss of weight.
With the increasing market of CBD products, fake brands are also damaging the market. People are selling low-quality products and tarnishing the trust of people in CBD. Therefore, consumers should do proper research on online marketplaces while buying. Hence, you should be cautious as some scammers add dangerous elements that can be a risk for your health.
Drug Interactions of CBD:
Did you know that CBD can change the way your body reacts to different medications?
As we know, CBD has the potential to alleviate symptoms of different distresses such as pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, etc. The studies have also shown that it is safe to use CBD, and it has minor side-effects - which may or may not occur. However, there is one serious point to consider when consuming CBD, which is its capability to interact with other medications or drugs.
This makes it crucial to consult your doctor first before starting your doses of CBD. Your doctor can have a deeper look at your symptoms, and recommend the best treatment for your issue.
When you ingest medicine or a drug, your body works to break it down – or in other terms, metabolises it. For this purpose, the body consists of a family of enzymes known as Cytochrome P450 or CYP450. This group of enzymes is responsible for converting any alien substances so they can easily be removed from the body. Among these, the CYP3A4 enzyme is the one that mostly performs that job by breaking down sixty percent of the medications ingested by your body.
Medicinal drugs consumed by your body affect this enzyme and alters the function of drug metabolism – it may slow it down or speed it up. These changes in metabolism can affect how the drugs are processed by your body.
Similarly, when CBD is consumed, the CYP450 family (especially CYP3A4) works to metabolise the cannabinoids from the medicine. According to the research, CBD might obstruct the function of the enzyme, which might cause your body to reject the effects of other medicines you're taking. It can also be the other way round. Other medications may inhibit the enzyme and cause your body to not process the effects of CBD.
Also, taking CBD while consuming other medicines as well can result in an increased amount of medication in your body. The greater amount of medicine may cause certain harmful side-effects as well.
So the drug interaction with CBD can not only cancel out its effects, but can also result in additional problems. Your doctor can however recommend the right product, dosage, and time of use of CBD according to your existing medicine schedules. Therefore, it is preferred to take the word of your doctor before using CBD with other medicines.