What is considered a medical amount of CBD?

Medical marijuana can be extremely effective at treating a variety of conditions and ailments. But venturing into this world, particularly for those who don’t have a lot of experience with marijuana in the past can be quite overwhelming. The different forms of consumptions, dosages, and terms like THC and CBD can all make it very confusing for those that just want to get effective medicine.

The first thing to understand is that there are two different main components of medical marijuana that patients will want to concern themselves the most. Cannabidiol is very important. Most commonly referred to as CBD, this is the cannabinoid that is responsible for providing the medicinal effects and relief patients are seeking from their medical marijuana.

But the world of medical marijuana goes further than just knowing about the different cannabinoids and what they do. Patients still need to understand how they can consume these cannabinoids, how to measure a dose, and what doses are best for certain conditions and ailments.

Effective dosages

Finding the right dose of medical marijuana can be quite difficult, partially due to the fact that much of it depends on an individual’s needs and past experience with using marijuana. Someone who has used it extensively for instance, may need a much higher dose than someone who is completely new to the world of CBD and medical marijuana. Finding the right dosage for any particular individual is typically a process of trial-and-error, which is why anyone who wishes to try it out is recommended to start with a low dose and work their way up to find what they can properly handle.

Another factor that will greatly impact the dosage and the amount of CBD that’s being consumed is how the dose is taken. There are many ways to consume cannabis including smoking the flowers, edibles, oils, and hemp CBD extracts.

Smoking dried flowers is one of the preferred methods for recreational users, but it’s not recommended for medicinal patients. While a rolled joint will typically contain about half a gram of marijuana, it’s impossible to tell just how much CBD is contained within that half-gram, even if it’s been rolled using strains high in CBD.

Edibles are a better way to consume medical marijuana and a single dose typically holds about 10 milligrams of CBD or THC. It’s recommended that a single dose be taken for the patients to feel the effects and only after that should they increase in 5 milligram increments if they feel it’s necessary. It’s important to understand that edibles differ from smoking flowers in the way that when smoking for consumption, the effects are immediate. But when edibles are consumed the effects can take anywhere between 30 and 120 minutes before the effects are felt. Because of this, patients should wait that full 120 minutes before taking another dose of edibles.

Hemp CBD oils, also commonly known as just CBD oil, is one of the most popular ways to take a dose of medical marijuana. Standard doses typically begin at 10 milligrams, but they can be as small as 5 milligrams, or even 2.5 milligrams. While this is a good dose for minor ailments and overall health, a higher dose will likely be needed for more serious conditions such as cancer. With these serious conditions, it’s not unheard of for doses to reach as high as 100 milligrams.


How much is enough?

CBD dosages will vary depending on what it’s being used to treat. The exact dosages can be range anywhere from 1 milligram to hundreds of milligrams, with the latter typically being reserved for more serious conditions. The typical doses can be found below, although working with a medical professional that’s well-versed in using cannabis and CBD to treat ailments is always best before taking it. Although it’s effective and is impossible to overdose on, taking too much can have unpleasant side effects.

  • When treating lack of appetite in cancer patients: 2.5 milligrams of THC taken orally (through oils or extracts). 1 milligram of CBD can be taken with or without the THC. This should be taken for six weeks.
  • When treating chronic pain: 2.5 to 20 milligrams of CBD orally for about 25 days.
  • When treating epilepsy: 200 – 300 milligrams of CBD taken orally every day for up to 4.5 months.
  • When treating Huntington’s disease: 10 milligrams of CBD per kilogram of body weight, taken orally every day for six weeks.
  • When treating sleep disorders: 40 – 160 milligrams of CBD taken orally.cbd-capsules
  • When treating symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis: When using cannabis plant extracts that contain 2.5 – 120 milligrams of a combination of both THC and CBD, it should be taken orally for 2 – 15 weeks. Mouth sprays are a popular way to get this dosage for many patients and eight sprays can be taken over the course of three hours with a maximum of 48 sprays being administered over 24 hours.
  • When treating schizophrenia: 40 – 1,280 milligrams of CBD taken orally every day for as long as four weeks.
  • When treating glaucoma: one dose of 20 – 40 milligrams of CBD. It’s not recommended to take more than the recommended maximum of 40 milligrams, as this can actually increase eye pressure.

CBD and THC are both cannabinoids that can greatly help a person treat any number of ailments they may be suffering from, although CBD will always be the most helpful. It’s important to understand what recommended dosages are and, if possible, to work with a professional that fully understands this cannabinoid and its application in medical marijuana, as they will be able to provide the best individual advice.

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