So, you’ve decided to take CBD. But the question you’re asking now is how much?
It is important to remember that CBD is not like THC in that a high dose isn’t going to cause massive psychoactivity or a “bad trip”. Studies have shown responses to doses as high as 1200mg have been helpful in treating some conditions while Epidolex, an FDA approved CBD medication for epilepsy, uses a starting dose of just 5mg/kg.
Most of our users are not looking to manage pain from chemo or seizures, and so there is a bit less in the way of peer-reviewed research for more “everyday” use. Bob Bell, our Head of CBD Operations, suggests that doses as low as 5-10mg can help you feel a little more aware and reduce impacts of muscle soreness. Even a dose this small could provide a little boost for pain reduction.
Around 25mg can really help enhance recovery and reduce swelling. That’s why we put 25mg CBD in our Recovery Protein. This concentration can promote relaxation and reduce swelling to help with recovery. We also offer SoftGels in this dosage and have anecdotally heard from customers that this is generally is the best starting point for CBD use.
Doses above 25mg are what we tend to use for larger athletes or at night to aid recovery. We’ve also heard from pro athletes who use 25mg doses every night go for 50mg on recovery days to really enhance adaptation to exercise.
But rather than jumping right to 50mg, we’d suggest a few weeks at 25 before increasing your dose. After that, increasing dosage in 25mg daily increments once a month until you get the desired symptom relief is our best advice. Also, don’t forget that you might be getting CBD from multiple sources, so make sure to count up the total daily dose including any Gems, drinks or salves you might be using in addition to SoftGels or tinctures.
CBD’s use as an ergogenic or analgesic supplement for athletes is still in its early days. So a lot of our users have experimented with micro doses using tinctures or 25mg SoftGels to find their ideal daily dose. As long as you move slowly and allow time for the dosage to take effect before increasing, this seems to be a safe option. However if you are taking any over the counter or prescription medications you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist before combining them with CBD.
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