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Cannabis, CBD, and Finding the Optimal Dose

Dose is arguably the most important factor that impacts your cannabis experience. And, with the labeling now present on modern cannabis and CBD products, it’s easier than ever to take the right amount for your goals. There are many things within your control that can impact your cannabis experience. Dose is a big one.

Why dosage matters

Dose is a key factor in achieving the most benefits with the least adverse effects from cannabis.

While it’s nearly impossible to die from a cannabis overdose, the side effects and unpleasant feelings from consuming too much can include anxiety, paranoia, increased heart rate, drowsiness, and in extreme cases, nausea and vomiting.

While these symptoms eventually run their course, they often lead people who feel “too high” to visit the ER and end up with a costly bill. But aside from the cost and potential embarrassment, these folks tend to end up fine after a little time has passed. 

Additionally, there seems to be no perfect dose of CBD that individuals should take. Dosing amounts range from 20 mg to 1,500 mg daily, depending on the person. A CBD study in 2017 confirmed that the compound is well tolerated by the body, but excessive use over a period of time has raised concerns about possible liver damage when interacting with other medications. But this was only a single study conducted on mice. Furthering testing is needed to conclude with reliable data. 

So, determining the right dose for the cannabis products you use is important, and it can help to optimize your cannabis experience. So, what’s the best way to find the right dosage?

Finding the right dose

If you’re new to using cannabis or CBD, finding the right dose is such an important consideration. And, while there are many variables to consider, it’s doable with the right tools, guidance, and a little bit of patience.

The number one rule is always: Start small. It’s always best (and safest) to start at a low dosage. When you first try a new product, be patient, and wait to feel the effects. If you are not getting the results you desire, then carefully increase the dose and notice the results. Sometimes, a slightly higher dose is helpful. Other times, it is not.

There are other factors, too, that may impact your attempts to find the right dose. Those factors include diet, hydration level, time of day, exercise, and the influence of your own unique endocannabinoid system.

Given these many factors, there’s no perfect answer that will direct your dosage.

Further, your ideal dose depends on your goals, like improving your sleep, reducing anxietymanaging pain, or enjoying social experiences. It’s quite probable that the dose and product that works best for you for one goal may not work for another.

Experienced cannabis or CBD users can benefit from smaller dosages. The smaller dose you take, the less money you spend in pursuit of your goals. Further, given that the long-term side effects of cannabis use are not well-documented, you’re better off having less. In addition, limited CBD evidence has pointed to reverse tolerance for users. Instead, regular CBD users need a lower amount of the compound to produce the desired results.

Researchers have found that micro-dosing cannabis can be effective at treating certain conditions and symptoms. A study on subjects suffering from neuropathic pain found that the patients who micro-dosed felt as much relief as those who medium-dosed. They found that the micro-dosers felt relief for a longer period of time, too.

Jointly can help you find your minimum effective dose.

Getting answers with Jointly

Jointly is Your Cannabis Companion – a smartphone app that answers your important questions by aggregating experiences from a community of users just like you. Jointly is safe, secure, private, unbiased, and easy to use. Jointly only includes legal and licensed products from legal and licensed brands.

Jointly can help you identify the best products for your goals, based on real experiences of other people, like you, with the same goals.

By submitting reports and ratings in Jointly, your own personal in-app Learning Center helps you understand how to improve your experience:

How do you find your optimal dose?
How much time should you wait between sessions?
How does ingestion method impact your experience?
How does time of day impact your experience?
Does it matter if you exercise before, during, or after cannabis use?
How does the amount of sleep you get the night before change things?
What about hydration?
How much food is in your stomach?
The quality of your diet?
Your environment?
The people you are with?

We hope you get the results you deserve. And, be sure to learn about the steps you can take to increase your odds of success.

And, if you have any feedback or ideas for improving Jointly, please let us know. We’re here to help, but also to learn.


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