Table of Contents
- Negative Propaganda Is Proven Wrong
- Why Is It So Hard To Get A Simple Prescription For CBD?
- Multiple Variables Prevent Universal Standards For CBD Dosage
- Implied But Not Guaranteed
- According To The FDA
- Know Your Milligrams
- Information Gathered From Consumers Just Like You
- What About CBD For Your Pets?
- Different Species, Similar Problems
- Veterinarians Don’t Hesitate To Use CBD On Their Own Pets and Neither Should You
- Human or Animal, The Same Basic Rules Apply For Correct Dosage of CBD
- Okay, Which Type Of CBD Product Is Best and How Much Should I Use?
Negative Propaganda Is Proven Wrong
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Why Is It So Hard To Get A Simple Prescription For CBD?
Currently, it could be difficult to find a Doctor willing to proscribe any Cannabis product including CBD. Why would they when there is no recommended daily allowance? Medical schools don’t (yet) cover CBD therapy in their curriculum. Their focus seems to be on pharmaceuticals that carry expensive patents so of course Doctor’s hesitate to promote the use of a product they have not studied no matter how much the evidence may weigh in its favor.
Multiple Variables Prevent Universal Standards For CBD Dosage
Eventually, now that laws have loosened up considerably medical science may have more detailed information for us on dosage for Cannabis products but for now, the best options are still by trial and error. No two people are alike, even exact twins will have different requirements so don’t take another’s advice, do your own experimenting to find what works for you specifically. Gradually increase or decrease your dosage until you have the desired effect.
Product potency, genetics, diet, metabolism, weight, and even your environment can all have an impact on how CBD works within the body and how much of it you need for best personal results. In this instance experimentation doesn’t have to be scary or dangerous because CBD is not considered to be an addictive substance. Many have found that keeping a “CBD Journal” in the beginning is very helpful in maintaining focus and zeroing in on the perfect dose sooner rather than later.
There are dosage recommendations on CBD product labels. However keep in mind that this information isn’t based on science. It comes from careful study of what has worked for others and doesn’t say that needs are likely to change with time as your body does. The CBD receptors within your body change with age making dosage adjustments necessary for continuing best benefit.
Implied But Not Guaranteed
The FDA will not allow producers of CBD oil or any other hemp product to plainly state what dosage requirements should be. They don’t acknowledge that it helps at all and when dosage recommendations are given that implies that it will alleviate a given condition or ailment. That being the case you wont find many product labels that will tell you exactly how many drops should be taken, they can only “suggest.” As stated above, there are no recorded deaths by overdose of CBD oil so taking too much at first isn’t much more than a waste of the product.
According To The FDA
This government entity places CBD in the food supplements category. That being the case, CBD like any other supplement must have a nutritional content label which clearly states a suggested serving size. It’s natural to want to trust what you see on a label but not in the case of CBD products. Any suggestions are more than likely an arbitrary guess to satisfy the FDA but no indication of how much you should really be taking.
Know Your Milligrams
Because not all brands are created equally the most important thing on a CBD label is the milligram information. One brand may say suggest a serving size of 10 drops and another only 5. Never assume because one brand says it’s okay to take more of theirs that the one suggesting a lesser amount can be doubled. Chances are the brand suggesting only 5 drops simply has a higher concentration of CBD and you only need those five to get the same effect that ten of the other would have.
It’s a shame that the FDA makes such a simple thing as plainly stating correct dosage so difficult. However, they can’t control common knowledge, and as many of those new to CBD have found through personal use, weight and the severity of an illness or condition have a lot, if not everything to do with correct dosage. In short, the larger a person is, the more they generally need for effective relief. Avoid expensive waste by remembering you can always increase the dosage until you have established what works for you.
Information Gathered From Consumers Just Like You
Navigating through all the data currently available on different CBD brands, potencies, and government regulations can lead to a major case of information overload. Many factors need to be considered when it comes to your health and the average person can’t be expected to know them all. It helps to keep the following in mind when it’s time to decide on brands or dosage.
Remember, information like the following comes from people who have been there, not a group of those who have never used CBD but have an opinion anyway. Some of this information may be redundant but bears repeating because it’s so important.
- No matter how extreme your symptoms may be use caution and be patient when you begin your CBD therapy. Always start with the minimum recommended dosage, if that doesn’t work for you simply increase the amount gradually until you find the relief you need.
- Don’t forget correct dosage of CBD depends as much on your environment as body type or ailment. Treating it like any other supplement is a good rule to follow. Pay attention to what your own body tells you and you can’t go wrong.
- Whether you decide on CBD therapy for your spirits or bodily ailments don’t be shy about talking to your physician if you have any questions at all, especially if you are already taking other medications.
What About CBD For Your Pets?
Some people hear the words “a derivative of the Marijuana plant” and immediately see red flags. It may be decades yet before the social stigma wears off on this simple plant, and in the mean time pharmaceutical companies are making just as much money of their pet products as they do for the human ones. The big question is if it can only help, is not addictive (the same as with humans), and can allow your pet to live a more comfortable life, why not?
Different Species, Similar Problems
Lack of research pretty much sums up the whole problem of how much CBD is too much. Finding research on plain spoken dosage answers for humans is difficult enough, and for any other species it’s nearly impossible. Getting the dose right is just as important for your pet as it is for yourself but since they can’t tell you in words how they feel finding that perfect level takes a bit more work.
According to FDA testing there are people out there making top dollar off of pet products that contain very little (if any) CBD. Most pets will respond to treatment as expected with a quality product but in the rare cases this doesn’t happen how do you know if it wasn’t due to a poor product? These kinds of questions should be posed to your vet but you’ll have to bring up the subject yourself because they aren’t allowed to in some states.
As doctors of animal rather than human medicine they have been left out of Cannabis laws entirely. They can talk to you about it after you’ve asked, they just can’t recommend it on their own. They will have information you need on reputable CBD brands you can trust so don’t be shy about asking for it.
Veterinarians Don’t Hesitate To Use CBD On Their Own Pets and Neither Should You
Whenever 2/3 of an online community of Veterinarians all agree that they are asked about CBD treatment for pets at least once a month that’s worth knowing if you still hesitate. Ask 3 of them if they would or do treat their own pets with CBD and chances are at least one of them, if not all, will say yes.
Remember, whether you’re for or against the whole idea of legalized Marijuana, CBD products come from plants that have had the high bred out of them. In fact, most have a THC content so low it barely registers if at all. Your beloved pet will not become a “stoner” because their CBD meds no longer have what it takes to produce the psychotropic effect of THC.
Human or Animal, The Same Basic Rules Apply For Correct Dosage of CBD
In the right doses CBD won’t harm your pet any more than it would you. As with humans, weight, nature of illness or disability, and environment all need to be considered for your pet as well. Again, this is where you need a vets advice to help determine a safe dosage for your pet. Bear in mind that until further studies on CBD in the animal kingdom have been completed no one can guarantee anything. That may be so but there are countless pet owners out there who swear by it anyway and their pets would as well if they could talk.
Okay, Which Type Of CBD Product Is Best and How Much Should I Use?
If your vet can’t answer those two questions adequately, you may find help at Veterinarycannabis.org. Never give CBD meant for human use to your pet because they may include substances (Ex. grape seed oil or xylitol) which are perfectly safe for you but can be toxic to animals. Ask your vet for a list of CBD brands that have been tested by an independent third party and can provide a Certificate of Analysis.
Exact dosing recommendations for animals don’t yet exist but with what science has discovered so far some very educated guesses are possible. Take Judy Morgan for example. As a holistic vet in the New Jersey area
- beginning CBD pet therapy with twice daily 1 mg doses of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight.
- Start with the lowest dose possible and increase as seems necessary.
- CBD comes in many forms. Such as topical treatments, snacks or chew treats but in the beginning she recommends tinctures which are given orally so dosage can be more closely controlled.
- Regardless of whether they are drastic or hardly noticeable, keep a journal of your pet’s reactions and make sure you record any changes in behavior.
In closing you may be interested to know that Martha Stewart, already well known for the delicious human foods that come out of her kitchen is now in collaboration with the Cannabis oriented company “Canopy Growth” working on CBD recipes for pets. Humans won’t be left out, but her first focus will be on pets. This being the case any CBD pet product with her name on it will surely be a favorite