One of the main things that determines how capable your CBD product is of meeting your needs is how much actual CBD you’re taking in per dose. CBD products that contain a hemp extract, such as a vape oil, a tincture, a topical or an edible, come in a variety of milligram strengths. Further, the amount of the CBD product that you take in per dose also dictates how much of the hemp compounds you’re in fact consuming.
Now, let’s further explore how both dosage amounts and milligram strengths work in terms of the hemp experience that you’ll end up having. As you’ll see, both of these factors must be taken into careful consideration to ensure that you are capable of satisfying your needs with the CBD product that you choose.
Dosage Amount vs. Milligram Strength: What’s the Difference?
In order to better customize your daily hemp routine, you must first understand the difference between dosage amount and milligram strength. The dosage amount pertains to the amount of product you consume per dose, and the milligram strength refers to the concentration of the actual product formulation that you’re consuming.
The milligram strength reflects the potency level of the product. CBD products that contain multiple ingredients, which are basically all hemp products on the market today excluding hemp flower, can have any amount of actual hemp extract in them. The milligram strength is the amount of hemp extract that’s in the formula.
The dosage amount is often suggested on the product’s label. This tells you how much of the product to consume in order to have a full dose. This is just a suggestion by the manufacturer, as we will explain shortly.
How to Choose the Right Milligram Strength
Choosing the right milligram strength mostly comes down to two factors: your body weight and your unique needs. When it comes to CBD and other cannabinoids, the ideal milligram strength for one person is too high or too low for another, because everyone’s body is unique in how it processes these compounds. The majority of hemp users will find that they need to experiment with the milligram strength for a while before finding the perfect one.
Needless to say, higher milligram strengths are more potent. This means that if you’re dealing with a more severe situation or your body weight is higher than average, you’ll likely benefit from going with a higher strength. Typically, it’s recommended that beginners start on the lower side and work their way up as needed, as this allows them to monitor the unique way in which CBD affects them.
How to Calculate the Right Dosage Amount
The dosage amount needs to be properly calculated and considered so that you can ensure that you’re consuming the right amount of hemp compounds daily in order to suit your needs. As stated earlier, companies almost always print the suggested dosage level on the packaging of a product, but this is only the recommended amount for the general public. Most users start off with the recommended amount and make adjustments as needed, whether it be increasing or decreasing the amount consumed daily.
Factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing the dosage amount are, again, your body weight and the reason why you’re consuming CBD. A higher dosage level will give you a more potent experience.
However, there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to the relationship between dosage amount and body weight that you can take into account. For adults who have a mild situation, 12 to 24 milligrams per day is considered a standard dose, with those with lower body weights going with 12mg and those with a body weight of 220 pounds or higher opting for 24 milligrams. With moderate symptoms, the range is 15 to 30 milligrams, and for severe circumstances, the range is 18 to 45 milligrams.
Identical Milligram Strengths Between Different Delivery Methods
You may have found that when you switch delivery methods, the milligram strength that was once ideal for you no longer suits your needs. This is because each delivery method has its own absorption rate, and so the milligram strength may need to be adjusted. For instance, consuming a CBD edible allows for a slow absorption rate, where effects may not be felt for two hours. Meanwhile, vaping CBD is known for being very potent and fast-acting due to its very quick absorption rate. This means that consuming a 25mg edible can produce fairly moderate effects, while vaping 25 milligrams of CBD in one sitting can be far too much.
So, how do you determine how to adjust your milligram strength when switching between delivery methods? There is no one-size-fits-all approach, but we’ve found that whenever you switch to a new delivery method, it’s best to start with a low concentration and work your way up. This is also helpful because a different delivery method may have totally different effects on your body than the one that you were using, so starting slow is a great way to monitor how it makes you feel.
Be Open to Experimentation
At the end of the day, everyone has different goals and needs when it comes to CBD, and each person responds to CBD differently due to the nature of their endocannabinoid system. This means that hemp users should be open to experimentation before they find the ideal milligram strength and dosage level for them. Many people who have tried CBD and claimed that it didn’t work for them were simply not consuming the right amount in terms of both milligram strength and dosage level. While it can take time for some to find their sweet spot, it’s absolutely worth it.
Both Milligram Strength and Dosage Amount Can Make or Break Your CBD Experience
Which is why you must choose both very carefully. This guide will help you understand what each one means in terms of how it contributes to your ability to reach your hemp-related goals.