“I bought CBD oil, but I don’t know how much to take…” This is a comment we hear often. Many people also wonder what happens if you take too much CBD? Here, we will thoroughly introduce the reasons why CBD daily intake numbers are not clearly set, precautions for taking CBD, and advice on intake by application and product.
The amount of CBD required is different for each person
People who drink alcohol can become energetic and excited at first, but after drinking a bit more may become calm. In the case of a small amount of alcohol, it can act as a stimulant, but when a certain amount is consumed, it can have a suppressive effect. While the mechanism of alcohol and CBD are very different in your body, use of CBD can provide focus or relaxation as your body may react differently to smaller versus larger amounts taken. Research shows that a small amount of CBD suppresses alertness, improves concentration, relieves anxiety, and raises mood, while a large amount of CBD can have the effect of causing drowsiness, relaxation, or a sense of wellbeing.
Tolerance for CBD can vary from person to person as far as the amount required to reach a state of relaxation. This comes from the fact that every individual has their own biological system.
In addition, the endocannabinoid system in our bodies are different from person to person, so the amount of CBD required can also vary. According to Dr. Dustin Slack, a doctor of osteopathic surgery, some patients feel a therapeutic effect with just a small amount, while others prefer to take larger amounts. However, this does not mean it is best to take large amounts of CBD. Taking low doses over a long period of time may help alleviate chronic symptoms and prevent disease recurrence according to overseas data.
Therefore, it is important to know the appropriate amount of CBD that is right for yourself. Referring to the following guidelines for daily intake, first start of with a lower amount and then if necessary increase gradually while gauging the reaction of your body. Please keep in mind that the “right amount” can also depend on changes in your physical condition and lifestyle, so please always adjust while keeping in tune with your body. CBD is said to have many different uses, and the estimated intake varies depending on your reason for taking CBD.
Advice on CBD intake by application
For relaxation, anxiety and inflammation
If you are using CBD for the first time, please start by taking 15 mg of CBD twice a day. Other sites may recommend more or less, but HealthyTOKYO, based on feedback from many customers over the years, recommends to start with 15 mg and adjust as necessary. Please try the same amount for a few days and adjust the amount little by little while checking the compatibility with your body.
For a better sleep
If you want to take CBD to encourage sleep and better quality rest, try taking about 15-30mg before going to bed. It seems better to have a larger amount before bedtime, compared with what would take during the day.
Improvement of autism symptoms
In addition to reducing anxiety and promoting calmness, CBD is said to be effective for autism according to information from Europe and the United States. While not a treatment for autism, it can be used to relieve symptoms. In this case, try taking 15mg of CBD to start.
When used to treat epilepsy
It is known that CBD reduces the number of epileptic seizures and their severity. It is recommended that you consult your doctor about the appropriate dose. Here is some information that may provide guidance.
The FDA guidelines for EPIDIOLEX®︎ from the United States, the only CBD drug approved by the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration), recommends that you start with CBD 2.5 mg/kg (patient’s weight) twice a day. After monitoring the outcome for a week, it is possible to raise the intake to 5 mg/kg, with a maximum intake up to 10 mg/kg.
EPIDIOLEX®︎ is a medicine applied to the treatment of seizures with Lenox Gasto Syndrome and Drave Syndrome, which are two type of epilepsy. This product contains other substances from cannabis, in addition to CBD, for a higher efficacy in the treatment of these conditions. The same effect may or may not be obtained with CBD oil alone. However, CBD is known for is effectiveness for epilepsy, and you can consider the above as a general guideline.
Recommended amounts for each CBD product
Let’s take a look at the recommended amount to take for each of the products available at HealthyTOKYO. Please keep in mind that the absorption is generally considered higher with oils compared to gummies and other edibles. With oils (tinctures), place the desired amount under your tongue (sublingual) and hold for 20 to 30 seconds before swallowing. With gummies, chew thoroughly to allow better absorption.
HealthyTOKYO Products & Recommended Starting Amounts
What happens if you take too much CBD?
There are individual differences, but basically it is said that CBD is safe to take up to about 1500 mg a day, and the WHO (World Health Organization) also acknowledges the safety of CBD.
Some studies have also suggested that if you overdose on CBD, it may cause liver disease. However, this is limited to people taking a excessive amount of CBD (far more than mentioned above) over an extended period of time. If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor before taking any CBD.
As another reference, the Food Standards Agency of the UK and the Food Standards Agency (British Food Standards Agency) announced in February 2020 that healthy adults should limit their daily CBD intake to 70 mg. That would be the equivalent of seven CBDTokyo Mango Star 9.3 Gummies or twenty-three drops of HealthyTOKYO Yuzu 6% CBD Oil.
Can CBD be used in conjunction with medication?
CBD can interact with some medication and cause and increase or decrease of their effect.
When taking most medicine, the body must break down and metabolize the substances in the liver. During this process, CYP3A4 is responsible for the metabolism of 60% of the drug. CBD can interfere with the function of CYP3A4 in some cases.
When medicine is prescribed, you may be informed by your doctor or pharmacist not eat grapefruit. CBD can work in a similar way to grapefruit by suppressing the enzyme CYP3A4 in the liver. In this case there is a risk that the efficiency of the drug may be affected by staying in the body for a longer time without metabolizing.
If you are currently taking medication and want to try CBD, we recommend that you consult your doctor to see if you need to be cautious by consuming them together.
Let’s find the amount of CBD that suits you.
As mentioned above, the amount of CBD required varies from person to person, so it is important to find the amount and product that suits you. Depending on the application, it is usually appropriate to start with 15 mg at a time, and adjust while monitoring the results.
If you want to speak with knowledgeable staff, visit any of HealthyTOKYO’s many CBD shops or contact us through chat here.