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September 7, 2016

Cannabis Oil Benefits, Recommendations and CBD Dosage Charts

Cannabis oil is purportedto be beneficial for a tremendous number of conditions including cancer, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, depression and insomnia. Cannabis oil is produced by extracting the plant's essential oils in a solvent (like alcohol) and should not be confused with hemp oil which is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant.

While cannabis oil may be helpful for many ailments we strongly recommend that you always consult your medical practitioner to create a treatment strategy. Despite being plant-based, some of the compounds in cannabis are very potent and should be used with care.

Oils extracted from the cannabis plant may include substantial amounts of THC and be legal only in MMJ-friendly locations whereas oils extracted from the hemp plant contain lower or trace amounts of THC. THC works synergistically with CBD and may possess additional therapeutic characteristics that CBD alone does not possess.

Cannabis Oil (CBD)
Oil extracted from cannabis or hemp plants and used orally or topically. May contain significant or trace amounts of THC.
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
Oil extracted from whole-plant cannabis that is used orally or topically. Contains a significant amount of THC.
Hemp Seed Oil
Nutritional oil extracted from the seeds of hemp plants. Hemp seed oil has a great omega profile but is not medicinal.

Cannabis oil may be beneficial for...

  1. Cancer
  3. Arthritis
  4. Multiple Sclerosis
  5. Leukemia
  6. Crohn's Disease
  7. Depression
  8. Anxiety
  9. Osteoporosis
  10. Psoriasis
  11. Insomnia
  12. Glaucoma
  13. Asthma
  14. Burns
  15. Migraines
  16. Weight Loss
  17. Chronic Pain
  18. Broken Bones(!)

Although we can provide some dosing guidelines, the right cannabis treatment strategy is very dependent on the person and condition being treated.

For maximum therapeutic benefit, choose cannabis products that include both cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD and THC interact to enhance each other's therapeutic effects.

THC and CBD are synergistic. They work best together. A patient's sensitivity to THC is a key factor to determining the ratio and dosage of CBD-rich medicine.

Many people enjoy the cannabis high and can consume reasonable doses of any cannabis product without feeling too high or dysphoric. Others find THC unpleasant. CBD can lessen or neutralize the intoxicating effects of THC, meaning that a greater ratio of CBD-to-THC means less of a high.

Finding your ideal THC-to-CBD ratio is the first step to effective treatment.

Although banned by federal law, dosed cannabis medicine is currently available in the form of concentrated oil extracts, infused sublingual sprays, capsules, edibles, and other products. Potent cannabis oil extracts have varying ratios of CBD and THC that are calibrated to suit the needs and sensitivities of each patient.

For anxiety, depression, spasms, and pediatric seizure disorders, many patients initially find they do best with a moderate dose of a CBD-dominant remedy (a CBD:THC ratio of more than 10:1). But a low THC remedy, while not intoxicating, is not necessarily the best therapeutic option.

A combination of CBD and THC will likely have a greater therapeutic effect for a wider range of conditions than CBD or THC alone. For cancer, neurological disease, and many other ailments, patients may benefit from a balanced ratio of CBD and THC.

Extensive clinical research has shown that a 1:1 ratio is effective for neuropathic pain. Optimizing one's therapeutic use of cannabis may entail a careful, step-by-step process, whereby a patient starts with small doses of a non-intoxicating CBD-rich remedy, observes the results, and gradually increases the amount of THC.

Cannabis compounds have biphasic properties, which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects.

Small doses of cannabis tend to stimulate; large doses sedate. Too much THC can amplify anxiety and mood disorders. CBD has no known adverse side effects at any dose, but drug interactions can be problematic. Check with your medical practitioner.

An excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. “Less is more” is often the case with respect to cannabis therapy. It's best to start small and work your way up until you experience the desired results.

Dosage Guidelines

  • Decide how you want to take cannabis. Cannabis oil is available in sprays, capsules, edibles and other products. Smoking cannabis destroys most of its therapeutic characteristics.
  • Find your CBD-to-THC ratio. Cannabis products have varying amounts of CBD and THC. A high CBD or high THC product is not necessarily superior to a strain with a balanced ratio. Find the proper combination to treat your particular condition.
  • Start with a low dose, especially if you have little or no experience with cannabis. Work your way up until you experience the results you're after.
  • Take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose.
  • Use the same dose and ratio for several days. Observe and record the effects and then adjust the ratio or dosage, if desired.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

We'll start with a frustratingly vague answer: it depends.

First and foremost, there is no scientific information at this point that directs how much CBD you should take for any given situation. But, there is some helpful information we can point out and also some general guidelines to help you figure out what a proper dose may be for you.

It's important to note that CBD hemp oil products are, by FDA guidelines, to be treated as food supplements. As such, all products are required to have some form of nutritional label on them just like you'd see on food at your grocery store.

All nutritional labels require a "suggested serving size" so manufacturers have to put something on the label. This is a huge disservice to anyone purchasing CBD hemp oil and trying to figure out how much they should take.

Most people consult the label to determine how much they should take. The suggested serving size is not necessarily indicative of how much CBD you should take for therapeutic results so using the suggested serving as a guideline can be unproductive.

However, it's important to remember that there is no record of an overdose on CBD even when taking doses substantially higher than recommended on the label.

FDA guidelines prohibit statements that any amount of CBD will cure, help or treat any health condition. However, these general guidelines remain valid. The more you weigh, the more CBD you may need to take. Additionally, the severity of your condition may call for larger doses.

The following chart may be used to establish a baseline or a starting point. Again, these guidelines are based on anecdotal suggestions from the MMJ community; there are no scientific statements backing these suggestions.

As you can see in the chart below, the suggested dose of CBD for adults ranges from about 12mg to 45mg per day. Your medical professional can help determine the severity of your condition.

To restate, the amounts above have been reported by others as a good point at which to start, and then adjust as your body dictates. One nice aspect of CBD is that, to date, no one has reported that you can take too much. Start with an amount you think is reasonable and then you can always increase or decrease until you find your particular tolerance.

One last note on all this. Our recommendation is that when first using CBD oil, try taking 1 dose of your daily amount in the morning and a second dose in the evening. Do this for the first 3-4 days to build it up in your system and after these first few days, drop back to once per day.

Always consult your health counselor.

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