How much CBD should I take to help me with my anxiety?
This is a tough question to answer but taking the proper dose of CBD for anxiety can be made a little easier. Simply put...
- Start with a small dose
- If that does not work, gradually increase it until it works for you
- When in doubt, consult your physician.
Now let’s dig a little deeper into dosing and understand that there is no one size fits all and there is a bit of trial and error. You must take into consideration the following:
The strength and quality of the CBD
Not all CBD is created equal and there is a slew of products with varying degrees of quality and strength.
The weight of the individual and their unique body chemistry
As with most substances, people with more body weight may require more CBD to get a desired result. For a small to average size individual, start with about 16.6 mg of CBD. That would be a 1 ml dropper of a 500 mg tincture. Start with that daily dose for 2-3 days and if you do not get the desired results than gradually increase the amount you are taking and monitor the results. A daily dose of 16-32 mg should be sufficient for most people. A little higher dose in the evening may be necessary for sleep disorders. Take note, too high of a daily dose has been shown to worsen symptoms in some people and you may have to take less if symptoms worsen and your dosage has been relatively high. And remember, please do not take the advice of your friends even if they are of similar size. Everyone has their own individual dose that works for them and the severity of the condition and the individual’s unique body chemistry will play a huge role in dosing.
I really wish I can be a little more specific and scientific on dosing but the research is just not out yet. Due to the past legal status of hemp and the limited availability of research data, there is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). While I wish I could provide you an exact dose, very rough estimates are as good as it gets. What we have learned is that each individual has his/her own “goldilocks point” and too little or too much will not give you the desired benefits.
Now, back to your question about anxiety...
To start, understand that CBD has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Although some research appears to indicate that CBD may be helpful with anxiety related disorders, more studies are needed.
A study at the Mayo Clinic published in January 2018 involving 72 participants examined whether CBD can help improve anxiety and sleep quality. It found a decrease in anxiety symptoms in 79% of the participants and concluded the CBD may be helpful.