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The Ultimate Guide to Using CBD for Horses

Here is everything you need and want to know about using CBD for horses.

If you are reading this, you might be feeling like you have already tried everything to help your horse and you are out of options. We hear this a lot from frustrated horse men and women that are desperate for some relief for their beloved steed.

If you are wondering if CBD is safe to use for your horse or how to use it, you’ve come to the right place!

The Ultimate Guide to Using CBD for Horses

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What is CBD?

The initials CBD are short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of over 100 naturally occurring phytocannabinoids (chemical compounds) that have been identified in cannabis. CBD is the most common cannabinoid and is found in all varieties of the cannabis plant.

There are three strains of cannabis: C. sativa, C. indica, and C. ruderalis. While CBD is found in each strain, the CBD that we use for products comes from industrial hemp, a variety of C. sativa. Hemp is naturally high in CBD and very low in THC (the cannabinoid that is responsible for the “high” people experience when using marijuana.)

Another common name for CBD oil is hemp oil. Note that hemp oil and hemp seed oil are two totally different things. Hemp seed oil is what it says, oil extracted from hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil doesn’t actually contain CBD.

Now that you have an overview of what CBD is let’s explore why it could benefit your horse.

A Horse’s Endocannabinoid System

Horses, as well as all mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have an endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) can be described as a body system that is working to always keep our bodies in balance.

The body has many internal processes that are continually either building things up or breaking them down. The ECS monitors these processes to make sure that there is the right balance of building and breaking. When there is too much of one or the other, the ECS works to restore the balance.

The Endocannabinoid System has two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord.)

CB2 receptors are primarily found in the peripheral nervous system like skin, muscles and other organs.

Horses have an endocannabinoid system with two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2.These receptors respond to cannabinoids. Some cannabinoids (like THC) bind directly to these receptors. However, CBD does not. Instead, CBD works indirectly by blocking enzymes that break down one of the body’s important neurotransmitters. In this way, CBD supports the ECS by keeping more of this important neurotransmitter around (anandamide), which makes the endocannabinoid system more active and effective. In essence, it nourishes the ECS.

Although CBD doesn’t bind directly to the CB1 or CB2 receptors, there are many, many other types of receptors in the brain. CBD does directly bond to some of these.

A History of Using CBD for Horses

There are many references to using cannabis for horses found throughout history.

You might be surprised to hear that Cannabis has been used in veterinary medicine for thousands of years! The earliest known references to using CBD for horses are found in Greek writings. The Greeks used cannabis tinctures to treat colic and compresses to treat wounds.

In 1607, Edward Topsell referenced using cannabis for horses that were used for long distance trips in The History of Four Footed Beasts.

Cannabis was also used widely across the United States, in the late 1800s and early 1900s until it was outlawed in 1937. Prior to 1937, veterinarians often prescribed colic medications that contained high amounts of cannabis.

What Conditions Does CBD Treat in Horses

The commonly accepted properties of CBD are that it is an anti-inflammatory, anti-analgesic (pain reducer), and an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety). The truth is that most conditions and illnesses are a response to inflammation or other imbalance in the body, so CBD can be an effective treatment for many, many things.

Our customers have used our CBD products to treat their horses with these conditions:

In many places above, we have linked to reviews from real customers on our Facebook page. Click through to read and see for yourself!

More Success Stories from Our Customers

We have many more success stories that have been sent to us by customers using CBD for their horses. These are some of our favorites.

Mick the horseMick, a 17-year old AQHA performance gelding was diagnosed with degenerative joint disease.

“Mick was diagnosed with degenerative joint disease in his left hind fetlock at the age of 14. He also had considerable tendon lesions in the same fetlock. Stall rest with hand walking was prescribed for Mick to help heal the tendon lesions. This was not an easy task as the lesions were not healing at any speed and stall rest was not going well for Mick, even with veterinary prescribed meds to keep him quiet. I got desperate for options to keep him quiet and that’s when I discovered CBD. Administering CBD twice a day kept him very quiet and we were able to hand walk him without issues. The benefit that I didn’t realize would happen is that the joint started to get smaller as the inflammation went down.

I elected to have surgery done for the degenerative joint disease as Mick had some fragments in his joint. It was not recommended by the vet that I do the surgery as the professional opinion was that Mick was never going to be sound. I felt like I needed to do the surgery in order to make him comfortable, even if he spent the rest of his life being turned out.

Two years later Mick is sound. He’s been being ridden about four days a week. Mick has been on a consistent dose of CBD every day for two years. Not only did the CBD help him with stall rest, but it has helped his joint heal. I think the outcome for this horse would have been much different if I would have not had CBD as an option.”

 

 

 

 

 

Ace the horseAce is a 32-year old Quarter Horse with cushings.

“Ace is on pergolide for cushings. At the full dose, he was so lethargic- just stood with his head hung down, no appetite, no interest in anything….very much like people on chemotherapy. I was really struggling with the “quality of life” issue. On the full dose of pergolide, with your recommended dosage of CBD pellets, he is loving life again. I’m riding him again and he has been a handful! My vet is impressed and delighted with the new results….if our last ride is any indication, he is also not bothered by arthritis! I have also used the pellets for a 33 yr old TB horse with a bad heart and bute toxicity-in a serious emergency, with stunning results.”

You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see many more incredible testimonials from our friends and customers!

What Kind of CBD is Best for Horses?

When you hear people talk about CBD products, you may have heard terms like “CBD isolate,” “broad spectrum CBD,” or “full spectrum CBD.” This can make shopping for CBD products for your horse a little overwhelming, but to get the best possible results you should be looking for products that include the words “full spectrum.”

Full-spectrum CBD

The hemp used to make CBD products is full of beneficial elements such as flavonoids, terpenes, essential oils and additional cannabinoids (less than 0.3% of THC which is the legally allowable limit). When you purchase a full-spectrum CBD product, you are getting the full benefit of these things.

Broad-spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD is the same as above, but has had all traces of THC removed.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate means that just the cannabidiol has been isolated out of the hemp. It contains no additional flavonoids, terpenes or essential oils.

The “Entourage Effect”

When CBD first burst out on the market, the popular belief was the CBD isolate was best. However, we have learned that these compounds (cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, essential oils, phytonutrients, etc.) work together in a unique way, complementing each other to be more effective.

For this reason, we encourage the use of full-spectrum CBD products for horses. All Hope Botanicals CBD products for horses are full-spectrum.

CBD Products for Horses

We offer four products for horses: CBD Pellets (can also be used for livestock!), a tincture, a topical liniment gel, and Happy Horse Bites CBD treats.

Full-Spectrum CBD Pellets for Horses (and livestock)

Our CBD Pellets are truly unique! Each tablespoon of pellets contains at least 100mg of CBD. The pellets are made from post-extraction hemp meal. Ranging from $0.012-0.015 per mg of CBD, the pellets are an incredible value!

The flavor is highly palatable to picky eaters! They are available in a 1.5lb (62 scoops) and a 4.5lb (186 scoops) size. The 1.5lb bucket is approximately a one-month supply. The 4.5lb back is approximately a three-month supply.

Full-Spectrum CBD Tincture for Horses

Peppermint flavored CBD tincture for horsesOur CBD Tincture has been fortified with hemp seed oil, peppermint oil, and stevia. It comes in two sizes: 1oz bottle (750mg of CBD, approximately 30 servings of 25mg each) and a 2oz bottle (1500mg of CBD, approximately 60 servings of 25mg each).

The bottle has a syringe port and comes with a syringe for simple and accurate dosing! Place the tincture in the lower lip of your horse, using the provided syringe. This allows for the best absorption.

CBD Liniment Gel

CBD Liniment Gel for horsesOur CBD Liniment Gel is for topical use to treat pain, swelling, inflammation, arthritis and recovery for overexertion. It can be used under wraps, pads, and magnetic therapy. This product contains a full-spectrum oil with multiple cannabinoids that has been nanoized to create smaller particles that absorb better. Bonus: it is safe for humans to use too (and we have!)

Happy Horse Bites

Happy Horse CBD Bites with 50mg of B1Happy Horse Bites are a great source of phytonutrients, chlorophyll, cannabinoids, terpenes, B1 and healthy fats. B1 is known for its calming properties and has also been shown to support gastric health. Each bite has 50mg of CBD in it, and 50mg of B1.

How Much CBD Should You Give Your Horse?

Our recommended dosing and delivery is the most concise in the equine market. The minimum dosing for a horse is 25 mg per day, but typical doses range from 50-200mg per day. The dose depends on the issue you are treating, as well as factors individual to each horse.

Pellets and Happy Horse Bites can be included in regular feed. Tinctures need to be given by mouth, in the lower lip for maximum absorption. The CBD liniment gel is for topical use only.

For specific information about these products, see the section above.

If you have specific questions about dosing, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We are always happy to help.

Implications for Competition Horses

As of September 1, 2019, the USEF added cannabinoids to their list of prohibited performance enhancing substances. Our hope is that this will be removed in the future, as more positive research about CBD, a natural substance, is published.

If you have concerns about using CBD on a horse that you use in any kind of competition, we advise that you reach out specifically to your organization.

Keeping Your Horse Safe on CBD

CBD is not regulated by the FDA. This can make it difficult for consumers to be confident that they are getting a high quality product. Because CBD is not currently regulated, do not trust what is on the label without asking more questions. Here are some things to consider:

  • THC – the bottle may say no THC, but a reputable supplier can back this up with 3rd party testing.
  • Source of CBD – look for organically grown, U.S.-grown sources of hemp.
  • Concentration – many products won’t tell you exactly how much CBD is contained in their product. Again, this is something that can be verified with 3rd party testing.

Ask for labs (test results) so you can be confident in what you are purchasing and giving to your beloved equine!

Side Effects of CBD

One of the best things about CBD is that there are little to no side effects! Possible side effects may include dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headedness, and drowsiness. The possibility for toxicity or overdose is virtually impossible, making CBD extremely safe.

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

All content found on the Hope Botanicals website were created for informational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

What other questions do you have about using CBD for horses? Ask them below and we will get them answered!

illustration of a horse with callouts about the endocannabinoid system

Help for Lollipop, a blind mare

From Lisa, owner of the mare, Lollipop:

“We’ve spoken about my blind mare Lollipop and how the transition to her new home (with her companion) was a real challenge. I really wasn’t sure what to do and at that point I called you.

I want to give you an update about her. The CBD saved her life! After watching her suffer for 5 very long weeks and walk miles of circles in her paddock, she has finally stopped.

Thursday was her best day ever – no circle walking after 6 a.m. For the first 6 days of treatment, there was some intermittent, but brief circling. I have a security camera on her, so I have been able to closely monitor her progress. It is like the switch that got flipped on during our move, has finally been turned off. I cannot express the relief this has given me. All day Thursday after breakfast, no walking, same yesterday, and again this morning, no walking. Also, during those first 5 weeks, she was walking so much that she was laying down a lot. She was physically exhausted – poor girl. She is laying down less frequently now and already appears to be filling out a bit. She had dropped quite a bit of weight.

For the record:

I started her on 28g twice daily (560mg CBD/day) combined with 500mg B1 crumbles twice daily (1000mg/day). I saw absolutely no adverse side effects. She was alert, engaging, eating and drinking normally. I didn’t really intend on starting with this high of a dose, but since this where I accidentally started, I decided to just stick with it – glad I did.

Friday I began dropping her CBD intake. She received 520mg CBD for the day. I think I will drop her dosage every 3rd day as long as her mental state remains stable.

I must admit that the CBD therapy was a “hail Mary” throw in my book. I had exhausted all my other options. This was going to be my last attempt to avoid euthanasia and I came in skeptical -Having never used CBD for medicinal purposes. Well, I am a confirmed believer! This stuff works!

My goal is to get her down to 200mg/day as I think I will continue to use this product for maintenance. She is 26 and I know our time together is limited. All I ever wanted was to give her a few more comfortable years of retirement in our new home together. It seems we are on the right path to achieve that dream.

Thank you for everything!”

Is it safe to use CBD for a dog with anxiety?

Having an anxious dog can be difficult – not only on your dog, but on your heart (and possibly your property!)

With the recent rise in popularity of CBD oil products, many dog parents wonder if CBD could be a good option to help their dog with anxiety.

Causes & Signs of Anxiety in Dogs

While 20-40% of dogs experience separation anxiety, nearly all dogs experience some kind of general anxiety or fear at one time or another.

According to the American Kennel Club, there are three main causes of anxiety in canines. They are fear (of situations, noises, people, or other dogs), separation, or old age. Some senior dogs begin to show signs of anxiety, especially if they develop cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS).

Signs of anxiety could include:

  • Urinating or defecating in home (even after being let outside)
  • Excessive whining and barking
  • Running and hiding
  • Aggression
  • Destruction
  • Pacing or restlessness
  • Panting
  • Drooling

Why CBD for Anxiety?

CBD is one of over 100 identified cannabinoids, compounds that are found in cannabis. All high-level animals (mammals, birds, reptiles and fish), have an endocannabinoid system in their body. The endocannabinoid system is the system in the body that interacts with CBD to give you the positive effects that CBD has to offer.

One of the most popular uses of CBD is to treat anxiety. In fact, while there is a growing body of research around the many medical benefits of CBD, one of the most studied effects of CBD is as an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety).

However, most of the research about CBD is in reference to humans. We apply much of what we believe about CBD to dogs, because we know that all animals have an endocannabinoid system, and that system works the same regardless of species.

Studies on CBD Oil for Dogs

Studies of CBD on dogs are few and far between right now, but here are some of the more notable ones.

Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs

This study focused on the effectiveness of CBD as a pain reliever in arthritic dogs. The result was decreased pain in the dogs (observed by increased activity) without noticeable side effects.

The effect of oral cannabidiol administration on seizure frequency in dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy

In this study, dogs maintained their current epilepsy medications, while also receive CBD. The average reduction in epileptic symptoms was 33%.

These two studies on using CBD for pain and epileptic seizures, are consistent with study results from trials on humans. We deduce from what we know about the endocannabinoid system that CBD also helps sooth anxiety in dogs, just as it does in humans.

Customers Using CBD on Dogs with Anxiety

Here are a few testimonials from real customers that have used our CBD oil for their dogs to treat anxiety and PTSD.

“Doris is a stray that came into the Riverside, CA shelter and was due to be euthanized so we snatched her up. Doris has had lots to overcome, including health issues and what we would call PTSD. She’s doing better than we ever thought, with lots of love, good food, a warm bed and CBD twice a day to help with anxiety, she’s doing great.”

“Coco is a 12 year old miniature pinscher. She gets CBD to help with her anxiety and helps her to stop chewing on her front legs and paws.”

THC Warnings for Dogs

There is one very important warning that every dog owner must not ignore. THC is toxic to dogs and should not be present (not even in a tiny amount) in any CBD product given to dogs.

Many CBD brands are inconsistent with labeling. It is wise to check with your manufacturer to ensure that there is 0% THC in your product. The legally allowable limit of THC in CBD products (under the 2018 Fam Bill), is 0.3%, but this is dangerous to canines.

0% THC products can and do exist for dogs, you just need to find them. Request 3rd party verification from companies you purchase CBD from.

Types of CBD for Dogs

CBD can be administered to dogs through treats, tinctures, sprays or topical salves.

CBD Treats for DogsWe offer CBD dog treats that contain 2mg of CBD in each treat. Our dosing chart can help you find the appropriate amount of CBD for your dog.

We also have a tincture that can be administered in the side of the mouth. Many dogs will lick it right out of the syringe. You can also put it on a small amount of bribe food if necessary and give that on an empty stomach, but in the side of the mouth is best. There is no added flavor, and our product contains 0 THC.

Best CBD Dose for Dogs

In the first study about using CBD for dogs, the trial used 2 mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight. This is just a starting point. Dosing of CBD in dogs with anxiety really depends on each individual dog.

Finding your dog’s optimal dose of CBD will take some trial and error. It’s important to always start with the smallest dose possible, and add gradually while monitoring symptoms.

Here are our recommended “perfect dosing steps:”

  1. Start with 2mg of CBD per kg of body weight, and maintain that dose for two days. Provide the CBD at least a half an hour before your dog’s morning meal so that it is more readily absorbed.
  2. Notice any side effects or reactions (extremely rare.) If your dog has any adverse effects, halve the dose for the next time and provide the new, smaller dose for a few days before trying to build back up.
  3. It can take some time for CBD to build up in your dog’s system. In order to get a good idea of how it is working, it’s important to increase the dose slowly.
  4. Continue to increase the amount of CBD per dose, until you see a decrease in benefit, or have any adverse reactions.

If you have questions about using CBD, you can send us a message.

We also advise you to seek out the advice of a veterinarian, especially if your dog is taking other medications. Depending on your state’s laws, some veterinarians may not be able to discuss CBD with you, but a search for “Holistic Vet” will give you a good start!

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

All content found on the Hope Botanicals website were created for informational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Does CBD work as a sleep aid?

Does CBD Work as a Sleep Aid?

More than 70 million Americans are affected by sleep disorders. There are more than 80 identified sleep disorders that include conditions such as insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and circadian rhythm disorders.(1) In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said that insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic.

Getting too few hours of sleep, or poor quality sleep, is linked to a myriad of health issues like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and inflammation.(2) Conversely, adequate sleep is great for your immune system, allows your body to repair itself, processes emotions and experiences from your day, and helps maintain metabolic function. (3)

It’s no wonder that most of us are obsessed with getting a good night’s sleep! In addition to proper nutrition and exercise, adequate sleep is essential to good health.

CBD Oil and the Endocannabinoid System

With the exploding interest in cannabidiol (CBD) as a potential natural remedy for almost everything, it makes sense that many people have started to turn to CBD, to help them sleep.

CBD is a phytocannabinoid, or, a chemical compound that naturally occurs in cannabis. There are currently over 100 phytocannabinoids in cannabis that have been identified. Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to balance pleasure, energy and well-being. A healthy, operating ECS works to gently prod the body back to a healthy state when facing injury or disease.

You can learn more about this by reading our article about the Endocannabinoid System and how CBD works with it.

Studies on CBD as a Sleep Aid

The question is, even though many people are trying CBD products to help them sleep… is it working?

Thorough studies on CBD as a sleep aid are still few and far between, but here are some of the more notable ones:

Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series

In this study, CBD was given to 72 adults that were being clinically treated for anxiety and poor sleep. The patients were given 25mg of CBD after dinner. A few patients ended up increasing their CBD dose throughout the trial. After one month, 66.8% of patients reported better sleep, and 79.2% reported a decrease in anxiety symptoms.

Effectiveness of Raw, Natural Medical Cannabis Flower for Treating Insomnia under Naturalistic Conditions

This study looked at the symptoms and cannabis administration of 409 patients with perceived insomnia. This study is not explicitly about CBD, and some patients used cannabis products containing THC. However, the summary states that, “Cannabidiol (CBD) was associated with greater statistically significant symptom relief.” This is a somewhat broad strokes study but does show potential promise.

Effect of cannabidiol on sleep disruption induced by the repeated combination tests consisting of open field and elevated plus-maze in rats

PTSD patients often report insomnia and REM sleep abnormalities. In this study, researchers compared the effects of CBD on sleep in normal rats vs. rats they induced PTSD symptoms in. They confirmed that CBD does have anxiety reducing effects. When given CBD to aid in non-REM and REM sleep, the study showed that CBD helped to improve REM sleep, but not non-REM sleep.

Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature

A review of the available research was summarized to suggest that annabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia.

In this article by Consumer Reports, Dr. Joseph Maroon, MD suggests that CBD may work more indirectly with sleep by eliminating other factors that may keep you awake. Reducing pain, anxious thoughts or other negative symptoms with CBD oil, may in turn help you to sleep better.

To summarize, CBD may treat many of the root causes of poor sleep, allowing you to sleep better, but may not directly cause you to sleep better.

Customer Testimonials

Even though there isn’t an overwhelming body of evidence to suggest that CBD is a cure-all sleep aid, we do have anecdotal evidence from several customers. Here is what some of our customers have to say:

Customer Sarah F. says, “My hormones have been all over the place since I had ovarian cancer two years ago. The worst part is that it affects my sleep. I tried the tincture, and now I can get to sleep without a problem! Sometimes I wake up at 1 or 2 in the morning, but I just take a little more and fall back to sleep pretty quickly. Thank you!”

Guidelines for Taking CBD for Insomnia & Sleep Issues

Hope Botanicals offers CBD Oil products in tinctures, gel caps and gummies. Most of the studies that we looked at used 25mg-50mg as the dose, and were administered after dinner, or about one hour before bed.

For a more in-depth explanation about how much CBD to take, please read our article.

It is important to note that most people on a CBD regimen report that the positive effects of CBD build up over time, and are not always immediate.

The effectiveness of CBD depends largely on the underlying causes of a sleep disorder, individual factors such as how quickly CBD is metabolized, and the dose.

There are virtually no reported ill effects of CBD, as opposed to many pharmaceuticals that are available to use as sleep aids. Overall, CBD is a very safe and natural supplement that can benefit many people.

Disclaimer
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
All content found on the Hope Botanicals website were created for informational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

(1) https://www.sleephealth.org/sleep-health/the-state-of-sleephealth-in-america/
(2) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-reasons-why-good-sleep-is-important
(3) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-sleep-you-need#section1

Is CBD an effective sleep aid?

how much cbd should I take? Picture of a dropper of CBD oil

How Much CBD Should I Take?

Probably the most common question we get asked is, “how much CBD should I take?” or “how much CBD should I give my dog/horse/animal?” However, figuring out an ideal CBD dosage isn’t completely straightforward.

There are several factors to consider when starting a CBD regimen. Things like what condition you are treating, the delivery method (tinctures, soft gels, pellets, etc.), concentration of CBD in the product you are using, and your personal sensitivity/responsiveness to CBD.

We will look at each of these factors in turn.

Purity of CBD Product

Before you can decide how much CBD you will take, you must know the concentration of CBD in your product.

The concentration of CBD varies from product to product. Unfortunately, many producers will leave this information off the label, and you won’t know how much CBD your product actually contains. Because this isn’t regulated, it is up to you to do your research and request this information from the manufacturer. Reputable manufacturers will conduct 3rd party testing to confirm the concentration of their products.

We include this information for all our products, which makes measuring and dosing easy and accurate!

Form of CBD Product

You can get CBD in many different forms including tinctures, gel caps, gummies, topical salves and balms, and inhalants.

Each of these will have different concentrations of CBD in them. They also have different levels of bioavailability, and reaction and duration times.

Usually an oral supplement like a tincture or gel cap will last longer in your system than something administered topically. Oral supplements will work in your system roughly 4-8 hours, and topical supplements will last roughly 2-4 hours. It is important to know that this varies for everyone, based on how quickly you metabolize CBD, etc.

Most people find that they can feel topical CBD products working within about 15 minutes of application, and oral supplements within about 30 minutes of taking.

What Illness or Condition are you Treating?

Another factor to consider when figuring out how much CBD to take is what condition you are treating.

Micro Doses (up to 20mg per dose, two times a day)

Low (or “micro”) doses are usually appropriate for conditions like headaches, sleep disorders, nausea and general stress.

Standard Doses (10-100mg per dose, two times a day)

Mid-range doses are recommended for treating conditions like pain, autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety, IBS and autism.

High Doses (50-800mg per dose, two times a day)

Therapeutic (high) doses are recommended for cancer, seizure disorders, liver disease and other life threatening illnesses.

Someone trying CBD for general wellness and to treat minor aches and pains would start off with a much smaller dose than someone battling aggressive cancer.

Individual Factors

Given the ranges above, how each person reacts to CBD is highly individual. Everyone processes and metabolizes CBD differently. Depending on the state of your endocannabinoid system, you can be more or less sensitive to CBD.

These things are nearly impossible to tell up front, until you have started a CBD regimen and have begun to experiment with it.

Other things that can influence how you react to CBD are your body weight, other medications that you are taking, and your diet and overall health.

If you have any questions about medications that you are currently taking, you should reach out to your medical doctor.

Finding Your Optimal CBD Dose

Ultimately, determining your perfect dose amount is done through trial and error. Always start with the minimum dose you think you need, and add from there.

  1. Start with a minimum dose and maintain that dose for two days. Take your CBD at least a half an hour before eating so that it is more readily absorbed.
  2. Notice any side effects or reactions (extremely rare.) If you have any adverse effects, halve your dose and take this new, smaller dose for a few days before trying to build back up.
  3. Note that it does take time for CBD to build up in your system. This is why it is important to increase your doses slowly, to allow you to get a good idea of how you feel.
  4. Continue to increase your CBD dose, until you experience a decrease in benefit, or have any adverse reactions.

The great news is that it is nearly impossible to “overdose” on CBD, and there are no known fatalities from overdosing on cannabis. Note that this article is specific to CBD, without the presence of THC.

What other questions do you have about how much CBD to take?

Disclaimer : All content found on the Hope Botanicals website has been created for informational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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