Ask the Dietician Nutritionist: Emily Kyle is an award-winning dietitian and author. She is studying at the Holistic Cannabis Network and on track to becoming a Certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner in April 2019. Her first book, "The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism & Hashimoto’s" was published in December 2018.
Q. How much CBD oil should I be taking a day?
A. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis plants. Consuming or applying CBD topically produces nonpsychoactive pain-relieving and relaxing effects.
While the medical benefits of CBD from hemp are still being explored, research and anecdotal reports indicate that CBD may help manage a host of problems including epilepsy, PTSD, IBS, chronic pain and even opioid withdrawal.
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Although each individual’s daily dosage will be different, a general starting point for an average, healthy middle-aged woman not taking any prescriptions could be 1 ml (or 15 drops) of the lowest concentration per serving (typically 1 mg) CBD oil. Hold the oil under the tongue for 60 to 90 seconds before swallowing as this allows for maximum absorption, though the supplement could also be added to drinks or smoothies to make it more palatable. After a week on this routine, if you are not noticing any difference, you may want to consider either doubling your dose or slowly increasing the CBD concentration (concentrations can get as high as 100 mg). Those who are looking to maintain general health or combat minor aches will likely be good with a lower dose and concentration, while those suffering from more complex medical conditions such as sleep disorders, chronic ailments or migraines may need a higher dosage and higher concentration, but only after consulting with a doctor or other medical professional.