Topical CBD (Cannabidiol) products are an effective way to manage local pain and inflammation in the body. People are now leveraging the all-natural healing power of CBD to alleviate pain in muscles, joints, bites, stings, burns, and other injuries. This is achieved by simply applying the proper dosage of a cream, lotion, oil, or other topical solution containing CBD to the surface of the skin on the painful area, and allowing the healing effects to take place.
People with severe pain and discomfort usually say that high-concentration topical solutions are the most effective, because it allows a higher dosage of CBD to be absorbed while applying the same volume of the product. You can determine a topical CBD product’s strength by its “concentration”, which is a measure of how many total milligrams (mg) of CBD there is in a given product. Most topical CBD products will have a concentration range from 250mg to 1500mg.
It can be challenging to determine the right CBD dosage for you. We are all unique and different people’s bodies respond differently to higher or lower CBD dosages. Nevertheless, there are some factors that contribute to the effect that a dosage of CBD will have on your body:
Body Weight: Generally, the heavier the person, the higher CBD dosage will be required to achieve the desired effects. A lighter person may need a lower dosage to achieve the same effect.
Tolerance: Some people develop a tolerance to CBD and may need to increase dosage over time to achieve the same effects.
Desired Effect: People may wish for mild effects, moderate effects, or strong effects depending on the condition they are trying to treat. The optimum dosage for many people is that which alleviates pain. More severe pain may require a higher dosage of CBD in order to be effective.
The best way is to experiment with different dosages to see what is right for you. Start small and increase your dosage in 5mg increments if needed to achieve the desired effects.
For example, a light person weighing less than 130 pounds with severe pain and a desire for strong effects may wish to begin with 15 mg dosage, then evaluate the effectiveness, and increase to 20 mg the following day if needed.
A medium bodied person, (130 pounds to 230 pounds), may wish to begin with 25mg and increase to 30mg the next day (and then 35 mg) until the proper dosage has been determined.
A heavy person weighing more than 230 pounds may wish to begin with 30 mg and increase in increments of 5 mg to achieve the desired results.
Luckily, when determining your proper dosage, a fatal overdose is nearly impossible. Even when ingesting extremely high doses of 20 mg per kilo of body weight, the worst unwanted side effects could include decreased appetite, vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea. But unwanted side effects for high dosages of topical CBD products are nearly non-existent. So lather up and enjoy while you find the perfect dosage for you.