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The market for CBD products is growing at an ever-expanding pace, who can keep up? Whether you are a first-time user, or an experienced CBD fan interested in vaping CBD, it can be confusing as to how these products work and how much of them to take. 2. Start low and increase your strengths accordingly A frequent question that comes up all the time, from customers in store at CBD First, online, or on forums is: What’s the best CBD dosage? In other words, how much CBD should I take? We cannot tell you how much CBD to take as this would be irresponsible of us to do as there are no real official values to follow. There have been some studies that have reported figures used in early stage studies, which are being reported as guidelines on different websites and blogs for certain ailments. However, to get reliable, accurate information, much more in-depth clinical studies need performed. This will require time and patience. Don’t just start taking 60mg of CBD twice a day because one of your friends of similar size says it works for them. You need to consider each person is different and many factors are in play and how the body functions. This may include body weight, metabolism, genetics, and the endocannabinoid system. What we do suggest is to start off small and to increase your dosages gradually and see how your body reacts. It may be useful to keep a log book of how you feel after each dosage until you find the optimum amount for you. Again, everyone is different. What worked for your Unlike with other supplements, neither the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have created a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for CBD, which means it does not yet have an official serving size. 1. How to Choose Your CBD Dosage Understanding the label friend may not work for you, or you could even need a smaller dosage for a similar condition. First, make sure you understand what is in the product. When purchasing a CBD product, these will often come labelled as five percent, ten percent, or 5000mg and so on, but what do these values mean? First things first. Check whether the percentage or quantity of CBD stated on the bottle refers to the quantity of actual CBD in the product CBD fact: Unlike nicotine containing e-liquids, the mass stated refers to the quantity of CBD in the entire product, and not per millilitre. and not the quantity of CBD hemp concentrate or oil used to make the product. It can be confusing as some customers will be misled into believing their ten percent CBD oil contains ten percent actual CBD but in some cases, this can refer to the content of hemp oil concentrate added during formulation. If your vape is made up of CBD extract, vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol, you can also use it as a tincture (drops) under your tongue. Percentage vs milligrams As there is no actual standardised method of labelling CBD products, you will often see products labelled as a percentage or with a quantity stated in milligrams. Unlike nicotine containing e-liquids, the mass stated refers to the quantity of CBD in the entire product, and not per millilitre (6mg, 12mg CBD e-liquid). As an example, a 1000mg CBD e-liquid that is 10ml in volume would contain 100mg CBD per millilitre, and 33.33mg per millilitre if in a 30ml container. If the CBD content is stated as a percentage however, a five percent 10ml bottle will contain 500mg of CBD or CBD concentrate, or 50mg per millilitre. A five percent 50ml bottle will contain 2500mg CBD, and still, 50mg CBD per millilitre, the overall CBD content is different depending on container volume. 3. Consult your doctor When in doubt, consult your GP, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Do not stop taking medication in substitution for CBD without speaking to your general practitioner. Dr Richard Cunningham has a PhD in medicinal chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast. Richard has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher, and a research instructor at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute. He is now director of quality for Liquid Sciences. The information presented here is not intended as medical advice. VAPER EXPO SHOWGUIDE | 37