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Dosing With Our CBD Products:
What Is The Right Amount?

Finding the ideal CBD dose takes time and can be confusing. Different people and animals have different needs. The reason for taking CBD, the person or animal’s body weight, or their particular endocannabinoid system, can affect what an optimal dose is.

 

To simplify this process, we categorize CBD usage in three different levels—

Focus/Wellbeing, Calm/Stiffness, and Stress/Inflammation

Cannabinoids have “bisphasic” properties, which means that as the dose increases, the effects do not necessarily improve. A higher dose may actually produce the opposite effect. [1] Therefore, we can’t stress enough the importance of taking time to determine what dose works best for you or your animal. Take notes and try our sample logs.

Humans If you are new to using CBD, we recommend you first discuss it with your healthcare provider. We like to think “less is more.” In general, small doses of cannabinoids tend to stimulate the body, and large doses tend to sedate it. [1]

Dosing will vary by type of intake, so use the table below to find the suggested amount by product. 

Keep a record of how your body feels before you take it, and then again one hour later, and then three hours later. Take notes and try our sample logs. Continue one dose for 3-4 days before moving up or down.

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Focus/ Wellness: A smaller dose taken once daily may improve focus, energize your immune system, and keep you feeling your best. 

Calm/ Stiffness: This mid-level dose taken twice a day may encourage calm during stressful events (i.e. public speaking, flying, show nerves), and soothe aches and body stiffness. This dose may also quiet your mind for a more restful sleep when taken one hour before bedtime. 

Stress/ Inflammation: A higher amount of CBD may be most helpful to offer relief from intense stress in your body or mind such as severe inflammation, discomfort, or enormous stress.

*Topical CBD is not on this chart, but is ideal for localized physical relief, and can be used alongside any oral CBD to improve results.

Horses follow a general rule of 0.5-2 milligrams CBD per 10lbs (25-100mg per 500lbs). However, every horse is unique, so treat this as a starting point. Increase the dose by 25mg increments until you reach the desired effect.

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Focus/ Wellness: A lower dose taken once daily may improve focus before training, support skin/hair/hoof and gut health, and encourage a healthy immune response. 

Calm/ Stiffness: This mid-level dose given twice a day may offer calm during tense situations (i.e. trailering, farrier/ vet, moving barns), support a balanced mood (especially for mares), and is ideal for soothing regular discomfort and stiffness that comes with age or injury.

Stress/ Inflammation: A higher dose of CBD is useful for more extraordinary stress in body or mind. This should be used in cases of intense stress (i.e. evacuation, being unsafe during stall rest), digestive distress, or severe inflammation/ physical discomfort.

 

Take notes and keep track of what you are giving and any observable effects.

Dogs and Cats follow a general rule of 1-4 milligrams CBD per 10lbs. However, every pet is unique, so treat this as a starting point. Increase the dose by 2.5mg increments as needed until you reach the desired effect.

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Focus/ Wellness: A lower dose taken once daily may improve focus before training, support skin/coat and gut health, and encourage a healthy immune response. 

Calm/ Stiffness: This mid-level dose given twice a day may offer calm during tense situations (i.e. travel, grooming/vet, external stressors), soothe separation stress and excessive barking, support a balanced mood, and offers relief from regular discomfort and stiffness that comes with age or injury.

Stress/ Inflammation: A higher dose of CBD is useful for more extraordinary stress in body or mind. This should be used in cases of intense stress (i.e. evacuation, fireworks), or severe inflammation/ physical discomfort.

 

Take notes and keep track of what you are giving and any observable effects.

 
  1. Leinow, L, and Birnbaum, J, 2017, CBD A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis, Berkeley, CA, North Atlantic Books