The Importance of Dosage
When you’re prescribed antibiotics or painkillers after a procedure or due to illness, the doctor or nurse always tells you what dosage to take. Once a day with water or twice a day after a meal is usually what you hear. This dosage is also written on the prescription bottle. Since CBD is still a rather new product, doctors are just beginning to prescribe CBD and pharmacies are just now beginning to offer CBD products. Even though distribution of products is apparent from all the media hype around it, this does not assure you that the people selling CBD (doctors, pharmacists, store clerks) have enough experience to guide your decision. Plus, CBD hemp oil comes in a dizzying array of forms. Some contain only CBD, others contain all the plant matter in hemp extract. How do you know how much CBD oil to take?
How to Start Taking CBD Oil
With any holistic, plant-based product, the best bet is to start by taking the lowest dose and seeing how your body reacts to it. For people who don’t have a tolerance built up to either CBD or THC (products must contain less than 0.3% THC), this is a really good idea because even small doses can make a huge difference.  Like any substance, your body will build up a tolerance and higher doses may be necessary.
The ‘GoFire’ Dosage App
Another factor to think about is the symptom that you’re hoping to alleviate with CBD. A great tool for this was created by a company that we’ve partnered with called GoFire. They have created an innovative iPhone app (Android coming) that can help you find your perfect dosage. Combined with Maven metered-dose Inhalers or Vaporizers, the CBD is delivered straight into your bloodstream via the lungs.
There are, of course, other delivery systems available for those who don’t want to smoke their CBD. These delivery systems include topical oils and creams, tinctures, pills, and edible CBD products. Take care though, edibles are more difficult to gauge the effects because absorption of cannabinoids in the gastrointestinal tract is much slower.  You’ll have to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours for the full effect. Plus, whether or not you’ve eaten food and what you eat the CBD oil with, will affect absorption rate.
To find out more about determining the correct dose for tinctures, check out our F.A.Q. page.
Tracking the Effects of Your CBD Dosages
Once you’ve purchased your Maven CBD product, simply enter your symptoms or what you’re looking to use CBD for into the app, and GoFire will suggest a dosage for you to start with. From there, you can track any side effects you might experience such as dry mouth, dry eyes, or dizziness. The app will automatically adjust the dosage for you until you find an amount that alleviates symptoms without disruptive effects.
CBD Oil and Drug Interactions
As with any drug, CBD is a chemical that could potentially interact with other drugs you are taking. Always check with your doctor first before starting any long term or consistent use of CBD, especially if you’re taking a cocktail of other medications. 
Quality CBD Products and Doctor Recommendations
There have been studies that show cannabidiol may elevate liver function, so if you’re on other drugs that are also a burden on the liver, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor. They may even help you figure out a dosage to start with and using GoFire’s app, you can tweak this as you evaluate the results.
Finally, always make sure that the CBD product you are taking has been tested by a third-party lab. This way, you’ll know that you’re inhaling or ingesting high-quality products. At Maven, all of our CBD products are vetted by our experienced team, and tested for purity by independent third-party labs so you know what you’re putting in your body is the best quality.
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