Calculating CBD Dosage — The Hemp Flower or Oil Infusion Math
Alright, all you math whiz-kids, get out your brains and start punching numbers in because this post is about math ….. well, partly about math. Calculating CBD dosage is mostly about math then it is also about you, your body weight and how you respond to CBD hemp flower. We have posted several blogs with recipes for using decarboxylate hemp flower in brownies, chocolate chip cookies, even hamburgers, etc. Then there are the infusion possibilities with CBD infused tea, coffee and smoothies.
Factors in Your Math Equation
If your recipe says it makes 5 servings of 1/2 cup each then to know the dosage, you will divide the amount of CBD hemp flower to put in by 5. Here are the figures you need. In order to accurately know what dosage you will get per serving you must know the percentage of CBD in the hemp flower strain you are using.
If you don’t know the percentage of CBD in the hemp flower then these estimates can be helpful. However, when you purchase a hemp flower, you will have the percentage of CBD on the COA. Below are some averages in case you do not have the COA.
Considering Hemp Flower Percentages
- 5% to 10% – low quality cannabis hemp flower shake,
- 10% to 15% – medium quality cannabis hemp flower,
- 15% to 25% – high quality dispensary cannabis hemp flower
Dosage amounts are your personal calculation because your body is different than anyone else. There are charts online that can help you calculate but it comes down to what your body needs. A 5 mg per dose per day could be a place for you to start. More than likely you will only go up from there.
5 mg may be the exact amount needed to give a nice relax feeling which is the amount of CBD hemp in one brownie. The best way to experiment is to not eat another brownie for 1 to 2 hours so you do not get an over load.
Calculating CBD Dosage – The Math of it All
Calculating CBD dosage is not about making sure you do not have psychoactive effects because THC, the psychoactive compound, must be 0.3% or less for CBD to be legal. In that amount, there is no psychoactive effect. Calculating dosage accurately is about dosing in sufficient amounts to receive the desired effect, recreationally or medicinally. The full spectrum CBD oil or hemp flower let all the compounds in the product work together to achieve, what is commonly known as the Entourage Effect. Or in other words, it gives you the full benefit of CBD.
One math equation looks like this – 1 to 6 mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight
John/Jill Doe weighs 180 pounds so 18 mg to 108 mg would be the dosage range but you can start lower than that if you prefer.
Spacing your CBD Dosage
Everyone is different so the reaction will be different, and the speed of the reaction differs. After any dose, wait 3 to 4 hours and increase the dose by 5 mg until you achieve the desired effects. If 30 mg is the correct dosage, then that is the amount to infuse in your morning coffee or your smoothie. Or if you are having an infused cup of coffee morning and evening, split the amount into half. If you want to eat three cookies, then divide the cookie dough so that each cookie has 10 mg.
Calculate CBD Dosage – The Flower to Flour of it All
Let us presume that you have already decarboxylated your hemp flower and ground it to a consistency of flour if you are using it to bake up some chocolate chip cookies.
- Start by knowing the CBD percent in your hemp flower, for example if it is 17%, the factor in the equation is 0.17.
- Multiply 0.17 by 1,000; the CBD per gram in milligrams (mg).
- For this particular hemp flower, there are 170 mg per gram
1 gram of hemp flower containing 17% CBD used in the tea, the entire recipe would contain 170 mg so divide the amount into your tea bags of the dosage you want for each cup;
2 grams of hemp flower containing 17% CBD for a hemp bread (insert link) the entire recipe would have 240 mg of CBD (2 X 170 = 240
3 grams of hemp flower containing 17% CBD was used then the entire recipe contains 510 mg (3 X 170 mg = 510 mg).
How ever you choose to calculate CBD dosage – with hemp flower or with CBD oil mixed with a carrier oil, the calculations follow the same pattern.
Calculating CBD Dosage – Let’s Talk Cookies
If you used 3 grams of hemp flower in your chocolate chip cookies, the total dosage for entire recipe is 510 mg. If you want each cookie to have 20 mg of CBD, then divide your cookie dough into 25 balls of dough.
Calculating CBD Dosage – “Carrier Pigeon” for Effect
Why is it that coconut oil and CBD seemed to be joined at the hip, yes, just like a pigeon carrying a message to the right location. To properly digest and absorb nutrients, the body must break down and absorb compounds by way of the intestinal wall.
When you choose to ingest CBD with a carrier oil, the bioavailability is greatly enhanced. Or in other words, the “carrier pigeon” (the coconut oil) always gets to its destination in record time because hemp’s cannabinoids are fat-soluble. You do not have to use coconut oil if you prefer grape seed oil, olive oil, avocado oil or palm oil.
If you want more information on all things CBD, read other posts here on our blog.