CBD products have gained popularity since 2018 after they were legalized in the Farm Bill that allowed the cultivation of the hemp plant in the USA. Currently, there are over 200 CBD products manufacturers within the USA. Common cannabis-based products include gummies, topicals, edibles, capsules, vapes, and tinctures. The products are manufactured in either full spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. Full-spectrum CBD contains all the elements of the CBD plants, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), terpenes, and flavors. Unlike CBD, THC is associated with intoxicating effects such as making someone “high.” Broad-spectrum CBD contains all the elements in the cannabis plant except THC. The isolate is the pure form of CBD. The prescription of CBD oil differs depending on the body’s chemistry and experience.

Does CBD Oil Have a Prescription?

Although various researches have been conducted to determine the specific CBD prescription, they offer different concentrations. Various health and wellness bodies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), associate the cannabis plant with various benefits such as enhancing sleep and anxiety. However, these bodies offer no prescription. Different CBD concentrations have unique impacts on individuals depending on the body chemistry and experience.

CBD For Veterans

For veterans to feel the impact of CBD, they have to take higher concentrations than usual. If you take 100 mg per day and wish to improve effectiveness, you might have to take 150 mg. This is because the endocrine disruptors would have adapted to the normal prescription, which won’t yield effect. However, how you administer your CBD oil matters. Veterans are recommended to take CBD oil sublingually for rapid effectiveness. Using a dropper, put the CBD oil under your tongue and hold for about 60 seconds before swallowing. There are other ways of administering CBD oils, such as oral use and adding to your favorite foods or beverages.

CBD Oil for Beginners

Novices are recommended to take low concentrations of CBD oil to avoid the side effects since their body is being introduced to a new substance. Most CBD experts recommend 50 mg of CBD oil to beginners. Also, sublingual use is not recommended due to the abrupt impact that might be difficult to handle. Most experts recommend low concentrations of up to 10 mg per ml of CBD oil for first-timers. However, before using CBD products, consumers should consult their doctor to know the impact of CBD on their bodies. Some of the risks of overdosing on CBD oil include diarrhea, severe headaches, and red eyes.

What FDA Says On CBD Oil Prescription

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has strict laws on CBD products for consumers’ protection. Before CBD products were legalized in the USA, debate on the safety of the products existed. The FDA only allows CBD products with less than 0.3% THC. Also, it is strict on CBD concentration variance since there has been a lot of misinformation from various brands on labeled potency variance and the ones in the product. For consumer protection, all CBD products in the market should have a potency variance of 10%. The FDA has only approved  a CBD-infused drug for epilepsy.

How To Administer the Correct CBD Oil Dose

Since there is no specific prescription for CBD oil, you need to be careful about the amount of CBD you take to avoid experiencing the side effects. Here are some of the key considerations;

The Lab Results

Consider a brand using an independent, certified, and centralized lab to assess the purity of its products. IOS 9001 certified labs have adequate resources and personnel that minimize inaccuracy. If the brand has not offered a COA report on the website, ensure they avail it upon request. In addition, buy products with QR codes to help you assess lab reports on individual products. While assessing the results, pay attention to potency variance to ensure its within the 10% limit. Also, confirm that THC levels are within the 0.3% to avoid the intoxicating effects. Lastly, ensure your oil is void of contaminants such as heavy metals and solvents.

The Brand Reputation

A brand that offers quality and safe products will help you avoid the risk of inaccurate lab results. Check reviews left by customers about its products and customer service. Confirm whether the brand has received warnings from the FDA concerning its products’ safety. Also, check the comments offered by Better Business Bureau regarding its effectiveness of the brand and service delivery. Lastly, choose a brand offering a full refund guarantee if consumers find the product ineffective.

The Type of CBD

Experts recommend broad-spectrum CBD or isolate formulation if you are following a strict CBD oil dose. These two types of CBD are void of THC oil associated with a “high” effect. Isolate CBD is the best option because it contains pure CBD. However, it’s not guaranteed that taking CBD oil in either broad-spectrum or isolate form will completely prevent you from THC intake. THC is the second primary compound in the cannabis plant after CBD, making it difficult to separate it from CBD.


There is no prescription for CBD products. Therefore, it is essential to limit CBD intake to avoid side effects. It is important to buy from a brand that assesses the quality of its products to avoid taking high levels of CBD. Pay attention to the concentration of CBD in your oil to ensure the labeled variance and the ones in the products don’t exceed 10%. Also, avoid products whose THC levels exceed 0.3% because of their intoxicating effects. Broad-spectrum CBD oil is the best for those who watch their dose strictly. As a result, you will benefit from all elements of the hemp plant and avoid THC.

Charlotte Cremers
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MS, University of Tartu
Sleep specialist

Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

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