How Much CBD Should I Take? [Beginner’s Guide]
When people are first getting into CBD, it’s understandable that they have anxieties about how much they should be taking each day. “How much CBD oil should I take” is a very commonly asked question, but unfortunately it is not one with a straightforward answer.
How much CBD you should take depends on an array of different factors, including age, sex, and weight. We wish we could just tell you exactly how much you should be taking, but you might actually have to figure that out for yourself.
Luckily, we have compiled this handy guide that should let you know roughly how much CBD you should be taking. Read on to learn about how to dose your CBD.
What is Our CBD oil?
Firstly, it’s important to know a bit about what CBD is before you start to take it. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active compounds in cannabis. Contrary to some other cannabinoids, it does not get you high because it does not have psychoactive properties.
Most users of CBD opt to take it in an oil form. These are made by extracting the CBD from the Cannabis Sativa plant or Hemp – usually by supercritical CO2 extraction – and suspending the extract in an inert oil, most often MCT oil or coconut oil. CBD oils are quite versatile, as they can be applied topically, dropped into food, or taken sublingually – the latter option is the most commonly used.
In order to do this, you basically place a few drops of CBD oil beneath your tongue and hold it there for up to 90 seconds before swallowing. The CBD is absorbed into your bloodstream via the capillaries beneath the tongue.
Since sublingual administration is the most widely used method, we will be talking about how to dose CBD this way. If you prefer to use edibles, vapes, or other methods, then the dosage will actually be quite different.
How to dose CBD
We should start by saying that, if you are lucky enough to be in touch with a doctor or physician who is happy to talk about MMJ, then you should be having a conversation with them about dosage. If you have access to such a doctor, then do not hesitate to ask them about your CBD dosage.
If not, then the following information is here to help. There are currently no guidelines for CBD usage, though, so this is a rough guideline and you should still proceed with caution.
In general, you should start out with a very small amount of CBD and work your way up from there. As an estimate, people taking CBD may wish to start with 1 mg, and then increase your intake by increments of 2 mg.
We recommend using a diary or journal to keep a track of things. You should be noting how much CBD you took, and what time you took it – among other things. A lot of companies recommend taking multiple servings of CBD per day rather than having it all in one go, but you can find what works for you.
Many users do take servings in excess of 30 mg per day with no negative effects, but everybody is different and it’s important to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for you – CBD is meant for your personal betterment after all.
Lastly, no matter how much CBD you consume, consuming it one hour before or after a meal is preferred
How much CBD is in one drop of oil?
Dosing CBD relies heavily on knowing how much is in your bottle. Most CBD oils come in dropper bottles, but some now come in sprays. Usually, companies will tell you exactly how much CBD is in each drop or spray. Manufacturers sell a huge variety of CBD oils, in different sized bottles with different amounts of CBD, and this is why you’ll need to do a little math.
One drop usually equates to 1 ml if you use the full amount in the dropper. If you have a 10ml bottle, then, which contains 100 mg of CBD in total, one drop would contain 10 mg of CBD. All you need to do is figure out how many drops are in the bottle, and then divide the number of milligrams of CBD by that amount.
Of course, if your bottle of CBD contains 5 mg of CBD per drop and you want to take 10 mg at a time, just use two drops! If you want to use half that amount, use half a dropper.
Here is the equation you need to follow:
[Total CBD in bottle] ÷ [Amount of ml in bottle] = Total mg of CBD in the dropper
CBD dosage: A breakdown by weight and condition (for humans and dogs)
Here is a breakdown of how much CBD is the average taken per day for different weights and different conditions. Since it is based on weight, the table may be applicable to both dogs and humans.
- <25 lbs: 4 mg
- 25-50 lbs: 5 mg
- 51-100 lbs: 6-7 mg
- 101-150 lbs: 8-10 mg
- 151-230 lbs: 12-15 mg
- 230< lbs: 15 mg+
Is it definitely safe to take this much CBD?
In an article for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. Peter Grinspoon says that the unregulated nature of CBD products makes dosing all the more difficult.
Furthermore, according to neuroscientist Nick Jikomes, the best amount of CBD to consume might change for an individual over time. In an interview with Leafly, he says that, “…people’s physiologies change over time, including the ECS […]. These things change over the lifetime of an individual, and so the optimal ratios and doses of these compounds, whatever they may be, are probably going to change as well.”
This is why we recommend keeping a CBD journal. It is vital to know your own body and listen to what it is telling you. Additionally, this is why you should start at a very low dose and work your way up.
Final Thoughts on Dosing CBD
Sadly, we can’t tell you exactly how much CBD you should be taking, because that number rests of a variety of factors. However, we can provide you with some rough guidelines to help you out. Remember that you should always start small. What is suitable for someone else might not be suitable for you.
Lastly, if you can talk to a professional about these issues, then do not hesitate to have a conversation with them. If not, then you can use these guidelines along with a CBD journal – always making sure to listen to your body.