CBD Dosing 101
You’ve probably heard all about the health benefits of CBD but the most confusing part of CBD is how much should you take to feel those?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 60 active compounds in the cannabis/hemp plant. These active compounds, known as cannabinoids, affect your body in many different ways.
CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t get you ‘high’. Instead, research suggests that it may help:
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Reduce seizures
- Improve sleep
- Chronic pain relief and inflammation
- Improve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
No matter what condition you’re trying to treat with CBD, giving yourself an adequate dosage is key or it might not work for you.
How much CBD oil should I take?
This question gets asked a lot, how much CBD should I take? When should I take my CBD? What strength CBD should I choose?
To put things into perspective, your average 180-pound male suffering from severe pain would only need to take about 25-30 milligrams at most to feel relief.
The amount of CBD you should take also depends on other factors including:
- The condition you’re treating
- Your body weight
- Your CBD tolerance
There are a lot of variables that go into knowing how much CBD to take. We wish that we had a straight-forward answer but the right CBD dosage is unique to each individual. What works for one person may not be work for another person but we are here to help!
Stronger doses than those listed may be more suitable for certain CBD consumers. These include people with severe pain or other debilitating symptoms, as well as those with a relatively high CBD tolerance. CBD is not toxic and gradually increasing CBD dosage does not carry any known side effects, so ramping up one’s dosage is generally safe – and, in some cases, beneficial to the consumer. Many find that incrementally increasing the dosage is the best way to achieve the desired effects of CBD.
Before trying CBD, be sure to talk to your doctor about an appropriate dosage and any potential risks. This is especially important if you’re taking a prescription medication that contains CBD, such as Epidolex (a form of seizure medication).
If your doctor doesn’t provide a recommendation, it’s best to start with a smaller dosage and gradually work your way up to higher doses until you reach the desired effect or it might work straight away.
A good starting point is 20 to 30 mg a day but this can vary depending on the severity of your condition. If no effect after a week, increase this amount by 5 mg. You can continue this until you feel that you are benefiting from CBD and your symptoms are relieved.
For example, you suffer from bad anxiety so you might start off with 25 mg. After a week, you increase it to 30 mg. At this point, you might feel that your anxiety has subdued so you know that 30mg is your ideal dosage.
One drop is about 0.05 millilitres (ml). That’s just one single drop not the full dropper.
This means that a 10ml bottle of CBD oil contains 200 drops. So depending on the mg content each drop will contain:
- 500mg= 2.5mg per drop
- 1000mg= 5mg per drop
- 15000mg= 7.5mg per drop
- 2000mg=10mg per drop
As you can see, the milligram (mg) contained in each drop increases as the mg content increases. This allows you to take fewer drops to achieve the daily mg target. Higher CBD strengths are also more cost efficient.
So, in our example, if you take a 10ml 1000mg CBD Oil bottle, to achieve 30mg, you should take 6 drops under the tongue. These should be taken throughout the day. The majority of people start by taking 3 drops in the morning and 3 drops before bed. Taking CBD before bed could also help improve sleep.
It might be wise to keep track of how much CBD you’re taking and whether your symptoms are improving. Write it down on paper or in a notes app on your phone.
Record Your Experience
The right CBD dosage is unique to each individual. What works for one person may not be enough for another person. So it’s best to track your CBD journey to have a better understanding of how CBD works for you. You can track things like:
- How many drops did you take/total mg?
- When did you take the drops?
- How strong was the CBD?
- How did you feel?
- How long did it take to achieve results?
This CBD journey shouldn’t be hit or miss. You don’t want to try one dosage on Monday and then an entirely different dosage on Tuesday. It shouldn’t be random. If you really want to understand your body’s relationship with CBD, record your experience down to the last detail until you’ve dialed in just the right dose for your circumstances.
This may take a bit of trial and error but once you know how many mg's of CBD is right for you, you can experience the potential benefits of CBD oil with confidence and with knowing that no CBD has gone to waste! – allowing you to save money :)
See your CBD experience as a journey to a possible natural solution.
As you may have seen, CBD can be very useful in the fight against many chronic and debilitating diseases, but the medical community is still catching on. Until they come out with their own set of dosage recommendations, we have to go with what we have and that is CBD routines that are known to have worked for millions of people. So what are you waiting for? Give CBD a try today!
Please note - We are not medical professionals and the information we provide shouldn't be taken as medical advice. Always speak to your doctor first.