No matter whether you’re new to CBD oil or have been using it for a while, without the proper guidance it can be confusing figuring out how best to take it.
The recommended CBD dosage can vary depending on the quality of your CBD oil, the method of taking it, and the condition you’re trying to treat.
Even governing bodies such as the FDA in the US haven’t suggested a standard dose.
This can be a problem as many people use CBD oil in an attempt to treat themselves and as such, are basically left to figure out their own dosages.
Not to worry!
We’ve put together a complete guide on how to take CBD oil, which forms are the most effective, and how to work out your ideal dosage, so you never have to worry about inadequate doses again!
First things first:
Is CBD Oil Safe to Use?
While more and more research is coming out to support CBD’s effectiveness for treating a variety of ailments related to the endocannabinoid system, it’s worth remembering that CBD is a natural herbal supplement and should never be considered as an alternative or replacement for traditional medication.
Despite this, CBD oil is incredibly safe and risk-free, meaning if there is a chance it can help with your condition or ailment, it’s almost always worth trying.
In order to make sure the CBD you’re using is as safe as it can be, look out for high quality, natural products that:
- Don’t use any pesticides, fungicides or other nasty chemicals
- Are completely free of GMO
- Are lab tested to a high standard
Any brand that doesn’t mention its stance in regards to being organic, pure and well vetted is probably not something you want to put in your body!
The most commonly reported, and possibly the only common side effect of using large amounts of CBD is drowsiness, so we do recommend avoiding driving or using heavy machinery the first time you use CBD, at least until you know what dosage is right for you.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?
Many people on the internet seem to recommend standardised doses for everyone such as “take one drop of CBD oil on the tongue per day” or “eat two CBD gummies per day”, but it’s actually impossible to give a “one size fits all” dose like that for the following reasons:
- There are no regulations regarding how much cannabidiol a CBD product needs to contain, meaning the concentration of different products varies wildly
- CBD is used to help treat several different conditions, all of which require different doses
- Our Endocannabinoid System receptors differ and so the amount two people need to take in order to absorb the same amount can be completely different
For example, since we offer full spectrum, lab tested CBD oil with 3mg of CBD per serving, one drop of our product could easily be equivalent to 3-4 of another.
But with all these variables, how are you supposed to know how much to take?
You might be surprised to hear that one of the most effective ways to figure out the best CBD dose is to start small and gradually increase your dose until you find the best effects.
The reason for this is that what works for one person may not work for another, even when they are both the same weight and trying to treat the same condition.
Regardless, a good general CBD dose to aim for is around 1-5mg per 5kg of bodyweight.
So, for example, if you weigh 70kg, you might want to start at around 14mg per day, increasing by 1-3mg daily until you find the sweet spot.
There are CBD dosage calculators out there which will give you a relatively accurate starting point based on your answers to certain questions, but even they can’t be more accurate than testing doses for yourself and figuring out what works best – there are just too many variables.
So you know how to calculate your perfect CBD dose now, but how can you be sure how many mg you’re actually taking?
Is one puff on a CBD vape the same as one drop from a bottle of tincture, or one CBD gummy?
Not exactly, but don’t worry, we can explain:
How to Take CBD Oil Tincture
CBD drops or CBD tincture is one of the most popular and easy ways to take CBD.
The best way to use this method is to let the drop sit under your tongue for 1-2 minutes before swallowing.
Most good CBD formulas should tell you exactly how much each drop contains (as you can see above, ours is 3mg per serving).
This is worth noting because any product that doesn’t do this is potentially trying to hide a low amount of CBD.
Luckily, if you’re stuck with one of these products, it should be easy enough to work out how much CBD is in each drop once you realise that the average dropper size is 1ml.
This means you can just divide the total CBD content of the bottle by the total number of ml the bottle holds, to work out how much CBD is in each drop.
[TOTAL CBD CONTENT] / [TOTAL VOLUME OF BOTTLE] = [CBD ML PER DROP]
Taking CBD oil drops is by far the most reliably effective way of using CBD since it is easily measurable and less likely to be mixed with significant amounts of other ingredients like e-liquid can be.
How Much CBD to Vape
CBD is often vaporised to help with sleep and relaxation, or as a quit smoking aid as opposed to treating a specific ailment, in which case you may prefer to figure out your own ideal daily dose.
However, if you do wish to keep track of your dose and improve it over time, you can start by measuring how much CBD is in each dropper, just like we discussed above regarding CBD drops.
Once you know this, it’s easy to work out how much CBD each tank contains, which makes it relatively easy to keep track of how much you’re vaping each day simply by taking note of how often you refill the tank.
This is something you’ll want to monitor over time, as it’s easy to treat vaping CBD as a regular habit like smoking and forget that you are primarily doing it for the health benefits.
Luckily, since there is no risk of overdose with CBD, using too much could be a waste of money and no longer be as beneficial, but little else is likely to come of it.
CBD Oil Doses for Different Conditions
While everybody is different and there will never be a standardised CBD dosage that works for everybody, different conditions interact with the endocannabinoid system in unique ways.
This means there are certain guidelines on how much to take for each condition or desired effect.
These should be treated more as a starting point for your own refinement than strict medical advice, but they are useful nonetheless.
This CBD dosage chart courtesy of Mayo Clinic is a great place to start:
|Chronic Pain||2.5-20mg per day||Source|
|Epilepsy||200-300mg per day||Source|
|Loss of Mobility from Huntington’s Disease||10mg per 1kg of body weight per day||Source|
|Sleep Disorders or Insomnia||40-160mg per day||Source|
|Schizophrenia||40-1,280mg per day||Source|
|Glaucoma||A single dose of 20-40mg taken under the tongue||Source|
Using a CBD Brand You Can Trust Is 100% Necessary
When it comes to deciding which form of CBD to take, in what dosage, and how often, this is arguably the most important factor of all.
The explosion of CBD’s popularity has led to countless brands popping out of the woodwork, many of whom use entirely different extraction techniques and source materials, meaning the quality, quantity and condition of the CBD is different for each of them.
This itself isn’t much to worry about, as cannabis plants themselves have varying amounts of CBD, so some level of variance is to be expected.
However, you do need to check the reviews, background and websites of any brand you plan on buying into, to make sure they have the scientific backing and desire to do things properly, as opposed to running a “make money quick” scheme.
This is why we put so much effort into lab testing our products and making sure they are organic, sustainable, and made from top-quality full spectrum CBD.
Brands who appear to spend more time on branding and flashy packaging than they do on research and creating a high-quality product should be avoided at all costs.
Can I overdose on CBD?
All of this uncertainty and lack of a simple answer regarding dosage can make people worry about overdosing and may even put some readers off using CBD.
No lethal dose of CBD has been discovered, and people have been found to use up to 1500mg per day with zero repercussions, so this is something you should stop worrying about, right now!
There is a chance of some mild side effects, and you should stop using CBD immediately and contact a GP if you experience them, but even these potential side effects are incredibly rare and in fact, represent the worst case scenario when it comes to an “overdose”:
- Low Blood Pressure
- Dry Mouth
If you should take anything from this knowledge, it’s that tweaking your dosage until you find the perfect balance is not only the best and most reliable way to find your perfect CBD dosage, but it’s 100% safe too, meaning there is no reason you should feel beholden to any doses that other people have found effective – find your own!
Can I Get Addicted to CBD Oil?
This is a question we get asked regularly, and considering the illicit history of the cannabis plant, it’s perhaps not surprising.
The answer is a strong no – CBD exhibits no physically addictive qualities whatsoever and cannot cause cravings, dependency, withdrawal or any other symptoms of addiction.
What it can be, however, is habit forming, or psychologically addictive.
This is the case for anything that feels good, including sex, exercise and food, and so once again, is nothing to worry about unless you are consistently and constantly using huge amounts of CBD across a long period of time.
Even then, you are extremely unlikely to experience any issues worse than those listed above.
The Bottom Line
Hopefully, after reading this guide, you have a strong idea of how to use CBD oil for the best effects.
Just to be sure, let’s break down our final recommendations for people who are just starting to take CBD for its beneficial effects:
How to Take It:
CBD oil tincture is by far the best way to take CBD, providing pure, easily measurable and fast acting CBD that can be comfortably carried anywhere.
If you are uncomfortable with the taste of CBD and struggle to take it this way, CBD gummies or capsules are the next best option.
We wouldn’t recommend vaping CBD for any health benefits, although doing it for pleasure or in an attempt to quit smoking is still likely to be harmless and worth a try.
As discussed, make sure your CBD oil is as pure, organic and well-tested as possible.
How Much to Take
If you have one of the conditions listed in the CBD dosage chart above, start with the dose listed.
If not, start with 25mg in the morning and 25mg in the night.
From there, slightly increase the dose by 1-5mg each day and take note of the results.
You will usually find that the CBD has a slightly better effect each day which eventually wanes until you can no longer feel any improvements.
This means you’ve hit the upper limits of the effective dose and so ~10mg less than you’re currently taking is likely a good dose to stick with, and you can continue to tweak it from there depending on how you feel over time!
How do you take your CBD oil?
Have you found your perfect dose?
Have any further tips not listed here?
Drop us a note in the comments! We love hearing from you and will be happy to answer any questions you might have and learn what works best for our readers!