Whether you’re new to the idea or have been using it for a while, it can be confusing figuring out how to take CBD oil without the proper guidance.
The quality of your CBD oil, the method of taking it, your size and weight, and the condition you’re trying to treat are all things that can affect your ideal CBD daily dose.
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, but can often become hesitant or worried when they realise they don’t know what dose of CBD to take, or potentially even how to take CBD oil!
You’ll be glad to know that you’ve landed on the correct page if you’ve ever wondered about the answers to questions like:
- How to take CBD oil drops
- How much CBD oil to take
- How long does it take for CBD oil to work?
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!
What's in this Guide?
Is CBD Oil Safe to Use?
While more and more research is coming out to support CBD’s effectiveness, it’s worth remembering that CBD is a natural herbal supplement and should not 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, especially if you’ve struggled for a long time, 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. We recommend avoiding driving or using heavy machinery the first time you use CBD, at least until you know what dosage is right for you.
If you’re nervous – you can figure out how to take CBD oil for the first time at a weekend or another time when you can avoid being anywhere if you have a problem.
- To learn more about the studies that have taken place into CBD’s effectiveness, and their findings, take a look at our post on the benefits of CBD oil.
Once you’ve brushed up on that, your next question is likely how much CBD to take!
How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?
Many brands on the internet often recommend standardised doses, such as “take one drop of CBD oil under the tongue per day” or “eat two CBD gummies per day”.
But it’s actually impossible to give a “one size fits all” CBD oil dose in that way 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, even if those people are the same size and weight
For example, we offer full spectrum, lab tested CBD oil with 3mg of CBD per serving.
Other brands offer CBD oil that doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids at all, and many contain 1mg of CBD per serving or less. As a result, 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 CBD oil to take?
The most effective ways to figure out the best CBD dose for you 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 if they are both the same weight and trying to treat the same condition.
Regardless of all that, 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.
The simple reason for this is that what works for one person may not work for another.
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.
Check out our video below for a quick rundown on how to take CBD oil and the advantages of the different methods, or read on for more.
How Should I Take CBD Oil Tincture?
CBD oil drops or tinctures is one of the most popular and easy ways to take CBD.
This is because it’s the easiest way to keep track of how much CBD you have taken.
It is also the method that provides the second highest level of CBD bioavailability, after vaping.
Since most e-liquids contain CBD alone and not the other cannabinoids, taking CBD oil is thought to give the quickest, and most thorough benefits.
But how should you take CBD drops?
The best way is simply to let the drop sit under your tongue for 1-2 minutes before swallowing. This is because CBD gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream from under the tongue more quickly than it does via the stomach.
Most good CBD formulas should tell you exactly how much each drop contains (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 content.
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]
How Can I Vape CBD Oil?
CBD is often vaporised to help with sleep and relaxation, or as a quit smoking aid as opposed to treating a specific ailment.
If you are considering vaping CBD for this reason, you may prefer to simply 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 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: The Dosage 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|
How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Work?
This is a common question because it’s easy to take a single dose and not notice any immediate difference, then come to the conclusion that CBD isn’t helpful.
Since CBD is a wellness supplement that promotes homeostasis and not a medication, you shouldn’t expect an immediate improvement.
With that said, a lot of people claim they do experience rapid effects, so once again this seems to be something that varies from person to person depending on their endocannabinoid systems.
We also regularly get asked this question in regards to a specific complaint, for example “how long does it take for CBD oil to work for pain?”.
Since chronic pain can stem from so many different causes, this is impossible to answer accurately.
If you are attempting to take CBD oil to help reduce a specific complaint, such as insomnia, pain, inflammation or anxiety, we would recommend taking CBD every day for 2 weeks in the first instance.
During this time, take note of your symptoms, giving them a score out of 10 for severity every single day.
At the end of the two weeks, you may well find you have noticed a significant improvement, in which case you should of course continue using CBD oil.
But if your improvement feels minor or you are unsure if there is any improvement at all, you can try ceasing to take CBD and recording the severity of your symptoms for another 2 weeks.
This can make the difference more obvious, and if you experienced worse symptoms when you stopped taking CBD oil, you can also take this is a reason to continue.
To learn more about taking CBD oil to help manage specific complaints, take a look at our guides on the following conditions:
How Can I Find a Trustworthy Brand?
When it comes to deciding how to take CBD oil for you, 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, using different source materials, meaning the quality, quantity and condition of the CBD is different for each of them.
How CBD is extracted can vary from brand to brand, as well, which affects the other ingredients present within the oil as well as the amount of CBD.
This itself isn’t much to worry about, as hemp and 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 broad spectrum CBD.
Knowing the ingredients list is one thing, but independent lab reports show you what’s in every single batch, putting everything on the table.
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, as they either aren’t knowledgeable about how to make a high quality product, or they don’t care.
Can I overdose on CBD? Is CBD oil safe?
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 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.
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.
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 and it’s affecting other parts of your life.
Even then, you are extremely unlikely to experience any issues worse than those listed above.
Hopefully, after reading this guide, you have a strong idea of how to take 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 oil, 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 5mg in the morning and 5mg 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!
Are you interested in trying it for yourself? Check out our online shop for a high quality, organic, broad spectrum CBD oil you can trust.