CBD can be ingested and absorbed in a few different ways. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Learn more about CBD dosing here. If you’re about to start your journey with CBD, this guide should help you with finding the correct CBD oil dosage for your needs. Wondering how many drops of CBD oil you should take? Decode your perfect dosage with tips from Cannaray CBD’s Chief Science Officer, Gregor Zorn.
CBD DOSING FOR BEGINNERS: HOW TO TAKE CBD OIL
It seems like CBD oil can be found just about anywhere nowadays. At the corner drugstore, your favorite supermarket, your trusted online retailer… it’s not difficult to spot. What’s more challenging, however, is finding appropriate dosing information to meet your needs.
An important note before we dive in: So far, there isn’t any reliable research to support a so-called “universal ideal dosage” for CBD — and this notion is also reflected in what you see across the CBD market itself. For all the CBD products out there, there’s also a wide range of recommendations on how much and how often one should use CBD.
Since there are no “standard” dosages, it’s therefore up to each of us to discover the ideal amount of CBD that works for our body.
There are several reasons why it’s so difficult to make a precise recommendation for CBD dosage, and we’ll cover them in just a moment.
ARTICLE OVERVIEW: CBD DOSAGE AND USE
CBD DOSING: EACH BODY IS DIFFERENT
As soon as CBD reaches your bloodstream, regardless of the route, it acts upon your body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. To put it very simply, the ECS regulates processes like mood, appetite, pain management and inflammation, and ensures that your bodily functions remain in optimum balance, a concept otherwise known as homeostasis.
The exact effects and the extent to which CBD affects your ECS depend on a wide range of factors, such as your weight, diet, metabolism, general health, other medications you take and, last but not least, your genes.
So, when we consider that each and every one of these factors affects how your body reacts to CBD, it’s easy to see why general dosage guidelines are so difficult to provide to any given person. To make matters worse, many argue that not enough scientific research is being done on CBD to begin with, which means we’re not getting any closer to understanding how these factors affect CBD.
HOW MUCH CBD IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, we can finally get to what everyone wants to know: How much CBD should I take?
Again, there is no clear answer to this key question. Every person reacts differently to CBD and, depending on the product and form of administration, the results can vary greatly. However, with a few simple steps and rules of thumb, you can hopefully find the CBD dosage that works best for you.
Step 1: Determine the strength of your CBD oil
Many manufacturers make this easy because they clearly state how many milligrams of CBD are in each serving (drop, pump, spray etc.) of the total bottle. If the label does not include that information or any details about the concentration of your CBD oil, you’ll need to do the calculation yourself. (It’s quick, we promise!)
For that, you’ll need the following numbers:
- Bottle size in milliliters (ml)
- CBD content in milligrams (mg; for example, 200 mg, 500 mg, 1,000 mg, etc.)
Then, we calculate the CBD concentration using this basic formula:
CBD content in mg ÷ bottle size in ml = CBD mg per ml
Let’s assume a manufacturer sells a 10 ml bottle of CBD oil that contains 500 mg of CBD. Thanks to our formula, we can calculate that 500 mg ÷ 10 ml = 50 mg CBD / ml. One milliliter of oil, therefore, contains 50 milligrams of CBD.
Great, but now how do we tie milliliters to actual drops of oil?
Step 2: Determine the amount of CBD per drop (serving size)
Most vials of CBD oil come with their own pipette or dropper to dose out drops. In order to find out how much CBD is in each drop, you’ll need to know how many drops are in a full pipette. Some CBD oils already provides this information on the packaging, but if not, here’s where this step comes in.
(For CBD sprays, make sure the manufacturer states how much CBD is in each spray or pump, as the following calculation does not work with sprays.)
Usually a full pipette will hold about 1 ml of oil, but sometimes it’s a little less. Fill the pipette completely with oil and count how many drops there are in the pipette. (Remember to drop the oil back into the vial so it doesn’t go to waste!) The amount of CBD per drop can then be calculated with this formula:
CBD mg per ml ÷ Number of drops in 1 full pipette = CBD mg per drop
Let’s say your pipette contains 40 drops and the bottle contains 50 mg CBD per ml. That means that 50 mg CBD ÷ 40 drops equates to 1.25 mg CBD per drop.
Step 3: Approach the Dose That Works for You
Those who have never used CBD before might want to start with a low dose of 5 mg per day. The exact number of drops depends on the oil you’re using and the calculations made in Steps 1 and 2.
(In the above example, with a 10 ml bottle of 500 mg CBD, 50 mg CBD per milliliter and 1.25 mg CBD per drop, a 5 mg dose of CBD would equate to about 4 drops of CBD oil total per day.)
This amount is then increased by small increments over time until you have achieved the effect you want. While side effects are rare and usually quite harmless, CBD can make some people feel quite sleepy, so you might want to take your first doses in the evening, or at least not before an important meeting or a long drive.
Day 1: 5 mg per day
Day 2: 5 mg per day
Day 3: 5 mg per day
Day 4: 10 mg per day
Day 5: 10 mg per day
Day 6: 10 mg per day
Day 7: 15 mg per day
And so on until you’re satisfied with the dose.
Remember to be patient and not to increase your dose too quickly, as it can take many people several weeks at a consistent dose of CBD before they feel an effect.
How much CBD is recommended per day?
People who take CBD regularly tend to take between 20 and 100 mg per day, but the amount that works for you will, of course, depend on the effect you seek with CBD and how your body reacts to it.
If you experience side effects such as headache, slight drowsiness, dizziness, loss of appetite, diarrhea or nausea/vomiting, it probably means that you increased your dose too quickly or exceeded the dose that works best for your body, which is why it might be a good idea to go back down to a lower dose until you feel better. Here you can find more information about possible side effects with CBD.
Start low and slowly work your way up — and don’t forget that oftentimes with CBD (and so much else) less is more.
WHAT CBD PRODUCTS ARE OUT THERE AND HOW DO THEY DIFFER?
CBD can be ingested and absorbed by the body in different ways. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and often simply comes down to your personal preferences. More information about the various intake methods can be found here.
CBD is now available in almost every dosage form, and new products like CBD coffee are constantly being added to the list of available CBD products, of which the most well known is probably CBD oil.
Dozens, if not hundreds, of brands offer CBD oils in a variety of formulations and flavours. The vial usually comes with a pipette that’s used to put the oil directly under your tongue. Yet dosing with pipettes is often cumbersome and imprecise, which is why some brands, and we at VAAY, offer CBD sprays instead. A practical spray bottle head simplifies the dosage and intake of the oil considerably.
For those who aren’t fans of the earthy taste that hemp often has or prefer something different, some brands offer CBD capsules. Often these capsules are gel-filled, which means they’re pre-dosed, and they can be taken easily and inconspicuously on-the-go, usually without any unpleasant aftertaste.
With regard to these oral administration methods, it should be noted that CBD first has to pass through the stomach and liver before it reaches the bloodstream. This increases the time it takes for CBD’s effects to take hold, but they also last the longest with this method of administration (up to 6 hours).
Many people use CBD topically in the form of CBD ointments, CBD lotions, CBD creams and CBD gels to treat muscle aches, pain from arthritis, inflammation and other issues related to skincare. When CBD is applied locally, the effects can often kick in faster than when CBD is taken orally. This is because the CBD in topical products is absorbed through the skin precisely in the affected area, where they then interact directly with the skin’s cannabinoid receptors. Depending upon the exact formulation, the dosage can differ from product to product and it’s usually specified on the package.
CBD can reach your bloodstream the fastest is when it’s inhaled through your lungs, via vaporiser or CBD diffuser pen. (Smoking cigarettes with CBD falls into this category too, however due to the lung damage that results from combustion, smoking is not recommended under any circumstances.)
Bioavailability is highest when CBD is inhaled (approx. 31%), which means that you can receive more of an effect with a lower dose than you would with other forms of administration. In other words, the effects might be stronger, even thorough the dose is smaller.
For example, if you typically take 10 mg of CBD via drops and you want to try vaping, you might want to cut the dose in half and inhale just 5 mg until you know how it affects you.
Whereas orally ingested CBD might take an hour to kick in and hours to wear off, CBD that’s inhaled can take hold in just minutes but its effects will also diminish more quickly too. For a long-lasting effect, it is best to combine inhaled CBD with an orally ingested form of CBD.
IS ALL CBD THE SAME? THE CHALLENGES OF A NATURAL PRODUCT
At first glance, the idea that all CBD is the same seems logical. For example, Vitamin C supplements are practically indistinguishable from brand to brand, so in the end, all kinds of CBD work the same way too, right? But appearances can be deceptive.
CBD is one of 100+ cannabinoids that occur naturally in cannabis and hemp plants. However, before CBD can be processed into an end product like CBD oil, cream, capsules, bath balls and beyond, it must be extracted from the plant. There are various extraction methods that a given manufacturer can use, and the extract obtained can be either a full-spectrum extract, a broad-spectrum extract or a pure CBD isolate.
As the name suggests, a full-spectrum extract reflects the full range of all components (other cannabinoids and terpenes) found in the particular plant from which the CBD was extracted. A broad-spectrum extract is similar, except the THC is completely removed. The terms themselves “full-spectrum” and “broad-spectrum” are often mixed up because most hemp plants contain negligible amounts of THC anyway and so there’s no need to use a separate word to refer to hemp extracts without THC.
However, calling out the difference with CBD isolate is important because these finished products contain only pure CBD and no other components from the plant. This can have its advantages: manufacturing is often easier and the end product is often cheaper for the consumer. However, studies suggest that when it comes to effectiveness, CBD isolates don’t hold a candle to full- or broad-spectrum extracts. In addition, there is some evidence to suggest that CBD might have a synergistic relationship with other plant elements, resulting in a so-called “entourage effect” in the body.
How exactly a manufacturer extracts its CBD and how it is processed makes a big difference and influences how the finished product works for you. So you see, not all CBD is created equal.
CBD Oil Dosages Explained – How Much CBD to Take
Being busy is almost a given these days. If you’ve recently joined the cool kids and gotten your hands on Pure CBD oil to help destress, you might be wondering about how much you should be taking. Research suggests that the average CBD dosage is 20 – 40 mg per dose, but that doesn’t make it right for you!
As the reasons for why people take CBD vary, some take a bit less, others a bit more per serving. At Good Hemp, our recommendation is that no matter what you end up doing, you don’t exceed a maximum daily intake of more than 70 mg.
Good Hemp Pure CBD Oil
250mg Peppermint CBD Oil
250mg Citrus CBD Oil
250mg Natural CBD Oil
Natural 1000mg CBD Oil
Natural 2000mg CBD Oil
This number gets our (and the Food Standards Agency’s) seal of approval in relation to potential drug-to-drug interaction in the body, reducing the possibility for any unwanted drug interaction to virtually nothing. This means that daily CBD doses below 70mg are unlikely to interfere with any other medication you might be taking.
To be extra safe, our recommendation is that you aim to take anywhere between 18 and 60 mg per day, based on the symptoms you’re trying to alleviate. From curbing workplace anxiety and stress to helping you get a better night’s rest, this guide will suggest the doses that might yield good results for you.
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Finding Your Ideal CBD Dose
Many young working people use CBD to relax, while also benefiting from the additional benefits related to sleep problems, overstimulation and more. The challenge with finding your ideal CBD dose within the recommended range is that individual body chemistry can affect how your system responds to CBD. Factors like body size, weight and overall tolerance can play a role in how it interacts with you.
CBD Dosage for Pain and Inflammation
CBD is a champion when it comes to reducing pain symptoms, especially with back problems and other sports-related injuries. CBD won’t cure the reason the pain exists, but will help with managing the symptoms. When using it for general pain and inflammation, there is no “one size fits all” recommended dose per person (sorry). As our bodies respond differently based on our own set of genetic circumstances, it’s up to you to experiment to find your own workable dose.
CBD Oil Dosage for Anxiety
Anxiety has long been an epidemic in the UK. Stress is a trigger for anxiety, which can have a direct negative impact on your quality of life. CBD oil helps treat anxiety in a natural way. You don’t have to turn to potentially addictive opioids when you choose CBD to deal with your symptoms instead.
While large-scale studies are pending, a 2011 study showed signs of promise for the use of CBD with social anxiety disorder. The study involved a larger-than-average dose, but even so, our recommendation is to stick to no more than 70 mg per day to stay safe.
CBD Oil Dosage for Sleep
A great night’s sleep is one of the most important contributors to good mental health. Over 1.5 million people in the UK suffer from a sleep disorder, often brought on by stress or chronic pain. CBD oil is not meant to be a sedative, but it will help with alleviating anxiety and pain symptoms, which, in turn, promotes a healthier sleep pattern.
A non-human study from 2013 showed that CBD helped with increasing total sleep time and REM, albeit that the animals were given very high doses. Stick to no more than 70 mg per day to reap the benefits more safely and remember to take the CBD oil at least 30 minutes before you head off to bed.
CBD Dosage for Migraines
Migraines can be very debilitating. In the same way it helps to relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, CBD may be able to help when the nastiest of headaches strikes and ruins a perfectly productive day.
At the moment, there is no scientific evidence to prove that CBD helps with migraines in particular. Most studies focus on the general effects, so more specific research is needed. As CBD affects the receptors in the brain that are responsible for pain and inflammation management, it’s likely it can help with headaches. Try taking the daily recommended dose of between 18 – 60mg when a migraine hits, and see how your body responds.
CBD Oil Dosage for Depression
CBD oil is showing positive signs as a tool to help combat the effects of depression. We need to get a little technical here to explain why. CBD acts on the 5-HT receptor, which is responsible for serotonin production. Serotonin is a chemical that binds to receptors in the brain. It helps to improve mood and lowers stress levels. CBD also stops the breakdown of anandamide, a chemical messenger affecting good sleep, appetite, memory and more.
There is no magic dosage of CBD oil to take that will cure depression. It can only help with symptom management as far as we know at this stage. If you’re prone to depression, our recommendation is to try taking anywhere from 40 to 70 mg per day. Consume a set dose in the morning when you wake up, and then again in the evening. Increase consumption by 10 mg each week, until you notice the desired effects.
CBD for Acne
Acne is a real self esteem killer. While it won’t be able to treat the condition altogether, CBD can reduce the excess oil produced from sebaceous glands in the skin. This prevents the follicles from becoming more clogged and helps to limit dead skin buildup as well.
Please don’t apply CBD directly to the affected area at first. While it has anti-inflammatory properties, it may aggravate already clogged pores. Start by taking 20 mg per day under the tongue, until you start to see the skin clearing. Then, begin to use a topical solution with CBD directly on the skin, while you’re still ingesting the same amount orally. Fingers crossed you’ll see some great results in the mirror!
Why Choose Good Hemp Pure CBD Oil
Whether for pain and inflammation management, anxiety, depression or something else, you now know all about the different ways that CBD can improve your life. All you need now is a reliable supplier to go on the journey with you.
As our name suggests, Good Hemp’s CBD oil is the product of over 20 years of love and care for hemp. Our range of CBD oils are perfect for the ambitious and hardworking person like yourself. All the oils are 100% natural, CBD isolate (i.e. pure CBD, without any THC). Each bottle is lab tested and FSA approved. Better yet, you can choose from three different flavours each time you top up your stash.
Our Recommended Dose per Product
If you’re thinking about using Good Hemp Pure CBD oil as you embark on your journey, you might want to know a bit more about each product, serving sizes and the recommended doses per item. This will definitely help when you’re planning on exactly how much CBD you will be taking each day
|Product||Serving size||Recommended dose||Price|
|250mg Citrus CBD Oil||5 drops = 6mg||6mg, 3 times a day||£15.00|
|250mg Peppermint CBD Oil||5 drops = 6mg||6mg, 3 times a day||£15.00|
|250mg Natural CBD Oil||5 drops = 6mg||6mg, 3 times a day||£15.00|
|1,000mg Natural CBD Oil||3 drops = 15mg||15mg, 3 times a day||£40.00|
|2,000mg Natural CBD Oil||2 drops = 20mg||20mg, 3 times a day||£75.00|
|*Do not exceed 70mg per day|
Starting Your CBD Oil Journey
By using Good Hemp’s Pure CBD oils, you’re not only supporting a business that is wholeheartedly passionate about what they do, but also one that puts sustainability at the forefront.
At a time when the planet needs all the help it can get (can we get an amen?!), buying from a supplier that only uses carbon-negative hemp crops can be an easy way to make a big difference in the long run.
Having ticked the social responsibility box for today, it’s time to focus your energy on the first few days with CBD in your life. With so many different ways to take CBD, you’ll find your sweet spot dose in no time at all.
How Many Drops of CBD Oil Should I Take?
It’s one of the most common questions we’re asked at Cannaray, and the answer is: there’s no one-size-fits-all dosage. It’s different for everyone. However, we typically recommend taking the recommended guidance on pack per day at first, then adjusting up (to a maximum of 70mg CBD per day) or down as and when you feel you’re ready. It’s all about listening to your body.
Gregor Zorn, Chief Scientific Officer
But if you want the full lowdown on decoding your dosage, we’ve got all the tips you need right here, courtesy of our Chief Science Officer, Gregor Zorn. Below, he reveals how to take your CBD oil, plus four steps that will help you decide on your perfect number of drops.
First, how do I take CBD oil drops?
It’s easy. All you have to do is squeeze your CBD oil underneath your tongue, hold it there for 90 seconds while it absorbs, then swallow whatever is left. To make it extra simple, we’ve added glass measuring pipettes to the lids of our Bright Days CBD Oil and Night CBD Oil Drops.
1. Find Your Formula
“For a CBD first-timer, your goal should be to find the right dosage that works uniquely for you,” says Gregor. “It’s different for everyone and because CBD is a food supplement and not a medication, it doesn’t necessarily change by body weight – although this can be a factor.
That said, Gregor recommends “you start low and go slow” with a small dosage. This can be anywhere from 25mg upwards, around 0.5ml of CBD oil, although we tend to find that a dosage around 50mg upwards is what our customers find optimal.
That’s why you’ll find the perfect entry-level amount in the CBD Oil Discovery Kit. A great kit for beginners containing 10ml of our Bright Days CBD Oil Drops and Night Time CBD Oil Drops. Start with 0.5 – 1ml dropper of oil (measured with the glass pipette), equivalent to 25mg – 50mg CBD.