Here’s How to Determine How Much CBD You Should Take
Many people use CBD for pain and anxiety relief. But how do you know if you’re taking too much?
Taylor Leamey writes about all things wellness. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Sociology and is a certified sleep coach.
It’s safe to say that CBD is pretty mainstream now — you can buy it in grocery stores. No longer is it considered a trendy health hack but a legitimate option for pain and anxiety relief. But even with the largely widespread acceptance, there are still a lot of questions about how much and how often you should take CBD.
CBD products do not have federal oversights or regulations. In fact, up to 70% of CBD products you buy on the internet either have more or less CBD than listed on the label. Finding the ideal CBD dosage for pain or anxiety can be difficult. Here’s how to make it easy.
What can you use CBD for?
Research, though limited, indicates that CBD has legitimate health benefits. While there is no FDA regulation, research has shown that full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD effectively treat pain and anxiety. There’s only one FDA-approved CBD product, called Epidiolex, that’s available by prescription. Epidiolex treats seizure disorders such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
However, there are several other benefits and uses of CBD products.
The most common uses of CBD
- To lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression for things like muscle pain or migraines
- To reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea
- Relieve inflammatory diseases
- Help with behavioral symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
- Managing multiple sclerosis and improving mobility
The CBD market is continuously expanding with new products. However, there are four main types of CBD product categories. All of which will vary in potency and dosage per unit.
Oils and tinctures
CBD oils generally come in either a liquid or capsule form. You can take the extracts independently or use the dropper to add them to food or drinks. Liquid tinctures are usually taken directly under the tongue.
“Tinctures are generally taken at higher concentrations than oils. This means that if you were taking 1 milliliter of tincture, you would need to drop the concentration down to 0.5 milliliters. A good rule of thumb is to start with a small dose (0.25 milliliters) and slowly increase your dose over time,” says Reda Elmardi, a registered dietician and certified nutritionist.
Edible CBD products are quickly becoming very popular, likely because of their convenience and flavor profiles. With edibles, you have several options in flavor, potency and prices. They have everything, from gummies to cookies, chocolates and even granola bars.
CBD is also available in topical creams and salves applied directly to the skin. Popular forms are lotions, creams or ointments. Topical CBD products are good options for muscle pains, joint inflammation or nerve pain.
Topical CBD is one of the more difficult forms for determining dosage. Not only does potency vary by product, but also varies by how much you use each application. It’s important to follow manufacturer instructions carefully.
How to determine the best CBD dosage for you
CBD products express dosage in milligrams. Epidiolex starts with a dosage of 2.5 milligrams taken twice a day. After a week, you can increase the dosage to 5 milligrams twice a day. Federal regulation makes determining dosage straightforward.
For the rest of the products on the market not regulated by the FDA, there are no established guidelines for CBD concentration, which makes determining how much you should take a little more difficult. There are a few key factors you need to keep in mind — your weight, what you’re treating and the concentration of the product.
The ideal dosage for you will vary depending on what you’re using it for and what form you’re taking. Don’t forget that different forms also mean how quickly it takes effect. Generally, edibles, oils and capsules will take roughly 30 to 60 minutes to take effect. Smoking or vaping CBD will bring it on significantly quicker since the CBD absorbs into your bloodstream rather than your digestive system.
CBD dosage will vary by condition
In general, the CBD dosage is dependent on the disease and its ability to be managed by CBD. The research that is available on CBD treatments has very varied dosage levels. Clinical studies have varied in oral doses from 100 to 800 milligrams a day. Others administer lower levels around 40 milligrams. A 2019 study investigating CBD for anxiety found that 300 to 600 milligrams reduced anxiety symptoms. However, that study was limited to 57 adult males.
“For generalized anxiety or sleep disorders, 25 to 75 milligrams per day is recommended, while for PTSD, 33 to 50 milligrams per day is recommended. In severe anxiety, a patient’s dose might be increased to 300 to 600 milligrams. If the patient is experiencing pain due to chemotherapy, 50 to 60 milligrams is recommended, with a maximum daily dose of 600 milligrams,” says Kimberly Langdon, a board-certified MD.
How much CBD is best for you will depend on your body. Your body weight and existing medications will influence the ideal dosage for you.
Can you take too much CBD?
A clinical review of studies confirmed that people tolerate doses as high as 1,500 milligrams a day. We want to stress that the research around CBD dosage is still really young, so there is not much to point to about how much is too much for people. More research is needed to definitively conclude the ideal dosage for each condition.
Not a ton of known side effects associated with CBD products. Though fatigue, diarrhea and appetite changes have been reported. The FDA states that CBD can cause liver damage and potentially impact the other prescription medications you’re taking.
If you’re starting your CBD journey, it’s best to slowly build your dosage so you can monitor how it affects you.
“The idea is to start very low (i.e., 5 milligrams per use) and increase daily usage by 5 milligrams every two days until you start feeling results. Then, stop increasing and keep using the same number of milligrams or drops. For many people, the amount that provides modest benefits in the first couple days will, after consistent use, provide more and more benefit over time,” says Dr. Dustin Sulak, an integrative physician and leading cannabis clinician.
How to calculate CBD dosage
For some forms of CBD, determining how much is each unit is simple. Capsules or gummies tend to have an expressed milligram content, making dosage much easier than oils or creams.
Oils or tinctures with a dropper bottle list the CBD content for the total liquid bottle. So instead of eating a gummy that’s 50 milligrams, it will look more like 7,500 milligrams of CBD in the 30-milliliter bottle. Some bottles will offer serving sizes — like one drop — to indicate dosage. This allows you to have greater control over how much you are intaking, but even still, it’s not a perfect science.
Some bottles with a traditional nutrition label on the back will tell you exactly how much is in one dropper. If you are unsure, it’s a good idea to reach out to the company to find out. It can be difficult to figure out how much you’re intaking for the bottles that do not break down by serving size and offer only the total amount. It is difficult, but not impossible; it just takes a little bit of math.
Say you have a 30-milliliter bottle of CBD oil, and each drop is 0.05 milliliters.
To determine how many milligrams of CBD per milliliter, you divide the total milligram content by how much the bottle is. In this example, the math would look like this:
7,500 milligrams divided by 30 milliliters = 250 milliliters.
There is 250 milligrams of CBD per milliliter for this product. Next, you want to know exactly how much CBD is in each drop.
250 milliliters x 0.05 milliliters = 12.5 milliliters per drop.
This calculation works with any bottle of CBD. Once you know how much CBD is in each drop, you can accurately take your ideal amount. “To ensure the best results, keep track of how much you take, how many times a day you take it and rate your symptoms daily (by rating 1 to 10, 10 being best) to see if they are getting better or worse,” Sulak advises.
Too long, didn’t read?
CBD is a continually evolving field in both products and research. While research is lacking, what is available suggests that CBD does have therapeutic benefits and is generally very well tolerated by people. Still, more research is needed to really dig into the long-term side effects and best dosage markers for the average person.
In place of federal regulations, use your best judgment regarding how much CBD you are taking. Talking to your doctor about dosage is always a good idea when in doubt.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
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.
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250mg Peppermint CBD Oil
250mg Citrus CBD Oil
250mg Natural CBD Oil
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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.