CBD DOSING GUIDE – How Much Should I Take? [UPDATED]
UPDATED March 2, 2021 – Ready to reap the benefits of CBD? Awesome. One of the things that is most important to understand how much CBD you should be taking and what a suggested dose is based on. Much of this is dependent on our individual bodies and there is not an official serving size, in this post we cover some dosing guidelines and suggestions to assist you. As you might guess, much of this is a function of our individual weight and metabolism and body chemistry. Dive in and see what is best for you so you can get the most out of your C+L supplements and improve your personal preparation, performance + recovery.
Let’s start by addressing some common misconceptions about CBD. First off: you can’t get “high” using CBD. In order to be legal for sale in the US, CBD can’t contain more than 0.3% concentration of THC, the psychoactive compound responsible for the sensation of “getting high”. In simple terms: virtually no amount of CBD could be consumed to trigger the psychoactive effects commonly associated with THC. Put another way, there’s small amounts of alcohol in toothpaste, but you’re never going to get drunk by swallowing tubes of Colgate. That said, it is important to figure out the right dosage for your needs.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
Dialling in the correct dosage for your body is an important part of getting the most out of your CBD supplements. Once you’ve found the right dosage you’re not only going to get the most benefits from your supplements and feel great, but you’re also going to guard against wasting money by using excess product.
As a baseline, our suggested dosage is 0.25mg CBD multiplied by your body weight in pounds on a daily basis. Therefore, a 120 pound person should take 30mg CBD daily (0.25 x 120 = 30), and a 200 pound person should take 50mg CBD daily (0.25 x 200 = 50). Ideally, split your doses equally between morning and evening. With this formula you can now easily figure out your suggested dose.
That said, there is no ‘official serving size’ or standard dose’ and it varies from person to person. Your ideal dosage will be based on a variety of factors including your weight, metabolism, the type of product you’re using (tincture, softgel, topical), and body type. For the best potential for success, we recommend some experimentation and consistent usage to determine the right dosage for you. It can take 2-3 weeks to determine the proper dosage, but once you witness CBD’s effects on your body you’ll be in a better position to decide how much to take and when to take it, so be patient and take your time.
- Tinctures – taking the correct amount of tincture can be confusing, so we are going explain it in detail. This is going to be easy using the information from the formula we introduced above. First, you need to be mindful of which strength of tincture that you purchased, 500 or 1000mg. Remember, our examples are based-on only using tinctures, so adjust accordingly if you are also using softgels, oral spray or topicals.
- Now, if you purchased a 500mg Tincture, the full bottle will contain
600 drops worth of tincture and each drop will contain approximately 0.8mg of CBD. Now, if you recall from reading above, we suggest a dose of 0.25mg multiplied by your bodyweight in pounds. For example, if you are 120 pounds you should be taking 30mg CBD per day for best results. Here is our formula 0.25 x 120 = 30mg, and now to convert that into drops, we take 30mg and divide that by the 0.8mg per drop and you get
35 drops (experiment with between 30-40 drops and see what works best for you). For a 200 pound person, our formula suggests a does of
600 drops of CBD oil. It is important to note that since this product is 2x the concentration that each drop now contains
1.6mg of CBD. For the same 120 pound person that we used as an example above, you would now take
15 drops per day (experiment with between 15-25 drops per day to see what is optima)l. For the 200 pound person, they would take
In order to figure out the right dosage for you, here are some basic steps to start with:
- Start Small – We recommend starting with smaller doses and gradually increasing as needed. Although too much CBD won’t cause any harm, taking more than you need could waste product unnecessarily. If you’re a tincture user, start with 1/2 of our suggested dose for the first week of your PREPARE Tincture in the morning or one dosage of RECOVER Tincture in the evening 60 minutes prior to bedtime.
- Take Daily – Everyone’s body is different when it comes to CBD. Many people need to build up the substance in their system in order to start seeing benefits. If you don’t see results right away, keep up your daily doses for four weeks, paying close attention to the changes you sense in your body.
Once you’ve figured out your ideal CBD dose you’ll be able to feel confident as you start maximizing the positive benefits of your CBD routine and enjoy the effects it has on your personal preparation, performance and recovery.
CBD Dosage – How much CBD should I take?
CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol. A compound constituent found in cannabis that lacks the intoxicating and addictive effects associated with other cannabis compounds such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Due to this, it is legal, sold and used in many countries around the world.
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is: “What is the correct daily dosage of CBD for me?” If you do a Google search on best CBD dosage you will find many different measurements and approximate dosages for various products. The truth is, this is a complex question to answer.
- Factors playing a role when finding the perfect CBD dosage: your medical condition or problem, metabolism, body weight, among others
- We recommend The Step-Up Method for your ideal CBD dosage
- There is not a one size fits all when it comes to CBD dosing
What’s the Right CBD Dosage?
CBD is a natural plant compound, therefore, according to the World’s Health Organization (WHO) 1 it’s safe to consume as long as it’s clean and contains no toxins. However, when it comes to the daily recommended dosage, it’s understandable that people may need some guidance. We’ve put together this simple guide which follows the dosage guide spelled out in a book titled “CBD: A Patient’s Guide To Medical Cannabis” by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum.
Leonard Leinow founded Synergy Wellness, a not-for-profit medical cannabis collective in Northern California and has three decades of experience growing and studying medical cannabis. They are specialists in CBD and pioneers in this aspect of the industry. Juliana Birnbaum has lived and worked around the world and founded Voices in Solidarity, an initiative that partnered with tribal leaders from the Brazilian Amazon to support the development of a community-led environmental education center.
This book “CBD – A Patient’s Guide to Cannabis” by Leonard Leinow 2 is an excellent source for those who have not yet looked into CBD and its medicinal properties. The book is full of information about CBD, its history, use, dosage, studies on its use in a variety of diseases, and much more.
Recommended CBD Dosage
There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when finding the perfect dosage of CBD for you. Some of the factors that play an important part in your experience using CBD are:
- Your medical condition or problem
- How intense your problem is
- How you respond to CBD
- Body weight
- Sensitivity to cannabis
- Your personal body chemistry (this includes any other medications you may be taking)
So, How Much CBD Should I Take?
Based on the guideline in the book, we recommend the step-up approach were you gradually increase the daily dose of CBD until the most desired results are reached. The term used in the book is “Titration.” This is a term borrowed from chemistry that means taking small steps over time in order to allow for adjustment slowly. By using this method, you’re tailoring the amount of oil to fit your needs. Every person is different and everyone’s reaction to CBD is different.
The Step-Up method:
- Leinow & Birnbaum recommend in their book “CBD: A patient’s guide to Medical Cannabis” to start with a microdose, standard dose or even macrodose, depending on the type of symptoms.
- If you have chosen one of the dosage tables (see below), search for your body weight in the left column. If it lies between the values shown, use the approximate value as a guide.
- Start at the lowest daily dosage under Step 1. This is your starting dosage. Keep it for one week.
- Listen to your body and take notes. If necessary, you can then increase the daily dose to the next step, keep it for one week and so on. The drops do not have to be taken all at once. For larger quantities, it is advisable to divide the drops into morning, midday and evening.
- If you notice any negative effects, reduce the daily dose. It is not a question of increasing the dose steadily, but of finding the ideal dose. Due to the two-phase effect, both a too low and a too high dose are less effective.
- Once you have found a dose that you feel comfortable with, keep it. This will be your target dosage from now on.
How many mg of CBD should I take? In the following section you can read about micro, standard and macro dosing and how often to take CBD oil on a daily basis.
Micro CBD Dose
0.5mg to 20mg of CBD per dose per day is a micro dose recommended for the following conditions:
- Sleep disorders such as insomnia and other types of headaches
- Mood swings
- Nausea and menopausal symptoms – Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Stress and restlessness
- Metabolic disorders
For the microdose, we recommend 500mg CBD oil. 1 drop of 500mg oil contains 2 mg of CBD.
CBD Dosage Guide – Micro Dose
Standard CBD Dose
10mg to 100mg of CBD dose per day. Standard doses are used for the following conditions:
For a standard dose, we recommend 1500mg or 2500mg CBD oil. 1 drop of the 1500mg CBD oil contains 6mg of CBD and 1 drop of the 2500mg oil contains 6,7mg of CBD.
So, how many drops of CBD oil should I take?
For the 1500mg oil: 3 drops 3 times per day = 54mg of CBD.
For the 2500mg oil: 3 drops 3 times per day = 60mg of CBD.
CBD Dosage Guide – Standard Dose
Macro (Or Therapeutic) CBD Dose
Macro doses are at the high range between 50mg-800mg of CBD per day. This dosage is commonly used for:
For a macrodose, we recommend 30%, 40% or 50% CBD paste.
30% paste: 1 milliliter contains 300mg of CBD
40% paste: 1 milliliter contains 400mg of CBD
50% paste: 1 milliliter contains 500mg of CBD
CBD Dosage Guide – Macro Dose
General CBD Dosage Guidelines
It’s important to remember that there is not a one size fits all when it comes to CBD dosing. The dosage amount varies from individual to individual depending on a number of factors mentioned earlier. It is recommended to consult your health care provider for advice on how much CBD you should take.
- Decide the form in which you wish to take CBD. CBD products come in the form of oils, paste, e-liquids, and capsules. For more information on how to take CBD please see this article.
- Don’t take too much CBD. It’s important to note that in cannabis therapy often times “less is more” If you are not getting the desired results from a higher dose than you should consider lowering your dose instead of increasing it. This method has helped many patients find their “sweet spot” or the best dose to treat their particular condition for that period of time. Remember you may need to adjust your “sweet spot” over a certain period of time. Monitor the results and adjust the dosage as necessary.
- If you are already taking some other prescription medication, be aware of possible side effects and drug interactions. You should discuss this with your health care provider.
For a medical condition, always consult with a healthcare professional before consuming CBD. CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease, ailment or skin condition. Any information contained in or made available through any marketing materials is not intended to be used as, or be a substitute for, healthcare advice or information from licensed healthcare practitioners. Please consult a licensed healthcare practitioner regarding any potential interactions or complications before using the products.