Delta 8 Dosage Guide: How Much Delta 8 is Enough?
Are you new to delta 8? Maybe you’re new to hemp products, in general. Either way, it can take some time to find the right delta 8 dosage size. Everyone starts somewhere, and in this guide, you’ll learn just how different everyone’s serving sizes might be.
Our Delta 8 Dosage Guide
What’s an ideal serving size for your needs? Well, there’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of answer. Fortunately, we’re going to give you all the tools you need to find the ideal dosage for you. How much delta 8 is enough without being too much? Let’s find out together!
First Things First – What is Delta 8?
If you’re especially new to delta 8, you may not even know what it is yet. We go more in-depth in other delta 8 blogs , but we’ll give you a quick summary here. Delta 8 THC is a less potent but still psychoactive cannabinoid from cannabis.
Like THC, it’s a cannabinoid that can get you high. It’s less potent, which means it’s not going to hit you quite as hard as the THC in marijuana does.
Delta 8 THC may even offer a number of other benefits. Many users experience fewer anxiety symptoms, notice pain relief and relief from nausea, and much more.
Is a Delta 8 Dosage the Same as Your CBD Dosage?
Some might assume that you can approach a delta 8 dosage the same way you do your CBD dosage. While we can understand that line of thinking, the concepts are not quite the same.
If you already take a certain serving of CBD per day, you may be more familiar with hemp-based products. A similar delta 8 dosage size might do the trick for you. We don’t guarantee that the same serving size will do what you want it to. It may be a good place to start, though.
However, there are plenty of other factors in play for finding your perfect delta 8 serving size. The less-potent form of THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid, while CBD is non-psychoactive. They both come from hemp, but there’s more to consider when comparing the two serving sizes.
Curious about what your CBD dosage should be? We have a guide for that, too. Be sure to check out our dosage guide for CBD.
If finding your delta 8 dosage is more up your alley, this guide is for you. Let’s dig deeper into some of the big questions you might have.
Can You Take Too Much Delta 8?
Is there a limit to how much delta 8 THC you can take?
Well, kind of. The good news is, you can’t overdose on delta 8 THC. But just like with any substance, you can go overboard.
Fortunately, when it comes to cannabis, there’s not a lethal dose amount. There is a lethal dose for the delta 9 THC variant, but it’s an incredibly large quantity. Since delta 8 is a less potent form of THC, it would have to be an even larger amount.
If you take “too much” delta 8, though, you might not have the greatest time. It might make you feel dizzy; even confused. Many people benefit from what delta 8 in small doses gives them. There can always be too much of a good thing, though.
A mild sedative, you might feel particularly relaxed, maybe even drowsy. If you’re not familiar with THC at all, these effects may feel more intense for you. The lower the dosage, the more likely delta 8 is to make you feel stimulated instead of sedated.
So, yes, you can take too much delta 8, but it’s not going to take you out forever. You might just need a good nap before you’re good to go again.
This is why we recommend that you start low and work your way up to find your ideal delta 8 dosage size. You don’t want to be caught feeling “too” high when you wanted delta 8 for your anxiety or other symptoms.
We want to help you understand delta 8’s potency better so you can more easily enjoy it. Keep reading to learn the easiest ways to avoid ever taking too large of a delta 8 dosage.
Delta 8 Vegan Gummies
Delta 8 Milk Chocolate
Delta 8 Brownie Bites
Delta 8 Dark Chocolate
Understanding Delta 8’s Potency
To understand your ideal delta 8 dosage better, let’s break down the potency of a delta 8 product.
Firstly, it depends on two factors. You must look at the overall milligram strength of the product. Then, look at the milligram strength of the delta 8 THC within the product. Some products may also list the CBD, CBG, or other contents if there are any.
The potency lies in more than how much of the THC you get with each serving. A delta 8 product’s potency is how much THC and other compounds are in the product. Something with delta 8 and other cannabinoids will offer a more intense experience than delta 8 by itself.
As an example, our CBD+Delta 8 oil has 930mg CBD and 840mg delta 8 THC in each 30ml bottle. For many consumers, a half-dropper full of oil is an ideal starting point. Each half-dropper full, or 1ml, is 15 to 16mg CBD and 14mg delta 8 THC.
Not everyone’s starting point is the same, though. Likewise, the serving size will differ depending on the product. We’ll touch on different serving sizes for our various delta 8 products in a bit. In the meantime, let’s look at the most important things to keep in mind about your delta 8 dosage size.
3 Things to Know About Delta 8 Dosage Sizes
1. Everyone is Different
Humans (and other mammals) have skeletal, muscular, and other bodily systems. Another bodily system you may not be as familiar with is our endocannabinoid system, also called the ECS. Every person’s ECS responds differently to various phytocannabinoids.
In essence, everyone is different. That shines through even on a base, anatomical level.
It’s why there’s no established dosage amount that’s somehow perfect for everyone. Cannabis products interact with everyone’s body so differently, there’s no set rule of thumb that will always be right.
With that in mind, we want to go into this delta 8 dosage guide cautiously. We can’t guarantee our recommendations will be ideal for you. Our goal is to help you find your ideal serving size yourself using our strategies.
Only after time, consistency, and experimentation are you likely to find your perfect delta 8 dosage size. Just keep in mind, what works for your friend, coworker, partner, or anyone else may not be the right amount for you.
2. Always Start Low
That brings us to our next point. When you start experimenting with serving sizes, use the rule of thumb that less is more.
You can always work your way up to more — you can’t undo when you take too much.
Fortunately, as we mentioned earlier, taking “too much” only leads to some mild negative symptoms, for the most part. A faster heartbeat, light sweating, and maybe some severe drowsiness are potentials.
It doesn’t hurt to avoid those mild negative symptoms altogether, though. Start with a small serving size and wait 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the product, before you take more.
Read the product’s serving size recommendations. To start out low, use half or even just a quarter of the amount that’s recommended.
3. Slowly Determine Your Ideal Serving Size
We can’t stress enough, slow and steady really does win the race. Just as you should start low, you should also go slow. Oftentimes, products don’t have clear guidelines for exactly how much to take. There are sometimes recommendations, but even those can be vague.
To find your optimal delta 8 dosage, work your way up slowly and pay attention to the results. Try to observe the lowest amount it takes before you can feel any effects.
Go up 5 to 10mg at a time to get the number down to a science. You may find it helpful to start a dosage log. Keep track of how much delta 8 you use and when to narrow in on exactly the right serving size.
The dosage log could also help you track what effects you feel so you can optimize your delta 8 product. If you take as little as possible to feel its effects, you can stretch out its amount of uses. Likewise, you lessen how quickly your THC tolerance will increase.
In fact, more people are learning how to microdose with delta 8, CBD, and more. The benefits of microdosing are only freshly discovered, and we’re learning more every day. We even wrote a guide on the very subject.
Further Reading: How to Microdose on Delta 8
Delta 8 Dosage Guide
Below, we answer some of your most common questions on delta 8 dosage sizes. Throughout this delta 8 dosage guide, it’s our goal to be as transparent as possible.
We want to show you how long delta 8 takes to work and how long before you start to notice its benefits. Does delta 8’s benefits amplify with a consistent routine like CBD does?
Then, show you the factors to consider when you start trying out your own delta 8 dosage. Finally, we’ll give you a good range for various delta 8 users depending on the type of product. Let’s dive in.
How Long Does Delta 8 Take to Work?
We’ll say it again and again: everyone is different. That means it’ll differ on how long delta 8 will take to kick in, how long it’ll last, and more.
In fact, it even depends on the type of delta 8 product you choose. A vape cartridge, for example, is likely to kick in the fastest. It can take 10 to 20 minutes to feel its effects. However, some users feel it in less than 5 minutes.
A delta 8 softgel, on the other hand, may take longer. They can take about as long as some edibles. Generally, users start to feel effects from softgels after 60 to 90 minutes.
How Long a Delta 8 Edible Takes
Just because it’s a cannabis edible doesn’t mean it’s going to hit the same way as a marijuana edible.
If you choose the edible route, it depends on the delta 8 edible. Delta 8 gummies, for example, may kick in the fastest (out of the edibles). Many users start to feel almost a tingling sensation spread through the body after 5 to 15 minutes.
From there, it’s more of a slow simmer compared to the cannonball that is a delta 9 edible.
For others, it can take up to an hour, sometimes longer, before the delta 8 edible kicks in. It could depend on the food you’ve eaten throughout the day. When you take it during the day might also play a role.
Some users don’t feel anything until 2 to 4 hours after taking delta 8. Proceed with caution if it’s been over an hour and you’re not feeling anything. It may not be time to take more just yet.
When the delta 8 effect does hit, many users say it lasts anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. Sometimes it may even last longer. It depends on how much other food you’ve had, how much delta 8 you took, and much more.
So, how long does delta 8 take to work? Well, it depends on you. It’s why we cannot stress enough the start low and go slow method.
Our Delta 8 Dosage Chart
Beginners and First-Timers – 5 to 15mg per serving, ideal for low tolerances
Intermediate Users – 15 to 45mg per serving, ideal for medium or moderate tolerances
Experienced Users – 45 to 150+mg per serving, ideal for advanced or high tolerances
Factors to Consider for Your Delta 8 Dosage
We’ve shown you what to consider before you dive into delta 8 dosage sizes. Now, though, let’s look at the human side of things. There are some factors to weigh that might alter your desired delta 8 dosage.
Your Overall Goals
What do you want out of delta 8?
Are you trying to find out how much it takes to feel a light buzz? Trying to learn how many gummies or puffs on a vape cartridge it takes before its effects kick in?
Maybe you’re looking for its other benefits , though. Microdosing throughout the day is a whole different adventure. Users feel more focused and productive while staying clear-headed.
The amount you take will differ depending on what your goals are. You can likely expect to take more if you’re desire is to feel a buzz.
Weight and Age
Next, your weight and age play into how much delta 8 THC you’ll need.
Weight plays a heavier factor (no pun intended). Someone who weighs 250 pounds will likely need to take more delta 8 than someone who weighs 130 pounds.
As we keep preaching, though, everyone is different. We can’t guarantee how a delta 8 product will affect you based purely on your weight or age.
There are plenty of people that weigh below 150 pounds with a high tolerance. Vice versa, there are users that weigh over 250 pounds and are still lightweights. It’s just a factor to pay attention to when you try to find your ideal delta 8 dosage size.
Cannabis or THC Tolerance
Finally, your sensitivity to cannabinoids definitely comes into play here. If you have an extreme THC tolerance, you might need more than the average user.
Likewise, your tolerance is just bound to increase over time. The more frequently and longer you go using delta 8, the more likely your tolerance is to increase.
Fortunately, we’ve got a handy guide on when to tell if you should take a tolerance break with delta 8. If, after some time, your delta 8 dosage has gone up, it may be time to circle back around here.
Different Delta 8 Dosage Sizes for Different Products
We hope you’ve been able to learn more about delta 8 dosages in this guide. Now, we want to give you an idea of how much to take with each product.
Delta 8 Softgel Capsules
The benefits of using delta 8 softgel capsules are quite abundant.
A precise serving with each softgel — what’s not to love? Your delta 8 dosage is easy since there’s an exact amount per capsule.
Will Delta 8 Capsules Cause a High?
When it comes to delta 8 capsules, users are usually expecting benefits over a buzz.
People do report that they feel an uplifting body sensation. You might even feel a mild sense of euphoria.
Recommended Delta 8 Dosage
- Beginners/First-Timers – 1 softgel
- Moderate Users – 1 softgel
- Experienced Users – 1 to 2 softgels
The only downside seems to be that those with a low tolerance can’t just halve a serving. That’s why we’d recommend anyone start out with one.
Experienced users may want to take two, but you should discover that over time. Maybe don’t take two right out the gate.
If your goal is to feel a good buzz, though, feel free to take more. We recommend you take one, wait and see how it hits you, and go from there.
Those with a particularly high tolerance to cannabinoids might find some fun with three or even four capsules. Just proceed with caution, okay? There’s no need to go overboard when you can start low and go slow instead.
For good reason, our tasty gummies might be our most popular delta 8 product. Each gummy contains 20mg delta 8 THC.
For first-timers and beginners half a gummy, or 10mg, is an excellent starting point. Even cutting it into quarters and consuming just 5mg is a perfect way to get started.
Recommended Delta 8 Dosage
- Beginners/First-Timers – ½ (half) of a single gummy
- Moderate Users – 1 gummy
- Experienced Users – 1 ½ or 2 gummies
Wait at least 30 minutes before you decide if you need more gummies. If you feel the effects you were wanting, you can stop there.
Eat another gummy (or half gummy, for newbies) once the effects wear off completely. Or, hold off until the next day so you can make your gummies last even longer. You have the bonus of helping to prevent yourself from building a tolerance doing it that way, too.
Both our dark chocolate and milk chocolate bars are some of our most popular delta 8 products. Sweet treats for our chocolate lovers, they each have something unique to offer.
Each chocolate bar contains the same amount of delta 8 THC. However, the flavors are distinctly different. Are you a fan of bittersweet dark chocolate, or rich milk chocolate? We accommodate both tastes here.
Our chocolate bars are each 225mg delta 8 THC in total, and each package contains 15 chocolate squares. Broken down, that means each piece contains 15mg delta 8 THC. Half of a piece or a whole piece might be ideal for newbies.
Recommended Delta 8 Dosage
- Beginners/First-Timers – ½ (half) of 1 chocolate square
- Moderate Users – 1 chocolate square
- Experienced Users – 2 to 3 or more chocolate squares
On the Nutrition Facts on the back of our chocolate bars, you’ll see that a serving size is 3 chocolate squares. That is not the recommended serving size for a delta 8 dosage, though. We want to stress that that’s for the caloric information.
We don’t recommend you start with a serving size of 3 pieces. Even for experienced users, 45mg delta 8 THC may hit harder than expected.
Got a bigger sweet tooth?
We talked about delta 8 potency earlier in this guide. You must pay attention to more than just the overall delta 8 THC content in the product. Our Fruity Squares, for example, are great for users who prefer a more CBD-heavy experience.
Each sweet treat contains 50mg CBD rosin and 25mg delta 8 THC, along with 2.88mg delta 9 THC. (That’s 0.3% delta 9 THC or less on a dry-weight basis, so it’s all legal.)
The squares are made out of cereal, marshmallows, butter, delta 8 and CBD rosin, and a hint of almond extract. That gives us a decadent delight that’s become a favorite for many users.
Eat it as a dessert after dinner or just to sate your sweet tooth in the middle of the day. The power is in your hands with these delta 8 edibles.
Recommended Delta 8 Dosage
- Beginners/First-Timers – ½ (Half) of a fruity square
- Moderate Users – 1 square
- Experienced Users – 1 to 2 squares
Our best advice is to treat delta 8 fruity squares like gummies. Start with half if you know you have a low tolerance. Wait at least 30 minutes before you decide to eat anymore.
To be more precise, each brownie bite offers 25mg CBD to 12.5mg delta 8 THC.
Like our Fruity Squares, our delta 8 Brownie Bites are perfect for users that prefer a higher CBD:THC ratio.
Included as well is 1.7mg CBG and 5mg CBC.
Each brownie bite also contains 1.44mg delta 9 THC, which is below the legal limit for hemp products.
While they’re perfect for users that prefer CBD-heavy products, they’re also great for users with a sweet tooth. Sometimes you don’t want a cereal dessert or a chocolate bar. Sometimes you want a chocolatey baked good!
Recommended Delta 8 Dosage
- Beginners/First-Timers – ½ (half) of a brownie bite
- Moderate Users – 1 brownie bite
- Experienced Users – 1 to 2 brownie bites
Our recommendations for our brownie bites are similar to most of our other edibles. Try out half of a serving if it’s your first time. People with a low tolerance should also err on the low side.
After about one hour, you can try eating another half if you don’t feel the effects you’re looking for.
Tincture/ Delta 8 Oil
So far, the delta 8 and CBD combo products we’ve mentioned have been CBD-heavy. Our Full-Spectrum CBD+Delta 8 THC oil is closer to a 50:50 ratio.
Each 465mg bottle contains 465mg full-spectrum CBD and 420mg delta 8 THC. Our 930mg bottle contains 930mg full-spectrum CBD and 840mg delta 8 THC.
While it’s not an exact 50:50 ratio, you can see it’s relatively close. Our oil offers a full-spectrum experience to provide an entourage effect in the body.
An entourage effect is when multiple cannabinoids work together to modulate or emphasize the effects of one or all of them. To simplify, when delta 8, CBD, and other cannabinoids team up in your body, they might amplify in effect.
Recommended Delta 8 Dosage
- Beginners/First-Timers – ½ (half) or less of a dropper
- Moderate Users – Up to 1 full dropper
- Experienced Users – 1 to 2 droppers full
Each dropper full of CBD and delta 8 oil contains 1ml, in total. A half dropper full would come out to half a milliliter. For this kind of delta 8 dosage size, go up to every ½ml at a time.
Delta 8 Flower
Herb, also known as delta 8 flower, is a bit harder to dose. Since it’s in smoke form, you measure your delta 8 dosage by puffs or hits. It’s difficult to measure the exact amount of delta 8 you’re consuming. However, it is totally worth it for the experience it provides.
Recommended Delta 8 Dosage
- Beginners/First-Timers – 1 puff
- Moderate Users – 1 to 3 puffs
- Experienced Users – 2 to 5 puffs
Some prep time is involved when it comes to delta 8 flower. Unlike other delta 8 products, you have to grind up delta 8 flower before you can use it.
When you grind up your flower, you can get creative with it! What do you want to smoke out of? You could use a standard pipe, bubbler, bong, or other piece. Likewise, you could roll up a joint or blunt to get twisted with.
A large number of people still prefer to smoke than use edibles or other cannabis products. We aim to accommodate, which is why our delta 8 flower and delta 8 moon rocks are such hits.
Vape cartridges have fast become massively popular in the cannabis world. From marijuana to CBD, cartridges are alive and abundant with delicious concentrate. The same can be said for our delta 8 vape cartridges.
Each 1-gram cart contains around 850mg (800 to 880mg) of delta 8 THC. We even have multiple strains to choose from. It’ll depend greatly on what you’re in the mood for that day.
Recommended Delta 8 Dosage
- Beginners/First-Timers – 1 puff
- Moderate Users – 1 to 3 puffs
- Experienced Users – 2 to 4 puffs
Similar to that of our delta 8 flower, start with just one puff and work your way up. It might vary if you have a high tolerance, but it doesn’t hurt to start low and go slow. Below, we’re going to touch on how each vape cartridge strain varies in flavor and effect.
Different Flavors to Suit Different Tastes
The biggest difference in each of our delta 8 vape cartridges is the strain we use for them. Each strain comes paired with its own unique combination of terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids.
Watermelon Sugar Delta 8 Vape Cartridge
Taste a delicious summer afternoon with Watermelon Sugar’s subtle, sweet watermelon combined with that familiar skunky aftertaste. The flavor piques users’ interests because it’s unique, and it never seems to disappoint.
Trainwreck Delta 8 Vape Cartridge
Users all smell something just a little different when it comes to our Trainwreck strain. Some report a spicy pine scent, while others pick up on a subtly sweet lemon aroma. Others swear there’s a trace of floral or even earthy scents. Picking a set scent for Trainwreck is just as much of a trainwreck as its name.
Lemon Runtz Delta 8 Vape Cartridge
Like the name might suggest, the aroma from Lemon Runtz might remind you of a certain bag of candy. Extremely flavorful, the hits are smooth and inviting.
Zkittles Delta 8 Vape Cartridge
A tropical but herbal flavor is brought to life with Zkittles. The best way to describe it is as a delicious and powerful cross between grapefruit and grape.
Why You Should Start at the Lowest Dose Possible
We want to stress again all the reasons you should always start low and go slow. First, no one likes cannabis tolerance. Tolerance to THC means you have to spend more money on product. You have to spend more time using that product to feel THC’s effects.
Second, you don’t want to accidentally take too much. While there’s not a fatal dose you have to worry about, you can feel “too” high. Dizziness, confusion, and more can happen when you get too stoned for the day, after all.
Finally, doesn’t it sound cooler to be able to narrow in on your ideal delta 8 dosage? If you go up just 5mg at a time, you can get extremely precise with it. Then you can brag about how many milligrams exactly it takes for you to get a nice buzz.
Wrapping Up Our Delta 8 Dosage Guide
As you can see, there’s a lot to learn when it comes down to your delta 8 dosage size. With so many factors in play, we wanted to make sure you knew it all. Now, the power to find your precise delta 8 serving size is in your hands.
We hope we were able to answer any and all questions you might’ve had on the subject. Did we miss anything? Leave something out? Be sure to let us know!
CBD Dosage Guide: How Much to Take and When
You might be new to products containing cannabidiol (CBD). 1 But now you want to know: How much CBD should I take to enhance my well being? Because cannabidiol products are so new, questions about CBD dosage are very common.
In the cannabidiol market, most companies sell over-the-counter CBD products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved at least one drug made from the active ingredient from hemp, cannabidiol, at a much higher dosage than regular CBD products for its potential therapeutic benefits. 2 For the purposes of this article, we will look at over-the-counter CBD oil, CBD capsules, and CBD topicals that you can find on the internet, at the grocery, or at pharmacies and health food stores across America.
- 1) What is CBD?
- 2) The Entourage Effect
- 3) Benefits of CBD
- 4) How to Choose High Quality CBD
- 5) The Brand I Trust
- 6) How Much CBD Should You Take?
- 7) How Long Does CBD Take to Work?
- 8) How Many CBD Doses Can You Take?
- 9) How Often Can I Take CBD?
- 10) Breakthrough Dosing and CBD
- 11) Side Effects to CBD?
- 12) Will I Fail a Drug Test?
- 13) How Much CBD Do I Take?
Before we get into CBD dosages, let’s talk about some information that you need to know to understand the effects of cannabidiol, and how CBD may work in the body.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the many chemical compounds that is only found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp cannabis plant. 3 This unique plant species produces cannabinoids in the resin, which is a sticky substance naturally secreted by the plant in order to have a better chance of pollination.
When no male plants are introduced as the season passes, our female hemp plants become even more dense with cannabinoid-rich resin. Research suggests that the different hemp cannabinoid compounds located in this resin may provide an array of potential therapeutic qualities for the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
The Entourage Effect and Full Spectrum CBD
There are over 150 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, including CBD and the compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. You probably know THC as the psychoactive property in marijuana that gets you “high.” The only difference between marijuana plants and hemp plants is the concentration of CBD and THC.
Marijuana is defined as having a high amount of THC and a low amount of CBD. Hemp is the opposite, with a high amount of CBD and a low THC. The Farm Bill of 2018 federally legalized the cultivation of hemp plants containing no more than 0.3 percent THC. The passage of the Farm Bill opened the door for cannabidiol products with the whole range of cannabinoids to enter the marketplace nationwide, products like CBD oil drops, CBD balms, CBD tinctures, CBD capsules, and CBD gummies.
The “entourage effect” is the combined effort of all of the natural hemp compounds on the ECS. Having all of the cannabinoids together is what makes full spectrum CBD work better on the ECS. Many studies find that this type of CBD product may work better than a THC-free product, such as broad spectrum and CBD isolate. This is because without THC, the entourage effect cannot occur.
Benefits of CBD
According to two surveys published in 2019 by Gallup 4 and Consumer Reports 5 , CBD is now a mainstream product that’s being used by millions of Americans for a variety of potentially therapeutic benefits. Both surveys found the same results for the top reasons people are turning to CBD.
As for how many people are using CBD these days, Gallup reported that 14 percent of all Americans are taking CBD oil products as of July 2019. 6 When broken down by region, those numbers climb to 21 percent in western states. 7 Since July 2019, those numbers have only increased.
Maybe your neighbor recommended that you take cannabidiol to help with your discomfort, or maybe you heard about it on the news. No matter what the reason, once you decide to try cannabidiol, you then have the excruciating task of choosing where to purchase it. With thousands of brands available and hundreds of differences between brands and products, shopping for hemp derived CBD can be very confusing.
There are lots of misleading brands out there selling snake oil disguised as legitimate CBD. But once you do some homework, you can find a CBD brand you can trust.
How to Choose High Quality CBD
Since CBD is mostly unregulated, a lot of CBD products you see are usually of low-quality. These products may contain harmful materials, or may have a lower potency than what you expected. Here are some things to take notice of when shopping for hemp derived CBD products:
Check the Source
The most important thing to research first is to find out where the company grows its hemp, and where they process it.
Hemp is a bio-accumulator. That means that hemp absorbs all of the toxins from the soil it is planted in. When you make an extract from hemp that is contaminated with toxins, pesticides, and herbicides, all that harmful stuff ends up in your product.
Many major CBD companies source their hemp from countries outside the US. This allows the possibility for discrepancies in the quality and safety of the material, as many foreign agencies do not require the documentation to prove the hemp is safe at harvest. Therefore, hemp sourced from America is the safest option when it comes to verifying your product’s safety. 8
Look for USDA Organic
A few years ago, all hemp farmers in America grew pesticide-free hemp. That’s changed now because the EPA approved pesticides for hemp farmers. 9 All of these things matter for your health and safety. Some products may contain heavy metals leached from the soil or solvents used in processing and not properly removed.
Therefore, the best way to make sure that you are getting a safe CBD product that is free of toxins. The easiest way to do this is to look for the USDA certified organic seal, even on secondary products like CBD topicals and roll-ons.
Third Party Lab Tested
You want to make sure that whatever CBD product you are buying has been fully tested by a third party laboratory. Why must it be a third party? Because then you can trust that the results were not edited or tampered with in any way by the manufacturer.
Lab results should include the reports for potency and pesticides. As well as reports on any residual solvents, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and microbial contaminants in the sample. A good CBD brand will make it easy for customers to find their product’s lab certificates, or certificates of analysis. The best companies will have a QR code on the product label that you can scan on your phone that show you the report.
Can You Trust a CBD Label?
Is the amount of CBD advertised really in the bottle? To answer this, researchers from UPenn, Johns Hopkins, and others looked at 84 different cannabidiol preparations purchased online and compared their actual concentration of CBD to the stated concentration on the label.
They found that 26 percent contained less cannabidiol than stated 10 and 43 percent contained more. 11 Additionally THC was detected in 21 percent of the samples in large enough quantities to cause intoxication in a child or a positive drug test. 12 That’s why it is so important to only buy CBD from companies that provide you with a certificate of analysis on the CBD product.
The Brand I Trust
Cornbread Hemp is a family-owned CBD company that sources their hemp from Kentucky. They use organic sugarcane ethanol to gently process the hemp cannabis extracts they use as a base for their products. Cornbread Hemp is the first company in the region to attain a USDA certified organic seal on their CBD cannabis oil. That’s a big deal!
To create Cornbread Hemp USDA certified organic CBD oil formulas, organic cannabis extract is blended with organic MCT coconut oil. This is a better carrier oil than other choices like olive oil or hempseed oil because MCT oil molecules are smaller, which helps to penetrate skin membranes.
Third party lab reports are available for every product on their website, they even have scannable QR codes on every box to easily access the COA’s. Another feature that makes Cornbread Hemp stand out is the CannVerify authentication code on every package. This safeguards consumers from purchasing counterfeit merchandise.
This brand excels in “high quality.” They offer USDA organic oils in two strengths, 25 mg of CBD in a full dropper, and extra strength formulas that are 50 mg per serving size. They also carry CBD capsules, creams, CBD gummies , and an oil for pets.
How Much CBD Should You Take?
If you’re having trouble finding a comprehensive CBD dosing guide, don’t be worried. Dosing of over-the-counter CBD products has not been well established. To add to the confusion, the bottle size and CBD content varies from product to product.
To make it even more complex, every body is different. The “correct” CBD dosage is highly subjective and personal because each of us may respond differently to cannabidiol. So finding the optimal dose of CBD depends on factors including a person’s body weight, metabolism, genetics, etc. 13
A good starting point for most people is 25 mg CBD per day. Just keep in mind that it may be necessary to adjust CBD dosages to a higher dose or a lower dose based on body weight. It will also be necessary to adjust the mg of CBD dosage as your body acclimates to the new levels of cannabinoids.
How Long Does CBD Take to Work?
Remember, cannabidiol does not work overnight like magic. You most likely won’t feel a huge difference the first time you try it. But be patient with your marijuana derived CBD products . Keep a journal of your dosing and any comfort you find so you can review it after a week or two.
The research suggests that continuous use of CBD is more effective, as opposed to taking a one-time dose of CBD in response to a problem. 14 For physical discomfort, the research suggests that it may take weeks of regular CBD doses to feel an improvement.
How Many CBD Doses Can You Take?
Exact dosing guidelines are not available. Researchers conducting human studies have looked at many doses ranging from 20 mg per day to upwards of 1000 mg of CBD per day. The CBD oils dosage recommendation they advise is to start with a lower dosage of CBD and gradually increase at a slow rate. 15
Notice that those doses are per day. For best results, it’s good to spread out the dose’s total amount along the course of the day. So, if you set your starting dosage of CBD at 20 mg per day, try taking 10 mg twice a day for more efficient absorption.
How Often Can I Take CBD?
Consider starting with a low dose on a regular basis. 16 Use the same brand at the same time of day. After a week of consistent CBD use, think about your comfort level. Once established, you will find your ideal CBD “base dose.” If your comfort levels are not controlled at this dose, you may need to increase your serving size or how many times a day you are taking CBD. 17
Breakthrough Dosing and CBD
Once you establish the total amount of CBD your body can handle as a consistent “base dose,” you can begin to experiment with breakthrough dosing CBD oil as needed. For instance, your body might respond well to one serving size of CBD per day most of the time. But on some days, you might need more.
This is called taking a “breakthrough dose” on top of a consistent “base dose.” For some users of cannabidiol, this will be an effective dosing strategy.
Are There Side Effects to CBD?
T he World Health Organization says that using CBD is safe. 19 You cannot overdose on cannabidiol. 20 However, c heck in with your doctor or pharmacist before beginning a CBD regimen if you’re taking prescription medications in order to avoid experiencing any drug interactions or side effects.
You may experience side effects of cannabidiol if you are allergic to hemp, so discontinue use if you have an allergic reaction. Also, if you take too large of an amount, you may become drowsy or you may have an uncomfortable bathroom experience. In these cases, dialing back on the optimal dosage will help significantly optimal dosage will help significantly .
Will I Fail a Drug Test?
Full spectrum CBD hemp oil contains trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%), so there is a possibility that you may fail a drug test if you’re taking cannabidiol products. Many people think they can use broad spectrum (THC free) products and pass a drug test. However, there is a chance that you will flag positive on a drug test no matter what kind of cannabidiol product you’re taking, whether it be broad spectrum or even pure CBD by itself.
Many tests used in workplace drug screening cannot tell the difference between CBD and THC. So in some cases it doesn’t matter what kind of cannabidiol products you use: you may fail a drug test. That’s why it’s important to check with your company’s HR department if you are interested in using CBD and are worried about being tested.
Topical CBD products may be the best choice for people concerned about THC levels. Cannabinoids don’t absorb through the skin to the bloodstream as easily as it does through the mucous membrane.
Bottom Line: How Much CBD Do I Take?
Circling back to our original question, “How much CBD do I take?” The answer: the ideal CBD dosage is unique for each person. But, we can recommend one dose of 25 mg CBD each day as a starting point, and monitoring your response over time. You will likely need to increase or decrease the CBD dosage as needed to adjust for your specific needs and health and wellness goals.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cannabidiol wellness. It depends on many factors including your specific body chemistry, the type of CBD you choose, and your chosen delivery method. But with some time and mindfulness, you will find the correct CBD dose to get your desired effect from CBD.
About the Author
Dr. Leslie Mudd, PharmD
A board certified oncology pharmacist with 25 years experience at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Leslie Mudd now serves as the Cornbread Hemp resident pharmacist and medical expert. Read Dr. Mudd’s full author bio here.
CBD Oil Dosage FAQ’s
What happens if you take too much CBD?
You cannot fatally overdose on CBD oil – in fact, you really can’t hurt yourself by taking CBD oil at all. In order to cause physical harm or long term damage to your body with CBD oil, you’d have to ingest more than a few bottles a day for an extended period of time. So don’t worry about overdosing, just find your optimal dose by starting low and working your way up.
Can CBD make you high like marijuana?
No. The highest quality CBD oils contain a legal amount of THC at no more than 0.3 percent. However, even though full spectrum CBD oil contains THC, it’s not nearly enough to get you high.
In fact, studies show that CBD may help to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. If you take too much THC, CBD may help bring you down from being intoxicated. So instead of being “high” CBD makes you “middle”, comfortable and calm, but not buzzed.
Does CBD oil have any side effects?
Most people rarely experience any side effects or long term problems from cannabidiol CBD, so long as they are taking the correct dose and follow the instructions.
There are some potential side effects that CBD may cause that can be easily avoided. Taking too much CBD at once may cause drowsiness, appetite changes, or some uncomfortable bathroom related issues. Keeping your starting dose low and slowing building up to learn what your body will tolerate will help you avoid experiencing these side effects of CBD.
Rarely, some seriously negative results can present themselves, especially if you are taking other medications. If you are taking medication or are being treated for any medical condition, sure to talk to your doctor before taking any product that contains CBD. Also, if you think you may have a hemp allergy, it is advisable to discontinue all use of any hemp derived products.
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