What is the correct CBD oil dosage?
If you have decided to join the rapidly developing revolution of people who use CBD, you are on the right path.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid – a compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s popularly known as an effective treatment for various health conditions, including both chronic and mild illnesses. The scientific studies point to CBD’s potential broad usage for ailments such as depression, arthritis, pain, insomnia, and other health issues.
But how much CBD should you take to treat these conditions? How much CBD is ‘too much?’ While these benefits sound promising, finding the most effective CBD dosage could be challenging and confusing, especially if you’re new to the herb in general.
Each product delivers different results depending on everyone’s unique physiology and biology. What works for others might not work for you – that’s why we put together a beginner’s guide for you to learn all the basics and help you decide on the best CBD cannabinoid treatment plan for yourself.
Without further delay, let’s discover how much CBD you should take so you can do it like a pro.
What is CBD? And What are its Benefits?
CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. It offers a vast number of potential treatments, including anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and seizure-suppressant properties.
Unlike THC, it is non-psychoactive and won’t impede your ability to make sound decisions, operate machinery, or mentally affect you.
CBD operates through our endocannabinoid system and receptors, where CBD oil delivers its therapeutic effects. Once cannabidiol is ingested, it affects our endocannabinoid system and activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors to produce its beneficial effects.
CBD oil does not get you high and won’t have any of the side effects associated with THC.
Research suggests that CBD helps:
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Treat insomnia
- Relieve pain
- Fight eczema and psoriasis
- Improve symptoms of IBD and much more
That said, how much CBD oil should you take to experience these positive effects?
How to Find the Right Amount? Dosing CBD
There is no one recommended dose since everyone is unique and different. And as with any substance taken for medicinal purposes, it’s vital to consult a doctor for medical advice about appropriate dosages before taking CBD oil to treat conditions.
Now that we’ve cleared the air, let’s learn about the best CBD delivery methods and how to dose the CBD oil properly.
Here are the most popular of CBD products:
- CBD oil
- Skin creams
- Full-spectrum extracts
- Vape pens
- High-CBD flower
One of the easiest and most effective methods for using cannabidiol is CBD oil. Since CBD oil does not go through your lungs and liver, it is also considered one of the healthiest methods. To use CBD oil, you simply put the desired amount of drops under your tongue, and through your blood vessels located under our tongues, CBD oil goes directly into your bloodstream to produce its effects.
Other easy methods of consumption include CBD capsules. They usually come in small jars with precise doses for more comfortable use and dosing. All you need to do is just take one capsule per day to reap all of the benefits of CBD!
If you want to try something fun and delicious, consider using edibles such as gummies and chocolates. Tinctures are also great for precise and fast-acting dosing. Lastly, if you like classics like good old marijuana flower, try taking a few puffs of a CBD strain with your vape pen.
All in all, every method is good and delivers the result you want; however, each method also means different dosages and the duration of effects.
For example, capsules take 30-60 minutes for the effects to kick in and usually last for around 4-6 hours. In comparison, smokeable such as CBD flower and vape kick in a matter of seconds and last for about one hour.
Now, let’s discuss why we all are here – the ultimate dosage of CBD oil!
How Much CBD Oil Should You Take?
The most common dosage of CBD oil is 20–40 mg per dose. Although many people take more or less the described dosage since the optimal dose of cannabidiol is different for everybody.
The dosage usually depends on a list of factors such as age, weight, CBD tolerance, certain ailments and medical conditions and the potency of CBD oil.
In the case you’re using CBD oil, it’ll likely come in a dropper bottle, which is a good thing since we will know how much of CBD we have in a single drop. From there, you can figure out how many drops you need to use.
Ultimately, it is better to start low and go slow. For example, you can start with 2-3 mg and then gradually increase your dosage by 2-5 mg until you find the best dosage for yourself.
Here’s how you can calculate your CBD dosage based on your weight and desired strength:
- Low strength – 1 mg CBD per 10 pounds (2 mg per 10 kg)
- Medium strength – 3 mg CBD per 10 pounds (7 mg per 10 kg)
- High strength – 6 mg CBD per 10 pounds (13 mg per 10 kg)
*Note: this measurement is for CBD, not CBD oil – make sure to cross reference the CBD/mg amounts on product labels
Low strength is best suited for conditions such as nausea, general health, headcases and muscle recovery. To treat chronic pain and ailments, including arthritis, insomnia and anxiety, you can use medium strength dosage.
Getting Even More Accurate
Let’s say you’re a 75 kg person and are looking for a low strength dosage.
Then, based on our simple math, your dosage will be 15mg (75kg x 0.2 mg = 15 mg CBD).
Here’re the formulas for your clarity:
- Your weight in pounds x Desired strength (0.1, 0.3, 0.6 mg) = your dose in mg CBD
- Your weight in kg x Desired strength (0.2, 0.7, 1.3 mg) = your dose in mg CBD
Now that we know your optimal dose let’s determine the potency of your CBD oil.
For example, you have a 1000mg CBD Tincture. Luckily, MOTA has made it super easy for us and told us the exact CBD potency in each dropper. In our case, each dropper is equal to 33.3mg of CBD.
Since our dosage is 15mg, we will need approximately half of the dropper. That’s easy!
If the amount is not provided, check out the following formula to find out how much you should be taking![CBD in mg ÷ bottle size in ml = CBD in mg/ml]
Here is an example:
Mota makes a product that has 1000mg CBD in 30ml of Grapeseed Oil.
Let’s put this into our formula:
1000 mg ÷ 30 ml = 33.3 mg/ml CBD
Hooray! Now you know how to calculate (and you can see it’s effortless) the ultimate dosage for yourself.
That said, is it possible to take too much CBD?
Possible Side Effects
There is limited research on the side effects of CBD, but some of them include diarrhea, appetite changes, and fatigue.
You can also experience a little bit of dry mouth when smoking a CBD flower or vaping CBD products.
Be sure to talk to your physician about whether CBD is comparable with other drugs you are using since it may slow the liver’s ability to process them as well.
CBD Oil Dosage – What’s Right For You?
We hope we were able to give you a direction to the best CBD oil dosage. Now you know how to calculate the amount of CBD in a bottle, how much CBD you need per day and how to determine the potency in your bottle.
Based on your weight and desired strength, you can calculate how many mg per day you need. Not only that, but with the formula outlined above, you can also determine the potency in the bottles and get even more accurate.
Use CBD oil to cope with stress and anxiety, and ailments such as depression, arthritis, pain and insomnia. To try its benefits, simply put the desired amount of drops under your tongue and hold for 60 to 90 seconds before swallowing it. Once CBD oil is absorbed, it will go through your endocannabinoid system and receptors to produce its beneficial effects.
Everything considered, we are all different, so before medicating, talk to your doctor about the appropriate dosage and any potential risks.