dosage of CBD oil – a handful of tips and calculations
Today, we can safely state that CBD oils are no longer an exotic commodity, and public awareness of their health-promoting properties is only growing in strength. Science has repeatedly confirmed that cannabidiol is a safe, non-invasive substance that can help us fight epilepsy, chronic pain, inflammation, insomnia, and even premenstrual syndrome or acne. There is no doubt about the action – the problem, however, is the dosage of CBD oil. Cannabinoids are still relatively new (CBD has been classified by the European Commission as the so-called “novel food”). This, in turn, means that cannabidiol dosage standards are not set top-down. Fortunately, however, there are a number of experts and reliable sources that we can use for advice.
There is no universal dose
The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing the right dose of CBD is that it will be different for everyone. In the case of cannabidiol, there is no universal dose, because – as suggested by numerous scientific studies – the body’s responses to this cannabinoid are individual . Still, there is a range of doses at which CBD has a proven track record. Doses between 20 and 1,500 mg (milligrams) per day are usually used in human studies.
The correct dosage of CBD oil depends on a number of factors , :
- body weight;
- CBD concentration in particular oil;
- effect we want to achieve or disease we want to treat;
- individual reactions of our body, its biochemistry and even genetics.
To find out if the dose is right for you, use it for at least a few days (about a week) and observe your body’s responses. If the dose is too low, after this time you can increase it by 5 mg and repeat the observations. Just how do you determine your starting dose?
Dosage of CBD oil depending on the condition
Certainly, in the case of CBD oils, higher oil concentrations (e.g. 30%) should be reserved for more serious ailments – such as epilepsy, extensive inflammation, pain associated with cancer therapy, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, etc. If CBD oil is taken to relieve acne, PMS symptoms, stress or simply improving mental well-being – it is worth starting with lower concentrations (5, 10, 15%) and possibly increasing the dose.
The same goes for the number of drops. As a rule, we start with small doses and gradually increase them until we achieve the desired results. Some suggest that basic supplementation start from 2.5 mg , others recommend 20 mg once a day . For example, let us suppose the latter option (which appears quite often in the literature). How do you calculate this from a dropper bottle? For 5% oil, it will be 8 drops (on average, in a standard 10 ml bottle, there are 200 drops – if 5% of 10 ml is 500 mg, then 500 mg/200 drops is 2.5 mg per drop). Similarly, for 10% oil it will be 4 drops, for 20% two and 30% one (well and ⅓ the other). Calculating and measuring the dose as to the milligram, however, does not make much sense due to the inaccuracy of droppers and – as we have already mentioned – the lack of an ideally, top-estimated dose.
Of course, in the case of more serious ailments, it is better to start dosing CBD oil with a higher dose (e.g. 40-50 mg / day) . In this case, it is better to buy 30% oil and take three drops a day rather than 5% and take 20 of them. Bottle with higher concentration will be enough for us for longer and will be less onerous to take.
Many sources, many suggestions
The above guidelines are just one option. Other equally reliable sources  suggest that CBD oil dosing should start at 25 mg twice a day. However, this is quite a high dose for beginners. It is better to stay at a bit lower.
Despite all uncertainties, some try to define general principles that could help calculate the dose. Following this idea, specialists from Daily CBD  created a general rule according to which with mild symptoms 0.2 mg CBD should be taken per 1 kg of body weight, with medium symptoms 1 mg/1 kg, and with strong symptoms 1.5 mg/1 kg.
The American network of Mayo Clinic medical centers has even developed specific CBD doses for specific diseases  (of course – again – these are indicative doses):
- chronic pain: 2,5-20 mg daily;
- motion problems associated with Huntington’s disease: 10 mg per 1 kg of body weight once a day for 6 weeks;
- sleep disorders: 40-160 mg per day;
- schizophrenia: 40-1.280 mg per day;
- epilepsy: 200-300 mg per day (although the dosage of Epidiolex, an epilepsy medicine based on synthetic CBD, is 2.5 mg/1 kg body weight twice a day );
- glaucoma: a single dose of 20-40 mg.
Although it is thought that there are too many variables to create a CBD dose adjustment tool, a cannabidiol dose calculator is available for everyone willing to give it a try. This is certainly not a faultless and infallible tool, but it can be used to help you find the right initial dose.
What if you choose the wrong dose?
Choosing the perfect dose of CBD is, as we have already mentioned, an individual matter, requiring time to recognize the needs of your own body. No wonder, then, if the dosage of CBD oil in the beginning causes problems. Fortunately, cannabidiol is a safe substance even after exceeding the recommended dose. When overdosed, its side effects usually come down to dry mouth, mild headache, drowsiness and changes in appetite . Sometimes there is diarrhea – and that’s basically it. Compared to other drugs used to treat conditions similar to those treated with CBD, cannabidiol has a much better side effect profile.
In turn, if we take too little oil – it just won’t work. In such case, the dose should be slightly modified. Of course, when choosing a CBD dose, always remember that more is not better. So it’s good to start with a small dose and stop at the minimum, after which we feel the therapeutic effects.
The article is purely informative and is not a professional medical advice.
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 ~60 drops per day (experiment between 60-70 drops per day and see what is optimal).
- Let’s run through this same exercise using our 1000mg tincture bottle which also contains ~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 ~30 drops per day (experiment with between 25-35 drops per day and see what works best for your body). Check out our PREPARE Tincture for your morning routine or RECOVER Tincture in the evening or 60 minutes before bed.
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.