Learn the details around CBD Oil Dosage. An easy, step-by-step guide to determine what strength to buy and how to measure out what you need. Want to try CBD oil, but not sure how much is too much? We have your guide (and a handy CBD dosage calculator) to help you figure out what is right for you. 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 dos
CBD Oil Dosage Guide – 5 Easy Steps to Buy and Measure CBD Oil
One of the most confusing things about taking CBD Oil is figuring out how to measure out the amount of dosage from any given bottle. Determining how many milligrams of CBD works for you is the first step, but then it can seem like a mathematics contest to determine what strength of CBD oil to purchase and then how to measure the right amount for you. Here at The Green Dragon CBD, we want to take the complex and make it as simple as possible. Check out our Education Center for more details.
1. Determine How much CBD Oil you Need
Let’s assume you’ve already decided to take CBD Oil sublingually as your best option for taking CBD. As one of the most traditional techniques, it is also one of the best methods to retain potency and obtain rapid bloodstream absorption. How much CBD Oil you need to take daily will depend significantly upon three (3) elements:
- Your body Weight
- Your body chemistry (you might think of this as tolerance and it could change over time)
- How significant do you need the effects (strong chronic pain may require more than general health purposes, for example)
We typically find that people underdose and don’t think that CBD is working for them, rather than taking a significant amount and trying to cut back based on effects. There are very few potential side effects to taking CBD, so we encourage people to jump in with both feet and then adjust. Of course, if you are on prescription medication, particularly for blood pressure, please check with your physician first.
CBD Oil dosage is an individual thing, but our recommendation is that the typical individual start with 50-100mg a day, split between first thing in the morning and about an hour before bed. This should be varied based on the 3 elements described above (weight, chemistry and need).
Once you have taken your starting dose for a week or two, sit back and consider the effects, even ask others close to you. Adjust upwards or downwards a bit and continue to make those adjustments until you feel comfortable. You may build up a bit of a tolerance over time, so move up your dosage when and if needed.
Go ahead and make an initial estimate of your need and give it a shot. Let’s assume for this example you have chosen 50mg per day, 25mg in the morning and 25mg at night.
2. Select your CBD Oil Type – Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum or CBD Isolate
For most people, the full-spectrum CBD oil is going to be the best option and the most cost-effective. Full-spectrum means that all of the elements of the cannabis plant (hemp in this case) have been incorporated into the process. You will receive all of the over 100 cannabinoids (of which CBD is the largest) and the over 200 terpenes (essential oils) from the plant. They work together natural to create what is referred to as the “entourage effect” to create a better overall health result. Lazarus Full-Spectrum, High-Potency Oil is an example shown below.
Broad-spectrum products are exactly like full-spectrum with the exception that the small amount of THC (another cannabinoid) has been entirely removed. There is very little (less than 0.3%) in any legal CBD products anyway, but if for some reason you are worried about drug-testing or any THC, then broad-spectrum is the way to go. Koi Prizm Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil is an example shown below.
CBD Isolate is pure processed CBD, without any of the other cannabinoids and terpenes. You will find this is a slightly higher price point given the high degree of processing required. Medterra CBD Tincture is an example of an isolate shown below.
CBD Dosage Calculator: How Much CBD Should You Take
You’ve heard us talk about all of the great benefits CBD has to offer. Whether it’s chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, or other afflictions, many people are now turning to CBD products to relieve symptoms of their ailments. And better still, cannabis has started to become legal in many states (and all of Canada!), which means the government is listening to medical experts and is seeing the value and benefits of cannabis – including CBD.
But how much CBD is right for you? Is there such a thing as “too much” CBD? What happens if you take too much? While we aren’t medical experts, we can help answer some of these questions and provide you with a tool to get you started, even if you’re new to cannabis. If you have a medical prescription, remember to always follow your doctor’s recommended CBD dosage.
How Can I Find Out How Much CBD I Should Be Taking?
The right amount of CBD for you depends on a variety of factors. These factors include your weight, your age, the condition you’re looking to treat, the potency of the oil you’re using, your unique body chemistry, your tolerance to CBD, and more.
The best way to carefully discover the right dosage for you, is to start low, and increase until you feel the effects you’re looking to feel. Start with a very low dose, like 2 mg, and then increase it by 2-5 mg per dose until you feel the desired effects.
This calculator can help you find the approximate dose that may be right for you. It takes body weight and desired strength into consideration, which are key factors in determining a healthy dosage. Keep in mind that these suggested dosages are estimates. If you’ve never used CBD before, do not begin with the higher strength CBD dosage recommendation. Again, start low and grow the amount depending on how you feel.
Potency of the CBD oil you’re using is a huge factor in determining how much oil you should be taking. To determine the potency of the CBD oil you have, you need to take into account the bottle size in mL (ex. 30 ml), and the amount of CBD listed on the bottle (ex. 600 mg). The CBD in mg divided by the size of the bottle will give you your CBD potency in mg/ml. (Ex. 600 mg ÷ 30 ml = 20mg/ml). When you’ve worked out how potent the oil is, you can determine how much you need to get a specific dose. For example, if you want a dose of 20 mg CBD, take 1 ml of oil. If you want 10 mg, take half a dropper, and so on.
What Happens if I Take Too Much CBD?
While CBD is generally safe, there is a reason we’re telling you to start with a low dosage if you’ve never tried it before. Taking too much CBD for your body can result in five typical side effects: low blood pressure, dry mouth, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and tiredness. While these effects are short-term and only last while the CBD is in your system, it’s best to avoid them by taking it easy, and taking the time to work up to the dosage that’s right for you.
Try our Fusion CBD oils and find the one that’s right for you! We’re also here if you have any questions about our oils.
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.