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How to Take CBD [General Dosage Guide]

December 25, 2018 64 Comments

How to take CBD

There are multiple reasons you might have clicked on this article. One is that you’re completely new to CBD and have no idea how much you should be taking at all. The second possibility is that you have tried CBD – perhaps you have been taking it for a while – and you haven’t yet noticed any positive effects.

It seems that CBD works for other people, going so far as to treat the symptoms of their various ailments. So why is it not working for you? This could actually be down to just a simple error in dosage, which is why it’s important to figure out precisely how much CBD you need to be taking.

In this helpful guide, we will be telling you how you can figure out how much CBD you need per day. If you have been struggling with CBD dosage, then read on to find out more.

What is CBD Dosage Based On?

The amount of CBD you will be taking each day depends on a number of different factors. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to CBD oil, and you’ll find that what works for someone else might not work for you at all.

The factors that come into play include things like genetics, general health, what conditions you suffer from, and your tolerance to CBD. Unfortunately, there is no real way to tell how all of this will impact you until you just… give CBD a shot.

It’s recommended that you start out with a very low dose of CBD oil and use that for a while. Say you use it for two weeks. Then, if you have noticed no effects, up the dosage and take that dose for another two weeks. Do this repeatedly until you finally notice positive changes to your health – this point is called the minimum effective dose.

Of course, this is time consuming and can leave you spending a lot of money before you actually notice any differences, but by following average guidelines you can reach the minimum effective dose a lot quicker.

Below, we will outline some dosage guidelines that you can use as an estimate for your ideal CBD dose.

How to Calculate Your Perfect CBD Dosage

There are generalized guidelines you can follow when it comes to taking a CBD dose each day. It is more likely that you’ll notice the effects if you’re suffering from a particular condition, so if you don’t feel anything from the lowest dose, up it after 2-3 weeks.

  • General health: 2.5 – 15 mg CBD per day
  • Chronic pain: 2.5 – 20 mg CBD per day
  • Sleep disorders: 40 – 160 mg CBD per day

You can also dose based on your bodyweight, as this has an impact on how you will react to the CBD. A good rule of thumb is to use 1-6 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. On this scale, the 1mg of CBD per 10 pounds is used for the least severe conditions, while the 6 mg is reserved for more painful, chronic disorders.

Make sure to keep a CBD journal recording what dosage of CBD you took, when you took it, when you started to feel the effects, and what these effects were. Keeping a record will help you to easier determine which dose worked best for you.

Keep in mind that when you take your CBD will differ depending on what you are using it for. If you suffer from a sleep disorder, you just need to take your CBD dosage about an hour before bedtime. If you suffer from chronic pain, you can split the dosage into several administrations throughout the day – taking a bit of CBD morning, noon and night can help to keep the pain at bay for longer.

Now that you know how much CBD you should be taking per day, there is the small matter of figuring out how much CBD is in each drop of your bottle. Some companies tell you this on the label, but it’s handy to know how to calculate this for yourself.

A normal CBD dropper holds 1ml of liquid. You can take either 1ml or 0.5 ml to be a serving, but we will be using 1ml for this article. The formula for figuring out how much CBD is in a drop is:

[Total CBD in bottle] ÷ [Number of millileters in the bottle] = number of mg of CBD per drop

Of course, if you need more than what is one drop, you can use as many drops as you need to meet the required dose.

Is There an Easier Way to Dose CBD?

If reading all this has made your head spin and you just don’t want to spend your time calculating how many drops you need to put in your mouth every time you need to take CBD, there are other options.

You can take CBD gummies or CBD capsules instead of oils. Capsules are tasteless, which some people prefer to the raw taste of CBD oil; gummies, on the other hand, are tasty and sweet. Both of them have a pre-dosed amount of CBD, removing the hassle of having to calculate your own dosage.

Note, however, that these take longer to take effect than CBD oils, and therefore they might not be the best option for chronic pain and similar conditions.

Final Thoughts on CBD Dosage

When it comes to dosing CBD, there is no one solution. It’s unlikely that you and your friend will be able to use the exact same dose, which can be stressful for a lot of people. However, it’s not as daunting as it first seems.

Instead of taking a complete gamble, you can take a look at dosing guidelines online to find a rough estimate of what potency people are using for your condition. By taking into account your body weight as well, it’s easy to find a CBD dosage that will work for you. If the first strength you try isn’t working out, don’t feel disheartened; simply up the dose and try again.

CBD isn’t for everyone, but it is worth giving it a try as a potential natural remedy for a number of symptoms. Whether you decide to go for CBD oil, capsules, or even gummies, you’ll find that dosing CBD actually isn’t as hard as you think.

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    1. Hello,

      The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. In the 300mg potency there is 7.5mg per serving (1/2 dropper or roughly 15 drops), in the 600mg there is 15mg per serving and in the 1000mg there is 25mg per serving.

    1. Hello,

      Try starting with the 600mg potency. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them.

  1. Ive had great results with general anxiety and sleep. However i was wondering if anyone has had withdrawal issues. I forgot to take my dose one night and though i slept ok the next day my anxiety came back worse than ever. Redosed that night and it subsided but didnt sleep as well.

  2. I am currently undergoing radiation treatments for throat cancer….does your product reduce/stop pain for terribly score throats….I just bought your 1000m oil and sure hope it is the answer….trying to stay off all pain meds….thanks!

    1. Hello,

      We hope you recover quickly! We can not guarantee it will help but we really hope that it does help you! Please make sure to speak with a physician before ingesting with any medication.

  3. HBP Down!

    Which potency and what dosage for high blood pressure is recommended? I have had success using Purekana for my hbp but still trying to figure out how much/how often to keep it level throughout the day. I have stopped prescribed hbp meds and am just using this I’m so excited it works for me. I hated clonidine

    1. Hello,

      If you are not getting the desired relief you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed.

  4. I am 154 lbs and suffer from insomnia I bought your 300 ml and tried half the dropper before bed but it did nothing. I also bought the 1000 ml bottle but I am not sure of dosage can you please advise.

    1. Hello,

      The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. We hope you get relief!

  5. During the holidays I also noted that you offer coupon codes, the best I have seen and had the savings was 30% off I believe around Thanksgiving 2018, do you offer the best promo code for savings always on Thanksgiving, and what is the shelf life of the cbd oil?

    1. Hello,

      The shelf life of our oil is one year if stored properly in a dark cool place. We offer coupons year round, however, the largest ones are not always on Thanksgiving.

  6. Does the CBD oil work better with a warm solution vs cold or tap h20? Also if I am using 1000mg potency and use 1/2 of the dropper bid am I taking approx 25mg per dose?

    1. Hello,

      Our 1000mg potency contains 25mg per 1/2 dropper. Our oils are designed for sublingual use so the drops are placed under the tongue for 60-90 seconds before swallowing. We do have customers that add the drops to their coffee or tea.

  7. This summary was so helpful! I had many questions answered. I have chronic pain and started with 300 mg, then 600mg then 1,000mg. The 1,000mg is working along with the CBD CREAM. Thank you.

  8. Hello, I have had severe anxiety/panic attacks for the past 10-12 years, I did try using the 300mg dosage (1/2 a dropper, 2 times, daily) while I have noticed a slight difference in my anxiety, to the better, I still have at least 2-3 panic attacks a day. Is there a recommended mg dosage for these types of situations? Would the edible items be a better alternative to the oils? Just a bit confused about the dosage of the oils that may help my symptoms a bit better as I’m almost out of the 300mg bottle and was considering going to a higher dose, just not sure which path to take.

    1. Hello,

      I am sorry to hear this. If you are not getting the desired relief you can increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. We do have customers that take it in the morning afternoon and evening as they find that is what works best for them.

  9. I was able to use CBD and get off Zoloft I suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for 8+ years now. It has been over a year and only 3 panic attacks. When I get anxiety I take oils since it is faster acting ( avoided taking lorazepam by using this). I like gummies got daily use. Don’t care for vaping it don’t like the taste. Gummies and mint oil are my favorites

  10. is there any difference in how CBC gets your system from a benefits perspective. For example, if I rub a CBC ointment on my lower back (aside from the methol, will the CBC reduce the pain better than intake by mouth?

  11. My head is spinning trying to understand the doseage. I have chronic pinched nerve pain and weigh 160 pounds. If I use oils how many 1ml droppers full should I take?

    1. Hello,

      I am very sorry. For chronic pain the 1000mg potency is best. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a few days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

    1. Hello,

      We will have our vapes back again soon. Each person is different; it is best to start with smaller puffs and increase if/as needed.

  12. Does cbd help at all with sleep apnea? I have been using it for several months and there has been some nights I am ok and others I am not. I take a half dropper.

    1. Our products metabolize differently in each individual. If you are not getting the desired relief you may try to slowly increase the dose. We hope it helps you!

  13. I suffer chronic pain from cancer. I ordered the 300mg liquid. I’m still confused by potency. What is the strength of 1ml, an eye dropper, how many mg of CBD?

    1. Hello,

      In the 300mg potency there is 7.5mg CBD per serving. Each serving is 1/2 of the dropper full. The 1000mg potency may be better for your chronic pain and the topical ointment may be beneficial as well. We hope that you get relief and get better!

  14. I am still confused, and the confusion comes from the difference between mg and ml per bottle. My bottle says it contains 500 mg. How many ml. or doses is that?

    1. It is best to start low and increase if/as needed. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a few days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed.

  15. What’s the dosage you recommend for chronic pain and anxiety? And how often do you take it? Once a day or several times a day? And is one dropper full one dose? Like, with the 1,000 dosage, is one dropper 1,000, and do you take that once a day?

    1. Hello,

      The 1000mg potency would be best. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them.

  16. My daughter is on an anti-depressant her Psychiatrist is weening her off of. She also has social anxiety and would like to try a natural product to help her. I don’t even know where to start. Should she start with gummies? Take them everyday? What dosage?

    And for me. I have chronic pain from taking The anti-biotic Cipro. It’s not bad enough that I need to take pain killers, I’m just always sore in my joints. I’m thinking of taking the CBD oil. Again, I don’t know where to start regarding dosage.

    1. Hello,

      For your daughter it is best to start with a lower dosage and increase if/as needed. You can try the gummies, however, try to cut them into 3rd to begin with. If you go with the oil the 300mg would be best to start with. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them.

      For you, the 1000mg is best for chronic pain. The dosage is the same as above. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

  17. There are multiple reasons you might have clicked on this article. One is that you’re completely new to CBD and have no idea how much you should be taking at all.
    And now I am even more confused. The answers are too evasive and vague. If I were a scientist and or mathematician it would be ok.

    1. Hello,

      The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. In our 300mg potency there is 7.5mg per serving (1/2 dropper), in the 600mg there is 15mg per serving and in the 1000mg there is 25mg preserving.

  18. My son is 14 years old, 200lbs and has ASD. I have the 300mg bottle of mint oil, what dosage would you recommend? Also could he use the gummies along with the oil or would that be too much?

    1. Hello,

      The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. He can take a gummy or two during the day, however, we recommend only increasing if/as needed. We recommend speaking with a physician before giving him our products because he is under the age of 18 and we legally can not recommend a dosage.

  19. What is the best CBD for anxiety disorder? I tried other CBD oil brand capsules, for anxiety disorder, before and I had side effects like anxiety and nausea. What is the difference with this CBD?

    1. Hello,

      I am sorry to hear that Patty. Each company has different products. It is best to start with a lower potency and slowly increase the dose if/as needed.

  20. I have tried water soluble CBD oil and the regular oil drops under my tongue. The water soluble is mixed with water and you drink it. I have only found one company that sells water soluble. I am wondering which is better?

    1. Hello,

      Each person is different. We do not have water soluble CBD. We do have customers that add their oil to their coffee though. Sublingual drops metabolize through the bloodstream.

  21. I cannot swallow and have to take everything thru a feeding tube or seringe. The oil I have tried does not mix well with the water for the serenge. Are there any other ways to take it. The serenge gets sticky with the oil when I use. I plan on trying purekana as soon as I receive it.

    1. Hello Joel,

      We do have customers that add the oil to their coffee or tea. You can also add it to applesauce. I am very sorry to hear this, I hope that you get better.

  22. I super from nerve pain in my feet and leg and poor circulation and cold feet I don’t know what mgs and size bottle I need and do you sell indica and Sativa and hybrids in CBD oils

    1. Hello,

      I’m sorry to hear that! Our products are derived from sativa plants. The 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

    1. Hello,

      I’m sorry to hear that, we hope that you are able to get relief soon! For chronic pain we recommend the 1000mg potency oil; the topical may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

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