How to Take CBD [General Dosage Guide]
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.