One of the first questions that many people have when they decide to try CBD is “How much CBD Oil Should I take?” CBD is a fairly new substance and that is not a black and white question like it would be with Advil.
There are several things you need to think of when deciding on your CBD dosage.
CBD Dosing Factors
We already said that there is no recommended dosage for CBD, but there is also not a “one size fits all” dosage.
How CBD effects individuals is based on weight, body chemistry, severity of the condition, and of course the concentration of CBD in the substance you’re taking.
A 200lbs man treating back pain will almost certainly have a different effective dosing than a 140lbs female who uses CBD to help her sleep.
Overdosing CBD and Side Effects
The good news is that CBD is a non-toxic substance so there is no risk of serious harm or death coming from excessive consumption of CBD.
In lab studies humans have been given dosages as high as 1500mg and even at this concentration the substance was well tolerated by most.
Those who did experience side effects usually only dealt with mild discomfort, including drowsiness, sedation, appetite disruption, and stomach discomfort or diarrhea.
Where to Start With CBD Dosages
There are generally three schools of thought for where to start your dosage of CBD.
1. By Weight
As with many things, the more you weigh the more CBD you’ll probably need to consume. For most people starting off with a dosage that is 1-6mg per 10 pounds of bodyweight will give a reasonable starting point.
This means that an average male at around 185 lbs should start with 18 – 30mgs of CBD.
2. Start Small
Our biggest problem with this recommendation is defining “What’s small?”. We’ve seen people who advocate this approach recommend starting anywhere from 10mg to 25mg as a “small” starting point.
If you use the “by weight” method then a 25mg dose is too much for anyone weighing under 150lbs!
If you choose to go this route we recommend starting VERY small… somewhere around 10mgs and adjusting after a week or two of observation.
3. Consult a Doctor
Asking a doctor is never a bad idea when dealing with anything related to your health. Just try to find one who specializes in plant based or natural remedies rather than your run of the mill physician.
Last note on Finding your dosage:
Record your results. Write down or pay close attention to how you are feeling at different dosage levels so you can adjust accordingly!
Measuring CBD Dosages from Tinctures and Vaping
The easiest way to take CBD is in Pill or Gummy form. The dosage per pill or gummy will be clearly labeled on the package.
It’s a bit more complicated for CBD Oils and Vaping products.
In both cases you’ll need to do a little math to find out how much CBD you’ll be getting in each dropper or tank full of e-liquid.
To do this simply find out how many ml is in the full bottle, and how large the dropper or tank chamber holds.
A common size for oil is a 30 ml bottle with a 1 ml dropper. Knowing this you can simply divide the total quantity of CBD in the bottle by the 30ml to find your milligrams of CBD per dropper. A similar method can be used for vaping.
Neither of these methods is perfect, but it will get you close enough that you can make accurate adjustments to your dosing. C