Dosage of CBD: How much CBD oil should I take?
CBD acts on 60 different molecular pathways, which means that it has a very complex relationship with the body and the brain. It’s difficult to come up with a definite dosage guideline that would help any person regardless of individual physiology. Even the FDA doesn’t provide a recommended daily intake for CBD.
In simple terms, CBD doesn’t have an official serving size.
Some CBD manufacturers give you their own dosage recommendations, but they do so to provide new users with a general point of reference. It’s impossible to tell if a specific dosage is a right amount for a given person because it doesn’t address a few critical variables mentioned below.
- The potency of the product
- The bioavailability of the chosen product
- Your unique biochemistry
- Prior experience with CBD
- Your weight
- Your metabolism
- The severity of your condition
- Other medications you’re currently taking
The ‘perfect’ CBD dosage for you can change throughout your life. As our bodies undergo physiological changes, so do cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which are directly linked to the effects produced by CBD.
But there are steps you can take to find the ideal CBD dosage for your health goals. Let’s go over the process in brief.
How to calculate the best CBD dosage for your needs
1. Decide the form of CBD you’re going to use
The most common way to deliver CBD to your system is through CBD oil drops. But if you don’t like the earthy taste of the oil, something like a capsule, gummy or vape oil may be a better option. These routes are typically preferred by people who need fast relief from anxiety, stress, pain or inflammation.
CBD topicals are a better option if the area you’re trying to treat is on the skin, joints, or muscles.
2. Check the bioavailability of the product
Bioavailability refers to the percentage of ingested CBD that your body absorbs into the bloodstream. Here is the bioavailability of 4 different methods of CBD consumption.
• CBD topicals: <1%
• CBD capsules and edibles: 5-15%
• CBD Oil drops: 20-30%
• CBD vapes: ~56%
So for example, if you consume 15 mg of CBD in oral drops, you’re going to end up with 4-6 times the amount of CBD in your body than you would with a capsule containing the same concentration.
CBD topicals on the other hand have 0% bioavailability, because none of the CBD applied to the skin makes it to the bloodstream. Instead, it reaches the cannabinoid receptors in the skin and muscles.
3. Talk to your physician
Before taking any CBD product, it is advised that you consult with your local physician. This is the best way to ensure that the CBD or any other supplements you plan to take won’t interfere with any medications you might be taking. It’s also the best way to rule out any major causes for your symptoms before starting supplementation.
4. Start with the lowest dose and increase gradually
The best way to determine your initial CBD dosage is to count it by your body weight. Experts recommend starting with 1-6 mg of CBD per pound. Low doses allow the user to monitor their body’s reaction more effectively.
Increasing the amount of CBD gradually is the best way to figure out the best CBD dosage. If you take a higher dosage than your body is used to, you might experience some unwanted effects such as sleepiness, lowered blood pressure, light-headedness or diarrhea. This is a cue to dial your dose back to the last one.
However, listen to your body and if you feel nothing at all, increase the dosage slightly.
How to measure your CBD oil dosage
CBD oil drops come in dropper bottles. They’re easy to use and allow you to precisely measure out your serving of CBD. So how do you estimate your CBD oil dosage?
You’ll need to know how much CBD a dropper holds, to begin with. Typically, a dropper can carry 1 ml of liquid. If you know the total volume of your oil drops, you can do the math and calculate your CBD dosage using a simple formula.
[Total CBD in the bottle] ÷ [Number of milliliters in the bottle] = mg of CBD in a dropper.
For example, let’s say you have 30 ml CBD oil that has 750 mg of CBD:
750 ÷ 30 = 25 mg of CBD per ml (per dropper)
Recommended CBD dosage for pain, anxiety and sleep
Most studies have investigated the use of CBD to treat social anxiety. One of the first studies, which was replicated many times since the initial publication, points to a dosage of 40 mg of sublingual CBD as an effective treatment for social anxiety. However, specific cases of anxiety disorders may call for an increase of up to 300 mg of CBD.
The optimal CBD dosage for people with chronic pain ranges between 2.5-20 mg of CBD when administered orally, alongside or without THC. Certain individuals may require higher doses, especially those with a greater body mass.
At higher doses, CBD may induce sleepiness, allowing the user to fall asleep without experiencing the stream of racing thoughts. Depending on the frequency and severity of your symptoms, you may need between 25-175 mg of CBD daily to combat them.
So the only effective way to manage your CBD dosage is to start low and gradually go up with the dosage until you experience the desired effects. The way you react to CBD can change over time, so you need to monitor the effects throughout your supplementation.