With consumers seeking relief from health concerns such as anxiety and insomnia turning to CBD, there’s a lot of buzz about the potential health benefits these consumers say they’ve experienced. As a result, many consumers may be thinking about trying it for themselves, but they aren’t sure where to start. When it comes to figuring out how much CBD you should take, it requires a little trial and error. The CBD product you purchase should come with its own dosage guidelines, but your ideal dose can vary based on a variety of factors, including your weight, age, and any other health conditions you may have, as well as the bioavailability of the CBD product. Additionally, some people seem to be more sensitive to CBD than others. Since CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA, there are also no official guidelines for CBD dosage. Here’s everything you need to know about how much CBD to take.
How Much CBD Should You Take?
As mentioned above, the right CBD dose for you depends on a few factors, including your weight and overall health status. If you have a health condition or medications that you take regularly, it’s important to talk to your doctor, as many prescription medications can interact with CBD. Additionally, some people appear to be more sensitive than others when it comes to feeling the effects of CBD. Furthermore, your ideal CBD dosage also depends on the reason you’re taking CBD. For example, some consumers who are seeking relief from chronic or severe pain use CBD, and these consumers may find that they need a larger dose.
CBD bioavailability, or the percentage of CBD absorbed into the bloodstream, is also a factor in CBD dosage. Bioavailability varies based on the type of CBD product you’re taking, as well as how you take it. When you take CBD by eating or swallowing a CBD product, such as CBD gummies, CBD capsules, or CBD drinks, it passes through your digestive system, and your liver breaks down most of the CBD before it enters your bloodstream. CBD taken in this manner has a bioavailability of between 13 and 19 percent. It’s worth noting that the FDA has expressed concerns about CBD’s potential liver toxicity and is currently investigating the safety and quality of CBD products.
When CBD is taken under the tongue as a tincture, spray, or strip, the CBD has a more direct and faster route to the bloodstream. It doesn’t pass through the liver, so it avoids the breakdown that occurs in the liver when CBD is swallowed. As such, CBD bioavailability is higher when taken under the tongue: 20 to 30 percent. Bioavailability is highest when CBD is vaporized: about 10 to 60%.
Another factor impacting how much CBD is absorbed and how fast it’s absorbed is the size of the particles. Nanoparticles, tiny molecular particles, are absorbed more easily and fully than larger particles.
When trying to figure out your ideal CBD dosage, a good rule of thumb is to find the lowest dose that gives you the potential benefits you’re looking for. Always start with the lowest recommended dose for your body weight, and gradually increase until you begin to feel the desired effects. Once you’ve found your ideal dose, don’t increase it from there. Studies have found that people do not develop a tolerance to CBD like they do with some other medications.
CBD Dosage Chart
The dosage chart below bases your CBD dose on your body weight. Generally, the currently recommendation is to take 1 to 5 milligrams of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight as a starting dose. Here’s the chart to get a better visual:
|100 lbs||10 mg||50 mg|
|110 lbs||11 mg||55 mg|
|130 lbs||13 mg||65 mg|
|150 lbs||15 mg||75 mg|
|200 lbs||20 mg||100 mg|
|230 lbs||23 mg||115 mg|
|250 lbs||25 mg||125 mg|
|300 lbs||30 mg||150 mg|
Keep it mind that these are just general guidelines, and the ideal dose of CBD varies based on the type of CBD you’re taking and how you’re taking it (due to variations in bioavailability), along with other factors such as the concentration of CBD in your CBD product. Some consumers take more milligrams of CBD when using products such as gummies or edibles with lower bioavailability to compensate for the lower percentage of CBD that’s actually absorbed into the bloodstream with these products. If you don’t feel any effects from the dosage you’re currently taking, feel free to increase it by 5 mg per day until you begin to feel the desired effects.
How to Calculate Dosage for Different CBD Products
Calculating the milligrams of CBD in different types of products can get confusing. Many CBD products tell you how much CBD is in a single serving. For example, the packaging on a bottle of CBD gummies may tell you that there’s 5 mg CBD in each gummy.
CBD oil and tinctures can be a little trickier. CBD oil is typically sold in dropper bottles. The packaging may tell you how much CBD in in a single drop. From there, you can calculate how many drops you’ll need to get your daily recommended dose.
Other CBD oil companies frequently inform consumers how much CBD is in one full dropper. The droppers included in most CBD bottles equate to 1 mL. You can then figure out how many droppers you need to get your desired dosage. If, for example, there’s 30 mg in one full dropper, you’d need one and a half droppers (or 1.5 mL) to get 45 mg.
Can You Take Too Much CBD?
While you should always stick to the lowest effective dose, some consumers may find that they can tolerate higher doses of CBD. A 2011 review found that even high doses like 1,500 mg a day were well-tolerated by study participants. That being said, CBD can potentially cause a few negative side effects, such as fatigue, diarrhea, appetite changes, and sleepiness. These side effects may increase with higher doses of CBD. You’ll want to take the lowest dose possible to avoid as many of these potential side effects as possible.
Your ideal dose of CBD may vary based on a variety of factors, including your weight, health conditions you have, and your sensitivity to the compound. Always start with the lowest possible dose and gradually ramp up until you begin to feel the effects. If you’d like to give hemp a try, consider our proprietary full-spectrum Hemp Extract.