CBD Oil Dosage [The Complete Guide]

The complete guide to CBD oil dosing
MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on September 17, 2018

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With so many CBD Oil brands on the market, it is often extremely hard to know which ones are best and more importantly, how much CBD should you take. What is the correct dosage?

In this guide, we’ve got the dosage topic covered but you should always consult with your doctor before beginning any form of treatment. CBD-rich oil comes in a variety of concentrations and forms, and while most bottles come with a user manual, CBD oil works differently for each person. If you’ve never tried CBD or you are still trying to figure out what works best for you, then continue reading as there are a few important things to understand about CBD oil and CBD oil dosages.


Important Things to Know About CBD Oil Dosages

1) Every Person is Different and May Require a Different Dosage

If you’ve been following the articles on our site, then you have probably heard of the endocannabinoid system. This is a unique system in our body that’s responsible for improving and maintaining our mental and physical health. CBD is believed to help regulate that system by binding with various receptors located within cell and tissue systems. Those receptors are referred to as CB1 and CB2.

The endocannabinoid system is extremely complex and far from understood, leaving researchers trying to determine whether or not the CBD directly or indirectly effects those receptors, and exactly what role they play in affecting ones’ health.

While the exact way they effect our system still remains a mystery to most researchers, what we do know is that every person has a different endocannabinoid system, and therefore while the instructions on a CBD oils’ bottle may be informative and clear, the standard dosing may affect two different people in completely different ways.

2) Genetics, Tolerance and General Health

If you accept the fact that everyone is different, then you can understand that everyone has his/her own genetics, tolerance, and general health. There are those that suffer from severe debilitating conditions and others that are only looking to cure their day to day anxiety. Each person has their own reasons for wanting to take CBD oil, and it’s assumed that all of these factors – genetics, tolerance and general health – will come into play as far as how well CBD works for them. It cannot be expected that someone who is in the prime of their game, from a health perspective, will require the same dosage as someone who has severe medical issues.


3) It’s Not a Miracle Cure

Regardless of whether the right dosage of CBD will work for your body or not, it’s important to understand that CBD oil is not a miracle cure. Don’t expect to take a few drops and, Voilà, you’re cured. The effects of CBD oil are not instant, and people constantly make the same mistake – they use CBD for a short period, expecting it to cure them instantly, and when it doesn’t work they complain and ask for a refund. CBD can take time to work and similar to your health issues, it won’t happen overnight. The key is finding the right dosage.

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The Standard CBD Oil Dosage Manual

Now, remember, this guide is a general one, and it is extremely important to read the dosage instructions on the CBD oil you are taking, especially as results from certain dosages may affect you differently then others. Furthermore, it is always best to contact the CBD oil company to ask them the right dosage for your medical condition and consult with your doctor if required. With that said, there are a few common dosage strategies that might work for you:

  1. Start by taking one drop on the first day. It’s important to see how you feel as everyone reacts differently. It may even cause you irritation, and therefore it’s important to stop.
  2. If all goes well, increase the amount to 2 drops per day for the first 3-4 weeks. This is the testing period to see if it is helping any of your symptoms.
  3. Spread the drops throughout the day. For example, take one in the morning and one in the evening.
  4. If you don’t experience any change, then increase at a slow rate and see how you feel. With each person, it is a question of finding the right dosage.

Remember that many CBD oil companies advise you to put the drops under your tongue and let them take effect for at least 30 seconds.

Numerous sites state the following dosage guidelines when using CBD orally:

  • General Health: 2.5-15mg CBD
  • Chronic pain: 2.5-20 mg CBD
  • Sleep disorders: 40-160 mg CBD

CBD Oil Dosage Recap

If you are just starting out with CBD oil, then remember to start small and to consult with your doctor. According to ProjectCBD, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to making CBD research transparent, there is no established lethal CBD dose. Therefore be cautious and as with any new health products, it’s important to know how your body reacts to CBD. Increase the dosage gradually and if you feel that the CBD oil isn’t affecting you in a positive way, then you should stop and consult with a medical professional. For your convenience, we’ve ranked a few popular brands. Feel free to visit their sites and see their dosage guides, or alternatively reach out to us if you have any questions.

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  • Full-spectrum Hemp extract
  • No pesticides, solvents or chemical fertilizers
  • 3rd party laboratory tested
  • Price Range ($48.00 – $139.00)
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  • Maximum potency and purity
  • Compounded by a licensed pharmacist
  • Highly concentrated extraction process
  • Price Range ($26-$169)
  • Full-Spectrum Extract (Made in USA)
  • 100% Natural and Organic
  • Contain no artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Prices range ($48-$125)
  • CBDPure uses a chemical-free CO2 extraction process
  • 3rd party laboratory tested
  • Certified hemp grown in Colorado
  • Price Range ($29.99 – $79.99)
  • Full-spectrum Extract
  • Derived from Non-GMO Hemp
  • Ship to all 50 States
  • Price Range ($49.00 – $299.00)
  • Over 5 Years Experience
  • 3rd party laboratory tested
  • Organic hemp CO2 extract tincture
  • Price Range ($62.00 – $204.00)
  • Organic hemp CO2 extract tincture
  • Available in Cinnamint & Natural
  • Full-spectrum extract
  • Price Range ($39 - $249)

Article Sources
CBD Oil Dosage [The Complete Guide]
September 17, 2018
  1. David in MA
    starter does

    What would be the correct starter dose?

  2. June Blanchard
    Basis of Dosage guideline

    Is Your dosage guideline ( extreme arthritis pain) based on 300.mg? 600mg?

    1. Dylan

      a dose is the same no matter if you are taking 300 mg, 600 mg, 1,000 mg etc.

  3. I have been taking charlottes web Hamp plus oil for four days. I have insomnia and I am now taking half a dropper, which seems to work well. Does this sound like a reasonable dose?Marsha
    Reasonable dose???

    I have been taking charlottes web Hamp plus oil for four days. I have insomnia and I am now taking half a dropper, which seems to work well. Does this sound like a reasonable dose?

  4. Amber hendrix
    Works for me!

    I suffer from neuropathy for 16 years now. The last 4 months has been every single day and it is so painful. I started taking Elixinol 300 and I am almost pain free just Shy of two weeks! I still take my lyrica and amitiptyline but now I’m pian free! I take a full dropper in the a.m. as soon as I get up and then I take another full one at about 2pm and then I take another at 9 pm. Sometimes I take a half dropper between the times. The bottle says that it is 5mg Cannabidiol for every half dropper. So 10mg each full dropper. My life has changed drastically now!!!

  5. Mariella

    I just purchased Hemp Honey, 500 mg. I’ve been taking 1/4 tsp once a day. I’m 150 lbs female and use it for anxiety. Is this the correct dose?

    1. Adam

      Never heard of that company. You really need to ask them.

  6. Barbara Guariglio

    My 15-year-old granddaughter suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, often at the same time, and depression. I ordered a bottle of Sol CBD 300 mg. What dosage would you recommend?

    1. Adam

      We are not familiar with this brand. Have you contacted them?

  7. Phyllis

    I have chronic insomnia. I have vaped a combo of cbd/thc. It was quite effective; however, I’d rather use an oil sublingually. I bought some Hempworx 750 but the person selling it wasn’t knowledgeable about dosage and use. She recommended using drops morning and evening. That doesn’t make sense to me if my use of it is for insomnia. Also, she said to use it to figure out how many drops to take.

    Can you give me how many drops I should be using and when. Also, what is your recommendation as the best cbd oil with a small amount of thc?

  8. Zak

    What is recommended if i just want to take CBD for soreness from exercise and strength training? Would you even recommend an oral regimen or would a topical or inhalation be more effective? Long time THC user wanting to test out the CBD waters. I am open to any brands, haven’t purchased anything yet.

    1. Adam

      It is really a matter of preference. The oils are the most sought after products.

  9. Tina McClain

    Been taking CBD for months now and the results are noticeable. Really loving the effect

  10. Charlotte

    I just ordered my 1st bottle of CBD …. I suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, and depression…… do I take at different times a day different amounts?

    1. Adam

      It depends on the brand you purchased from. Which one is it? As each brand has it’s own dosage.

  11. Shannon

    Thank you for this great article! Do you have any suggestions on how to treat both insomnia and pain at the same time given that the dosages are so different?

    I have Fibromyalgia, so two of the things I struggle with the most are insomnia and pain. I am struggling to figure out how to treat both with CBD since the dosage is so different for each one. I started out just taking low doses (worked my way up slowly to about 30 mg twice a day for pain). I didn’t get any relief for pain, and it made my insomnia worse, so then I tried a single dose of 150 mg before bed, and that seems to help with insomnia, but now I don’t know what to do about the pain.

    I would be so grateful for any tips you can provide!

    1. Karen Fronterhouse

      You might try taking a couple of organic tumeric capsules along with your CBD oil. It works miracles for pain. It is a spice and has zero side effects. I’ve used it for a couple of years now.

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