“How much CBD oil should I take?” This is easily one of the most common questions that we get asked here at MarijuanaBreak, though it’s not always the easiest one to answer. The simple fact is that people use CBD for all sorts of ailments and disorders, and there’s no one single dose that works for everyone — factors such as age, sex, weight, and whether or not you’re taking other medications need to be taken into consideration before using CBD for the first time.
That being said, the range of common CBD doses that most people take is relatively consistent. And the good news, of course, is that CBD is an incredibly safe and virtually risk-free therapy; it has minimal side effects, no significant contraindications, and there has never been a single case of CBD overdose (at least that we’re aware of).
In this article, we’ll break down some common doses that seem to work for the majority of people seeking relief from a variety of ailments. If you’re not exactly sure what to do with that new bottle of CBD oil you’ve got, fret not — we’re here to help.
First things first: How do you take CBD oil?
For medical/therapeutic purposes, the majority of CBD users tend to prefer to administer an oil tincture sublingually (under the tongue) with either a spray or dropper bottle. This is because CBD is most efficient and versatile when absorbed directly into the bloodstream. You’ll hear a lot of people arguing that CBD vape is more potent than oil tinctures, but what they don’t realize is that inhalation provides a different internal mode of delivery than does sublingual absorption. When you place medicinal tinctures under your tongue, they’re absorbed directly into the blood by absorptive tissue – the digestive route (through the intestine, liver, gut, etc) is entirely bypassed. This is contrary to what a lot of people claim when talking about oral ingestion.
Also, it’s important to understand that CBD oil tinctures and CBD vape liquids are two different things; if you’re vaping CBD, you need to make sure that you’ve actually got a product that’s been extracted and produced specifically for inhalation. Sublingual CBD tinctures are produced differently than “vapable” e-liquid, and they may contain compounds that shouldn’t be inhaled.
That being said, we’ll mostly be talking in this article about CBD dosing with sublingual drops, because as we’ve said that is generally the most common method for people seeking medicinal/therapeutic relief.
Either way, you’ll be dosing by milligrams (mg), so whether you’re vaping, putting drops or spray under your tongue, taking capsules, eating CBD edibles, or even smoking CBD-dominant cannabis flower, you can (and should) always keep track of how much CBD you’re ingesting at any one time.
“How do I know how much CBD oil to take?”
In a perfect world, this would be a question that you would ask your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional; if you’re obtaining CBD product from a dispensary or professional healthcare setting, by all means don’t be afraid to ask questions!
That being said, we fully realize that a lot of people do not have access to a physician – let alone one you can talk to about cannabis. If that’s the case, you should find the following general guidelines relatively helpful, at least in terms of providing a jumping off point. (Though keep in mind these are by NO means professional recommendations).
And also, bear in mind that cannabis (CBD included) is still not approved or regulated by the FDA. Thus, there are no clinical data or official guidelines in terms of safety or dosing recommendations.
CBD Dosing: The Breakdown
In general, you’ll want to start your doses out small, and move up from there. The majority of frequent (daily) CBD users find that a dose between 10 and 20 mg (administered once or twice daily) is enough to provide efficient relief from a variety of ailments. However, a lot of people out there will find fantastic relief with as little as 1-3 mg per day. Most patients simply take a dose in the morning, and then another one about 12 hours later in the evening.
In any regard, you’ll want to start off with a significantly small dose. While we’re certainly not aiming to provide ANY kind of recommendations or personal suggestions, a lot of people who take CBD for anxiety or depression will start off with a simple, initial dose of 1 mg. If you’re treating acute or chronic pain, an initial dose of 5 mg may be more appropriate. Either way, these are decent jumping off points that will allow you to systematically gauge where to go from there.
If you take a 5 mg dose in the morning, for instance, and notice little to no positive effects, then up the dosage to perhaps 8 or 10 mg in the afternoon/evening, and see where that takes you.
Also, keep a keen eye on how long the effects of the CBD actually last. A lot of people find that a single daily dose is more than enough to provide relief, so they have no need to take an additional afternoon or evening dose. Using the least amount of CBD possible is good not only for financial reasons, but it also eliminates the slight potential of building up a tolerance to the active compound. (Although it’s generally regarded that CBD is less prone to tolerance than is THC).
For pain, as we mentioned earlier many patients will find a “sweet spot” somewhere between 10 and 20 mg, taken once or twice a day (or perhaps even three times a day if the pain is severe). For psychological disorders like anxiety or depression, much smaller doses (often less than 2 mg) are typically required.
That being said, many people take multiple CBD doses well in excess of 30 mg a day, without noticing any adverse side effects. Like we mentioned, it’s really just a matter of listening to your body, maintaining due diligence, and implementing a systematic dosing pattern in order to find the maximum efficiency for you personally.
(And one other thing of note, it’s safe to say that CBD for epilepsy and seizures typically requires much higher doses than do other conditions – depending on the severity of the seizures, up to 300 mg per day is often required).
How do I know how much CBD is in a single drop?
The majority of CBD oil tinctures come in dropper bottles – whichever brand you end up using, the label should tell you how many mg are in each drop. And the same goes for spray bottles – the label should say what the dose is in mg for each single shot (1 spray) under your tongue.
However, CBD oils come in all sizes and concentrations. You may have a 15 mL bottle that contains 500 mg of CBD, for example, or you might have a 15 mL bottle that only contains 100 mg of CBD.
For general reference, a standard drop equates to roughly 0.05 mL. So if we use a 15 mL, 100 mg bottle of CBD as an example, 20 drops of oil would give you a 7 mg dose of CBD (20 drops = 1 mL = 7 mg).
On the other hand, if you’re using a highly concentrated product (say for example a 1,500 mg 15 mL bottle), 20 drops would equal 1 mL, which would equal 50 mg of CBD.
When you’re placing the drops under your tongue, you generally need to hold them for roughly 60-90 seconds to allow for full absorption before swallowing (again, it should specify on the product how long to hold for).
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