How Much CBD Oil Should I Take? [EXPLAINED]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on January 5, 2018

How much cbd oil should i take

“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

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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?

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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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How Much CBD Oil Should I Take? [EXPLAINED]
January 5, 2018
4.8 26
    Question needs answering please , thanks!

    I have a 10ml bottle 2.75%, containing 275g 200 drops. I was told for my body weight I would need 30mg
    but how many drops is that per day? I need to know what size bottle and what percentage I should be buying? Any answers to this would be greatly appreciated thank you

  2. Kashmir

    I started taking cbd (with no thc) about a week ago for anxiety. I am amazed by the results, amazed. A girlfriend of mine has had a similar experience but another has not, so it seems to depend on the person. I take half a dropper (.5 ml) in the morning of a 550 mg concentration which should be around a 17ish mg dose off my 15ml bottle. It’s very effective for me and I’m probably going to back it down by half to see if I’m still good.

    1. Jessie

      Hi👋 . I’d like to try this. Where do you buy good quality from and how much does a month supply cost?

  3. Edy Wine

    Math is not my strong suite. OK..I’ve got a 1 ounce bottle or 30 ml bottle of 500 MG CBD oil. Directions say to use a dropper full or 1 ml. I started this yesterday. I’ve taken 3 doses. I have pain in my feet, hands and lower back. So far I am not impressed. Does it take a while to build up or is the stuff I’m taken perhaps a rip off?

    1. ADubs

      Yep, give it five days or so before you choose whether this is a good dose for you.

  4. Ashley

    I purchased 1 gram of 1% thc <36% cbd oil in a syringe for pain management due to migraines and headaches (neither prescription migraine painkillers nor Tylenol 3s helped with the pain). I’m finding info about tincture forms, but not the sticky oil in syringe form – how is this type supposed to be used?

    As I don’t smoke, I know I need to start with a very low dosage.

    Thanks for any help!

  5. Lori

    How does this help stop smoking didnt see anything about that

  6. RDA

    Why do some bottles of the same size (10ml) say 200 drops vs. 300 drops. can drops differ in size? Its really hard to compare the cost benefit if one cant figure out how long a bottle will last. one company says 10mg per drop and 200 drops, the other 5mg per drop and 300 drops. both bottles are the same size. what accounts for the difference, not in the mg per drop per se, but the number of drops?

  7. Michelle

    Does anyone have experience using CBD for anxiety / insomnia? If so, what dose do you find most effective?

  8. Patty Burns

    How many mg should I give a 45lb girl for anxiety and adhd?

  9. Cheryl

    Anyone using cbd oil for painful osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, inflammation in joints? If so, how well, or not, is it working. Oh, anxiety and depression as well.

    1. Rosemary Scott

      I just started it a couple of days ago. I take it for chronic arthritis in the neck. My pain meds had too many side effects and were hard on my stomach. So wanted to try CBD oil in tincture form. So far I am managing it without meds. It also helps me sleep. Fingers crossed.

    2. Peggie

      I have just started taking it for osteoarthritis and it seems to be working well. I do use a salve on my knees that is wonderful and I take a dose before I go to bed. If I wake up with a lot of pain I will take a dose in the morning although I ususally just use the salve in the moring. Hope this helps

  10. Jerry Scheinbeim

    I have a peripheral polyneuropathy that produces 2 types of pain: a burning neuropathic pain in my hands and feet and stabbing pains in the muscles, bones and joints of my arms and legs. While opioids control the burning pain, my pain management doctor had nothing for the stabbing pains. After reading about Savitex, a 1:1 solution of CBD and THC in oil, which has been sold for pain relief in Canada and about 20 EU countries since 2007, I tried CBD (from hemp) in coconut oil and my stabbing pains went from an 8-9 (out of 10) to a 3-4. I tried a 1:1 solution of CBD to THC in MCT oil sold at a local marajuana dispensary and it worked even better.

  11. Kozjer

    Just smoke the weed, cbd oil is a ripoff

    1. valent garde

      Some of us do not smoke due to the ill health asthma terrible stench it gives off and cancer copd etc. going to try the CBD oil though, for back pain.


    Shit how would u sell them (CBD OIL) by pill value????
    I thought about just straight out dumping them by Mg content IF they start out as 0.05 $10 a capsule.

  13. patty Fishel

    hello i have ra and glaucoma. how much hemp oil cbd 7 should i take . the dropper starts at .25 and goes to 1 ml.

    1. fern

      hi patty, i have RA too and just starting taking CBD a little over 6 weeks ago. i am in amazement – and a little bit of fear/anxiety – that i have come up something that is miraculous. i was diagnosed with RA two and a half years ago and have been on quite the rollercoaster ever since. i recently had a flareup where i could not even walk to the bathroom and now, i believe because of the right dosing of CBD, i am feeling better than i have in 2-1/2 years. like i said it’s early yet. i took CBD last year, however, at that time did not take it as my acupuncturist instructed which is more is better especially at first. this time i decided to throw caution to the wind and dive in whole hog. i am 5’2″ and 245 pounds, so not small. i started taking 15-20 drops a day in 3 separate doses, so 5-7 drops morning, noon, and night. this gave a 12-14 mg of delivery of CBD per day. now, is 6-ish weeks later, and i have tapered that down to about 8 drops a day – 4 drops morning, 4 drops evening – and i am doing great! this is coming from a person whose blood numbers for RA and inflammation were off the charts. over the past 2-1/2 years i have seen 3 rheumatologists and fired them all because they just wanted to put me on multiple prescription meds (methotrexate or the like, painkillers, and anti-depressant) that would wreak havoc with me and my major organs and my quality of life in years to come. i hope you do decide to take the CBD oil and at a dose that will be effective for you. my understanding is that you have to give it about 25-30 days and then you should start to see a noticeable lasting day-to-day effect. yes, CBD is expensive but in the long run i believe you will be all the better for it. as for dosing with RA and glaucoma i am not sure. however, i do wish you all the best. cheers.

  14. Clint

    I am currently on high doses of oxycodone and the butrans patch due to a car accident so bad I’ve had surgery and had relief for about 4 months and now in right back to where I was prior to the surgery I have recently got a couple different cbd oils and started dosing 4days ago 15 ml bottle 100strength started 1x daily and have moved up to 3 droppers daily what does anyone suggest as far as dosing and cost as I can’t work and waiting on disability/settlement

    1. n barstow

      Hi Clinton,

      dosage is worked out by drop (like a single raindrop, about 0.15ml is one drop)
      if the bottle is 15ml then that’s 300 drops I think

      generally you start wit 3 DROPS a day, not 3 droppers (if that’s what you meant)

      SO – a drop is not the dropper-full, that would be a lot of drops.
      you’ll get through a 15 ml bottle in no time taking a dropper-full
      dosage is explained well above

  15. Larry Willoughby


    1. EJ

      How many milligrams do you use? We’re you previously taking prescription medications for your back pain?

      1. Rebecca Hisel

        Can someone please help me. I’m taking full spectrum CBD extract 300 mg and I have a dropper that is in ML. The bottle says 29ml. I don’t know how to figure out how much to take?

    2. alex


    3. valent garde

      I am going to try some CBD oil 100mg, tonight, for the first time back pain, taking 100mcg fentanyl every 3 days, with 4 x tramadol 50mg and oramorph when needed.

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