How to Know Which CBD Oil Strength is Best For You [BEGINNERS GUIDE]
December 18, 2018

How to Know Which CBD Oil Strength is Best For You [BEGINNERS GUIDE]

Understanding what you need.
Jeff Yauck Jeff Yauck / Updated on December 18, 2018

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Deciding to use CBD oil as a natural therapy is one thing – figuring out which brand to use, what strength/concentration to use, and how much CBD to actually take is another thing altogether. Plus, with all of the products out there to choose from and their confusing mL/mg labels, it can be a nightmare trying to determine which one is best for you, or which one you should be taking for your specific condition.

In this article, we will go over how to choose the right strength CBD oil depending on the condition that you’re trying to find relief from. Thousands upon thousands of people everyday use CBD as a therapy for a range of medical conditions, but it is important to have an idea of the right concentration oil to use, in order to get the best results.


That being said, however, it is important to point out that CBD is not yet an approved substance by the FDA – in other words, it is not legally recognized as a drug or medicine. Thus, none of the information we provide here should be taken as clinical recommendation or medical advice – we’re not health professionals, and we certainly don’t claim to be. If at all possible, arrange an appointment to speak with a clinical professional about the proper use and dosing of CBD oil.

Different Strengths/Potencies of CBD Oil

Even though there are dozens of different CBD manufacturers out there to choose from, most of them will offer oils in at least two or three different potencies, or concentrations. Which concentration you choose should depend on what you’re looking to get out of the product, as well as what condition you’re aiming to find relief from.

For the purposes of this article, we will be using PureKana’s line of Premium CBD Oil Drops as a reference. PureKana has been a reliable manufacturer and one of the leaders in the CBD industry for a couple of years now, and their products typically receive excellent customer feedback.

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As of right now they offer oil tinctures in three different strengths: 300 mg, 600 mg, and 1000 mg. Naturally, their 300 mg bottle is their lowest-potency option, and this is the oil that most people recommend to start out on – regardless of the condition that they’re trying to treat.

Generally speaking what ends up happening is people who use CBD oil daily as a relief from chronic conditions (i.e. chronic pain, inflammation, insomnia, depression, etc) will end up switching to the high-potency 1000 mg bottle or more. However, even if you do suffer from one of these chronic conditions, it’s still recommended that you start out with the low potency oil first, at least until you gauge how your body reacts to the CBD. It’s important to understand that because everybody’s biochemistry is different, not everyone will react the same or get the same therapeutic effects from CBD oil.

Also, starting off with the lowest potency oil lets you adequately gauge how much CBD it takes to relieve your specific condition. If you’re treating severe pain for example, and you jump right into the high-strength 1000 mg bottle, you’ll have no idea how much oil it actually took to provide relief, even if it ends up working well for you.

If you start with the low-strength option, on the other hand, you’ll be able to start off with a 1-2 mg dose, then if that doesn’t work you can increase to a 3, 4, or 5 mg dose and see what that does. If you jump straight into a heavy 15+ mg dose and receive adequate therapy, you’ll never know if a smaller dose would’ve worked just as well. This is important on two levels: A) it will save you money from not taking more CBD oil than you need, and B) it will reduce the likelihood and/or severity of developing a tolerance.

CBD Oil: 300mg, 600mg, and 1000mg Options

Like we said, once you start using CBD oil more frequently and are able to gauge how much you need to find relief or therapy, then you can jump up to the more high-potency products as needed.

Generally speaking, here is a quick rundown of each of PureKana’s three different CBD oil concentrations, and what the majority of people uses them for:

Low potency CBD oil (300 mg)

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A lot of people have used the 300 mg oil for conditions like mild to moderate anxiety and minor body aches and pains. Also, the low-potency oil is great for individuals who’ve found that they’re highly sensitive to CBD (and/or cannabis in general) – some people have a more active endocannabinoid system than do others, so they will naturally not require as strong of an oil.

The low-strength 300 mg is also an excellent option to take as a daily supplement, and many people take a single daily dose of it for increased immune health, increased bodily balance, and general disease prevention.

A single serving of the 300 mg (30 mL) bottle is equivalent to 15 drops of oil, which translates to a 7.5 mg dose of CBD. A lot of people won’t even use a full dose though, as they’re able to find relief with as little as 5-7 drops of oil, which translates to about a 3.5 mg dose.

Mid potency CBD oil (600 mg)

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The 600 mg oil is a good step-up option for people who find that they’re having to take large (and/or multiple) doses of the 300 mg in order to get effective results. In general, a lot of people use it for more moderate cases of anxiety, pain, inflammation, and digestive issues. A single dose is still the same 15 drops of oil, but instead of containing 7.5 mg of CBD, the 600 mg bottle contains 15 mg per dose.

High potency CBD oil (1000 mg)

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Of course, the 1000 mg CBD oil is the most high-strength option. People have used it successfully in the past to treat severe cases of insomnia, depression, anxiety/panic attacks, chronic pain, and/or as a buffer while weaning off heavy drug or alcohol addiction. It’s not recommended that first time users start out with this tincture.

Just like the 300 and 600 mg products, it comes in a 30 mL bottle, but a single 15 drop serving equates to a heavy 24 g dose of CBD – unless your condition is fairly severe, you likely won’t have use for this high-strength tincture.

Final Thoughts: Understanding Which Potency CBD Oil to Take

The main thing to consider when figuring out how to find the right strength CBD oil is to realize that everyone’s internal biochemistry is different – while your friend may be able to relieve her anxiety with just a single 3 mg dose, you may require several times that much in order to obtain the same results. Or, you may not find any relief at all. This is why it’s important to start off with the smallest possible dose, and work up from there.

Also, make sure you understand that CBD oil is not a recognized medicine, at least as of yet. Because it hasn’t been approved by the FDA, even the best CBD oils on the market have to put a label on their products saying something like “this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

And lastly, don’t hesitate to speak with a marijuana doctor or health professional about using CBD oil. Please note,  it is not our goal for any of the information on here to come across as clinical advice or medical recommendations. If you live in a state with legalized medical marijuana, make sure you take full advantage of the resources that are available to you – getting a licensed MMJ card is easier than it has ever been before, and it could very well be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made for yourself.

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  1. Jules
    Yes, the site was exactly what I was looking for, thank you.

    Do you put on weight taking CBD oil?

    1. Adam
      You shouldn't

      We’ve never heard of someone putting on weight

  2. JD
    Talk to a doctor, get a real opinion

    Do yourself a favor and actually talk to a cannabis doctor. You would be surprised (or maybe not) at the knowledge that these docs have in some of these clinics, as far as being able to tell you how much to take, what kind of stuff will be most effective for you (THC vs CBD), etc

  3. Toby
    Try some different things...

    60 mg a day does it for me. Been on that routine for about four months now. But I live out in CO so going to a dispensary is not an issue. I prefer the 1:1 CBD stuff. Works magic

  4. Timothy Garcia
    Just take some CBD oil!

    Just read a new article where a leading cannabis researcher (I forget his name and don’t feel like looking up the link) said we basically have no idea how much to dose when it comes to anxiety, pain, etc. Take a bunch, take a little, figure it out… really not that hard. It’s not exactly as if CBD is a dangerous drug anyway

  5. Dave M
    Do your H.W.

    Read a very interesting article the other day from the famous Dr. Blessing (the researcher who has done some of the most famous cannabis studies), and he said that people need to be taking at least 300mg CBD per single dose if they are expecting to get positive results for anxiety. A lot of entire bottles of CBD oil do not even contain 300mg. Just something to think about the next time you take a 15mg dose and expect your anxiety to clear away completely

  6. Vanessa R
    Thank you

    This article was very informative. Which brand though would you suggest for anxiety?

  7. Brendan Givens
    Good info here

    Just open the bottle and drink the whole thing like a beer. Haha, kidding of course. For me personally, I have found that 15mg full-spectrum oil taken twice daily (morning and evening) work best for my mild lower back pain. Hope this helps

  8. Celeste
    Confusing dosage

    Dosage and labeling is confusing to say the least.

    When the bottle says 30 ml/1.0 fl oz
    and it also says Hemp extract 11mg
    And it also says 330 mg….

    Which number reflects the Strength of the product?

    Also, it is confusing to know how much to take.

  9. Josh
    10mg twice a day

    Played around with self medication for a few weeks, settled on about 15 mg taken twice daily. Taking for pain relief and stress, using Premium Jane 600mg CBD and seems to be working well

  10. Phil
    Labelling confusion

    I bought a 5% CBD oil from Holland & Barrett which didn’t do much for me so bought on the internet a 25% Dr Buddi version which says 25% is equal to 2500mg. I presume 5% CBD is equal to 500mg but not sure. I don’t think either do much for my knee which was the reason for taking it. Am I right in thinking this?

  11. Rachael
    just wondering 🙂

    I understand that everyone’s chemistry is different but if that is the case then why can everyone take the same dose of ibuprofen for example and still receive positive effects. why does CBD have to be so unique for every single individual, seems like if it is one drug compound that is working any milligram dose that you take would have at least some kind of effects

    1. Larry Baker
      It's all to do with your body

      Not an expert here but I think it has something to do with your genetic, endocannabinoid system and general health. For example if you are in a bad state, then a lower milligram oil won’t work for you like it works for someone else. At least that is what I understood from my doc

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