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How Much CBD Should I Take? [Broken Down by Condition]

Green Shoppers Written by Green Shoppers
Updated on February 21, 2019

With CBD becoming so popular, it was only a matter of time before the amount of false information on the internet became utterly confusing. Depending on where you look, you’ll find different information about how much CBD you should be taking, and it’s understandable that this might make you feel nervous.

Since the legal status of CBD is sometimes questionable, people are sometimes wary of it. Cannabidiol food supplements are fully legal in the United Kingdom, as long as the manufacturers comply with strict marketing standards. As the consumer, all you have to worry about is whether the product is safe – try following our top 5 tips for shopping online if you are a bit confused.

Then, once you have the product, it’s all about deciding how to take it. With CBD oils, you can tailor the dosage using the dropper provided with the bottle. This is easy enough to do, but it’s important to know how much CBD you should actually be taking.

In this article, we will break down the amount of CBD you should be taking depending on your lifestyle and whether you have any specific conditions. Read on to find out everything you need to know.

Everyone is Different…

The most important thing to understand about CBD is that everybody will react differently. We all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which responds to cannabinoids like CBD, but some people will have an ECS that is more receptive to these external cannabinoids.

It is thought that many health complications and symptoms may be caused by something called endocannabinoid deficiency, in which a person’s body doesn’t produce enough endocannabinoid molecules. These are the molecules which help the ECS to function properly. If you do in fact have an endocannabinoid deficiency, then you will probably respond much better to CBD than somebody who already has a well-functioning ECS.

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell whether this is the case prior to taking CBD. If you try it and see immediate effects, then it’s likely that you weren’t producing enough endocannabinoids. But if you try it and you don’t notice changes straight away, then this doesn’t mean that CBD will never work.

When using a CBD supplement, you should try to find the minimum effective dose. This means starting out at a low dose, and working your way up until you start to feel healthier. Once you notice changes, stop increasing the dose. The best way to find your minimum effective dose is to take the same dose for several days, recording your feelings, side effects, and how much you took and when. If you don’t see any changes, increase the dose slightly and do the same.

If you have reached a really high dose and nothing has happened, then you might be in that small minority of people who do not respond to CBD. Talk about unlucky!

Generally speaking, though, you will be able to find a CBD dose that works for you. Where do you start, though?

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

First of all, you need to know how much CBD is in each drop of oil in your bottle. Some manufacturers will write this on the label, but others don’t – it’s inconvenient, but you can work it out for yourself. Here is a simple equation you can use to figure it out:

[Total CBD in Bottle] ÷ [Number of ml in bottle] = Total mg of CBD in dropper

This is assuming that the dropper holds 1ml of oil. If it holds 0.5ml (which is sometimes the case), divide the number you got by 2.

How much CBD you need as an individual will depend on things like your weight, your body chemistry, and if you have any conditions that are knocking your ECS out of balance. For example, here are the daily dosages for CBD depending on your weight if you have a condition causing chronic pain:

40-68 kg 69-108 kg 109+ kg
Mild 12 mg 18 mg 22 mg
Medium 15 mg 22 mg 30 mg
Severe 18 mg 27 mg 45 mg

As you can see, the dosage will increase with your weight and the severity of a condition you are experiencing, if that condition is in fact related to the ECS.

Here are some more general guidelines:

  • General health: 5 – 15 mg of CBD per day
  • Chronic pain: 5 – 22 mg of CBD per day
  • Sleep disorders: 40 – 160 mg of CBD per day
  • Loss of appetite:5 – 5 mg of CBD per day
  • Mood disorders: 10 – 50 mg of CBD per day

It is important to remember that these are rough guidelines stating the average amount of CBD that appears to improve the general health of people suffering from these conditions. We are not saying that CBD will by any means cure any of these ailments, only that it may help to get your endocannabinoid system working properly again. Furthermore, you might find that you need more or less CBD than what is stated above: Everybody is different, remember.

Does it Matter How I Take My CBD?

Here’s where it gets even more complicated. Our above recommendations are for CBD oils that you take sublingually, but the dose may not be the same for other methods of consumption.

This is because your body can make use of CBD differently depending on how you take it. With sublingual oils and tinctures, the CBD is absorbed by the bloodstream and most of it can be used by the body. It is a fast and effective method. However, when you take capsules for instance, the CBD is processed through the digestive system, where some of the CBD may be lost.

As a result, you may find that 25 mg of oral CBD each day works for you. However, if you switch to 25 mg capsules, it might not have the same effect. This is, if we’re being honest, really irritating because you have to find your effective minimum dose all over again, but we can’t have everything!

Our Final Thoughts on CBD Dosing

If you are new to CBD oil, it is important to start out with a relatively small dose. CBD is non-toxic, non-addictive, and has few side effects, but you should still exercise caution before putting anything into your body. If you do experience any side effects, then you should stop taking CBD oil. Remember, though, that it might take your body some time to adjust to a new substance.

Since CBD is so different for everyone, it’s hard to provide an accurate dosage guide. But if you are completely lost about where to start, then the information above might be able to point you in the right direction. As always, we recommend keeping a CBD journal to record the effects of different CBD dosages.

If you have any top tips for finding the perfect CBD dose, let us know in the comments!