There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to CBD dosage. Multiple factors will determine the correct level of CBD to take for each individual. A person’s size and body type, their tolerance to CBD, the individual’s reason for taking CBD, and how the CBD is ingested will all affect the dosage that should be taken.
In this guide, we will look at some of the key factors to consider when determining the correct CBD dosage. We’ll also look at how to measure for different types of CBD products.
CBD Dosage – Key Considerations
To work out the appropriate CBD dosage, you will first need the information below;
CBD Concentration: The concentration levels refer to the amount of CBD in the product being used. Concentration is measured in milligrams (mg). For example, our range of Provacan CBD oil is available in bottle sizes of 10ml which contain either 600mg or 1200mg of CBD.
If we use the 1200mg version in our example, the 10ml bottle should provide 200 drops of CBD oil. Provacan recommended servings of between 2 to 4 drops twice daily. If we use the higher level of 4 drops, that equates to 0.2ml of CBD oil per serving. If each individual serving is 0.2ml, then the 10ml bottle provides 50 servings in total. Each 4 drop serving, therefore, provides 24mg of CBD.
The 600mg version of the Provacan CBD oil will provide 12mg of CBD per 4 drop (0.2ml) serving.
User Body Weight: The amount a person ways often has a bearing on the amount of CBD that is required. Heavier people will often require higher amounts of CBD than smaller, lighter people to feel the same effects.
Reason for Using CBD: The amount of CBD required will often come down to the reason it is being taken. For an individual with chronic pain or high levels of stress or anxiety, then a higher CBD dose may be needed to alleviate the symptoms. If the user is taking CBD for a milder a condition or to support general well-being, then a lower dose may be suitable.
Tolerance Build Up: As with many drugs, a user can build up a tolerance to CBD over time. To ensure the benefits and effects are maintained, it may be necessary to increase the amount taken.
Calculating the Best CBD Dosage
The CBD dosage information presented in the table below are approximations only. Due to the nature of CBD, exact levels cannot be provided. To ensure you’re are taking a suitable dose based on your weight and size, we recommend that you always speak with a health professional before using CBD.
The dosages shown are suggestions for starting levels for new CBD users.
|Pain Level/Weight||<25 lbs||26 - 45 lbs||46 - 85 lbs||86 - 150 lbs||151 - 240 lbs||> 241 lbs|
|None - Mild||2.5 mg||6 mg||9 mg||12 mg||18 mg||22.5 mg|
|Moderate||6 mg||9 mg||12 mg||15 mg||22.5 mg||30 mg|
|Severe||9 mg||12 mg||15 mg||18 mg||27 mg||45 mg|
As we have outlined in the previous section, higher doses may be suitable for some users with more serious ailments to treat or for those who have built up a tolerance. CBD is none toxic and therefore taking higher amounts does not have any adverse side effects.
Many users find that gradually increasing the CBD dosage is the best way to achieve and maintain the effects they are looking for.
The way you use CBD is also important when determining the most appropriate dosage. Different products have different concentrations and dosing methods and deliver CBD into the body in different ways. Below we look at the options.
Determining CBD Dosage for Different Products
There is no shortage of choice when it comes to CBD products. Everyone is generally familiar with CBD Oil, but you can also ingest CBD through edible gums, tablets, e-liquids or take use in topically in the form of CBD balms and oils.
There is no right or wrong way to use CBD. However, some issues/ailments may benefit more from certain types of CBD product. Topical CBD products can be more beneficial for treating aches and pains. CBD Oil, as it is taken sublingually (below the tongue), does reach the bloodstream quicker than other methods and therefore has more immediate benefits.
Determining the dosage for CBD oils is perhaps the trickiest due to the huge variance in both bottle size and concentration levels that are available. CBD oils are available in bottles ranging from 10ml to 50ml, and the concentration levels can be anything from 100mg to 5000mg. As we’ve said, CBD is none toxic, so taking too much won’t cause you any adverse side effects. However, it’s important to understand what CBD levels you are taking to ensure you achieve the best results.
The key to understanding CBD oil dosage is serving size. Let’s use a 10ml bottle with a 1000mg of CBD content. The 10ml bottle should provide approximately 200 drops of oil. If we divide the 1000mg of CBD content by the 200 drops, it gives us 5mg of CBD per drop. If, for example, you wanted to take 15mg of CBD per serving, then you’d need 3 drops of oil.
CBD Vape Juice
CBD vape juice or e-liquids contain very similar concentrations of CBD as oils. The way vape juice is taken into the body is a very different process. However, the calculations for setting your optimum CBD level are the same as oils.
CBD edibles include products such as tablets, gums and sweets. They will again vary in strength; however, typically one edible is equal to one serving size as recommended by the manufacturer. For example, a CBD gum may contain 10mg of CBD.
As a means of controlling the level of CBD you take, edibles are perhaps one of the easiest options. Especially for those who are new to using CBD.
Topical CBD products include lotions, creams and oils which are designed to be applied to the surface of the skin. When using these products, the CBD is absorbed into the skin where it binds with cannabinoid receptors in the epidermis. This type of CBD products is especially good for joint and muscle aches and pains and some skin conditions. Calculating dosages for topical CBD products is tricky as the ‘serving’ size is difficult to quantify. Products range from 250mg to 1500mg in terms of CBD concentration. Most manufacturers will provide their own guidelines regards usage.
CBD has no known negative effects. However, it is still a relatively new product, and mid to long term research is ongoing. If you are considering taking CBD, we always recommend first speaking with a healthcare professional. When you start to use CBD begin with a low dosage and gradually build up over time.