When determining CBD oil dosage it's important to understand the dosage depends on your physiology, symptoms and your desired effects. Each person is unique and will experience different effects.
A person with a good endocannabinoid tone won't need as much oil and will also experience the most subtle effects. While an individual with more pressing health matters may need to up the CBD oil dosage to help tone the endocannabinoid system into balance.
CBD oil is similar to a multivitamin. It takes time to build up within the body and produce benefits.
We can experiment with proper CBD dosage based on a few things: your weight and how you want to take CBD oil.
CBD Dosage based on weight
CBD users with an average weight between 150lbs and 240lbs find that a dose between 15mg and 20 mg once or twice a day is enough to provide effective relief from a variety of ailments. Check our CBD oil dosage chart below, as even mild dosages of 12mg per day can provide real noticeable relief.
While you might not notice an immediate effect while taking CBD oil, over time you should begin to detect more balance, calm, and peace of mind in your life.
Some people may notice a more extreme difference than others. Imagine someone who is deficient in vitamin C. Taking a vitamin C supplement would result in a radical change in their health.
CBD oil is similar to a vitamin in that it helps to support and maintain overall health. If your endocannabinoid system is depleted or imbalanced, taking CBD could produce tremendous changes more quickly than someone who has a healthy endocannabinoid tone.
If you’re already healthy, you may not notice an immediate effect. While your friends or family may start taking high doses of CBD oil and notice instant changes, you may not need the same amount.
General CBD Oil Dosage Guidelines
This chart can help you determine the proper amount of CBD to take. Start with the mild range for a week and notice the effect. Take the amount recommended for your weight. If you aren’t feeling the effects, move up to the medium range. Try the high strength range if the medium range does not produce the desired s results.
The proper dosage all depends on your health and your body. Experiment to find out what works best for you.
As Dr. Dustin Sulak, director of Integr8 Health, says “Some patients effectively use tiny amounts of cannabis while others use incredibly high doses. I’ve seen adult patients achieve therapeutic effects at 1 mg of total cannabinoids daily, while others consume over 2000 mg daily without adverse effects.”1
Schedules of CBD Consumptions
There are three main CBD oil dosage schedules that people use to take CBD:
- Once or Twice Per Day
- Every 2-3 Hours
- Hourly Microdosing
When finding your ideal dose of CBD oil, we recommend starting with one-quarter dropper 1-2 times per day during the first week, moving up to one half a dropper during the second week, three-quarters of a dropper during the third week, and a full dropper on the fourth week.
In a paper published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, Dr. Caroline MacCallum and Dr. Ethan Russo shared a good tip for figuring out a proper dosage of CBD, “Start Low and Go Slow!”2
CBD BALM DOSING: Depending on the strength of CBD Balm, you may have to apply a little or a lot. Hempure CBD Balm is concentrated (750mg and 1400mg), so a little bit is very effective. Apply a small amount to the area where you are experiencing soreness, dryness, or stiffness every six hours.
CBD VAPE DOSING: Vapers usually microdose throughout the day. Mix it into your regular eliquid or vape CBD straight. When starting off, take 3 inhales, then wait 30 minutes. We recommend starting with 250mg CBD Vape oil.
CBD EDIBLES DOSING: Gummies and capsules produce the longest effect. Take one 10-25mg gummy or capsule every 6-12 hours and then increase if you’d like a more pronounced result. Like all Hempure CBD products, our gummies do not contain THC, so you don’t need to worry about any psychoactive effects. Capsules can be used on a similar schedule (every 6-12 hours).
CBD Oil Dosing Guide
Remember, that dosing CBD oil depends on the product. Most companies provide CBD dosing guidelines on the bottle, but those guidelines are specific to the potency of the product. What this means is, the dosing chart on a 1000mg CBD drops would not be ideal for someone who is highly sensitive to CBD and could do better with the potency of 250mg CBD drops. That's why it's important to experiment with the lowest strength first! The below CBD oil dosing chart can help you decide how much of a specific CBD product to use to get the most desired results.
When consuming CBD, it could be useful to use a notebook or an app to chart any changes you find in your mood, sleep, and general wellbeing. You could use this as a guide to determine the best CBD dose and best CBD dosage schedule for yourself. It can be your very own diary of dosing CBD!
How Much CBD Should I Take for My Specific Concern?
If you're looking for therapeutic benefits from CBD, it's best to consult with your physician first to help you decide how much CBD oil to take. Make sure to take a look at the dosing guidelines on the bottle as well. If you're on medication, speak to your doctor about any possible interactions.
Figuring Out How Much CBD Oil To Buy
When you're just starting out with CBD oil, it can be tempting to go for a concentrated strength because it seems cost-effective. In reality, starting out with potent CBD is counterproductive in the long term. Most CBD users, particularly those that use it as a wellness supplement, find that a little goes a long way. You might find that just a couple of drops a day of 250mg CBD oil does the trick for you. On the other hand, if you flood your system with CBD, you could end up building a tolerance (even though it's pretty unlikely) or not feeling anything at all. To reiterate, start low and go slow! More importantly, don't stock up on a product you haven't tried - buy just one bottle when you start out. That way, if you feel the need to increase your dosage, you have the option to level up on your next purchase.
The Primary Factor In How Much CBD You Consume
Like with everything else, quality matters more than quantity with CBD. Here are some guidelines to follow to make sure your CBD dosing process is as accurate as possible:
Make sure you’re purchasing CBD oil.
There are tons of oils on the market that consumers commonly mistake for CBD oil. Let’s explore the most common ones:
- Hemp oil: A common misconception people have is that hemp oil is synonymous with CBD since CBD comes from hemp. This is not true. Hemp oil, while very nutritious comes from hemp seeds, while CBD comes from the plant. Hemp oil may contain traces of CBD, but not enough to have any significant effect. To circumvent legal scrutiny, some companies may even market their CBD oil like hemp oil, even providing a hemp oil dosage at the back. This is misleading for a consumer, especially a new one. It’s best to go with a company that uses the term CBD oil.
- Cannabis oil: Cannabis is a plant species that includes both hemp and marijuana. People consume marijuana recreationally because of the THC in it that has psychoactive properties. Hemp, on the other hand, is very low in THC (less than 0.3%). So when a product is labeled cannabis oil, the spectrum of things it could be is very large. Cannabis oil could be THC dominant, CBD dominant, or some blend of the two. Once again, if you’re looking for CBD oil, choose a product that markets itself as CBD oil.
Make sure your CBD oil label is honest.
Unfortunately, several CBD companies intentionally mislabel their products, putting in less CBD or none at all in some cases. When you're starting out with CBD, check a company’s website for third-party lab test results. These should be readily available for your perusal. If you've confirmed that the amount of CBD on the label matches the amount in the bottle, you're good to go. If you're taking unverified CBD oil that happens to be mislabelled, it would defeat the purpose of spending time figuring out how much CBD to take. You can find Hempure's lab test results here.
Key Points To Remember When Dosing CBD
There are a few key points to remember when determining the proper amount of CBD to take:
- Start slow and work your way up. CBD oil works at the root level of health to balance out the entire body.
- There is not one “right amount” to take. Each person will react differently to different dosages depending on their current endocannabinoid tone.
- Use the chart as a starting guide until you figure out which amount works best for you.
Enjoy the process and the wonderful calm, peace of mind and relief that CBD oil can bring into your life. If you'd like to find out more about CBD, be sure to read our CBD guide.
- Dr. Dustin Sulak, A Physician’s Perspective on Optimal Cannabis Dosing, Leafly, 2018 Feb, https://www.leafly.com/news/health/a-physicians-perspective-on-optimal-cannabis-dosing
- Dr. Caroline MacCallum, Dr. Ethan Russo, Practical considerations in medical cannabis administration and dosing, European Journal of Internal Medicine, 2018 Mar, https://www.ejinme.com/article/S0953-6205(18)30004-9/fulltext