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CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second-most abundant cannabinoid (next to THC) found in the cannabis plant. Gaining praise for its appealing non-psychoactive nature and bountiful ways to improve health and wellbeing, CBD is hot on the market right now. And it looks like it’s here to stay for the long-haul.
People everywhere are taking CBD for various reasons ranging from stress to pain to improving overall health and beyond.
With CBD coming in many forms including oils, tinctures, creams, capsules, edibles and vapes, many people are left wondering, “How much CBD should I be taking?”
This post is your go-to CBD dosing guide. Whether you are taking the cannabinoid for anxiety, pain, digestive health, or more serious conditions like epilepsy or cancer, we have the bases covered.
CBD Dosing 101
Before we go any further, it’s important to note right away that you cannot overdose on CBD. In contrast to the way most narcotics work, CBD (which is not a narcotic) does not and can not shut your body’s organs down. That is simply not how the chemical compound works within the body. That said, you still shouldn’t consume an entire bottle of CBD oil (that would be completely nonsensical) because consuming that much oil of any kind will probably make you sick.
While there is no set rule for how much CBD someone should be taking, a general consensus among CBD brands and industry experts is that 25-40 mgs per day is an ideal starting point for the average adult taking CBD for general health and wellness. A good rule of thumb that always applies is: Start small, and experiment with what works with you body, and gradually build up as you get more comfortable with the supplement and the effects it provides.
At higher doses, CBD can successfully be used for serious conditions like schizophrenia, dementia, diabetes, and nausea. At lower doses, CBD has proven effective in treating anxiety and inflammation. The beneficial cannabinoid is actually more effective than vitamin C and E as it contains neuroprotective antioxidants, and can improve common skin conditions like acne (also making it a viable face wash or skin treatment).
While medical professionals can recommend a certain “normal” range of milligrams to take, the dosage truly looks different for everyone. The main factors to consider on this are height, weight, and reason for taking CBD.
Brought to you by leading CBD retailer Daintri, we give you a generalized overview of how much CBD to take considering form of administration and corresponding reasons for taking it.
Health & Wellness
- CBD Capsule: Take 1-2 capsules daily to support your metabolism, digestion, mood, anxiety and cognitive support. 30 mg per capsule
- CBD Oil: Great for improving your cardiovascular system and blood circulation, measure ¾ TSP onto a spoon and take 1-2 times daily
- CBD Tincture: This provides women with support for symptoms of endometriosis, helps relieve breast pain and hot flashes, and nourishes your skin and nails. Take 1-2 drops per 10 pounds body weight daily
- CBD Vape Pen: Good for back pain, chest pain, joint pain and muscle tension, take as needed.
- CBD Salve: Good for arthritis, joint pain and inflammation, apply directly to affected area as needed
- CBD Concentrate: Concentrates are the closest you can get to the original plant in hemp supplements for maximum purity. This is also exceptionally beneficial for those suffering from seizures. Press suggested serving size onto the tip of your finger and place under tongue
- Anti-aging CBD moisturizer: Apply a small amount to clean, dry skin every morning and evening.
- CBD Facial Cleanser: This is good for dry, irritated, oily or acne-prone skin. Apply a small amount to fingers and massage onto face in a circular motion for 30 seconds each morning and night
The Form of CBD Administration Matters
When people are asking how many milligrams of CBD they should take to see results, there is (again) no one-size-fits-all answer. The way CBD is administered (by swallowing a pill, putting oil under your tongue, or rubbing CBD ointment on your skin) has a lot to do with how effective the product can be.
This concept is easier to understand when looked at like this: A very common thing in the world of pharmaceuticals is as follows: Different doses of a drug can have different effects. CBD is not a classified “drug,” but because the cannabinoid binds to several different receptors instead of just one or two, there is often a sweet spot around a mid-sized dose. Translation? You cannot expect CBD to be twice as strong if you double the dose. Actually, you could see the opposite.
According to neuroscientist Nick Jikomes, there are different conditions for which dosages are effective (or ineffective). This is likely because CBD is binding to several different receptors throughout the body. So, at a low dose, the compound will hit the receptors it has the highest affinity for. And at higher doses, those receptors can become saturated, causing what’s left of the CBD taken to interact with other receptor systems, which is where CBD users begin to see different effects.
How much CBD (how many milligrams) someone takes is largely dependent on why they are taking it in the first place. If you’re using CBD for anxiety, for example, there may be that sweet spot, or middle dosage, that produces the best effect. Some researchers are saying it can become less effective if you increase the dose.
On the other hand, when considering CBD consumption for a condition like epilepsy, the extremely high dosage seems to be what’s working. In most clinical studies researching conditions like epilepsy, doctors are using oral CBD, in pill form, at very high doses (hundreds of milligrams per day).
CBD apparently has low oral bioavailability, meaning only a fraction of the CBD someone takes in capsule or pill form ends up in the bloodstream. This still hits the relevant receptors it needs to in the nervous system, but it simply isn’t that strong.
Different routes of administration like vaping, taking CBD sublingually (under the tongue), or applying CBD cream are said to provide a more direct route for CBD to enter the bloodstream, as opposed to CBD being taken in pill form.
Why? Most likely because a larger portion of the CBD in those products gets into the bloodstream quicker and more efficiently. So, a said amount of CBD in pill form, like 40 milligrams, probably won’t lead to the same outcome if that 40 milligram amount was taken by another route, like vaping.
- While dosages are meant to help and guide you on your CBD journey, you should never discount what your body is telling you.
- Start small and build based on your body and symptoms’ reaction.
- At higher doses, CBD has proven successful in more serious conditions like schizophrenia and epilepsy.
- At lower doses, CBD has proven successful in more common conditions like anxiety, stress, and joint pain.
- People interested in CBD products may want to consider experimenting with different routes of administration to see what works best for them.