Dosing for CBD can be a tricky part for most people. The wrong dosage generally does not lead to any benefits and this always makes people wonder if CBD is just a hoax. But it’s not.
In this article, I have addressed all your questions and concerns regarding How to properly dose CBD.
So, What is the perfect dose of CBD for you?
CBD works differently for everybody depending on weight, gender, the focus for usage, types of CBD product, and metabolism. However, for most Average Adults, CBD can be effective if taken between 10mg to 50mg daily. To be more accurate, CBD will be most effective for general ailments in between the dosage of 1 to 5mg of CBD per 10 pounds of Body Weight.
Why is the Right CBD Dosage Important?
If you are using CBD medicinally for a particular ailment, proper dosing is the key. Unfortunately, that is not always easy to nail down with accurate precision.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) currently does not regulate the CBD space, hence there are no proper guidelines or an official Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) value that governs and standardizes the CBD space. Without an RDI, there’s no officially regulated serving size for CBD.
There is only one CBD product with a proper dosage that is approved by the FDA, called “Epidiolex” which can be used to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome, or Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.
CBD companies generally assign their dosage guidelines for their products, which is effective in most cases, but it doesn’t mean it’s the right dose for you.
CBD also exhibits a biphasic effect, meaning, the graph of the benefits to dosage ratio of CBD is not straightforward.
For Example, When you start using CBD at a dose and feel the benefit, and you increase the dose the benefits also increase, but the next time you increase the dose further, the benefit might go down, and goes down even further with even higher dosage.
This benefit and dosage relationship of CBD forms a bell-shaped curve also known as the biphasic effect.
In the image, you can see that as the dosage of CBD increases, the benefit also increases, and gives the max benefit at the optimal dosage. But with further increases in dosage, the benefit of CBD started to decline.
There’s a sweet spot that works for what you’re looking for, and it’s likely going to take proper understanding and trial and error to find your correct dosage.
How to Find the Right CBD Dosage for You?
There are no one-size-fits-all dosing recommendations for CBD because it interacts and regulates with our body’s ECS (Endocannabinoid System) and every person’s ECS is different, hence the amount of CBD needed to feel an effect varies from person to person and condition to condition.
To find the right CBD dosage, “Start Low and Go Slow”. Meaning, begin with a low dose and observe its effects then gradually increase the amount of CBD (not more than 5 to 10 mg) every few days or week until you start experiencing diminished or adverse effects, then go back to the dose when the benefit was at its peak.
Keep a track of How much CBD you take and also track the date and what time of day you’re taking the CBD. On each day, take notes on your overall symptoms, mood, pain levels, digestion, and how well you’ve slept. and titrate accordingly.
Consider the below CBD Chart as the starting point of your CBD intake. Start with the low dose of CBD according to your weight and journal its effects and then increase the dosage accordingly within weeks.
Low Dosage/day (General Wellness, Mild Stress)
Medium Dosage/day (General Anxiety, Sleep Issues, Pain)
High Dosage/day (Depression, Insomnia, Seizures)
100 lbs – 120 lbs
10 mg – 12 mg
25 mg – 30 mg
50 mg – 60 mg
120 lbs – 150 lbs
12 mg – 15 mg
30 mg – 38 mg
60 mg – 75 mg
150 lbs – 170 lbs
15 mg – 17 mg
38 mg – 42 mg
75 mg – 85 mg
170 lbs – 200 lbs
17 mg – 20 mg
42 mg – 50 mg
85 mg – 100 mg
200 lbs – 220 lbs
20 mg – 22 mg
50 mg – 55 mg
100 mg – 110 mg
220 lbs – 250 lbs
22 mg – 25 mg
55 mg – 62 mg
110 mg – 125 mg
250 lbs – 300 lbs
25 mg – 30 mg
62 mg – 75 mg
125 mg – 150 mg
30 mg +
75 mg +
150 mg +
Weight is a major deciding factor that gives us a basic idea about optimal CBD dosage. However, metabolism also plays a crucial role in this.
If your metabolism is slow, you will likely experience an extended effect even after taking the lowest dose. If you are a fast metabolizer, you may need a larger dose for desired effects. Just Remember, Self-Titration is the Key.
You’ll also experience different effects depending on the type and quality of CBD product you are using and how you’re consuming it.
How do the Types of CBD affect the Dosage?
CBD products come in three types and the perfect dosage is going to vary for each of them.
- For Full Spectrum CBD, you may need a much lower dose to be effective, because it contains a wide range of Cannabidiols including less than 0.3% of THC, which acts in synergy and leads to an entourage effect within the body resulting in a wider therapeutic window.
- With Broad Spectrum CBD, you may require a little more dose of CBD than Full Spectrum. Although Broad Spectrum contains other Cannabidiols, it lacks THC. This diminishes the therapeutic effects of CBD, hence the dosage increases.
- CBD Isolate, on the other hand, requires very high and precise dose as compared to Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum to be effective. However, CBD isolate also costs less.
How do different Types of CBD Products affect the Dosage?
There are many different types of CBD products, i.e. oils, tinctures, edibles, gummies, topicals, flowers, vapes, and more. Each form of CBD product interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system through a different delivery system, and each delivery system requires a different approach to dosing.
These delivery systems of CBD can be classified into four major categories:
1- Sublingual Administration
CBD oils and tinctures can be administered sublingually, this is one of the quickest and most effective ways of administering CBD.
This process requires holding the CBD oil and tincture under the tongue for a minute before swallowing.
This provides fast relief for the symptoms. However, the dosage needs to be manually calculated which can be a bit of a Hassle.
2- Oral Ingestion
CBD beverages & edibles products like gummies, chocolates, mints, capsules, and softgels come into this category.
This process is easy to understand and the exact dosage of CBD can be easily calculated and properly administered. For example, if you want to take 15 mg of CBD daily, you can take a 15 mg gummy and you’re done.
The oral ingestion of CBD generally works best when taken with food because it slows down the digestive system which decreases the process of metabolizing CBD resulting in higher amounts of CBD reaching the bloodstream. However, it takes longer to feel the effects of CBD.
CBD flowers, pre-rolls, and vapes come into this category. It is the quickest way to administer CBD and the easiest to titrate.
However, calculating the exact dosage can be a little tricky.
Smoking or vaping might be the best option for situations where you need fast-acting relief because, with this method, the CBD molecule swiftly passes into your bloodstream and moves straight to your brain and central nervous system providing quick effects.
4- Topical Administration
CBD creams, balms, slaves, roll-ons, and rubs come into this category. Similar to Sublingual Administration, Topical dosage needs to be manually calculated.
Topical administration of CBD can help reduce inflammation, however, the CBD does not enter the bloodstream so they only work on the site where it’s applied and won’t be effective on conditions like Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia.
The topical dosage does not need to be adjusted for the body weight as they do not absorb into the bloodstream.
Start with the low amount and coat the entire affected area and see how your body reacts to it, then go from there.
What happens when you take too much CBD?
CBD is a safe compound and according to WHO, there is no potential for abuse and dependency associated with it. A study also shows that you can’t build a tolerance to CBD that requires you to take more.
While you can always take additional CBD if you don’t feel the desired benefits, taking more than required will only be heavy on your pocket and will not provide you with any extra benefits because of CBD biphasic effects. So once you pass a certain threshold, an extra dosage of CBD beyond that point no longer helps.
In any case, if you are already on a high dose and feel like you are not getting the desired benefits as you used to, instead of increasing the dose, take a break from CBD for a few days (at least 3 days) then start again. This will give your body an opportunity to adjust and adapt to CBD.
Generally, CBD in massive dosage is safe even at 1,000 mg per day, but you might feel some temporary side effects.
Important CBD Dosage Guidelines:
1 - Dosage is Different for Everybody
Many factors influence the optimal amount of CBD for a person, including Weight, Age, Gender, Sex, Genetics, and Purpose of Use.
So the dose that works for your friend doesn’t necessarily work for you. Have patience, keep an open mind, and titrate till you find your dose.
2 - CBD’s Absorption Improves when Consumed with Food
Like most medicines, CBD works best when taken with Food, this increases the bioavailability and CBD absorption by at least threefold when compared to taking on an empty stomach.
3 - CBD Isolate requires a High Dosage compared to Full Spectrum CBD to exhibit similar Benefits
Full Spectrum CBD is full of a wide range of Cannabidiols including THC that exhibit an entourage effect within the body, that gives a multitude of benefits to the user even at a lower dosage, as compared to CBD isolate that contains CBD only.
4 - CBD follows a Biphasic Curve
As mentioned above, CBD’s benefit and dosage relationships follow a curved graph, meaning when you reach a specific dosage threshold, the benefit of CBD will start to decline, so it’s advised to take a step back and go to the dosage point with the most benefit.
5 - CBD takes Time to Work
CBD is “lipophilic”, meaning it builds in your system to give you the best result, so when you start taking CBD it’s best to stay at a dose and take it every day for at least 3 days before making a judgment.
6 - Less is often Best
If you are using CBD for general wellness, and not really into titrating to find the perfect dose, then follow the above weight chart guideline and take the low dosage of CBD, that amount will likely be best for you but if you have more serious conditions then moderate or high dose will be best for you.
7 - Buy Quality CBD Products
8 - Consult a Doctor
It’s always best to consult a relevant doctor about your dosage guidelines especially if you are taking any prescription medicines. While not all doctors are qualified for this, some may be able to help you find that perfect dose of CBD.
Is CBD Legal?
Can CBD Make You High?
CBD does not have the ability to make you high, No matter the amount you take. High is only caused by the Cannabinoid “THC” since certain Full spectrum CBD can contain only up to 0.3% of THC, legally which is too small to lead to any psychoactive effects.
Can CBD Show Up in a Drug Test?
Certain Full Spectrum CBD products contain a small amount of THC, so they may test positive in a Cannabis drug test screening. However, CBD isolates and Broad Spectrum CBD can not come up in a drug test.