The world of CBD can a bit daunting: from
CBD crumble to CBD tinctures to CBD capsules to CBD edibles, the
possibilities seem endless. For many, that endless possibility begins with CBD
Oil. Let’s say you’ve finally settled on a CBD Tincture at Dr.Ganja, had it
shipped to you (free for U.S. orders), you open up the bottle, catch the
peculiar but enticing aroma of the oil and… now what?
You might be thinking ‘how much CBD oil should I take?’
This is sort a complex question, but there are definitely guidelines to stick by.
It’s important to note that when it comes to CBD dosing, there is no one size
fits all. Take these recommended CBD dosages from the esteemed Mayoclinic for
For epilepsy: 200-300 mg of CBD by mouth daily.
For sleep disorders: 40-160 mg CBD by mouth.
For schizophrenia: 40-1280 mg CBD by mouth daily.
As you can see, these dosages range wildly; in fact, one of the few research
studies (found here)
covering CBD dosage for anxiety found pre-clinical results with anywhere from
150 to 600 mg of CBD a day. I don’t know about you, but 150-600 mg of CBD and
40-1280 mg of CBD leaves a little too much open for interpretation. So why is
CBD, as well as THC and the other cannabinoids, are something called “biphasic.”.
This means that different doses produce different effects. Alcohol is an
example of a biphasic compound: lower doses tend to produce energetic effects
while higher doses produce sedation and incoordination.
Additionally, CBD works by effecting our endocannabinoid system; namely, our CB1 and CB2
receptors. These receptors are some of the most widespread receptors in the
entire body, so it’s no wonder CBD has such an all-encompassing and powerful
effect. But if you think back to that first time you cut open a frog during
dissections in 8th grade Biology, you’ll recall how everything
wasn’t exactly the same as in the textbook. Some arteries seemed to be in some
weird places, the spleen looked a little funky…
This holds true for our endocannabinoid system (and basic anatomy) too. Everyone’s system
is slightly different and so it makes sense that the same chemicals, AKA CBD,
effect different people, differently. What might be a low dose of CBD for your
friend who has been taking CBD for a long time may be an extremely high dose
for you or a new user.
CBD Oil Dosage Guidelines
Fortunately, there are some basic guidelines that can ensure that you’re on the right path to relief:
1.) Start small. As discussed above, CBD is
biphasic, so in this case it’s best to underdo it, than overdo it. A good
starting point is 20-25 mg twice a day. Gradually increase each week if you’re
not getting the results you want (if the CBD is for severe circumstances such
as epilepsy, consult a doctor).
2.) Don’t expect instantaneous results. While
some users experience benefits from the first use, your endocannabinoid system
is an extremely complex system and long term results take exactly that: a long
3.) If you experience heavy sedation with your
starting dose and that’s not the effect you’re looking for, try cutting your
dose in half.
4.) When placing CBD oil in your mouth, don’t
swallow it right away. Let it rest under your tongue for about 30 seconds to a
minute before you swallow. This will increase the bio-availability (how much
CBD gets into your system to have an effect).
out your dose
So now that some ground rules have been laid down, you might wonder, how exactly
do I measure out, say, 20-25 mg of CBD oil?
It’s pretty easy. The dropper in almost all tincture and oil bottles is about 1 mL.
You just divide the amount of CBD in the bottle by the mL content of the bottle
and that will tell you how much CBD you’ll get with each full dropper.
For instance, take one of
popular CBD isolate Tinctures,
Natural’s CBD Isolate Tincture
. At 750 mg of CBD and a 15 mL bottle, 750/15 = 50 mg of CBD per mL. So each full dropper contains 50 mg of
CBD. If you’re looking for a 25 mg dose, you’d take exactly half a dropper. Now
take Dr.Ganja’s heavy hitter,
Full Spectrum Extra Strength 2500 mg CBD Tincture.
At 2500 mg of CBD in a 30 mL bottle, 2500/30 = 83.8 mg of CBD per mL. For a 20-25
mg CBD dose, you’d need to take a little less than 1/3 of the dropper.
We hope this helped you in determining the right dose, or a good starting point,
for your CBD needs. One of the wonderful things about CBD is its safety, so if
you do get too strong of a dose, don’t worry, as the side effects are mild and
range from feeling tired to an upset sto