CBD Dosage: Figuring Out How Much to Take
As I have been discussing in previous BLOG posts, you are probably aware of the many potential health benefits of CBD, but one of the questions that comes up often is…how much you should take to get those benefits?
As one of over 60 active compounds found in the hemp plant, CBD (cannabidiol), affects your body in many different ways.
With the non-psychoactive benefits of CBD (no high), research suggests that CBD MAY help with the following conditions:
reduce anxiety and depression
reduce seizures in people with epilepsy
soothe pain and inflammation
improve heart health
improve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
No matter what condition you’re trying to treat with CBD or if you are trying it for the first time, giving yourself an adequate amount is important — or you may not see the results your are looking for.
It can be difficult to figure out just how much CBD you should take, as there is not enough research behind CBD and the various health benefits to suggest an exact amount of CBD to treat specific conditions. Since CBD isn’t being regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at this time, there are no official recommended dosages.
Having said all that, based on the research we have done here at SOTACBD, here is what we think you need to know about figuring out how much CBD to take.
What does the research say about CBD?
CBD has been the subject of a lot of discussion and increased research over the past few years.
As this 2017 review from the National Library of Medicine shows, research has found that CBD is relatively safe. The review of these studies showed that in comparison with other drugs used for the treatment of various medical conditions, CBD has a better side effect profile. What does this mean? This could improve patients' compliance and adherence to treatment having less side effects. Today, CBD is being used as adjunct therapy.
Furthermore, these studies in the review did not show that there is a universal dosage of CBD that everyone should take. Instead, it underlined the fact that different people respond to different dosages of CBD. Most of the human studies use dosages anywhere between 20 and 1,500 milligrams (mg) per day.
While many studies done up to this point are small in scale, it is worth noting that there’s still a lot about CBD that simply do not know. As the CBD industry grows, researchers will likely conduct larger and more comprehensive studies on cannabis, including marijuana and hemp, and its derivatives.
Figuring out the right amount for you
The amount of CBD you should take depends on a number of different factors, including, but not limited too:
your body weight
the type of condition you’re treating
your overall body chemistry
the delivery method of CBD (tincture, oil, water soluble, edible)
the concentration of CBD in each pill, capsule, drop, or gummy
In other words, there are several variables that go into deciding how much CBD to take. Before trying CBD, we recommend you talk to your doctor about an appropriate dosage and any potential risks.
If your doctor tells you how much to use, stick to their recommendation.
If your doctor doesn’t provide a recommendation, it’s best to start with a smaller dosage and gradually increase it. This could mean starting with 16 to 33 mg a day (500mg bottle). After a week, increase this amount by 8 mg (half a ml depending on the strength) and continue this until you feel that it’s effectively treating your symptoms.
One example would be to start off with a 500 mg bottle with 16.67mg (1ml) per dose to treat severe pain. After 5-7 days if you are not feeling the effects, you double the dose to 33.33mg (2ml). CBD is not like ibuprofen, where you take it only when you feel pain. If your symptoms are still not where you want them to be, you increase your dose to 40mg (2.5ml) and so on until you might feel that your pain is bearable. It is always possible that CBD does not treat the specific condition you are trying to treat, but before you “throw in the towel” be sure to give it adequate time and experiment with the dosing.
It would be wise to keep track of how much CBD you’re taking and whether your symptoms are getting better. Write it down on paper or in a notes app on your phone.
How to calculate dosage
Some products, such as CBD tinctures or gummies will tell you how much is in a single serving. For example, the packaging on a bottle of CBD gummies might indicate that there are 10 mg of CBD per gummie.
If you’re using a CBD tincture, will likely come in a dropper bottle. The label should specify how much CBD is in a 1 ml dropper. From there, you can figure out how many milliliters you need to use.
If you are taking a CBD product that only specifies total amount of CBD in the entire bottle and does not break the dosing out per serving, I would be very cautious about continuing to use that product. It is much harder to figure out how much CBD is in one serving and there is a reason why they are not breaking it out per dose...to hide the actual amount of CBD that is in the bottle.
Is it possible to take too much CBD?
A 2011 review on the safety and side effects of CBD found that continuous use of CBD, even in high doses like 1,500 mg a day, is tolerated well by humans. A 2017 update to this review also confirmed this. Furthermore, a report done in 2017 that was published by the World Health Organization confirmed these findings for CBD to be none addictive and safe for consumption, even at higher doses.
However, it is important to note that a 2019 study that was completed on mice did raise some safety concerns about CBD’s potential for liver damage when taken with other drugs and its interactions with certain medications. As we previously published, is CBD safe to take with prescription medications?, CBD can have both enhanced and adverse effects when taken with prescription medications. It is important to talk to your physician when taking CBD with other medications.
Possible side effects
There are very few known side effects of CBD. When side effects do occur, however, they may include diarrhea, appetite changes, and fatigue.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to buy CBD, you can find our products online at SOTACBD.com. If you decide to use a different brand, make sure you research each brand before purchasing. While pure, genuine CBD is considered safe, fake and low-quality products can be dangerous.
Again...CBD is not regulated by the FDA, so it’s up to you to make sure that you are only using high-quality products. SOTACBD sells directly through physicians and online and takes a lot of time to help physicians vet out which product is the best to recommend to their patients. Look for products from a reputable brand, with a QR code on the bottle, with third-party testing, and avoid companies that have a history of inaccurate labeling.
Talk to your doctor
Lastly, if you are still uncertain about which dosage of CBD you should talk, again...talking to your doctor is our best recommendation. While not all doctors will be able to provide information on CBD or even a recommended dose — depending on the laws in your state — some physicians will be able to recommend dosages and/or sell you high-quality brands. If you have any questions about CBD with regards to your health, we always recommend you speak with your physician before trying CBD.