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CBD dosage guide for oils, edibles, vapes and topicals

CBD dosage guide for oils, edibles, vapes and topicals

Oils & Tinctures | Edibles | Vapes & e-Liquids | Topicals

 

If you’re new to CBD (welcome, by the way!), you’ll no doubt have quite a few questions about how to get the most from it. We’re here to help. Once you’ve chosen which type of CBD product is best for

Oils & Tinctures | Edibles | Vapes & e-Liquids | Topicals

 

If you’re new to CBD (welcome, by the way!), you’ll no doubt have quite a few questions about how to get the most from it. We’re here to help. Once you’ve chosen which type of CBD product is best for you (check out our product guide for help with that), you’ll want to think about the right kind of dosage. We’ve written general advice about how finding the right dose for you, and in this article, we’ll look in more detail at how dosage varies by product type.

 

CBD oil and tincture dosage guide

Oils and tinctures vary significantly in their CBD concentration levels, ranging from 100 to 5,000mg, and typically come in 15-30ml bottles. Reputable CBD products will specify on the label how much CBD is inside - either by how much is in each 1ml serving, or how much is in the whole bottle.

Determining how much to take can sometimes require doing some maths, but it’s fairly easy once you know how to break the numbers down. Let’s look at an example: you want to start with a 20mg dose and have a 30 millilitre (ml) bottle. Each full dropper holds one ml. 

By dividing the total milligrams of CBD by the number of millilitres in the bottle, you will know how many milligrams (mg) of CBD each dropper contains. You an break that number down by estimating 20 drop per millilitre. Here’s down to calculate that 30ml bottle’s CBD content:

  • 250mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 8.33mg per ml – 0.42 mg/drop
  • 500mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 16.67mg per ml – 0.83 mg/ drop
  • 1000mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 33.33mg per ml – 1.67 mg/drop
  • 2500mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 83.33mg per ml – 4.17 mg/drop
  • 5000mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 166.67mg per ml – 8.33 mg/drop

That means that to reach your target 20mg dose, you could take approx. 1.25 droppers of a 500mg tincture or 5 drops of a 2500mg bottle for the same effect. 

The key to understanding oil and tincture dosage is serving size, which is usually 1ml. A 5,000mg tincture in a 30ml bottle, then, normally has 30 1ml servings each containing around 167mg of CBD. A 100mg bottle of the save size has just 3.3mg of CBD per serving. 

If you’re new to CBD, we recommend starting with a lower dose and building up. That will help you find the right dose for you without overspending by taking more than you need (beyond a certain point you’ll feel no additional benefit anyway).

It’s important to note that oils and tinctures don’t take effect straight away as they need to be metabolised through the digestive system. That means you won’t feel any effects straight away, but once you do they can last up to eight hours. It is often recommended to hold the oil under the tongue for a minute before swallowing, which helps it get absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

 

CBD edibles dosage guide

CBD edibles include capsules, gummies and other products that are eaten. Like oils and tinctures, edibles have a longer onset time because they are ingested orally, but the effects are also more prolonged. Edibles typically take effect within one hour of consumption and can last up to eight, depending on the strength of the product.

To reach your preferred dosage, simply stagger consumption throughout the day. Breaking edibles into smaller pieces also helps to moderate the dose if your product is too strong.

Calculating edible dosage is easy because each piece represents one serving and the dosage is listed on the packaging. That makes edibles great for people who want the simplest dosing method - just take the number needed to reach the dosage you are aiming for. Most capsules and gummies have a CBD dose between 5mg and 30mg. 

It’s important to check the CBD content before you buy your edibles. Reputable brands (like the range on the CBD Porter shelves) always state clearly how much CBD is inside, so you can be sure you’re getting good value for money.

 

CBD vape and e-liquid dosage guide

CBD vape oil is extracted from hemp using a cutting agent like vegetable glycerine or propylene glycol. It is inhaled using a vape pen like an e-cigarette (we’ve written about some of the benefits of vaping over smoking). Vapes are the fastest-acting CBD delivery method (in fact it is almost instantaneous) because it bypasses the digestive system. However, effects from vapes also wear off faster than other types of product.

Duration and strength typically depend on the time a person inhales and holds for. Many people find that inhaling for up to three seconds and holding for up to five seconds will produce the strongest and longest-lasting effects.

Most vape oils come in 30ml bottles with a 1-1.5ml serving size. CBD concentrations tend to be in the 100-1,500mg range, translating to typical CBD content per serving of 3.3-50mg. Many vape pens are designed to accommodate cartridges containing vape oil, and they vary in terms of capacity but 1.5ml is a common size. 

Based on a user average of 100 puffs per cartridge, each puff of a 100mg vape pen delivers approximately 1mg of CBD. Therefore if your goal is 20mg of CBD per day and you have a 30mg vape cartridge, you should aim to vape two-thirds of it.

 

CBD topicals dosage guide

Topicals include lotions and creams, balms and salves, therapeutic oils and other products applied directly to the epidermis - the outermost layer of skin. Topicals are unique among CBD products in that the substance never comes into contact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Instead, the cannabinoids in CBD topicals bind with cannabinoid receptors in the epidermis.

The result is a soothing sensation that is mostly isolated to the application area. People may use CBD topicals to relieve muscle or joint pain or alleviate discomfort from burns, stings and other injuries. Many topicals also contain antioxidants and moisturisers that can restore and replenish the skin.

Calculating dosage with topicals is tricky because the ‘serving’ size depends entirely on how much is applied to the skin. Most CBD topicals have concentrations of 50-1,500mg and people with severe pain or discomfort tend to use high-concentrations for the best results.

 

Final thoughts

When you start anything new, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Your own experience won’t necessarily match those of someone else, and it might take some time to find the best product/s and dosage for you. Our guides on finding the right dosage for you and what CBD products are right for me should help.

Whatever product you choose and however you use it, you can be confident in the quality of everything we sell. Our full range is independently tested for quality and potency every product is something we would recommend ourselves.

 

(check out our product guide for help with that), you’ll want to think about the right kind of dosage. We’ve written general advice about how finding the right dose for you, and in this article, we’ll look in more detail at how dosage varies by product type.

 

CBD oil and tincture dosage guide

Oils and tinctures vary significantly in their CBD concentration levels, ranging from 100 to 5,000mg, and typically come in 15-30ml bottles. Reputable CBD products will specify on the label how much CBD is inside - either by how much is in each 1ml serving, or how much is in the whole bottle.

Determining how much to take can sometimes require doing some maths, but it’s fairly easy once you know how to break the numbers down. Let’s look at an example: you want to start with a 20mg dose and have a 30 millilitre (ml) bottle. Each full dropper holds one ml. 

By dividing the total milligrams of CBD by the number of millilitres in the bottle, you will know how many milligrams (mg) of CBD each dropper contains. You an break that number down by estimating 20 drop per millilitre. Here’s down to calculate that 30ml bottle’s CBD content:

  • 250mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 8.33mg per ml – 0.42 mg/drop
  • 500mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 16.67mg per ml – 0.83 mg/ drop
  • 1000mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 33.33mg per ml – 1.67 mg/drop
  • 2500mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 83.33mg per ml – 4.17 mg/drop
  • 5000mg bottle ÷ 30ml = 166.67mg per ml – 8.33 mg/drop

That means that to reach your target 20mg dose, you could take approx. 1.25 droppers of a 500mg tincture or 5 drops of a 2500mg bottle for the same effect. 

The key to understanding oil and tincture dosage is serving size, which is usually 1ml. A 5,000mg tincture in a 30ml bottle, then, normally has 30 1ml servings each containing around 167mg of CBD. A 100mg bottle of the save size has just 3.3mg of CBD per serving. 

If you’re new to CBD, we recommend starting with a lower dose and building up. That will help you find the right dose for you without overspending by taking more than you need (beyond a certain point you’ll feel no additional benefit anyway).

It’s important to note that oils and tinctures don’t take effect straight away as they need to be metabolised through the digestive system. That means you won’t feel any effects straight away, but once you do they can last up to eight hours. It is often recommended to hold the oil under the tongue for a minute before swallowing, which helps it get absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

 

CBD edibles dosage guide

CBD edibles include capsules, gummies and other products that are eaten. Like oils and tinctures, edibles have a longer onset time because they are ingested orally, but the effects are also more prolonged. Edibles typically take effect within one hour of consumption and can last up to eight, depending on the strength of the product.

To reach your preferred dosage, simply stagger consumption throughout the day. Breaking edibles into smaller pieces also helps to moderate the dose if your product is too strong.

Calculating edible dosage is easy because each piece represents one serving and the dosage is listed on the packaging. That makes edibles great for people who want the simplest dosing method - just take the number needed to reach the dosage you are aiming for. Most capsules and gummies have a CBD dose between 5mg and 30mg. 

It’s important to check the CBD content before you buy your edibles. Reputable brands (like the range on the CBD Porter shelves) always state clearly how much CBD is inside, so you can be sure you’re getting good value for money.

 

CBD vape and e-liquid dosage guide

CBD vape oil is extracted from hemp using a cutting agent like vegetable glycerine or propylene glycol. It is inhaled using a vape pen like an e-cigarette (we’ve written about some of the benefits of vaping over smoking). Vapes are the fastest-acting CBD delivery method (in fact it is almost instantaneous) because it bypasses the digestive system. However, effects from vapes also wear off faster than other types of product.

Duration and strength typically depend on the time a person inhales and holds for. Many people find that inhaling for up to three seconds and holding for up to five seconds will produce the strongest and longest-lasting effects.

Most vape oils come in 30ml bottles with a 1-1.5ml serving size. CBD concentrations tend to be in the 100-1,500mg range, translating to typical CBD content per serving of 3.3-50mg. Many vape pens are designed to accommodate cartridges containing vape oil, and they vary in terms of capacity but 1.5ml is a common size. 

Based on a user average of 100 puffs per cartridge, each puff of a 100mg vape pen delivers approximately 1mg of CBD. Therefore if your goal is 20mg of CBD per day and you have a 30mg vape cartridge, you should aim to vape two-thirds of it.

 

CBD topicals dosage guide

Topicals include lotions and creams, balms and salves, therapeutic oils and other products applied directly to the epidermis - the outermost layer of skin. Topicals are unique among CBD products in that the substance never comes into contact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Instead, the cannabinoids in CBD topicals bind with cannabinoid receptors in the epidermis.

The result is a soothing sensation that is mostly isolated to the application area. People may use CBD topicals to relieve muscle or joint pain or alleviate discomfort from burns, stings and other injuries. Many topicals also contain antioxidants and moisturisers that can restore and replenish the skin.

Calculating dosage with topicals is tricky because the ‘serving’ size depends entirely on how much is applied to the skin. Most CBD topicals have concentrations of 50-1,500mg and people with severe pain or discomfort tend to use high-concentrations for the best results.

 

Final thoughts

When you start anything new, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Your own experience won’t necessarily match those of someone else, and it might take some time to find the best product/s and dosage for you. Our guides on finding the right dosage for you and what CBD products are right for me should help.

Whatever product you choose and however you use it, you can be confident in the quality of everything we sell. Our full range is independently tested for quality and potency every product is something we would recommend ourselves.

 

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