How much CBD should I take?
Finding the right CBD dosage for the best results
So, you’ve heard great things about CBD and its wide-ranging uses and want to give a try. Great! Once you’ve decided which type of CBD is right for you (see our product guide), you’ll probably be wondering how much you should take. In this article, we’ll give you our best advice to find the right dose for you, and we’ve also broken down dosage advice by product type.
How much CBD should I take?
The short answer: there is no universal correct CBD dosage. The right amount for you depends on your needs, the type of product and its concentration, how your body responds to CBD and other factors. Let’s start breaking those down.
Concentration, or strength, refers to the total amount of CBD in a given product and is measured in milligrams (mg). It’s different from dosage, which indicates the amount of CBD per serving.
For example, a bottle of CBD tincture could have a concentration of 1500mg and volume of 30 millilitres (ml), with a listed serving size of 1ml. That means each 1ml serving will contain 50mg of CBD. Keep in mind that when a 30ml tincture that says it contains 1500mg of CBD it means the whole bottle, not individual dose.
Quality of CBD product
There are, unfortunately, quite a few misleading product descriptions on the market. Sometimes you’ll see ‘hemp oil’ supplements made from hemp seeds that don’t contain much or any CBD. Simply put, if the amount of CBD is not clearly stated in milligrams, then there is likely not enough in the product to make any difference. That’s why buying from a reputable retailer (like us!) is important.
Body size and type
Our body weight and size often impact how much CBD affects us. Generally speaking, heavier people need higher doses to feel CBD’s effects. Lighter people might need a smaller dose to feel the same thing.
Body fat percentage can also play a role. There aren’t conclusive studies on fat cell absorption rates, but we do know that cannabinoids are drawn to fat. It’s possible, therefore, that higher percentages of body fat might reduce absorption into the bloodstream, necessitating a higher dose.
Everyone reacts in their own way to CBD. It mimics your body’s individual messengers and interacts with the receptions of the endocannabinoid system. When the body needs more messengers than it is producing, CBD fills the gap and keeps key regulatory systems working at optimal levels. Everyone’s body chemistry is different which means the right CBD dose for one person might be more or less than the dose another person needs for optimal effects.
Another factor is the existing endocannabinoids levels produced by our bodies. Some research suggests almost a fifth of people have genetically higher production, meaning they are less likely to notice significant effects from CBD. Those people might need a higher dose to notice any effect.
CBD product type
The type of CBD you buy is also an important consideration. Each variety - including oils, edibles, vapes and topicals - is absorbed in a different way and effects can vary. For example, vapes typically act very quickly and wear off a lot sooner than a topical, while oils and edibles are somewhere in between.
How to find the right dose through usage
As we’ve explained, a lot of factors determine how much CBD will affect you. Your objectives and needs will also play a role. A lot of people simply start taking CBD and experiment until they find what works best. Here’s some ideas to help you.
We don’t want to make dosage suggestions, but 30-60 milligrams per day is commonly recommended. Taking anything up to 30mg can, therefore, be a good place to begin.
It’s important to be patient. It can take hours, days or even weeks before significant benefits are experienced, and everyone is different.
Keep track of what you experience
Many people find it helpful to keep a note of how they feel when using CBD. Consider making quick notes throughout the day. If you feel less pain or more sleepiness, write it down. Experiment taking more or less based on how it makes you feel, guided by your notes.
Don’t worry about increasing the dose
While most people recommend starting small, don’t be afraid to increase the amount of CBD you take if you aren’t feeling the desired effects. Taking more CBD isn’t harmful, so you can feel free to take more whenever you choose.
That said, increasing in small increments is a good idea, because that will help you arrive at the right dosage quicker. If you increase rapidly you might end up taking more than you need, which won’t produce any extra benefits and will cost more. Tracking incremental increases and keeping notes is the best way to go.
Can you overdose on CBD?
Recently, the American National Cancer Institute – a branch of the federal National Institutes of Health (NIH) – reported that overdosing on CBD is virtually impossible, and the same is true of THC and marijuana: “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”
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.
To find the right dose, we recommend starting with a few milligrams of CBD and seeing how you feel. If you don’t notice the effect you are looking for, try increasing the dose until you do.
Finally, whatever product you choose, you can feel confident in the quality of everything on the CBD Porter UK store. Every product we offer is independently tested for quality and potency - we accept nothing less.