How to take CBD oil – CBD dose guide How to determine the correct CBD oil dosage and the different ways to take CBD oil You’ve looked into how to identify high quality CBD oil and chosen Quick & Simple CBD DOSING GUIDE. Want to find the right CBD dosage for you? Wondering how much CBD oil to take? Find out the best CBD dosage & schedule for you. How much CBD do I take? Because CBD is so new, this simple question is more common than many think. Dr. Leslie Mudd, PharmD is here to help!
How to take CBD oil – CBD dose guide
How to determine the correct CBD oil dosage and the different ways to take CBD oil
You’ve looked into how to identify high quality CBD oil and chosen which brand you’re going to buy. Now it’s time to look into how to take CBD oil most effectively. This guide unpacks the different aspects of using different CBD products and how to get the most out of them. Remember, the first step in your CBD journey should be consulting your medical professional.
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CBD oil dosage – how much to take?
There are a couple of reasons why it’s difficult to get a straight answer to this question. Firstly due to the legal status of CBD oil, suppliers are not able to able to give medical advice so clear dosage instructions are harder to come by compared with other products.
Secondly, the ‘best’ or optimal CBD oil dose varies from person to person, based on a number of factors from size, how their system reacts to CBD supplementation, what conditions they are looking to alleviate and also the method of CBD intake.
The dose range for CBD is broad, that means it can be effective for different people at very different dosage amounts. Some individuals see effective results from very small doses, as low as 5-10 milligrams (mg) of CBD a day. Some take a number of 10-15 mg doses per day (we will look at dosage timing and frequency shortly). The following section outlines the best method for working out how much CBD oil is optimal for you.
Fortunately, experimenting with CBD dosage is low risk and those in clinical trials are exposed to very high doses in the 300-700 mg, though we certainly don’t recommend a dosage this high at home.
“CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”
The World Health Organisation, November 2017
The CBD dosage that yields the best results will differ from person to person. The best way to find your optimal dose is to start out slowly, with very small dosages and slowly increase the amount taken from there.
What this small dose looks like will depend on which form of CBD you’re taking. For example, start with only a few drops from a tincture (depending on concentration of CBD) or ingesting a single low strength CBD oil capsule. Generally speaking, bigger people will have a higher optimal dose but the strategy for finding the right dose is the same, start off with small doses to see how your body reacts to the CBD before increasing dosage.
Finding your optimal CBD dose:
- Start with a low dose, a few drops (5-10mg) and see how your body reacts
- Take the same dosage for a few days to give your body time to respond
- Record and keep track of how much CBD you took, when, and how you were feeling before and after
- Adjust the dosage and experiment with slightly different amounts over 3 days to see how your body responds
- Don’t dramatically increase dose, the optimal dose is the minimum amount to feel desired effect
- If you feel any discomfort, reduce dosage
- Remember, CBD can have a subtle effect, there isn’t a ‘high’ or dramatically noticeable effect like THC (recreational cannabis)
When to take CBD oil and how often
Depending on how your body reacts will impact on when you may want to take CBD. If your feel relaxed and sleepy, it may best suit you to have CBD oil after your evening meal before sleep. If you find CBD energises or gives you a pick up, after breakfast or early afternoon may be a good option.
That being said, many users find they get the best results taking small amounts at various intervals during the day, as the effects of CBD last approximately for 4-6 hours depending on how you take it. You feel the effects faster with vaping and sublingual application, whereas the effects are slower and longer lasting when CBD oil is ingested.
Along with dosage amount, experiment with timing of dosage to see what suits you best. Another factor to consider when deciding what time of day to take CBD is dependent on the strain of cannabis that was used to produce the CBD you’re taking as this can impact the effect.
Consumers in Europe or Australia will most likely be using a product made from legally grown industrial hemp, a sativa strain of cannabis which is known for a stimulating and energising effect. Consumers in North America often have a choice of strain and may opt for an indica variety, known for its sedating effect.
CBD oil price comparison
Price comparison of popular CBD brands, breaking down the cost per dose and number of doses in different CBD oil products.
Should I take CBD daily or as I need it?
In clinical trials, participants are administered CBD daily. This is consistent with the anecdotal advice from CBD communities and suppliers, which claim that taking CBD daily produces the best results as it keeps a regular level of CBD in your system.
Some users utilise multiple forms of CBD products in their routine to get the best results for their particular needs. For example, taking CBD drops in addition to applying a topical to their skin is a particularly effective method to use as needed in localised areas.
CBD Safely Tip
We recommend keeping a CBD diary to keep track of dosage amount, timing and how you were feeling before and after, this will help in determining your optimal dose and routine without losing track.
Sublingual administration: Taking cbd oil the under tongue
Sublingual is latin for ‘under the tongue’. In this case it’s used to describe a method of drug administration where substances (CBD in our case) are absorbed into the bloodstream through thinner tissues under the tongue and through the gums.
Compared to ingesting a capsule or edible, this process is the faster and more effective way to take CBD. This is because more CBD is absorbed by the body, rather than passed through the digestive system, so therefore less is needed to feel the same effect. When swallowed and digested, CBD is broken down by enzymes in saliva and processed in the liver, which results in less ending up in your bloodstream compared to sublingual administration.
When taking CBD with a dropper / tincture, spray or concentrate, hold it under your tongue for at least 90 seconds to allow the CBD to be absorbed. You can also swish it around your mouth before swallowing as the gum tissue also absorbs the CBD.
How to take CBD oil with a tincture
Dosing CBD with a tincture or dropper is one of the most popular methods of administration and the most commonly sold form of CBD oil. Tinctures should be made of dark glass, as plastics and sunlight can damage the cannabinoids. Store your CBD oil tincture in a cool, dark place.
If you’re new to CBD, we recommend dropping CBD oil under tongue with a tincture. Based on our research it’s the most effective and accessible form of taking CBD and also allows the most flexibility with dosage amounts.
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|Fast acting – absorbed into the bloodstream directly, much faster than digesting||Potentially more messy than other CBD products. Glass bottle and dropper are breakable|
|More effective than digesting – more economical use of CBD oil||Not as simple as taking a capsule or edible|
|Allows flexibility and control over dosage quantities||Many dislike the taste. Holding the oil under your tongue more tricky than other methods|
- Shake the bottle well before using. It’s normal for the contents to separate and important that you don’t consume an unmixed product
- Squeeze the top of the dropper to fill with desired amount of oil. If the oil seems too thick to fill or empty dropper, use your hands to gently warm the bottle
- Drop under your tongue and hold it there for 90 seconds or more before swishing around your mouth and swallowing. We recommend chasing it with some juice as the flavour is very strong and many dislike the taste. This method of administration allows the CBD to diffuse into the blood through tissues under the tongue and in the gums rather than being ingested
Complete CBD tincture guide
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CBD oil sprays
Some suppliers sell CBD oil sprays rather than tinctures/droppers. Their reasoning is that it’s more easy and less messy to administer CBD oil under tongue. Even though these suppliers estimate CBD dose per spray, you have less control over dosing compared to a traditional tincture.
How to take CBD oil concentrate
Concentrates are a paste which contain a highly concentrated amount of CBD. They are sometimes 10 times the potency of tinctures and are recommended for those who are more experienced taking CBD products, because it is more difficult to calculate dosage sizes.
Place the desired amount of CBD oil concentrate, typically a drop the size of a grain of rice under your tongue, hold it there for 90 seconds or rub onto your gums with your tongue.
|It is fast acting and absorbed into the bloodstream much faster than ingesting it||Difficult to measure dosage sizes|
|More effective than ingesting it, making it a more economical use of CBD oil||Slightly more difficult to administer compared to other methods|
How to take CBD isolate crystals
CBD isolate crystals are the most pure form of CBD product, there is nothing else added or included. CBD isolate should look like pure white crystals
There are many advantages of using CBD isolate: Firstly, there’s many ways to dose – how to use CBD isolate . Secondly, exact dosages are easy to measure using sensitive scales. Additionally, you are able to use the pure product to make your own CBD consumables, from tinctures, to edibles, to creams.
|Pure form of CBD – no unwanted additives||It’s strongly believed that pure CBD is less effective than a ‘full spectrum’ alternative|
|Able to measure and take very precise dosages||Requires sensitive scales to measure dosage properly|
|Can be used to make a variety of CBD products at home to desired strength||If not using to make an oil or edible, requires a dabbing rig to administer directly|
CBD isolate crystals can be used to make
- CBD oil tincture – dissolve the desired amount of CBD isolate crystal in olive, coconut or hemp seed oil, before sealing and gently warming in a hot water bath for 10-15 mins
- Homemade e-liquid for vaping – dissolve crystal in preferred e-liquid and gently heat
- CBD topical (cream) – CBD isolates can be mixed with coconut oil, olive oil or shea butter to make a CBD infused cream
- Edibles – CBD isolate can be dissolved into fatty foods like butter or coconut oil, which can then be used in cooking
Some people use dabbing rigs to smoke CBD isolate crystals. Unless you’re familiar with and have experience with this form of smoking, we don’t recommend it as an effective method to dose CBD, particularly as a new user.
What is CBD isolate and how to use it
CBD isolate (crystal, slab or shatter) is the most pure form of CBD you can buy. CBD isolate benefits include being THC free, cheaper & able to be used to make DIY CBD products.
How to vape CBD oil
Vaping or vaporizing is a popular new activity which for many replaces smoking cigarettes. Vapes, vape-pens or electronic cigarettes are devices which heat up a special liquid (e-juice) to a certain temperature that produces a vapor, an inhalable gas which looks alot like smoke.
Vaping CBD is the same as normal vaping (you’re able to use normal vapes to do it) but with added CBD to the e-liquid. When vaped, CBD enters the bloodstream via blood vessels in your lungs.
Similarly to taking CBD oil under the tongue, vaping CBD is more effective and users feel the effects of it faster than swallowing and ingesting it.
|Fast acting – absorbed into the bloodstream much faster than ingesting||Little is known about the health implications of vaping the thinning agent in e-liquids, propylene glycol alternative|
|More effective than ingesting – more economical use of CBD oil||Difficult to measure and consume exact dosage|
|The act of vaping is enjoyable for many||Requires purchase of a vape, in addition to the CBD e-liquid|
Different options for vaping CBD:
- Disposable CBD vapes: These are thrown away after one use, making them less ecologically friendly, but they are a convenient way for new user try vaping without investing in a reusable vape
- Special CBD cartridges: These are designed for a specific vaping device, and need to be replaced once empty. These are easy and convenient to use, but also ties you to a particular supplier, offering less flexibility over the longer term
- Premixed CBD vape oil: This form of CBD can be added to any vape. Just like CBD oil tinctures, premixed vape oil come in varying strengths
- Make your own CBD vape oil by dissolving CBD crystal isolate in preferred e-liquid and gently heating it to combine the two. This method requires the most preparation and hassle, but it does allows you to keep using your favourite e-liquid.
You cannot vape normal CBD oil
CBD oils which are intended for oral consumption are not able to be vaped. You must use particular e-juice which has added thinning agents that allow it to be vaporized.
- Fill your vape pen with CBD vape oil the same way as you would with normal e-juice
- Follow your device’s user manual for steps to heat up liquid
- vapor for about 4 seconds, then fill your mouth with fresh air, hold for 10 seconds or more before exhaling, this maximises the amount of CBD absorbed
- Most users find 4 to 8 inhalations are enough for them to feel effect
- Similar to other forms of CBD administration, different users prefer different doses and dose frequency
Ingesting CBD oil
Ingesting CBD is a popular method of dosing with suppliers selling capsules, pills, drinks, CBD candy and an array of other different edibles. When ingesting CBD, the onset of effects take a lot longer, sometimes 30-90 minutes as the CBD is first digested before reaching the bloodstream. For this reason, less CBD is utilised by the body when ingesting compared to inhaling or taking CBD under the tongue and a higher dose may be required to feel the same effect.
|Most simple method of administration||Less effective than other methods, more CBD is required for the same effect|
|Variety of different products and flavours available||Takes longer to feel effects|
|Effects last for longer||If buying pre-made edibles, usually a more expensive option.|
Take CBD with food or an empty stomach?
Taking CBD oil with food increases the bioavailability of the CBD, that means that it makes it easier for your body to absorb and more will end up in your system.
CBD gummies, candies and edibles
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Smoking CBD-rich flowers
A new method of taking cbd is to smoke cannabis flowers or CBD bud which has been specially grown to contain a high amount of CBD and no THC (the chemical which causes the mild altering high).
This method of administration will not suit everyone as smoking plant matter can have negative effects on the respiratory system. However, it may suit those wishing to replicate the feeling of smoking cannabis without the psychoactive element and cognitive distortion that comes with it.
|More effective than ingesting CBD and is also fast acting||Smoking plant matter can have negative effects on the respiratory system|
|Ability to take CBD with no other added chemicals or agents||Difficult to calculate and take standardised dosages|
|Replicates the feeling of smoking cannabis||It is currently difficult to source CBD flowers in a lot of countries|
How to use hemp buds / CBD bud
CBD-rich strains of cannabis are an exciting product of the CBD and medicinal cannabis movement. Hemp buds offer an alternative to CBD oil as a source of CBD that can be smoked, vaped or used to make edibles and ingested.
Taking CBD using a dry herb atomizer
A dry herb vaporizer or atomizer is a vaping device that heats up a herb or CBD flower rather than e-liquids or oils. This method of administration is one of the most effective as CBD is absorbed via blood vessels in your lungs without the potential risks resulting from the thinning agents in e-juice.
The drawbacks of vaping CBD with a dry herb atomizer is that is requires investment in a vaping device, a supply of CBD-rich flowers and a more involved learning process.
|More effective than ingesting CBD and is also fast acting||Requires investing in a vaping device|
|Ability to take CBD with no other added chemicals or agents||Difficult to calculate and take standardised dosages|
|The act of vaping is enjoyable for many||Currently difficult to source CBD-flowers in many countries|
- Break apart or grind your CBD bud, use a herb grinder for best results, this increases the surface area exposed to heat
- Fill your dry herb atomizer with CBD flowers. Experiment with how much / how tightly you pack the chamber, don’t over pack and ensure the bottom of the chamber, closest to the heat source is covered with the ground flower. Your particular vape device may have more detailed instructions
- Follow your device’s user manual for steps to heat up. Again, vaping temperature is something you can experiment with, as it can affect the flavour as well as the intensity of its effects
- Inhale vapor for about 10 seconds in a slow controlled manner, then fill your mouth with fresh air and hold briefly before exhaling. This maximises the amount of CBD absorbed
- Similar to other forms of CBD administration, different users prefer different doses and dose frequency
- Keep the chamber, vapor path and screens clear of residue using a q-tip and cleaning alcohol
How to use CBD oil topicals
CBD topicals are creams, lotions, balms, massage oils and salves infused with CBD. They are applied directly to the body and once absorbed by the skin interact with the local CB2 receptors directly. CBD topicals are an unobtrusive way to treat localised pain points.
|CBD topicals are unobtrusive and allow users to target specific pain points||While suspected to be effective in treating many ailments, little clinical research has been done|
|Safe form of administration for those who are concerned with drug tests||It’s relatively unknown how much CBD is absorbed into the system|
CBD cream for pain
Regularly using a topical cannabidiol (CBD) cream is an effective source of targeted pain relief for many, especially for people suffering from multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or those who often have sore or inflamed muscles.
CBD Oil Dosage Chart – How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?
A person with a good endocannabinoid tone won’t need as much oil, and may also find their experience with CBD to be more subtle. On the other hand, an individual with more pressing health matters may need to increase the CBD oil dosage to help tone the endocannabinoid system into balance.
CBD oil is similar to a multivitamin. It takes time to build up within the body and produce benefits. Read the CBD Tincture Guide to learn more.
We can experiment with proper CBD dosage based on a few things: your weight and how you want to take CBD oil. But before we get to the chart, let’s first understand what a starting dose of CBD looks like.
Can You Overdose On CBD?
There have been no reported overdose deaths from CBD or other hemp products.
Pure CBD oil is non-toxic and has been tested in human trials in doses up to 1500mg-2000mg in a single day without significant side effects (source).
However, there is little evidence that an extra large dose can result in substantial additional health benefits. The endocannabinoid system acts to balance the body. Once it is activated and sufficiently well-oiled, it performs its function.
Since an effective dose is well below the tested limits, it’s not practical to waste money on megadosing CBD.
CBD Dosage based on weight
A good general calculation for effective CBD dosage recommendations based on weight is 1 milligram of CBD per every 10 pounds you weigh. In other words, divide your weight by ten to get your recommended daily dosage in milligrams.
[Your weight in pounds] ÷ 10 = [your daily dose in milligrams]
For example, if you weigh 150lbs, 15mg per day may be a good baseline CBD dose recommendation for you.
Begin with a bit less than this baseline if you prefer to be cautious, or add a bit more if you’re seeking rapid results.
CBD users with an average weight between 150lbs and 240lbs find that a dose between 15mg and 20mg once or twice a day is enough to provide effective relief from a variety of ailments.
Check our CBD oil dosage chart below, as even mild dosages of 12mg per day can provide real noticeable relief.
CBD Dosage Chart
General CBD Oil Dosage Guidelines
The chart above can help you determine the proper amount of CBD to take. Start with the low dose for a week and notice the effect. Take the amount recommended for your weight. If you aren’t feeling the effects, move up to the standard dose. Try the high dose range if the medium range does not produce the desired results.
The proper dosage all depends on your health and your body. Experiment to find out what works best for you.
As Dr. Dustin Sulak, director of Integr8 Health, says “Some patients effectively use tiny amounts of cannabis while others use incredibly high doses. I’ve seen adult patients achieve therapeutic effects at 1 mg of total cannabinoids daily, while others consume over 2000 mg daily without adverse effects.”1
While you might not notice an immediate effect while taking CBD oil, over time you should begin to detect more balance, calm, and peace of mind in your life.
Some people may notice a more extreme difference than others. Imagine someone who is deficient in vitamin C. Taking a vitamin C supplement would result in a radical change in their health. Someone with healthy vitamin levels would likely not react in the same way.
CBD oil is similar to a vitamin in that it helps to support and maintain overall health. If your endocannabinoid system is depleted or imbalanced, taking CBD could produce tremendous changes more quickly than someone who has a healthy endocannabinoid tone.
If you’re already healthy, you may not notice an immediate effect. While your friends or family may start taking high doses of CBD oil and notice instant changes, you may not need the same amount.
Maintenance CBD Doses vs Therapeutic CBD Doses
Heavier doses of CBD may be necessary when your body is way out of balance. And once you are in good health, you may only require a much smaller dose to maintain the benefits.
For example, you may take extra vitamin C when you get a sore throat or when traveling to give your immune system an extra boost. Yet you only take a recommended daily amount of vitamin C for general immune support when you’re feeling well.
What’s The Best Time of Day To Take CBD?
When to take CBD may depend on what benefits you are seeking.
If you’re looking for focus and calm during the day, you may have CBD with your morning tea or coffee. If you want restful sleep after a long day of work, you may prefer taking CBD in the evening.
How much hemp oil should I take per day?
How many times you take CBD during the day also depends on why you are taking it.
For maintaining general good health, taking CBD once a day with your vitamins may be sufficient. However, if you find CBD gives you benefits throughout the day, you may get better results taking it multiple times a day.
There are three main CBD oil dosage schedules that people use to take CBD:
- Once or Twice Per Day
- Every 2-3 Hours
- Hourly Microdosing CBD
When finding your ideal dose of CBD oil, we recommend starting with one-quarter dropper 1-2 times per day during the first week, moving up to one half a dropper during the second week, three-quarters of a dropper during the third week, and a full dropper on the fourth week.
In a paper published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, Dr. Caroline MacCallum and Dr. Ethan Russo shared a good tip for figuring out a proper dosage of CBD, “Start Low and Go Slow!” 2
CBD BALM DOSING: Depending on the strength of CBD Balm, you may have to apply a little or a lot. Hempure CBD Balm is concentrated (750mg and 1400mg), so a little bit is very effective. Apply a small amount to the area where you are experiencing soreness, dryness, or stiffness every six hours.
CBD EDIBLES DOSING: Gummies and capsules produce the longest effect. Take one 10-25mg gummy or capsule every 6-12 hours and then increase if you’d like a more pronounced result. Like all Hempure CBD products, our gummies do not contain THC, so you don’t need to worry about any psychoactive effects. Capsules can be used on a similar schedule (every 6-12 hours).
CBD Oil Dosing Guide
Remember, that dosing CBD oil depends on the product. Most companies provide CBD dosing guidelines on the bottle, but those guidelines are specific to the potency of the product. What this means is, the dosing chart on a 1000mg CBD drops would not be ideal for someone who is highly sensitive to CBD and could do better with the potency of 250mg CBD drops. That’s why it’s important to experiment with the lowest strength first! The below CBD oil dosing chart can help you decide how much of a specific CBD product to use to get the most desired results.
When consuming CBD, it could be useful to use a notebook or an app to chart any changes you find in your mood, sleep, and general wellbeing. You could use this as a guide to determine the best CBD dose and best CBD dosage schedule for yourself. It can be your very own diary of dosing CBD!
How To Calculate CBD Oil Doses In Milligrams per Milliliters
Many CBD brands list the total amount of CBD in milligrams (mg) on product packaging without the serving size prominently displayed. Hempure CBD Oil Drops list the CBD mg serving size per full dropper on the backside of the label. However, others may not.
To calculate how many milligrams of CBD is in one-milliliter dropper of oil, divide the total amount of milligrams by the total milliliters in the bottle.
[CBD in mg] ÷ [bottle size in ml] = [CBD in mg per ml]
For example, here are the serving sizes for Hempure CBD Oil Drops:
How Much CBD Should I Take for My Specific Concern?
If you’re looking for therapeutic benefits from CBD, it’s best to consult with your physician first to help you decide how much CBD oil to take. Make sure to take a look at the dosing guidelines on the bottle as well. If you’re on medication, speak to your doctor about any possible interactions.
Figuring Out How Much CBD Oil To Buy
When you’re just starting out with CBD oil, it can be tempting to go for a concentrated strength because it seems cost-effective. In reality, starting out with potent CBD is counterproductive in the long term. Most CBD users, particularly those that use it as a wellness supplement, find that a little goes a long way. You might find that just a couple of drops a day of 250mg CBD oil does the trick for you.
On the other hand, if you flood your system with CBD, you could end up building a tolerance (even though it’s pretty unlikely) or not feeling anything at all. To reiterate, start low and go slow! More importantly, don’t stock up on a product you haven’t tried – buy just one bottle when you start out. That way, if you feel the need to increase your dosage, you have the option to level up on your next purchase.
The Primary Factor In How Much CBD You Consume
Like with everything else, quality matters more than quantity with CBD. Here are some guidelines to follow to make sure your CBD dosing process is as accurate as possible:
Make sure you’re purchasing CBD oil.
There are tons of oils on the market that consumers commonly mistake for CBD oil. Let’s explore the most common ones:
- Hemp oil: A common misconception people have is that hemp oil is synonymous with CBD since CBD comes from hemp. This is not true. Hemp oil, while very nutritious comes from hemp seeds, while CBD comes from the plant. Hemp oil may contain traces of CBD, but not enough to have any significant effect. To circumvent legal scrutiny, some companies may even market their CBD oil like hemp oil, even providing a hemp oil dosage at the back. This is misleading for a consumer, especially a new one. It’s best to go with a company that uses the term CBD oil.
- Cannabis oil: Cannabis is a plant species that includes both hemp and marijuana. People consume marijuana recreationally because of the THC in it that has psychoactive properties. Hemp, on the other hand, is very low in THC (less than 0.3%). So when a product is labeled cannabis oil, the spectrum of things it could be is very large. Cannabis oil could be THC dominant, CBD dominant, or some blend of the two. Once again, if you’re looking for CBD oil, choose a product that markets itself as CBD oil.
Make sure your CBD oil label is honest.
Unfortunately, several CBD companies intentionally mislabel their products, putting in less CBD or none at all in some cases. When you’re starting out with CBD, check a company’s website for third-party lab test results. These should be readily available for your perusal. If you’ve confirmed that the amount of CBD on the label matches the amount in the bottle, you’re good to go. If you’re taking unverified CBD oil that happens to be mislabelled, it would defeat the purpose of spending time figuring out how much CBD to take. You can find Hempure’s lab test results here.
CBD Dose for Pets
Your dog or cat can experience the same benefits from CBD as you.
According to clinical studies, CBD dosage recommendations for dogs and cats do not differ substantially from people based on weight. Additionally, there is no concern for CBD overdose for pets as it has been given in very large doses to animals in clinical settings with no significant adverse effects.
How much CBD does my pet need to experience the benefits?
The weight of your pet is a good place to start. A simple formula for CBD dosing for dogs and cats is 0.1 milligram of CBD per day for every pound your pet weighs.
Pet Weight Daily CBD Dose
Therapeutic CBD Dose For Pets
If your pet is suffering from severe health conditions or immobility, heavier doses of CBD may be required to see results. An effective therapeutic dose may be double the amount based on the weight formula. More than that isn’t always more effective.
Baylor University researchers recently gave dogs 20mg of CBD versus 50mg to study the effects on joint pain. They found 9 out of 10 dogs showed benefits whether they had 20mg or 50mg.
In other words, both dosage levels were equally effective. So megadosing CBD for pets doesn’t seem to offer additional benefits either. Finding a minimum viable dose for your pet is important because high quality CBD is precious.
Suggested CBD Dosage Chart for Pets
Here is a suggested starter CBD pet dosing chart for Hempure CBD pet products:
Key Points To Remember When Dosing CBD
There are a few key points to remember when determining the proper amount of CBD to take:
- Start slow and work your way up. CBD oil works at the root level of health to balance out the entire body.
- There is not one “right amount” to take. Each person will react differently to different dosages depending on their current endocannabinoid tone.
- Use the chart as a starting guide until you figure out which amount works best for you.
Enjoy the process and the wonderful calm, peace of mind and relief that CBD oil can bring into your life. If you’d like to find out more about CBD, be sure to read our CBD guide.
CBD Dosage Guide: How Much to Take and When
You might be new to products containing cannabidiol (CBD). 1 But now you want to know: How much CBD should I take to enhance my well beings? Because cannabidiol products are so new, questions about CBD dosage are very common.
In the cannabidiol market, most companies sell over-the-counter CBD products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved at least one drug made from the active ingredient from hemp, cannabidiol, at a much higher dosage than regular CBD products for its potential therapeutic benefits. 2 For the purposes of this article, we will look at over-the-counter CBD oil, CBD capsules, and CBD topicals that you can find on the internet, at the grocery, or at pharmacies and health food stores across America.
Before we get into CBD dosages, let’s talk about some information that you need to know to understand the effects of cannabidiol, and how CBD may work in the body.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the many chemical compounds that is only found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp cannabis plant. 3 This unique plant species produces cannabinoids in the resin, which is a sticky substance naturally secreted by the plant in order to have a better chance of pollination.
When no male plants are introduced as the season passes, our female hemp plants become even more dense with cannabinoid-rich resin. Research suggests that the different hemp cannabinoid compounds located in this resin may provide an array of potential therapeutic qualities for the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
The Entourage Effect and Full Spectrum CBD
There are over 150 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, including CBD and the compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. You probably know THC as the psychoactive property in marijuana that gets you “high.” The only difference between marijuana plants and hemp plants is the concentration of CBD and THC.
Marijuana is defined as having a high amount of THC and a low amount of CBD. Hemp is the opposite, with a high amount of CBD and a low THC. The Farm Bill of 2018 federally legalized the cultivation of hemp plants containing no more than 0.3 percent THC. The passage of the Farm Bill opened the door for cannabidiol products with the whole range of cannabinoids to enter the marketplace nationwide, products like CBD oil drops, CBD balms, CBD tinctures, CBD capsules, and CBD gummies.
The “entourage effect” is the combined effort of all of the natural hemp compounds on the ECS. Having all of the cannabinoids together is what makes full spectrum CBD work better on the ECS. Many studies find that this type of CBD product may work better than a THC-free product, such as broad spectrum and CBD isolate. This is because without THC, the entourage effect cannot occur.
Benefits of CBD
According to two surveys published in 2019 by Gallup 4 and Consumer Reports 5 , CBD is now a mainstream product that’s being used by millions of Americans for a variety of potentially therapeutic benefits. Both surveys found the same results for the top reasons people are turning to CBD.
As for how many people are using CBD these days, Gallup reported that 14 percent of all Americans are taking CBD oil products as of July 2019. 6 When broken down by region, those numbers climb to 21 percent in western states. 7 Since July 2019, those numbers have only increased.
Maybe your neighbor recommended that you take cannabidiol to help with your discomfort, or maybe you heard about it on the news. No matter what the reason, once you decide to try cannabidiol, you then have the excruciating task of choosing where to purchase it. With thousands of brands available and hundreds of differences between brands and products, shopping for hemp derived CBD can be very confusing.
There are lots of misleading brands out there selling snake oil disguised as legitimate CBD. But once you do some homework, you can find a CBD brand you can trust.
How to Choose High Quality CBD
Since CBD is mostly unregulated, a lot of CBD products you see are usually of low-quality. These products may contain harmful materials, or may have a lower potency than what you expected. Here are some things to take notice of when shopping for hemp derived CBD products:
Check the Source
The most important thing to research first is to find out where the company grows its hemp, and where they process it.
Hemp is a bio-accumulator. That means that hemp absorbs all of the toxins from the soil it is planted in. When you make an extract from hemp that is contaminated with toxins, pesticides, and herbicides, all that harmful stuff ends up in your product.
Many major CBD companies source their hemp from countries outside the US. This allows the possibility for discrepancies in the quality and safety of the material, as many foreign agencies do not require the documentation to prove the hemp is safe at harvest. Therefore, hemp sourced from America is the safest option when it comes to verifying your product’s safety. 8
Look for USDA Organic
A few years ago, all hemp farmers in America grew pesticide-free hemp. That’s changed now because the EPA approved pesticides for hemp farmers. 9 All of these things matter for your health and safety. Some products may contain heavy metals leached from the soil or solvents used in processing and not properly removed.
Therefore, the best way to make sure that you are getting a safe CBD product that is free of toxins. The easiest way to do this is to look for the USDA certified organic seal, even on secondary products like CBD topicals and roll-ons.
Third Party Lab Tested
You want to make sure that whatever CBD product you are buying has been fully tested by a third party laboratory. Why must it be a third party? Because then you can trust that the results were not edited or tampered with in any way by the manufacturer.
Lab results should include the reports for potency and pesticides. As well as reports on any residual solvents, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and microbial contaminants in the sample. A good CBD brand will make it easy for customers to find their product’s lab certificates, or certificates of analysis. The best companies will have a QR code on the product label that you can scan on your phone that show you the report.
Can You Trust a CBD Label?
Is the amount of CBD advertised really in the bottle? To answer this, researchers from UPenn, Johns Hopkins, and others looked at 84 different cannabidiol preparations purchased online and compared their actual concentration of CBD to the stated concentration on the label.
They found that 26 percent contained less cannabidiol than stated 10 and 43 percent contained more. 11 Additionally THC was detected in 21 percent of the samples in large enough quantities to cause intoxication in a child or a positive drug test. 12 That’s why it is so important to only buy CBD from companies that provide you with a certificate of analysis on the CBD product.
The Brand I Trust
Cornbread Hemp is a family-owned CBD company that sources their hemp from Kentucky. They use organic sugarcane ethanol to gently process the hemp cannabis extracts they use as a base for their products. Cornbread Hemp is the first company in the region to attain a USDA certified organic seal on their CBD cannabis oil. That’s a big deal!
To create Cornbread Hemp USDA certified organic CBD oil formulas, organic cannabis extract is blended with organic MCT coconut oil. This is a better carrier oil than other choices like olive oil or hempseed oil because MCT oil molecules are smaller, which helps to penetrate skin membranes.
Third party lab reports are available for every product on their website, they even have scannable QR codes on every box to easily access the COA’s. Another feature that makes Cornbread Hemp stand out is the CannVerify authentication code on every package. This safeguards consumers from purchasing counterfeit merchandise.
This brand excels in “high quality.” They offer USDA organic oils in two strengths, 25 mg of CBD in a full dropper, and extra strength formulas that are 50 mg per serving size. They also carry CBD capsules, creams, CBD gummies , and an oil for pets.
How Much CBD Should You Take?
If you’re having trouble finding a comprehensive CBD dosing guide, don’t be worried. Dosing of over-the-counter CBD products has not been well established. To add to the confusion, the bottle size and CBD content varies from product to product.
To make it even more complex, every body is different. The “correct” CBD dosage is highly subjective and personal because each of us may respond differently to cannabidiol. So finding the optimal dose of CBD depends on factors including a person’s body weight, metabolism, genetics, etc. 13
A good starting point for most people is 25 mg CBD per day. Just keep in mind that it may be necessary to adjust CBD dosages to a higher dose or a lower dose based on body weight. It will also be necessary to adjust the mg of CBD dosage as your body acclimates to the new levels of cannabinoids.
How Long Does CBD Take to Work?
Remember, cannabidiol does not work overnight like magic. You most likely won’t feel a huge difference the first time you try it. But be patient with your marijuana derived CBD products . Keep a journal of your dosing and any comfort you find so you can review it after a week or two.
The research suggests that continuous use of CBD is more effective, as opposed to taking a one-time dose of CBD in response to a problem. 14 For physical discomfort, the research suggests that it may take weeks of regular CBD doses to feel an improvement.
How Many CBD Doses Can You Take?
Exact dosing guidelines are not available. Researchers conducting human studies have looked at many doses ranging from 20 mg per day to upwards of 1000 mg of CBD per day. The CBD oils dosage recommendation they advise is to start with a lower dosage of CBD and gradually increase at a slow rate. 15
Notice that those doses are per day. For best results, it’s good to spread out the dose’s total amount along the course of the day. So, if you set your starting dosage of CBD at 20 mg per day, try taking 10 mg twice a day for more efficient absorption. Make sure to keep track of your doses to help you find your perfect routine. Try using our free CBD Relief Journal to make sure you know exactly what your taking and when.
How Often Can I Take CBD?
Consider starting with a low dose on a regular basis. 16 Use the same brand at the same time of day. After a week of consistent CBD use, think about your comfort level. Once established, you will find your ideal CBD “base dose.” If your comfort levels are not controlled at this dose, you may need to increase your serving size or how many times a day you are taking CBD. 17
Breakthrough Dosing and CBD
Once you establish the total amount of CBD your body can handle as a consistent “base dose,” you can begin to experiment with breakthrough dosing CBD oil as needed. For instance, your body might respond well to one serving size of CBD per day most of the time. But on some days, you might need more.
This is called taking a “breakthrough dose” on top of a consistent “base dose.” For some users of cannabidiol, this will be an effective dosing strategy.
Are There Side Effects to CBD?
T he World Health Organization says that using CBD is safe. 19 You cannot overdose on cannabidiol. 20 However, c heck in with your doctor or pharmacist before beginning a CBD regimen if you’re taking prescription medications in order to avoid experiencing any drug interactions or side effects.
You may experience side effects of cannabidiol if you are allergic to hemp, so discontinue use if you have an allergic reaction. Also, if you take too large of an amount, you may become drowsy or you may have an uncomfortable bathroom experience. In these cases, dialing back on the optimal dosage will help significantly optimal dosage will help significantly .
Will I Fail a Drug Test?
Full spectrum CBD hemp oil contains trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%), so there is a possibility that you may fail a drug test if you’re taking cannabidiol products. Many people think they can use broad spectrum (THC free) products and pass a drug test. However, there is a chance that you will flag positive on a drug test no matter what kind of cannabidiol product you’re taking, whether it be broad spectrum or even pure CBD by itself.
Many tests used in workplace drug screening cannot tell the difference between CBD and THC. So in some cases it doesn’t matter what kind of cannabidiol products you use: you may fail a drug test. That’s why it’s important to check with your company’s HR department if you are interested in using CBD and are worried about being tested.
Topical CBD products may be the best choice for people concerned about THC levels. Cannabinoids don’t absorb through the skin to the bloodstream as easily as it does through the mucous membrane.
Bottom Line: How Much CBD Do I Take?
Circling back to our original question, “How much CBD do I take?” The answer: the ideal CBD dosage is unique for each person. But, we can recommend one dose of 25 mg CBD each day as a starting point, and monitoring your response over time. You will likely need to increase or decrease the CBD dosage as needed to adjust for your specific needs and health and wellness goals.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cannabidiol wellness. It depends on many factors including your specific body chemistry, the type of CBD you choose, and your chosen delivery method. But with some time and mindfulness, you will find the correct CBD dose to get your desired effect from CBD.
About the Author
Dr. Leslie Mudd, PharmD
A board certified oncology pharmacist with 25 years experience at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Leslie Mudd now serves as the Cornbread Hemp resident pharmacist and medical expert. Read Dr. Mudd’s full author bio here.
CBD Oil Dosage FAQ’s
What happens if you take too much CBD?
You cannot fatally overdose on CBD oil – in fact, you really can’t hurt yourself by taking CBD oil at all. In order to cause physical harm or long term damage to your body with CBD oil, you’d have to ingest more than a few bottles a day for an extended period of time. So don’t worry about overdosing, just find your optimal dose by starting low and working your way up.
Can CBD make you high like marijuana?
No. The highest quality CBD oils contain a legal amount of THC at no more than 0.3 percent. However, even though full spectrum CBD oil contains THC, it’s not nearly enough to get you high.
In fact, studies show that CBD may help to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. If you take too much THC, CBD may help bring you down from being intoxicated. So instead of being “high” CBD makes you “middle”, comfortable and calm, but not buzzed.
Does CBD oil have any side effects?
Most people rarely experience any side effects or long term problems from cannabidiol CBD, so long as they are taking the correct dose and follow the instructions.
There are some potential side effects that CBD may cause that can be easily avoided. Taking too much CBD at once may cause drowsiness, appetite changes, or some uncomfortable bathroom related issues. Keeping your starting dose low and slowing building up to learn what your body will tolerate will help you avoid experiencing these side effects of CBD.
Rarely, some seriously negative results can present themselves, especially if you are taking other medications. If you are taking medication or are being treated for any medical condition, sure to talk to your doctor before taking any product that contains CBD. Also, if you think you may have a hemp allergy, it is advisable to discontinue all use of any hemp derived products.
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