Dosing CBD – What’s the Right Dose?

CBD dosing and dosing chart

One of the problems many people new to CBD encounter is the dosage. Most products will tell you to take one full dropper of CBD, but what if that dosage is too high for you or too low? If the dosage is too high, then you might experience some adverse side effects. If it’s too low, then you might get frustrated and think that it’s not working for you. But CBD does have properties that benefit us health-wise. It would be a shame to give up on something that could potentially help relieve some of your symptoms.

With this being said, what exactly is the right CBD dose? How will you know that you’re taking the right CBD dosage for your symptoms?

What are the factors that affect CBD dosage?

Before we go to the nitty-gritty details of computing your CBD dosage, know that there are several factors that affect how your body responds to CBD. Some immediately find relief from a half a dropper, while others feel no effect at all from a full one.

Below are some of the factors that can affect your CBD dose:

Mode of CBD Administration

Edibles, capsules, and oils that you have to ingest can take anywhere between 30 minutes to a couple of hours before you can start feeling some of its effects. This is because CBD has to go through the digestive system as well as the liver before it can reach your bloodstream.

Oils and tinctures that you place under the tongue for a couple of minutes offer faster delivery of effects, compared to edibles. The same is also true for CBD vape. Both these methods bypass the digestive system and liver, so CBD goes directly into the bloodstream.

Body Type and Metabolism

People with faster metabolism and active lifestyles tend to feel the CBD effects faster, compared to those with slower metabolism and sedentary lifestyles. As for body weight, those who weigh more and have a higher body mass index have a slower response to CBD, compared to those who weigh less and have a lower body mass index.

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CBD Dosage

If you take a high CBD dose, you’ll naturally feel its effects faster. However, you’ll also risk developing CBD side effects and tolerance.

Medical Issues and Medications You’re Taking

If you have preexisting medical problems, it might take some time before you feel CBD’s full benefits. You will also need a higher CBD dosage. In addition to this, the medications you’re taking also affect the way your body processes and absorbs CBD.

What are the basic dosing rules in CBD?

Most CBD oil products tell you to take one full dropper for your initial dose. You can follow their recommendations, of course. But as mentioned earlier, there are factors that affect how you respond to CBD oil. You could end up taking too much or not enough CBD to control your symptoms. For this reason, you have to know the basic CBD dosing rules.

Experts say that to control your symptoms, you have to take at least a minimum of 1 mg (for mild symptoms) to a maximum of 6 mg (for severe symptoms) of CBD per 10 pounds of your total body weight.

Below is a dosing chart that you can use as a reference for your CBD dosage.

CBD Dosing Chart

Your Body Weight Mild symptoms of pain, sleep problems, anxiety, mood problems, and stress


Low CBD Dosage
Moderate symptoms of pain, sleep problems, anxiety, mood problems, and stress


Medium CBD Dosage

Severe symptoms of pain, sleep problems, anxiety, mood problems, and stress

High CBD Dosage
100 pounds 5 to 20 mg 21 to 40 mg 41 to 60 mg
110 pounds 5.5 to 22 mg 23 to 44 mg 45 to 66 mg
120 pounds 6 to 24 mg 26 to 48 mg 49 to 72 mg
130 pounds 6.5 to 26 mg 27 to 52 mg 53 to 78 mg
140 pounds 7 to 28 mg 29 to 56 mg 57 to 84 mg
150 pounds 7.5 to 30 mg 31 to 60 mg 61 to 90 mg
160 pounds 8 to 32 mg 33 to 64 mg 65 to 96 mg
170 pounds 8.5 to 34 mg 35 to 68 mg 69 to 102 mg
180 pounds 9 to 36 mg 37 to 72 mg 73 to 108 mg
190 pounds 9.5 to 38 mg 39 to 76 mg 77 to 114 mg
200 pounds 10 to 40 mg 41 to 80 mg 81 to 120 mg
210 pounds 10.5 to 42 mg 43 to 84 mg 85 to 126 mg
220 pounds 11 to 44 mg 45 to 88 mg 89 to 132 mg
230 pounds 11.5 to 46 mg 47 to 92 mg 83 to 138 mg
240 pounds 12 to 48 mg 49 to 96 mg 97 to 144 mg
250 pounds 12.5 to 50 mg 51 to 100 mg 101 to 150 mg

 

Now, to determine how much milligrams there are per one full dropper, here are some formulas that you can use to dose CBD.

Total CBD in mg ÷ bottle size in ml = CBD mg per one full dropper

CBD mg per one full dropper ÷ 20 = CBD mg per one drop

For example, you have 1500 mg CBD in a 30 ml bottle. Using this formula, you need to divide 1500 by 30, giving you 50 mg of CBD per one full dropper. Now, one full dropper contains at least 20 drops, so 50 divided by 20 will give you 2.5 mg of CBD per drop. So if you weigh 250 pounds, then you need at least 5 drops (12.5 mg) to 20 drops (50 mg) for mild symptoms.

You don’t have to take your CBD oil dosage in one sitting. Instead, you can divide it into two or three servings. You can even take the lowest dose for your weight, stay on that dose for about three days, and then adjust accordingly. Increase the dosage if the effects are not enough, or decrease your dosage if you developed some negative side effects. Remember, using CBD oil for your symptoms is more of a personalized treatment, adjusting it until you find the right CBD dosage for yourself.

Although age may have some effect on how our body processes and absorbs CBD, there really is no specific CBD dosing per age. However, due to the effects of aging on metabolism, older individuals may have to take a higher dose to compensate for their slower metabolic rate.

Of note; for pediatric CBD use and for chronic medical problems like heart diseases, epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, autism, Crohn’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, etc., you have to consult with a healthcare professional, specifically a medical cannabis doctor. They can recommend the best CBD dosage for your medical needs.

Does CBD oil get you high?

CBD oil won’t get you high since CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid like THC. It also won’t increase dependence or addiction risks since CBD doesn’t activate the same cannabinoid receptor that THC does to produce these effects. In fact, some studies have even shown that CBD can dampen this THC effect.

Now, if you’re wondering if CBD will show up on a routine drug test, it won’t. Common drug tests typically look for THC and its metabolites, so they’re not sensitive to CBD and its metabolites.

Final Thoughts

Dosing CBD may seem very confusing at first. There’s no RDA or recommended daily allowance for CBD that you can follow. Instead, you’ll have to go through some trial and error. To help you find the right CBD dosage to start with, you can consult our chart for reference . You have the option to start at the lowest dose possible and then slowly increasing your dosage until you find the perfect CBD dosage that can control your symptoms.

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