CBD dosage: Determine the dose of CBD that’s right for you

Do you want to know what dosage of CBD you should take?

Short answer: there is no correct dosage for CBD. The optimal dose for a consumer depends on several factors, such as their weight, tolerance to CBD and the level of pain or discomfort of the consumer.

The type of CBD product and its concentration are other important considerations, as some products interact with the body differently than others.

This article will examine all the key considerations to take when determining the appropriate dosage.

We will also show how to measure the dosage of different CBD products and discuss some potential health issues for people who consume large amounts of CBD.

IMPORTANT:  New users of CBD should consult their doctor before using products containing CBD.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a natural chemical found in cannabis plants that interacts with the endocannabinoid biological system in humans and other mammals.

The endocannabinoid system regulates various cognitive and physiological processes such as mood, sleep, appetite and the sensation of pain, in order to promote homeostasis or balance in the body. When introduced into the body, CBD and other cannabinoids help regulate and homeostasis, which can help relieve pain, improve sleep quality, increased appetite, and reduce stress.

As a result, CBD can alleviate symptoms associated with the following conditions:

  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Mood disorders
  • Chronic Pain
  • Conditions affecting the immune system, such as cancer or HIV

Additionally, CBD products come from hemp, a type of cannabis plant with relatively low concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of CBD. As a result, most CBD products contain little or no THC.

It is also important to note that the long-term effects of CBD have not been widely studied. Some researchers have identified some side effects associated with CBD use, such as a temporary drop in blood pressure and diarrhea, but most experts agree that CBD seems to be reasonably safe. However, everyone should consult their doctor before trying CBD products for the first time.

Even though CBD products do not produce the same psychoactive effect as products containing THC, measured doses are recommended. Then we will consider some points to consider when choosing the dosage amount.

Important dosage considerations

Determining the best dosage of CBD generally depends on the following factors.

Concentration: Concentration refers to the total amount of CBD in a given product.

The concentration is measured in milligrams (mg). This is different from the dosage, which indicates the amount of CBD per serving.

For example, say a bottle of CBD oil has a concentration of 1500 mg and contains 30 milliliters (ml) of tincture, with 1 ml as the standard serving.

This means that each 1 ml serving will contain approximately 50 mg of CBD; the consumer does not ingest 1,500 mg at each dose.

Body Weight: A person’s weight often plays a role in the amount of CBD that affects the body. Generally, heavier people need higher doses to experience the calming effects of CBD; lighter people, on the other hand, may experience the same effects with a lower dose.

Desired Effects:  For many, the optimal dose comes down to the level of pain or discomfort they feel. A person with chronic pain or severe anxiety may need a higher dose to alleviate their symptoms, while a person with a milder condition may prefer a lower dose with less pronounced effects.

Tolerance: CBD consumers can develop tolerance over time, which can lead to reduced effects from the same dosage. Higher subsequent doses may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

Using the above criteria, new CBD users should be able to determine a good starting dose. Next we will look at some typical starting doses for CBD consumers with different weights and desired effect levels.

Calculation of the best CBD dosage

The lines below break down the starting doses according to body weight and level of effect. These dosages are approximate and very subjective due to the nature of CBD consumption; Always consult your doctor about the best starting dose before trying CBD for the first time.

Recommended dosage for mild effects:

Weight <60kg: 11 mg

Weight from 60 to 100kg: 18 mg

Weight> 100kg: 23 mg

Recommended dosage for moderate effects:

Weight <60kg: 12 to 14 mg

Weight from 60 to 100kg: 19 to 23 mg

Weight> 100kg: 24 to 30 mg

Recommended dosage for strong effects:

Weight <60kg: 15 to 17 mg

Weight from 60 to 100kg: 24 to 27 mg

Weight> 100kg: 31 to 45 mg

Larger doses than those listed may be more suitable for some CBD consumers. These include people with severe pain or other symptoms, as well as those with a relatively high tolerance to CBD.

CBD is not toxic and gradually increasing the dose of CBD has no known side effects, so increasing the dosage is generally safe and, in some cases, beneficial to the consumer. Many find that gradually increasing the dose is the best way to achieve the desired effects of CBD.

The type of CBD product is also important to consider, as each is associated with different strengths, dosing methods, and effects. The following section will take a closer look at the tinctures, topicals and other variations of CBD products.

Measurement dosing for different CBD products

With a booming CBD market, consumers can choose from several different forms of CBD.

Oils and tinctures

These forms of concentrated CBD oil are usually mixed with food or applied sublingually (under the tongue). Oils and tinctures are generally available in 15 ml or 30 ml bottles. These products vary considerably in terms of concentration, ranging from 100 mg to 5000 mg.

The key to understanding the dosage of the tincture is the portion size, which is usually 1 ml per serving. A 5000 mg tincture in a 30 ml bottle contains 30 1 ml portions of approximately 166.7 mg of CBD.

A 100 mg tincture in the same bottle contains 30 servings of approximately 3.3 mg of CBD. These two portions will produce very different effects.

For this reason, we urge new consumers of CBD tincture to start with lower concentrations and gradually increase their dosage. It is important to note that the tinctures do not take effect as quickly as other CBD products (namely vaping oils) and that consumers may not feel the sensations right away; however, the effects can last up to three or four hours.

Those who take the tincture sublingually should hold the 1 ml portion under their tongue for about 60 seconds for best results.

CBD e-liquid

E-liquid is a CBD oil extracted from hemp which is formulated with a cutting agent, such as vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol.

The E-liquid is inhaled using a vape pen or a vaporizer.

The effects are almost instantaneous and produce a feeling of relaxation for about an hour – although the duration of these effects generally depends on the duration of inhalation of the pen by the consumer and the duration for which he retains the vapor before exhaling. 

Many find that inhaling for up to three seconds and holding the vapor for five seconds will produce the strongest and most lasting effects.

In terms of concentration, e-liquids are similar to tinctures. Most e-liquids are presented in 30 ml bottles, with 1 to 1.5 ml per serving. The concentrations generally range from 200 mg to 1500 mg, which means that the portion size of most e-liquids will vary from 6.6 mg to 50 mg. Many vape pens are designed to hold cartridges that contain the CBD e-liquid; cartridges vary in capacity, but 1.5ml is a common size.

Edible with CBD

CBD edible products include capsules, candy and other consumed products.

Like tinctures, edibles have a longer effect time because they are taken orally, but the effects are also much longer.

As a general rule, edible products will take effect within one hour of consumption; the effects will last up to four or five hours, depending on the strength.

Calculation of the dosage is quite easy with these products because each edible represents a serving and the dosage is always indicated in the ingredients. Most gelled candies have concentrations ranging from 5 mg to 100 mg. For edible products with a higher dose, consumers who prefer moderate doses find that the separation of the edible product gives the best results.


CBD topicals include lotions and creams, balms, therapeutic oils and other products that are applied directly to the epidermis or the outermost layer of the skin.

The topicals are unique in that the substance never comes into direct contact with the body’s endocannabinoid system; cannabinoids contained in topical CBD binds to the cannabinoid receptors of the epidermis.

The result is a soothing sensation which is mainly isolated from the application area. People can use CBD topicals to relieve muscle or joint pain, or relieve the discomfort of burns, stings and other injuries.

Many topicals also contain antioxidants and moisturizers that can restore and regenerate the skin.

Calculating the dosage with topicals is tricky because the size of the portion depends entirely on the amount applied to the skin. Most of the topicals of CBD sold today vary in concentration from 250 mg to 1500 mg. People with severe pain or discomfort generally find that high-concentration topicals work best.

The list below summarizes typical dosing methods and quantities for CBD products detailed above.


Dosage method: Sublingual use of a dropper or mixed with food / drink

Serving size: 1ml

Typical concentration range: 100 mg to 5000 mg

Typical dosage per serving: 3.3 mg to 166.67 mg


Dosage method: Inhaled using a vape pen

Serving size: 1 ml to 1.5 ml

Typical concentration range: 200 mg to 1500 mg

Typical dosage per serving: 6.6 mg to 50 mg


Dosage method: Orally ingested

Serving size: 1 edible

Typical concentration range: 5 mg to 100 mg

Typical dosage per serving: 5 mg to 100 mg


Dosage method: Applied to the epidermis

Portion: Varies according to the preference of the application

Typical concentration range: 250 mg to 1500 mg

Typical dosage per serving: Varies according to the preference of the application

Can we overdose on CBD?

CBD is considered non-toxic and the product produces very few side effects which, when they occur, are generally minor and non-threatening.

Additionally, a recent National Cancer Institute report notes that an overdose of CBD is next to impossible, and the same goes for THC and marijuana. According to the report, “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the areas of the brainstem that control breathing, lethal overdoses of cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”

The report also notes that cannabinoids are considered to be much less addictive than other drugs, including prescription drugs – although CBD consumers develop tolerance over time. CBD withdrawal symptoms can include insomnia, hot flashes and nausea, but these symptoms are mild compared to withdrawal from other addictive substances.

That said, CBD products are relatively new to the market and have not been widely studied in terms of long-term health effects.

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