So How Much CBD Should I take?

CBD, how much do I take? What is the correct dosage?

So how much CBD should you take to enjoy its benefits? You first need to know that each person may require a specific, personalized dose determined by a series of factors: strength or concentration, body weight, application properties, desired effects, and tolerance. Let’s discuss each of these factors. If you are seriously considering taking CBD for your health condition, you should know there is no general dosage recommendation from the FDA, scientists, or CBD oil manufacturers. The FDA declares CBD oil from hemp as a dietary supplement. Therefore, there is no Reference Daily Intake (RDI), which the FDA proposes.

Strength: The strength or concentration is the total amount of CBD in the product. This should be labeled on the product and is measured in milligrams (mg). For reference, let’s use CBD Wild Leaf products as an example. Our Releaf (a play on words) CBD 1500mg Tincture has 1500mg of CBD per bottle. The bottle contains 30 milliliters of the tincture. To figure out the amount of CBD per 1 milliliter (ml) serving size, we divide 30 into 1500, which brings the total to 50mg per serving size of 1 milliliter (ml) of the tincture. Remember that the mg noted on the label is the amount per container; you are not ingesting 1500 mg with each serving size. Oils and tinctures typically come in 15-mL or 30-mL bottles. These products vary significantly in strength/concentration, ranging anywhere from 100 mg to 5000 mg. The key to understanding tincture dosage is serving size, usually 1 mL per serving. These two servings will yield very different effects. For this reason, we urge first-time CBD tincture consumers to start with lower concentrations and gradually ramp up their dosage. 

Individual: age, gender, genetics, metabolism, general health & body weight: A person’s weight and metabolism are also crucial factors when considering the amount of CBD you should ingest. Generally speaking, heavier and lower metabolic people need higher doses to obtain the desired results of CBD; lighter or higher metabolic people may feel the same effects with a lower amount.

Application Properties: 

  • Sublingual: CBD tinctures or concentrates are administered under the tongue. This method is the most used because the effect occurs quickly and lasts relatively longer.
  • Oral: By swallowing/ingesting CBD capsules and edibles. This method takes the most prolonged period before the effect kicks in, but the effect lasts the longest.
  • Vaping:  By taking the CBD via the lungs. This method has the fastest onset of action and the shortest duration of action.

Since different amounts of CBD enter the body because of the various application methods, this must also be taken into account in the dosage.

Desired effects: The optimal dose comes down to the level of pain or discomfort you are experiencing. Someone with chronic pain or severe anxiety may need a higher dose to alleviate their symptoms. In contrast, a milder condition may prefer a lower amount with less pronounced effects.

Tolerance: CBD consumers may develop a tolerance over time, resulting in reduced effects from the exact dosage. Higher subsequent doses may be needed to achieve the desired results.

Bottom line, purchase all of your premium CBD products from reputable manufactures such as CBD Wild Leaf. And remember to start slowly and increase the amounts until you achieve your desired results. 

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