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  • by Nicola Boulton September 27, 2022 5 min read

    CBD Dosage

    It is important to understand how CBD dosage works to benefit from CBD products like oils, gummies, capsules, vapes, and sprays. The effect of CBD is different from one individual to another, and thus the dosages vary. This article highlights everything you need to know about CBD dosages, including how to determine the ideal dosage for you.

    The use of CBD products has been rising because of the 2018 farm bill that legalized hemp plant farming and the claimed benefits of taking CBD. The many claimed benefits of CBD, like soothing anxiety, can entice you to try CBD products. Since CBD is not a medicine, there is no specific prescribed dosage. Figuring out how to take the correct dose takes time, effort, and experience. For you to benefit from CBD, you have to take the right amount. This article will explain more about CBD, its uses, and how to take the correct dose for maximum benefits.

    What is CBD?

    CBD is a compound in cannabis plants but mainly in hemp. Companies use the hemp plant because it has less THC and more CBD. According to van de Donk et al. (2019), THC is a chemical compound that induces a high feeling. Solvent extraction and alcohol extraction processes are used to extract CBD. The crude CBD is purified and further processed into full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate CBD. The full-spectrum consists of all the hemp plant terpenes, including THC. The broad-spectrum has all the terpenes except THC, while the isolate CBD is pure. CBD products like gummies, oils, capsules, and balms are made from these CBD spectrums

    CBD Dosage

    CBD companies do not give a specific dosage of any CBD product, but they provide the total amount of CBD, usually in mg/bottle. In the case of capsules and gummies, they specify the amount of CBD in each gummy or capsule. If you are using CBD oil and tinctures, they can give the amount of CBD per drop. So if you take a gummy with 25mg of CBD but do not feel the effect, you can also take another. The only way to get the best out of CBD is to work out your dosage. You can start with a small dose and gradually increase it to the amount you feel is right. You can also check with your doctor and see if you can get the correct dose.

    Another way to get the right dose is by calculation. If a 30ml bottle of CBD oil has 1500mg of CBD, each drop is 0.04ml. You can narrow it down to 50mg/ml; each drop will have 2mg/ml. If you take 10mg of CBD, you will take 5drops of CBD oil. Dosage of CBD is best calculated or worked out individually because of the difference in tolerance to CBD, metabolism, and body weight.

    Side Effects of CBD

    Machado Bergamaschi et al. (2011) showed that one can take up to 1500mg of CBD without experiencing adverse side effects. However, the study noted that taking too much CBD can cause dry mouth, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea. Even though these effects are not fatal, it is better to stick to lower doses, and if they persist, you should see a doctor. Brown & Winterstein (2019) found that CBD interacts with prescribed drugs.

    How to Take CBD

    Inhalation Method

    The inhalation method involves vaping and smoking. CBD enters the bloodstream through the lungs. The effect of CBD can be felt after 20 minutes. You can vape CBD oil using vape pens or smoke hemp plant leaves and buds.

    Ingestion Method

    You can ingest CBD gummies, capsules, and oil added to meals and drinks. The CBD undergoes metabolism before absorption, making this method a slower way of taking CBD. Even if you have a faster metabolism, the earliest you can feel the effect of CBD is after 4 hours.

    Sublingual Administration

    This method involves placing drops of CBD under the tongue and holding it for at least 60 seconds to allow absorption. Capillaries in the sublingual layer will absorb the CBD into the bloodstream. CBD oils and tinctures do come with a dropper for measuring and administering. Learn more about whats my cbd dosage

    Topical Method

    This method is for products meant for external use, like balms and CBD beauty products. You can apply CBD balms to the affected area of your skin. There are enough ECS receptors in the skin for binding with CBD. Learn more about dosing guide

    Benefits of CBD

    Aids sleep

    Lack of sleep is mainly caused by insomnia and other factors like stress, medical conditions, or medications. According to Moon et al. (2022), the human body has a circadian rhythm that dictates the light-dark cycle. At night melatonin is released by the ECS receptors. CBD is known to bind with the ECS receptors slowing down the rate at which neurotransmitters like melatonin break down. CBD aids sleep by slowing down melatonin from breaking.

    Pain and Inflammation

    CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and can alleviate pain by regulating serotonin levels. According to Moncrieff et al. (2022), serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates functions like mood, appetite, and pain. The topical method is the best way to use CBD for pain and inflammation.

    Stress and Depression

    Low serotonin levels are associated with poor mood, stress, and depression. SSR clinically treats levels of serotonin. Maroon & Bost (2018) suggested that Taking CBD will help regulate serotonin levels by binding with ECS receptors.

    Treating Acne

    Baswan et al. (2020)  found that CBD regulates sebum production, and its anti-inflammatory properties will help treat acne. Acne is formed when too much sebum is produced that mixes with bacteria and dead skin.

    Is CBD Legal

    CBD is legal depending on the amount of THC. The required maximum is 0.3% in the USA. Every USA state has its own rules and regulations on CBD, and some, like New York and Alabama have fully legalized CBD. Idaho state law requires only CBD with 0.0% THC. In Europe, most countries have legalized CBD with 0.2% THC, except France, which allows CBD with 0.0% THC. Norway has legalized CBD for medicinal use only.


    CBD dosage is complex, but if you understand the basics, you will find the correct dose for you. You can find the right dose by calculation or by working it out. Starting with a smaller quantity and increasing it over time can be a good idea because CBD does cause some non-fatal side effects. Whichever method you use, you can experience the benefits of CBD, like better sleep, better mood, and less depression and stress. You can also use CBD to treat acne. You can find the THC percentage of the product you buy on the product’s COA.


    Baswan, S. M., Klosner, A. E., Glynn, K., Rajgopal, A., Malik, K., Yim, S., & Stern, N. (2020). Therapeutic potential of cannabidiol (CBD) for skin health and disorders. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 13, 927

    Brown, J. D., & Winterstein, A. G. (2019). Potential Adverse Drug Events and Drug–Drug Interactions with Medical and Consumer Cannabidiol (CBD) Use. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8(7).

    Machado Bergamaschi, M., Helena Costa Queiroz, R., Waldo Zuardi, A., & Crippa, A. S. (2011). Safety and side effects of cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent. Current drug safety, 6(4), 237-249.

    Maroon, J., & Bost, J. (2018). Review of the neurological benefits of phytocannabinoids. Surgical neurology international, 9.

    Moncrieff, J., Cooper, R. E., Stockmann, T., Amendola, S., Hengartner, M. P., & Horowitz, M. A. (2022). The serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidence. Molecular psychiatry, 1-14.

    Moon, E., Partonen, T., Beaulieu, S., & Linnaranta, O. (2022). Melatonergic agents influence the sleep-wake and circadian rhythms in healthy and psychiatric participants: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Neuropsychopharmacology, 1-14.

    van de Donk, T., Niesters, M., Kowal, M. A., Olofsen, E., Dahan, A., & van Velzen, M. (2019). An experimental randomized study on the analgesic effects of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis in chronic pain patients with fibromyalgia. Pain, 160(4), 860.

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