How do you figure out the right CBD dose?
Proper CBD dosing is dependent on numerous factors including, but not limited to: your weight, your metabolism, your ailments, your reason for taking CBD and your history with taking CBD.
Let's just say, you can’t exactly look up a CBD dosing chart by age or weight, so we’ll walk you through “titrating!”
There’s plenty of hype around cannabidiol (CBD). It's one of the 60+ active compounds called phytocannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. And that’s for a damn good reason—it could help you chill out and calm down when you need it most.
Despite all that hype, there’s a distinct lack of information in one supercritical area: CBD dosage for newbies.
That's right; there's no universal dosage chart for gummies, tinctures, or the many other ways to take CBD. The “right” amount for each person is difficult to nail down because of differences in the endocannabinoid system. That’s the part of your body’s brain and nervous system that houses all your cannabinoid receptors, which respond to CBD.
There tends to be a lot of individual differences in CBD response. One person might feel great on a 20 mg dose, while others may need 50 mg, 100 mg, or even 500 mg to get relief.
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Unfortunately, it also means that if you go looking online (or even if you call your doctor or pharmacist), you won’t find any concrete information about your ideal CBD dose.
It’s not hard to figure out the perfect amount, though. Let’s walk you through how to do it:
The art of titrating: Figuring out the right CBD dose for you
No one can tell you how much CBD you should take. Again, there’s no standard amount that works for everyone. Instead, the go-to method is “titrating” your dose.
Titration means that you start at a low amount and slowly increase it over time. It's common to begin at 20 mg or 40 mg, and then up it by 5 mg every week until you reach the sweet spot.
The “right” dose for you may be totally off from what you assume, so don’t have any expectations! Some people get relief with just 10 mg per day while others take 50 mg, 500 mg, or something in between.
Many people find that they don’t feel much benefit from CBD until they hit their unique threshold dose. When you start titrating, you might think it’s not working until you up the amount for the third or fourth time. It’s important to be patient and give CBD time to work its magic!
How do you know your CBD dose is right?
You'll know that you've stumbled upon your perfect CBD dose when you feel relief! At the right number, this substance could help squash what’s making you struggle, including:
- Concentration problems
- Low self-esteem
- Negative thoughts
Track how you feel over time before and after you begin using CBD. When you start to see a positive impact—without adverse effects like sleepiness or dry mouth—you’ve hit the right dose.
For instance, you might start with 20 mg to deal with common daily stress, then increase to 5 mg the next week. When that doesn’t work, you increase again from 45 mg to 50 mg. You find that at 50 mg, your anxious thoughts become manageable, and you don't notice them all the time anymore. At that point, you may keep taking 50 mg because it’s the right dose for you. But again, others may need to titrate up to 100, 500, or more.
Why isn’t there a CBD dosage chart?
Again, you can't look up the exact dosage by age, weight, or any other characteristic because there’s no such thing as a dosage chart for this substance. Dosing is variable because your unique physical makeup is what decides your perfect amount!
You can check the label on your go-to product—sometimes, there will be loose dosing instructions to guide you (e.g., the directions for Sunday Scaries Vegan AF gummies tell you to take 2 or 3). Otherwise, start close to the 20 to 40 mg range and go up from there.
What does the research say about CBD dosing?
A 2017 literature review validates that different people respond to different CBD doses, supporting the titration approach. Researchers found that the effective and safe CBD dose ranges from as low as 20 mg to as high as 1,500 mg.
CBD research is ongoing but still has a ways to go, and there’s a lot that we don’t know. Future studies could uncover why this substance’s effect is so different from person to person.
Still not sure? Talk to your doctor about CBD
If you read all that and are still confused about how much to take, speak to your physician. They can help guide how much you should take and how often. There are plenty of variables that go into your CBD dose and how your body reacts to it, including:
- Your body weight
- Your health conditions
- Your body chemistry
- The CBD product you’re using, including the type and concentration
Your doctor may not be able to magically determine your dose either—but they could use your medical history and your patient-doctor relationship to give you better guidance.
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