cbd dosage guide
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CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol. A compound constituent found in cannabis that lacks the intoxicating and addictive effects associated with other cannabis compounds such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Due to this, it is legal, sold and used in many countries around the world.

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is: “What is the correct daily dosage of CBD for me?” If you do a Google search on CBD dosage you will find many different measurements and approximate dosages for various products. The truth is, this is a complex question to answer.

What’s the Right CBD Dosage?

CBD is a natural plant compound, therefore, according to the World’s Health Organization (WHO)1 it’s safe to consume as long as it’s clean and contains no toxins. However, when it comes to the daily recommended dosage, its understandable that people may need some guidance. We’ve put together this simple  guide which follows the dosage guide spelled out in a book titled “CBD: A Patient’s Guide To Medical Cannabis” by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum.

Leonard Leinow founded Synergy Wellness, a not-for-profit medical cannabis collective in Northern California and has three decades of experience growing and studying medical cannabis. They are specialists in CBD and pioneers in this aspect of the industry. Juliana Birnbaum has lived and worked around the world and founded Voices in Solidarity, an initiative that partnered with tribal leaders from the Brazilian Amazon to support the development of a community-led environmental education center.


This book “CBD – A Patient’s Guide to Cannabis” by Leonard Leinow2 is an excellent source for those who have not yet looked into CBD and its medicinal properties. The book is full of information about CBD, its history, use, dosage, studies on its use in a variety of diseases, and much more.


Recommended CBD Dosage:

There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when finding the perfect dosage of CBD for you. Some of the factors that play an important part in your experience using CBD are:

  • Your medical condition or problem
  • How intense your problem is
  • Metabolism
  • How you respond to CBD
  • Body Weight
  • Sensitivity to cannabis
  • Your personal body chemistry (this includes any other medications you may be taking)

So, How Much CBD Should You Take?

Based on the guideline in the book, we recommend the step-up approach were you gradually increase the daily dose of CBD until the most desired results are reached. The term used in the book is “Titration.” This is a term borrowed from chemistry that means taking small steps over time in order to allow for adjustment slowly. By using this method, you’re tailoring the amount of oil to fit your needs. Every person is different and everyone’s reaction to CBD is different.

The Step-Up method:

  1. Leinow & Birnbaum recommend in their book “CBD: A patient’s guide to Medical Cannabis” to start with a microdose, standard dose or even macrodose, depending on the type of symptoms.
  2. If you have chosen one of the dosage tables (see below), search for your body weight in the left column. If it lies between the values shown, use the approximate value as a guide.
  3. Start at the lowest daily dosage under Step 1. This is your starting dosage. Keep it for one week.
  4. Listen to your body and take notes. If necessary, you can then increase the daily dose to the next step, keep it for one week and so on. The drops do not have to be taken all at once. For larger quantities, it is advisable to divide the drops into morning, midday and evening.
  5. If you notice any negative effects, reduce the daily dose. It is not a question of increasing the dose steadily, but of finding the ideal dose. Due to the two-phase effect, both a too low and a too high dose are less effective.
  6. Once you have found a dose that you feel comfortable with, keep it. This will be your target dosage from now on.

How many mg of CBD should I take? In the following section you can read about micro, standard and macro dosing and how often to take CBD oil on a daily basis.

Micro Dose

0.5mg to 20mg of CBD per dose per day (CBD/dose/day) is a microdose recommended for the following conditions:

For the microdose, we recommend 500mg CBD oil. 1 drop of 500mg oil contains 2 mg of CBD.

CBD Dosage Guide - Micro Dose - A table which explains the recommended dose of cbd
CBD Dosage Guide – Micro Dose

Standard Dose

10mg to 100mg of CBD/dose/day. Standard doses are used for the following conditions:

For a standard dose, we recommend 1500mg  or 2500mg CBD oil. 1 drop of the 1500mg CBD oil contains 6mg of CBD and 1 drop of the 2500mg oil contains 6,7mg of CBD.

So, how many drops of CBD oil should I take?

For the 1500mg oil: 3 drops 3 times per day = 54mg of CBD.

For the 2500mg oil: 3 drops 3 times per day = 60mg of CBD.

CBD Dosage Guide - A table explaining standard cbd dosage for Ibs
CBD Dosage Guide – Standard Dose

Macro (Or Therapeutic) Dose

Macro doses are at the high range between 50mg-800mg of CBD/dose/day. This dosage is commonly used for:

For a macrodose, we recommend 30%, 40% or 50% CBD paste.

30% paste: 1 milliliter contains 300mg of CBD

40% paste: 1 milliliter contains 400mg of CBD

50% paste: 1 milliliter contains 500mg of CBD

CBD Dosage Guide - Macro Dose
CBD Dosage Guide – Macro Dose

General CBD Dosage Guidelines

It’s important to remember that there is not a one size fits all when it comes to CBD dosage. The dosage amount varies from individual to individual depending on a number of factors mentioned earlier. It is recommended to consult your health care provider for advice on how much CBD you should take.

  • Decide the form in which you wish to take CBD. CBD products come in the form of oils, paste, e-liquids, and capsules. For more information on how to take CBD please see this article.
  • Don’t take too much CBD. It’s important to note that in cannabis therapy often times “less is more” If you are not getting the desired results from a higher dose than you should consider lowering your dose instead of increasing it. This method has helped many patients find their “sweet spot” or the best dose to treat their particular condition for that period of time. Remember you may need to adjust your “sweet spot” over a certain period of time. Monitor the results and adjust the dosage as necessary.
  • If you are already taking some other prescription medication, be aware of possible side effects and drug interactions. You should discuss this with your health care provider.
How to take CBD under the tongue
How to take CBD oil drops under the tongue.

Always consult with a healthcare professional

For a medical condition always consult with a healthcare professional before consuming CBD. CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease, ailment or skin condition. Any information contained in or made available through any marketing materials is not intended to be used as, or be a substitute for, healthcare advice or information from licensed healthcare practitioners. Please consult a licensed healthcare practitioner regarding any potential interactions or complications before using the products.

References

  1. Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (2018). CANNABIDIOL (CBD). [online] World Health Organization []
  2. Leinow,, L. and Birnbaum, J. (2017). CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. North Atlantic Books. []

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Comments

    1. Hemppedia TeamHemppedia Team

      Dear Virginia,

      Yes, it is true that products containing CBD can give positive results to drug tests that search for THC and cannabis. Urine testers and saliva testers can react to all sorts of cannabinoids. One can always request blood tests which can show specific cannabinoids.

      Best regards,
      The Hemppedia Team

  1. AvatarEd jakusz

    Just have a problem to figure what’s the correct dose. Went to cannabis store, have restless leg, told me to take I full dropper at night. Dont understand this 20 to 1 on bottle.
    So I take the dropper each night and the RLS is controlled. What a blessing.
    Ed

    1. Hemppedia TeamHemppedia Team

      Dear Ed,

      As you have found out, there is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to CBD dosage. You just have to experiment and see what works for your specific condition. It’s great that you have found a dosage that works for you! Please feel free to share your experience with our readers. It may be helpful to people who struggle with similar symptoms.

      Best regards,
      The Hemppedia Team

    1. Hemppedia TeamHemppedia Team

      Hello,

      There is a big difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is produced by pressing the seeds. It contains several plant materials but no THC. Hemp seed oil, unlike CBD oil, doesn’t contain any cannabinoids, regardless of the fact that they are both extracted from the same plant. Hemp seed oil is mainly used for cooking, but also for food, as it is a good source of protein, fiber and minerals.

      CBD oil on the other hand can contain many (full-spectrum) or just one (isolate) cannabinoid. It is known for its medicinal properties, mainly due to its anti-inflammatory qualities.

      Best regards,

      The Hemppedia Team

    2. AvatarLisa

      Hello,

      I have been using CBD oil and THC oil for the last 18 months. I was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in early 2018 and have been pretty stable up until the las few weeks whereby the tumor shrunk but there were 3 very small areas of spread in the liver and peritoneum. I continue to lead a full working and extra-curricular life, but wanted to seek advice on my cbd oil dosage.
      Per drop there is 1.13mg of cbd in a 10ml bottle – 338mg cbd in the whole bottle. Is your macro dosage higher than my usage? I usually take 6 drops in the morning, 4-5 drops in the afternoon and 10 drops THC in my the evening.
      Thank you

  2. AvatarAlma

    Hello,

    I am trying to get over a cannabis addiction, I’ve been smoking marijuana multiple times a day for almost 2 years now. I’ve quit on and off, but the withdrawl is really bad for me, insomnia, no appetite, etc.
    I would like to use CBD to help me get through the withdrawl and to keep myself from wanting to smoke. Does anyone have a dosage amount and type recommendation? I read in another article that the recommended dose for this is 400mg. Seems like a lot, but then again I have been smoking for a very long time. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I’m also open to reaching out to professional, and any recommendation would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hemppedia TeamHemppedia Team

      Dear Alma,

      It’s great to hear that you are considering CBD to help you fight withdrawal. Unfortunately, when it comes to dosage, it is very difficult to make a correct judgement. We recommend that you start low and just increase the dose over time until you feel the desired effect. Since you already have experience with cannabis, maybe you should refer to the higher end of the “Micro Dose”, as described in our guide. For trouble sleeping, you could consider a blend of CBD and Melatonin. It is a very popular combination, which a lot of people praise.

      As a final suggestion, you can consider asking other CBD users for their experience and recommendations. A great place to do this is in CBD support groups on Facebook like this one https://www.facebook.com/groups/989690568041150/

      Best regards,
      The Hemppedia Team

  3. Avatarmike mazzei

    Hi, on your web site the dosage chart says that, 1 drop of 500mg oil contains 2 mg of CBD,1 drop of the 1500mg CBD oil contains 6 mg of CBD and 1 drop of the 2500mg oil contains 6,7mg of CBD.

    my bottle of 500mg oil says that 1/2 drop of 500mg oil contains 9 mg of CBD oil. #2o25o421o 1exc442. I’m a little confused on how much to take looking at the dosage chart on line. Thanks MM

    1. Hemppedia TeamHemppedia Team

      Hi Mike,

      Every manufacturer has a different formula for their products. The amount of CBD per drop would depend on the extraction method as well as the carrier oil and any other ingredients contained in the end product. This is why, the dosage will vary from brand to brand. Maybe the manufacturer of the product you have means ” 1/2 dropper of 500mg oil contains 9 mg of CBD”? We suggest you contact them directly, to find out out the optimal dosage, or switch to another band.

      We hope this helps,

      Best regards,
      The Hemppedia Team

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