Whether you’ve just bought your very first CBD oil or you’ve been taking it for a while, figuring out the unique dosage that works best for you is something that many people struggle with. Understandably.
As with so much in this industry, lack of regulation and clinical trials means that there’s really no definitive answer on the maximum mg recommended per day, let alone what people should or shouldn’t be taking for the huge variety of reasons the world loves CBD.
However, that’s not to say there are no guidelines whatsoever – just not official ones. It’s estimated that over 6.9 million people in the UK alone are now taking CBD on a daily basis, so in lieu of hard and fast rules, we do have anecdotal evidence to suggest preferred doses.
But first things first – did you know that one bottle of 500mg CBD oil (or 250mg, or 1000mg or any amount) can differ considerably in the amount of CBD you get per drop? This comes down to one very simple thing that often gets overlooked – the ml contained within that bottle.
Seems obvious now you read it, right? But this tiny yet extremely significant point makes all the difference in many ways, for example:
- The amount you take
- The amount you’ll spend
- The effects you’ll feel
It’s a pretty big deal.
How do you work out your dose?
The mg per dose and mg per day you choose to take is entirely personal preference and, because of that, it may take a bit of time and experimenting to learn what you like. The trick is to start low and build up gradually and, as a loose guideline, don’t take more than 200mg per day. Although studies performed on humans have used doses ranging from 20mg per day to 1500mg per day!
But before you do that, you need to work out how much CBD you’re getting per drop. Some CBD oil products will have this information on the packaging, but others won’t. If you need to figure it out yourself, just perform this easy sum:
Mg ÷ ml = CBD per 1ml dropper
You’ll then need to divide this amount by the number of drops in the 1ml dropper. This is usually 20, but (if it doesn’t state on the packaging) it’s best to contact the brand to find out.
Now you have the amount of CBD per drop, you can better control the tailoring process. It’s really vital information to have, as one 30ml bottle of 500mg will contain approx. 17mg per 1ml, whereas a 10ml bottle of 500mg will contain 50mg per 1ml dropper.
As CBD is officially a food supplement in the UK, not intended to treat or cure, we are unable to advise on doses for different uses. However, popular opinion among CBD fans is that higher doses are better for pain management and sleep, and lower doses tend to be preferred for stress, anxiety, energy and focus. But what you enjoy best will depend on a number of factors:
- Your body weight
- Your body chemistry
- What you are using CBD for
- Your CBD tolerance
It can be very helpful to clarify your CBD goals before starting out and to track your progress in a journal. It’s also worth noting that research suggests the total amount of CBD oil absorbed (when taken sublingually) is 5 x more effective when taking shortly after eating, as blood flow is increased to the mouth. And the longer you can hold it under your tongue, the better (ideally 1.5 minutes).
What about other CBD products?
Of course, CBD oil in a dropper bottle is not the only form CBD comes in. There are capsules, vapes, topicals, edibles, drinks, suppositories, sprays, patches and more! So, how do you work out your dosage with those?
CBD vapes, edibles, drinks and sprays are harder to tailor to an exact, individual dose than drops, however there are usually instructions on products like these, indicating the mg CBD you’re getting per puff/square of choc or sweet/drink/squirt. You’ll just have to familiarise yourself with these and be aware that they can differ from one brand to the next. As above, it’s generally best to start low and build up. Take a small first dose, wait an hour to see you feel and top up accordingly.
When it comes to capsules, the mg CBD per capsule will generally be much high than a drop of oil, but this doesn’t mean you’ll be getting that amount in your bloodstream, activating and binding to your endocannabinoid receptors. This is due to the bioavailability of CBD products (a subject we’ll cover in more depth in a future blog). Bioavailabilty of capsules and edibles in much lower than oils and vapes, as it will go through the digestion process and be metabolised by the liver before it gets to work.
With topicals, although what goes onto your skin will go in to some degree, the CBD will largely be utilised by local CB receptors on and in the layers on the skin. Some CBD topicals are designed for transdermal activity (muscle rubs, for example), but still very little CBD will enter your bloodstream – so have at it!