How much CBD should you take?

It’s best to consult with your medical care provider before taking any CBD product. Individual results will vary, but always look for a reputable brand with independent lab testing, understand the different methods of ingesting CBD and start low and go slow.


The question we get asked the most when it comes to taking CBD is “How much should I take?” It’s a very legitimate query, but our answer is always the same: “Ask your doctor.”

While we are very knowledgeable about everything related to CBD, we are not medical professionals, and as such, cannot recommend a specific dosage of any CBD product that will be effective for you. The science behind CBD is very clear. CBD and other cannabinoids react with receptors in your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to maintain homeostasis throughout your body. However, every body is different. You may be short, tall, thick, thin, young, old, active, passive, have dietary restrictions or take certain medications…and these attributes will all play a role in how a CBD product will react within your body.

With all that being said, we have compiled some guidelines which you should consider before buying or taking any type of CBD product.

1. Choose a reputable brand that can show you their independent lab results.

In a 2017 study by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), they found that out of 84 CBD products, only about 31% actually contained the amount of CBD listed on the label. Additionally, some of the products tested contained more THC than the federally mandated limit of .3%.

This is concerning on many levels. Especially considering that many people use CBD because they specifically do not want to ingest THC, which may cause them to fail a drug test.  

When buying a CBD product, skip the gas station or corner store and instead, choose a brand with a well-documented history of independent, third-party lab results that shows specifically what concentrations of CBD and other cannabinoids are in each product.

You can view our lab results here.

2. How you ingest CBD will play a big factor in its effectiveness.

There are literally thousands of different CBD products on the market right now. However, there are really only four ways to ingest CBD: inhaling (smoking or vaping), sublingually (under the tongue), edibles and topicals. We’ve actually written a pretty comprehensive guide to each method, so we’ll just briefly touch on each one.

Inhaling (smoking or vaping): works the fastest but doesn’t last long. Doctors have shown some concern about inhaling smoke into the lungs.

Sublingually (under the tongue): works quickly and lasts up to eight hours. This is probably the most common method of taking CBD. Tinctures containing CBD and other cannabinoids are placed under the tongue and held for up to a minute before swallowing. The effects start working within about 30 minutes.

Edibles: works slowly and lasts up to 10 hours. A very common method for taking CBD and usually in the form of candies or other sweet treats. The effects can take a while to kick in since your body needs to digest the CBD through the stomach. However, this method will produce the longest lasting effects.

Topicals: effectiveness varies. Another common method for taking CBD, typically used for localized pain and inflammation. Since skin types and pain symptoms vary greatly, it’s tough to accurately say how effective the CBD will be. However, a majority of our customers have reported positive results in a relatively short time span.

3. Start low, go slow.

The general rule of thumb for taking any CBD product is to start with a small dose and gradually increase over time until the desired effect is achieved. In a recent Forbes article, Dr. Danial Schecter, an Ontario-based family physician explains:

“In a healthy adults a starting dose would usually be 5 mg of CBD, but in people who are elderly, who are potentially on a number of medications, and who are very sensitive to side-effects of medications, we like to cut that dose in half, and start at 2.5 mgs of CBD

…and then increase in 2.5 mg increments (for seniors, 5 mg for healthy adults) – depending on how aggressive they want to be – over anywhere between 2 days and one week. And then wait to see if they feel any kind of response.”

Schecter added, “What I see in my clinical practice is that the majority of people will respond to somewhere between 40 and 100 mgs of CBD/day.”

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Consult your care provider before taking any herbal supplements.

The statements regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug

Administration (FDA). Results from products may vary. These items are not intended to cure,

treat or prevent any diseases.

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