Health & Wellness

How Many Drops of CBD Should You Take?

By Kyra Heenan

If you are just jumping into the world of CBD oil, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask yourself is how much CBD oil you should be taking. While it would be great if there was a straightforward answer, it isn’t quite that simple—it is important to note that there isn’t a one size fits all dosage option. The answer will depend on the concentration of CBD in the oil you’ve purchased, your specific needs, as well as your own tolerance. However, these steps will help you work with your CBD oil to determine the optimal dosage that serves your needs.

Determining Your Dosage

When starting to experiment with how much CBD oil you should take, you should start to aim small and work up in increments from there. That way, you can pinpoint the exact amount where you begin to feel the effects, and you won’t waste oil (and money) by taking more than is necessary for whatever you are trying to treat.

You will need to consult with what is written on the label of your bottle (or the information provided on your brand’s website) to determine how many milligrams of CBD is in a full dropper’s worth of oil (which is typically 1 milliliter) for the concentration that you have chosen. It will vary based on the different concentrations that a brand provides.

For example, if you have chosen a variety of CBD oil that has 20 milligrams of CBD in a 1 milliliter dropper, you can begin to work from there. A milliliter will have 20 drops, so there will be approximately 1 milligram of CBD per drop in the case of this example.

If you are using CBD oil for anxiety or stress, you may want to start with simply one drop—in this example, that would be 1 milligram of CBD. For those using it for pain, they may want to start around five drops, or 5 milligrams of CBD in this example. These numbers may seem small, but some people are able to find adequate results from these doses.

Take note of any changes in the symptoms you are trying to treat. If you find that you’ve noticed little to no effects, try increasing your dosage. You will want to wait at least six hours before experimenting with the next dosage. Try increasing the dosage by about 5 milligrams. You could go for a bit less of an increase if you did feel some effects, or perhaps a bit more if you felt absolutely nothing.

Continue this increasing process until you’ve found the sweet spot that works for you. Also take note of how long the effects last. Some people only need to take their dose once a day or as needed, whereas others may use it two to three times a day.

In very general terms, many people end up using doses in the 10 to 20 milligram range. However, everyone is different so listen to your own body’s needs. You may end up needing either more or less. CBD oil is safe and has minimal side effects, so feel free to do some experimentation. Above all, it is important that you find the amount that works for you, and gives you the best value so that you aren’t taking an unnecessarily large dose.

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