CBD Drops: A Guide to Dosage and Application

By Harris Wheless

How many drops of CBD should I take? It’s a common question, but the answer is a little less straightforward than you’d think. Not all CBD comes in a tincture form that can be taken sublingually using a dropper. CBD products can also be consumed as capsules, gummies, or topicals, just to name a few. If you’re considering purchasing CBD oil, be sure to consider whether it’s the best application method for your palette and dosing preferences.

CBD oil is one of the more popular CBD application methods, and for good reason. It’s easy to take, just by putting a few drops under your tongue, and it usually takes effect within 20 minutes. It can produce results that last for much of the day, easing symptoms or improving the efficacy of certain bodily processes. Before using CBD oil, try taking some of the following precautions so you can achieve your desired effects.

Always read the label

Despite this, CBD has yet to meet the approval of The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This doesn’t mean it has harmful effects, but that it hasn’t been studied enough to know what its long term effects will be. So, until it is FDA-approved, keep in mind that CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It has, however, shown itself to be an effective aid in the managing of certain symptoms.

If you are thinking about making use of CBD’s anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, or other symptom-reducing properties, take care to read the product label and any information you can find about it online, from product review sites and the like. Hemp-derived extracts like CBD oil will have varying amounts of cannabinoids like THC and CBD, as well as terpenes and other compounds.

CBD products generally have below the legal limit of 0.3% THC, although some brands do a better job of meeting that requirement than others. Because of the minimal regulation the CBD industry receives, you as a consumer need to do your own research to determine what brands are trustworthy enough to buy from.

How to take CBD oil

A bottle of CBD oil usually contains about 15-20 ml, and anywhere from 100 to several hundred milligrams of CBD depending on the concentration. The higher the concentration, the more CBD is in the product and the more potent the effects will be. Many of these bottles come with a 1 ml dropper that is used to administer the CBD oil.

CBD oil, which are also sometimes called tinctures, are usually administered by putting one or two drops under the tongue, transporting the CBD straight into the bloodstream via sublingual absorption. You should then let the drops sit and absorb for a period of a few minutes.

Finding the right dosage

To determine the correct dose of CBD for your condition, you should first look to the label and find the product’s concentration and serving size. The term concentration means the amount of CBD present in the product, and will be listed in milligrams. The serving size or the number of servings in the product should also be in milligrams. With CBD oil, you will need to determine how many milligrams of CBD is in a full dropper’s worth of oil, then how many drops you should take for one serving.

CBD is considered generally safe to use, with minimal side effects. So it’s okay if you don’t get your dosage right the first time. Taking too high a dosage might result in excess feelings of drowsiness, which can be prevented by using the following method.

Start with the smallest recommended dosage or serving size, take that, and see if that dose achieves your desired effects. Wait until the next day to take a second dose. If you think you need a larger dose, try that and see if it produces the right kind of relief. Always start small and work your way up incrementally. That way you’ll be able to pinpoint the dosage that’s best for you.

Other safety tips

Because the CBD industry is unregulated, it’s up to the consumer to do his or her own research and pay close attention to product labels to ensure brands aren’t misrepresenting the product’s contents in the way they market them. It never hurts to seek medical advice concerning CBD use, especially if you have a serious medical condition.

Remember that CBD is a wellness supplement that can be effective in helping to manage symptoms, but should not be taken in place of your prescribed medication. If you have an existing medication that could potentially interact with CBD, be sure to consult a doctor. No dosage or application method is right for everyone. Your weight, metabolism, and other factors may affect how your body responds to CBD oil.

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