CBD is everywhere, and questions around CBD oil dosage are common place. You are probably here after a lengthy amount of reading or chatting with friends, and you have decided to give cannabidiol (CBD) a shot. Now upon further inspection, you are faced with a myriad of choices: Oils, edibles, topicals, vapourisers. Feeling like an uphill struggle, you are sitting there wondering well what’s right for me, and how much do I use?
Feeling confused with the number of choices and product concentrations is totally normal and expected. Each different consumption method offers a distinct advantage, and each has its uses to be utilised for a specific purpose. Moreover, each of our bodies responds differently to CBD, and there is no one size which fits all. As a result, experimentation and course correction is simply part of ‘getting there’.
Knowing others have been on a similar journey and come out the other side with positive results can be motivating. We frequently hear countless stories of new users finding their feet after a trial and error basis and later being glad they stuck with it after finding the ‘sweet spot’ which works for them.
One of the most common questions around CBD is how much do I take and relatedly is CBD oil dosage different to dosing using another method? The answer isn’t as clear cut as you might have assumed and there is no one size fits all approach to dosing. Figuring out the right amount is more of an art than a science; it takes a little time and effort to find what works for each individual. Later, you might also find the need to adjust the dose to reflect changes in your mood and environment.
Most people start low and build up their way up to find what works for them, also known as the low and slow methodology. But, before you dive in, you need to clear on what your objectives are and where you want to get to.
Understanding your end goal can help direct you on the most suitable path to get there.
Take a moment to consider what you want to achieve. It’s important to define if you need to feel the effects immediately, for a longer duration or by not tasting the CBD (which can be earthy). The answers to these questions send you down a specific consumptuon route, which we detail shortly.
Remember what we said about trial and error? Using a journal to document your progress might sound old school, but it can speed up your trajectory to ‘success’. Tracking what you have used and when can be a guiding light to document those ever so specific feels you might get while using CBD.
Journals can also help if you want to try using a different way to use CBD, like a vape for example…More on that later.
To ensure optimal effectiveness, you need to be aware that some methods are felt quicker over others, and are absorbed at a better rate than others too!
What’s your target? Are you looking for a localised effect? If so, topical creams might be useful to explore. Are you looking to feel the effects immediately? Then look no further than vaping a concentrate for the highest level of absorption and fastest onset.
At the start of your CBD journey, it’s useful to start with a very low dose ( i.e 1-2 drops of an oral product or a few puffs of a vape) and assess how you feel. Should you wish to go ahead to find you dose after this, you can follow the low and slow methodology, iterating your dose at a weekly cadence, adjusted according to how you feel to find your ‘sweet spot’.
To start most use a small amount to test the water, say 1-2 drops two to three times a day, spread across the day and sticking with it for a week and the next week increasing to say 2-3 drops, the week after to 3-4 drops and so on until you find your spot.
There are some common factors which can influence the dose you might need, including:
(1) Your weight and age
(2) The concentration of CBD you are using
(3) What you are trying to achieve by using CBD
Accordingly, people respond in different ways for the same dose
Oil (tinctures): CBD oil is by far the most popular way to consume cannabidiol thus far. Oil is dropped under the tongue and absorbed sublingually. When using oil, you can easily work backwards to find out how much CBD is in each drop. To do this, first, look at the pipette as it usually indicates how much each one holds in ml terms. Nature & Bloom pipettes are labelled, so it is easy to see how much you are using in ml terms vs drops.
You can then look at the bottle and work out what percentage of the bottle is in the pipette and work out the concentration per drop. For example:
– 10ml Nature & Bloom bottle of 470mg with a 1ml pipette.
– 1ml pipette holds 10% of the bottle.
– Slowly empty the pipette back into the bottle and count the drops. For Nature & Bloom, it is 20 drops per pipette.
– Assuming it was 20 drops, each drop contains 2.35mg CBD (1ml = 47mg. 47mg / 20 drops = 2.35mg per drop).
Start with 1-2 drops under the tongue and held for 60 seconds three times a day. Increase the dose in the next week, and continue increasing at each weekly interval until you find your sweet spot. You can then note what the milligram amount as indicated on the dropper itself or via the number of drops, this is useful to understand the perfect serving for you and how to adjust accordingly when using other bottles with different strengths.
Remember with a higher CBD concentration (i.e more milligrams per drop), your previous CBD oil dosage will be smaller in terms of drops, but more potent per drop. You can also find you equivalent dose using another consumption method through bioequivalence, this is useful if you use multiple ways to take CBD.
This approach can take a little trial and error, but it’s worth it when you find your sweet spot! Should you be unable to locate it after using half a dropper you likely you may need a stronger strength oil.
If using Nature & Bloom (470mg/1500mg), we list this information on the product page to make things a little easier. We also outline how much is in a dropper as counting individual drops can be annoying:
1/4 dropper (5 drops) = 11.75mg / 37.5mg
1/2 dropper (10 drops) = 23.5mg / 75mg
3/4 dropper (15 drops) = 35.25mg / 112.5mg
Whole dropper (20 drops) = 47mg / 150mg
Note – Based on customer anecdotes, we realise feeling the desired effects can take a while, and this varies person to person. Our customers have outlined that consistency helps and ensuring you stick with it for at least a three to four weeks before reassessing your approach. Also, be aware your CBD oil dosage may adjust across time, your endocannabinoid system is constantly in flux according to your own bodies balance, and being self-aware of this is key.
Inhaling CBD has the quickest onset, meaning you feel the effect within a matter of minutes. It’s also the most efficient way to use cannabinoids, due to vaping having the highest absorption rate over any consumption method.
Vaping CBD concentrates (dabbing), can prove extremely practical if you need to feel the effects immediately and with a high dose. Dabbing creates a pathway for a consistently high dose directly to the bloodstream. It’s also discreet if you use a concentrate with no flavour (i.e non terpene infused), so you can feel the effects swiftly on the go with no problem.
When CBD is swallowed, it passes through the digestive tract. As a result, this is the slowest method in terms of feeling the effect, but it’s also the longest in terms of the active duration. Depending on your stomach contents, digested CBD can take anywhere from half an hour to a few hours to be fully absorbed.
The great thing about swallowing CBD is that it’s usually pre-measured. In edibles or gel caps, the CBD concentration is listed per piece, which makes it easy to know how much to consume.
If you already use a sublingual oil but want to add gel capsules to your regime, the miligram CBD amount will not be the same dosage wise to have the same effect. This is because of the extra steps the CBD has to go through before eaching your bloodstream when swallowed, and thus some is metabolized before entering the bloodstream. If you need to work out an equivelent dose for any method, check out our bioavailability post.
Topical CBD creams and lotions or transdermal patches are applied directly to the skin. Effects are felt locally AND the amount used varies from person to person. With topicals it’s more about finding a formulation you are comfortable with and enjoy using!
Many people find using multiple consumption methods work best for them. Sometimes you might want to feel the effects immediately, so you vape, and at other times you want a longer duration but aren’t bothered by a longer onset so you swallow a gel cap or two.
Remember, this is your journey, and no one else has the same one. Nonetheless, we are all in this together so if you need some help or have a question comment below!
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Nature & Bloom and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention for any disease. Nature & Bloom products have not been evaluated by the MHRA.