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CBD Dosage: How Much CBD Should You Take

The popularity of hemp-derived products as an alternative or adjunct treatment for a variety of disorders is growing exponentially. A peer-reviewed study published in 2017 found CBD to be a relatively safe and effective treatment of certain symptoms associated with anxiety, sleeplessness, nausea, and inflammation. Research is unlocking the possibilities of hemp-based compounds as a potential treatment for additional disorders.

What is CBD? How Does it Work? 

CBD or Cannabidiol is one of over 90 compounds identified to date as phytocannabinoids. Cannabinoids interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system in the bodies of mammals. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for the regulation of communication between cells in the body and influences appetite, inflammation, mood, and memory. While CBD doesn’t specifically bind to either CB1 or CB2 (primary cannabinoid receptors), it is found to affect serotonin receptors in certain concentrations. It is noted that CBD oil for pain relief is among the most popular usages. 

How to use CBD? 

CBD is available in a growing number of applications and delivery methods such as full-spectrum CBD oil tincture, CBD oil roll on for pain relief, topical CBD creams and oils for arthritis, gummies, vapes and sublingual tinctures. There are new products entering the market. Consult your CBD pharmacy professional for additional information about what products may be best for you.

As with any supplement or substance, it is always advisable, to begin with a low dosage and work your way up to find the optimum dosage for your body type and specific symptoms. CBD has been found to be safe for humans in moderate amounts. Up to 1,500 mg per day is generally well tolerated by most people. It is considered to be low-risk and is often recommended as a supplemental treatment. Side effects are often minor and can include dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue and abdominal upset.

CBD is commonly available as: 

Isolates- This contains CBD and no other compounds.

Broad-spectrum CBD. This contains other compounds found in the cannabis plant but contains no THC.

Full-spectrum CBD. This contains trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Federal law prohibits more than 0.3% THC in any commercially-available CBD or hemp-derived product. Full-spectrum CBD is the most highly recommended type of CBD due to the “entourage effect”  where the compounds work in concert to provide maximum results where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

CBD Dosage Recommendations 

Finding the correct effective dosage will vary by body weight, lifestyle, and exposure to other substances. Alcohol, THC, opioids, and amphetamines compromise the endocannabinoid system and may require a period of abstinence or higher dosages of CBD. Caffeine, nicotine, NSAIDs, and the cortisol resulting from chronic exposure to stress can affect the dosage needed. 

A good rule of thumb for beginners would be to first consult your physician before beginning any treatment regimen. As for dosage- begin slowly and increase as needed. Your personal results may vary. 

Representative recommended beginning dosing amounts of CBD:


Mild Effect

Moderate Effect

Strong Effect

Under 140 lbs

> 12 mg

13-15 mg

15-18 mg

140-250 lbs

> 20 mg

20-23 mg

24-28 mg

Over 250 lbs

> 24 mg

25-30 mg

31-46 mg

One caveat- Buyer Beware. The FDA does not currently regulate CBD compounds, so the concentration and efficacy of products may vary by vendor. It’s always the best policy to trust a professional CBD pharmacist who supplies tested and certified CBD products.  

Call us today to get CBD products that will suit your needs.

Note- For informational purposes only. Please consult your physician before beginning or discontinuing any medication. CBD should not be used with any medication containing a “grapefruit warning”.  Commercial cannabis compounds may, by law, contain no more than 0.3 % of THC. While this is not enough THC to create a psychoactive effect, it may still be detectable in some tests. If you are prohibited from using any product containing THC or any hemp-derived products, CBD treatments may not be an option.

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