Calculating your CBD Dosage
When you’re new to CBD oils, capsules and gummies, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the broad range of CBD dosages and strengths available.
Each person’s body chemistry and physiology is different, and while a fast-absorbing, high-dosage CBD oil or tincture might be right for one person, others may need a lower dosage CBD product with a slower release.
Lots of different factors can influence the CBD dosage you should take, so when you’re first starting out, you should use a CBD dosage chart to calculate the correct starting dosage for your weight and height. As your body begins to tolerate CBD, you can gradually increase your dosage in incremental steps until you find what works best for your symptoms.
To help you through the process, we’ve created a handy CBD dosage chart to give you a starting point, and answered some of your most frequently asked questions in the guide below.
If you’re not sure about the strength of CBD you should be using, we’ve made it even easier than using a CBD dosage calculator - simply click on any of our products, and the Price Calculator will show you how many milligrams of CBD are in each ml of oil, or in each CBD capsule and gummy.
CBD Dosage Chart
View our CBD dosage chart below to get an indication of the recommended dosage of CBD for your height and weight.
CBD Dosage Guide
In this guide, we look at the most frequently asked questions about CBD dosage and strength, as well as providing guidelines on CBD dosage for a range of medical conditions. Click each link below to reveal more information.
What factors could influence the CBD dosage I take?
There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to CBD dosage. No two people are the same, because everyone’s body chemistry and lifestyle is different.
It’s important to find what works for you, and finding the right dosage may depend on a variety of factors, such as your height and weight, your age and lifestyle, how tolerant your body is to CBD, the type of condition you’re using CBD for and the severity of your symptoms.
If you’re using CBD to treat pain, for instance, you may be looking for a higher dosage that’s quickly absorbed into your system. If you’re using CBD to combat stress and anxiety, you might need a lower dose that’s absorbed more slowly.
Whatever you’re using CBD products for, it’s important to start with a small dose and work your way up as you get used to it. You can find more information on the recommended dosage for our products by clicking on each one - simply scroll down to the Dosage section.
Is there a recommended daily CBD dosage?
There are no set guidelines for a daily CBD dosage because everyone’s different and will have a different level of tolerance, but the Food Standards Agency does not currently recommend taking more than 70 mg per day.
CBD dosage charts are primarily based on height and weight, since this gives a good indication of the CBD strength and dosage that will best suit your body.
When you’re first starting out, however, you may need to experiment with your CBD dosage a little before you get it right.
As well as using our CBD dosage chart, you can find out more about the recommended dosage quantities for both new and frequent CBD users by clicking on each of our products.
I’m new to CBD - what dose should I start with?
If you’re just starting out with our CBD range, we provide guidelines in each of our products for the appropriate starter dosage; please check the product pages for more information. In general, a typical starter dosage would be between 20mg and 40mg daily, or one 25mg gummy per day.
From there, you can increase your dosage incrementally each week. This is to ensure that your body adapts and tolerates that dose, and that you don’t experience any side effects.
We also provide dosage guidelines in each of our products to help you find the right initial dose.
For example, if you’re a beginner using our 500mg broad spectrum CBD oil, we advise that you start with 5 drops (10mg) per day and increase your dosage slowly. Likewise, if you’re a beginner trying out CBD gummies, we recommend starting with 1-2 gummies per day.
How many milligrams of CBD are in a drop of oil?
Broad spectrum CBD extract is obtained by twice distilling hemp in its raw form, and mixing it into a carrier oil such as MCT oil. To find out how many milligrams of CBD are in each drop of Heart Hemp CBD oil, simply click on each of our products and scroll down to the Price Calculator.
As an example, our 500mg broad spectrum CBD oil contains 2mg of CBD per drop of oil, increasing to 4mg per drop with our 1,000mg oil, 8mg per drop with our 2,000mg oil and 16mg per drop with our 4,000mg oil.
Should I start with CBD oil, CBD capsules or CBD gummies?
Our CBD oil drops provide the fastest delivery method; when taken under the tongue, they are quickly absorbed into your bloodstream and used by your body. Drops are also great to use on the go, as unlike tablets and capsules, you don’t need to take them with water.
Capsules are a good option for those who want a CBD dose that’s easy to measure. While they’re not as fast-absorbing as drops, oils and tinctures, they’re easy to take and ideal if you’re not keen on the taste of traditional CBD oils. Gummies are also easy to take and measure, with the added benefit of different flavours which add variety to the taste.
Generally, if you’re new to CBD, we recommend starting with CBD capsules since the dosage has already been pre-measured for you into a handy capsule. It’s a good way to see how your body tolerates CBD because in capsule form, CBD is slower-release than a CBD oil.
How soon will I feel the effects of CBD?
Some people experience the results of CBD almost immediately. For others, it can take days or even weeks to get into your system; no two people will respond in exactly the same way to different CBD products and dosages.
That’s why it’s important to start small and gradually begin adjusting your dosage over the course of a few weeks until you find a CBD dosage that gives you the positive effects you’re looking for.
It’s also important to note that when you reach your desired dosage, your body can develop a broader tolerance to that dosage and you may not experience the same effects as you did at first. If that’s the case, keep experimenting until you find a new dosage that works.
When experimenting with your CBD dosage, you can try other things beyond just increasing your dosage and strength. Some people find that taking CBD at different times of day, or spreading out their dosage more over the course of a day, helps them achieve the desired results.
Is it possible to take too much CBD?
People often ask whether it’s possible to take too much CBD, or to overdose on CBD. Fortunately, it is extremely unlikely that you would ever overdose on CBD. Because of its non-toxic nature as a THC-free, organic product, it is safe to use and generally tolerated very well by most people.
The maximum dosage recommended by the Food Standards Agency, however, is capped at 70mg. As we’ve explored, everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another. Large doses of CBD also have the potential to affect medications you might be taking, so if you’re unsure, it’s always best to consult your doctor first.
Because people tolerate CBD products and doses differently, you may find you experience some minor side effects when you’re just starting out, or if you’ve increased your dosage too high. Some of the most common side effects of taking too much CBD are explored in the next section.
If you’re new to CBD, check our CBD dosage chart to work out the right starting dose for your body based on your height and weight.
Are there any CBD oil side effects?
If you’re new to CBD, it’s not uncommon to experience occasional minor side effects as your body adjusts. These include having a dry mouth, and feeling slightly lightheaded. Because CBD can act as a relaxant, making it an effective treatment for stress and anxiety, it can lower your blood pressure which is what causes the feeling of light-headedness.
If you’re looking to increase your CBD dosage, it’s important to do this slowly in weekly stages to give your body time to adjust. Those who are taking too high a dose of CBD, or who haven’t given their bodies time to adjust, may experience other side effects.
Some of the most commonly reported side effects of taking too high a dose include headaches, nausea and drowsiness. If you notice any of these symptoms after increasing your CBD dosage, return to your original dosage and try increasing it more steadily over a longer period of time.
CBD dosage for different medical conditions
The dosage of CBD you take will depend on your height, weight, age and body chemistry, as well as the condition you’re using CBD for. Those who are using CBD for pain management, for instance, may need a higher dose than those who are using it to help with insomnia.
While there is no set recommended dosage for each medical condition, we’ve provided some general guidelines for some of the conditions CBD is most commonly used for below:
CBD dosage for pain
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is increasingly used to treat many different types of chronic pain. However, determining the right CBD oil dosage for pain management depends not only on your height and weight, but on your body’s tolerance to pain in general and the severity of your symptoms. The best approach is to use our CBD dosage chart to find the right starting point, and gradually increase your dosage in small, incremental steps until you find the dosage that eases your symptoms.
CBD dosage for inflammation
Pain and inflammation are closely linked, as inflammation is the one of the main causes of pain in the body. Therefore, the CBD dosage you take for inflammation should be similar to your dosage for pain. Start with our CBD dosage chart and begin to increase your dose gradually until symptoms improve.
CBD dosage for anxiety
CBD oil is widely used to treat the symptoms of anxiety. There is no set recommended CBD dosage for anxiety, so you will need to experiment to find the right dosage for you. It’s therefore important to start with the lowest dose and slowly adjust your intake until you find a dosage that works.
CBD dosage for depression
Research indicates that CBD oil can influence how the brain responds to serotonin, which is often considered a key factor in depression. Getting your CBD dosage right for depression will involve starting on the smallest recommended dose using our CBD dosage chart, and working your way up until you find the right dosage. You may find that taking CBD at different points of the day is more helpful, or if your symptoms are worse at a particular time of day, taking one single dose may work better for you.
CBD dosage for sleep
CBD oil can be effective in treating insomnia and improving sleep. To find the right CBD dosage for sleep, start on the smallest recommended amount using our CBD dosage chart. Start tracking when you fall asleep and how long you sleep for, and gradually begin experimenting with the time of day you take your CBD, and how often you take it throughout the day. Most people find that 25mg per day is the optimum dosage.
CBD dosage for migraines
There is currently no set CBD dosage guide for migraines, and different dosages will work for different people. If you’re new to CBD oil, we therefore recommend using our CBD dosage guide as a starting point. Monitor the severity of your migraines over the coming weeks, and if there’s no improvement, you can increase your dosage incrementally to find what works for you.
CBD dosage for rheumatoid arthritis
Many people find that CBD oil helps with the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Our CBD dosage chart will help you find the right starting point for your height and weight.
CBD dosage for Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Various studies have shown the CBD oil may help to relieve some of the symptoms of MS. As with most medical conditions, there are currently no set CBD dosage guidelines for MS, so it’s a matter of beginning with a low dose and monitoring how your symptoms ease as you find the right dose for you.
CBD dosage for cancer
As with pain management in general, finding the right CBD dosage for cancer related pain will depend on a range of factors. We recommend using the CBD dosage chart to find the right starting point for your weight and height. From there, you can begin increasing your dosage incrementally as you develop more tolerance to CBD.
CBD dosage for stroke victims
Recent research into the use of CBD for stroke victims has found that CBD oil has the potential to support stroke recovery and stroke-related damage. As with other conditions, there is no set recommendation for a CBD dosage for stroke victims, so it’s best to begin with a relatively low dosage and increase it gradually.