Like with most things, a ‘one dose fits all’ approach to supplementing CBD is rarely advised. Everybody is different. Some people will get on with the ‘average’ dose of CBD just fine, whereas others may need just a fraction of the dose.
We have put together some resource to help you figure out what dose of CBD may suit you best, keep reading to find out more.
What strength CBD should I use?
Our answer: Take things slowly…
If you haven’t taken CBD products before and would like to try, it is recommended that you start off small, e.g. a lower potency product with a small dose. Then you can start to increase it little by little over a period of time until you reach the daily allowance advised on label. The Food Standards Agency consumer guidance advises no more than 70mg daily. It’s impossible to know what dose to use before you’ve done a little experimenting
Different CBD supplements and different formulations may also influence how much and how frequently you take CBD. Keep reading for more information on that.
How much CBD is in CBD products?
A good way to determine how much CBD you should be taking is by looking at which products appeal to you, e.g. CBD oil, balms, capsules, gummies, and seeing how much CBD they contain.
How much CBD is in CBD oil?
When you buy a tincture of CBD oil, it’s handy to know that it’s not often pure CBD oil. Instead, the contents are commonly made up of a mixture of hemp oil, hemp paste (leaves and flowers) and an emulsifier which is usually another plant oil.
Concentrated CBD is commonly sourced from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. This is why you need to make sure you’re buying CBD oil with a clear CBD content, and not just plain old hemp oil! Not to slate hemp oil – that has its own unique benefits. But it’s the CBD you’re after, right? That’s what the 2.75% or 5% is referring to – how much CBD is inside.
Lets talk numbers
As well as percentages to show how much CBD is inside, you may also see the CBD content referred to in mgs, e.g. 8mg. If you then go and look at the recommended dosage, e.g. 3 drops per day, this typically means that in those 3 drops, there will be 2.66mg (2.66mg x 3 = 8mg).
Meaning, you may have to do a little maths to compare different products.
Here a some of the CBD oils we sell here at H&B, from the lowest to the highest concentration:
A great one to try first, this lower dosage CBD oil comes in 10ml (256mg CBD per bottle and 1.15mg per drop) and 30ml (768mg per bottle and 1.15mg per drop1), so you could purchase the smaller one if you want to try before you commit. The 30ml is great for people who already know they get on with this dosage.
The same company as we have mentioned above, Jacob Hooy, also have a 5% CBD oil in the same 10ml (465mg per bottle and 2.1mg per drop2) and 30ml format (1395mg per bottle and 2.1mg per drop3). Allowing you to try the smaller bottle before committing to the larger one.
Hollistic Herb are another CBD brand we stock here at H&B, and they have just launched a double strength formula. Each dose contains 8.1mg of CBD and each dose consists of 9 drops, e.g. take 3 drops with breakfast, 3 drops with lunch, 3 drops with dinner.
Other CBD products and their CBD content
Another way to take CBD is capsules. If you don’t mind swallowing pills, and would rather that than tasting the CBD oil, capsules could be for you.
Monitoring your dose can be easier with capsules too, as you usually only have to take one or two capsules a day – like taking your multivitamin.
However, this does also mean you have less room for experimentation than if you were using CBD oil. They’re perfect for taking when you have found your favourite dose, though.
The lowest dose capsules we sell are from the Naturopathica CBD+ range, which combines specially selected vitamins with 5mg CBD in every variation.
- Naturopathica CBD+ Wellbeing
- Naturopathica CBD+ Mind
- Naturopathica CBD+ Unwind
- Naturopathica CBD+ Digestion
- Naturopathica CBD+ Turmeric
- Naturopathica CBD+ Night
The highest dose capsule we sell is from the Jacob Hooy range and contains 20mg of CBD.
How long does it take to absorb CBD?
Sprays and oils will likely work faster as they bypass the digestive system and enter your blood stream quickly. Whereas capsules and gummies will have to be digested for the CBD to be released.
How long does CBD stay in your system?
Again, it depends on your dose, metabolic rate, lifestyle, what you eat – everything really.
The final word
We hope that helped you to determine what sort of CBD dosage you are going to try first, and that you feel equipped to determine what the perfect dosage of CBD is for you.
Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please consult a doctor or healthcare professional before trying any remedies.
Last updated: 21 August 2020