How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

One of the most common questions I’m asked is “how much CBD should I be taking?”

I wish there was a straightforward answer to this question, but as is the case with many things in life, it depends.

If you’re into nutrition, you’ll know your friend’s way of eating won’t necessarily work for you. Similarly, your friend might not be into the types of workouts you love doing.

That’s because everybody and every body is different, and the amount of CBD one needs varies just as much as your nutrition and workout habits. When you’re trying to determine how much CBD oil you should be taking, there are a few things you need to consider.


1. Your Desired Effect

What results are you wanting to get from your CBD? Different goals will require different amounts. If you’re looking for pain management or a more of a severe condition like epilepsy, you’ll find that a higher dose of CBD will yield greater effects.

Conversely, if you’re looking to manage your anxiety, stay more focused at work and feel better-equipped to manage the typical day-to-day stressors of life, you won’t need as high a dose as those dealing with chronic ailments.


2. The Type of the Product

Another thing you’ll want to consider is how you’re ingesting your CBD. CBD products come in many different forms, from tablets to oils to topicals (we also recently discovered vaginal steaming herbs infused with CBD!). Each form of consumption has varying levels of absorption.

One problem we commonly see among individuals who are experiencing high levels of stress is a compromised digestive system. When your body is in a chronic state of stress, as many of us are, your body isn’t able to extract all the nutrients it needs from the food it’s digesting.

Because of this, if you’re consuming CBD in tablet-form, you may not be absorbing the full amount. For example, if the tablet contains 10 milligrams, there’s a chance you’re really only utilizing 5 grams.

Consuming CBD in oil-form sublingually, which means “under the tongue”, allows CBD get absorbed effectively and quickly. There are many tiny blood vessels under your tongue that allow CBD get delivered directly to the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system, resulting in its maximum absorption.


3. The Concentration of the Product

When determining how much CBD you should be consuming, you’ll also want to consider the concentration of the product. Various oils, pills, topicals have various concentrations of CBD, some of them substantially higher, and others substantially lower. Look at the overall concentration of CBD within the entire product, then consider the suggested dose and how much CBD you’re actually getting within each dose.

Unless you are taking a tablet, it’s usually not dose for you. In some products like certain creams, patches or edibles there is no information about the total amount of CBD in the product. I wouldn't recommend using those products for obvious reasons.

If you are taking CBD oil, an easy way to calculate the amount of CBD you have in each drop is to divide the total amount of CBD in mg by the number of drops. For example, in Aphrodite CBD Hemp oil there are 500 mg of CBD and 400 drops (20 drops per 10 droppers), so 500/400= 1.25 mg of CBD per drop. If you want to take 5 drops it equals to 6mg of CBD. Very easy to calculate! 


4. The Quality of the Product

The cannabis industry is still poorly regulated right now due to the legalization process. For that reason, there are a lot of products on the market that are bad quality and will bring you no results. I’ve heard reviews from my customers that they are taking high doses and feel nothing from other brands, so before you buy from anyone, make sure they are a reliable source that you trust. You can read ICARIA’s reviews here.

How to Answer “How Much CBD Should I Be Taking?” For Yourself

One of the best ways to figure out how much CBD you should be taking is to experiment. Start with a small dose; if you’re consuming Icaria’s CBD oils, begin with 5 drops. Hold the oil under your tongue for at least 90 seconds and then wait 20-30 mins to see if you feel the desired effect. If so then it’s a good dose for you, if not, repeat the process for as many times as needed.

Figuring out how much CBD oil you should be taking can take some time, since some days or certain times of the day you might need higher or lower dose. Through this process however, you’re able to become much more conscious of how you’re feeling on a daily basis, both physically and mentally.