How Much CBD Should I Take?
When it comes to CBD, something that isn’t always obvious to first-timers is how to go about implementing it into your routine. This isn’t just a case of how to take CBD oil in the first place, but also what dosage is best for you and when during the day is optimal for you to take it. In this post, we should cover everything you need to know to get started, feel confident with your product, and get the most out of your CBD experience.
How to calculate CBD content
CBD products vary in strength and concentration, so it’s not always just a case of counting drops- it is useful to know exactly how many milligrams of CBD you are ingesting per drop. This information is often available on products themselves, but if not then it is fortunately very easy to calculate yourself. We have covered the relationship between CBD measurements in a previous blog post, which is as follows:
A 10ml oil which has 10% CBD will contain 1000mg in total.
A 30ml oil which has 5% CBD will contain 1500mg in total.
A 30ml oil which has 1% CBD will contain 300mg in total.
(Millilitres ml x Percentage %) x 10 = milligrams (mg)
Simply put; the percentage value tells you the strength per volume, whereas the milligrams gives you the total amount of CBD present in the bottle. Most products will sit somewhere between 1% - 10% in strength. You can take this simple formula and use it to calculate how many mg are in each pipette.
How much CBD oil should I take?
Each person is different, and therefore it is impossible to state a definitive dose that will be perfect for everyone. However, it’s easy to work out what is best for you. We recommend starting with a low dose, perhaps 5-10mg a day, and working your way up over time. There are a couple of things to stay aware of during this period to make sure you are getting the most out of your product:
1. This process can’t be rushed in a day or two. CBD takes time to leave the body, so if you are taking multiple doses over a short period of time then you won’t be able to accurately measure what level of CBD content is optimal. Instead, we recommend leaving 12-24 hours between doses with gradual increases over a week or so.
2. CBD is no instant miracle cure, and many people who use it daily have claimed to only experience effects when it is implemented as part of a longer term routine. 1-2 weeks of consistency and patience can go a long way in getting the best results for you.
3. Our recommendation is not to exceed 70mg of CBD a day. That being said, CBD is regarded as non-toxic, non-addictive, and free from any nasty side effects even in considerably larger quantities- so you need not panic if you accidentally exceed this.
When to take CBD oil
In short, the best times to take CBD are entirely down to your preference. Many users opt for first thing in the morning, and sometimes an afternoon/ evening top-up dose later in the day. This is a great schedule to start out, but whatever naturally integrates with your routine will mean that you are more likely to keep up with consistent dosage at the same times each day. Just like when finding your optimal dosage, you can do the same with these dose timings day-by-day and experiment with what you find best.
What can you take with CBD oil - and when SHOULD YOU avoid it?
The simplest and easiest way to take CBD oil is to use the oil dropper to place the CBD directly under the tongue, holding it for around 30 seconds to a minute, then swallow. However, if you aren’t confident with this or would like to take your CBD oil using another method, then you can always try adding the drops into a peppermint/ green tea, or into your morning smoothie. It is also easy to combine CBD oil with other essential oils you may already be taking. Some people have experimented with CBD oil in cooking, although this is generally not encouraged as the exposure to high temperatures could begin to break down the CBD.
However, there are a few things to be aware of if you plan on implementing CBD into your routine. If you are taking any medication or have a pre-existing medical condition, you should make sure to check with your doctor if you are able to continue taking CBD with it. Many medications interact with enzymes in the liver, similarly to CBD, so make sure you have checked that the two aren’t going to cause problems if taken together. We would recommend consulting a doctor before taking CBD, even if you don’t fall under this category, as a second professional opinion is always worthwhile when introducing a new supplement to your lifestyle. As a precautionary measure, you should also avoid taking CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.