How Much CBD Should I Take the First Time?
Now that CBD is legal in all 50 states and you can buy it at your local store, it’s easier than ever to start using CBD products. However, knowing how much CBD to take the first time is still confusing, especially considering how different people respond to cannabis products.
You don’t want to go overboard and waste your money on something that doesn’t work (or worse yet, ingest too much), but if you’re new to CBD and worried about getting started, this CBD guide will help demystify some of those questions.
Is Your CBD Serving Size Enough?
If you’re taking a tincture or other CBD product in liquid form, one serving is usually measured as either 1 or 2 ml. That’s equivalent to just over 1/3 ounce of oil—which sounds like a lot, but it isn’t when you consider how much oil your body can absorb at once.
If you’re taking CBD in powder form, look at the label to indicate how many servings are in each container. The amount will vary from brand to brand and product to product, but generally speaking, it should be between 500 mg and 1000 mg per serving (roughly 10 times less than what’s found in some tinctures). This means if your bottle has 100 servings inside, each contains around 50 mg of CBD.
Finally, capsules are often sold as 30-count bottles with 10 mg of CBD per capsule (300mg total). Gummies come in packs containing anywhere from 15-25 pieces that come with 15 mg each (225mg total)
How Much Mg CBD for the First Time?
Different people react differently to CBD. Some may feel the effects immediately, while others may take up to two weeks before feeling the full effects of their daily CBD dose.
Because everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique, it’s impossible to say precisely how much CBD you’ll need on any given day. But here are some general guidelines for figuring out how much CBD might be best for you:
We suggest a first-time dosage of 0.25mg of a CBD product multiplied by that day’s weight in pounds. Therefore, a 90-pound person should take 22.5mg CBD daily (0.25 x 90 = 22.5), and a 160-pound person can take 40mg CBD daily (160 x 0.25= 40).
You should split the daily doses into two, taking one in the morning and the other in the evening. You should gradually increase your CBD dose if you need more potent effects. If you’re using full-spectrum CBD, 5 milligrams may help for a start.
Factors That Can Affect Your CBD Dose
A few factors can determine how much CBD is safe for you. These include:
Body weight (and body fat percentage)
The concentration of CBD in the product
How often do you take CBD
How long have you been taking it (in hours)