Dosage Considerations

Concentration:

Concentration, or strength, refers to the total amount of CBD in a given product. Concentration is measured in milligrams (mg). This is different from dosage, which indicates the amount of CBD per serving. For instance, let’s say a bottle of CBD tincture has a concentration of 1000 mg and contains 10 millilitres (ml) of tincture. There are roughly 200 drops per 10ml bottle therefore each drop is approximately 5 mg of CBD; the consumer is not ingesting 1000 mg with each dose.

Body weight:

A person’s weight often plays a role in how much – or how little – CBD affects the body. Generally speaking, heavier people need higher doses to experience the calming effects of CBD; lighter people, on the other hand, may feel the same effects with a lower dose. Desired effects: For many, the optimal dose comes down to the level of pain or discomfort they are experiencing. Someone with chronic pain or severe anxiety may need a higher dose to alleviate their symptoms, whereas a person with a milder condition may prefer a lower dose with less pronounced effects.

Desired effects:

: For many, the optimal dose comes down to the level of pain or discomfort they are experiencing. Someone with chronic pain or severe anxiety may need a higher dose to alleviate their symptoms, whereas a person with a milder condition may prefer a lower dose with less pronounced effects.

Tolerance:

CBD consumers may develop a tolerance over time, which can result in reduced effects from the same dosage. Higher subsequent doses may be needed to achieve the desired results.

Calculating the Best Dosage:

The table below breaks down starting doses based on body weight and effect level.

These dosages are approximations and highly subjective due to the nature of CBD consumption.

WEIGHT GROUPMILD EFFECTSMODERATE EFFECTSSTRONG EFFECTS
Light (less than 9.5St.) 5 mg or less 5 mg to 15 mg 15 mg to 20 mg
Medium (9.5st to 16st.) 10 mg or less 10 mg to 20 mg 20 mg to 30 mg
Heavy (more than 16st.) 20 mg or less 20 mg to 30 mg 30 mg to 40 mg
These include people with severe pain or other debilitating symptoms, as well as those with a relatively high CBD tolerance. CBD is not toxic and gradually increasing CBD dosage does not carry any known side effects, so ramping up one’s dosage is generally safe – and, in some cases, beneficial to the consumer.
Many find that incrementally increasing the dosage is the best way to achieve the desired effects of CBD.
The type of CBD product is also important to consider, since each one is associated with different concentrations, dosing methods, and effects.
The next section will take a closer look at tinctures, topical, and other CBD product variations.