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How to Find the Right Dose of CBD

As Cannabis use is on the rise, more and more people are turning to Cannabidol (CBD) for relief from a wide array of symptoms including anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, epilepsy; the list goes on and on. The one question everyone has when starting CBD is how much do I take? Since the FDA has not regulated the CBD industry there is no official Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) or serving size. 


Many people hear that "just one drop," or "a dropper full of CBD a day" is all you need. While these can certainly be correct doses for some, it is ultimately misinformation as there are several variables at play when finding the dose that works for you. Simply put, one size does NOT fit all. 

That's why we've put together this helpful guide to give you the tools to more accurately dose your CBD, whether it be for you, your child, or your pet! 

Variables

Factors that determine your dose of CBD include:

  • Body Weight - a higher body weight means you will likely need a higher dose of CBD.  
  • Body Chemistry - your body chemistry is determined by a multitude of different factors including genetics and what you put in your body, so everyone's body chemistry is different. 
  • Severity of Symptoms - more severe symptoms like chronic pain, severe anxiety, epilepsy, etc.. require a higher dose than acute symptoms. 
  • Concentration of CBD - higher concentration of CBD likely mean you will need to take less of it to get the desired effects. 

Deciding Your Dose

A good way to start finding your dose is by following a simple rule: 1 mg per 10 lbs. of body weight. However, some may need to try anywhere from 2-5 mg per 10 lbs. if symptoms are more severe, but remember, start on the low end and increase your dose gradually so you don't go through all of your CBD or end up inadvertently taking more than you need. Since everyone is different, it is impossible to say your first try dosing will be the right one, it takes some experimentation to find out what works right for you. 

Note: For children and pets the rule changes slightly. For a child, .25 - .5 mg per 10 lbs. is recommended to start. With pets, anywhere from 1 - 4 mg per 10 lbs depending on the severity of symptoms.

How to Measure Your Dose With a CBD Tincture Oil

CBD tincture oils are one of the most popular ways to consume CBD due to their ease of use and convenience. While all tinctures should clearly display the CBD concentration on the bottle, not all display how much CBD is in the dropper. It only takes a little math to figure that out. Most droppers sold with a CBD tincture hold 1 milliliter (mL) of liquid. Use this formula to determine the amount of CBD per 1 mL dropper: 

[Total CBD Concentration in Bottle]  ÷ [Total Milliliters in Bottle] = CBD per dropper. 

Example: 1500 mg ÷ 30 ml = 50 mg per dropper. 

Say your daily dose is 25 mg, and your dropper contains 50 mg, simply fill the dropper only half way.   

FAQ's

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Is CBD Legal?

Yes. Industrial Hemp grown in the United States in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill, which assures the plant contains less than 0.3% THC, is legal in all 50 states, as well as CBD products derived from it. 

Is Hemp Different From Marijuana?

Yes. Hemp and Marijuana are two different species of the Cannabis plant; however Marijuana contains high amounts of THC, while Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC and higher amounts of CBD. 

Can CBD Get You High?

No. While some CBD products do contain trace amount of THC, known as a full spectrum, it is not nearly enough to cause any psychoactive effects. 

Will CBD Make Me Fail a Drug Test?

While unlikely, it is possible. Although trace amounts of THC aren't likely to show up on a basic drug test, we make no guarantees that this will always be the case. THC is stored in your body's fat cells, and continuous use, even in trace amounts, can potentially build up over extended periods of time to levels that would appear on a drug test. If drug testing is a concern, many employers are open to a discussion about their employees using full spectrum CBD products, as they cannot cause any psychoactive effects. Or there are Isolate CBD products that contain absolutely zero THC.

Can You Travel with CBD?

This depends. As long as it is stored in its original packaging that clearly displays the contents, you can take it with you on a plane. However, while CBD flower is legal in the U.S., the TSA has restricted it from airline travel due to its resemblance to Marijuana in both look and smell. Also, remember to follow TSA guidelines concerning liquids when flying with CBD oils to avoid confiscation or having to throw away your oil.