CBD Serving Size: How Much CBD Should I Take?
One of the first questions many Medical Marijuana, Inc. customers ask is, what is a good CBD serving size? The answer to that question is less clear than you may expect. So just what is a serving of CBD?
CBD Serving Size
For those wondering how much CBD they should use, there is no perfect answer. The ideal CBD serving size will vary depending on the individual and what result he or she is looking for when using CBD. While there is a suggested CBD serving size on every product sold by Medical Marijuana, Inc., that is more of a rough guideline for how much CBD to use rather than an exact serving guideline. Instead, you need to decide based on your own individual wants and needs.
Further complicating matters is the variety of CBD infused products available, many with wildly different amounts of CBD per serving. The proper CBD serving size for a CBD edible, a CBD tincture, or CBD oil will be different for each product. Our online store alone contains products ranging in CBD from just over 4 mg up to 225 mg per suggested serving. With such a variety in CBD concentrations, and products ranging from CBD capsules to CBD oils, the best approach is to just take your own ideal level of CBD each day to help you feel your best.
In this article, you’ll learn how to choose the CBD serving size that best meets your individual needs, the sensations to expect, and whether or not it is possible to overdose on CBD (it’s not).
FDA Regulations and Suggested Servings
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is ultimately responsible for creating a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI), defined as the daily levels of a nutrient sufficient enough to meet the requirements of 97-98 percent of healthy individuals in the U.S. This would act as a recommended daily CBD serving size. However, the FDA has not yet created an RDI for suggested daily CBD servings.
In order to comply with FDA regulations, Medical Marijuana, Inc. does not list an RDI of our own, nor do we provide a Daily Value (%DV) for any of our products. However, our products do come with a “suggested CBD serving size.” This suggested serving size acts as a guideline to help you decide the right amount of CBD oil to use to help you hit your daily CBD goal. While you can heed our suggested serving size and only use that specific amount of CBD, the amount of CBD you use in each serving is entirely up to you.
We recommend our customers do their own research from a source they can trust or consult their doctor or medical specialist to determine their own ideal daily CBD levels.
Start With a Small CBD Serving Size
With such a variety of products and potencies, the question remains, “How much CBD should I use?”
If you have any doubts about how much CBD you should take, it is best to start small. When starting any new wellness routine, it is suggested you start low and go slow. Once you determine the CBD levels you’d like to achieve each day, start with a serving size that is below that number and slowly work your way up to that level by increasing your serving size every few days.
When you hit your predetermined daily serving size, you can decide if you’d like to continue increasing your serving size or stay where you are. Through trial and error, you should be able to find the perfect daily CBD serving size for you and your needs. There is no true ideal CBD serving size, and over time you will learn the optimal CBD serving size for you.
It can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours after use for the effects of CBD to be felt. This time frame can vary depending on the serving size and method of application, along with some other factors that affect the rate of absorption by the body. This can make determining the ideal amount of CBD oil to use a tricky task without a blanket answer.
CBD, like all cannabinoids, can also build up in the body and cause an increase in cannabinoid receptors. An increase in cannabinoid receptors then makes the endocannabinoid system more active and sensitive to stimulation by cannabinoids. This is one more reason to make sure you are supporting your system with CBD daily.
Is CBD Intoxicating?
CBD is federally legal, not intoxicating, and has no psychoactive properties. CBD alone cannot cause euphoric effects, regardless of the size of your CBD servings. While CBD comes from a cannabis plant, our CBD oil is derived from hemp that features little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive chemical compound that is found in marijuana, and it is this substance that causes intoxication in users.
Hemp contains only trace levels of THC, making hemp oil a completely safe source of cannabinoids for all the members of your family, regardless of their age. Hemp CBD oil is so safe that some people even give servings of CBD oil to their pets and young children.
Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s full-spectrum of CBD hemp oil products all contain less than 0.3% THC, far below the threshold for intoxication. However, if you would prefer to avoid any exposure to THC in your daily serving of CBD, we provide products made from 99% pure CBD isolate, such as our popular RSHO-X™.
A common response from consumers who use CBD oil is a feeling of calm and ease. If this happens to you, it is no cause for concern. This feeling of calm does not mean you are intoxicated or otherwise impaired. Feeling balanced is one of the main effects of using CBD, and this relaxing effect is a reason many consumers choose to use CBD oil products.
Can You Use Too Much CBD Oil?
Is it possible to overdose on CBD oil? No. Consumers are sometimes concerned with the possibility of CBD poisoning when using CBD for the first time, but CBD is considered non-toxic and well-tolerated by humans, even at high amounts. While we do not advise taking extremely high doses of CBD, there is likely no cause for concern if you use more CBD than needed.
Why Use CBD Oil Products?
CBD (or cannabidiol), is one of over 100 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. When consumed, cannabinoids like CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (EC system), which is the system responsible for helping the body maintain homeostasis or balance.
Supporting the endocannabinoid system with cannabinoids like CBD from daily hemp oil products enhances the EC system’s ability to promote balance. That means that everyone can benefit from the advantages of CBD oil products, regardless of age or health level.
Using CBD Daily
Medical Marijuana, Inc. is the first company to introduce CBD oil products to the mainstream marketplace in 2012. Our CBD oil products are created by extracting the thick, viscous oil from Certified Organic hemp plants. Rich in vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, and proteins with a high level of CBD, this oil can be consumed as is or processed into a number of CBD oil products, like tinctures, topicals, edibles, vapes, and capsules.
When the endocannabinoid system is supported by the CBD found in these products, it is positively affected and better able to maintain balance, supporting the body’s daily performance. While stimulating the endocannabinoid system every day is not essential, doing so may enhance the natural benefits of CBD and its support of the endocannabinoid system.
Our hemp CBD oil products are available in low, medium, and high concentrations. With our lowest concentration of CBD per serving, between 4 and 17 mg, our hemp oil tinctures are an ultra-portable way to add small amounts of CBD to your system throughout the day.
Our medium range products, like our RSHO® Liquid and our CBD oil capsules, are excellent once or twice daily additions to your diet, offering 31 and 25 mg of CBD, respectively.
Finally, our RSHO® oral applicators provide our highest levels of CBD, between 50 and 225 mg of CBD per serving, depending on the label color you choose.
Why CBD Products from Medical Marijuana, Inc?
At Medical Marijuana, Inc. we are dedicated to offering our customers pure, safe, and high-quality CBD oil products. All of our products are made using hemp instead of marijuana, meaning our CBD products are not intoxicating and contain no psychoactive effects. We offer a variety of CBD products to fit your needs and lifestyle, giving customers access to CBD lotions, liquids, capsules, hair care products, and more!
Since CBD products do not have any negative effects on your health and well being, our hemp CBD oil can be used by people of all ages. Medical Marijuana, Inc. further ensures the safety of our CBD oil products by sourcing them from non-GMO hemp grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers, using non-toxic supercritical CO2 for extraction, and rigorously testing for safety and quality through our Triple Lab Testing® process.
Learn More About CBD
There is more to discover about CBD and hemp on our CBD Oil Education page. Read about how CBD affects the body, how to choose the CBD oil product that is best for you, and CBD benefit s . Or shop the Medical Marijuana, Inc. store today to get started using a daily serving of CBD .
CBD Oil Dosage Guide
If you’re into health and wellness, you have probably heard about CBD. This compound – found in the cannabis plant – is developing quite a reputation for how it may benefit humans and animals alike. But finding a CBD Oil Dosage guide can be impossible. So lets start from the beginning. First it is important to understand that we are not doctors and we do not prescribe here at Green Wellness Life. We often get asked what “dosage” someone should take? In the CBD industry we refer to this as serving size NOT dose. That’s the short answer. The more complicated, extensive answer regarding serving sizes can depend on many factors including your body chemistry, other supplements you’re taking, etc. This is one of the reasons that, even with the current wave of states legalizing medical marijuana, many physicians are hesitant to prescribe cannabinoids like CBD. Other reasons include:
1 – Doctors cannot prescribe (only recommend) cannabinoids, because there’s no recommended daily allowance (RDA) or universal dose for all people.
2 – Most medical schools never cover CBD/cannabidiol therapy in their pharmacology courses (the drug curriculum revolves primarily around substances that can be patented).
CBD bottles have recommended serving sizes
A good place to start is to look at the recommended serving on the bottle or box that your product came in. Usually, it will have an amount, typically in drops for oils (one of the more common types of CBD products on the market), that is supposed to elicit the desired effect. Most starting serving sizes on bottles begins between 10 and 15 mg. That’s a great mid-range place to start. We usually recommend people start at that 10-15 mg and work up, only if they need to. Many people do really well at a low serving size and don’t need to step it up. It generally takes between 5 to 7 days for the full effect of CBD to be felt. If the desired effect is not felt we recommend increasing the serving size by doubling the amount for another 5 to 7 days. Keep adjusting, as needed, allowing your body that 5 days or so to adjust between changes.
One size does not fit all
The more complicated, extensive answer regarding serving sizes can depend on many factors including your body chemistry, other supplements you’re taking, etc. This is one of the reasons that, even with the current wave of states legalizing medical marijuana, many physicians are hesitant to prescribe cannabinoids like CBD. Other reasons include:
There is no one-size-fits-all serving size recommendation for CBD. Since one’s serving size is based on highly variable factors, since it is not that simple a CBD user is going to have to do a bit of extra work. Now, don’t panic, I’m not assigning a science fair project (no need to buy posterboard and baking soda for a cool, but labor-intensive paper mache volcano). Just like when determining if something in your diet is bothering you, all you’re going to need is a small notebook and a pen. Track those servings and how you’re feeling for at least a week so that you can see the patterns. Don’t let the leg work discourage you. The goal is to find those results that you’re looking for with the minimum amount of any supplement. “At the end of the day, the majority of CBD users will take a daily dose between 10 and 75 mg, with fairly effective results.”
If you were to google search “how much CBD should I take?” you will find varying responses. I found one website conveniently recommends starting at “25mg of CBD, taken twice daily.” If it does not produce the desired effects, they recommend “ increasing the amount of CBD you take every 3-4 weeks by 25mg until you attain symptom relief (inversely, decrease by 25mg if symptoms worsen.
Another site states “Considering the endless amount of variables that are at play, it would be naive to dish out some random number (say 25 mg oral CBD taken twice daily), and say that that amount will be effective for everyone.” Yikes, I know it seems like everybody is saying different things and it can be confusing! That is why we at Green Wellness Life recommend starting small and increasing over time until you are seeing the benefits that you’re looking for. This can also keep your cost down because you may not need a lot of CBD to see results. So, we know we’re a broken record here, but start with that 10mg-15mg and hang with it for 5 to 7 days. Double the serving size next week, ONLY IF YOU HAVE TO, and continue to step it up until you see the desired effect.
Can I become tolerant of CBD?
This is a good rule for starting out, but what about tolerance over time? Will I become more tolerant of CBD as I continue to use it, lessening its efficacy? Once again, there is no easy answer to these questions as there is not enough current research available to definitively say whether or not tolerance builds up in all cases; while one person experiences an increase in tolerance, requiring more CBD over time to elicit the same response, another may never need to increase the amount that they’re taking. There are three main types of tolerance, which can occur in reaction to prescription drugs and other supplements, such as CBD:
- Cellular level: (Pharmacodynamic tolerance) where receptors become desensitized through constant interaction or there is a reduction in receptor density.
- Metabolic level: (Pharmacokinetic tolerance) Affects the process of metabolizing a drug or substance, it results in less amounts of a substance reaching the site it affects. Metabolic or pharmacokinetic tolerance is most evident with oral ingestion.
- Behavioral level: Where the individual becomes used to substance-induced impairment with repeated use. Behavioral tolerance is seen with the use of certain psychoactive drugs.
The World Health Organization has found in a 2017 peer review that “ no tolerance was observed at any of the doses of CBD administered.” There will be more studies, that shed light on the exact effects of CBD, and these studies will include analysis of tolerance. Right now, there is no documented evidence of CBD tolerances being built up in the body. This might change, or not reflect one’s personal experiences. The recommendation that I gave earlier, that each person should watch their own progress over time (break out that notebook!) and make adjustments based on personal experience is the best that we can offer at this time. And, of course, as always, everything should be used in moderation.
CBD products vary significantly in the amount of CBD per serving. So let’s take a look at the most popular types of CBD products and explain how you can figure out how much to take of each capsule, oil, or gummy.
Why Should I Take CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of more than 60 naturally-occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds are known as cannabinoids. Unlike THC – another well-known cannabinoid – CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t make you feel high or stoned.
While the research on CBD is still in its preliminary stages, scientists believe that it works by interacting with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in our bodies.
A number of studies have found that CBD may be effective in:
- Alleviating pain;
- Improving sleep;
- Reducing anxiety;
- Helping with acne;
- Reducing seizures;
- Boosting heart health; and
- Lowering the risk of diabetes.
While this research is promising, the science on CBD is still developing. While there are a number of potential benefits to taking CBD, only you can decide if you should take it. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding anything to your diet, including CBD.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
In 2018, the United States legalized the production of hemp, a type of cannabis that contains high levels of CBD and other beneficial compounds. While CBD is now legal in the U.S., CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As such, there are no official recommended serving sizes for CBD.
This leaves consumers to rely on manufacturer recommendations and their own research to figure out the right amount of CBD to take. The proper serving size will vary by person based on a number of factors, including your body weight, the benefits you’re looking to receive, your unique body chemistry, and the concentration of CBD in each drop, pill, capsule, or edible.
Before you start taking CBD, talk to your doctor about an appropriate serving size, and any possible interactions with any medications that you may be taking. If your doctor advises you on how much CBD to use, follow their recommendation. Otherwise, you will need to figure out the serving size that works best for you and your body.
While CBD is generally considered to be safe and effective, you should always start with a small serving size of 10 to 15 milligrams (mg) and gradually increase it by 5 to 10 mg each week, keeping track of how much CBD you are taking and how it makes you feel. When you find a serving size that seems to work for you, you can continue taking that amount.
Understanding CBD Serving Sizes
Whether your doctor gives you a recommended serving size or you start with a small serving of CBD to figure out what helps you the most, the amount that you take will depend on what product you are using. Each CBD product has its own recommended serving size based on its concentration of CBD. This means that you have to pay close attention to the label to make sure that you are taking the correct amount.
There are five main types of CBD products: (1) oils or tinctures; (2) capsules or pills; (3) edibles; (4) vape cartridges; and (5) topicals. Most of these products will list two numbers on the package: amount of CBD in the product as a whole, and amount of CBD per serving size. While both numbers are important, when it comes to determining serving size, you should focus on the amount of CBD per serving (per capsule, drop, or gummy).
Below, we’ll break down the CBD serving size for the various oils, capsules, and edibles that we offer in our store. These numbers can help you determine which product is right for you.
Oils and Tinctures
CBD oils can be purchased as either a raw oil extract or as a tincture. A tincture will have a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, along with the CBD oil. Each of these products will have a different concentration of CBD:
: 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 milliliter, mL) : 33.33 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 33.33 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 2 mg of CBD per serving (1 drop) : 33.33 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 33 mg of CBD per serving (1 dropperful) : 3 mg of CBD per serving (1 spray) : 7, 17, or 50 of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 100 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 50 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 30 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 33.33 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 33.33 or 100 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 3, 4, 6, or 8 mg of CBD per serving (1 drop) : 30 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 1 or 5 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) :1 or 5 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 8.33 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 16.7, 33.33, or 66.66 mg of CBD per serving (1 mL) : 3 or 3.3 mg per serving (size of a grain of rice) : 5 mg per serving (size of a grain of rice) : 8 mg per serving (size of a grain of rice)
When taking a CBD oil, it is important to keep in mind that most standard droppers contain 1 mL of liquid. Check the package to determine if the serving size is an entire dropperful – 1 mL – or a single drop. Some CBD oils come with droppers with lines to show half, quarter, and other measures of CBD oil to help you get the proper serving size.
CBD Capsules or Pills
The amount of CBD in CBD capsules can vary significantly by brand and product:
: 33.3 mg of CBD per serving (1 capsule : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 capsule) : 50 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 50 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 15 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 15 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 tablet) : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 50 mg of CBD per serving (1 microcap) : 30 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 10 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 10 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) for medium option, 50 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) for strong option :10 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) for medium option, 50 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) for strong option : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 5 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 50 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel) : 15 mg of CBD per serving (1 softgel)
As you can see, the serving size for each individual product varies significantly, from 5 mg per capsule to as much as 50 mg per capsule.
As with oils and capsules, the amount of CBD in each edible will vary considerably by product:
: 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 gummy) : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 gummy) : 12.5 mg of CBD per serving (1 gummy) : 10 mg of CBD per serving (1 gummy) : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 gummy) : 10 mg of CBD per serving (1 gummy) : 25 mg of CBD per serving (1 maple stick) : 10 mg of CBD per serving (1 piece of gum) : 5 mg of CBD per serving (1 mint) : 15 mg of CBD per serving (1 piece of gum) : 15 mg of CBD per serving (1 TBSP of coffee)
You will want to choose a product with a serving size that allows you to begin with a lower level of CBD and gradually increase it over time.
The amount of CBD you’ll want to take will also vary depending on the extraction level of the product. Isolate CBD products will require a larger intake when compared to full spectrum CBD products, because isolate products won’t produce the entourage effect. Typically, you’ll need 4 to 10 times the amount of a full spectrum product to receive the same benefits with an isolate CBD product.
Ready to Try CBD? We’re Here to Help.
After reading up on the potential benefits of CBD, you may be ready to give it a shot. Deciding what to buy is the next step – which can be difficult when there are so many new terms to understand. At Green Wellness Life, we are happy to assist you with finding a CBD product that is right for you. Our online CBD shop contains a wide variety of CBD oil products to choose from.