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How much CBD should I take?

cbd dosage

As the saying goes, “too much of anything is bad”. Intaking the improper amount of CBD would only hurt you in the long run despite the numerous benefits promised to you by your seller. The main reason finding the right dosage is difficult is because of the different formulations of CBD.

Thus, this article will explain the right amount of dosage for some of the most popular formulations like gummies, oils, tablets, etc. Nevertheless, consider reaching out to a professional for a proper diagnosis and the right prescription for the right CBD dosage.

Tricky Part About Finding the Right CBD Dosage

Like other prescriptions, the dosage is usually presented to you per unit. If your doctor prescribes the number of milligrams to take, some of the products you would purchase might not have this exact amount. Some people would need to split the capsules or risk doubling their dose.

CBD Oil dosage is relatively easier to calculate than its counterparts. However, the tricky part about CBD oil is that it usually comes in a dropper bottle. If your dropper does not have some measurement, you would need to calculate this yourself.

For example, if we have a 20-milliliter bottle containing 1,300 milligrams of CBD, we can expect its dropper to contain .05 milliliters. In other words, a bottle would contain 65 milligrams of CBD.

To find the number of milligrams of CBD are in a drop, you can solve it like this:

65 mg/ML x 0.05mL/drop = 3.25 mg/ drop

If a professional prescribes 20 milligrams per day, you can calculate the number of drops this way.

20 mg / 3.25 = 5.71 drops

If the math still seems too difficult for you, you can always have your doctor prescribe the amount you should intake and how many drops you would need to get the prescribed dosage.

Most Common Dosages for Different Symptoms

The doctors usually have their formula to prescribe the right dosage for your illnesses. Some more severe ailments usually need a higher dosage than the example we showed above. Here are some of the most common dosages for common symptoms and conditions:

Symptoms / Ailments / Conditions  Recommended Dosages
Anxiety300 mg – 600 mg
Cancer-related conditions30 mg
Arthritis30 mg
Epilepsy2.5 mg

We have to note that prescriptions would vary for every person, making it vitally important that you do not use this table as the basis for your dosages.

What Happens if I Take Too Much CBD?

The body is resilient in fighting off too much dosage from the system, but this is not something to take advantage of. Numerous scientific studies determined that the body can handle doses up to 1,500 milligrams before people start experiencing side effects.

If a person takes too much more than their body can handle, the CBD chemicals might seriously interact with other medications the person is taking. According to scientific research, too much CBD could have a negative drug interaction with over 139 medications.

More importantly, too much CBD can also heighten the side effects, sometimes making it too unbearable for the user. Here are some negative and unpleasant side effects to look out for:

  • Drowsiness
  • Disorientation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • In more severe cases, liver damage

Although CBD is still in its infancy stage, most studies have not yet analyzed the long-term impacts of CBD overdosage. Nevertheless, we recommend you do not take more than the doctor prescribes.

Those CBD products that the Food and Drug Administration properly regulates usually provide their LD50. This number explicitly states the lethal dose that would most likely lead to death in most of the test subjects.

How to Find the Right Dosage for You

Asking the doctor’s recommendation is surely the best and safest way to consume CBD. However, if you are taking CBD for leisure purposes, it might be up to you to determine how much is too much CBD for your body. If you are a first-timer, here are some things to consider in determining the proper dosage.

  1. Body Weight and Body Chemistry

    Everyone’s body is different from each other, making the maximum dosage relative for everyone. Research shows a positive correlation to a lower maximum dosage in thinner persons than in bulkier ones. You might want to estimate the right dosage based on how much you expect the chemicals to flow through your body.

  2. Concentration

    Some CBD products usually have a larger concentration than others. Some might have the maximum legal amount of CBD concentration in the product, making it easier for you to overdose without proper care. Before purchasing the product, look at the details in the packaging to determine the concentration you might feel is too much for you.

  3. Take it Slow to Find Your Tolerance

    First-timers usually make the mistake of taking too much CBD their first time. It is safer to slowly test your limits and build up your tolerance before taking a dosage that might be too much for your body.

  4. Beware of Symptoms

    It is very easy to lose track of time when taking CBD, sometimes forgetting how much of the product you took after a while. Make it a habit for you to limit yourself to your maximum tolerance. Keep track of potential symptoms you might be feeling that might indicate an overdose.


The right amount of CBD provides numerous health benefits for its users, but too much could bring too many negative side effects and long-term diseases. Keep yourself on the safe side by taking all the necessary precautions before you even start taking CBD products.