How Much CBD Should I Take?

CBD dosage is a highly controversial subject, as some wonder if there is such a thing as an appropriate CBD dosage. Some have argued that there is no such thing as “too much CBD,” as this compound is safe even in extremely high doses. 

Here are a few things to bear in mind before consuming high doses of CBD. 

CBD is Non-Psychoactive

Some people who consume CBD expect to start experiencing the “spacey” feeling associated with marijuana. When this does not happen, they report that “they have felt nothing” and therefore adjust their dosage upwards.

In order to be objective about CBD’s effect on your body, you must remind yourself that it is a non-psychoactive substance.

The Effects of CBD May Take a While to Set In

Do not expect to start feeling the effects of CBD as soon as you take the first bite of that CBD infused cookie, for example. In fact, CBD a edible will keep you waiting for about two hours before you start experiencing any of its effects.

Also note that it may take a few doses before you can appreciate its effects. A good rule of thumb is “don’t be in a rush to titrate your dose upwards once you start medicating on CBD.”

How Much CBD Should You Take?

A study that was published in 2017 showed that CBD has a wide safety profile, and that underscored the theory of a universal or standard dosage for CBD. It was highlighted in the study that different people respond differently to it, which makes it difficult to have a one-size-fits-all dosage.

Most of the CBD studies that have been done so far have used dosages that range from 20mg to 1,500 mg. The common denominator in all of them is the previously mentioned, wide safety profile of CBD in both humans and animals. 

Factors that Determine Your Optimal CBD Dosage

Everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system that determines how they respond to CBD. As a result, here is a list of factors that you’ll need to keep in mind when assessing CBD’s effects on your body:

  • Your age: Very young and very old people have a slower metabolism and should therefore take less CBD at one time
  • Your body weight: CBD is lipophillic and is therefore stored in fat cells, so overweight people may need to take more CBD to feel its effects
  • The severity of the condition being treated: The more severe the condition, the more CBD you might need to take
  • Your body chemistry
  • The concentration of the CBD that you are taking

For inexperienced users, it’s recommended that you start with the lowest possible dose of CBD, usually 20mg, and adjust the dosage upwards as you observe its effects. It is also recommended that you increase the dosage by 5-10 mg every three days. If you are using CBD to treat a medical condition, consult your doctor before changing your CBD dosage

Is It Possible to Take too Much CBD? 

A 2011 review on the effects of CBD found that humans can safely tolerate up to 1,500 mg of CBD a day. However, a different study that was conducted in 2019 conflicted with this finding by raising concerns about possible liver damage. 

CBD interacts with drugs that are metabolized through the CYP450 pathway in that it can either enhance or inhibit their effects. As a result, if you are on any medication it is important to consult with your doctor before starting to use CBD.

Negative side effects of using CBD include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigues
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in weight and appetite