The most important thing to know when finding the right dose of CBD is to adjust and experiment in small increments. Go up or down by a half a milligram each increment until you find an amount that works for you. We always recommend taking a new or starting dose for at least three days in a row. This is because CBD bioaccumulates, meaning it will build in your body over time.
In general, CBD dosage depends on body mass, sex, age, activity level, tolerance and various other factors. However, most people find that a good starting dose of our CBD oil tincture is 15 milligrams taken before bed . In the case of our sleep oil, that equates to about half a milliliter (half a dropper) of oil. Between 15 and 30 milligrams seems to be the sweet spot for most people.
To get started with your hemp-assisted bedtime regimen, you’ll want to figure out how much CBD to take so it’s safe for your body and puts you at the right level of relaxation to get ample Zzzs. So how much, exactly, should you consume? The short answer is it depends.
Can You Overdose on CBD?
Since CBD comes in a variety of forms — gummies, vape oil, tinctures, creams, etc. — you’ll have some options when you’re getting started. Many people have success with all of these formats, but we recommend using easy-to-measure options when starting out. For example, the oil in our CBD starter kit is administered with a dropper that allows you to precisely control how much you take. Each dropper holds 33 milligrams of CBD and 1 milliliter of oil, so about half of a dropper before bed is a good starting point.
If you’re looking for a safe, uncomplicated way to get a good night’s rest, CBD oil is an excellent option. This hemp-derived compound is known to have an effect on the body’s endocannabinoid system — that’s the system that helps maintain our body’s mood, appetite and sleep — and is closely linked with the sleep/wake cycle. Since it’s natural and non-psychoactive, it doesn’t bring the same high risks or side effects as pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter sleep aids. Still, dosing is important to your safety and so that you get the desired effect.
To use our Chief CBD Nighttime Tincture , place 1 mL under your tongue an hour before bed. Wait 10 to 30 seconds and then swallow. If this is your first experience with CBD, we recommend starting out with 0.5 mL for the first night. You can then slowly work your way to 1 to 2 mL or a dose that feels comfortable to you.
Because of the long-standing prohibition on hemp products, research is still needed to make definitive conclusions on the effects of CBD. With that said, no human deaths have ever been attributed to the ingestion of authentic, pure CBD, and most people experience very few side effects. As with anything you ingest, pay close attention to the way your body reacts when taking CBD and make adjustments as needed.
Looking at the dosage information for the CBD product that has been FDA approved can also be helpful. For Epidiolex, an FDA-approved cannabis-derived medication used to treat seizures in people with certain types of epilepsy, the starting dosage is 5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. This dose can later be increased to 5 mg per kilogram of body weight twice a day.
The dosages used in research studies vary and there is no consensus on how much should be used for specific conditions. If you do decide to try CBD, it is also important to note that there is no universally agreed upon dose. Research also suggests that people may respond differently to various dosages, so the amount that is right for your needs might vary.
Start With a Low Dose
So what is the maximum amount of CBD you should take? Researchers have found that 600 mg per day appears to be safe, but one study suggested that doses of up to 1,500 mg a day are safe and tolerated well.
Some of the most common side effects that people experience when taking CBD include:
In addition to the mental health benefits, CBD may also have therapeutic benefits for a range of other conditions. The World Health Organization suggests that CBD may have beneficial effects in the treatment of: