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HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE?

Finding the right CBD dosage is the most confusing aspect that individuals struggle with when trying to find the proper hemp-derived product to help ease muscles aches, stress, and more.

In this CBD dosage guide, we’ll focus on what factors affect your CBD dosage, which CBD products are right for you, which CBD dosage is best for you, and how to calculate your specific CBD oil dose.

What factors affect my CBD dosage?

01

Lifestyle

Any medical or health professional with experience using plant-based alternatives will state that the dose and response of every individual varies based on current health status, lifestyle habits, genetics, diseases, and various other factors such as what one had to eat directly before taking a dose of CBD or how stressful of a day they may have had.

02

Tolerance

First time users of CBD products are typically recommended a lower starting dosage of around 1-3 mg. Doses can be increased slightly, every day or few days, depending on the response to the previous dosage. Dosage increase should stop when one notices significant benefits of a good hemp product, in order to avoid overloading and desensitizing of the cannabinoid receptors in the body.

03

Sensitivity

The emphasis when taking any product should be on listening to one’s body and its responses to the product that it has ingested. Pause, and take note of how you are feeling before taking your product and then make a note to tune back in half an hour later.

Does your body need more? Does it need less? Or does it feel just right?

04

Extract Type

Humans, unfortunately, have a habit of taking more and more under the assumption that more is always better. Although CBD is safe to take at a very high dose, the unfortunate truth is that CBD products, specifically products that only contain CBD isolate, will actually provide less benefit at higher doses and could potentially come with some potential side effects such as cannabis-induced nausea.

This decrease in benefits with a higher dosage is known as the dose-response bell curve, seen with CBD isolate products. Full spectrum extracts, on the other hand, maintain their beneficial effects with less side effects at further increased dosages over time.

So when the option is available, get a full spectrum or broad spectrum product to enhance your overall cannabinoid experience. Here’s more on the different types of CBD extracts:

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum CBD products typically will be made THC removed from the extract, providing a great alternative for people who need to avoid THC at all costs with some of the “entourage effect” intact.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum products will provide a full range of cannabinoids in the hemp plant including THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN among the most prominent. The cannabinoids as they naturally occur work together to provide an “entourage effect” that improves the body’s response to the product, meaning beneficial effects occur at lower doses with increased absorption and metabolism of the cannabinoids.

Isolate

Isolates will typically be up to 99% pure CBD (CBDA & CBDV may be in some as well) lacking the synergistic qualities seen with other more complete extracts of the hemp plant. CBD isolate products can still provide some beneficial qualities at the correct dosage, and may be the only option available to some based on location or price range. A well sourced, high quality CBD product, will always provide some benefit given one does not go overboard with their CBD dosage.

Which CBD product is best for me?

As many types of extracts and cannabinoids as there are in the CBD world, there seems to be just as many variations of products. The type of product you choose to take will also affect how your body responds to the CBD dosage.

Some products may only provide absorption up to 10% while others can provide up to 60-70% absorption. It all depends on what types of conditions individuals are dealing with, the dose needed, and the end goal in mind. We’ll start with the simple products and then build to the more complex products on the market.

Smokables

Smokables

Smokable CBD extracts provide the fastest-acting dosage method but also have the shortest therapeutic time frame compared to other products. Individuals may feel effects within a few seconds after inhaling cannabinoids, with peak effects occurring after just a few minutes, and lasting up to 3 hours. This is a great product for those who enjoy the process of smoking cannabis and need quick relief from any symptoms they may be experiencing with absorption rates up to 50%.

Oils

Oils

CBD oils are oil based products with CBD rich extract infused into them, they often can be found with added flavors. These are by far the most common products on the market. Carrier oil in a product is most likely MCT or olive oil, though there exists many variations of carrier oils, all with varying degrees of absorbability ranging from 40 to 50 percent at the higher end. A traditional CBD oil-based tincture or spray is meant to be taken sublingually (under the tongue), as the rich veins on the bottom of your tongue absorb the CBD directly into the bloodstream. This allows the CBD to travel throughout the body and work its magic before returning to the liver to be metabolized, providing great cognitive and physical effects overall. Effects should be noticeable within 20-40 mins.

Edibles

Edibles

Snacks consist of extracts or oils incorporated into edible items like cookies, gummies, and more. Other rich fats in meals may increase absorption rates of the edible by 50% overall, on it’s own, the absorption is about 20%. When cannabinoids are digested through the gut as they are absorbed into the bloodstreams and delivered to the liver, they undergo a chemical change that alters their structure as the body attempts to metabolize the cannabinoids. This alters the chemical structure of the cannabinoids before they ever reach their desired destination and often results in more physical or bodily benefits.

Capsules

Capsules

Capsules are normally gel caps with CBD extract or CBD rich oil with a carrier oil encapsulated within it, although there are products that utilize a powdered form of cbd that can be paired with other herbs. This product is ideal for individuals who may want to avoid any of the “weed” flavors or scents associated with hemp products or don’t enjoy taking sublingual oils. The most important benefit that capsules provide is that they provide much more accurate dosage for the individual taking the product, eliminating some human error in the process. Capsules are absorbed in the same way as snacks, meaning that their overall absorption rates typically decrease about 10-20% in respect to their oil and water soluble based counterparts. Effects are known to last up to around 7 to 8 hours which means that doses may only need to be delivered once or twice a day to provide long lasting beneficial physical effects for certain conditions.

Smokables

Smokable CBD extracts provide the fastest-acting dosage method but also have the shortest therapeutic time frame compared to other products. Individuals may feel effects within a few seconds after inhaling cannabinoids, with peak effects occurring after just a few minutes, and lasting up to 3 hours. This is a great product for those who enjoy the process of smoking cannabis and need quick relief from any symptoms they may be experiencing with absorption rates up to 50%.

Method of Ingestion Product Types Bioavailability Onset Duration
Oil-Based Oral Capsules, Edibles Low 30-90 Mins ~7 Hours
Oil-Based Sublingual Tinctures, Sprays Low-Mid 20-40 Mins ~6 Hours
Inhalation Vape, Smoke Mid-High 2-5 Mins ~3 Hours
Topical Lotion, Balm, Patch Low 60-90 Mins ~6 Hours

What is the best CBD dosage for me?

The general starting dose for a first time CBD user may be a recommended dose between 1 to 3 milligrams a day that follows a step up program over a few weeks. First time users have the potential to have strong reactions to CBD as it may prompt a reset in the nervous system, causing some individuals to believe that they got “high” from ingesting a CBD based product (beware, as some products on the market may have THC in them based on manufacturer error).

Once established, 30 milligrams can be considered a full daily dose for the average healthy adult. Those seeking a more dramatic effect may up the dose to 50mg or more. If you need more than 50-70 milligrams daily then CBD may not be the best cost-effective option for you unless you have a complaint that does not have promising traditional treatment methods.

We’ve have developed a simple step up program for the average first time user based on their weight, this is for someone who has never used a CBD product before and is looking to build up their own natural endocannabinoid system.

Weight (lbs) Day 1-5 Day 4-7 Day 8-11 Day 12-15 Day 16-19
90 1mg 3mg 5mg 7mg 9mg
110 1mg 3mg 6mg 8mg 11mg
130 2mg 4mg 7mg 10mg 13mg
155 2mg 5mg 8mg 12mg 15mg
175 2mg 5mg 9mg 13mg 18mg
200 3mg 6mg 10mg 15mg 20mg
220 3mg 7mg 11mg 17mg 22mg

Neurogan CBD oil dosage

We know CBD dosage can be confusing, so we wanted to make it as easy for you as possible. All of our CBD oil products take guessing out of the equation with a marked dosage dropper to quickly and easily get the dose you need.

Understanding CBD overdose

The term overdose is used to illustrate the point where a person may be near a lethal limit or experiencing severe impairment due to a substance. By this definition, it’s highly unlikely that one would overdose on cannabis or CBD products. In fact, no more than a handful of people die every year with high levels of cannabis in their system. Any death related to the cannabis plant is typically seen with the presence of other substances in the body rather than cannabis alone.

It’s extremely difficult to ingest the amount of cannabis needed to get to the LD50, the abbreviation used for Lethal Dose, 50%, which is the amount of a particular substance required (usually per body weight) to kill 50% of the test population. To reach CBD’s LD50 the average 154 pound adult would need to ingest 68,600mg of CBD to have a 50% chance of dying from CBD. Even if cost was not a barrier, this type of dose is extremely hard to ingest unless you were to consume a mass amount of raw CBD extract.

With that being said, there are certain signs and symptoms that some might consider symptomatic of an overdose, or better yet an adverse reaction to CBD. This is most commonly seen in individuals who aren’t familiar with nutrient dense foods, herbal medicine, or new to CBD. The symptoms one may experience include dry mouth, vomiting, decreased appetite, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, diarrhea, and increased liver enzyme with long term use. Some of these symptoms can be considered very common to cannabis as a whole and may be experienced at a very low dose for some individuals or at a very high dose for others.

Always remember to start low and go slow with CBD dosage, especially as a first time user. Practice patience and give the CBD time to build in your system in order to allow it to exert its maximal effects. If one is already taking a larger dose and feeling comfortable, then they should not be at risk for an overdose.

Choose Your CBD

  • CBD Oils and Capsules
  • CBD Balms & Lotions
  • CBD Snacks
  • Smokables

Our best-selling CBD oils and capsules are a fan favorite, packed with our signature Scandinavian-grown, seed-to-shelf CBD extracts. Crafted with your choice of either a full spectrum or broad spectrum THC-free extract, get access to the full range of cannabinoids present in the natural hemp plant: CBD, CBG, CBC, and other whole-plant, therapeutic compounds. Our vegan and kosher certified CBD oil have strengths ranging from 500-12,000MG and come in 3 flavors: cinnamon, natural hemp, and citrus.

Our best-selling CBD oils and capsules are a fan favorite, packed with our signature Scandinavian-grown, seed-to-shelf CBD extracts. Crafted with your choice of either a full spectrum or broad spectrum THC-free extract, get access to the full range of cannabinoids present in the natural hemp plant: CBD, CBG, CBC, and other whole-plant, therapeutic compounds. Our vegan and kosher certified CBD oil have strengths ranging from 500-12,000MG and come in 3 flavors: cinnamon, natural hemp, and citrus.

CBD balms and lotions have quickly become the newest CBD sensation by harnessing the power of full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD extracts to deliver a healthy glow & muscle deep nourishment for those with sensitive skin, soreness, dryness, and more. Choose from CBD cooling rub for sore muscles and pain, CBD balm for on-the-go topical relief, CBD massage oil for deeper muscle penetration, CBD and SPF lip balm for dry lips, and a CBD moisturizer for day & night. Learn more about how CBD gets absorbed into the skin, here.

If you’re looking to enjoy CBD in a unique way, try CBD snacks with chewy, and juicy CBD goodness for enhanced physical & mental well-being. Choose from our best-selling CBD mints, calming CBD tea, and fruity CBD gummy squares.

Neurogan smokable CBD flowers and pre-rolls bring you full-spectrum hemp, neatly rolled up for you to take on-the-go . Smoking CBD is the quickest way to experience the benefits of smoking CBD and the difference can be felt almost immediately after use. Enjoy premium CBD cigarettes, CBD pre rolls, and whole plant CBD flowers for greater physical and mental well-being.

Conclusion

Although picking the right product can seem overwhelming, keep in mind that it can be quite simple. Starting with a general CBD oil or CBD capsules at a small dose is the easiest and quickest way to begin experiencing the benefits of CBD. Whether you’re currently experiencing high levels of stress or burnout from long-term stressors, CBD can help your body to better adapt with the ability to help improve mood, support healthy inflammatory function, and ease stubborn aches.

Remember to check your product for the type of extract it utilizes and proper dosage instructions. If these things are not clear, it may be time to get a new product. If you’re not currently experiencing any benefit from your product at a normal or high dose, take a break and try a different dosing method that may be more suited to your body. Lastly, listen to your body and how it responds to each product and you’ll know when you’ve found the right dose.