CBD dosage guide: is there an optimal CBD oil dosage?

Four different CBD dosages
What is the right CBD dosage?

There is no universal dosage rule for CBD oil. Many people take about 10 to 20 milligrams of CBD oil once or twice a day. Some only take 1 to 3 mg per day, others a micro-dose every hour. Because each person is different, CBD works differently for each person.

The correct CBD dosage depends on many factors, including but not limited to:

  • Weight
  • Nutrition
  • Metabolism
  • Genetics

CBD dosing according to weight and severity of symptoms:

Condition Severity / Weight 31-60 lbs 61-100 lbs 100-175 lbs 175-250 lbs
Mild 2 mg-8 mg + 4 mg-12 mg + 6mg-18mg + 8mg-20mg +
Medium 8mg-18mg + 12mg-24mg + 18mg-24mg + 22mg-40mg +
Severe 18mg-30mg + 24mg-40mg + 24mg-40mg + 40mg-60mg +


A special role is played by the endocannabinoid system. This system and its cannabinoid receptors are the reason why CBD works in the human body. A person with a well-functioning endocannabinoid system usually needs less CBD oil than someone with an urgent health problem. In this case, more CBD oil is needed to balance the endocannabinoid system.

Start with small doses

Start with a small dose of CBD. Find out how your body reacts to cannabidiol and how you feel after a small dose. Then you can gradually increase the CBD dose until you find the right dosage for your body. It is often recommended to increase your CBD intake by 25 mg every week. As soon as you feel the desired effect, stop increasing the dosage. If the effect wears off, increase again by 25 mg. If you feel unwell or symptoms get worse, reduce the dose by 25 mg.

You can record your daily experiences in a notebook. This will not only help you find the right dosage. In hindsight, you can also understand what worked best for you.

CBD oil for the treatment of pain and mood disorders

CBD dosage also depends on the condition you would like to treat with it. You can look at the following guidelines for the two most common uses of CBD – but again, what works for others does not have to work for you.

  1. For chronic or acute pain, an starting dose of 5 mg is often recommended. You can increase this dose gradually up to 20 mg a day. When experiencing severe pain, you can take the CBD dosage 1-3 times a day.
  2. For the treatment of depression or anxiety, smaller doses are usually sufficient. Typically less than 2 mg per day. Even with sleep disorders, a small dosage is recommended.

Recommended CBD dosages (based on crowd-sourced data):

Severity of Symptoms (mg of CBD)
Medical condition Mild Medium Severe
General Health N/A 27 N/A
ADD/ADHD 26 77 154
Alzheimer’s 18 54 108
Anxiety 11 33 67
Arthritis 16 58 110
Autism 18 51 146
Bi-Polar Disorder 17 60 153
Pain due to cancer 60 164 311
Crohn’s 33 98 195
Dementia 18 54 108
Depression 27 81 162
Epilepsy 14 42 83
High Blood Pressure 17 48 95
IBS 21 62 125
Inflammation 7 21 42
Lupus 9 21 59
Lyme Disease 21 78 122
Migraines 8 24 50
Multiple Sclerosis 9 27 54
Myeloma 50 170 328
Nausea 6 17 33
Neuropathic Pain 21 64 129
Pain (General) 17 52 104
Parkinson’s 54 163 326
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) 6 19 39
Rheumatoid Arthritis 11 27 54
Schizophrenia 53 150 390
Sleep (aid) 17 50 102
Tremors 16 48 124
Ulcerative Colitis 22 67 133

Source: Crowd-sourced CBD dosage calculator

In clinical studies, researchers test various dosages of CBD, ranging from 100–800 mg per day. Since studies have demonstrated that chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are well tolerated by humans, even higher doses are sometimes administered.

Effective CBD dosages (research based):

Medical condition Dose of CBD Form of intake
Anxiety 300–600 mg oral
Bowel disease 5 mg twice daily sublingual (olive oil drops)
Type 2 diabetes 100 mg twice daily oral
Pain due to cancer 50–600 mg per day oral
Parkinson’s disease 75–300 mg per day oral
Huntington’s disease Up to 12 sprays per day nasal spray (contains CBD and THC in 1:1 concentration)

Source: Medical News Today

It is important to remember that quality is more important than quantity when in comes to CBD oil. Make sure you buy high-quality CBD oil – best from EU-certified BIO hemp and extracted with a gentle CO2 process. So you can be sure that your body gets the best possible ingredients.

Finding the right dose of CBD is not rocket science. Use mentioned above CBD dosages as a starting point. Start slowly and gradually increase until you feel the desired effect. And the most important thing: have fun. CBD is a wonderful plant substance that can bring some peace and serenity into your life.


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