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Complete Guide to CBD Dosage: How Much CBD Should You Take?

How can I consume CBD? A lot of people may even be wondering how to buy marijuana at a dispensary having never visited one before.
In this guide, we’ve explored how much CBD to take per day and in one sitting, as well as other nuanced information such as whether to use a CBD vape (check out our CBD oil vaping guide for more information).

What to Look for in CBD Products

When you are looking to buy CBD products you will be met with different options for types of products (more on this later).
You should also look for a reliable supplier. When you visit a cannabis shop you may notice that some products have Clean Green certification, which shows that the grower has been independently checked and certified.

Make sure you only buy CBD products that:

  • Don’t make crazy, over-the-top promises. CBD has some amazing benefits but products that over-promise may be too good to be true
  • Can be traced to their origin
  • Have a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing lab
  • Are made from whole-plant extract rather than CBD isolates

What Type of CBD Product Should You Consider?

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The vast majority of people who are opting for CBD products and wondering how much CBD to take will be mainly considering consuming oil, rather than anything else.
This isn’t the only way to get CBD into your system. In fact, there are a number of different methods including CBD gummies, and even cannabis plants that have been grown with very little THC in them.
We recommend sticking to the methods that are easiest to measure when it comes to CBD dosage. Oil and gummies will both be able to tell you how much you are consuming, and you’ll know how much CBD, in mg, is in each drop.
As we’ve already discussed, CBD oils made from whole-plant extracts are usually best and contain the most effective compounds. These are called full-spectrum oils. The alternative, which may be cheaper and lower in quality, are made from CBD isolates.

Certificate of Analysis from Third-Party Testing Lab

Something you should always be sure is available is a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing lab. Before you decide on your CBD dosage, make sure you have the right product in the first place.
Third-party tests can show how many different substances are within each CBD oil dose. The information should either be on the bottle or available on the company website, sometimes through a QR code that you can scan and read.
Most companies that are reputable will provide plenty of information on the levels of CBD and THC and there is also a heavy metal analysis so you can see what else you may be consuming.
Reputable companies will provide this information happily. If you can’t access it then you might end up wondering why it’s not available.

Read the Product Label

Reading the product label is where you can find information like the third-party tests.
It’s also a chance to understand the CBD dosage. Different CBD products, oils, and edibles may have different strengths and concentrations of CBD.
How many drops of CBD oil should I take? Well, it depends on the strength of the oil, and this is why it is crucial to properly read the product label.
Product labels can also show you things like any certifications the product may have obtained, which can help you to trust that the weed is coming from an excellent source.

Know the CBD-to-THC Ratio

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In most parts of the world, CBD oil can only be advertised as such if it has less than 0.3% THC content. THC is what makes people have the “high” feeling, and it is the psychoactive component that you find in marijuana.

If you are just looking to embrace all of the benefits of CBD, including anti-inflammatory properties, then you should check that the THC ratio is low and that there is very little psychoactive substance within your weed. The best CBD ratio for things like marijuana flowers might vary, as you may want to experience a “high” feeling, but in general, those starting to take CBD oil want to stay away from THC.

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

The actual question to ask is “how many milligrams of CBD should I take?”
High-potency CBD oil means you are likely to need fewer drops to get the same desired effects. This is why it is so important to properly read the packaging and instructions from the manufacturer when working out the CBD dosage to take.
Because CBD oil is a relatively new substance in terms of large-scale production, CBD dosage is still being explored. It is a good idea to start with a lower dose, such as 20mg and then assuming you have no negative impacts you can work your way up.
Some studies have suggested that doses as high as 600 and even 1000mg daily can be tolerated, but you shouldn’t start there. Gradually work up to the level that you require and that has the desired effects to impact your anxiety, for instance.


As you can see from our guide to how much CBD to take, there isn’t really one single answer to the question. Instead, it is a case of sourcing a reliable CBD product and working out how much of it will have the desired impact. Usually, you should gradually increase your dose to the desired level.
CBD is generally a very safe product to consume, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do some research first. Be sure to read the packaging and check that the CBD is both quality and easy to consume and track, so that you know how much you are taking each time.

Written By

Ian Baker

Ian Baker does content and customer communications with Happy Leaf Collective through the website and blog. With 5 years of total experience working in cannabis niche, 3 were spent as a budtender in Arizona. 2 years ago, following his passion of writing and educating, Ian made the move into content and communications.