how much CBD should I take

How Much CBD Should I Take?

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by Dan Larkin.

So, you’ve started using CBD but now you’re wondering, “How much CBD should I take?” Well, that’s a great question and you’re not alone.

Are a lot of people using CBD?

In fact, 14% of all American adults (that’s 1 in 7) recently acknowledged using CBD. That’s according to an August Gallup Poll. Of those who use it, 40% say they use it for pain, 20% for anxiety, and 11% for sleep.

I can tell you personally, that I have and do use it situationally, for all three. I’ve found it really works for me and also for family members and friends.

But, one of the questions I’m always asking myself and I’m sure you are too is, “How much CBD should I take?” Well, the answer is a kind of nebulous one. Sorry about that, but there’s a good reason.

You see, everyone’s body is different. We all have an endocannabinoid system that is designed to provide our bodies with a sort of healthy well-being or balance. It’s called homeostasis. You can learn more about it from a video we made with Dr. David Bearman, a leading expert on the endocannabinoid system. Watch it here.

Now, besides the fact that all of our bodies are different, it also depends on how you are using CBD. Are you using it topically for pain? Maybe a salve, a cream, or a roll-on? Or are you taking it by mouth as a tincture or as an infused oil? Maybe you’re using it as an isolate in a powdered form in a beverage after a workout.

All of the various delivery methods will have an impact on the effect CBD has on your body. And, it should be noted for anyone just starting to explore CBD, that none of these methods can get you “high”. That’s because legal, licensed CBD products can only contain .30% of THC. So no need to worry about that.

So, at the end of the day, only you can answer the question, “How much CBD should I take? But here are some guidelines to help you decide.

Start “Low and Slow”.

The low and slow mantra is one that you will hear often and it’s sage advice. Start by taking the smallest recommended dosage or amount of CBD and then wait to feel the effect.

If you’re using a topical for pain, you should feel some immediate effect and continued improvement over several hours or longer.

If you’re using CBD oil or a tincture, it may take a little longer for the CBD to work. And, if you’re consuming an edible, you’ll possibly need anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to get the full effect.

So again, start “low and slow” until you know what you’re getting from it. It would be best to stick with the low dose for several weeks or a month to see how your body adjusts to the cannabinoids helping you.

Spread the dose out.

Now by spreading it out, I’m not referring to applying a topical, but rather, spreading out the amount you use throughout the day.

You may find that you want to take some CBD in the morning if you wake up feeling achy or sore, for instance. Then you may find that later in the day, some of that pain starts creeping back in. That would be the time to decide if you need to take the rest of the dose or to supplement it.

Spreading out the dose keeps your body in homeostasis and keeps you functioning at your best throughout the day (or night).

Keep a journal.

It’s a really good idea to record exactly what product you’re trying and what amount you’re using to start. This information will be valuable to you as you begin your journey and will help spot trends in the CBD’s effectiveness or lack thereof.


CBD is a natural, wonderful healing part of the cannabis plant. It’s safe and effective for treating so many things that it’s a shame that it was demonized for so long. But now those days are nearly over so more and more people will be discovering how their lives can be better through use of CBD.

Let us know how you use CBD and how it’s working for you. We’d love to share your story. You can email it to us at

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