If you’re shopping for CBD for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions. One of the most common questions regarding CBD is, how much CBD should I take?
Well, I’ve got both good and bad news for you. The bad news is, I can’t tell you how much you should take. But the good news is, I can help you figure it out.
Everyone’s body is different, not only due to height, weight, and gender, but also because of all the other processes going on inside our bodies. Because of this, there is no one-size-fits-all serving size when it comes to CBD.
Some people see the results they’re seeking from small servings of CBD, while others need a larger serving to feel the same effects. The infographic above lays this out well. Coffee is like CBD in that the same serving affects people differently. One cup of coffee may be perfect for me, while it has another person’s heart racing, and a third person is barely feeling the effects.
So, the important question is not, “what is the best serving size for CBD?” but “what is the best serving of CBD for my body?” To determine the optimal serving of CBD for your body, you may have to do some testing.
Many CBD products list a recommended serving size on the packaging. This is a good place to start when trying a new product. If you want to understand the exact concentration of CBD in the serving you’re taking, this blog can help you do the math.
Start by taking the serving size listed on your product. Sometimes a product may say to take that serving once or twice per day. Start at the lower end—if your CBD gummies say to take one or two gummies each day, start with one gummy once per day.
Now, an oft-heard complaint with CBD is, “it didn’t work for me.” There are so many claims when it comes to CBD, that it’s easy to assume that taking it once will cause instant results. And when that doesn’t happen, it can be discouraging.
The fact is, determining the optimal amount of CBD for your body requires testing, and that may take some time. A general guideline is to maintain a consistent serving size for at least one week. This can be the manufacturer’s recommended serving, or a serving size of your choice. Whichever you go with, it’s important to stick with it for that one-week period. Your body will need time to adjust to the CBD in your system. After a week’s time, if that serving is optimal for you, you’re likely to see results.
Once the week is up, evaluate your experience. If you’re seeing the results you’d hoped for, continue at the same serving size. However, if you’re not feeling any effects, increase your serving as needed. You could double up the amount you’re taking or try the same serving twice per day instead of just once. Try this new serving size for one week, and evaluate again. It may take a few tries, but once you settle on the optimal level of CBD for your body, you’ll know.
Worried about taking too much CBD? Research and anecdotal reports note no serious side effects from consuming large amounts of CBD. The side effects that can occur are generally mild, and include drowsiness, upset stomach, and diarrhea.
Many CBD products list their concentration of CBD in mg per serving. For instance, Tasty Hemp Oil Gummies contain 25mg CBD per gummy. And, Tasty Drops 300mg contains 6.42mg CBD per serving, which is half of a dropper full.
That means one gummy contains nearly 4 times as much CBD as the serving of Tasty Drops. Why the difference?
In this case, the different servings have to do with how the body processes each of these products. Tasty Drops are a tincture, which is designed to be taken sublingually. A sublingual application means that the product is held under the tongue and absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the capillaries located on the underside of the tongue.
CBD gummies, while also taken orally, are meant to be chewed and swallowed. As such, they must pass through all parts of the digestive system before entering the bloodstream. During that process, some of the CBD is lost, meaning a higher serving must be consumed initially to achieve the desired result.
Then, there are some products, like our Hemp Extract Concentrates, where the same amount of a similar product contains different levels of CBD. For example, Green Label contains about 5 mg CBD per rice-grain size serving, while Gold Label contains about 8.33 mg in the same serving amount.
This difference occurs because the Gold Label extract has undergone additional processing and filtering, to activate and concentrate its cannabinoid content. So, if you were to switch from Green Label to Gold Label, you may find that the same serving of Gold Label is too strong for your needs.
If it all seems overwhelming, never fear! This guide can help you to understand the differences between CBD products, and how to choose the most suitable CBD product for your needs.