Medically reviewed by Dr. Jen Palmer, ND – Naturopathic Doctor,
Director of Education for Charlotte’s Web™
If you’re asking yourself “how much CBD I should take?”, there are a few things to consider as you incorporate it into your wellness routine. The amount of CBD you should take depends on a range of factors, including:
- Your desired result
- Your individual body chemistry and metabolism
- Your unique genetics
- Your weight
- The concentration of CBD in each capsule, gummy or dropper of oil
Since there are so many variables, the effects of CBD will be somewhat unique to your body. In addition to personal variables, how much CBD you need to take will depend on the concentration and the serving size of the CBD product you’re taking.
But that certainly doesn’t mean we want to leave you guessing — the recommended serving sizes on Charlotte’s Web™ product packages and our “Sweet Spot” guide below help show you how to find the right amount of CBD for you.
How will I know the CBD is working? How much CBD is too much?
For any dietary supplement to work properly, it must be taken consistently and in controlled, predictable amounts. Missing days or servings can affect how it’s helping to support your body. You may also notice that in certain circumstances you need an extra boost. Establish CBD as a part of your daily routine by picking a time of day that you know is doable for you. It may help to take it as you’re winding down each day, just so you’re able to observe how your body is responding. While everyone’s body responds to CBD differently, there are a few factors that play into reaching your desired results:
Know what to look for before you start
Paying attention to your body today will help you gauge where you’ll stand tomorrow. It will also help you better understand if you need to adjust the strength you’re taking. So pay close attention to how your body is responding to the CBD you’re using. You may also notice a difference between how the Original Formula and the other Charlotte’s Web products make you feel. As a reminder, the benefits of CBD include:
- Support for normal, everyday stresses and mild everyday anxiety*
- Healthy recovery from exercise-induced inflammation*
- Supports a sense of calm for focus*
We’ve found that CBD response times are just as unique as our individual body chemistry — so different lifestyle factors tend to play a role in our individual health journeys. Some people may notice a benefit the first time they try CBD, while for others it might take up to a month. If you’re curious about why learn more about how the endocannabinoid system works.
How much CBD should I take? Look at the concentration
Depending on what you’re looking for from CBD, you may require a different product. For many people, 10-20 mg of CBD per day is where they notice their desired results, but some people take even more. We recommend going through our CBD product finder to see the options you could start with. Depending on which one you choose, your results may vary depending on the amount of CBD in its recommended serving size.
How do I read a CBD Oil Product Label?
Our CBD oils are a popular option when it comes to fine-tuning CBD usage in your daily routine. At Charlotte’s Web, we’ve made it easier to understand the correct serving size and the right amount of CBD in each bottle. Before you even make a purchase, you’ll notice that our CBD products are named so you can easily identify the amount of CBD (stated as “phytocannabinoids” in milligrams) contained in each milliliter. This should clarify what you’ll be consuming before you even make a purchase. Some examples:
- CBD Oil: 17mg CBD/ 1 mL (our recommended size for beginners)
- CBD Oil: 60mg CBD/ 1mL (our most CBD per serving)
- Original Formula CBD Oil – 50mg CBD/1mL (our flagship formula)
This makes it pretty easy for CBD newbies and seasoned users alike to know how much CBD oil they’re taking right away.
We always recommend to “start low and go slow.” When you begin to ramp up the amount of CBD products in your daily routine, it’s important to understand how much to take when first starting out. When you receive your first CBD oil dietary supplement, you’ll find the following information on the box:
- Total milligrams of CBD per serving (some brands show the total CBD for the entire bottle)
- Suggested use instructions
- Serving size and servings per container
For more information about how much CBD oil you should take for a specific bottle, look at the infographic below:
What about CBD Capsules & Gummies? How do I read their packages?
For some, it’s preferable to take their supplements in capsule or gummy form as opposed to using CBD oil and a dropper. CBD capsules and gummies work for a lot of people because they’re quick, predictable, and have a predetermined serving size. Each package has the amount of CBD per serving on the label. It also has instructions for suggested usage and where to store the products.
How long does CBD take to work? How long do the effects of CBD last?
We recommend taking each serving as indicated on the package for 4 to 6 weeks, tracking when you take CBD and how it makes you feel. Changes can be small and difficult to notice, especially at first — taking notes can help you identify a difference over time. That’s when you’ll truly know how long it takes for CBD to take effect and kick in. Though your body’s response to CBD varies by the individual due to metabolism, many people find success by taking their CBD twice per day, at designated times, and by following the suggested serving sizes.
After the first 4 to 6 weeks, if you’re still not where you want to be, we suggest upgrading to the next concentration level. Once you try it, personal experience will help you fine-tune how CBD fits within your daily routine.