August 12, 2020

One of the most common questions we get asked is at CBD Hong Kong is "What dosage should I take?"

Each individual person who chooses to take CBD has a different body size and metabolism which means the dosages will also vary from person to person. So let's go over the difference in CBD oil strengths, what they mean, why it matters, and how to choose what to use.

CBD Oil Strength Explained

If you browse CBD oils, you’ll find a range of “strengths”- from 300 mg CBD oil to 7500 mg CBD oil. To understand what the strength means, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions:

1. What amount of product is it talking about?

When buying CBD oil, always read the labels carefully to make sure you know how much CBD is in the product and how much of the product you should take.

In the case of a 300 mg CBD oil, the “300 mg” refers to the entire package. this is then divided by the number of servings to get the amount per dose. So while that tells you how much CBD you’d get if you consumed the whole thing (which we advise against), to get the CBD concentration per serving, you need to look at the fine print.

For instance, Let's say CBD oil capsules come in 30-count and 60-count bottles. The highest number of milligrams for a 30-count bottle is 1500, while the highest for a 60-count bottle is 3000. However, if you look at the label’s bottom, it says the same thing: “50 mg CBD per capsule.” The 60-count bottle has twice as many milligrams because it has twice as many capsules, not because it’s more potent.

2. Is it milligrams of pure CBD?

There are many CBD companies out there, and not all of them use precisely the same formula, so there are differences in CBD oil potency.

Some companies use CBD isolate in their products, which makes measurement simple. Many manufacturers prefer either full spectrum CBD oil or broad spectrum CBD oil, which includes other valuable extracts from the hemp plant such as additional cannabinoids and terpenes.

Such formulas bring added benefits but can make it tricky to determine the actual CBD oil concentrations of the product. Fortunately, in regards to cbdMD's Superior Broad Spectrum process begins with CBD isolate and adds precisely measured amounts of each other ingredient, so there’s no guesswork involved. The milligrams on the label refer to the quantity of pure CBD; the other hemp-based ingredients are extras.

 

3. So how does it work?

Remember, each total amount on the bottle e.g 300mg, 500mg, 3000mg is the total amount in the whole container, this is then divided between the number of servings to get the amount of 1 dosage. For example:

300mg divided by 30 servings = 10mg per single dose

500mg divided by 30 servings = 16.6mg per single dose

750mg divided by 30 servings = 25mg per single dose

1500mg divided by 30 servings = 50mg per single dose

3000mg divided by 30 servings = 100mg per single dose

5000mg divided by 30 servings = 166.6mg per single dose

7500mg divided by 30 servings = 250mg per single dose

Remember as well - you can also just take a small portion of one dropper dose e.g only half of one dose of the 750mg

 

4. What is the difference between these amounts? e.g 10mg and 166mg

Firstly we need to reiterate:

We can only give you general advice about CBD oil strengths because we don’t personally know you. Fortunately, your physician probably knows you and your body a lot better, so it’s always a good idea to talk to them before starting any CBD regimen. They can also ensure that you aren’t taking any medications that might interact with CBD.

General Levels of potency (assuming taken twice a day):

300mg would be considered low potency (20mg per day)

500mg would be considered mid potency (30/40mg per day)

Anything 1000mg and up would be considered high potency (100mg+ per day)

• Low potency formulations are also used to enhance general health and well-being and control stress levels.

• Mid potency CBD oil tinctures could be good for managing conditions like anxiety and general muscle/joint aches

• High potency ranges may be generally reserved for unrestful nights, intense muscle/joint discomfort, or high levels of daily stress or anxiety.

 

5. How much should I take per day?

Usually the recommended amount is one dose, once or twice a day depending on your needs. 

 

6. Will The Way I Take CBD Oil Affect Its Potency?

• The most recommended routes is CBD oil sublingually, or under the tongue. Since CBD has a relatively low bioavailability, it is important to let it sit under your tongue for as long as possible (30s). This keeps the CBD safe from digestive enzymes that can break it down and will help your body absorb as much of the oil as possible.

• The second most common way to take CBD is topical cream. 

• The final way to take CBD is through edibles. However, taking CBD in edible form means you will experience a “first pass” effect. In other words, the CBD will have to pass through your digestive tract and take longer to feel the effect.

 

7. Should I just start with the highest dose then?

If you are starting out, we do not recommend starting with a high level CBD. Why?

1) If you start with a high dose, you won't know if a lower dose would have been just as effective. 

2) If you start with a lower dose, you are able to better to find and discover what level works to control your symptoms.

3) Even with CBD you can develop a tolerence - so if you start with a high dose, you might then go down to a lower one with not much benefit.

8. What we recommend

Your chosen potency and route of application will depend on your unique needs. If you are looking to build up your general health and wellbeing, we recommend to start with a low potency formulation, and see how you feel after a few weeks taking once or twice a day, then go from there.

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