Whether you’re new to CBD or an experienced user, understanding how much CBD to take can be confusing, especially since the industry is still so new. Our guess is that you’ve probably found yourself scratching around to find answers to questions like:
“How much CBD should I be taking?”
“CBD is already supporting me, so should I be taking more?”
“Are products with high amounts of CBD better? Or are other factors more important?”
Let us help you answer these questions so that you can take CBD with the ultimate peace of mind:
How Much CBD Should I Be Taking?
CBD dosage is not an exact science yet. So although we can’t tell you exactly how much you need to take, because every person’s body and needs are different, experimentation is the best way to figure out how much CBD you need on a daily basis.
Some refer to it as finding your “Goldilocks Zone” - where you’re taking CBD that doesn’t feel like too much or too little, but “just right” for the particular concern you are treating (dosage can be different depending on the what you’re using it for, too).
Nick Jikomes, a Harvard educated Ph.D. in Neuroscience, explains that, as our body’s physiology changes, so do the receptors in our endocannabinoid system, which are directly responsible for interactions with CBD. As a result, optimal CBD dosages will also shift throughout an individual's lifetime.
In other words, there isn’t a universal or static CBD dosage.
OK, But Now Can You Tell Me: How Much CBD Should I Take?
To get you started along the path to figuring out your personal “Goldilocks Zone,” we’ve made it a priority to continue leveraging research on ideal transdermal (through the skin) and internal dosage of CBD. A PhD chemist, who had previously worked in the pharmaceuticals industry, helped us to determine dosage early on in the Research and Development process.
Here’s what we recommend for our Sagely Naturals CBD capsules:
As far as time of day, some of our users tell us that the capsules help them to relax and so they take them before bed, while others prefer to take them in the morning so they can feel refreshed throughout the day.
In terms of dosage we recommend starting with one capsule a day and seeing how you feel. If, after a week or two, you’re not getting the desired effects, you can begin taking two capsules at a time. Try experimenting and let us know what you end up concluding works best for you!
Here’s what we recommend for our Relief & Recovery CBD Cream:
Our work with the PhD chemist also helped us to determine that when applying CBD to your skin, you should take 1-2mg at a time. That's why we designed our cream to have about 1mg per pump/application.
CBD Supports Me, So, Should I Take More?
If CBD has been helpful for you, why not crank up the CBD dose to gain even more benefits, right? If a little helps, shouldn’t a lot be better? Well, it turns out that, for CBD, the answer is no.
As we discussed above, ideal dosages are different for each person. In fact, overshooting and taking too much CBD can actually reduce its efficacy. So, once you find your “Goldilocks Zone,” stick to it and only adjust as needed.
What Factors Other Than Dosage Should I Consider?
Finding a quality CBD product actually matters more than dosage levels alone. Here are three other important factors to look out for:
Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum CBD Vs Isolate
Cheaper forms of CBD on the market often use isolate. We use Broad Spectrum CBD which is derived from the whole hemp plant, contains the full range of compounds, vitamins and minerals but has no THC in it.
Co-ingredients, like turmeric paired with black pepper, work in partnership with CBD to increase the body’s ability to more effectively absorb CBD where it’s needed.
So while there is no official serving size of CBD, one of the reasons we decided to develop a CBD capsule (as opposed to the many others methods of consumption) was so we could offer a quality formula that would take much of the guesswork out of the equation as possible.
We hope that this guide provides a starting point and helps you to feel confident in a “slowly does it” approach. We believe that the more you can listen to your body while having peace of mind and trust in what you’re taking, the more likely your body will get the precise support it needs so you can return to the things you love doing most.