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All About the CBD Dosage: How Much Should You Take?

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CBD is sometimes touted as a miracle cure, and it can do quite a bit. The problem is that it’s not exactly a widely-advertised drug, so certain information can be hard to find. This is especially true if you’re not getting it directly through a dispensary, but by ordering from one online.

For instance, what is the appropriate CBD dosage? Does it differ based on condition, or age and size? We’ll do our best to explain it all in the paragraphs below.

The Basics

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is basically marijuana without the component that causes the high. One other major difference between CBD and marijuana is that CBD comes most often in the form of oil and must be ingested.

Plus, CBD can actually alleviate some of the symptoms that THC causes. This is because CBD actually makes the receptors in our cannabinoid system more resistant to the effects of substances.

The legal status of CBD is somewhat complicated. In Canada, recreational marijuana is now legal. However, it is only the 2nd nation in the world to fully legalize it. This is a problem for the rest of the world.

The US, for instance, doesn’t have a nationwide medical marijuana law, and so getting medical marijuana from a reputable dispensary can be difficult. It also doesn’t help that Canada considers it a felony to transport marijuana across the border.

The US market for CBD is under-regulated, and while the US does have dispensaries in many of the states where medical marijuana is legal, many of the companies that provide to these dispensaries don’t sell exactly what they advertise.

Part of the problem is that the controversy surrounding CBD means that little testing has been done on it, so the FDA is reluctant to label it as an official medication and set rules for selling it.

CBD Dosage

As is the case with most drugs, proper CBD dosage differs from person to person. How a body reacts to a drug largely depends on the body, from its size to its personal genetic composition.

In the case of CBD, a lot also has to do with the CBD itself and why it’s being used. How extreme the condition is and how strong the CBD is also plays a role.

Add to all this the fact that cannabidiol affects a specific system in our bodies that changes with our body makeup and things get more complicated. This means that the dosage of CBD that a person needs will change throughout their life.

The effects of age cannot be discounted. One of the tests that haw been done on marijuana was performed on lab mice. This test showed that THC helped to not only slow but reverse some of the mental effects of aging.

If CBD reacts to the brain in the way that has been suggested, it may be possible that CBD has an even greater restorative effect than THC.

The good news is that having your doses regulated by a licensed medical professional can help to minimize these problems.


If you don’t have access to a doctor, there are other ways to help determine a proper dose. One way is to start small. Assuming you are over 38.5 kg (85 lbs), 12 milligrams is a great place to start.

You could also attempt to measure your dose based on symptoms. For instance, if you’re trying to treat epilepsy, you should take around 200-300 mg, according to the Mayo Clinic.

A more-detailed chart can be found here.

There is also a formula that helps to calculate CBD dosage, assuming you are using a medical dropper to administer it. The formula is to take the amount of CBD oil in the whole bottle and divide it by the milliliters of CBD actually dissolved into the mixture. This will tell you how milligrams a dropper will hold.

Keep in mind that outside of Canada, this will come with difficulties. This formula takes the measurements as reported by the manufacturer, and so it is subject to error.

Canada, on the other hand, will not likely experience these same problems. This is especially true since medical marijuana has been legal for seventeen years, while recreational marijuana became legal a few months ago.


A lot of medical marijuana dispensaries have people working there known as budtenders. As you may have guessed, budtenders operate like a cross between a doctor and a bartender.

They know about the various strains of marijuana and CBD they are selling and what those strains are supposed to do. Those at medical dispensaries are also more knowledgeable about medical conditions and what strains are known to treat them.

Budtenders are not perfect, much like pet store or auto shop employees, but they’re better trained and informed than the average person.

How to Find the Right CBD Dosage

One of the most important things to know when taking any medicine is the proper dose. CBD is no different. However, CBD dosage can be a little more difficult to find. This is mainly because medical marijuana in any form is still somewhat unexplored. The good news is that it’s not impossible, and the legalization of marijuana in Canada may pave the way for more research.

If you want to know more about CBD and other related products, please visit our site. We can teach you about some common misconceptions surrounding CBD and the facts behind them. We can also tell you some great facts about CBD oil, some of which we’ve already mentioned. Others, however, may surprise you.

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