CBD 101 Series: So, How Much CBD Should You Be Taking?

CBD 101 Series: So, How Much CBD Should You Be Taking?

Your guide to knowing how much CBD you should take

For the third article in our CalivaCBD 101 series, we’re going to tackle one of the most common questions surrounding CBD--exactly how much should you be taking? We’ve covered where CBD comes from and how it can make you feel, but those questions are both based upon getting the right dose for your body. Right now people are choosing to include CBD in their lifestyles for lots of different reasons, so depending on what you’re using CBD for can have a big impact upon your dosage. However, there are some basic guidelines you can follow to ensure you’re getting the proper dose! 

Basic CBD Dosing Guidelines to Follow

Learn how to determine what the right dose is for your body

Although CBD has gradually made its way into all kinds of products--from gummies, tinctures,  facial serums, bath bombs, and moisturizers--there is still no across-the-board daily recommended intake available. This leaves you wondering if you’re taking the right amount of CBD, and whether you should be taking more or even less. Because CBD is available in a wide variety of forms, serving sizes cannot be labeled universally, because not only is every body different, but everyone is taking CBD for different reasons. With no all-inclusive dosage available, if you’re considering starting a CBD regimen to incorporate a little more wellness in your day, you should consider a few things first:

  • Where is your CBD coming from--is it full-spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate?
  • What is the concentration of your CBD oil?
  • Your overall health (weight, BMI, diet)
  • Additional medications you’re taking
  • What you’re looking to get from CBD--kickstart your day, post-workout, wind down, etc.

One of the best rules of thumb to follow when dosing your CBD--no matter what your preferred method of delivery is--would be to start low, and go slow. Yep, treat it like you’re cooking up a batch of ribs, or making your famous chili when you’ve got to go low and slow to get those flavors just right. Because sometimes you can’t rush the process! Once you become a little more familiar with how your body responds to CBD, you can start to increase the dosage until you find that sweet spot. 

Text saying start low and go slow.  A general rule of thumb for starting to try CBD for yourself.

How to start your CBD dosing

A good place to start determining how much CBD you’re likely going to need is with a rough estimate using your body weight. Using body mass is an easy and practical place to start, after all, if you’re bigger you likely require a higher dose than someone who is a little smaller. Depending on how you decide to take your CBD, your product will have an indicator of what the serving size is and how many milligrams of CBD are in each serving. You can use this rule of thumb: around 1-6mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight* will help find out how many milligrams you should take. 

(*Disclaimer: this recommendation is for hemp CBD and not THC/CBD products.)

However, a part of this calculation is what you’re using CBD for and if you’re looking to feel it immediately, or would rather gradually feel the CBD kick in. Once you determine that, then you can get a more accurate understanding of how much CBD to take. If you’re using CBD after a workout, a topical is a good option in order to feel the CBD quickly. But, if you’re looking to stay tuned in throughout your day, try a CBD gummy. 

After starting at your low dose, remember, you can always increase if you need to. Experiment and let your body adjust at the lower amount before going up. After all, these are just guidelines and everyone responds differently based on their own body chemistry--yep, you’re a unique unicorn (but you already knew that)!

Can you take too much CBD?

The short answer: more studies are needed. We need to learn more about how CBD interacts with the body, and we just can’t say at this time that you cannot take too much.  When you determine how much CBD you need to take to achieve the effects you’re looking for then you’ve got your sweet spot--enjoy it! A lot of people find that the doses they need to help them out are smaller than they think. Hemp-derived CBD that doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC is also legal on the federal level, which means that it is now officially regulated by the FDA. 

However, if you’re taking other medications, it’s wise to speak to your doctor before starting on a CBD lifestyle. They can help you figure out a plan so that CBD works in tandem with any other medications.

Your Dosage Depends on How You’re Taking your CBD

Pick which method works best for your lifestyle and goals

Like we mentioned earlier, everyone has different reasons for bringing CBD into their life--luckily there are so many ways you can try it! Before embarking on your journey, you’ll want to decide what the reasons are behind taking CBD. Do you want to improve your overall wellness? Need to unravel some built up tension? Wish you had more “me time”? Or perhaps you’d like to find a little extra peace in your day. Whatever reason you’re on this path is the right one! To determine the optimal dosage you’ll next want to decide your delivery method, a.k.a., how do you want to take your CBD? Thankfully there are lots of options out there.


These are some of the most popular ways to take CBD. Tinctures are designed to be taken by the drop and administered under your tongue so that they are quickly absorbed into your body. Once you figure out the dose that’s right for you, simply hold it under your tongue for around 30 seconds before swallowing. Tinctures act quickly and can take 15-45 minutes to take effect.

Take CBD this way to: quickly feel like you again or bring your body back to balance. 



Chances are you’ve seen CBD advertised in everything from makeup to muscle balms. That’s the beauty of CBD topicals, they come in all shapes, sizes, and smells! Simply put the lotion, serum, or salve where you’d like to see results and it will be absorbed in through your skin. Because you can use topicals right on the area you’re looking to target, you can expect to feel the CBD kick in within 10-30 minutes. How much you apply depends on what type of product it is and what you’d like it to do for you.

Take CBD this way to: keep your muscles feeling their best or to give your face a little extra glow.



Who said that taking CBD couldn’t also be delicious? When you take CBD as an edible, you can choose between fruity gummies, mints, capsules, drinks, and more. Talk about taking your pick! Many people choose to use this method for their CBD intake since edibles can last between 2-8 hours. However, they do take a little longer to kick in, so make sure you wait at least 2 hours before taking additional edibles. Edibles are typically dosed depending on the product, so one gummy might have 20mg of CBD meaning you only need to take one.

Take CBD this way to: enjoy a little “me time” and take a moment to chill.


A convenient way to administer your CBD dose is through vaping with a cartridge. When you use this method, you'll immediately feel the CBD, so it’s easy to tell how not only the CBD makes you feel, but whether or not you’re at the optimal dose for you. 

Take CBD this way to: feel a quick sense of serenity wash over you or put your day behind you. 



Want to set it and forget it when you take CBD? Well now you can when you use a transdermal patch. Just apply anywhere on your skin where there’s veins and the CBD will be released slowly over time into the bloodstream. Each patch comes with a certain amount of CBD which will be dosed out over a specific amount of time--typically a couple of hours.

Take CBD this way to: Prepare your body to unwind or promote a sense of chill balance.

In order to determine how much CBD oil is right for you you’ll need to first figure out why you want to take it, and how you want to take it. While there are guidelines available, you get to decide the dose that works for you, and just exactly where your sweet spot is!