CBD Dosage Calculator: How Much CBD Should I Take?
The optimal dose of CBD depends on your weight and the potency of the oil you’re using.
Learn how to find the perfect dose using our CBD dosage calculator.
Everybody’s been talking about CBD oil and its long list of health benefits. You’ve shopped around and found a high-quality CBD oil to start yourself off with and you’re ready to get started.
How much do I take? Can I take too much?
In this article, we’re going to talk about dosing CBD oil. We’ll cover how dosing can vary depending on factors like weight, age, the condition you’re treating, the potency of the oil you’re using, and more.
You’ll learn how to find the best dose for your body, and what to do if you experience side effects.
To make dosing as easy as possible, you can also use our CBD oil dosage calculator — which estimates your optimal dose based on your weight, desired strength, and potency of the CBD oil you’re using.
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Updated on January 08, 2021
Table of Contents
- CBD Oil Dosage Calculator
- What’s the Normal Dose of CBD?
- CBD Dosage For Anxiety
- CBD Dosage For Pain
- CBD Dosage For Sleep
- CBD Dosage For Depression
- Calculating the Dose of CBD Based on Your Weight (How This Calculator Works)
- CBD Dosage Chart by Weight & Strength (in mg)
- What CBD Strength Should I Use?
- Recommended Strength by Condition
- Dosing CBD: 4 Steps to Finding the Perfect Dose of CBD Oil
- Step #1: Find Your Optimal CBD Dose
- Here’s the General Rule of Thumb for CBD Dosing According to Weight & Strength:
- How To Calculate Dose From Your Weight
- Here’s an example of this in practice:
- Step #2: Determine the Potency of Your CBD Oil
- Here’s What You Need to Take Into Account:
- Use This Formula to Calculate Potency:
- Reference Chart for CBD Oil Potencies:
- Step #3: Convert the Dose into Drops (Optional)
- Common CBD Oil Doses By Drop (Assuming the Dropper Provides 30 Drops per mL):
- How to Find the Number of Drops of CBD Oil You Need Based On Your Target Dose:
- Quick Reference Chart For Finding The Number of Drops Per Dose For Common CBD Oil Potencies
- Step #4: Tweak The Dose To Match Your Body
- Every time you try a new brand of CBD, the dose can change due to factors such as:
- Step #1: Find Your Optimal CBD Dose
- Pro Tip: Match the Potency of the Oil With Your Estimated Target Dose
- Top-Rated Best CBD Oils for 2021
- Key Takeaways: How Much CBD Should I Use?
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What’s the Normal Dose of CBD?
The most common dose of CBD is 20 – 40 mg per dose. Some people take much less (as low as 1 mg), others take much higher (up to 100 mg).
Depending on the strength of the product you’re using, this could be anywhere from a few drops to several milliliters of oil. It could also involve anywhere from 1 – 5 capsules or gummies per dose.
The truth is that the optimal dose of CBD is different for everybody.
It’s common for two people with identical weight to respond very differently to the same dose of CBD. One person may find the ideal dose for them is 30 mg of CBD, while the other responds better to just 10 mg.
The ideal dose of CBD for you depends on a variety of factors, including:
- Your size and weight
- The severity of the condition you’re treating
- Your tolerance to CBD
- Your individual body chemistry
- The potency of the CBD oil, capsules, gummies, or other CBD products you’re using
The best way to find the right dose for your body is to start with a very low dose (2 mg, for example) and increasing by 2-5 mg per dose until you find what works best for you.
CBD Dosage For Anxiety
The effective dose of CBD oil for anxiety or chronic stress usually falls on the moderate to heavy range of the spectrum.
However, some people with anxiety disorders find they’re especially sensitive to CBD may only need a small dose.
When using CBD oil to manage anxiety levels, it’s best to start with a mild dose first to see how you respond. If you don’t see any improvement, move up to the moderate dosage next. Most people notice improvement with the moderate or heavy dosage according to their weight.
For best results, take CBD oil first thing in the morning, and repeat around lunch time. Many people will take a mild “booster dose” about 30 to 60 minutes before engaging in activities that trigger their anxiety.
CBD Dosage For Pain
The dose of CBD oil for pain can vary significantly. For mild pain, such as low-grade arthritis, mild PMS pain, or low back pain — a mild or moderate dose of CBD oil will usually do the trick.
For more severe pain, nerve pain, or treatment-resistant multiple sclerosis or cancer pain — you’ll likely need to use a heavy dose of CBD oil.
Some people experience the painkilling benefits of CBD oil immediately, others need to take the oil for a few days or weeks before noticing any improvement.
The time it takes to notice improvement depends on the underlying condition that’s causing the pain.
Inflammatory pain, cancer pain, or pain from endometriosis can take a long time — while arthritis pain, digestive pain, muscle pain, and PMS pain usually improve within a few hours of taking CBD oil.
For arthritis or joint pain, you can get faster effects by using a CBD pain cream alongside your CBD oil.
CBD Dosage For Sleep
CBD oil has been shown to improve both the quality and duration of sleep — but studies have shown the effective dose of CBD oil for sleep is higher than other conditions. Aim for the heavy dose of CBD oil if the goal is to improve your sleep.
Low doses of CBD (less than 10 mg) can have a stimulating effect, while higher doses (20 mg or higher) are generally much more sedative. The more CBD oil you use, the stronger the sedative effect.
Certain types of CBD extracts also tend to have a stronger impact on sleep. For example, CBD oils that contain sleep-supportive terpenes such as linalool, bisabolol, lavandin, or myrcene have the strongest sedative action.
You can also find CBD oils that contain melatonin to make the oil even better for promoting sleep.
CBD Dosage For Depression
CBD oil is useful for managing symptoms of many mood disorders — including depression.
Finding the right dose of CBD oil for depression can take some trial and error. The underlying processes that cause depression don’t happen overnight, and they won’t disappear overnight either. It can take several weeks or months of steady CBD oil supplementation — along with other lifestyle modifications — before you can expect any real improvement.
It’s best to start with a mild or moderate dosage of CBD oil for a few weeks before graduating to the heavy dose once you understand how CBD affects your body individually.
Calculating the Dose of CBD Based on Your Weight (How This Calculator Works)
While the dose of CBD is unique for everybody, there is a general rule of thumb that can be used to determine an estimated dose based on your weight and the strength of effects you’re looking for (low, medium, and high strength).
Our dosage calculator is based on the calculations listed below. These doses are estimates and should not be used to replace professional medical advice regarding dosage.
I recommend you start with the low-strength dose when using CBD for the first time and increase the dose slowly over time. When you find a dose that works, you’ve found the right dose for your body. If you experience side effects, you’ve found your upper limit. Reduce the dose to the last amount that didn’t produce side effects.
Calculating the Dose of CBD By Weight & Strength:
- Low strength → 1 mg CBD per 10 pounds (2 mg per 10 kg)
- Medium strength → 3 mg CBD per 10 pounds (7 mg per 10 kg)
- High strength → 6 mg CBD per 10 pounds (13 mg per 10 kg)
It’s important to note that this measurement is in pure CBD, not CBD oil.
We’ll go over calculating how much CBD oil this dose works out to later on. Once you know how much CBD you should be using, you can find the equivalent amount of CBD oil depending on the potency of the oil you’re using.
CBD Dosage Chart by Weight & Strength (in mg)
The optimal dose of CBD depends on the combination of your weight and desired dosage.
A smaller, 90 lb woman is going to need a much smaller dose than a large 250 lb football player — for example. And someone looking for mild relief from stress or anxiety isn’t going to need a high dose like someone looking to treat persistent pain.
You can use this CBD dosage chart to visualize how the dose of CBD changes according to your body weight and desired strength of effects.
The optimal dose of CBD depends on your weight and the potency of the oil you're using. Learn how to find the perfect dose with our CBD dosage calculator
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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Using the Simple CBD Oil Dosage Calculator CBD Dosing Calculator for Pets
Many people have seen the benefits of CBD for pet health and wellness, and we’re sure your four-legged fur baby is going to love you even more for the purchase.
You may be wondering what the right CBD dosage for pets looks like.
The first step in determining the correct dosage is to check out our handy little calculator above. It’s pretty simple: in just three steps you’ll know the perfect dose, as well as what products we recommend for your pet.
- The first step is to select what type of pet you are looking for.
- The second step is to select your pets weight in lbs.
- Last, but not least is to select what level of dosage you wish to give your pet (Minimum – Maximum)
As you can see by the last part, figuring out the CBD dosage for dogs can be trickier if they are a bit on the bigger side. What’s nice about dosing CBD is you have a ballpark that you can work within, so even if your pup has put on some weight since his last visit to the vet, as long as you don’t exceed the maximum daily dose you’ll be good.
To determine the maximum daily dose, we use a limit of 5 mg/kg or 5 mg per 2.2 lbs. We increase this recommended maximum only when new studies emerge supporting higher doses. Please talk to your veterinarian about doses higher than 5mg/kg.
Figuring out the correct CBD dosage for pets will largely be up to you, as the owner. You know your pet best. Make sure to keep an eye on him for a few hours after you first administer CBD; pay attention to the effects it has so you know how to adjust the dose to maximize the benefits.
Besides just showing you the minimum, average, and maximum dose, our CBD oil dosage calculator will tell you roughly how many drops your CBD bottle contains, the concentration of your CBD bottle, and the concentration of the CBD itself.
Our CBD dosage calculator is a handy little tool that helps you improve your pet’s health.
Using the Detailed CBD Oil Dosing Chart
First find the Dosing Chart specific to the product and variant that you will be administering to your pet for example. PurCBD (Product) & 125mg (variant).
From there decide on what strength of dosage you want to give your pet: Minimum, Average, Medium, Strong or Maximum. If not sure, start with minimum.
- The Minimum dose is calculated based on 0.05mg/kg
- The Average dose is calculated based on 0.45mg/kg
- The Strong dose is calculated based on 1.25mg/kg
- The Maximum daily dose is calculated based on 5.00mg/kg
Find your pet’s weight on the left hand side of the chart and follow the grid to the right until you reach the desired strength you have decided on. When you arrive to the correct block it will give you the suggested drops to administer your pet every 6-8 hours (Note that ½ of the dropper is equivalent to 16 drops).
If your suggested dosage says to use another level of CBD find the respected dosing chart and start off with the minimum dosage for your pets weight.
Dosing CBD doesn’t have to be confusing. In fact, some of the best advice we can offer is to monitor how your pet reacts to CBD and make adjustments accordingly. Unlike many drugs, there is little to worry about when increases dosages.
Some pets react well to low doses, while others need a good bit more. We always recommend watching for side effects or abnormalities whenever changing dosages, but if you see your pet reacting well to a higher dose, there is nothing to be concerned about.
How Much Hemp CBD For Specific Medical Conditions?
These are some of the most frequently asked questions we get, and we have an easy answer for you.
How Much CBD For Anxiety, Epilepsy or Cancer?
Unfortunately the FDA does not allow us to recommend specific doses based on specific medical conditions. For additional help in managing your pets specific medical condition – whether with CBD or not – we recommend that you check out our blog section. Its full of research and helpful tips on the best ways to help your pet with their unique medical conditions.
What Happens If You Give Your Pet Too Much CBD?
If you give your pet too much CBD, you may notice that it makes them tired — where a lower dose may have given them a boost in their step. If you notice this side effect, there is little to nothing to worry about.
In fact, some pet owners purposely give their pets high doses of CBD to help with insomnia. Common side effects such as nausea or diarrhea may happen, but they are fairly rare and mild.
The one side effect of concern with high doses of CBD is its affinity to temporarily inhibit enzymes that metabolize drugs in the liver — grapefruit does this as well.
As such, if your pet is on a dosage-sensitive prescription drug that’s metabolized in the liver, you’ll likely want to keep CBD dosages mild or low.
Your veterinarian will be able to help you monitor your pet to ensure that CBD’s relationship with the other drug is positive.
In many cases, a specific CBD dosage has led to a decrease in the other drug’s dosage with no increase of side effects.
Our CBD pet calculator will help you find the correct low and mild dosage based on your pet’s weight, and we absolutely recommend talking to your veterinarian first before doing this on your own. Last check out this article that explores the issue in-depth.
What’s Better For Dosage: CBD Oil, Treats, Capsules, etc?
If you’re looking for precise dosages, our PurCBD+ oil/tincture is still your best option as capsules and treats will carry a one-size-fits-all dose.
However, this is not much of a concern as even extremely large doses are well tolerated by most pets with no signs of side effects.
Another pro of the tincture is it’s fast absorption rate.
Besides those two factors, there are only a few minor differences amongst CBD products, which you can find out about below.
How to Dose with CBD Capsules, Treats, Chews, and Pellets
Our Hemp CBD Gold Capsules contain 5 mg each making them great for dogs 40 lbs and up. At this weight level, most pet owners find moving up the dosage in increments of 5 mg is effective and preferred.
Like all other forms of CBD, capsules typically provide relief of symptoms for 6-8 hours. In that time, you can administer more CBD if needed. Unlike the oil/tincture, capsules have to pass through the digestive system before it’s absorbed into the bloodstream so expect 30-60 minutes before you see CBD working.
If they need a quicker onset of relief, we recommend PurCBD+. The thin tissue of the mouth makes CBD readily absorbable, and you’ll typically see CBD working within 10-30 minutes depending on how long your pet held the oil in their mouth.
Hemp Treats & Soft Chews
Our Hemp Dog Treats and Hemp Soft Chews are 4 mg and 2 mg. Making the treats fantastic for dogs 20 lbs and up. While our Soft Chews are great for small pets under 15 lbs and older dogs that have trouble chewing harder treats.
It’s surprisingly difficult to find dose-appropriate treats for small pets, so we knew we had to change that.
Like the capsules, treats will have to pass through the digestive tract before the body can absorb it so expect the onset of effects to begin within 30-60 minutes. Feel free to break the treats in half for around half the regular dose if needed.
CBD for Horses
Equine Hemp Pellets
While catered to riders, farriers, trainers, and large-animal veterinarians, we designed our Hemp Pellets in a way that makes them perfect for all animals that consume food in pellet form.
Instead of making a large one-size-fits-all pellet we broke up the large dose into mini-pellets. This allows goats, sheep, and even pocket pets like rabbits to benefit from taking hemp CBD.
Here is the guideline to follow when giving Equine Hemp Pellets to your horse. 1 tablespoon equals 25 mg. Remember this is just a guideline and starting point.
Your average CBD capsule formulated for humans is around 10-15 mg, and that’s what we recommend for a 350 lb miniature horse.
If administering to a much smaller animal, you’ll want to check out the charts “Generic Hemp Equine Pellets Dosage Guide” and “Hemp CBD Tier Dosage Guidelines”.
Hemp Pellets Dosage Guide For Horses:
- Miniature ( 1500lbs) = 65 mg
Generic Hemp Pellets Dosage Guide:
- 1 tbsp = 25 mg
- ½ Tbsp = 12.2 mg
- 1 tsp = 8.3 mg
- ½ tsp = 4.15
- ¼ tsp = 2 mg
All in all, giving your pet too much CBD will just likely result in you wasting money. This often limits small pet owners to the tincture form, but at Innovet Pet, we were determined to not have that happen to you.
That’s why we provide Soft Hemp Chews that are appropriately dosed for small pets and easy on their smaller jaws. We even have farm animals and pocket pets covered with our Hemp Pellets.
Wondering how much CBD oil you should give your dog? Innovet's Simple Dosage Calculator takes the guesswork out of the equation. Click to use now!