What is the recommended dosage of CBD oil? – Can I overdose?

The right dosage

A product that has been rather popular lately is CBD oils or CBD products that are used to help with many aliments. However, one burning question for those who start out is what is the recommended dosage of CBD oil?

For those who are concerned and need some guidance, there are many things to consider.

In this article, I’ll cover basic ideas and things to take into consideration if you are wanting to use CBD oils, capsules and such.

Hopefully, with some understanding and a decent amount of information, it may not seem overwhelming and can put your mind at ease to help you answer that question.

Cannabidiol or “CBD” isn’t regulated by the FDA.

CBD is one of those products that isn’t regulated by the FDA, nor do they have any suggestions for it.

Recent studies have shown some guidelines or a “rule of thumb” to take into consideration if you are deciding how much you should take.

However, before we proceed, please keep in mind that it is always best to consult with your doctor as to the amounts and if CBD oilyou should use CBD if you are taking other medications.

I always hear, “Can you overdose?” or “Can you take too much?” The good news is that CBD isn’t toxic.

You would have to take a lot in order to overdose. And CBD is considered to be non-addictive.

In spite of that, you can experience some not-so-pleasant after effects depending on how your body reacts to it.

Some side effects are:

  • Diarrehea
  • Drowziness
  • Irritability

The general rule of thumb.

Since you aren’t sure how your body is going to react to it and if it’s your first time, its good practice to start off slowly with a minimal amount and work your way up.

Keeping that in mind you also would hate to have spent so much money on CBD oil, for example, only to have wasted your time by starting out too small.

Although there are many contradictions on the internet, a good rule of thumb may be to consider taking 1mg per 20lbs of weight. Or others have suggested anywhere between 1-5mg to 10lbs. So if you weigh 100 pounds you may end up starting anywhere from 10mg to 60mg.

Others will have different reactions based off of weight, what you’re taking it for, sex, age and your metabolism. With that being said, the best way to find out would be to experiment to see what works for your body type.

It definitely isn’t recommended to start out with a high dose and work your way down.

Why are you taking CBD?

How much CBD you take can also depend on what you are needing or wanting to use it for.

Each reason could have a higher or lower dose to get the effects you desire.

For example, according to the Medical News Today, for anxiety the chart shows 300 to 600 mg.

Whereas, Parkinson’s disease is anywhere between 75 to 300mgs.

Many aliments may require higher or lower dosages depending on the reasons why you are taking it. Or you may have decided to try CBD to achieve a better quality of life.

In which case, you’d take a lower dose versus if you were trying to find a way to sleep better. Regardless if you are taking CBD for pain, anxiety or to sleep better, you will want to experiment a bit.

What method are you using?

Another factor to take into consideration is which method you are using. Many capsules of CBD have a specific dose per capsule.

If you are taking a tincture, you may want to do a little bit of math to determine exactly how many drops you’d need to take for your desired results.

Another consideration would be the time it takes for your body to absorb a capsule versus a tincture. Any capsule could take your body anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour before you see the results.

Whereas, if you took the tincture form underneath your tongue and waited roughly 60 to 90 seconds, your body would CBD Capsulesabsorb it a lot faster and you could see the effects of it within 20 minutes or so.

Just as well, it also depends on how often you are taking these. Typically, the effects could take as long as 4 to 6 hours before the results wore off.

Other methods include:

  • Topical creams
  • Sprays
  • Gummies


Pay attention to where you buy your product from.

Based on who you are purchasing from could depend on how much CBD is actually going into your body. Some places have a rather small percent of CBD in it and could contain a lot of other non desirable chemicals.

Whichever product you do decide to go with, it’s a good idea to stick to that one instead of trying a bunch of other products. This way you know the product and how much you are actually consuming.

The right dosage for you.

Regardless of which method you chose or how much of one product that you take, it’s always best to play it safe and start out small and slow.

Remember everyone is different and will experience different reactions. Do your homework first and try it out before deciding how much and how often you are taking it.

Please feel free to reach out to me for any questions that you may have by leaving your comments below! I’m more than happy to answer any and all of them!

11 thoughts on “What is the recommended dosage of CBD oil? – Can I overdose?

  1. Hello! I totally agree with you that cbd oil has become do much popular and it’s used for quite a lot of things nowadays. However, taking the right dosage has been an issue and thanks for addressing it in here. I feel that the best way to take the medication is just to take it bit by bit till the body finally warms to it and can take larger quantity better now. Thanks forthis

  2. Thank you for this article, I have been looking for the issue concerning my waist pain and leg pain, although we have an issue in my family with leg pain and when I found out about CBD, I have been researching about it, Although I was told to ask my doctor first before using  it, I didn’t even know it has capsules

    Thank you so much… will check on my doctor  

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you are in so much pain! I definitely hope that CBD can help you. Thank you for your response. 

  3. I’ve used several CBD products in the past but for the dosage, I’ve always followed the instructions on the bottle. However, I agree with the points made in this post and also that one should start with a small amount, especially if there’s no manufacturer’s application recommendation. I think there wouldn’t be grave consequences if one overuse CBD oil, but doing this on a Dare isn’t advisable either. 

  4. I didn’t know that CBD oil could produce side effects such as diarrehea, drowziness or irritability. I had been hearing so many times that it couldn’t affect a person as intoxicating products do, that I thought it was in fact free of these effects. It’s good to know. Thank you very much!

    1. Hello Ann! Thank you for your comment! There can be side effects but it isn’t intoxicating and doesn’t give you the high feeling. I’m glad you found useful information! 

  5. Great information about CBD oil. I did not know there are so many methods to be used! I agree that the use of CBD oil for pain management is superior to chemical drugs.

    I was always curious: Is the CBD oil potency/concentration dependant on the type/origin of the plant/method used for CBD oil extraction? Thanks. 

    1. Hello Daniela! I’m thrilled you enjoyed reading it. To answer your question, there are a lot of factors but another thing to consider is that other companies may use other products in the oil as well. It’s always best to do your research on that particular company first. 

  6. I just recently discovered that CBD oil has not been approved by the FDA even if it is already accepted by most states right now. how true is this?

    it seems rather sad because the benefits of CBD has  become limitless and the application goes into various places. thank you for your guide. it is help full.

    1. Hello Kirkman, I’m glad you found the article helpful! And you are correct, it isn’t. But your thoughts make sense on it too. Thank you for your comment! 

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