How to Calculate Your CBD Dose

Oct 18, 2019 | General Wellness

How to Calculate Your CBD Dose

Our endocannabinoid systems are all different – from person to person- and thus each person’s optimal dose can vary. There is no one size fits all solution. 

There are a number of factors that have an impact on the optimal dosage and its administration..

  • your condition or ailment and its severity
  • your body’s unique chemistry level
  • the type of CBD product you choose to consume
  • how often you plan to take it 
  • the type or CBD extraction it is made from (full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or isolate)

This is why we recommend keeping a log of your journey to the optimal dose. 

Patience is key. Take the time to study your body’s response over time. It may take days or months for you to find the best dose for your body and condition you are treating. Start small and increase little by little.

The type and severity of your conditions, your body chemistry, how you’re taking CBD, how often you plan on taking CBD, and the type of CBD that you’ll be using (full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate) are also essential factors.



Not All CBD Products are the Same: Identify the Potency of Your CBD Product

Some products are lower in CBD concentration than others. CBD tinctures can vary in size and potency. Often a tincture bottle ranges between 15 ml to 30 ml in size. Its potency, however, can range from 100mg to 5,000mg of CBD! 

So, before you know how much of that dropper to take, you will need to find the potency of your product. To do so:

  • divide the total number of milligrams of CBD in the bottle by the total amount of liquid in milliliters. 


These numbers should be easily identifiable on the label.

Once you calculate how many mg of CBD are in each ml, you can follow the below guidelines to identify whether your product is low, average or high potency.

A rough guideline is:

  • <15 mg/ml is considered low-potency
  • 15-49 mg/ml is considered average potency
  • >50+ mg/ml is considered high-potency


Identifying Your Optimal CBD Dose

Be prepared to take the time to find your right dose. And furthermore, to make adjustments to it as you go. For instance, will you take it first thing in the morning and last thing before you go to bed? Or will you take it only once a day at noon? How many times a day and at what time are equally as important as the total number of milligrams you decide to take per day. 

Our Tip to You: Increase Dosage Slowly to Arrive at Your Sweet Spot

To start, you can identify the average dose in the table below for your body weight, based on the severity of your pain or condition. You could also use this table to calculate the dosage for your pets.

As you can see, the dosage varies based on the severity of pain or your condition. For instance, for a sleep disorder, you might start with the Mild dosage parameters. Whereas for intense chronic pain, you might start with the Acute row and increase or decrease the dosage from there.

So, How Many Drops Does it Take? 

You’ve found how many total mg are in your bottle and how many mg per ml of your CBD tincture. And you’ve identified your starting dosage point in the table above.

Now the question is, how much of that dropper will you take? 

Let’s look at our example where we calculate how many mg are in 1 ml or 1 standard dropper:

  • If your tincture bottle is 1oz – it is 30ml.
  • If your bottle says 300mg of CBD, then divide the total mg by the total ml, to arrive at how many mg per ml
  • In this case, it’s 300/30=10, or 10mg/ml. 


So if you looked at our table and identified that you want to start with a 15mg serving, you would then want to take a dropper and a half. One dropper is 10mg and you’d want another half to get to a total sum of 15mg.

Keep in mind that an average 1 ml dropper has 20 drops

So there you have it. If you have any questions on your specific product, we recommend you contact the manufacturer as they will be able to guide you to make sense of their different product offerings and potency levels.

Keep that log diary going and good luck with the journey to your optimal CBD dosage!




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