CBD oil dosage: How many drops should I take?

“What is the dosage?” How many drops of CBD oil should I take?” are among the most frequently asked questions about CBD (cannabidiol).

If you are going to be using CBD oil for the first time, remember the following:

  • Each body reacts differently, so in order to find your ideal dosage you have to experiment.
  • It is recommended to start with a low dosage when using for the first time.
  • CBD oil does not make you high.
  • CBD is not necessarily an acutely active agent (unless used as a muscle relaxant, for example in epilepsy). Give the body some time to assimilate the substance and experience for yourself what a dose does for you.
  • The higher the CBD content (usually between 2,5% to 20%), the fewer drops you’ll need.

General guideline for dosing

Based on the various patient experiences, and currently available information, it is assumed that the minimum effective dose for CBD oil is: approximately 2 to 3 times a day 2 to 3 drops for oil that contains 4% CBD.
According to the Dutch Mediwiet Foundation it is safe to take 1 to 5 drops several times a day.
Place the drops under the tongue and let it work for 1 minute before swallowing.

Would you rather dose CBD oil according to a fixed schedule?

It is recommended to start with 3 times a day 1 drop under the tongue to see how your body reacts. If this goes well, increase the second day to 2 drops 3 times a day.
Keep this dose for a few days to see what it does to you. If you feel that you need more improvement, increase to 3 drops, 3 times a day. If you decide to increase the dosage even further, maintain that dosage for at least one week. You can repeat this as you please every week with a maximum of 7 drops, 3 times a day.

How to ingest CBD oil?

CBD drops should be taken pure. Preferably under the tongue, allow up to a minute for the active ingredients to be absorbed. After taking the oil, it’s OK to drink or eat something. The oil can also first be dripped on a teaspoon or on your hand so you can see the number of drops.

CBD oil usually tastes grassy and somewhat bitter. You have to get used to that. However, the taste often outweighs the benefits this product has to offer.

Please note the following:

  • Some people cannot sleep if they have taken CBD a few hours before.
  • High doses of CBD can cause loose stools in some people.
  • CBD may affect the working of certain medications. We’ve listed them below.
  • Allergic reactions to CBD are very rare, but the carrier oil can contain traces of nuts and other contaminants that could potentially cause an allergic reaction.

CBD and its interaction with medication

Steven Cassini, a cannabis researcher and founder of Nova Research, indicates that CBD inhibits the decomposition of some medicines in the body. In short, this means that the drug is broken down less quickly and therefore works stronger or longer than normal. This is because CBD affects the P450 enzyme system. When using any type of medicine, it is advised to ask your physician if their effect could be affected.

List of medicines that are currently known to interact with CBD:
Beta blockers
Blood thinners

If this applies to you, we recommend to be careful with CBD supplements (especially if you need a high dosage) and, in consultation with your physician, adjust the dosage of your medication if necessary.

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