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How Much CBD Should I Take My First Time?

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

If you’re planning to try CBD for the first time, you may be wondering how much you should take for your first dose. Sure, someone can tell you to start with 5mg, but if you’re new to CBD, it’s hard to tell what, exactly, that means or how it will affect you.

The amount of CBD you should start off with is dependent on a few factors. First, which consumption method are you using? Second, what are you using your CBD to treat? And last, what strength of CBD are you using?

Consumption Method and Intended Purpose

Different forms of CBD come in different strengths, and the consumption method affects how much of the CBD your body can absorb. When it comes to vaping or smoking CBD, effects are near-instantaneous, but it’s almost impossible to measure the amount of CBD contained in a single puff. Instead, try waiting a few minutes after each inhale to determine if you should take more.

The CBD content of other consumption methods—like edibles, oils, tinctures, capsules, and water solubles—can be measured in milligrams and will be clearly marked on the product label. When determining your ideal dosage, it’s best to start with the smallest dose and slowly increase it by 5mg every few days. If the new, increased dosage feels no different or worse than the one before it, return to the previous dosage—that’s your sweet spot.

CBD can be used to treat the symptoms of a multitude of conditions, including nausea, insomnia, and anxiety. While adjusting your dosage, pay attention to how it affects your symptoms to help determine your ideal amount of CBD.


The concentration of your CBD product will affect the dose you should start with, and you’ll need to decide which option on the CBD spectrum is right for you. Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the compounds found in CBD, including THC. A theory known as the entourage effect suggests the therapeutic relief of full-spectrum CBD may be stronger because of the interaction of the included compounds with the CBD.

On the other hand, the only cannabinoid CBD isolate products contain is CBD. Without the interaction of the other compounds, there is no entourage effect.

So, what does all that mean when determining the right starting dosage of CBD? If you’re using a CBD-isolate product, you may need to start with a higher dose to feel the same relief you would with a full-spectrum CBD product.

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