You may have heard about CBD and how it helps people manage pain, inflammation, nausea, and all these great things. But how do you know what to buy and how much to take if there are no doctors willing to sit down and create a custom regimen just for you? While it may seem daunting, when it comes to CBD, finding the correct dosage is a relatively simple process.

Our best advice is to start small and work your way up until you find the volume of CBD and mix of consumption methods that delivers the relief you desire. The benefit to this method is you can find your sweet spot without overdoing it, and then maintain a consistent daily dose. The best part about medicating with CBD is it’s impossible to overdose, which makes it a very safe process. Plus, CBD is not inherently addictive so there’s very minimal risk of developing dependency issues.

How much should I take?

For orally ingested products like Tinctures and Gel Caps, we suggest starting with 15mg per day of CBD and upping the dosage until relief is felt. These ingestible products provide sustained relief for several hours – many people find they provide relief for the whole day! The one thing to keep in mind with ingestible CBD products is the delayed onset time – it can take up to 90 minutes for the full effects of the tinctures or capsules to be felt.

For topical products like salves, sprays, and soaks, you can apply as liberally and frequently as needed – there’s no risk of overdoing it!

Why Is it Impossible to Overdose?

You already have an endocannabinoid system whose sole purpose to maintain equilibrium, or homeostasis, in your body. CBD nourishes this system. CBD is non-toxic. No fatal overdose levels have ever been reported. Learn more about the safety of CBD here.

What kinds of CBD are there?

Please refer to our CBD Consumption Guide to learn more about the different products like tinctures, sprays, salves, and soaks.

Which Product Should I Buy?

The savvy consumers have realized that the best, most consistent and effective relief comes from a multi-pronged approach where you treat your condition with a mix of products. The idea being that some products provide instant relief for a short amount of time, while others have a longer onset time but provide relief for the entire day.

What Ailment are You Addressing?

PTSD: More sleep, less nightmares CBD for PTSD Guide

Cancer: How CBD can help CBD for Cancer Guide

Anxiety & associated types (general, social, etc): CBD for Anxiety Guide

Depression: Read our full CBD for Depression Guide

Rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel: Read our full CBD for Arthritis Guide

Migraines: Read our full CBD for Migraines Guide

Insomnia & sleep apnea: Read our full CBD for Insomnia Guide

Pain Management: Read our full CBD for Pain Guide

Weaning off painkillers: 50% of people say CBD Works Better

Pets: How CBD can Increase their quality of life

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Read our full CBD for IBD Guide

Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Read our full CBD for Alzheimer’s Guide

Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorders: Read our full CBD and ADHD Guide

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Read our full CBD for Concussions Guide

Schizophrenia’s Negative Symptoms: Read our full CBD for Schizophrenia Guide

Sporadic vs Consistent Dosing: Do I have to take it every day?

You’ll receive exponential benefits with a daily regimen as compared to sporadic or occasional usage. If you need help choosing the best type of CBD for you, check out of CBD Consumption Guide that covers different consumption methods.

Is this legal? What about drug tests?

If drug testing is a part of the conditions of your employment, you might be concerned about the potential of CBD to cause you to test positive for THC. This isn’t a totally unfounded concern — however, there isn’t exactly a cut-and-dry way to answer it.

Much of the data we have about CBD is anecdotal, and its potential impact on drug testing is no exception.  There are very few peer-reviewed studies on the subject, but there appears to be a small risk of a false positive for some users. Avoiding full-spectrum products containing traces of THC can reduce your risk of a false positive, but that may not eliminate the risk entirely.

If you are concerned about passing a drug test, you should consider this potential risk when deciding whether CBD is right for you. To learn more about the science of CBD and drug testing, check out our article for a more thorough discussion of how to minimize your risk of a false positive.