CBD Oil Dosage: How Much Should You Take, How to Take It and When?

The benefits of CBD come via its ability to interact with your endocannabinoid system, an internal network made up of naturally-occurring cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes.

This interaction is said to bring about bodily homeostasis or, rather, an equilibrium within you by regulating core functions and processes such as memory, mood, appetite, and body temperature, as well as movement, inflammation and pain sensitivity.

In order for you to get the most out of your CBD product, it’s important for you to know how much CBD you should be putting into your body.

Our brief guide to the optimal CBD dosing below gives you a rundown on the factors you should consider when deciding how much oil to take.

How Much CBD Oil Should You Take?

As we’ll discuss further on in the article, there are several factors that come into play in how your body reacts to CBD and there is no one-size-fits-all dosage.

Our advice for first-time users is to purchase a lower strength oil, start with a reasonably low dosage and in time work your way up as you see fit - how much to take will ultimately come down to personal choice and experience.

For completely new users, see below for a suggestion on a starting dosage based on your weight.

Once you’ve taken the oil, see how you feel, taking into account any positive or negative sensations – if any. Over time, you’ll be able to gauge how effect the dosage is and whether you need to increase or decrease it.

Potential initial dosage for new CBD Users

This below chart is not and should not be considered as medical advice. We advise consulting with your medical professional before taking CBD.


CBD Oil mg per day

100 lbs / 45 kg

10 - 15 mg

120 lbs / 54 kg

12 - 18 mg

140 lbs / 64 kg

14 - 21 mg

160 lbs / 73 kg

16 - 24 mg

180 lbs / 82 kg

18 - 27 mg

200 lbs / 91 kg

20 - 30 mg

220 lbs / 100 kg

22 - 33 mg


Sonas CBD - mgs per drop


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How to Take CBD Oil

Once you’ve established dosage, put the applicable number of drops under your tongue and  hold for at least a minute (preferably 90 seconds). Holding the oil under the tongue, or sublingually, allows the cannabinoids and terpenoids to directly access the bloodstream.

There’s no need to swirl or swish it around in your mouth – holding it under your tongue will get the oil where it needs to go. After 90 seconds you can swallow the remainder of the oil.

Holding the CBD oil under the tongue is understood to be the most effective way to take it, although research on this is still ongoing. Hence why we suggest both holding it under the tongue and swallowing it once the allotted time has passed.

Something we do know is that using a product with a medium-chain-triglyceride (MCT) oil, commonly found in coconut does increase the bioavailability (the proportion that your body can successfully harness) of the CBD. Sonas CBD tincture oils all use MCT oil as their carrier oil. After ingestion, there’s no set rule for how you’ll “feel”.

Some say consuming CBD gives them an almost immediate sense of calm and relaxation or fewer aches and pains, whilst others don’t experience any effects at all.

This is mostly down to four individual reasons:

  • The quality of the product
  • The strength of the product
  • The amount taken (dosage)
  • The individual’s physiological and internal makeup

If you don’t experience anything immediately, be patient - it may take a few days of regular usage to notice certain benefits. After that period has passed, if you’re still not feeling a benefit you could try increasing the dosage.

When to Take CBD Oil

Many people report better results when taking CBD as part of a routine. A suggested starting point could be a few drops (2-4) first thing in the morning and a few drops a few hours before you go to bed. The reason for doing this is you’ll be topping your body up with a consistent level of CBD during the day and overnight, respectively.

What Happens if You Take Too Much or Too Little CBD?

A World Health Organization (W.H.O.) report concluded that CBD is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile, and taking too much will not cause any serious effects."

There have been cases where users that have reported mild side-effects after taking too much CBD, however, such as nausea, fatigue, and heightened irritability.

Taking too little CBD you won’t give you it’s potential benefits, which can include alleviating anxiety/depression symptoms, improving sleep, and reducing seizures in people with certain types of epilepsy, as well as combating physical aches and pains such as joint and muscle inflammation.

Also it’s worth noting that, although many users benefit from improved sleep from using CBD, some report feeling groggy if they take CBD right before they go to sleep. Hence why it might be better to take it a couple of hours before bed time.


Every body is different and there is no exact formula that can be tailored to everyone. Starting low and slowly increasing as required will help you find that ‘sweet spot’ and ultimately get the most out of your product.

Also, don’t forget, if you’re feeling disappointed with your CBD experience so far and you’re not getting what you expected out of your product(s), you might just need to up your intake or try a stronger product. Check our collection of CBD oils and or get in touch and let us know about your experience with CBD. We’d love to help you.

Are you an experienced CBD user? What does CBD do for you and how much do you take?

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