How Many Milligrams of CBD Do You Need?

“How much CBD should I take?” is by far the most often asked question our company receives. Unfortunately, practical and legal restrictions often make it hard for us to answer this question fully. That is why we have taken the time to show you how to accurately measure CBD and take a scientific approach to determine your perfect serving size of CBD. If you’re looking for quick answers you can skip ahead to these sections, but first, we would like to explain the complexities behind recommending specific amounts of CBD.


Why CBD Companies Don’t Tell You How Much to Take

If you ask a CBD manufacturer how much CBD you should be taking, you are unlikely to get a simple answer, because it is not a simple question. How much CBD you need can vary greatly depending on a variety of factors. It is not uncommon for us to hear reports of people taking 10 times as much CBD as another person in a similar situation. Similarly, we hear from people who use our products multiple times a day and others who use them only as needed. Given the sheer variance in CBD habits, it is impractical to suggest specific amounts of CBD to customers.

As a CBD manufacturer, our company is aligned with one purpose: creating safe, accessible CBD. The ability to diagnose and prescribe a specific regimen of CBD requires the time and expertise of a trained medical professional. This is an important distinction both practically and legally. CBD companies which overstep these bounds and prescribe their products for specific conditions run the risk of being shut down by the FDA. We want to continue providing quality CBD to those in need for many years to come. Rather than pretending to know what is best for your specific situation, we want to give you the tools to safely and accurately measure the right amount of CBD for you.

How to Measure CBD Content With A Tincture

Before you can find the perfect amount of CBD for your situation, you need to be able to confidently and consistently measure CBD. If you are taking CBD via a premeasured method such as capsules, measuring CBD is as simple as checking the product description. However, measuring out a serving of CBD via a tincture requires a bit of math and an understanding of the metric system.

Tinctures may seem hard to measure at first, but the reason companies sell CBD dissolved in carrier oils is to ensure accurate dosing. CBD on its own exists in powder form, which is extremely hard to measure without a very accurate scale. By dissolving CBD evenly within a tincture, you can guarantee a consistent amount of CBD per milliliter, which can be easily measured with an eye dropper. Once you know the potency (milligrams of CBD per milliliter of oil) of a tincture you can quickly calculate how many milliliters of oil you will need to get a desired number of milligrams of CBD.


Here are the three measurements to pay attention to:
Milligram (mg): Unit of mass used to measure pure CBD content
Milliliters (ml): Unit of volume used to measure CBD oil
Potency (mg/ml): A ratio of how much CBD (milligrams or mg) is in a certain volume of oil (milliliters or ml)


Formula for Measuring CBD
Milliliters x Potency = Milligrams of CBD

How to Measure CBD: Example

Now that you know what each unit means, let’s do a quick example. Say you want to take 25 milligrams of CBD. The first thing you need to do is check the potency of your tincture. This should be listed on the front of your bottle. For this example, say you are using our Tropical Breeze High Potency Tincture, which contains 50 milligrams of CBD per milliliter. If there are 50 milligrams of CBD in one milliliter of oil, but you only want 25 milligrams of CBD, then you would want to measure half a milliliter.


0.5 milliliter x 50 milligrams of CBD per milliliter = 25 milligrams of CBD

How to Find Your Perfect Serving Size

As stated previously, how much CBD an individual needs can vary greatly. If you are determining how much CBD you should take on your own, it is best to take a scientific approach. We recommend starting with a small serving (15-25mg of CBD) waiting an hour or two and seeing if you notice any changes. If you do not notice any effects, increase your serving size. Keep track of how much you are taking and what you saw as a result and repeat this process until you find the right serving size for you.

How Much CBD is Too Much CBD?

So far, there have been little to no reported side effects of having too much CBD, but it doesn’t hurt to play it safe. We recommend staying below 300mg of CBD. Further, taking more CBD than you need will lose you money over time.  If you feel you may be taking too much, try decreasing your serving size and see if it makes a difference.


Do you feel confident in finding your perfect amount of CBD or are you still confused? If you have a question, let us know and we will do our best to respond.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Lazarus Naturals shall not be held liable for any direct or indirect damages caused in any way through the use of information, services, or products provided or sold by Etz Hayim Holdings DBA Lazarus Naturals. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury which may be perceived to be caused by the information or products sold or provided by Etz Hayim Holdings.

15 replies
  1. SteveZelenak says:

    1 Question. I know you can’t make any claims. I love your Oil & Capsules. Should I not take for a few days? I heard it’s good to try that after so many months. Also, not sure if it’s better with food or to wait. I guess I can try it both ways & then keep track. Thank You

  2. Susan says:

    I bought your full spectrum CBD oil when I visited Vegas. I’m from Canada. It really worked well for me. Do you have a lot of customers from Canada?

    • Michael Freund says:

      Unfortunately, we do not ship to Canada at this time. We are always paying attention to changing legislation, however, and would love to help our neighbors to the North.

  3. Angie says:

    I’m a little confused about the actual process of taking a tincture. Is this something you take under your tongue or do you just swallow it? Thanks.

  4. cmsharifi says:

    Do you absorb more cbd if you take it from a tincture than from a capsule? I read that the oil is more absorbed and you would need less. Is that true? Also, does taking your tinctures sublingually work better/quicker? Thanks for taking time to answer questions.

    • Alissa Petillo says:

      Everyone is different, so exact reactions vary. Mainly the difference comes down to absorbing the CBD by ingesting (swallowing capsules), where it is absorbed through your stomach or sublingually (drops under your tongue), where it is absorbed into your bloodstream. For this reason, tinctures taken sublingually tend to take effect more quickly. As far as specific serving sizes, it is generally best to start low and increase as you need.

  5. Angela Kohlhepp says:

    I am starting to use the High Potency Full Spectrum Chocolate Mint for my 19 yr old daughter. Where do I find what is a good serving size to start for her?

    • McCarton Ackerman says:

      Hi Angela. Everyone reacts differently to CBD, so there is not a uniform serving size based on weight. We recommend starting with a small amount and then increasing or decreasing the serving size as needed.

  6. amandaa04 says:

    how long does a sublingual dose of the isolate last? I understand you should start feeling the effects pretty quickly but wondering how long those effects last before needing another dose.


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