How do you know how much CBD to take?

As we continue to learn more about CBD, we’re also learning the ways it may be able to help us with our overall health and wellbeing!

In order to understand how much CBD to take, it’s important to understand what your treatment goals are. What are you using it for? Do you expect to use it regularly or only when you need it? Do you have any other prescription medications you are taking? ? What is your age, weight, sex, and overall health status? The answers to these questions will help your doctor or pharmacist select the appropriate product and dosage for you to get started.

When starting any new medication, the best approach is to start with the lowest dose possible and slowly increase the dose as needed to achieve the desired effect. Below is an example of how our Doc Brown pharmacists may get you started with CBD:

  1. Take 10-20mg once daily at bedtime for 3-5 days
  2. After 3-5 days, take 10-20mg twice daily in the morning and at bedtime
  3. After 3-5 days, take 10-20mg three times daily as needed
  4. Adjust dose as necessary to achieve desired effects

Everyone’s body is different and may respond to CBD differently at various doses. You should always talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how to properly dose CBD products while using them to get the maximum benefit and avoid unwanted side effects. This will also help avoid any unnecessary interactions with other prescription drugs.

It’s important to note that because CBD products are not FDA regulated, they do not have any official recommended dosages. Likewise, make sure you are using a quality CBD product that has undergone third-party testing to ensure the product you’re using is safe and effective.


Cherry, K. (2020, October 6). How Much CBD Should You Take?  Verywell Mind.

| By Austin Brown, PharmD | Jan 2022 |