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How Much CBD Can You Have a Day?

The Food and Drug Administration does not yet regulate CBD, which means that there are no official recommended dosages for CBD. Since most people often self-medicate when it comes to CBD use, the biggest question we see is how much CBD can you have a day?

Like most other types of medication, the amount of CBD that you can take on a daily basis will depend on several factors including your age and what you are using CBD to treat.

What Researchers Say

Although there has been extensive research on the safety of CDB use, with most of them finding it’s a safe treatment, most do not indicate the recommended dosage. These studies do, however, specifically point out that different people will respond to different dosages of CBD, and most human studies use a minimum of 20 milligrams a day to a maximum of 1,500 milligrams.

But even as you attempt to find out the right dosage for you, it’s important to note that there is still a lot about CBD that remains unknown. As the industry grows, more research on the use of CBD will be conducted, and it’s possible that some information coming out of these new studies could contradict old information.

The Factors to Consider

The amount of CBD you can take on a daily basis will depend on the following factors:

  • Body weight
  • The condition you intend to treat
  • Your own body’s chemistry
  • The concentration of CBD in the pill, gummy, drop or capsule you want to take

Before buying CBD, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about the appropriate dosage. Your doctor will take all these factors and more into consideration before recommending the correct dosage for you, and you will be better served by the treatment if you stick to this dosage. This is true of all forms of CBD, but more so for Epidiolex, a seizure medication derived from CBD.

If you can’t get a doctor’s recommendation, it’s a good idea to start small and gradually increase the dosage over time. You can start with 20mg per day and then increase this dosage by 5mg every week until your symptoms subside.

You can also take your symptoms into consideration when dosing. For example, if you’re using CBD to treat severe pain, you can start with a dosage of 40mg and increase it to 45mg and then 50mg until the pain subsides or is bearable. At this point you can reduce the dosage again.

Can You Take Too Much?

A 2011 study found that even in doses as high as 1500 mg per day, CDB is still very well tolerated by humans. Other studies confirmed its findings but an update in 2017 did raise concern over the potential for liver damage when you take too much and when it interacts with other medication.

This is why it’s important to talk to your doctor before taking CBD particularly if you are taking medication. Although they are relatively rare, CBD has also been known to have side effects that may include fatigue, diarrhea, and changes in weight and appetite.