CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol. A compound constituent found in hemp and cannabis that lacks the intoxicating and addictive effects associated with other cannabis compounds such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Due to this, it is legal, sold and used in many countries around the world.

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from customers is: “What is the correct daily dosage of CBD for me?” If you do a Google search on CBD dosage you will find many different measurements and approximate dosages for various products. The truth is, this is a complex question to answer.

What’s the Right Dose of CBD?

CBD is a natural plant compound, therefore, according to the World’s Health Organization (WHO)1 its safe to consume as long as it’s clean and contains no toxins. However, when it comes to the daily recommended dosage, its understandable that people may need some guidance. We’ve put together this simple dosage guide which follows the dosage guide spelled out in a book titled “CBD: A Patient’s Guide To Medical Cannabis” by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum. Leonard Leinow founded Synergy Wellness, a not-for-profit medical cannabis collective in Northern California and has three decades of experience growing and studying medical cannabis. They are specialists in CBD pioneers in this aspect of the industry. Juliana Birnbaum has lived and worked around the world and founded Voices in Solidarity, an initiative that partnered with tribal leaders from the Brazilian Amazon to support the development of a community-led environmental education center.


This book “CBD – A Patient’s Guide to Cannabis” by Leonard Leinow2 is an excellent source for those who have not yet looked into CBD and its medicinal properties. The book is full of information about CBD, its history, use, dosage, studies on its use in a variety of diseases, and much more.

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Recommended Dosage:

There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when finding the perfect dosage of CBD for you. Some of the factors that play an important part in your experience using CBD are:

  • Your medical condition or problem
  • How intense your problem is
  • Metabolism
  • How you respond to CBD
  • Body Weight
  • Sensitivity to cannabis
  • Your personal body chemistry (this includes any other medications you may be taking)

So, How Much CBD Should You Take?

Based on the guideline in the book, we recommend the step-up approach were you gradually increase the dose until the most desired results are reached. The term used in the book is “Titration.” This is a term borrowed from chemistry that means taking small steps over time in order to allow for adjustment slowly. By using this method, you’re tailoring the amount of oil to fit your needs. Every person is different and everyone’s reaction to CBD is different.

The Step-Up method:

  1. Leinow & Birnbaum recommend in their book “CBD: A patient’s guide to Medical Cannabis” to start with a microdose, standard dose or even macrodose, depending on the type of symptoms.
  2. If you have chosen one of the dosage tables (see below), search for your body weight in the left column. If it lies between the values shown, use the approximate value as a guide.
  3. Start at the lowest daily dosage under Step 1. This is your starting dosage. Keep it for one week.
  4. Listen to your body and take notes if necessary. If necessary, you can then increase the dose to the next step, keep it for one week and so on. The drops do not have to be taken all at once. For larger quantities, it is advisable to divide the drops into morning, midday and evening.
  5. If you notice any negative effects, reduce the dose. It is not a question of increasing the dose steadily, but of finding the ideal dose. Due to the two-phase effect, both a too low and a too high dose are less effective.
  6. Once you have found a dose that you feel comfortable with, keep it. This will be your target dosage from now on.

Further to the graphics:

The numbers represent the number of drops and the concentration of CBD oil. Example: 6 x 5 stands for six drops of 500mg CBD oil. CBD oil with different concentration can be substituted (Example: Four drops of 1500mg CBD oil correspond to twelve drops of 500mg CBD oil).

Micro Dose

0.5mg to 20mg of CBD per dose per day (CBD/dose/day) is a microdose recommended for the following conditions:

  • Sleep disorders such as insomnia
  • Migraine and other types of headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea and menopausal symptoms
  • PTSD – Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Stress and restlessness
  • Metabolic disorders

For the microdose, we recommend our 500mg CBD oil. 1 drop of 500mg oil contains 2 mg of CBD.

Chart Micro dosage: Number of drops x CBD oil concentration

Standard Dose

10mg to 100mg of CBD/dose/day. Standard doses are used for the following conditions:
Chronic pain

For a standard dose, we recommend our 1500mg  or 2500mg CBD oil. 1 drop of the 1500mg CBD oil contains 6mg of CBD and 1 drop of the 2500mg oil contains 6,7mg of CBD.

For the 1500mg oil: 3 drops 3 times per day = 54mg of CBD.

For the 2500mg oil: 3 drops 3 times per day = 60mg of CBD.

Chart Standard dosage: Number of drops x CBD oil concentration

Macro (Or Therapeutic) Dose

Macro doses are at the high range between 50mg-800mg of CBD/dose/day. This dosage is commonly used for:

For a macrodose, we recommend our 30%, 40% or 50% CBD paste.

30% paste: 1 milliliter contains 300mg of CBD

40% paste: 1 milliliter contains 400mg of CBD

50% paste: 1 milliliter contains 500mg of CBD

Chart Macro dosage: Number of drops x CBD oil concentration

General Dosage Guidelines

It’s important to remember that there is not a one size fits all when it comes to CBD dosage. The dosage amount varies from individual to individual depending on a number of factors mentioned earlier. It is recommended to consult your health care provider for advice on how much CBD you should take.

  • Decide the form in which you wish to take CBD. Our products come in the form of oils, paste, e-liquids, and capsules. For more information on how to take CBD please see this article.
  • Don’t take too much CBD. It’s important to note that in cannabis therapy often times “less is more” If you are not getting the desired results from a higher dose than you should consider lowering your dose instead of increasing it. This method has helped many patients find their “sweet spot” or the best dose to treat their particular condition for that period of time. Remember you may need to adjust your “sweet spot” over a certain period of time. Monitor the results and adjust the dosage as necessary.
  • If you are already taking some other prescription medication, be aware of possible side effects and drug interactions. You should discuss this with your health care provider.

Always consult with a healthcare professional

For a medical condition always consult with a healthcare professional before consuming CBD. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease, ailment or skin condition. Any information contained in or made available through any marketing materials is not intended to be used as, or be a substitute for, healthcare advice or information from licensed healthcare practitioners. Please consult a licensed healthcare practitioner regarding any potential interactions or complications before using our products.

Simple Guideline for Beginners

CBD Dosage Graphic

References

  1. Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (2018). CANNABIDIOL (CBD). [online] World Health Organization []
  2. Leinow,, L. and Birnbaum, J. (2017). CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. North Atlantic Books. []
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    1. adminadmin

      Dear Sandra

      We are still working on our english homepage and we hope that it will be up and running very soon. In the meanwhile you can order products from our danish homepage. If there are anything you don’t understand you can always write to our online chat which you can find in the buttom of the right connor. 🙂

      Link to homepage where you can purchase our products: https://nordicoil.dk/

      – I look forward to hearing from you.

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      Katrine from Nordic Oil

    1. adminadmin

      Hi,

      Dosage may be different depending on the percentage of CBD oil you are using. On average, 25mg of CBD a day is effective for most people. For strong symptoms, the dosage can be increased slowly over a week until the symptoms feel better. This, of course, is different for every patient and should be monitored. We recommend the step-up method. You start with 1 drop, 3 times a day for 4 days and then increase the amount to 2 drops, 3 times a day in another 4 days. You then increase the dosage to 3 drops, 3 times a day. Then you can stay at that level, see if it works for you, you can always up regulate even more, or down regulate again, if necessary.

      Best regards
      Katrine from Nordic Oil

    1. adminadmin

      Hi Jane,

      The right dosage of CBD varies from person to person and it is therefore about trying out. Research has shown that many begin to feel an effect at 25mg of CBD a day, but it is important to remember that factors such as disease and metabolism also play a role in dosing.
      We recommend the step-up method. You start with 1 drop, 3 times a day for 4 days and then increase the amount to 2 drops, 3 times a day in another 4 days. You then increase the dosage to 3 drops, 3 times a day. Then you can stay at that level, see if it works for you, you can always up regulate even more, or down regulate again, if necessary.

      If you want to read more about the right dosage of CBD you can read our article.

      – I hope it was a help otherwise feel welcome to write again. 🙂

      Best regards
      Katrine from Nordic Oil

  1. AvatarPierre

    Hi,
    could you explain me the difference between non-heated cbd oil and heated cbd oil?
    and, do you sell nano enhanced hemp oil in europe?

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Dear Pierre,

      Thank you for your question.
      I assume you are asking about the difference between raw/full-spectrum and activated or decab CBD Oil. The most crucial difference between the two oils is the extraction process – the raw/full-spectrum or non-heated CBD oil is extracted by using CO2 extraction, free from any chemicals. The oil can also contain other important cannabinoids, such as CBD-a, CBC, CBN, CBV, and CBG. In contrast, the activated/decab – short for decarboxylation (or heated) CBD oil is extracted by heating and drying the plant material. This way all other cannabinoids are lost, resulting in a pure CBD product. Both oils can be beneficial, depending on what you are looking for.
      Nordic Oil only uses CO2 extraction for our products, ensuring all beneficial cannabinoids are kept.

      With regards to your second question, I would recommend that you drop our customer service an email or use our live chat on http://www.nordicoil.de. They will be happy to talk to you in detail about our product range and would be able to answer any further questions you might have.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

  2. AvatarRosalina

    Would you like to let me know how many mgram cbd in 1 drop of 3% CBD oil Amber 300 mg CBD.
    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Rosalina

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Hi Rosalina,

      Nordic Oil does not offer 3% CBD Oil. However, here is a quick guide to the CBD content in our products:

      5% CBD Oil contains 1,7mg of CBD per drop.
      15% CBD Oil contains 5mg of CBD per drop.
      20% CBD Oil contains 6,7mg pf CBD per drop.

      I hope my answer has been helpful.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

  3. AvatarKaren

    I am interested in information regarding CBD dosing for osteoporosis. I presently am taking 25mg capsules of full spectrum CBD and wonder if this is enough.

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Dear Karen,

      I am sorry to hear about your Osteoporosis. I sincerely hope that CBD will bring you relief.
      On average, 25mg of CBD per day is enough, especially if you are just starting to use CBD. I would suggest that you stick with the 25mg for at least a week, and if symptoms do not improve, you can slowly increase the dosage.
      Because everyone’s reaction to CBD is different, it is often difficult to recommend an exact dosage. You just have to listen to your body and look for signs of improvement. Please feel free to talk to your healthcare practitioner for a piece of expert advice.

      Here is a link to one of our articles, focusing on CBD for Osteoporosis. Maybe you would be able to find some more useful information there. – https://nordicoil.com/wiki/cbd-for-osteoporosis/

      I hope my answer has been helpful, but if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

    1. SilviyaSilviya

      Hello Caroline,

      Thank you for your question. Please read our article about CBD & F Fibromyalgia ttps://nordicoil.com/wiki/cbd-for-fibromyalgia/. In it, we have a detailed dosage guide.
      If you have more questions – customer service will be happy to assist you.

      Best regards,
      Silviya from Nordic Oil

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