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A Beginner’s Guide to CBD Dosage

One of the most common questions we get at the Pharm Haus is “what’s the right amount of CBD for me?” Well, here’s a quick guide to help you better understand dosage, and find the amount that works for you and your body.

Body Weight Plays a Role in the Effects of CBD

A person’s body weight plays a role in how much a person will feel the effects of cannabidiol. Generally speaking, lighter people need lower doses than heavier people to experience the effects of CBD.

For Mild Effects

Mild effects can be considered to be the lightest CBD effect, and is perfect for those that are experiencing just slight pain or discomfort. Light dosage is best used for things like mild headaches, slight joint aches and pains, or helping with light muscle soreness. The best products for mild effects are topicals, CBD tea, low-dosage edibles and capsules, and some tinctures.

Dosage chart
Petite (less than 130 lbs.) – 11 mg or less
Medium (130 to 230 lbs.) – 12 mg – 14 mg
Stout (more than 230 lbs.) – 15 mg to 17 mg

For Moderate Effects

Most people use CBD products for moderate effects on common ailments and discomforts that plague us all. Moderate dosage is best suited for helping alleviate the symptoms of strong headaches, mild anxiety, stress, joint inflammation, symptoms of IBS, and mild muscle soreness. The best CBD products for moderate effects are tinctures, CBD inhalers, capsules, and high dosage topicals.

Dosage chart
Petite (less than 130 lbs.) – 18 mg or less
Medium (130 to 230 lbs.) – 19 mg – 23 mg
Stout (more than 230 lbs.) – 24 mg – 30 mg

For Strong Effects

Those that use CBD for strong effects use it in conjunction with other prescribed medications to fight severe discomfort and illnesses like arthritis, anxiety, severe IBS, or severe muscle and joint pain. The strongest products are usually tinctures and high dosage capsules and edibles. If you think you need CBD products for strong effects, then consult your doctor before beginning a new CBD regimen. 

Dosage chart
Petite (less than 130 lbs.) – 23 mg or less
Medium (130 to 230 lbs.) – 24 mg – 30 mg
Stout (more than 230 lbs.) – 31 mg – 45 mg

Measuring Tinctures

CBD tinctures are typically packaged in 15-mL or 30-mL bottles, and each bottle varies in terms of concentration and effects, ranging in CBD concentration of 100 mg to 5000 mg per bottle. The key to understanding tincture dosing is serving size per bottle, which is usually 1 – mL of oil. To find the strength per serving, just divide the total mg-strength of a bottle by the total number of servings. So, a 5000 mg-strength tincture in a 30-mL bottle features 30 1-mL servings of roughly 166.7mg of CBD. Luckily, most tincture droppers feature dosage measurements that make it easy for the consumer to take the right amount.

Measuring Topicals and Lotions

CBD topicals are any products that are applied to the largest organ in the human body, which is the epidermis – the skin. Topicals are lotions, balms, salves, creams, and therapeutic oils that are absorbed by the skin and can be applied anywhere on the body. Athletes and people that are active use topicals to aid in the muscle recovery process, while those with joint problems use CBD topicals to fight inflammation. Calculating dosage with topicals is tricky because the ‘serving’ size depends entirely on how much is applied.

Consult Your Doctor Before Beginning a New CBD Regimen

If you’re new to using CBD, it’s always best to consult your physician before beginning a new regiment. They will be able to tell you more about the specific effects of CBD, and help you figure out a dosage that works for you.

Visit the Pharm Haus

The Pharm Haus in Richardson, Texas is your resource for fantastic CBD products. Check out our shop page to learn more about the positive benefits of incorporating CBD into your life, and find the CBD product that works for you.


These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program.

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