Dosing for CBD unfortunately isn’t an exact science yet. Thankfully, we’ve made a lot of progress in gathering data, and have been able to put that to good use. So how much CBD should you take, and why? As it turns out, the amount of CBD you take will be determined by three major factors:

the ailment itself, how severe it is, and how much you weigh.

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First, the type of ailment. CBD has a wide variety of uses ranging from inflammation, to anxiety, and it has even shown to be beneficial in treating certain types of cancers. [] With so many benefits, it’s likely that everyone can find something that CBD can help them with. 

Second is going to be the severity of the symptoms. Like ibuprofen, CBD is taken in different doses depending on whether you’re trying to alleviate a mild or severe headache. The total amount taken in a day generally ranges between 5 and 400mg, and depends heavily on the ailment that you have. 

Last is body weight, although technically this can be broken down into your body chemistry and your overall size. This is the trickiest of the three to dose for because everyone is different. The way our endocannabinoid system (ECS) receives and uses these compounds greatly affects our ability to use them, and your weight is used to see how diluted the CBD becomes as it spreads across your body.

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Side effects are something not too many people discuss when it comes to CBD, and that’s because there isn’t a whole lot to discuss. According to research published in 2017 ( CBD shows very little in the way of side effects, even when taken in very high doses. However, according to the guidelines for the epilepsy medicine Epidolex ( the maximum dose is around 9mg for every 10lbs of body weight, or over 1000mg daily for most people. As mentioned before, most common ailments can be handled with less than half of that, with some as low as only 5 to 10mg a day.

As with starting any new wellness regimen, it’s important to talk about how CBD interacts with prescription medications. Although CBD has not been shown to cause adverse side effects, it does alter how your body interacts with medicines, specifically enzyme CYP450, which is used to process many other kinds of medications. If you are unsure if your medications will be affected by this, consult with your physician about starting CBD. And as a tip for those not comfortable with asking their doctor about cannabinoids, you can also ask if grapefruit will have any effect on your medication, as it has compounds that have a similar, but lesser, effect.

Starting Doses for Different Ailments

Once you know CBD can be effective for your symptoms, and you know that it won’t have any adverse reactions with anything you already take, the next obvious question is how much should you take? Compiled below are a small list of common ailments we see at Flow Supplements, and based on data compiled from users we have suggested dose amounts, as well as resources for you to use in the future. For ease of use all dosages were calculated using 180lb person.

Anxiety and Inflammation

For mild symptoms we recommend using 10mg, or 0.5mg per 10lbs of body weight.

For moderate symptoms we recommend using 17mg, or 1mg per 10lbs of body weight.

For severe symptoms we recommend using 27mg, or 1.5mg per 10lbs of body weight.

Pain and Sleep

For mild symptoms we recommend using 12mg, or 0.7mg per 10lbs of body weight.

For moderate symptoms we recommend using 22mg, or 1.2mg per 10lbs of body weight.

For severe symptoms we recommend using 37mg, or 2mg per 10lbs of body weight.

Parkinson’s Disease

For mild symptoms we recommend using 23mg, or 1.3mg per 10lbs of body weight.

For moderate symptoms we recommend using 55mg, or 3mg per 10lbs of body weight.

For severe symptoms we recommend using 102mg, or 5.5mg per 10lbs of body weight.

The amount of CBD taken can vary widely depending on the ailment, and even within these ranges there is still a lot of wiggle room. A dose for CBD is yours and yours alone, so we recommend these amounts as starting doses. As you try CBD, feel free to modify your doses to fit your needs, and increase the amount as desired. 

For more information on dosing and ailments, we recommend you head over to The dosage calculator found there is determined by compiling what doses people felt best suited their needs, and it can give you a stronger idea of how much CBD you should take for your symptoms.