How much CBD should I take

How Much CBD Should I Take? 6 Factors To Consider When in the UK

If you’re keen on using CBD (cannabidiol) for its therapeutic benefits, you’d probably have one burning question: how much CBD should I take?

Honestly, it depends

A typical starting dose of CBD can range anywhere from 20-50mg/day, but each person may need a different CBD dose to experience the same health benefits. 

Let’s look at a broad range of CBD dosages and various factors that determine your correct dosage.

How Much CBD Should I Take (UK)?

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends a maximum safe dose of 70mg per day. However, you may need to take more than that to enjoy the desired benefits of CBD.

Moreover, any CBD product that has THC is illegal in the UK. So read product labels carefully.

When starting your CBD journey, we recommend a low to medium dosage of 20–50mg daily. Gradually increase it until you feel the desired effect.

We arrived at this number based on the consumer data from our CBD dosage calculator:   

Starting Dose   Preferred by Users 
Low dose (25mg/day) 16.3%
Medium dose (50mg/day) 52.3%
High dose (70mg/day) 16.3%
Very high dose (100mg/day)  15.1%


Note: The World Health Organization considers CBD safe and non-addictive, even at high doses.

Read More: Still confused about the exact CBD oil dosage? Use our free CBD dosage calculator to determine the optimum daily dosage. You can then calculate the number of drops for each dose (a single CBD oil drop averages .05ml)


6 Key Factors that Affect Your Required Dosage of CBD

Here are six main factors that dictate the amount of CBD you’ll need:

1. Body Weight

The more you weigh, the higher the CBD concentration you’ll need to feel the desired effect. 

On average, 0.2-0.7mg of CBD is recommended per pound (0.5-1.7mg per kg) of a person’s body weight. So to calculate a baseline dosage, multiply your total weight by 0.2mg and increase the amount as needed.

2. Desired Effect

Here’s how your CBD dosage can vary based on the healthcare and wellness benefits you want:

A. Reduced Anxiety and Stress

Moderate doses of oral CBD products (CBD oil, gummies, tincture) can help relieve anxiety and general stress

However, a 2019 study suggests a higher dose of 300mg/day for chronic stress and anxiety.

If you’re looking for an effective post-work stress-buster, try our berry-flavoured oral spray from Vitality — free from THC, heavy metals, and pesticides.

B. Better Sleep

For chronic insomnia, studies have found that a dose of 160mg and above can improve sleep quality and duration. 

In search of the best CBD oil supplement for a good night’s sleep?
Check out Vitality CBD’s medium-strength natural CBD oil. It has a mild taste that’s easy on your taste buds, making it ideal before bed. 


C. Joint and Muscle Ache Relief

You can relieve mild arthritic pain with a low CBD dose of 5-10mg. But for chronic or high-grade pain, anywhere between 20-35mg/day (taken orally) is a good starting point.

If you’re using a topical CBD balm for pain relief, choose a high-strength one (at least 100mg) and apply it as needed throughout the day.     

Muscle and joint pains got you down?
No worries!
Try the lemon-flavoured CBD Oil drops from Vitality CBD, with added turmeric and vitamin D benefits — perfect for active gym-goers. 


3. Tolerance Level

CBD works by interacting with a person’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to create the desired effect. The Endocannabinoid System regulates many body functions, including sleep, mood, and pain control.

But we all have different body chemistry and may respond differently to CBD. So you must gauge your body’s CBD tolerance by starting low to arrive at your ideal dose.

4. CBD Strength 

CBD supplements are typically available in four different strengths:

  • Low (below 10% CBD)
  • Medium strength (15-30% CBD)
  • High strength (30-60% CBD)
  • Ultra-high strength (above 60% CBD)

Usually, a higher dose of a low-potency CBD supplement works better than a regular dose of high-strength product to give the same effect.

5. CBD Type

Based on how CBD is extracted from the medical cannabis plant, there are three types:

  • Full-spectrum CBD: Contains CBD and other plant compounds like terpenes, flavonoids, small quantities of THC, and other cannabinoids.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD: Contains CBD and most cannabinoids present in the plant except THC. 
  • CBD isolate: Pure CBD that’s free from other cannabinoids.

Products with full and broad-spectrum CBD have a stronger effect and may be required in lesser quantities than those containing just CBD isolate.

6. Type of CBD Product

You can take CBD in many different forms, including:

  • CBD tincture
  • CBD drinks
  • CBD edibles
  • CBD vape
  • CBD patches 
  • CBD capsule 
  • CBD cream 

These products may interact with your system differently based on how they are consumed, the carrier oil used, and their CBD content. 

For example, unlike CBD edibles, oils and sprays are commonly taken sublingually (under the tongue), where they’re directly absorbed in the bloodstream bypassing the digestive system.

This impacts CBD’s bioavailability (how much of it’s absorbed by your blood), affecting your CBD dosage. For example, you may need more amounts of topical cream to feel the same effect as ingesting or vaping CBD.

Start Low and Go Slow to Find Your Correct Dosage!

Optimising your intake based on your healthcare and wellness needs and body type is crucial to getting the most out of your CBD supplement.

To get your hands on high-quality products, check out GreenBox’s wide range of CBD oils, CBD gummies, CBD bath bombs, and more — from trusted CBD brands like Love Hemp and Vitality.