Taking CBD Oil: What, When, and How Much Do I Need?

 So you’ve heard how amazing CBD is at relieving anxiety, pain, improving sleep, and more. Now you want to try it out, but where do you even begin?

This is where you begin! Read to discover everything you need to know to have the most effective experience with CBD. We’ll go over what you should know before taking CBD and also tell you about the different types of CBD available and how they’re administered.

Plus, we’ll offer you some general dosage guidelines and tips on how to make the most of your CBD and other helpful things to consider. In a few minutes, you’ll be ready to try CBD with confidence. Ready? Let’s go!


What to Expect from taking CBD?

The different forms of CBD, such as topicals and tinctures, will have different effects. Furthermore, each person will respond uniquely to CBD according to various factors.

Taken internally through ingestion or inhalation, you can expect a smooth calming and relaxing sensation from CBD. You may notice a release in muscle tension, improvements in pain, and a general sense of a having a relaxed mood.

Some people may experience drowsiness and sedation. It’s important that when you first take CBD to not drive or operate heavy machinery.


What to expect the first time taking CBD? As we mentioned, each person is different and will respond to CBD uniquely. The first time you take CBD internally, you may experience a surprisingly powerful therapeutic effect.

After a few times though, the body adjusts to its effects, which might mean having to adjust your dosage accordingly. As you’ll learn, it’s always better to start at a low dosage to see how CBD will affect you before taking larger dosages. 

Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect to feel by taking CBD both topically and internally, as well as how to find the right dosage and best form for you.

Ways to Take CBD 

Before we get into our CBD dosage guidelines and helpful tips, let’s introduce you to the various forms and ways of taking CBD. At the source, CBD is a cannabinoid compound found within the resinous oils of the Hemp Plant.

The thick, cannabinoid-rich Hemp oil is extracted and used to manufacture different types of CBD concentrates. Different types of CBD concentrates are in turn used to produce different CBD products that can be administered in a number of ways.

There are many nuances to CBD extraction and the various resulting concentrates, but we’ll save that for another article.

For now, just know that potent CBD concentrate is typically diluted with a carrier oil and other substances to formulate different types of consumer CBD products including:

  • CBD Tinctures and CBD oils
  • CBD Topicals such as lotions, gels, and roll-ons
  • CBD infused foods, snacks, and beverages
  • CBD “dabs” and other pure concentrates
  • CBD Vape Oils
  • CBD Gel capsules
  • CBD for Pets
  • And others

Each type of product has a unique method of administration, but essentially there are only a handful of ways that CBD enters the body. 

  • Transdermal CBD or topical CBD involves applying CBD directly to the skin, hair, scalp, etc. using CBD balms, salves, rubs, roll-ons, lotions, crèmes, soaps, etc.
  • Ingesting CBD refers to eating or drinking CBD infused foods, or taking CBD internally with capsules, drops, tinctures, oils, etc.

Now that you know a little bit more about the different types of CBD products and the ways they can be administered, let’s get into the effects you can expect from each method.

Finding the Best CBD Form For You 

With so many different types of CBD, how can you decide which is the best one for you? Well, here’s what you should consider before buying CBD. 

For what do you want to use CBD?

What is it that ails you? There is no “one-size fits all” solution when it comes to taking CBD. Generally speaking though, different forms have predictable effects, and once you learn a little about them you’ll easily be able to find what works for you. 

After reading this, you’ll know exactly what kind of CBD you should try for your particular circumstances, how much to take when to take it, and what you need to know before you try CBD.


CBD Topicals, Gels, & Roll-ons 

CBD Topicals are best used for skin problems or muscle and pain related issues. Make sure to find the appropriate formulation for your unique situation. 

Always review the ingredients of any CBD topicals, salves, balms or lotions to fully understand if they are formulated for sensitive skin, muscle pain relief, or other dermatological purposes such as acne. 

For example, some CBD muscle rubs have herbal extracts that create a “cooling/heating” sensation that enhances the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of CBD. However, you wouldn’t want to use such a formulation for something like acne on the face, for example, where the skin is more sensitive.

How long does it take CBD topicals to take effect? The effects of transdermal CBD can act almost instantaneously or take as long as half an hour to onset and will last for up to a few hours. CBD topicals are typically best reserved for use for: 

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Painful, irritating skin inflammation
  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Painful cuts, bruises, and injuries
  • Muscle and nerve pain
  • Joint pain

How much CBD balm should I start out with?  How much CBD balm, salve, or lotion you’ll need will ultimately depend on several factors such as potency, symptom severity, and more. A little goes a long way with millie CBD.


CBD Oils & Tinctures

CBD Oils and Tinctures are typically taken internally for various purposes. Some people take small dosages daily to create a preventative health effect, while others take high dosages for short periods to manage certain aspects of health and wellness.

Oils, tinctures, and drops are among the most common methods of using CBD and can provide a wide range of health benefits, but other ingestible and edible forms such as gummies, capsules, and infused foods and beverages are also becoming very popular. 

CBD taken internally provides an effect throughout the entire body. Oils, tinctures, and drops are usually preferred by those using CBD to combat symptoms related to:

  • Stress
  • Fear, trauma, and phobias
  • Chronic pain and inflammation
  • Deep muscle pain, tension, and spasticity
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue and lack of concentration
  • Mood and stamina
  • And more

CBD topicals often have an adequate effect on muscle pain related to inflammation or nerves, but for serious pain and muscle problems, a high potency oil or tincture taken internally may be a more effective.

How long does it take CBD oils effects to start working? It typically takes anywhere from 30 minutes up to an hour for the effects of CBD to onset through ingestion. Depending on the dosage, potency, and other factors the beneficial effects of ingesting CBD are typically long, lasting up to several hours.  


How Much CBD to Take

You know how some people can drink a lot of alcohol before feeling intoxicated, while others get drunk off one sip? That’s because we’re all different and multiple factors ultimately influence how a substance might affect us. 

Here are a few things that should be factored in when considering how much CBD to take and how to take it. 

  • The severity of symptoms – typically the more severe the problem the higher dosage required
  • Bodyweight – each person responds to CBD uniquely, but typically the larger you are the more CBD you might require
  • Tolerance – Some people are more sensitive to cannabinoids such as CBD due to genetic predisposition and other environmental factors 


When should you take CBD?

Some people micro-dose CBD during the day or take it as needed for symptom relief. Some studies suggest small amounts of CBD may have stimulating effects while larger dosages have sedative effects, but it is different among people.

People generally report taking CBD half an hour to an hour before bedtime helps them fall asleep faster, or that taking it in the evening helps them relax much easier. However, the best time to take CBD will ultimately be determined by your own needs.

When applying, inhaling, or ingesting CBD, it’s always best to take only a small amount your first time. This way you know how it might affect you personally. This will ultimately be your best gauge to help you find the right dosage for your needs.

For ingesting oils or drops, it’s generally recommended to start out with around 1mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. For example, a 150 lb. person would take 15mg of CBD. Take half of that or less your first time, just to get a feel for how it may affect you.

CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive or intoxicating effects, but it can make you feel tired or drowsy, especially when you first begin to take it. After a few times of taking CBD, your body becomes acclimated to it and you can adjust the dosage accordingly.

Here’s a CBD dosage chart that can help you visualize what the most appropriate amount of CBD generally might be for your circumstances.

Symptom Severity

100 - 150 lb.

150 - 200 lb.

200 - 250 lb.


  5 - 10 mg

10-15 mg

10-20 mg


10 - 15 mg

15-20 mg

20-30 mg


15 - 30 mg

20-40 mg

30-40 mg


30 – 40 mg +

40-50 mg +

40-60 mg +

If your case requires higher dosages of CBD, it’s typically recommended to gradually increase the dosage week-by-week, starting with a low dosage. This allows the body to acclimate itself to higher dosages more easily.


What Are The Risks of Taking CBD

Although CBD is far safer than many other OTC drugs, pharmaceuticals, and legal recreational substances, that doesn’t mean it is without risk.

CBD may help with lowering blood pressure, which could cause dizziness or feel faint or fatigued. Which is another good reason to find a nice place to relax when you try it for the first time!

If you’re taking prescription drugs with a grapefruit warning you should first consult your physician before trying CBD. This is because similar to grapefruit, CBD can alter the way that you’re body metabolizes certain pharmaceuticals.

One of the greatest risks of taking CBD though could come from fraudulent, adulterated, and contaminated CBD oil. Only purchase CBD from reputable vendors that provide traceable products with third-party lab results.

Make sure that CBD products have been tested to be free from heavy metals, chemical residue from solvents or pesticides, and mold or fungus. Third party lab results are also a great way to verify the purity, potency, and cannabinoid content of any CBD product.

Although we still need more studies to determine the long-term benefits and risks of CBD, early findings have shown us that it has an extremely high safety profile and therapeutic potential in countless conditions.

Clinical trials of CBD in humans have even tested hundreds of milligrams per day for weeks without severe side effects and CBD is typically well tolerated by most people.

In any case, severe medical conditions require professional medical analysis. Always consult a doctor or physician to treat and diagnose medical problems. This content is for informational purposes only and our products are not intended to prevent, mitigate, diagnose, treat, or cure any medical condition.


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