How Often Should I Take CBD Oil? CBD Dosage & Facts 2023

Reviewed by Sutton, D., MD

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how often should i take cbd oil

The use of cannabidiol (CBD) products continues to grow in popularity, and this is in part down to their versatility. For example, CBD oils have been used internally and cream externally to treat various pain disorders instead of strong painkillers and all the possible side effects that are associated with them.

However, the applications of CBD, which is a chemical component of the cannabis plant, go further than just pain relief. The FDA-approved Epidiolex[1], which is used for treating seizures related to certain forms of epilepsy, is a CBD success story which illustrates the potential these active ingredients in cannabis have for many medical conditions that affect human beings.
For those using CBD in oil form, which is sold in health stores, questions like ‘how often should I take CBD oil’ usually depend on what health condition the individual is taking the oil for, and a slow increase dosage approach is best.

CBD Can Help You Be Your Best Self

Chronic pain can ruin an individual’s quality of life both physically and mentally. Those who are in constant pain tend to live in isolation and are susceptible to mental illnesses such as anxiety attacks and episodes of depression.

CBD can help free individuals from the everyday restrictions that come with chronic pain, and this, in turn, helps pain sufferers become more active, mobile, and happier within themselves.

Even skin conditions that again affect self-confidence can be treated with CBD, along with other life-restricting conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 

Illness and mental health-related disorders are two of the most significant factors that hold people back from becoming who they want to be, and CBD can help remove the barriers certain health problems create. 

how often should i take cbd oil

How To Take CBD Oil?

The most popular way of taking CBD is in oil form. This is because liquids are absorbed by the body faster, and CBD oil can even bypass the acid environment of the stomach altogether for maximum absorption. 

This can be achieved by using a dropper to place the oil directly under the tongue, which is capillary-rich and allows for maximum absorption. The dosage is usually on the bottle and can be followed. Individuals can also slowly work out a suitable dosage through trial and error.

When taking CBD oil directly under the tongue, food and drink should be avoided for ten minutes to allow absorption to take place.

When Is The Best Time Of Day To Take CBD?

Should I Take CBD With Food?

CBD is best taken directly after a meal, and if it is being used to promote sleep, then ten minutes after an evening meal is best. If CBD is in capsule form, this can be taken directly with food. Some meals allow for better absorption than others. Foods with some fat content in them seem to allow for better CBD absorption when taken as a capsule than low-fat or fat-free foods.

Taking CBD with or quickly after breakfast is best if CBD is being used to relieve pain and prevent anxiety attacks through potentially difficult or highly stressful days.

CBD Before And After Sport (Pre And Post-Workout)

how often should i take cbd oil

Since CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and helps combat fatigue and pain, it can be used to prepare the body for exercise and boost recovery time post-workout.

CBD can help relax the mind and ease muscle tension, therefore leading to a more productive workout session. It is best to allow CBD to get absorbed and circulate in the body before a workout commences. Half an hour before physical activity should ensure that CBD has entered the bloodstream and remains in the system for the entire exercise session.

Another CBD dosage can be taken a couple of hours after physical activity to ensure that CBD is still circulating the body and is helping to prevent or heal muscle damage or prevent potential pain from developing in overworked muscles or joints. 

How Often Should I Take CBD?

Whether you are taking CBD capsules, oils, or any other approved nonprescription CBD products on the CBD market, the correct dosage to get the maximum benefit from CBD use is essential.

How often should I take CBD oil daily? How often and how much[2] CBD oil should I take? These are the most common questions asked by those who start taking CBD. However, the answer is not a simple one and is highly dependent on what CBD is being taken for and how bad the condition is.

In general, CBD is well tolerated, but this doesn’t mean that individuals can take as much as they want. The simplest rule is that for chronic conditions, such as back pain or anxiety, CBD should be taken every day.

The dose should slowly be increased day by day until symptoms have eased or been completely eradicated. For those using CBD for general well-being, a maintenance dose can be taken once or twice a day.

Factors That Affect Taking CBD

Proper Dosage

Proper dosage is necessary because you can only get the full benefits of CBD once you have discovered the therapeutic dose that works best for you. This is primarily through slowly increasing the dosage over a few days to see whether or not CBD affects your symptoms.

Some CBD users calculate their dosage in relation to their body weight, but no one dosage suits all when it comes to CBD. Anything between 25 and 100 milligrams is regularly consumed by those who use CBD products, and this illustrates the fact that everyone needs different doses to gain the potential health benefits that CBD has to offer.

Type Of Product

There are many different CBD products, such as gummy bears, capsules, creams, and oils. When taking capsules, individuals can stick to the recommended dose on the labeling or experiment for themselves, much like when taking CBD in an oil. Gummy bears also have dosage instructions and should be taken throughout the day instead of them being consumed in one go.


Not all CBD products are equal in quality, and a recent study[3] discovered that some CBD products bought online contained less CBD than claimed on the product labeling. As a result, purity has become a major issue with CBD products, and this can affect the healing properties of the products sold.

What Dosages Are Safe?

Even though there is a lot of flexibility in the amount of CBD that can be taken by individuals, the safest dosages are usually discovered through experimentation. The rule here is that if CBD causes side effects that do not ease, then the product should be discontinued. Or CBD should be slowly increased, and if side effects occur, then users should drop back to the dose that was free of side effects.

Possible Side Effects Of CBD

CBD can cause nausea[4] in some sensitive individuals, along with diarrhea and dry mouth. CBD can also interact with blood thinners and other medications. In addition, those who take CBD regularly at high doses can often experience abnormal liver enzyme results when having liver function blood tests.


Even though the FDA approves only a few CBD products, many other CBD supplements, such as oils, are safe to consume and can be bought widely online at stores such as Direct CBD online.

The use of CBD to treat some forms of seizures has been proven. Still, more research is needed to scientifically prove its therapeutic effectiveness for treating pain, skin conditions, IBS, and arthritis[5].

The lack of human trials means that there is no hard data that proves the effectiveness of CBD for many health conditions, even though many users swear by it. Then there is another curve ball thrown into the equation, and this revolves around the effectiveness of hemp-derived CBD products vs. cannabis CBD.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is hemp oil and CBD oil the same?

Hemp oil and CBD oil both come from the cannabis plant. The difference is that hemp oil comes from hemp seeds while CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant.

Is CBD safe?

CBD is safe but can cause some side effects in sensitive individuals; these can be temporary or long-term, such as digestive upsets and drowsiness. Such side effects can be eased by lowering the dose or by stopping CBD completely.

What are pure CBD and Broad spectrum CBD products?

Pure CBD removes all THC, waxes, and other cannabinoids during the extraction process, leaving behind a product that is almost 100% pure CBD. 
Broad-spectrum CBD, on the other hand, retains all other additional flavonoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids but also removes THC. This is the naturally occurring substance in cannabis plants that makes it illegal to sell in some states because it is THC that makes users high. 
Therefore, this is why cannabis, with its THC content intact, is considered an illegal drug and is a controlled substance. CBD oils and other products are legal because they contain little to no THC.
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Sutton, D., MD
Medical Writer & Editor
Drew is a retired ENT doctor who now lives in the Southeastern US. He was a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology and an MD degree. He completed his internship in General Surgery and Residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and practiced for almost 30 years in all aspects of ENT, including a specialization in disorders of the ear and skull base. Drew is passionate about communicating his clinical experiences and making his knowledge more accessible to the general public by medical writing.