What's the right amount of CBD for me?

by Dr. Mary Clifton

So, by now you’ve heard about CBD and have decided to give it a try but are wondering what’s right for you - here’s a simple guide to get you started:

Finding your optimal amount

When it comes to CBD, the right amount isn’t prescription, it’s personal.   There are several factors, such as age, weight, tolerance that can affect dosage therefore it’s best to start with a lower amount and work your way up from there until you feel the intended effect.  

Finding the right amount required a bit of adjustment and experimentation, especially at the beginning.  The good news is that its use is safe and has no associated risks.  Although there are more clinical studies being conducted on CBD each month, there is still no standard daily recommended intake (RDI), but see the guide below as a point of reference that can serve as a starting point.  

High quality and trustworthy CBD brand should make it as easy as possible for you to adjust your desired amount of CBD with clear communication on pack as to the amount of CBD per serving you are getting and instructions like in the below:

The importance of daily use

When it comes to CBD, it’s not about taking the highest amount possible but finding the optimal amount for you and then continuing to take that amount day after day.  CBD builds up in the body over time, so consistently taking a ‘daily amount’ keeps a sustained level in your system to help keep your body in balance day after day.  Over te, you may find that you can begin reducing how much you take and maintain a calm and focused feeling throughout the day. 

Be Consistent

Try using CBD at the same time every day for your first week and see how you feel.  I recommend keeping a journal to keep track of amount, time and day and how it made you feel to work out the  best and most effective routine for you.  


Mary Clifton, M.D. is a board-certified, licensed, internal medicine doctor practicing in Manhattan. She is a recognized expert in CBD and Cannabis and the founder of CBDandCannabisInfo.com and the highly respected professional certification course, “The Cannabinoid Protocol”.  She is the bestselling author of “The Grass Is Greener: Medical Marijuana, THC & CBD OIL: Reversing Chronic Pain, Inflammation and Disease” and “Get Waisted”, as well as five companion cookbooks.