How to Use Hemp CBD Oil: Choosing Your Optimum Daily Dosage

How to Use Hemp CBD Oil: Choosing Your Optimum Daily Dosage


Taking hemp-derived CBD oil and knowing your daily dose depends on a variety of factors. Because there is no single answer for addressing your bodily discomforts.

You completed the hardest step: you purchased safe and reliable CBD oil

But now you’re unsure of the next step - how to use CBD oil and your optimum daily dosage. No worries – we got you! 

You’ll learn these key factors for choosing your daily dose:

  • How CBD oil works in our bodies
  • How to measure dosage based on the product
  • Directions for consuming sublingual CBD tinctures
  • The value of experimentation for deciding your optimal dose

Keep reading to get the most bang for your buck with your purchase.

The Endocannabinoid System: How CBD Oil Works in Our Bodies

woman observing human body anatomy on tablet for CBD


Photo by Retha Ferguson


The endocannabinoid system (ECS) can be found in almost every part of our body- including the nervous system and the immune system. A healthy endocannabinoid system enables homeostasis (it means the ECS balances our cells and organs). 

To maintain this balance, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates physical and emotional processes like pain and mood.

CBD oil (sometimes called CBD tincture or sublingual) interacts with the human endocannabinoid system to promote balance among our body’s most extensive regulatory system. 

In other words, it provides a little something extra to help enable homeostasis in your body.  Of course, more research is needed to provide evidence for its potential use as a daily supplement.

Okay – so let’s get to CBD oil aka (CBD tincture/sublingual) and how to use it!

Getting Started with Hemp CBD Oil Tincture Dosing

First, what’s the difference between a 250mg or 500mg or 1000mg CBD oil

CBD is measured in milligrams (mg) and refers to the concentration of the CBD oil in the bottle.  

Most bottles are 1 ounce, which means it can hold 32mL of CBD.  If the bottle is 1 ounce, then a dropper full of CBD oil is considered 1 full serving (more on this later). 

What does this mean?

Well, if you purchase a 1000mg bottle of CBD oil in a 32mL bottle, then a full dropper is 32mg of CBD.  If you take 1 full dropper a day, then the bottle will last you 32 days.

If you purchase a 500mg bottle of CBD oil in a 32mL bottle, then a full is 16mg of CBD.  If you take 1 full dropper a day, then the bottle will last you 32 days

How we calculated the CBD dosage:  500mg / 32mL = 16mg

(500mg divided by 32mL equals 16mg)

Thus, if you purchase a 250mg bottle of CBD oil in a 32mL bottle, then a full dropper of CBD oil is 8mg of CBD.  

If you take 1 full dropper a day, then the bottle will last you 32 days. 

This all said, usually a 1000mg bottle is pricier than a 500mg. And that’s pricier than a 250mg.  

However, a 1000mg bottle is more cost effective in the long-run if you plan to implement CBD into your daily lifestyle. 

We always suggest that when starting with CBD oil you start with a low dosage and then increase as needed.  We also encourage daily usage of CBD oil for three to four weeks to see how CBD interacts with your body and feel the benefits. 

Suggested Directions for Taking Hemp CBD Oil:

man taking hemp cbd oil sublingual tincture


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  1. Shake the bottle
  2. When you open your bottle, you will notice there is a dropper
  3. Squeeze the dropper to fill it with oil
  4. You will then place the desired dosage of CBD oil under your tongue (this is why it is called “sublingual”).  The membrane under your tongue is thin. So it allows the CBD oil to penetrate quickly and enter the bloodstream
  5. Once you have placed the CBD oil under your tongue, hold it for 60 seconds
  6. Swallow the remainder of the CBD oil

Some directions suggest dosage based on drops. For example, the directions on the bottle may read, “place one to three drops under your tongue.”  

However, I find this method difficult. You can’t really see how many drops you’re placing under your tongue--unless you are standing in front of a mirror.

Even then… I can’t see!  So, I suggest dosing based on your dropper.  

For example, I usually take ¼ dropper of 1000mg, which is 8mg.  If you are new to CBD, and using a 1000mg CBD oil, I suggest starting with half of a ¼ dropper for 4mg of CBD oil.

Experiment to Determine Your Optimal Daily CBD Dose


Experiment with Daily CBD dose to find optimal dosage
Photo by Oliver King


While a bottle may state that one full dropper is a serving size, this is not true for each person.  The amount of CBD oil you will use will depend on a wide range of factors including:

  • body type

  • weight

  • current health status

  • genetics

  • desired level of relief you are searching for. 

This is why we recommend that you start with a low dosage of CBD oil. Continue to increase this dosage until you feel you have reached your optimum level.

For me, I did this by experimenting at bedtime.  

I started low and increased my dosage until I could comfortably sleep through the night. I wanted rest without my pain and anxiety waking me up. 

I wake up in the morning without feeling groggy or tired--as I do when I take Tramadol or Advil PM.

Explore My Pain Center’s Hemp-Derived CBD Products

If you are looking for a reliable way to obtain quality hemp-derived CBD oil, look no further than My Pain Center CBD oil tinctures!

We here at My Pain Center prides ourselves on advocating brands that we use in our daily life.  We have in-depth conversations with our vendors to ensure the safety and reliability of the products we source.  

Please visit our FAQ for additional information regarding CBD oil.


Author: Shereen Kassam

Date: October 02, 2019

Rating: 4.8 / 5

Category: Hemp CBD Oil, Hemp CBD Oil Tincture

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