How many drops of CBD should I take for anxiety?
This depends on how much CBD you have in the bottle.
We've looked at the best level of CBD for anxiety based on research here.
It generally ranges from 50mg to 300mg daily with 300 being peak neurogenesis (brain repair - more here).
So how do we determine drops of CBD?
A standard tincture of CBD has 30ml or 1 ounce. It's usually shown in ml.
To figure out the amount of CBD per dropper, you can divide total CBD by 30 since each dropper is about 1ml (30ml total in bottle).
- 1000mg bottle - each dropper is approximately 33 mg (1000/30)
- 2000mg bottle - each dropper is approximately 66 mg (2000/30)
- 6000mg bottle - each dropper is approximately 200 mg (6000/30)
Okay…so how many drops per dropper. That's about 30.
- 1000mg bottle - each drop is about 1 mg
- 2000mg bottle - each drop is about 2 mg
- 6000mg bottle - each drop is about 6 mg
These are very low levels…just a head's up. Usually, CBD per drop is more for pets.
A full dropper of the 1000mg bottle is 33mg which is a very low, wellness dose in terms of anxiety.
Most people see results from 50mg and higher.
Again, 300mg is peak neurogenesis, the process behind long-term brain health with anxiety.
You can check out why at the pathways of CBD and anxiety guide.
To reach that level, you could do a ½ dropper of the 6000mg bottle (here) 3 times a day.
This matches research since peak CBD is about 4-6 hours after use and taking CBD after a meal can boost availability by 4x's! This is a way to save as well.
If you hold it under your tongue for up to 60 seconds, it can further boost bioavailability.
You can take CBD as needed for anxiety or spread out over the day. It's also great at night for sleep.
30-50mg is a great test dose for anxiety and then you can adjust from there.
The droppers have hatch marks at ¼, ½, 3/4, and 1.
Again, a great deal of disconnect between research and how people actually use CBD for anxiety deals with levels.
Test how you feel and adjust accordingly with 300mg being the long-term upper limit.
For more serious issues, 600mg has been used in research for one-off issues (anxiety or panic attack, etc).
If taking CBD before a stressful situation, about 30-40 minutes prior is ideal (see CBD and performance anxiety).
This can be sped up by holding it under the tongue for up to 60 seconds.
It can then be felt in approximately 10-15 minutes.
Always work with a doctor or naturopath with any supplement!
The information provided here is not intended to treat an illness or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified healthcare provider.