We’re all individual and we’re all unique, and just like diluting cordial, what’s too weak for you might be too strong for me. That’s why we offer a simple system of oil strengths and avoid a baffling long list of options. We suggest that you start low and see how you go, a single drop, pump or spray one or two times a day and build up to where you feel comfortable. Spreading out the doses, so perhaps a morning and an evening dose, works well too so it's always in your system.
What's a good daily dose?
A low daily dose would be around 8 to 12 mg of CBD (that's 1 pump of the 4% 8mg or 1 spray of the 8% oil 12mg). Most people, for general wellbeing, average at 12 to 36mg a day. It does depend how susceptible you are to CBD and what condition you taking it for as to how much you need.
How to understand the bottle labels and concentration:
All of our oral products come in 10ml or 20ml bottles and the CBD content within is measured in mg. So, a low strength might be 200mg and a high concentration could be as high as 2500mg. In order to keep it simple, The Tonic labels CBD strength as a percentage. Essentially, the higher the percentage, the higher the concentration of cannabinoids. For example, 4% is the equivalent of 400mg of CBD in a 10ml bottle, 8% is the equivalent of 800mg of CBD in a 10ml bottle and so on.
The 20ml bottles contain double the mg of CBD than the 10ml, so the percentage remains the same, therefore the concentration of each drop remains the same across the 10ml and 20ml equivalent and is not diluted. Look out for this with other brands - some just display the mg and not the %, which makes it easier for them to trick you into thinking you're getting a higher concentration that you are.
Some suppliers provide a 30ml size bottle with 1000mg of CBD, which sounds strong, but it's only a 3% concentation. With each 10ml increase in bottle size, we double the concentration to ensure the % remains the same.
What's the maximum I can take per day?
The Food Standards Agency advise 70mg of CBD per day for a healthy adult. Anything more than this is considered a medicinal dose.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Ensure you drink plenty of water when taking CBD products. This is because your body will want to detoxify and sometimes this can cause headaches. Drinking plenty of water helps to shift this process along.
This is detox process is called 'herxing' and you can read more on the
TAKING CBD WITH MEDICATION
Always talk to your doctor if you are taking any medication before taking CBD. We recommend taking CBD 2 hours either side of any medication you are taking, leave 4 hours either side for blood thinners, beta blockers, statins or blood pressure medications or any medications marked grapefruit contraindicated. This is to allow the liver to process them separately.
We at The Tonic encourage you to talk to your doctor before taking CBD and to research CBD independently. As CBD is a food supplement and not a medicine, we treat it as such and abide by rules and regulations set by the MHRA, so we will not give any advice or information relating to medical conditions.