When working with any new hemp product, Moltke recommends “starting low and going slow.” If you’re consuming it orally, she recommends beginning with a dose of around 15 milligrams of hemp-derived CBD and gradually working your way up from there. “I see no reason to start with a very high dose,” she says.
While clinical consensus is lacking on hemp CBD dosing, she’s found in her practice that most people experience the intended effects of hemp-derived CBD in these low-to-mid dose ranges, and that few clients require high doses (e.g., 60-plus milligrams of hemp-derived CBD).
While hemp is safe for most people, even at higher levels, she notes that pregnant and breastfeeding women will likely want to avoid it due to the lack of systematic safety studies during those life stages. Those with a heart condition and those taking blood thinners will also want to use caution. It’s always best to consult with your health care provider before introducing anything new to your routine—even if it’s just the occasional hemp capsule to get in the mood.