It’s getting hard not to find at least some CBD somewhere in your circles. From the menus of cocktail bars and coffee shops, to the shelves of bougie grocery stores and posh day spas, CBD is all over the place. Many are into its ability to provide relief from inflammation, sleep issues, types of anxiety, and even epilepsy according to some. But people aren’t talking enough about dose. Things can go wrong if you’re not paying attention to how, and where, you’re getting your CBD. More isn’t necessarily better, and just like sunshine, soup, and sex, the law of diminishing returns applies to this non-intoxicating substance. Some studies show a bell curve in response to CBD. “What that means is that at a low dose, you don’t see the intended effect. At a moderate dose, you do see the intended effect. And at high doses, you go back to seeing no effect,” says Jeff Chen MD, a director and founder of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative. It’s easy to take too much—like 20mg per kilogram of body weight (a really high dose)—without realizing it, and suffer side effects discovered by other clinical trials, like decreased appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, and fatigue. “At the end of the day, the dose is going to come down to what condition you’re trying to treat, your method of ingestion, and what else is in the product,” says Dr. Chen. Samantha Miller is the president and chief scientist of Pure Analytics, a lab that tests cannabis out of Northern California. “Make sure you know what it is you’ve been taking that works and look for that when you’re researching new product.” She agrees with Dr. Chen in saying that “There’s so much variability between people, so it becomes important to have good observations of what works for you.” There still isn’t a whole lot of research regarding CBD in a human context. The only thing that’s really been studied is CBD’s effect on children with rare forms of epilepsy, and cases of multiple sclerosis. So just like starting a new diet, we have to make some judgement calls as to what works the best. It’s on us to maintain a good balance and listen to our bodies, just as we would for any other self-care routine. So how can we find the right dose for you—once and for all? We have some tips for the right amount of CBD for you (and hey, some products to kick off your dosing journey).