So, you’ve learned about the amazing benefits of CBD and consider giving it a try. Now you might wonder how to actually use it the right way.
We’re here to help you find the right method and give you some important tips on dosage and timing. And if you’re asking yourself if you can overdose on CBD or get addicted to it, we’ve also got those answers for you.
The 4 main methods for taking CBD
There are 4 main methods for consuming CBD, each with its own pros and cons. We’ll introduce you to all of them, so you can make the call which one will work best for your needs.
Inhalation (through smoking or vaping)
Inhaling your CBD oil through a vape pen is the fastest way to feel the effect. Your lungs directly absorb the compounds into your bloodstream. The duration of the effect will mostly depend on how long you inhale for and how long you hold the vapour in your lungs.
Before you try vaping, consider that it might take some practice to achieve the right dosage every time. Some people also find that the vapour can be harsh on their lungs. Plus, you’ll have to purchase the equipment (vape pen and cleaning kits) before you can start.
Sublingual (under the tongue)
A more discreet method for consuming CBD oil is taking little droplets under your tongue. Hold the liquid there for about 60 seconds before swallowing it. Next to inhalation, it’s one of the most effective ways of consuming CBD because it’s absorbed into the bloodstream quickly.
You won’t need any extra tools to take your CBD oil as the bottles usually come with a dropper. Controlling the dose is super easy this way.
Topical (on the skin)
Applying CBD oil to the skin means that it won’t come in contact with your body’s endocannabinoid system. Rather, the CBD will bind with the cannabinoid receptors in your skin, which will give you a different result than the other mentioned methods. The effect is mostly a soothing sensation that is isolated to the specific application area.
Topical application is recommended for treating muscle and joint pain. It can also help with migraines and skin conditions like acne. While the effect will be mild, it’s an easy way to use CBD and won’t require any other tools.
If you prefer to “eat” your CBD, you can get pre-made CBD-infused foods like gummies or add CBD oil to your own food. With the latter option, consider adding it to a food that has an oily base like peanut butter or coconut oil.
Edibles will usually take a while to show an effect because the CBD has to be absorbed by your digestive tract. However, the effect will last the longest compared to the other methods. This is also a very discreet option to take your CBD and could be helpful if administering to a child.
How to find the right dosage
As there are no formal nutritional guidelines or recommended daily intake for CBD products yet, it can be a little confusing for new users to know how much to take. The right dosage will be unique to you, and the following factors can influence it:
- Concentration – That is the strength of CBD in a certain product, usually measured in milligrams (mg). If the concentration is high, you’ll need to consume less of the product to reach your desired effect.
- Bodyweight – In general, heavier people tend to require higher doses of CBD to experience an effect, while lighter people might feel the same effect with a lower dose.
- Desired effects – Your optimal dose will depend on the symptoms you want to alleviate. Serious conditions like chronic pain or severe anxiety can require higher doses.
- Tolerance – It’s possible to develop a tolerance to CBD over time, meaning you’ll need higher subsequent doses to reach the same effect.
It might require a little experimentation to find the right dosage for you. Here are 3 rules you should consider when starting out:
- Start low and go slow! Take the lowest dosage first and slowly increase your intake until you feel the desired effect.
- Look for the recommended serving suggestions on your CBD product. If there are no instructions, contact the manufacturer or distributor for instructions.
- Consult your doctor or healthcare provider to make sure that CBD won’t interact with any other medication you’re currently taking.
Please note that we are not doctors. Hence, we can’t provide you with any legal or medical advice.
A range of doses from 10mg to 600mg and higher amounts have been studied in scientific research, for sleep problems, anxiety, depression, stress, and other conditions.
When to take your CBD
When you’re just starting out we suggest that you take the minimum dose both in the morning and at night. Need a quick relief from your symptoms? Take your CBD oil approximately every 3 hours. For ongoing maintenance, you might feel that taking it once a day suits you better. If you are using CBD to improve your sleep, your nighttime dose should be taken 30 – 40 minutes before bedtime.
For maximum effect, we’d recommend that you use the CBD oil on an empty stomach to avoid the oil being broken down by stomach acids during digestion.
Can I take too much CBD?
First of all, let’s be clear that you can’t overdose on CBD. Here’s why, according to the National Cancer Institute: “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”
CBD has also shown to have a better side effect profile than other drugs, meaning there are little to no negative side effects. That doesn’t mean that you can be careless with your dosage. Taking too much has resulted in fatigue, diarrhea, and changes in appetite or weight for some patients.
Can I get addicted to CBD?
It’s a very common misconception that CBD is addictive like many other drugs. However, that is not the case. It doesn’t deliver a high and won’t get you addicted. In fact, our bodies naturally produce CBD in our endocannabinoid system when we encounter stress. And we won’t get addicted to something that our own body produces.
Do you have any questions?
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