The world is becoming more informed about everything. If you’re reading this, it’s because you’re informed about cannabidiol (CBD), its desirable effects on the body, and its complement to overall health and well-being. Now, some of your questions are, what’s the recommended daily dose? What will happen if I take high doses? Will a higher dose give me better results? How do you take it so that it works best? Which is best for you – topicals, breathables, edibles, or tinctures? And what time of the day is it most effective?
If you’re overwhelmed by the wide range of CBD products available to consumers, please know that this is the experience of most consumers. You need to understand that the varied administration or consumption of these different products delivers CBD to your body in unique ways, which in turn determines what it is used for and how often it is used. Just like fingerprints, body chemistry differs from person to person affecting individual response to CBD and so further complicating efforts to prescribe a general recommendation or dosage.
The simple solution to this, therefore, is a guide to aid you in organizing your own CBD dosing plan that aligns seamlessly with your health goals. Are you choosing your first cannabidiol product or optimizing your current daily course? This is the guide for you.
What is Your Aim?
CBD has an impressive array of therapeutic properties that target more than 65 different areas of your body. Taking one or two of those properties into account will help you discover the best product and dosage in a relatively short time.
So, what do you want to target or enhance with CBD? Be it complex neurological disorders like schizophrenia, sleeping disorders or Alzheimer’s disease, serious skin conditions like eczema or acne, physiological problems like arthritis, or even sport-related injuries, CBD has therapeutic capacities that are quite outstanding. And your consumption of the product would depend on your health requirements.
It is very beneficial to track your progress once you begin using a CBD product. Develop a simple grading system to help you track the benefits of cannabidiol to your body or check for adverse effects, which are a rare occurrence. With your personal baseline score, you can easily determine the effectiveness of your CBD treatment.
Reaching the Target
Having gained unexpected popularity in recent years, CBD has endless applications and benefits that address a wide variety of diseases and disorders. In fact, new applications and properties are frequently discovered, as its popularity and availability increase in the medical world.
The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD promote improved mobility when it is consumed orally. The properties of the cannabidiol molecules take effect on a cellular level when applied topically. That is the approach preferred for most cosmetic therapies.
You may use CBD orally or topically depending on your preference or the target area of your body you intend to affect. This method will also eventually affect external parts such as skin, hair, and nails. But if you prefer a quicker manifestation of its effects on your external regions or mucous membrane (i.e., vagina), it is advisable to first try a localized product form like a topical or suppository. This delivers CBD at the highest concentration exactly where you prefer it. It works beautifully for cases of skin irritation or disease.
But note that for a more wholesome effect and general improvement of the body, CBD needs to move through your bloodstream. Vaporizers and other oral types of products like gummies and oil are best for this purpose.
It is good to know the significant benefits and properties of CBD when using any of the products. Cannabidiol has remarkable antioxidant and neuroprotective properties and is considered by some medical experts to be a more effective antioxidant than vitamin E and C. It reduces cell damage, which leads to signs of aging by stabilizing harmful free radicals in the body.
The anxiolytic effect of CBD makes it a potential remedy for anxiety disorders, compulsive disorders, and panic attacks. So, if you have any phobias at all, or need to relieve stress, taking CBD orally is very helpful.
How It Works with Time?
The duration CBD works in your body is dependent upon how you ingest it and how quickly your body eliminates it. Certain methods of consumption provide a rapid flux of CBD quickly absorbed and eliminated by the body, while other methods deliver concentration of CBD in a slow, longer-lasting manner.
Are you looking for short-term relief? Then you may want to go for inhaled products like vaporizers. But if you intend to have CBD remain in your system throughout the day, then oral products would be ideal.
Different People, Different Needs, Different Doses
Dosing of cannabidiol is a very individual process because your body will respond quite differently from another user doing the same dosage. That is because of several factors. Some of these factors are your endocannabinoid system, age, weight, gender, metabolism, and individual needs.
The best practice is to start with a very low dose to ensure you don’t react unfavourably with any of the product’s ingredients. Do one or two drops of an oral formulation, a tiny spritz of a CBD spray, or a small puff of a vaporizer – and this should be well below the listed serving size on the product.
Make sure to wait and observe your body for six or more hours after trying an oral product or till when the CBD has peaked and subsides from your system before doing higher doses. If you choose to take more sooner, note that any effects recorded are a cumulative result of both doses.
Better Absorption is the Goal
Knowing how much cannabidiol is in each serving does not imply that that much CBD will reach your target organs or even enter your bloodstream. However, there are brilliant ways to gradually increase the amount of CBD your body absorbs. For instance, before increasing the amount of CBD you vape, explore different inhalations methods. And, when taking an oral formulation such as CBD oil, hold it under your tongue or swish it around your mouth before swallowing.
Quality and Sources of CBD
Be sure not to switch products after you’ve found your optimal dosage. Because products differ in actual CBD content from manufacturer to manufacturer (because varying levels of market integrity), CBD sources may have different effects.
Can You Overdose on CBD?
Well, if clinical trials have prescribed up to 1,200 mg per day, which is more than a bottle of Kana Wonders, or 60+ suggested servings a day, then you don’t need to worry about overdosing. However, we advise getting a professional medical verdict before trying any of our CBD products.
Although CBD is generally a safe for use, there is a chance it could lower your blood pressure. It also can interfere with your body’s ability to metabolize some pharmaceutical drugs. Because CBD and grapefruits inhibit cytochrome p450, ensure to take greater precautions if you are on a medication that comes with a warning against grapefruit consumption with it. A simple alternative on such an occasion would be to use an inhaled or topical product.
How to Use CBD?
- Oral / Swallowed – The various kinds of products available for swallowing are CBD oil, tonic, edibles, capsules, and powder. When you swallow, these oral types of CBD go through the digestive tract, where the body absorbs it into the bloodstream and reaches every part of your body. However, this is the slowest delivery path for CBD to the desired target organ. But it is best to use this method if you intend to enjoy the benefits of CBD for a longer time.
You absorb more cannabinoids on a full stomach, and since CBD is fat-soluble, healthy ingestion of fats will improve the absorption into your bloodstream.
- Oral / Sub-lingual – CBD products available for sub-lingual ingestion are tinctures and oils. CBD goes into the bloodstream immediately via the capillary-rich areas under the tongue, along the cheeks and gums. Under the tongue works faster than against the cheeks. CBD absorption increase five times over if you’ve recently eaten because chewing increases blood flow to your mouth.
Hold the oil or tincture in your mouth, especially under the tongue, for well over a minute before you swallow. To increase absorption, swirl the formulation around your mouth vigorously.
- Inhalation – Vape pens, dabs, and high-CBD cannabis are the means of administration when inhaling. When you inhale CBD, it goes straight to the lungs, where it quickly moves into the bloodstream. That is the fastest means of CBD delivery, but it does not last for as long compared to other methods of delivery in the bloodstream.
- Topical & Suppositories – These are available as creams (some in applicators), lotions, oils, sprays, and lubes. Topical CBD diffuses through your skin and gets to local targets, like muscles, pain-perceiving nerves, and inflammatory cells.
Similar to the way topicals work, suppositories are applied to the mucosal tissues of the vagina and anus where they have the strongest effect locally at muscles, inflammatory cells, and pain receptors. These areas are capillary-rich, and so some cannabidiol could pass into the bloodstream right there.
It takes a good number of minutes to hours for absorption to peak in these target regions of your body.
CBD dosage can be complicated and confusing, but with the knowledge of these methods and general approach to developing your own system of safe and effective consumption of all associated products, you will be sure to get it just right.
While knowing your best CBD dosage is important for obtaining maximum effect, it is pertinent to note that there are some side effects that may arise from the use of CBD. Although these side effects are based on drug-drug interactions, users are expected to seek medical advice before trying any CBD product.