How to use CBD oil
CBD oil has a range of incredible potential health benefits. But first, let’s start from the beginning and remind ourselves as to what CBD oil actually is. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in some varieties of cannabis plants, called cannabis sativa.
CBD is actually one of over 100 compounds called cannabinoids — each of which has a different effect. The most well-known natural compound is THC. This is the part that’s psychoactive, or gets you high.
But CBD is completely different, It works with your endocannabinoid system to keep everything balanced. If you need a little reminder, the endocannabinoid system is a unique system in our body that’s made up of chemical compounds and receptors that act to maintain homeostasis or balance in the body.
And it’s believed that CBD helps regulate that system by merging with various receptors found within tissue and cell systems (referred to as CB1 and CB2). CBD itself is completely safe, non-toxic and has very few side effects — as stated by the World Health Organisation.
However, we understand that it can be tricky knowing which way to use CBD oil in order to affect your health. That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to take CBD oil.
How to take CBD oil under the tongue:Also known as sublingual, this method is better than simply swallowing as the CBD is allowed to enter the bloodstream far more quickly via the capillaries under your tongue. Follow our step-by-step guide to fully experience the effect of CBD. The CBD drops come into effect after about half an hour.
- Don’t eat, drink or smoke for around five minutes before and after using CBD
- Stand in front of a mirror to see how many drops you’re placing under your tongue (around two to three drops, dosage may differ person to person)
- Let the drops sit there for around one to two minutes
- After two minutes, swallow what’s left of the CBD oil
- Repeat this twice a day
How much CBD oil do I take?
When it comes to dosage, it’s worth bearing in mind that everyone is different — every person has a different endocannabinoid system, tolerance levels and health conditions. So the standard dosing may affect two people in completely opposing way; there isn’t a “one size fits all” dosage.
However, there are some universal CBD dosage recommendations that we’ve put together:
1) Begin with the smallest dose possible and work your way up
If you’re new to CBD, it’s wise to begin with the lowest possible dose. Note your reactions to each dose as your body gets used to the cannabinoid.
After your body becomes more tolerant, you can then experiment a little with the dosage to find what works best for you. This is known as the ‘Up Titration method of dosing’. But remember to increase your dosage gradually with just a milligram at a time.
Your body will let you know when you’ve reached your limit. If you want to know about the possible adverse reactions you can read about the side effects of CBD here. You can always reduce your dosage until you find that sweet spot.
2) Read the product labels
As it stands, CBD products have no universal measuring system. So, while one product may contain 20 milligrams per half a CBD dropper, another virtually identical product may in reality have 35 milligrams per dropper. With that in mind, it’s always best to study your product labels carefully and measure how many mg (milligrams) of CBD you will actually be getting.
3) Consult your doctor
It is always best to discuss introducing CBD into your system with a medical professional prior to trying it — especially if you are on other forms of medication.
What to remember when deciding your CBD dosage:
- Start with a low dose and gradually build up to a higher one
- Use CBD oil drops if you’re new to CBD as it’s easier to measure dosing
- Keep an eye out for any adverse reactions which is your body’s way of telling you to ease off (such as feeling overstimulated or overtired)
- Reduce your dose if you notice any reactions
- Always take CBD on an empty stomach
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