Published on: 05/8/19
Are you slowly finding your way into the world of CBD, and are you in need of a complete guide to CBD dosage? You’ve come to the right place.
We’ve put together a quick yet thorough guide to help you find out just how much CBD to take when reaching for the drops known to work wonders.
Before we start digging into our dosage guide, let’s first take a step back and do a quick run through the CBD basics.
This way, we make sure that you get the educational introduction and advice you need before jumping on board the CBD train and start racking your brains with dosage thoughts.
So, first things first.
What is CBD?
CBD is a natural compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. CBD oil is likewise derived from the cannabis sativa plant but can be either extracted from both the marijuana strain or the hemp strain.
Not only does CBD contain an extensive list of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, but CBD is also believed to be a great supplement to an overall balanced lifestyle.
The reason why CBD is said to have such great potential is because it impacts and interacts with the powerful endocannabinoid system.
Simply put, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of chemical compounds and receptors that act to maintain homeostasis or balance within our body and mind.
The system is located throughout our bodies and has the task of regulating many of our bodies’ physiological responses and systems such as mood, appetite, sleep, and pain response.
CBD works by attaching to the receptors in the body that when activated, trigger various chemical, natural and pharmacological effects relating to how we feel, both mentally and physically. That way, CBD, along with other cannabinoids, can mediate communication between various cells and systems and thereby help the body function better.
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How do I Take CBD?
A delivery method is a method you use when taking your CBD. Do you swallow it in capsule form (ingestion)? Absorb it under the tongue (oral/mucosal)? Maybe you prefer inhaling it by vaping or with an e-cigarette (inhalation)? Or perhaps you belong to the group of people that rub it onto their skin as a cream or balm (topical). Finally, there are some that like taking CBD in suppository form (meaning either rectal or vaginal insertion).
No matter your preference, it’s safe to say that there’s plenty of delivery methods to choose from. At the end of the day, it all comes down to you, your needs and your wants. There are pros and cons to each method, and so it’s all about choosing whichever one works best for you!
For example, if you for one reason or another like keeping track of how many milligrams of CBD you’re putting into your system, CBD capsules and edibles might be just the thing for you.
Not only is it a super convenient and easy delivery method, but it’s also perfect for those that are no fans of the classic hemp taste. The downside to swallowing CBD is that it will take longer to reach your bloodstream.
When CBD is ingested, it passes through the digestive system first and is then metabolized by the liver. Eventually, the active compounds are sent to your bloodstream and circulated to the rest of the body. The process might very well end up taking 1-2 hours, but on the positive side of things, the effects are said to last longer.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for CBD to quickly have an effect, the mucosal or sublingual method might be better. Here, thanks to the capillaries under the tongue, the CBD oil is absorbed straight into the bloodstream. This doesn’t only mean more CBD available to the body, but you’ll also experience that the CBD acts quicker than when swallowed.
Do yourself a favor and read up on the different delivery methods in order to make sure that you get the full CBD experience.
How do I Dose CBD?
After having had a look at all the hows and whys of CBD, we’re now ready to take it to the next step: how much cbd to take.
When it comes to CBD dosage, it’s important to remember that we’re all different. Not only do our endocannabinoid systems differ from one another, but we have individual tolerance levels and health conditions.
“One size fits all” does not apply when it comes to CBD dosage, and for this reason, it’s crucial to always listen to your body and slowly work your way towards your perfect dose.
However, there are some universal CBD dosage recommendations that are always good to keep in mind when deciding on your CBD dosage:
1) Start small & work your way up
If you’re a fresh newcomer, slowly getting to know the impact that CBD can have on your health, it’s alfa and omega that you start slow and low.
When your body starts getting used to CBD, you can start experimenting to see what works best for you. This method is what we call the “Up titration method of dosing”. The only thing you need to remember is that you should always increase your dosage gradually. This means adding no more than just a milligram every time.
As always, your body will help you find out when you’ve reached your limit. Finding your sweet spot can take some time, but we promise you - when you get there, it’ll be worth it.
2) Remember to read the product labels
The tricky part when it comes to CBD dosage is that the products don’t really have a 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. For that reason, it’s always best to carefully study your product labels and measure how many milligrams of CBD you will be getting.
3) It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor
Prior to jumping on board the CBD train, it’s always a good idea to discuss it with a medical professional first. Introducing CBD to your system can be easy, but if you’re on other forms of medication, or if you’ve previously shown sensitivity towards natural alternatives, it’s good to hear the opinion of a professional.
Another aspect of CBD dosage is self-awareness. Do yourself the favor of knowing why you’re reaching out, what exactly you’re using CBD for, and what you yourself can do to feel better.
We realize that this can be a lot to take in, and so we’ve put together a short list of things to remember:
- Start out 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 are 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 for a better effect
As always, we hope you enjoyed the read and we will continue to join you on your journey towards a healthy and balanced life.
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Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).