Using CBD is something that should be a highly personalized experience. It should not be approached with the one-size-fits-all methodology unless you're using it for a general health boost. If that's the case, it can be taken similarly to a multi-vitamin. But in my experience, most people are not taking CBD for shits and giggles. It's usually used for something a lot more serious, and in some cases even life-threatening. Using CBD is something that should be approached with a seriousness and consistency that matches the reason you're using it.
We all have very unique biochemistry that is the result of an unfathomable amount of factors both hereditary and environmental. Because of this, we could easily have a different tolerance to CBD. That means you're going to have to do a little experimenting and researching to figure out the proper dosage for your situation.
One thing that might be reassuring is the fact that scientist have not discovered a lethal dose of CBD. In practical terms, there's no way to overdose. You can take as much as you like during your experimental phase within reason. You probably shouldn't drink it like it's water, but trying heavier doses is totally fine.
1. Preliminary Research
The first step in finding the right serving size for you is to do your research on your situation. This is a critical first step because without it, you'll just be throwing darts in the dark. If you're using CBD for something where the success can't be easily felt right away, this is doubly important.
If you have chronic pain, you could probably just wing it and be okay. When you feel the pain go away, you know you've found your dose. Would it still help to do preliminary research, of course. But realistically, you can still succeed without it. But for some other reasons CBD is used, using this method to find the right dosage is practically impossible.
If you will not be able to feel if the CBD is working, you should read the clinical studies done on people with your condition. That will give you the best barometer for where you should start. You don't want to just wing it because you could be taking a lot less than the serving that the research shows to be most beneficial.
Here are a few links to some studies to get you started:
- Chronic Pain: 2.5 – 20mg (1, 2, 3)
- Epilepsy: 200 – 300 mg/day (1, 2)
- General Health: 2.5 – 15mg/day (1)
- Sleep Disorder: 40 – 160mg (1, 2)
- Anxiety: varies largely by severity
- Cancer: I've seen testimonials, but research usually uses both CBD and THC
***People use CBD for many other reasons, some of which I'm not comfortable listing here because I don't want to make any claims at all, especially if I can't directly link to research.
2. Pick What Type You Want To Take
After you have a good idea of how much CBD you are going to need, the next step is to figure out what type of products you want to use. The best way to do this is to look at the different benefits of each method. Each method of administration comes with distinctly different benefits. The main differences in methods are the length of the effects, strength of effects, and where the cannabinoids enter the bloodstream.
There are four main methods of ingesting CBD. These methods are sublingual (under tongue), oral, inhalation, and topical. They all achive the same thing, which is delivering the cannabinoids to your blood stream, but they do it differently. The variation in how the cannabinoids are delivered to your blood stream is what gives these methods different effects. But remember, the amount of time CBD takes to work is relative to your condition, so I'll just briefly cover the estimates for the general wellness effects to kick in.
Taking CBD sublingually will produce the longest lasting effects. As you hold the CBD under your tongue, it will be deposited into your blood stream via your capillaries. This method is ideal for fast and strong effects. The cannabinoids will not have to travel through your digestive system, allowing them to enter your blood stream more efficiently and effectively. It results in long lasting effects that can last for up to 8 hours.
Since the cannabinoids reach your blood stream in a direct manner, the effects can start to kick in very fast. For me, it takes around 15 minutes until I start feeling pain relief and I usually feel a lot better in about 30 minutes. But people have reported feeling relief from various symptoms within minutes.
When you eat your CBD products, whether edibles or capsules, they have to journey through your GI tract before reaching your blood stream. Your GI tract can be pretty rough on substances, after all it is meant to break down foods and foreign food-like substances that find their way into your mouth. This can be overbearing on cannabinoids so you might have to take a larger dose when using this method. After the cannabinoids make their way through your GI tract, they can finally make their way into your blood stream and get to work. This process largely depends on how fast your metabolism churns through food. If you have a fast metabolism, you could feel the effects in as little as 30 minutes, and on the longer side it can take up to an hour or more.
The upside to oral administration is that the effects will last for 4 – 6 hours. Just be sure to remember that your oral dose might be slightly bigger than your sublingual dose. If you use both methods, don't assume the dose will be the same.
There are two main ways to inhale CBD and only one way that's accessible for everyone in the United States. You can smoke hemp or vaporize hemp-derived CBD oil. Most people will not be able to attain the actual plant matter, so we'll have to settle for vaping which is preferable in my opinion. Vaping is better because you don't have to inhale smoke which is not very good for your lungs. It's a much cleaner activity.
When you vape CBD, it enters your blood stream very fast. It's passes through the thin tissue lining the interior of your lungs and enters your blood stream. This process takes a few minutes. If you take a big rip off a dab rig, you might feel the effects instantly. Even though you'll start to feel the effects in just a couple minutes, they won't fully kick in for 10 minutes or so. This is still faster than any other commonly used method. The effects will last 2 – 3 hours. Vaping is the best choice for times when you need relief and you need it fast. It's also a good choice if you want the CBD to enter your blood stream in your lungs.
Using CBD topically is great for pinpointing the location where you want the CBD to enter your system. I use topical CBD for targeting some specific pain points, like my knees, ankle, and back. I love it. Using it in combination with any of the other three methods can really lead to great results for my pain. The cannabinoids will be absorbed through your skin fairly quickly. I usually start feeling relief in my pain pints in 15 minutes or so.
The relief lasts for several hours for me and you get the added benefit of miniaturization. To be honest, I've never actually timed it which is something I should do and update this article. I just use it then go about my day and reapply it several hours later if the pain starts aggravating me again. If I had to guess, I would say it lasts for 3-4 hours for my knee and back pain.
3. Find You Brand And Stick With It
Now that you know about the different types of CBD products, the next step is finding a company that can provide you with legitimate products. This can be a very hard task because the best marketed company may not have the best oil. How can you tell from your computer screen? Fake reviews and a good marketing team can fool anyone. I've even fallen victim to this a couple times. The FDA even had to step in and test products because of the ridiculous claims. Their findings were shocking, showing that many company's claim to have cannabinoids but in fact don't have more than trace levels.
Unfortunately, the only way to find the brand that works best for you is trial and error. This can be an expensive process that can end up in hundreds of dollars wasted, thousands even if you have terrible luck with finding good products. I've gone through this process but your body is different than mine. I know which companies have oil that works amazingly well with my biochemistry. You can start with where I shop personally if you'd like, but just make sure you get help somewhere. Hopefully it'll work as well for you as it's worked for me and hundreds of other people. You can read some of the reviews here.
After you find the line of products that work best for you, you might want to stick with them as long as they keep up their quality. If it's working, why change it and risk getting fake oil? The good thing about CBD is your body does not build up a tolerance like with opiates, according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry. This is why I stick with the products that work for me. You don't develop a tolerance so there's no need to switch it up as long as they keep working.
4. Start With Smaller Servings
So now you've researched your situation, you've picked the type of product you want to use, and you've found a brand you want to try. The next step is ordering some products and starting with a small serving. It's very smart to start small and find the minimum effective dose for you. You'll save a lot of money this way and get great results. If you just start taking a massive dosage, you're probably flushing tons of your money down the toilette.
Hopefully you've found a dosage range that has reportedly worked for people in a similar situation as you. If so, start at the lower end of that range. Give the CBD ample time to do its job. If you don't feel anything, wait until your next dosage time to increase the dose. If you're vaping, you can easily take a few more puffs 15 minutes after your last vaped. But if you're using oral products, trying to layer them may not give you an accurate gauge of the best serving for you.
You'll get a more accurate handle on your serving if you wait until the CBD has ran its course before dosing again. For your next dose, use a little more. Adding 5 – 10mg each time will help you find the precise serving for you. This can save you a ton of money, but you might have to exercise your patience.
Finding the perfect serving for your precise situation takes some effort. In the end, you'll find your effort was not in vain. CBD is an amazing cannabinoid that has helped thousands of people live better quality lives. I can attest that it has the potential to change a life. I can only speak from personal experience, and I may not have the same situation as you. I've been battling chronic pain for years and finally found something that works without all the dreary side effects. I'm super grateful to have found CBD and a legitimate supplier and I am going to spread valuable information about CBD to the world for as long as I'm on this earth.
Your experience with CBD may be different than mine, but don't give up if the first brand you try doesn't work. If the research says CBD works for your situation, then it might be that the brand has low-quality oil. Keep trying until you find some awesome products that help you live the quality of life you deserve. The company I shop with has 41% CBD oil, which is very strong. It might be a good place to start for you because it works wonders for my pain. I hope this article was helpful and you find the help you're looking for. Best wishes!
*The FDA has not evaluated the efficacy of CBD and it is not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any illness. Always consult with your physician before adding a dietary supplement to your regimen. Read the clinical studies to get a better grasp of the most recent research regarding CBD.