How do I take CBD?
There are several delivery methods available:
1.) CBD can be extracted, isolated and/or distilled from plant material and used for:
- edible treats/dietary supplements, oil tinctures for sublingual use, or topically in salves and creams.
2.) Dried & cured flowers can be smoked or vaped.
General Guidelines For CBD Dosage:
Our bodies vary drastically in weight, diet, metabolism, genetics, and environment, and each of these factors play a role when determining your personal CBD dosage.
General CBD dosage guideline:
General Health: 1 – 2.5mg/day
Chronic Pain: 2.5 – 20mg/day
Epilepsy: 200-300mg/day or 40mg/kg
Sleep Disorders: 40-160mg/day
How to Store CBD
Like many other oils, CBD can break down when exposed to heat, oxygen, or light, hence many CBD products are in dark brown or colored containers. The best place to store your CBD products is in a cool and dark place (the refrigerator is a good option). If you don't expose your CBD products to heat, oxygen, or light, most products will last up to a year.
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Does CBD Bioavailability Matter?
Now that we’ve outlined the proper CBD dosage for each ailment above, we’re going to move on by breaking it all down by consumption method. After all, the way you choose to take CBD also plays a role in determining the proper CBD oil dosage for your needs.
First, you’re going to need to know a little about CBD bioavailability. This is a topic that can get kind of complicated, but we’re going to keep things simple for you and focus on pragmatic results.
To become an expert on CBD bioavailability, you should start by learning that every milligram of CBD you put into your body needs to, at some point, get to your bloodstream to have an effect.
The route your body takes to deliver CBD into your bloodstream has a significant impact on the intensity and duration of the effects of this cannabinoid as well.
For instance, taking CBD oil drops sublingually (by placing them under your tongue) brings them into nearly direct contact with your bloodstream.
This factor increases the bioavailability of CBD you ingest using this method, which is a measurement of the total percentage of CBD that is absorbed by your body before it is excreted. Studies have shown that consuming cannabidiol in this way gives you a CBD bioavailability of somewhere between 12% and 35%.
Compare this absorption rate to that of a CBD gummy, which has a bioavailability of around 6%. Sounds rather clear-cut, right? Just use the administration method that gets more CBD into your bloodstream. In reality, however, it isn’t that simple.
Start by considering the different ways that consuming CBD will affect: 1. How quickly your body starts to feel the effects of the CBD, and 2. How long your CBD dosage will actually last.
Although CBD edibles may seem like a waste due to their comparatively low bioavailability, other people appreciate how long CBD actually stays in their bodies when they consume this substance orally.
You should also consider the ease of use of various CBD products. Sometimes it’s a lot easier to grab an edible or a CBD vape pen before you head out for the day than it is to figure out how to pack a whole bottle of CBD tincture and find a comfortable place to take your CBD oil dosage the proper way.
CBD bioavailability is a hot topic, and there are plenty of commentators who rail against one method or another, especially on Reddit. What matters in the end, however, is how CBD fits into your lifestyle and how it might make you feel better. Sure, the availability of CBD in your body does matter, but not nearly to the extent that some voices in the cannabidiol community might make you think. Always choose what works for you and your body while remembering that everyone is different.
Now, let’s get into some common questions regarding CBD oil dosage via the different methods of consumption. Instead of trusting the advice of anonymous message board users, always rely on Best Dosage whenever you need to learn more about the top ways to take CBD.
How Many Drops Of CBD Oil
Should I Take?
Many people first experience CBD in the form of a tincture. Taking CBD oil sublingually by placing drops under your tongue for 30 seconds or longer is often cited as the most effective way to use this cannabinoid.
However, you may still be wondering: How many drops of CBD oil should I take? To understand the proper CBD oil dosage for you, you’ll first need to know how much CBD is in each drop.
We always recommend starting with just a few drops and then moving up after a few days to a week. Your body needs time to adjust to the CBD itself, and there will be some trial and error until you find the proper CBD dosage for your needs.
The good thing about CBD oil is that you can increase or decrease your dosage with single drops, which is the best way to microdose. CBD doesn’t appear to have any serious side effects, so feel free to use however much you want.
Regarding CBD bioavailability, taking CBD oil sublingually typically takes between 15 minutes and an hour to feel. You should feel the effects of a nice amount of time—somewhere between 4 and 6 hours is normal.
Really, the question shouldn’t be how many edibles should I eat, but how many milligrams of CBD you should ingest. New CBD users need to pay even more attention to the amount of CBD the edibles they use contain.
Your CBD dosage for edibles is going to rely significantly on the condition you are trying to alleviate. Unlike CBD tinctures or vape juice, using CBD edibles is a really straightforward dosing proposition since there will likely be a set amount of CBD contained in each edible product you consume.
The CBD bioavailability of edibles is on the low end of the spectrum, however, which means it could easily take more than two hours to feel the effects of your CBD edible. Due to this delayed-release effect, it’s important to start low and work your way up slowly. That’s the rule for CBD in general but even more so with edibles.
On the plus side, users report that edibles last them a great deal longer than other CBD product types: CBD-infused edibles can stay in your system as long as 9 hours with 6-8 hours being typical. For CBD users who don’t want to deal with the annoyance of dosing throughout the day, higher-milligram edibles can be an option.
How Much CBD Topical Is Enough?
If you’re using a CBD topical, chances are you’re using it either for pain, inflammation, or a skin condition. As a standalone, a CBD topical can work wonders if you’re dealing with a chronic skin problem that isn’t taking to treatment or if you simply want to find a more natural solution to your issue.
Determining CBD dosage for a topical essentially consists of putting a dab of lotion or salve on the affected area and watching how it reacts. Usually, you’ll know within a few days or a week if it’s doing the job since the CBD bioavailability through your skin is really high.
If your CBD topical doesn’t yield the desired results, try dosing more throughout the day, or use a different brand. If you’re dealing with localized pain or inflammation, often a combination of a high-quality CBD tincture along with a CBD topical will work wonders.
Remember that CBD topicals aren’t very effective for widespread conditions like seizures. Supplement with an oral CBD product if you want to make sure all your bases are covered.
Final Words on CBD Dosage
We just threw a whole lot of information at you, but we did it in the hope that it would answer a lot of the questions you probably had about CBD dosage. There are a few things we want to make sure to leave you with that are important to keep in mind.
First, we didn’t completely address the full-spectrum versus CBD isolate debate. To make a very long story short, full-spectrum CBD-rich hemp oil has been shown to be more effective for most people due to a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect.”
The various cannabinoids and terpenes present in cannabis all work together to provide a final effect that is more than the sum of their parts. Typically, there will usually be trace amounts of THC in full-spectrum CBD oil products, but not always.
Being worried about failing a drug test is a common reason people give for choosing a pure CBD isolate product, which only has CBD, over something full-spectrum. Recently, a new form of CBD oil has been produced, broad-spectrum, that offers the benefits of full-spectrum while eliminating all but undetectable levels of THC.
Sometimes CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD just works better for certain people. We’ve encountered CBD users that were dealing with severe pain who insisted that a CBD dosage in isolate form works far better. It’s hard to argue with first-hand accounts like these despite the studies that say the opposite.
Even with all the suggestions we’ve given you based on our own research and experience (again, these are not to be misconstrued as medical opinions and we make no such claim), every single person is different. Whether it’s the right CBD dosage, the right product category for CBD bioavailability, or simply the right brand, every factor in the purchasing process plays a role.
CBD seems to be an unusually fickle cannabinoid, and one person’s panacea will be another person’s “snake oil.” If you’re determined to find a solution for what ails you with CBD, you’ll need to have some patience and deal with a little (or a lot) of trial and error.
Along the way, we’ll be here to help you in any way we can. Feel free to comment below with your feedback or any questions you might have. It’s been a pleasure taking you on a CBD dosage journey, and thanks for coming along for the ride. Here’s to making your own personal CBD success story a reality!
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