Hemp CBD Products, Usage, and Dosage
CBD oil has become popular over the past couple years, partly due to changes in federal law, but also because of the purported natural benefits it brings to its users. Today, you can find hemp oil online, in grocery, wellness, and even pet stores. Of the over 100+ different cannabinoids isolated from the plant, CBD (Cannabidiol) is unique. The non-intoxicating compound found in the hemp plant is being consumed by many, and in various forms.
But just how much CBD is right for each individual serving?
The amount of CBD taken in one serving can depend on several different factors:
- Oil type
- CBD concentration
- Consumption method
Specifying the exact dose is difficult since each user requires different amounts. But most importantly, is the different ways CBD oil is introduced into your body. Each method might affect your body in a different manner. It’s best to understand all the different ways to take CBD and what methods affect you differently so you can take the best route for your needs.
There are four main ways to take CBD:
Topicals Applying CBD infused lotion, ointment, balm, etc. directly to the skin’s surface is a great method that may help with localized pain relief. Plus, for those who have never tried CBD before, topicals are often the first step at experimenting. Topicals may even be helpful with headaches and migraines, chronic aches and pains in the back, neck, feet, etc. CBD application as an external use is easy, but the effects happen quick and can be mild; requiring repetitive use and often higher doses. According to the FDA, additional research is needed to validate these effects.
Sublingual Using a dropper, CBD oil can be placed under the tongue and held for 30-60 seconds while being absorbed. This is one of the quickest ways to get CBD into your bloodstream and is much more effective by evading the first-pass effect, where your liver filters out an estimated one third of CBD ingested. You can begin to feel the effects of CBD in a matter of minutes. Another great perk in using an oil dropper, is that you can easily control the amount of your dose, and it’s easy to add hemp oil in the foods you eat.
Ingestion Gummies are one of the most popular ways to consume CBD in an edible form. Many first-timers start with CBD gummies. The process of digestion can take a while, so 2-4 hours is a good estimate on how long it will take to feel the effects of CBD. But an added advantage is that they last longer than other methods and are discrete. According to the FDA, additional research is needed to validate these effects.
Inhalation The fastest way to get CBD into your bloodstream is through inhalation, probably the only advantage to this method. Vaping pens heat the CBD oil concentrate into vapor while the user inhales. Cannabinol is absorbed through the lungs and then to the bloodstream. This method can still agitate the lungs as smoking will with anything you inhale. While the effects may be higher through inhalation, it makes it harder to control servings.
Calculating Your CBD Dosage
When trying CBD for the first time, switching up your methods, or even trying a new brand, keep in mind to start slow and increase your doses in small amounts until you are comfortable.
Start Slow – A good rule of thumb is to take your weight, divide it by 20, and use this number for every 1mg of CBD. (Example: if you weigh 200 pounds, you would start with 10 mg of CBD). By doing this, you will be able to assess what dosage effects your body and how. Additionally, you will be getting the most out of your product. As you increase your dose, move up in increments of 5 mg until you are comfortable.
Commit to one product – When you begin with a product, you may not feel the effects of one dose initially, especially if ingested. In order to work your way up to your ideal serving, you should continue use with the same product until you know how it affects you.
First try before bed – For some people, CBD can have a relaxing effect, it is best to try your first dose a couple hours before going to bed. This will allow you the opportunity to feel your body’s reaction and get a good night’s rest if you do feel too relaxed.
You CAN have too much– While CBD is not a toxic substance, you canexperience too much relaxation from taking too much. Don’t get frustrated by not feeling the effects right away, just be patient and steadily increase your dose each day.
With a better understanding of how hemp CBD oil can be taken, keep in mind that exact servings are difficult to measure. The FDA hasn’t provided a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for CBD oil, so keep in mind that all serving suggestions on labels are only a recommendation. You should consult your healthcare provider before tryingCBD oil for the first time. When looking to purchase CBD, seek out companies who use U.S. farmed hemp and have their products tested by a third party lab. This will help to ensure that what you think you’re buying is actually what you are consuming. Please always feel free to contact us with your questions about our CBD products at firstname.lastname@example.org via Chat!