Whether it be from a friend, a family member, someone in the office or you may have read about it in a newsletter, CBD is becoming the topic of many conversations and you may be curious to find out what it can do for you.
Due to the varying ways one can reap the benefits, it can be overwhelming knowing where to start if you are new to CBD products. Oils, vapes, topicals and edibles…. there are many different ways to get your daily CBD fix, but what’s the best one for you and when should you take it?
It is useful to figure out which products may energise you, and which ones which may have a more sedative effect. This will help you to determine when in the day it is best for you to take CBD depending on your required effects. It is not uncommon for one to take a certain product in the morning to for an uplifting effect throughout the day and one at night for stress relief or to help with sleep.
Each person has a unique endocannabinoid system; therefore, everyone will react to certain doses differently. Body composition is also an important contributing factor when it comes to the individuals dose of CBD as some will need a larger dose to feel effects than others.
When it comes to dosage Dr Dani Gordan, a world leading expert in CBD and cannabis medicine, says “the best approach is to ‘start low and go slow’ and use under the care of a health practitioner if you have other medical conditions or take other medications.”
It is important to remember that no CBD product is made the same. There are hundreds of different brands to choose from and product quality will vary between every one. Education is crucial. Knowing how to read labels is also key to knowing how to dose with your CBD.
When doing your research, you will come across CBD being referred to as either CBD isolate, full-spectrum or broad-spectrum. This defines which type of CBD and other interacting components are contained in a product once refined after extraction. While any one type is no better than the other, each one will have different effects on the individual and will be
more suited to individual needs, for example, the potency of dosage required, THC tolerance and the chemical make-up of the user. It is therefore important to keep this mind when considering which product is best for you.
While the effects of CBD generally last approximately 4-8 hours, some people may find that effects last up to 12 hours, so this will help you to determine how often you should dose and how much you should take at one time. You may find that supplementing with edibles, such as gummies or capsules are beneficial for ‘boosting’ throughout the day. If you are
taking CBD for sleep, it is recommended to implement CBD as part of your evening routine, for example, using drops before bed or for a smaller dosage, perhaps introducing a CBD tea as a night cap.
Each delivery method is absorbed by the body differently. While some are taken in quickly, others have a slower release:
Vape pen- Inhalation is a good method for those looking for a faster-hitting method. CBD is absorbed quickly through the alveoli of the lungs, entering the bloodstream within a few minutes, making this method great for those looking to reach peak levels in a shorter time-period. This does however mean that the effect time is limited, therefore this method is useful as a way of ‘topping up’ CBD levels throughout the day.
Capsules/edibles- As capsules and edibles have to first be digested and metabolised, it takes a while for the CBD to get into the bloodstream. However, while it is a slower acting method, effects last longer and are released steadily throughout the day. The users’ food consumption will have an effect on how much CBD is absorbed, therefore the precision of dosage can be compromised with this method. As capsules are tasteless, this is a good method for those who do not particularly like the taste of CBD oils.
Oils and tinctures- Typically taken by holding under the tongue where it is then directly absorbed into the bloodstream within 30 minutes, this is the second quickest method of absorption. Carefully labelled products make it easier to dose using this method.
Topicals- Products that are applied directly to the skin, such as lotions and balms gradually release CBD into the bloodstream over a longer period of time. As the product is applied directly to the skin, the user can control where benefits are felt.
As everyone will have their own individual reasons for taking CBD, it is important to remember that there is no optimal product, or optimal time for CBD supplementation. The best time to take CBD is when it is most convenient for you. It is important to experiment to find a routine that fits best in your current lifestyle as consistency is the most pivotal thing
when it comes to seeing results. Pay close attention to how certain doses make you feel (we suggest keeping a CBD diary to log your first few months of taking CBD) and use this to help create a routine that best suits your needs. Do not be hesitant to try a different method if one does not work for you at first.
PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR, OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE USING ANY PRODUCT DISCUSSED WITHIN THIS WEBSITE.