For years we have been telling our customers to start low and go slowly increasing your level of CBD intake until you find the middle ground or your happy medium. And it is right, and we still stick to this guideline although we hear more and more the question which is too complex to answer in one sentence and therefore, requires us to write this blog to help people.
It is a question about dosage and concentration: is taking more better for me and would it make more sense to take much higher concentration CBD oil?
Well, the answer is: yes and no. As always, nothing is black and white and so straight forward especially when it comes to cannabis and CBD products.
The main principle here that we preach is LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. It is for you to determine in the end whether it is good and it’s working and how much of it you need. So let’s review some of the essential areas that you must look at to get the most benefit.
Finding the right dosage of CBD can be tricky. The appropriate amount varies for everyone, as every person has a unique biology that results in a different reaction. So how do you figure out what dosage is right for you?
Start with a lower dose and slowly increase it over time until you find your “sweet spot.” If it says on the bottle 4-6 drops, start with 4 and give it at least a week or two so you can observe what is happening in your body.
Some people (and we belong to this category) find that taking a daily dose can support a level of CBD in your body, which might stimulate your endocannabinoid system (more on what this is, below) to make it react more to cannabinoids like CBD (remember, it’s not the only one that matters!). And many people use a micro-dosing technique to find their personal dosage and adjust it as needed over time.
And many people use a micro-dosing technique to find their personal dosage and adjust it as needed over time.
You may find it helpful to use a journal to log your results. Keep track of how much you take on a daily basis, how you feel before dosing and at several time intervals afterward, and any changes in symptoms that you notice.
Over time, this info can help you really understand how CBD affects you, what other cannabinoids compliment its effect, which terpenes matter to you and what to avoid.
Remember that that it’s possible to build up a tolerance to CBD, like many other drugs and chemicals. So, if you find that it’s not working as well after a while, try taking a few days’ break to reset your system before starting with a low dose again.
We found out for ourselves that taking CBD in small doses consistently over a long period of time (at least two months) offers much better results for over-all health and vitality, than pumping high doses for a few days and then forgetting to take your CBD drops as it builds up in the body just like any vitamins or minerals do. The principals are the same: if you are depleted of something and need to top it up from external resources, keep taking it in small doses and your body will absorb it and feel the benefits over a period of time.
And if you didn’t feel anything the first time you took your CBD, don’t stop taking it and at least finish that bottle you invested your money in. It is not supposed to miraculously cure you from all
diseases first time you try it. It’s more common not to feel anything for the first time, because of the way our body reuses CBD. My personal experience was just like that – feeling nothing! And it took me a while to build it up.
Many people take CBD for several weeks or even several months before they see any difference.
Exploring the effects of CBD isn’t as simple as taking a couple of Tylenol pills and calling it a day. It actually requires a certain level of commitment to put time and thought into your process of uncovering the long-term effects.
If you’re still not seeing results after a while, then it may be time to move on and try a different product or even different brand. Your CBD journal can help you keep track of how long it’s been and whether or not you’ve experienced any changes.
Patience is key and, in the end, you will be rewarded and feel super grateful that you didn’t give up.
There are also different ways for delivery of CBD into your body.
- The most common forms of CBD
- topical creams
- vape oils
- capsules or suppositories
- edible treats like gummies and chocolate
So, if you’ve been trying one delivery system with no luck, it’s possible that a different form would work better for you. We offer pretty much all the above on our site so there is plenty for you to choose from. However, important factor to consider is bioavailability, which essentially refers to how much of the CBD actually gets into your bloodstream, which should be your ultimate goal.
If you chose CBD gummies, for instance, they have to go through your digestive tract before you can absorb them, and the amount that ends up in your system may be relatively low because before CBD reaches your bloodstream, it has to go through hostile environment in your stomach where a lot of it gets wasted.
If you take a tincture sublingually (under the tongue), you’re absorbing it directly into your bloodstream. So, you could get quicker, more noticeable results than you would from waiting for your digestive system to process it.
Your most effective method may also vary depending on what type of relief you’re looking for. It’s hard to expect that a CBD balm applied topically will help you if you are experiencing a panic attack. But it can offer potential relief for some sore muscles if you rub it into a particular area on your body.
We always tell people that CBD is NOT a miracle drug that will work for everyone and you need to take a holistic approach to your health, look at all areas that constitute your health overall such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, stress level and your life-style. Something might have to radically change to help your CBD do its work. After all, if you make to efforts, it’s possible that you’ll find that CBD simply doesn’t work for you.
One last not of effectiveness of your CBD intake: it could be useful also to consider your level of absorption and reaction to CBD. It depends on a variety of factors including your: metabolism, biochemistry and even genetics.
Your endocannabinoid system is the system in your body that interacts with the active compounds in cannabis, and each person’s operates differently. Some people naturally produce more endocannabinoids in their body that the others. Good news for them as that would mean being less prone to stress, anxiety and other destructive external factors. But for people of this type it might also mean less sensitivity to CBD. Check with your doctor about other options that may work for you.
Getting CBD to work takes time, patience, and research. It’s not as simple as taking some standard dosage and seeing immediate results.
Your focus when decided to try CBD should be on finding the right brand, dosage, and delivery.