From oils and e-liquids to suppositories, CBD comes in countless forms. In this article, we will take a closer look at how to dose CBD products and maximize their effectiveness.
INTRODUCTION: CBD AND THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. Like other phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids of plant origin), CBD can interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
ECS serves as a regulatory system composed of internally produced endocannabinoids (such as anandamide and 2-AG), two types of receptors (CB1 and CB2) and enzymes that help synthesize, transport and metabolize cannabinoids throughout the body.
Cannabinoids in cannabis can interact with our endocannabinoid system due to their molecular similarity to endocannabinoids. THC, for example, has a very similar chemical structure to anandamide and fits into CB1 receptors like a key in a lock. When it binds to such a receptor, it can either stimulate or inhibit the activity of endocannabinoids. Unfortunately, the CBD's broad mechanism for action has not yet been fully understood. Unlike THC, it has only a low affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors. Instead, it has been shown to interact with serotonin, GABA and TRPV1 receptors. When the CBD interacts with these receptors, it can affect a wide variety of body processes, including inflammation, pain, sleep, appetite, memory, stress, etc.
CBD DOSING GUIDE: HOW TO DOSE CBD CORRECTLY
As with any dietary supplement, it is extremely important to get the right dosage of CBD. Unfortunately, finding the right dose of CBD can be confusing as it can vary depending on these factors:
- Weight of the person
- The power of the CBD supplement
- Dosage form
- Desired effect
Finding the right dose is a process of trial and error. This is why we always recommend starting with a low dose and then gradually moving towards the "ideal dose". To help you do this, you can use the dosing instructions below to help you know where to start.
Oral administration is certainly the most common form of CDB ingestion. There are two ways of taking CBD orally:
- Under the tongue (sublingual administration): Sublingual administration is technically different from oral administration because the CBD is absorbed through the mucous membrane of the mouth under the tongue and in the cheeks. In this way, it enters the bloodstream almost immediately and bypasses the digestive system, so that the effects are felt within 10-15 minutes.
Swallowing CBD: To be effective, the ingestion of CBD in any form, be it a teddy bear, capsule, pill or CBD oil, requires the absorption of CBD through the digestive tract. This can take between 20 minutes and an hour, depending on the type of food you eat, your metabolism and the date you last ate. If ingested, the effects of CBD are usually slower and last longer (up to 4 hours)..
If you have never tried the CDB, we recommend starting with a medium strength oil or capsule. On the first day, start with a single dose of 5 mg to assess your body's response to the supplement. The next day, increase the dose to 10 mg, which you should keep for at least a week.
Try to choose the timing of the dose (morning or evening) to get the effects you are looking for. If you do not feel the desired effect after one week with a daily dose of 10 mg, increase it to 15 mg per day. Keep this dose for another week before increasing it further.
If, after a week, you do not feel the desired effects, increase the dose by a further 5 mg. Maintain this dose for another week before adjusting it again.
CBD INHALATION DOSAGE
The dosage of inhaled CBD is somewhat more difficult than that of sublingual oils and ingested edible products. Firstly, the bioavailability of inhaled CBD is much higher (which means that you will need much lower doses than if it is given orally). Second, everyone inhales differently, so doses may be a little inconsistent from person to person.
If you are new to CBD, start with a low to medium strength cartridge or e-liquid. Our 200 mg e-liquid is an ideal starting point. Start by simply pulling on your spray bottle to get the right dose. Inhale slowly for 8 to 10 seconds, remembering that you don't need to keep the steam in your lungs for long.
Sprayed CBD is absorbed very quickly and its effects should take 1 to 3 minutes to take effect. However, they fade in less than 2 hours. Depending on the desired effect, you may need to take several doses throughout the day. Remember, however, to wait at least 15 minutes to assess the effects of CBD before taking another dose.
DOSAGE OF CBD TOPICAL
Topical CBD products (such as ointments, oils, creams or lubricants) do not enter the bloodstream, unlike oral or inhaled CBD. Instead, they act on receptors in the skin and can be used several times a day, as needed. For best results, follow the instructions provided with your product. Also, remember to test each CBD product on a small area of your skin to assess the reaction.
IS CDB LEGAL?
Governments around the world are pursuing different strategies regarding CBD. In the US, for example, CBD products are legal in all 50 states, provided they are made from hemp and contain less than 0.3% THC. Most European countries have similar laws and consider any CBD product legal as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF CBD?
From memory to sleep to inflammation, the endocannabinoid system is involved in the regulation of a wide variety of bodily processes. There is still a lot we don't know about CBD and the other components of cannabis. So far, however, preliminary research suggests that CBD may affect the following bodily functions
Pain, both neuropathic and inflammatory
Anxiety and stress
Appetite and metabolism
Seizures and tremors
Vomiting and nausea