You probably have heard about the many benefits of CBD, but how much should you take to make it work for you? If you’re just getting started or are not sure at all if you should be trying CBD, this article aims to help you answer those questions.
After breaking the stigma towards cannabis, many are now using CBD for pain management, anxiety, and a host of other reasons. From CBD cookies (yes, CBD cookies are real!) to lotions and gummies and drinks, there is a way to customize your intake of CBD, making it one of the most ideal pain relief alternatives out there.
If you’re trying a natural way to manage pain, it is important to know your CBD sweet spot- otherwise, you might not feel its effect at all.
Before we delve deeper on how much CBD you should be taking for pain, we need to first understand how CBD works in the body.
How Can CBD Stop Pain in the Body?
Cannabidiol or CBD is only one among the over 60 active compounds in the hemp plant. And contrary to popular belief, only one compound among those can cause the ‘high’ or psychoactive effect recreational users are after, and that compound is known as Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
And depending on what type of hemp extract you get, your CBD oil bottle could have trace amounts of THC in it allowed by law (THC<0.03%).
Broad Spectrum CBD is what we use on all our products, and that means there is absolutely 0% THC in them.
Up until 20 years ago, no one knew that our body has this natural system that responds to active compounds in cannabis, and they called it the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Whether or not you get to use cannabis in your lifetime, the ECS will be there.
Researchers have linked the ECS with a lot of body functions such as:
appetite and digestion
inflammation and other immune system responses
bone remodeling and growth
skin and nerve function, among many others.
The ECS has two main types of receptors- and cannabinoids like CBD and THC can trigger the movement of these receptors for your ECS to communicate with your nervous system. The nervous system that helps us perceive pain and control the inflammation response in our body can be regulated by the ECS.
CBD binds to receptors in a different way than THC, and that’s the reason why you don’t get high with CBD.
However, our bodies are unique, so your experience taking CBD can be very different from that of others.
Factors to Consider When Finding Out Your Best Dose
As earlier mentioned, your CBD experience can be different from others. The amount or method that worked for some may not work for you and vice versa.
And this is why when finding the right CBD dosage for pain for you, we recommend that you start low and slow.
This means that as you start, we recommend that you start at the lowest dose possible, about 10mg per day, and you can increase it over time.
Take note that there are a variety of CBD concentrations in the market. One drop of oil for a 10,000mg CBD oil bottle is not the same as a 5,000mg or 15,000mg. The higher the concentration, the stronger the effect is. You must check the concentration of the product before you take them.
A standard in the market starts with 5mg-30mg of CBD per drop. Many athletes who use it for pain use it with a higher dose, around 40mg-100mg of CBD per drop, but again, it depends on how your body reacts to CBD.
Athletes put their bodies under a lot of pressure daily, so that explains their need for high dosage.
How Long Does It Take for CBD to Work for Pain Relief?
Some may not feel the effect of CBD right away, but a lot of our customers say they experience it more or less an hour after they have taken CBD.
If you are a beginner, the effect may kick in almost instantly, or you could feel nothing. This is why in the beginning, it’s all about experimenting with the right dose for you.A lot of factors are at play when it comes to finding your best dose, some of them are:
Concentration of the CBD you’re taking
The method of your CBD intake (vaping, topical, sublingual, edibles, etc.)
The effect also varies depending on the type of condition you’re using it for. CBD has a calming effect, so those who take it to help them sleep or clear their minds from stress might need less dosage than those who take it for conditions such as sciatica, fibromyalgia, and more.
Also, the method of delivery can affect how fast CBD can get into your body. For example, if you have joint pain and want immediate relief, topicals like Broad Spectrum CBD Sports Cream might be the best for you.
There are other ways to get CBD into your system, too, such as sublingual (taken underneath the tongue), vaping, and edibles. Sublingual products take effect faster than edibles because we have blood vessels under our tongues.
A lot of users also say that vaping helped them experience the effect of CBD faster since it will be taken directly from the lungs to the bloodstream.
Can you overdose on CBD? What happens if you take too much CBD Oil?
Previous studies have shown that a high dosage of CBD intake can be tolerable by humans. However, extreme doses of CBD can cause drowsiness, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, and other disorienting side effects, but they are non-life-threatening.
A study about this done on mice showed possible harmful effects to the liver and negative side effects if you’re taking other medications.
Consult Your Doctor
CBD is a natural, non-addictive way to manage pain without the side effects often associated with opioid medications. Indeed, there are still some risks and questions surrounding this new treatment option, but for many people who can't find relief from their chronic pain symptoms in other ways, it could be life-changing.
If you're thinking of trying CBD or already have been taking it on your own, we recommend consulting with your doctor first so they know what else you're using and how long you've been doing so.
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