You just got your oil in the mail and you are super excited to start your journey with CBD. The bottle is gorgeous and the labeling is slick. So exciting. But how much do you take? How do you take it? How often do you take it? There is A LOT of advice and recommendations.
Before reading on, the most important thing to pay attention to is your own body. Regardless of what I tell you or anyone else, if something does not feel right stop taking it. Do not put it on your skin if it makes you itch. Do not use a product if you don’t think it helps make you your best self. Do take time for you. If you find something that works for you, stock up on it and love it. But that is whole different blog post...
The most popular way of consuming CBD is through oils and tinctures, which can often the most confusing when it comes to dosing. They are capable of carrying the most amount of CBD per volume and is usually taken sublingually (under the tongue). I found using this calculator to figure out how much to use as a baseline was very helpful. Yes, it is math. It is not string theory, y’all can do this. This is a great place to start for dosing. Then you can take less or more as needed depending upon what is your desired outcome.
This website is amazing. You can search by ailment and learn about CBD drug interactions. This website is crowd sourced, which means that the information they are giving you is based upon surveys others have filled out. Their recommendation is to start out with a small amount (3-5 mg) for a week and then maybe up it to 10 mg if you experience no change. Please keep in mind the ailment you are hoping to treat, if it is severe or chronic pain, epilepsy, seizures, etc. a higher dose maybe necessary.
Another popular way of using CBD is topically. This can come in the forms of lotions, salves, and balms. This is often considered the safest way of taking CBD, but often it requires a higher dose of CBD to see effect. This can sometimes make it more expensive and the dosing is harder to determine per each use. The closer the ailment is to the skin, the quicker you will see results. For example, if you are treating rosacea you will see the effect more quickly than if you are treating muscle ache. I have found that topicals also work better if you are also ingesting a CBD product as well.
Edibles in the form of gummies, candies, capsules, to food products is a third way. It is often the tastiest and easiest way to ingest CBD. Sometimes the oils/tinctures can have a strong flavor which turns people off. Eating a yummy gummy or cookie is much easier. It takes longer to absorb because it is going through your digestive system before hitting your blood stream. The dosage is usually not as high as an oil, so it can be a more expensive way to take CBD.
Again, please pay attention to what your body is telling you. One form of CBD may not work for you, but that doesn’t mean that another way won’t work. The therapeutics of CBD is widely known and something will work for you.