You heard all about CBD and its potential benefits of lowered inflammation, pain relief, and sleep and mood support. You are ready to try it but are not sure where to start. Have no fear...we gathered information to help you decipher how much CBD you should take the first time and the best product for you.
CBD and Endocannabinoid System
You might be wondering how CBD works in the first place. Scientists discovered that CBD could positively affect the body by interacting with the Endocannabinoid system.
The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for maintaining balance throughout the body. As you go through life and experience outside the world’s interferences like weather changes, viruses, and bacteria - the ECS works hard to keep equilibrium and homeostasis in the body.
The ECS has a complicated network of receptors dispersed throughout the body. The ECS communicates within itself by using endocannabinoids to send messages through its receptor network. Endocannabinoids are naturally found in the body but cannot be supplemented with food or vitamins.
CBD is remarkably similar to the body’s endocannabinoids, and the ECS system can use it to strengthen its functionality.
Each type of CBD product has a different potency and dosing, so read below for some guidance.
Balms, lotions, and topical CBD products are best for local skin issues and pain. You can use a cream to potentially relieve eczema, psoriasis, and acne. You can also use CBD balms to target localized pain, aches, and inflammation. When applied topically, CBD immediately binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors located in the skin. There is no evidence that overapplying could cause any damage. Topical CBD products don’t pass through the liver or the digestive system to start working, so you can use them as you would a regular lotion. Start by applying a dime-sized dollop!
CBD Edibles and Beverages
All Edible CBD products have to first pass through the digestive system and then get into the bloodstream. This means that CBD’s bioavailability or the rate at which it is absorbed by the body is diminished. It takes longer for CBD to start working, but it also stays in your system for longer. This is a great option for someone who is looking for continuous low-grade CBD presence for help with anxiety, mood, pain, and inflammation. The best therapeutic dose of CBD to take is between 20 and 1,500 milligrams a day. But if you are new to CBD it is always best to start out with a lower dose and build up as you get used to it. The only huge adverse effect of high doses seems to be fatigue. Any CBD overdoses have not been recorded.
CBD Vapes and Tinctures
CBD vapes and tinctures are also some of the quickest ways to deliver CBD to your bloodstream. When you inhale CBD vape or smoke, it is immediately absorbed by the lungs and passed into the bloodstream. When you use a dropper with CBD tinctures, CBD is absorbed by the sublingual gland. As with edibles, the therapeutic dose is between 20 and 1,500 milligrams a day. You can start with a smaller dose and find which amount works best for you!