CBD Usage Guidelines
Our CBD products are sold as food supplements only and are not to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition. We cannot give any advice or specific recommendations on dosage for using CBD products, but we can give you some general guidelines on taking our product as a food supplement. Below is some general advice that you may find useful to help determine which CBD product and dosage is right for you.
There are many variables to consider when taking CBD — including your BMI, diet, lifestyle, metabolism, genetics, product consistency, delivery method and more — which make a universally set dosage amount of CBD impossible. While we wish we could give our customers a mathematical CBD usage calculator, it’s not that simple — rough estimates are about as good as it gets.
It’s our hope that with the information we provide on our website, along with scientific research on the subject, you can make an informed decision for yourself regarding how to use CBD.
Which CBD Product Should I Use?
With these points in mind, we advise people who are new to CBD products to start their journey with the minimal suggested CBD amount for any product and gradually increase it, if necessary, until they achieve the desired results. You will hit your “sweet spot” where you will get the maximum benefit at whatever dose is right for you. This is very much a personal journey.
Some customers may find that they get the biggest benefit by using a mix of products and delivery methods. But if you are just setting out on your CBD journey, we recommend starting with one product type (sublingual CBD oil drops or spray, for example), and then look to mix up the products you use. This means you won’t be taking more than you actually need, which will save you money, and you’ll also be able to better understand how different delivery methods affect you.
There are four ways to consume CBD — oral, sublingual, inhalation, and topical. Every person will find that each way of consuming CBD affects them differently. There is evidence that suggests that taking CBD sublingually or inhaling CBD are the fastest ways to feel the effects, but you’ll want to experiment to find what works best for you.
You can take CBD sublingually with a pure CBD oil tincture or spray. This method takes the concentrated CBD and mixes it with a carrier oil — this is the most popular way to use CBD. If using this method, we recommend holding the organic CBD oil under the tongue for around two minutes for maximum absorption. This allows the CBD to be absorbed by the mucous membranes inside your mouth.
Using a CBD vape could bring you rapid results because the CBD is absorbed by the lungs and bypasses the digestive tract. Some people find this gives the fastest hit but has the shortest duration of effect. This method won’t be for everyone, so you may want to start with CBD oil first. The other two methods, oral and topical, also have their own benefits, so you may want to give these a try too.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
It’s a good practice to start with a low dosage and build slowly. Not only does this give your endocannabinoid system (ECS) time to adjust and respond to the benefits of CBD, but also:
- It reduces any unwanted biphasic effects. Biphasic means that high and low doses can produce opposite results. Contrary to what we might think — that taking a higher dose will get us our desired results quicker — the biphasic nature of CBD could induce exactly the opposite effects you are looking to achieve.
- You’ll never know if you can get the same results with a lower dose if you start too high. This also saves you money in the long run.
- It can help to avoid or minimise a herxheimer reaction, where your symptoms temporarily worsen. If this does happen, reduce your dose and drink plenty of water.
CBD doesn’t necessarily work instantly. Depending how well your ECS responds, some people will get relief quickly, while for others, it can take several weeks to see significant results. It’s important to be patient and follow the directions that come with your chosen CBD product. Once you gauge the effects of your current dose, you can slowly adjust.
Once you get desired result, it’s important to tweak only very slightly from this point. If you get no additional benefits, you may have passed your “sweet spot” and you should reduce your dosage to maintain the best effect. CBD has a therapeutic ceiling, which means that taking more beyond this point won’t give you any further benefits and will only result in unnecessary additional expense. The aim is to get maximum relief using the smallest dose possible.
It is generally advised to leave a two-hour gap between taking CBD as a food supplement and any other medications that are processed by the P450 enzymes, as this allows them to metabolise individually. This includes over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or similar.
Beta blockers, blood pressure drugs, anticoagulants and any other medications that carry a grapefruit warning generally require a four-hour gap between taking these and consuming CBD as a food supplement. As we previously stated, if you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor before taking CBD products.
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