The misinformation and mystery of one of the best products to treat ailments from arthritis to issues such as depression may get in the way of the very people who could finally gain relief from its benefits.
We’re talking about CBD and today, we’re going to bust through those myths so you can understand how to best take CBD oil.
Cannabidiol has some negative connotations because many people wrongly think is a strictly psychoactive drug. CDB oil, however, has no psychoactive components.
If you wish to try CBD oil for yourself, here’s what you need to know about how to take it:
How Do I Take CBD
There are several different methods for taking CBD and each one has its benefits and drawbacks. Generally speaking, these are the most common methods for taking cannabidiol:
This is one of the fastest acting, bioavailable and easiest forms to take CBD oil. Using the included dropper to dispense your ideal dose under the tongue, and hold these drops underneath your tongue for about a minute offers rapid relief.
Don’t eat or drink anything for about fifteen minutes as it can impact the absorption of the oil. Additionally, you should know that this is the fastest method for absorbing the oil into your system. Some people do not prefer this technique as the oil has a musky or “earthy” taste, and many say the taste is easily overcome by the positive results they experience.
For those who don’t like the taste of CBD oil, another popular choice is the oil mixed with foods or beverages. Many products are available for purchase such as CBD gummy candies that help make the taste a little more palatable.
Others prefer to mix the oil in with their own foods, particularly with brownies as the chocolate tends to mask the oil’s musky taste. This is where you can really experiment with your own preferences and tastes—you can try mixing it with cream cheese and spreading it on your morning bagel or adding it to your breakfast smoothie or coffee.
The downside of this method is that it may take longer for your body to absorb because it takes your digestive system longer to process and break down the food and drinks mixed with it. This method is still effective just not as fast acting as sublingual.
The third method of using CBD oil is through topical applications such as creams or lotions. There are a variety of different topical creams that can be helpful for different ailments including arthritis and sore muscles because of the anti-inflammatory qualities of the oil and our skin’s Endocannabinoid receptors working together.
Simply rub the lotion or cream into the area you wish to treat and wait for the CBD oil to be absorbed through the skin. If you’re worried about how your skin may react with the lotion, test it in a small area first before using it on a larger portion.
How Much Should I Take?
As with any supplement you take, always consult with a health professional first, especially as CBD oil may interact with prescription medications negatively. But it’s also important to talk with a physician about the appropriate dosage you should take.
There are many factors to consider with finding ideal dosage. The intensity of symptoms, age, weight, stress levels. It may feel a bit overwhelming but sometimes starting with weight could be a helpful starting place. And less is more starting out. The goal is to find the least amount needed to achieve your desired effect.
Here’s an example based on weight- Those who weigh less than 130 pounds should start with no more than 11 mg per day and gradually work their way up to see desired results. If you weigh between 130 and 230 pounds, you should start with about 18 mg and if you weigh more than 230 pounds, you can start with about 23 mg per day and increase as needed.
The overall amount of CBD you use should be connected with the purity of the oil as this can impact exactly how much CBD you are getting with each dose.
Look for Purity in Your CBD Products
The amount and method of taking CBD can vary based on the purity of the CBD you’re using and the purpose you have for using the oil. You can try a variety of methods to find the one that works best for you and your needs. Look for third-party tested products and clean extraction methods which are important to the quality and effectiveness of the CBD. Check what other ingredients are in the products, are they natural, or artificial? Are there chemicals or preservatives? It is possible to find very clean CBD products without chemicals, preservatives, and artificial ingredients.
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