CBD has many different delivery methods! Common delivery types and their effects include:
Typically in the form of an oil, the medicine is taken orally. The absorption process bypasses the digestive system and liver metabolization meaning the compounds rapidly reach the bloodstream. This method is perfect for fast relief. Effects last 4-6 hours.
Ingesting cannabidiol is the best method for long lasting effects. Once ingested, the CBD passes through the digestive system and is metabolized by the liver, thus entering the bloodstream. This works similar to vitamins and supplements, and is perfect for users with chronic pain or trouble sleeping. Effects last 6-8 hours
Whether smoked via combustion or heated enough to produce vapor, the cannabidiol enters the lungs and goes directly into the bloodstream. The effects are onset immediately and lasts 2-4 hours.
Topicals are applied directly to the skin. Active ingredients absorb into the skin and interact with cells without ever entering the bloodstream. This form of delivery is perfect for treating isolated pain. Effects last 2-4 hours.
Cannabidiol is absorbed through the skin then enters the bloodstream giving long lasting effects. Patches can last up to 12 hours and gels can last up to 4 hours.
Since 95% of CBD users consume the product in a tincture form, this publication will focus only on tincture dosing.
Of note: CBD is non-FDA regulated and specific dosing guidance is not allowed. This means that a company can’t tell you exactly how many milligrams of CBD you should take for your condition.
Fortunately, though, this is not a large barrier, because CBD dosing is highly individualized anyway! One person may need 1 drop of tincture a day to alleviate symptoms, while another person with the same condition could require 50 or 100 drops. In general, more severe conditions require more. Known factors that affect dosing include:
The best way to obtain helpful information with regards to dosing is to talk to other individuals who are taking CBD or who work in the industry. If you are lucky enough to live near a Hemp Farmacy, then you can drop by one of their locations and speak to folks who have extensive insight into the world of CBD.
One general rule of thumb: LESS IS (OFTEN) MORE! Start with low doses and slowly increase as needed to find your own minimum effective dose. The concept of Biphasic Effect, or two phase effect, applies to CBD dosing in that diminishing returns will begin at some point as you take more and more CBD. In general, small doses tend to stimulate, while larger doses tend to sedate.
If you don’t feel anything at first, don’t get frustrated. It just means that you haven’t found your ideal dosage yet. Some people feel the effects immediately, for others it takes weeks. You may end up at a higher dose than you originally thought. The restoration of your Endocannabinoid System that is so critical to your health can take time.
When first experimenting with CBD oil, it is recommended that you are in a calm environment; preferably not driving or operating machinery, as CBD can have different effects on different people.