How to Take CBD

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a compound extracted from the hemp plant. CBD is known to help treat a wide variety of health issues, such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, and epilepsy. Studies have shown that CBD can also help protect nerves from damage, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Unlike THC, which is a psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis, CBD will not cause you to feel the “high”.

Taking Methods of CBD

There’s no correct dosage of CBD but typically, the range starts from 5 mg to 15 mg. The most significant research regarding CBD supports the use of the only FDA approved CBD product, Epidiolex. The research showed that Epidiolex can treat people with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome, which are two forms of epilepsy. 

What are the Common Usage and Products of CBD?

CBD comes in many forms, including extracts, oils, gummies, patches, and tinctures. While CBD has a variety of uses, you should know that some CBD forms are more bioavailable than others. This means that they’re more readily absorbed by the body. This article will help you know how to take CBD and what form is best for you.

1. Edibles

2. Topicals

3. Sublingual Products

4. Vaping and Smoking

  1. Edibles

CBD-infused capsules, pills, and gummies like ZenBears CBD gummy bears are often marketed as vitamins and supplements. CBD edibles have several benefits over smoking or inhaling a CBD vapour pen. It may take a while for CBD edibles to take effect, usually between 30 minutes to 2 hours, but the effects last longer than inhalation. CBD edibles are also easy to make. They can be mixed in your cooked or baked goods, and can even be added to your juice and antioxidant boosters. 

  1. Topicals

CBD topicals are designed to be applied directly to the skin. There are CBD-infused lotions, balms, creams, salves, and patches. CBD topicals are a great choice when you need to treat localized pain or skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, arthritis. They can also aid relaxation to help you sleep. Most CBD products contain 3 mg to 8 mg per recommended application. It usually takes 45 to 60 minutes before you feel the effect of CBD topicals. 

  1. Sublingual Products

If you want to avoid taking additives with your CBD, it’s best to try sublingual products as they don’t contain sugar and other preservatives. These are designed to be absorbed under the tongue. Sublingual products include tinctures, which are made by soaking cannabis extract in oil or alcohol. Since CBD edibles such as CBD gummies are ingested, they are broken down by the liver and digestive tract which will take effect a little slower than via tinctures. Letting the CBD product absorb under your tongue will make take effect faster than ingesting it since it won’t pass through your digestive tract anymore. 

  1. Vaping and Smoking

You can smoke CBD in a joint, using a vaporizer with a cartridge that contains CBD oil. You can also inhale CBD concentrates such as sugar waxes with a vape pen that has a chamber for concentrates. Smoking and vaping CBD allows the product to go directly into your bloodstream. This will allow you to feel the effects much faster than the other methods as you’ll feel the CBD effects in 10 minutes or less. 

What Should CBD Dosage be?

Each CBD method also possesses different levels of bioavailability. This refers to how much CBD content can actually be absorbed into your bloodstream.

For CBD edibles, the dose can be a little higher than the other forms. For instance, a standard dose in CBD gummies is around 5 mg per gummy. If you’re advised to get 20 mg, then you can take 4 gummies per day. The bioavailability of CBD edibles is 5 to 15 per cent. For most CBD topicals, the dosage is usually listed in milligrams (mg). It’s best for you to start a topical with a lower dose and change to a higher dose if necessary. The recommended application for high potency CBD topical is 8 mg, whereas lower potency ones are 3 mg. For sublingual products, the bioavailability is 35 to 40 per cent. Sublingual CBD products, usually come in dropper bottles. One drop is about 0.05 mg. f you want to have 20 mg of that type of CBD oil, you should take 4 drops. If you’re using a CBD tincture, keep it under your tongue for 90 seconds to 2 minutes before swallowing for maximum effect. The bioavailability of sublingual CBD products is 20 to 30 per cent. For vaping and smoking, you’ll need to know the potency of your CBD vape juice. This is usually listed on the bottle in mg. Most vape tanks can also hold 0.5 to 5 ml, depending on the size of your tank. Cartridges usually have a total capacity and potency listed in the front for easy dosing. The bioavailability of vaping and smoking CBD is 40 to 50 per cent.

ConditionWeight 25 LbsWeight 50 LbsWeight 75 LbsWeight 100 LbsWeight 150 LbsWeight 200 Lbs
Mild6 mg 13 mg 19 mg 25 mg 38 mg 50 mg 
Medium 10 mg19 mg 28 mg 38 mg56 mg 75 mg 
Severe13 mg 25 mg 38 mg 50 mg 75 mg 100 mg 

How do I Calculate how much CBD I Need?

CBD is generally safe, but you should start with a low dosage if you’ve never tried taking them. The key factors in determining how much CBD you should take is your weight, age, the condition you want to treat, the potency of the CBD product, your unique body chemistry, and your tolerance. Start with a very low dose, like 2 mg, and then increase the dose by 2 to 5 mg until you feel the effects. You should consult with your doctor first before taking CBD.

What is the Best Time to Take CBD?

The best times to take CBD can vary depending on what you are using it for. Many people prefer using CBD in the morning, taking smaller doses to boost and start their day, while others prefer taking their CBD at night as it can help with insomnia. The ideal time for you to take CBD is whenever you feel it best fits into your routine. 

What to Avoid after Taking CBD?

Do not take CBD with other medications with similar side effects as it may increase the risk of toxicity. CBD may cause dry mouth, lightheadedness, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhoea, a decrease in appetite, and in rare cases, liver damage. Medications with substances that cause sleepiness, such as opioids, benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Ativan, antipsychotics, antidepressants, antihistamines such as Benadryl, or alcohol, can lead to fatigue. Taking CBD with stimulants such as Adderall can also lead to decreased appetite. Taking CBD with diabetes drugs such as Metformin may also increase the risk of diarrhoea. Using CBD with other medications can also lead to altered concentration which can lead to the medication not working. Studies have found that t foods high in fat such as avocado or olive oil can help you maximize the absorption of CBD.

Can I Drink Water After Taking CBD?

Yes. If you’re consuming CBD orally, or through smoking and vaping, it’s completely fine to drink water normally, without affecting absorption. However, if you’re consuming the CBD product sublingually via a tincture, you should give at least 90 seconds before drinking anything for full absorption.

How does CBD make you feel?

Since CBD does not contain THC, which is a psychoactive ingredient that makes you feel “high”, you would feel an effect of calm and relaxation. How it feels would also depend on how your body will respond to CBD, the quality of the CBD product you used, and your individual biology. 

Can CBD Make you Feel Tired?

No. CBD does not contain any intoxicating properties like THC, so it should not cause any effects like sedation, drowsiness, or feelings of fatigue. These side effects will only happen if you take too much CBD. Always consult with your doctor before taking CBD to know how much you need to take. 

How Long Does CBD take to Work?

The amount of time before CBD takes to work depends on the form used, the dosage, and your body composition. Generally, you’ll feel the effects of CBD within 15 minutes when you use the smoking or vaping method. Taking CBD gummies is the easiest and most popular way to ingest CBD. CBD gummies take about 30 minutes to kick in and the effects will last about 4 to 6 hours in the body.