When considering how much CBD you should take, the first thing to understand is what is CBD and how it works in your body. Being a natural product, and given all the variables that can influence the correct serving, it is hard to calculate the “perfect” dosage.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the over 100 chemical compounds you can find in the cannabis plant. It has become a well-known cannabinoid due to its potential medicinal benefits. Most CBD you will find is extracted from the hemp plant and according to federal law, it must contain less than 0.3% THC. High-quality CBD products are believed to provide significant benefits to our bodies without being exposed to the psychoactive effect you can get when taking other cannabis products. In other words, it does not give you a buzz.
How Does It Work
Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids that help regulate various functions like sleep, mood, pain sensation and appetite. Emerging studies support the idea that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system.
The ECS is possibly the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. We find endocannabinoids and their receptors in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells. The cannabinoid system performs different tasks in each tissue, but they always have the same objective, to provide homeostasis (inner balance).
Researchers have identified two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2:
- CB1 is predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands and organs.
- CB2 is predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures.
Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action.
When you consume CBD products, phytocannabinoids are absorbed into the bloodstream, emulating endocannabinoids’ behaviors and interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the body.
When a deficiency in our endocannabinoid system occurs, the body can struggle and functions can become imbalanced.
Some evidence supports the idea that supplementing the body’s natural endocannabinoids could bring potential wellness benefits.
How Much Should You Take?
There are many variables to consider when looking at the perfect CBD dosage for you. Some of them are:
- Quality of the product
- The reason you are taking it
There is no universal dosage when it comes to the right amount of CBD. When you decide to incorporate it into your life, the first thing to ask yourself is, what are you using it for? Someone wanting to take it to maintain overall wellness may need a smaller dose than someone taking it to alleviate pain or other health-related issues.
High-quality products will always indicate the amount of CBD you get per serving and a recommended dose. When new to CBD, go with the smallest dose recommended by the retailer. You can slowly increase the intake with time until you reach your desired results.
You will notice the same products, such as oils or tinctures, will contain different amounts of CBD. Always pay attention to the milligrams you get per serving and the quality of the product. With CBD, a large bottle at a discounted rate may not always be the best deal. For example, a 2oz bottle with 500 mg of CBD per bottle and approximately 8 mg per serving will have low potency and you may not experience the expected results.
Finding the Right CBD Product
There are tons of CBD products on the market, from topicals to vapes, oils, capsules and gummies. The several forms available allow people to tailor their method of use to their specific needs. At DFLYSD, we offer three different options:
Oil: Our CBD oil comes in 1oz bottles and contains 1000 mg of CBD, which means that you get approximately 33.3 mg with each serving. CBD oil is best absorbed when placed under the tongue for 60 to 90 seconds and then swallowed. This way, the effects are not decreased by digestion. The sublingual method allows it to enter the bloodstream faster and interact with the endocannabinoid system.
While oil droppers indicate the amount you are taking, it also allows for a more flexible CBD intake.
Gummies: This consumption method is suitable for those looking for consistency. Gummies provide an easy way to control the exact dose. Each serving will tell you exactly how many milligrams of CBD are in them. If you are one of those persons looking to be precise with your usage, this may be the right product for you.
Topicals: When looking for immediate relief from localized discomfort through your body, many people report finding CBD beneficial. Topical bioavailability for CBD is usually a little less than sublingual use. Still, it is a good option for those that would rather not take any edible CBD products and are looking for a natural alternative to apply for potential relief of localized pain. Our muscle freeze roll-on and muscle and joint cream are combined with other natural ingredients to maximize local pain relief.
To help you verify that each product contains the cannabinoids listed on the label, you can check the lab reports available through our website and by scanning the QR code on the bottle.
If you are ready to try CBD, there are many ways you can incorporate it into your life. The form you choose will also affect how fast it may take to be absorbed by your body. Depending on what you are using it for, you will need a smaller or bigger dose, but it is best to begin with a smaller amount and gradually increase the intake until you reach your desired results.