There is no 'one-size-fits-all' when it comes to determining the right CBD dosage for each individual’s needs. Several factors play an important role here: your weight, metabolism, diet, symptom severity, method of delivery, as well as your Endocannabinoid system, which is as unique and individual as you are. Unless you are a frequent CBD user, it might take a few trials before you find the right dosage for your purpose (commonly referred to as one's 'sweet spot').
Research has also shown that exceeding this dosage may result in the CBD not being as effective, so it is worth investing the time into getting it right. However, the more you get accustomed to using CBD, the easier it will become for you to adapt your dosage to meet your requirements.
Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum
We find that full spectrum (with THC) tinctures tend to be more effective in managing most ailments, particularly sleeping issues and pain management, whilst broad spectrum (without THC) tinctures are better suited for those who are particularly sensitive to THC, or might prefer to use this alternative for the day to help them to manage anxiety and increase focus.
For those new to taking CBD, experiencing stress and mild anxiety symptoms, a worthy starting point might be to begin with 3-5 drops of a 5% broad-spectrum (without THC) or full-spectrum CBD Tincture (with THC). 5% CBD tinctures offer more flexibility as their dosage can easily be scaled up or down as required. 10% full-spectrum CBD Tinctures tend to work best for mild insomnia and soothing mild pain. Whilst tincture concentrations of 25% full-spectrum CBD and above provide the most relief for more severe symptoms, such as chronic pain.
The sublingual delivery method is the most efficient method to consume CBD as the majority of the CBD and other cannabinoids enter the bloodstream directly through the mucous membranes in the mouth without having to be digested via the gut. To carry out this method, use the pipette accompanying the CBD bottle to place the required number of drops of the CBD tincture under your tongue and allow to absorb for sixty seconds before swallowing.
For most, CBD takes effect up to 30 minutes post-consumption using the sublingual method. After the CBD has reached its peak and is leaving your system (usually after about 4 hours) you can modify the dosage accordingly.
Alternatively, add a few drops to your favourite beverages or meals. In this case, a higher dosage might be required as some of the CBD will be lost to the gut acids, and the time for the CBD to take effect will be longer.
CBD is believed to have anti-ageing properties due to its anti-inflammatory nature, whilst MCT and hemp seed oils are packed with antioxidants that may help to protect and replenish the skin; particularly mature or acne prone skin types.
Gently massage a few drops of your tincture of choice onto cleansed skin or infuse a few drops into your favourite face or body lotion for extra hydration.
In order to be able to better track your progress and find out what works best for you, it might be beneficial to keep a regular routine; taking the tincture at the same time every day over a period of 4-6 weeks and to keep a journal to record your experience.
Is it possible to overdose on CBD?
According to the WHO, it is virtually impossible to lethally overdose on CBD and Clinical trials have prescribed CBD doses up to 1,200 mg (equivalent to about 2 x 5% bottles) daily for months, without observing any serious side effects.
Whilst there are relatively few side effects of using CBD, some users have reported mild diarrhoea, low blood pressure and drowsiness. For this reason, if you are new to using CBD, we advise to try it from the comfort of your home in order to safely observe how your body reacts.
In addition, both CBD and grapefruit inhibit cytochrome p450, so take extra precautions if you are on a medication that comes with a warning not to consume with grapefruit, such as with some cancer medications.
As with any new supplement or lifestyle change, be sure to consult your doctor or health practitioner before introducing CBD into your wellness routine.
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