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CBD is becoming wildly popular, from CBD-infused smoothies and kombucha to skincare products that boast this powerful ingredient. For those who want to make CBD a part of their daily regimen, it can be confusing to figure out exactly how much CBD oil you need. The proper dosage depends somewhat on your condition and how you consume CBD. While scientists continue to research the benefits of CBD, initial research and anecdotal evidence both point strongly to its potential to treat a wind range of ailments.
What is CBD?
Despite being derived from the cannabis plant, CBD, aka cannabidiol, does not make one high. It’s the other compound, THC, that has psychoactive properties. CBD, by contrast, interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, which regulates sleep, pain, appetite, and other key functions. More precisely, it impacts the ECS by activating or inhibiting other compounds.
For example, CBD prevents the body from absorbing anandamide, which plays a role in pain regulation. If the body has more anandamide available, it tends to experience less pain.
CBD’s prime benefit, though, is that it reduces inflammation. Inflammation is responsible for everything from skin irritation to digestive issues to insomnia, so CBD presents a powerful, natural option for promoting general wellness.
How Do I Take CBD?CBD is available in several key forms: isolates aka powders, tinctures, and oils. All types (should) come from a quality and trusted hemp company, and have no more than 0.3 percent THC. This ensures that the compound has maximum benefits and minimal likelihood of producing a high. It’s also important to verify the strength of your CBD product; many unscrupulous distributers will mix relatively small amounts of CBD in with carrier oils, which can dilute the effectiveness of the product. Research has shown that CBD can reduce pain and symptoms associated with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions that entail chronic pain. Excitingly, CBD has minimal side effects, and patients don’t seem to build up tolerance that necessitates a larger dose down the line. While more research is needed, CBD seems to be a highly promising treatment option for a range of conditions.
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How Much Do I Take?Because CBD is not regulated by the FDA, it can be hard to know which dosage to take. The only official guidance is for use to treat epilepsy. You should consult with your doctor before adding CBD to your regimen, especially if you are taking other medications that may interact with CBD. The method of delivery makes a difference, too: oils, capsules, and other types of CBD all affect dosing. And the dosage you require varies according to the condition you’re trying to treat. For example, treatment for anxiety or pain typically requires a much higher dosage than what’s required for digestive issues. Low dosages may have little to no effect on the problem conditions. The good news is that the human body can tolerate up to 1,500 mg per day of CBD with minimal side effects and no withdrawal. This isn’t to say that this is the recommended dosage, but rather that if you don’t feel the effects, it’s usually okay to increase the dosage. As always, consult your doctor. In general, you should work with full-spectrum CBD oil so that you can accurately calculate the correct dosage for your needs. Start with a low dosage: we recommend 0.022 mg per pound of body weight (0.05 mg per kilogram). If you take a higher dosage, you’ll usually just feel drowsier than usual, and you may also experience an upset stomach. To minimize side effects and better control your dosage, choose an easily dispensable format such as Terra Vida’s CBD Oral Drops.
Are There Side Effects?
While CBD has minimal side effects, it may have an impact on other medications, similarly to how grapefruit juice can affect them. Some research also indicates that CBD can cause dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, irritability, blood thinning, and diarrhea.
Because CBD may cause drowsiness, it should be handled carefully if you consume alcohol or certain mental health drugs that affect sedation levels. As always, check with your doctor to see what dosage of CBD would be best for your regimen.
Before integrating CBD into your regimen, consult with your doctor so that you can be aware of any possible side effects or interactions with your existing medications. And as always, source your CBD from reputable sources so that you can properly dose it and be certain of how much you’re obtaining. Once you’ve determined the correct dosage for your needs, start small and work your way up to the required dose. With care, CBD can become a powerful and effective part of your overall wellness plan.
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