There are many ways to use CBD. We covered most of them in our ‘How to Shop for CBD’ article. We would strongly advise you to give that page a read to get the most comprehensive information. Also, keep in mind that the science behind CBD is so new and evolving so quickly that there is a lot of noise surrounding the compound. Make sure that the source you are getting your information or product from is highly reliable. We read all too many articles that are spreading less than accurate information. Frankly, even physicians are behind the curve in our experience. This situation calls for you to take charge of your own health!
As we previously wrote about, there any different methods of consumption for CBD. In other words, you can choose to consume (take CBD into your body) through many different vehicles. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Below, we recap the different methods:
- Ingestible: This refers to a CBD product that one can ingest. In other words, these are the products that you swallow and are subsequently absorbed through your stomach and intestines, like capsules and oils. We recommend products of this type if you are brand new to CBD and/or taking CBD as part of your daily routine for anxiety or general wellness. These products tend to be the least absorbable by your body and take a little bit longer for onset, as they need to work their way through your body’s digestive system. However, the effect lasts a long time and they are easy and intuitive to use and oftentimes tasty as well!
- Inhalable: These are the products that are absorbed through your lungs. The primary delivery method for inhalable CBD products is through vaporization (heating, but not combusting, the CBD and inhaling the water vapor). We recommend these types of products for those who need instantaneous relief. These products have a quick onset and high bioavailability. However, they require inhalation of smoke or vapor, and the effect does not last as long as other consumption methods.
- Topical: These products are designed to be absorbed through one’s skin. They come in all sorts of forms, including lotions, sprays, and patches. Depending on how they’re used, they can simply provide localized and surface level relief or they can provide full body relief. The primary difference in effectiveness being where the user applies the topical. If applied to a venous area of the body, it will absorb into the bloodstream and have full body relief. If applied to the area of your body where you are feeling pain (but is not a particularly vascular part of your body), the pain relief will remain highly localized. We recommend products of this sort for folks who are new to CBD and/or experiencing pain in a particular part of their body. Depending on application method, these products can be highly bioavailable, have a quick onset, and provide long lasting relief.
- Sublingual: These products are designed to be placed under one’s tongue (thin mucous membrane) and held there for about a minute before being swallowed. This allows the product to be absorbed directly into one’s bloodstream for quick and effective relief. All sublinguals can also simply be ingested if you desire. However, do be aware this will decrease their effectiveness. Sublinguals are highly effective and we recommend them for all CBD users. They have a fast onset and above average absorption and duration.
Dosage is one of the most asked questions we get. While we would love to give a concrete answer to the question of ‘How much should I take?’, the reality is a bit more complex. For people and pets, the appropriate dosage must be determined through trial and error. There are many variables that influence the proper dosage, including overall health, genetics, diet, stress, sleep, and method of consumption.
In our experience, the average dose can range anywhere from 5 to 25 milligrams (milligrams are denoted in our product descriptions as ‘mg’). To find your dose, we recommend starting with a single product and taking 5mg CBD every 1-2 hours until you have achieved your desired effect. Don’t worry, there is no such thing as ’overdosing’ on CBD, but excessive amounts have been known to be less effective than a moderate dose. As is frequently the case in life, less is oftentimes more.
If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!