So, you’ve read all about cannabidiol (or CBD as it’s more commonly known) and now you’re thinking of giving it a whirl. It makes sense. The food and wellness industries are buzzing about this natural chemical compound, which is said to help with anxiety, arthritis, pain relief, menopause symptoms and insomnia to name but a few.
In balm or rub form, CBD is often blended with fragrant coconut oil or beeswax, which makes it easy to spread on the skin (and makes your bod smell great too). When used topically, CBD can reach local targets, like sore muscles or joints. We’ve also heard it works wonders for period pain.
How to take CBD Oil?
Okay so this one might sound a little scary, but vape pens are easy to use and can go undetected because they produce little smoke. The plus side of taking CBD in a vape pen is that when CBD is inhaled, it enters the lungs where it rapidly passes into the bloodstream. However, it’s important to note that the long-term safety of vaping is still unknown.
CBD oil also comes in a capsule form, which can be a good option for people who want to maintain a consistent amount of the compound in the body. However when CBD is ingested it passes through the digestive tract which means you might have to wait upwards of 30 minutes before experiencing any effect.
Some blends of CBD oil can have a pungent, earthy taste. It’s not for everyone, which is why many people like to mask the flavour with other – more delicious – ingredients. Another way to take CBD is by adding half a teaspoon of CBD oil to your morning smoothie for a calm start to the day. If you’re after some smoothie inspo, head over to the 5 Best Self Care Smoothies With Hemp .
CBD oil should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A 2018 study from the American Academy of Pediatrics warned women to avoid marijuana during pregnancy due to the potential risks to a baby’s development. Although it is unclear how CBD contributes, CBD is known to pass through the placental barrier.
To avoid interactions, tell your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription, over-the-counter, herbal, or recreational drugs you are taking.
In all but a few studies, lower doses of CBD (10 milligrams per kilogram, mg/kg, or less) improved some symptoms of anxiety. Higher doses (100 mg/kg or more) exhibited virtually no effect.
There is currently no known “correct” dose of CBD oil. Depending on individual needs and what is being treated, the daily dose may range between 5 and 25 mg.
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Morning: CBD doesn’t give you the buzzy energy boost of a morning coffee. Rather, it can offer a more balanced sensation, so you’re ready to take on the day. Use it alone or – if you do like a jolt of caffeine – try adding a dropper of CBD oil to your daily latte, so you get the best of both worlds.
While some people might be put off CBD oils because of their supposed hempy taste, you can now find formulas with cleaner, brighter, more refreshing flavours. Our picks? – The Bright Days CBD Oil Drops, which are citrus-fresh, and the Night Time CBD Oil Drops, which offer a hint of peppermint.
There’s no wrong or right time to take CBD, but using it at certain points in the day can offer different benefits to your mood and wellbeing. Here’s how…
Finding Your CBD Dosage
CBD is processed differently based on genetics and lifestyle, so it’s important that you personalise your dosage based on how you respond as an individual. That’s why we recommend you start with a low application and build up gradually, finding a level that works uniquely for you – no one-size-fits all approach.
Before you get started, we recommend downloading our 7-day CBD diary to keep track of your daily dosage and how it makes you feel.
It’s widely known that a massage can benefit sore, achy muscles, so why not add a CBD topical to this daily soothing ritual? Try applying the CBD Muscle Balm to shoulders – or anywhere you’re feeling some tension – starting with a generous scoopful smoothed liberally onto skin. The tingle of eucalyptus is instantly calming.
That’s why we’ve created this ‘how to take’ guide for beginners and pros alike – featuring tips on using an oil, a capsule, gummy or a soothing muscle balm.