How Much CBD Should I Take and in What Form?
If you’ve read our CBD Oil 101: A Beginner’s Guide, you know more about using CBD for pain management, you know how CBD works and the multitude of ways that it can help you on your journey to feeling better and living your best from the inside out. Now we’ll get you up to speed on how to dose CBD and the variety of delivery methods. Each person can find what works best for them and there may be more than one.
As always, feel free to reach out to us with questions about CBD.
What’s the best way to take CBD?
You’ve basically got three choices on how to take CBD:
- Orally: You can take it orally as a CBD tincture or as a pill or capsule. Remember that it’s most effective taken as a tincture under your tongue – because it will absorb directly into your bloodstream as opposed to having to digest through your gut.
- Topically: You can apply it topically for quick pain relief (for arthritis for example) or for skin conditions.
- Vape: You can also purchase CBD in a vape cartridge, if you’re comfortable using that method. This is perhaps the fastest acting method for CBD relief.
- Bonus tip: Many people will take CBD both orally and topically. For instance, we have customers who directly rub the CBD tincture into their temples and/or on the back of their necks as they feel migraines coming on. They will also take the CBD tincture or pill orally for longer term relief through the night.
How much CBD should I take?
Because everyone’s needs are different, we don’t feel it’s our place to recommend specific dosages, but here are our top 3 tips on how to dose CBD:
- Start small: When beginning CBD treatment, it’s best to start with a small dose – for an average sized person, maybe 25-50mg CBD per dose. Remember that everyone reacts differently to various supplements. As with any new supplement, it is important to become familiar with how your body responds to CBD before increasing the dose.
- Try Sublingual Dose: If you elect to ingest (swallow) CBD, either as a pile/capsule or as a CBD tincture (also called CBD oil or CBD drops), the absorption rate is only about 20%. So if the CBD tincture measures out at 100mg, you’re actually only getting about 20mg into your bloodstream if you swallow it. The most effective way to get the most bang-for-your-buck is to put the tincture under your tongue so that it absorbs sublingually into your blood stream. You’ll get closer to 75% absorption if you do it this way.
- Seek Personal Advice: Because many health professionals are now familiar with CBD benefits, please consider asking your doctor about using CBD for pain management. Furthermore, as with all medications, discontinue use if you experience unpleasant or adverse effects.