What is CBD Oil? Benefits, Dosage, Interactions and Side Effects.

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CBD oil is our favorite administration method.

It’s easy, convenient, efficient, and doesn’t have any major side-effects.

However, users need to understand the right way to take CBD oil, how much to take, and the effect it has on the body.

Once you have a grasp on the interaction this cannabinoid has throughout the human body, it becomes clearer on how to use it to improve your life.

How to Use CBD Oil?

CBD oil is meant to be taken sublingually.

This means absorbed under the tongue.

This is a common drug administration method; it is not unique to CBD. There are mucosal glands under the tongue and along the cheeks that provide a direct pathway to the bloodstream.

Getting as much CBD into the blood is the goal. This way it can be distributed around the body.

We recommend holding the CBD oil in your mouth as long as possible. Ideally, you want all the CBD to be absorbed under the tongue.

Taking CBD oil sublingually is relatively efficient compared to other administration methods. Eating CBD products is less effective because it has to be processed by the digestive system.

This also causes delayed wait periods before the CBD is available for the body to use.

Compared to smoking CBD, sublingual is less efficient. More CBD will be used when it is absorbed through the lungs. We believe that sacrificing a little bit of efficiency is worth not having the long-term risks of inhaling hot smoke.

Bioavailability

The amount of an organic substance that is available for the body to use. CBD oil taken sublingually is believed to have a decent bioavailability, with a rate landing somewhere between edibles and smoking. The exact amount of CBD that will be used is hard to say. Much of the effectiveness is up to the user. Swallowing most of your CBD oil will result in lower bioavailability.

Some users are turned off by the fact that some of their CBD will be wasted. This is ok. No administration method is perfect. Even injecting CBD directly into the bloodstream will likely result in some being lost in the process.

How Much CBD Oil Should I take?

For new users, it is wise to start slow.

Try 10-20mg your first few days taking CBD. Monitor how your body responds. If you feel like you need a higher dose, increase to 30-50mg.

Most scientific studies done on human test subjects use between 25-75mg.

A person’s body weight, metabolism, and tolerance all factor into what dose will work best for them. Unfortunately, there isn’t a number that works for everyone, it is up to the user to find their dose.

Many CBD experts believe there is a sweet spot. Studies have shown that when you increase the amount of CBD in the dose, benefits could decrease. More CBD doesn’t necessarily mean more benefits. This is another reason to start slow and find the right dose for you.

We recommend taking CBD every day, for at least a week and then assessing the results.

What are CBD Oil Side Effects?

CBD has proved to be tolerated well in humans at even ridiculously high doses.

People have taken tens of thousands of milligrams of CBD in one day without any side-effects. There is no evidence to suggest that any cannabis product can cause an overdose. 

While CBD is generally regarded as safe, there have been rare instances of users reporting negative side-effects. These aren’t severe, but it’s good to be mindful when trying CBD for the first time. Fatigue, loss of appetite, and stomach pain have been reported, but these cases are rare.

CBD Oil Benefits

Cannabis prohibition has been primarily focused on the dangers of THC, not on how we can use the plant for its medicinal purposes. We are beginning to see more clinical studies done on human subjects, but not nearly enough to fully understand how CBD should be used to treat specific conditions.

Current research has shown that CBD can help improve mood, sleep, anxiety, stress and our immune system. As more research is done we will better understand the exact way CBD benefits us and to what extent.

How Does CBD Work?

We are a long way from understanding cannabis’s full potential, but we have made some major strides. CBD is believed to have an indirect effect on the endocannabinoid system. All mammals possess a network of cannabis like neurotransmitters, receptors, and enzymes known as the endocannabinoid system or ECS.

Other cannabinoids like THC and CGC can bind with endocannabinoid receptors in the ECS. For THC, this causes the brain to be flooded with serotonin and dopamine, resulting in a euphoric high.

CBD’s relationship with the ECS is believed to be through enzymes that reduce the production of endocannabinoids. This is why it is imperative to take CBD consistently.

You aren’t going to get the immediate reaction that THC delivers. CBD takes time to affect the ECS. Take every day for an extended period to feel the benefits. 

The ECS is believed to regulate bodily functions like mood, appetite, memory, pain, and the sleep-wake cycle.

For more information on the ECS, check our blog post here.

CBD Oil – A Tried and True Method

We like CBD oil because it is fairly efficient and doesn’t have the potential to create any serious long-term harm. Compared to edible CBD products, sublingual CBD is more efficient. While its bioavailability isn’t as high as smoking or vaping CBD, it is much healthier.

If you are new to the world of CBD, this article is going to give you the insights needed to become an educated user. Remember to take CBD oil sublingually, allowing the CBD to absorb into the bloodstream. CBD use must be consistent to feel the benefits, we recommend taking for at least a week before assessing the results.

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