Many people purchase their CBD at specialized shops, dispensaries and at times even gas stations! One of the often asked question by first users or those interested in trying this product is “how should I take it?”. Often CBD is sold in oils and come in a variety of extractions, such as full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. One of the most important aspects to remember when taking CBD is that it is impacting your endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is one of the most important physiological system in your body.
CBD – What does it mean?
CBD is the abbreviated name for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. Cannabidiol was the second cannabinoid that was discovered while studying the active principles of cannabis by Raphael Michoulam in the 1970s. Unlike Δ9-THC or what is more often referred to simply as THC and is the psychotropic compound found in cannabis, CBD is not psychotropic but has many subtle effects and health effects that are worth checking out such as inducing a calm state and helping prevent seizures which is its main accepted medical property. It is often sold in many formats with the most common and efficient format being CBD Oil.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is a solution of oil which with varying amounts of CBD. As CBD is a lipophilic compound, meaning that it binds to fats and fatty acids, this is one of the most common ways you will find CBD. Many companies use MCT oil from coconut or hemp seed oil. The ideal is to use a high omega 3 oil such as hempseed as it is most effective at raising the bioavailability of the CBD along with the absorption rate.
The most common method of taking CBD is by ingesting drops of CBD or placing them under the tongue. Placing them under the tongue is not the most effective way of taking the product as CBD should pass through the gastrointestinal tract to be absorbed.
Various types of oils are sold on the market, they are CBD isolates which only have CBD and no other cannabinoids. Full spectrum CBD oils which have CBD along with other cannabinoids such as CBG and small quantities of THC. The broad spectrum oils have all the cannabinoids except THC. When looking to try CBD it is recommended to try the isolate and use a good quality oil with it. Ideally the drops should be dissolved in a high-quality oil such as the Good Fats Omega D3 oil for better absorption.
What are CBD drops?
CBD drops are drops of oil that a user ingests via a dropper. In high quality oils the drops are standardized and each drop will contain exactly 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 mgs of CBD. These should be ideally dissolved in oil such as the Omega D3 oil from Good Fats or some other high-quality oil before ingestion for maximal delivery effects.
What does CBD do?
CBD binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors which are part of the endocannabinoid system and are found all over the body. They are connected with brain function and immune response among many other things. CBD works to partly inhibit and balance our endocannabinoid system which is very often hyperactivated in the case of stress and in our fast paced society.
CBD metaphorically speaking can help to induce a calmer state. CBD has also been found to have anti-inflammatory effects and anti-epileptic effects. CBD unlike THC also can help with lowering appetite especially when taken with a high quality oil such as hemp seed oil as a vector.
How to dose CBD?
It is important to know first of all what is the correct dosing for CBD? In terms of recent findings and surveys, the average daily dose for CBD users is 20 mg and some go all the way up to 40 mg but the ideal dose not to go over is 70 mg. It is important to have CBD that is correctly and standardly dosed.
For example taking a drop that corresponds to 5 mg would fulfill the average dose in four drops. It is important to note that CBD is absorbed in the GI tract and thus it does not make sense to stick it under one’s tongue. The best way of taking it is to dilute the drops in a high quality oil such as Good Fat’s Omega D3 oil and this will function as a great vector. The reason for this is that premium hemp seed oil with D3 is the raw fuel for all endocannabinoids to be balanced and it prevents the CBD from being degraded too quickly. Thus, it functions as a potentiator by increasing the bioavailability of the CBD and increasing the absorption of the CBD.
Where can I buy CBD?
In which country is CBD legal?
In most of Europe and the UK CBD is legal and considered a novel food item. There are some exception to this as some European countries have tried to limit the sale of the product due to it being also a pharmaceutical drug used to manage epilepsy in the form of the drug Epidiolex.