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It seems everyone is jumping on the CBD bandwagon lately: parents, teachers, bodybuilders, construction workers, executives, chronic pain sufferers, golfers and boxers, and people from all walks of life.
Once you understand how CBD works naturally with the body, you’re sure to be curious and want to take the next step of trying CBD for yourself. But how do you know how much CBD to take?
The quick answer is: it depends. This may not feel especially helpful if you’re wanting to try CBD oil for the first time and just trying to figure out how big of a bottle to buy, but here are some factors to consider:
Many manufacturers recommend starting with “one dropper full, once per day.” This is a generally recommended starting point, but because each body is different, expect to adjust up or down until you find your personal sweet spot as far as dosing goes.
CBD comes in a number of different formats: oils, tinctures, capsules, softgels, CBD isolate, edible snacks and treats, and in products such as lotions and salves. Taking pure hemp oil provides you the most versatility in how you use the product. How you take CBD will impact its bioavailability as well as the rate of absorption.
CBD oil can be taken in three ways: orally, sublingually, and topically. To ingest CBD orally, simply dispense directly into the mouth, or blend into your favorite hot or cold beverage. To take CBD sublingually, dispense the desired amount under the tongue and hold it there for about thirty seconds. Swish it around the mouth and swallow, then avoid eating or drinking anything for approximately thirty minutes. If you’re applying CBD oil topically, use a liberal amount (either neat or mixed into your favorite lotion) and rub vigorously into the skin at the affected area.
Your reason for taking CBD will also impact how much you take and how you take it. For example, if you’re taking CBD for sore muscles or after a hard workout, you can take a dose sublingually as well as applying it topically to the muscles that feel sore. Regardless of your reason for taking CBD, you want to take enough to create the results you’re seeking. For some, restful sleep may be achieved with half a dropper of CBD before bed, yet others may require half a dropper in the morning along with a full dropper before bedtime. It really is a trial and error process to find your own ideal balance with regards to dosing. This article does provide a chart as a general guideline based on the weight and severity of pain.