Cannabidiol (CBD) has become incredibly popular as a remedy for a plethora of health issues and lifestyle problems.
Its many health benefits and therapeutic effects have found legions of fans and it has steadily become a safer alternative to opioid-based painkillers.
However, with that being said, many people are confused about CBD and its use. If you’re new to the cannabinoid, you may have some questions.
What is CBD?
CBD also known as Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis.
Even though it’s from the cannabis plant, it does not get you high. The feeling of being high is caused by the (Tetrahydrocannabinol) THC chemical in the plant.
How long do the effects of CBD last?
Usually, the effects of CBD are felt for approximately 4-6 hours. However, this does depend on the strength of the dose, with stronger doses lasting longer.
To accommodate this duration period, it’s common to see people in CBD communities choose to take a morning and evening dose daily, particularly for ongoing issues, such as anxiety or chronic pain.
How the CBD was administered impacts the duration of its effects as well. Ingesting CBD, either with edibles or capsules, takes longer to take effect, but also lasts for longer compared to other methods of taking CBD.
When CBD products are ingested, they must first be digested and processed by the liver before making it to the bloodstream, which is when their effects can first be felt in the body.
In comparison, when administering CBD using a tincture product sublingually (using a dropper under the tongue), by vaping or smoking, CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream much more rapidly and the effects of the CBD are felt much faster.
Different methods of taking CBD oil suit different users better, depending on why they’re taking it. Anecdotally, people seeking a more swift treatment will often take it sublingually or by vaping it.
However, if you’re looking for a more convenient solution, that’s easier to measure, taking CBD capsules or other edible forms of CBD may suit you better.
How much CBD is enough?
It is not easy to determine how much CBD is enough because of a number of factors:
- Body size
- Metabolism speed
- Differences in application of CBD
Naturally, if you’re inexperienced with CBD, start off with low doses and read how your body responds before upping the potency.
Continue to do this until your symptoms have gone away, or are at least more manageable.
CBD is non-addictive and there’s no potential to become physically dependent on the compound either. Studies have shown that the body can safely handle enormous quantities of CBD (at least 1,000mg) daily.
However, vast quantities of CBD can leave the body feeling very sedated, so if you do plan on a hefty medicating session, ensure you’re in a relaxing environment – don’t attempt to drive or handle heavy machinery when in a relaxed, and perhaps slightly drowsy state.