CBD is all the rage in the UK right now, with sales doubling in the past year alone. If you’re one of the two in three Brits interested in trying CBD, you might be wondering how to get your feet wet in the cannabidiol pond. The first step to adding CBD to your health routine is deciding which form of CBD to try.
If you are new to CBD, the sheer amount and different types of CBD products may easily overwhelm you. So many exciting CBD products come out every day, from vegan baked goods and energy drinks to chapstick and face masks. Though all these products and options to choose from might make you feel lost, you only need to remember that there are 3 main ways to take CBD: orally, topically, and through inhalation.
There are two ways to take CBD orally: by swallowing and digesting it and sublingually.
Ingesting CBD is a very easy way to start, because all you need to do is either eat CBD-infused food, have a CBD drink, or take a CBD pill. When you ingest CBD this way, you digest it and absorb the CBD into your bloodstream through your digestive tract. Ingesting CBD this way is a slow process, meaning it will take the CBD a long time to take effect. However, once it does, the effects will remain in place for as long as 6 hours. And remember to take CBD on a full stomach! It absorbs better that way.
You can also take CBD sublingually. There is a small gland underneath your tongue called the sublingual gland. If you place CBD tincture on this gland, it will be directly absorbed into your bloodstream, bypassing the digestive process. This is a quick and efficient way to take CBD.
Because CBD is thought to help ease the pain and inflammation related to diseases like arthritis, there are many CBD-infused creams and lotions. This is best for targeting problematice muscles, cells, or nerves. However, almost no CBD will actually enter the bloodstream.
Like tobacco and THC, you can smoke CBD and inhale it to feel its effects. You can smoke the CBD flower in a pipe or rolled cigarette or even vape it through a vape pen or vaporizer. Either way, the CBD quickly enters your bloodstream through your lungs. It is a quick and powerful way to consume CBD, but the effects only last a short period of time.
If you are apprehensive about using CBD or simply just want to take it slow, here are some great quick tips for trying out cannabidiol.
In order to better track how CBD makes you feel, you should remain largely consistent with how you consume CBD and in what does. Do some research and pick what product you want to start with and stay with that consistently. This will allow you to see how well one particular product works.
When introducing a new substance to your body, it’s best to begin with a low dose and see how your system reacts. A good rule of thumb is to begin by taking 1 mg of CBD for every 9 kg you weigh. After you feel comfortable at this dose for a few days, you may consider slowly raising it. However, you should always consult your doctor before starting a new dosage.
As your body gets used to CBD and you are sure you aren’t experiencing any very unlikely negative reactions, you can begin to slowly raise your dose. Leave a few days in between every dosage raise so that you can make note of how you feel at each dose level. If you begin to feel unwanted side effects, like drowsiness, slowly decrease your dose.
CBD can sometimes make the user drowsy, which means that you should begin by taking CBD at night time until you know how you will react to it. If the CBD does make you tired, you can go to bed without disturbing your sleep cycle. If you take CBD for the first time in the middle of the day, it might make you too sleepy to get through the rest of the day without a nap. Luckily, most people can take CBD during the day and at night without unwanted drowsiness.
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