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How and Why to Take CBD Oil: Your Quick Go-To Guide

What is CBD Oil?

CBD is the medical short term for cannabidiol, a compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. CBD is different from other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, it won’t get you “high” or exert mind-altering effects on users. 

CBD oil can be extracted from both the hemp and marijuana plants (which fall under the cannabis plant umbrella). CBD oil that is marijuana-derived may contain higher levels of THC, for instance, 0.3% - 25% THC. On the other hand, when CBD oil is hemp-derived, it may only contain 0.0% - 0.3% THC. 

Depending on what exactly you’re looking for in a CBD oil, you may have additional questions soon to follow once you’ve selected one you’re interested in. 

In today’s article, we’ll be discussing the ins and outs of CBD oil and how to take it. As I’m sure you’re wondering, which CBD oil is best for me? What dosage? How long does it stay in my system? Are there side effects? 

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

What Oil Option is Best for You?

Depends on your goals. We agree, most of the time a ‘one-size-fits-all’ mentality isn’t realistic for everyone. That’s why there’s such a wide array of options out there for you.

Do you take your vitamins in the morning? Pills, capsules, or softgels may be suitable for you. They can be apart of your daily vitamin routine too! 

Have sore muscles from a hard workout? Creams, sticks, and salves are a homerun! If you aren’t wanting the taste from a tincture, or swallow from a pill, topical methods are the way to go. 

Wanting to add powders to your post-workout shakes? CBD powders and supplements can fit that need.

Wanting something easy to drop under your tongue before running out the door? CBD tincture oils are a great option for direct sublingual absorption. 

When is the Best Time to Use CBD Oil?

Anytime. Depends on your schedule and how you want to incorporate it into your lifestyle. Some individuals take their CBD in the morning with their breakfast, others take it before they go to sleep. It really just depends on when you’d like to take it. If you are using topicals or creams, individuals have suggested applying it to sore joints and muscles post-workout. Those using an edible form may use an infused powder in H2O or eat infused gummies as a snack. There really are infinite options out there available for you to benefit from. 

As always, we recommend consulting with your physician prior to starting a new supplement into your routine. Cannabidiol is not intended to cure, prevent, diagnose, or treat any ailment, disease, or condition. 

How Much CBD Should I Take?

Well, it depends. The amount of cannabidiol an individual may need will vary depending on their size, weight, age, and sex. In most cases, it’s best to begin with a small amount of CBD to gauge your reaction. Once you’ve tried a small amount, then increase or decrease how much you consume, accordingly. Most tinctures contain measurement indicators on the droplet, up to 1.0 mL per full drop of CBD. We recommend taking just one full drop per day and deciding how it impacts you. 

How Long Does CBD Last in My System?

There are multiple variables that need to be considered when thinking about how long cannabinoids that can potentially stay in your system. In general, it has been reported that CBD typically stays in your system anywhere from 2 - 5 days, up to multiple weeks. Again, how long it stays in your system depends on several factors we’ll touch on in a minute. 

How Often To Use It

How frequently you take it can also help determine how long it stays in your body. If you use cannabidiol regularly over time, it builds up in your body. 

Individuals new to CBD are encouraged to use it for at least one week or so to see if it works for you. If you use it only occasionally, it’ll clear out of your system faster. 

How Much to Use

As with most substances, the higher the dose, the longer it will be in your system. The same can be said for CBD. If you take a higher dose, you can expect it to be in your system for a longer amount of time as compared to taking a lesser dose. 

Your Body and Metabolism Affects Absorption  

Everyone’s body is different - physically, physiologically, metabolically, and mentally. This is why CBD and other substances can affect people so differently. Your metabolism, water content, weight, and body mass index are just some examples of factors that can influence how long it can stay in your system. 

Methods of Use

There are numerous ways to take, ingest, apply, swallow, eat, and use Cannabidiol. The method of application you choose may affect everything - the onset of it, how long the effects lasts, as well as how long it stays in your body. 

Various forms of CBD are:

  • Edibles
  • Vaping 
  • Creams
  • Salves
  • Topicals
  • Lotions
  • Oils and tinctures
  • Pills
  • Capsules

When you place oils and tinctures sublingually (under the tongue), the cannabinoids are absorbed almost instantly into the bloodstream and lingers longer. On the other hand, if you vape it, it enters your lungs and you notice the effects quickly. Thus, it also leaves the body quickly. 

Creams, lotions, salves, and topicals secrete into your skin slowly and take longer to get out of the body. When you eat CBD edibles, your digestive system takes a while to metabolize it. Thus, taking longer to get out of your system too.  

Are There Any Side Effects?

According to a 2017 update published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, researchers concluded that CBD is relatively safe to use as a form of treatment. The research article also reported that side effects are relatively uncommon. 

However, you may experience some minor adverse side effects including:   

  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Fatigue

Yes - CBD is generally thought of as safe, but there have been some concerns recently within the scientific realm. A 2019 study aimed to investigate if it led to hepatotoxicity (liver damage) in 8-week old male mice. The mice were given various doses of cannabidiol over a ten-day period. Researchers found that CBD did show signs of hepatotoxicity in high doses and when used with other drugs simultaneously. 

It’s important to first talk with your doctor prior to taking any supplements or medications.

How to Take CBD Oil: Final Thoughts

Whether you’re wanting to try CBD oil for the first time ever or you’re interested in trying a new Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, the options are available to you. Your metabolism, dosage, type of CBD, and frequency of taking CBD oil do make a difference in how CBD affects your body. 

The research is in the beginning stage of exploring this powerful herb, but the findings so far are holding promise. Navigating CBD oil doesn’t have to be difficult, just remember to do your homework, ask questions, and proceed with caution when starting off your dosage. 

Until next time, see ya!

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