How to Use CBD Oil
The sheer mass of CBD products on the market can be overwhelming. Especially if you are a beginner. There is no one size fits all approach. Each method of ingestion affects your body in a different way. Usage will depend on what you need it for, and how it affects you in particular. This article will help you decide on a treatment plan whether you are trying your first CBD product, or you are looking to change your current regimen.
There are a myriad of ways to ingest CBD, including: tinctures, topical rups, vaporizers, and edibles. Which one fits you best? And what dosage should you take? What symptoms are you trying to improve? There are endless use cases from anxiety to cancer treatment, and knowing what you need will help you find the right product.
Everybody’s Different: Finding Your Dose
Dosing is a highly personal process as each method will vary from person to person. There are many factors to consider, including your weight, and tolerance. We recommend to start with as low a dose as possible. You can always take more, but you can’t take less.
So start small and build from there. If you are trying a tincture, just try a few drops and wait an hour. If you are vaping, try tiny puffs from your vape at first. Typically less than the recommended dosage on the product. If you are ready for a higher dosage of edibles or oral formula, wait several hours. You can take more sooner than that, but it will compound the effects.
How to Use CBD Oil For Pain
Many people are finding out how to use CBD oil for pain, and how to reap the benefits of this magical substance. Your body contains a cell signaling system called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short.
Research has shown that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in your brain, fundamental components of the ECS. Receptors come in the form of small proteins attached to your cells. They work to receive chemical signals, and help your cells to respond.
These responses are responsible for creating anti-inflammatory effects, and pain relief. This helps people who suffer from chronic pain. One review from a medical journal focused on how well CBD works on patients with chronic pain. The review took data that was collected between 1975 and 2018. It showed that CBD was effective in treating:
- Pain from cancer
- Neuropathic pain
The studies conducted proved that CBD was effective in overall pain management, with little to no negative side effects.
Finding the Right Application
There are many ways to ingest CBD. The most common of those are: sublingual, ingestion, inhalation, and transdermal application. The proper dosage will depend on a few factors like your weight, how frequent you use it, and the strength of the CBD product itself. Just like we mentioned before, start with a low dose and gradually progress until you get the desired effect. When you have found the sweet spot, continue using that dosage–and adjust it as necessary.
If you plan to use CBD oil for pain from arthritis or muscle spasms, it may be better to apply CBD oil directly to your skin via a topical rub or patch. Applying the oil directly to your skin may be more effective for managing pain than oral ingestion. This was what a 2016 study on arthritis concluded. Animals that were dosed via transdermal application had longer lasting effects than those dosed orally.
The research shows that CBD can last up to ten times longer when applied topically, peaking after an hour and a half of the application. Whether you want to use CBD oil, creams, or gel products–you will have a hard time finding standard dosages. If you have more questions about finding the right application, contact us today.
How to Use CBD Oil for Arthritis
The same study we mentioned earlier was specifically focused on arthritis. CBD gel was applied to rats for four consecutive days. The study was a success for CBD, showing that there was a reduction in inflammation of the test animals, as well as a reduction in pain with no harmful side effects.
It was found that rats who were given lower dosages didn’t improve, while rats with higher dosages (6.2 mg) saw a reduction in pain and swelling. Additionally, rats that were given 62.3 mg, ten times the amount, reported similar results.
While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence for pain relief in people, researchers are now conducting more studies with human test subjects as CBD grows in popularity. If you are interested in learning more about how to use CBD oil for arthritis, try it out yourself, it’s relatively safe.
CBD Oil Side Effects and Safety
While CBD is virtually safe to use, there are some questions to consider, such as:
- How will CBD oil react to my other medications?
- What other side effects are there?
The most comprehensive study on CBD today is based on a drug called Epidiolex, a CBD drug used to treat epilepsy in children. During these trials children between the ages of 2 to 18 were given large doses of CBD for several months. Below are some of the side effects that were reported.
- Decrease in appetite
- Bowel problems
- Altered liver enzymes
Most of these side effects occurred in the first couple weeks when the dosage was quickly being raised. After the dosing stabilized, most of the side effects disappeared. If you experience any of these side effects from CBD, maybe try to lower the dose, or use a different product. Remember these are at higher doses than most people take.
The bottom line is that CBD oil is virtually safe, even in high doses. You will need to experiment a little to find the right dosage and application for you. Contact us today if you have questions about how to use CBD oil.