CBD Oil Dosage: What Are the Best Recommendations?
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Maybe by now you’re convinced that CBD oil can be a transforming approach to natural medicine. Every day, more and more research is conducted on the potential benefits of CBD oil.
But if you’re like so many others, you’re a bit confused about the appropriate CBD oil dosage. You may not be comfortable deciding how and when to take CBD oil either. While there’s no one answer for these questions, as everyone is different, there are some parameters to consider.
How to Take CBD Oil? First, Know Your Goals
Here’s the first thing you need to know before using CBD oil — what’s your goal? Once you identify that, you should also consult your healthcare professional to get his or her input as well.
Knowing why you’re using CBD will help you to find the “right” dosage. In a nutshell, the appropriate CBD oil dosage depends on a variety of factors, including why you are taking it and the delivery method.
How do you know if the CBD oil dosage is working? Well, you know that you’ve hit the CBD dosage “sweet spot” if your goals are being reached. That is, after all, the intent of using any type of CBD product, right?
Use the way you felt before taking CBD as your baseline and measure how you feel after each trial dose. You may need to try a few different doses before pinpointing what works for you and your goals.
Which Receptors Do CBD Oil Target
External cannabinoids, including CBD, target receptors in the endocannabinoid system. These receptors exist throughout the entire body, including your brain, nervous system and digestive system. CBD oil works by activating these receptor sites.
The problem is that many people may have an imbalanced endocannabinoid system, which can lead to undesirable effects. This is where CBD may come in — it can work to add balance to the endocannabinoid system. By balancing the endocannabinoid system, the body can return to its balanced state, or homeostasis.
Time Frame and Method
Generally speaking, for most people, it takes about 30 minutes to feel the effects of CBD oil after ingesting it or applying it topically, but this may alter depending on the product’s concentration and potency — and the person using it, of course.
The method used to take CBD will also alter the amount of time it takes to feel the effects. The amount of oil you use depends on a few factors that are described below.
How to Choose Your CBD Oil Dosage
There is no official serving size for CBD, so figuring out the best dosage for your desired effects depends on a few factors. The first thing to know is that everyone reacts differently to external cannabinoids like CBD. Although many products recommend the best CBD oil dosage based on your bodyweight, this doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.
Some people may be more sensitive than others and would notice positive changes from a lower dose. In fact, there are some who point to the idea that taking more CBD than you need may actually be less effective. This is why starting with a lower dose and working up slowly is often a great way to pinpoint how much CBD you need to meet your goals.
How often should you take CBD? First off, you should always consult your healthcare professional and the directions on the label. Some indicate taking one dose 1–3 times daily. This depends on your goals, however, so dosage should be adjusted accordingly.
The time of day you take CBD will also impact its effects. A good rule of thumb is to take CBD about one hour before you want to get the effects. For example, for those seeking calmness before going to bed, a person could take a CBD dose about one hour before bedtime. And keep in mind that, in general, the effects of a lower dose can last about three hours, while a higher dose can last about six hours.
Hemp Oil Benefits and Uses for Skin, Hair and More
Some people are exclaiming that we are in middle of a cannabis revolution in the U.S. And that does seem to be true, with the popularity of cbd oil and CBD products growing and becoming much more widespread across the country. But long before the legality of certain cannabis products, hemp seeds and hemp oil have been available in your local health food store.
Yes, hemp seed oil comes from the cannabis plant. But it can be used knowing that it contains trace amounts of THC. In fact, hemp seed oil serves as an excellent source of nutrients and has been used internally and topically in Eastern cultures for hundreds of years.
Curious about the possible hemp oil benefits? You need to remember three important words: essential fatty acids. Hempseed oil is packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can help foster overall health. Some ways to use it is to add just a tablespoon or two to your meals or apply it topically to your skin or even your hair — prior to shampooing.
What Is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Although it comes from the cannabis plant, hemp oil (also called hempseed oil) contains only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive, intoxicating element in cannabis.
Hemp and marijuana both come from the Cannabis sativa species, but the amount of THC present in the plant is what makes them different. When it contains less than 0.3 percent THC, it’s considered hemp. And when it has more THC, it’s considered marijuana. This means that you can use hemp oil and eat hemp seeds without feeling “high” afterwards.
So what’s so special about hemp oil? It serves as a natural source of important nutrients, including polyunsaturated fatty acids (including omega-6s and omega-3s), terpenes and proteins. It does not contain THC or CBD, so the main appeal of hemp oil is its fatty acid profile and other beneficial nutrients.
There’s confusion about the compounds in hemp oil for good reason. Some products labeled as “hemp oil” do actually include cannabinoids like CBD. These kind of superfoods with cannabinoids also act on receptors of the endocannabinoid system.
But if you are focused on increasing your intake of healthy fats and more, you’re likely looking for oils extracted from hemp seeds, so go for products labeled as “hempseed oil.”
Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil
Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the cannabis plant, and it contains little to no THC or CBD. But you may have seen “CBD hemp oil” on the market and aren’t sure about the difference.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is created by extracting CBD from the cannabis or hemp plant and then diluting it with a carrier oil, like coconut oil or even hemp seed oil. Most CBD oil products come from industrial hemp, which can only have trace amounts of THC. These products are gaining popularity for its purported CBD benefits and because it doesn’t cause a “high,” as it doesn’t affect the same receptors as the psychoactive agent THC.
Meanwhile, unlike both hemp oil and cbd oil, cannabis oil contains THC and is psychoactive and/or intoxicating.
Hempseed oil is commonly used on skin because it works as a natural moisturizer, and nourishes the skin. You’ll see it as an ingredient in many cosmetic products, lotions and soaps. It is also an antioxidant and may benefit the skin when used internally and topically.
Researchers found that dietary hemp oil increased levels of both essential fatty acids, linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid and GLA. Skin dryness improved, and it’s believed that this positive change resulted from an abundant supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids provided by hemp oil ingestion.
If your hair is dry and brittle, try applying a small amount of hemp oil while conditioning your hair or after showering — or even as a deep conditioner prior to shampooing. The fatty acids in hempseed can help to moisturize your hair and scalp, adding to your own natural oils. This is exactly why fatty acids are often used in hair shampoos and conditioners and serums. The omega-3s in hemp oil will also help to add shine, tame unruly hair and give it strength.
3. Provides Chlorophyll
Believe it or not, hemp oil is also a source of chlorophyll, a substance in plants that allow them to make food from carbon dioxide and water. This plant pigment has been linked to certain benefits and is a great (and often little-known) aspect of hemp oil.
4. Features Essential Amino Acids
Hemp oil features all nine of the essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own. Your body needs all amino acids to function properly and consuming foods high in essential amino acids can help the body to function as it is designed to.
Eating foods high in amino acids, like hempseed oil, is a plus when it comes to overall health!
Where to Buy and How to Use
Hemp seed oil can be found all across the U.S. Hemp oil products come from the Cannabis sativa plant. Pure hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, but you can also find products that are made with hemp extract, which comes from the entire plant including its stem and leaves. It’s also common for hemp seed oil products to contain medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil or vegetable glycerine.
There are many hemp oil products on the market today and knowing what exactly is in the oil can be confusing. Some oils do contain CBD because hemp extract is used in the product, while others contain none. But hemp oil should never contain THC, as it’s not categorized as “hemp” unless the THC levels are under 0.3 percent.
If you’re looking to purchase an oil that contains little or no CBD or THC, then look for “hempseed oil” and read the label carefully. You can find pure hemp seed oil for internal and topical use, or as soft-gel capsules.
Ingesting one to two tablespoons of hempseed oil can help to increase your intake of essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Hemp oil can be added to smoothies and many recipes, as it has a pleasant nutty flavor. Hempseed oil should not be heated above 300 degrees Fahrenheit, so instead of using it for cooking, it can added to salads, dips, spreads and veggie dishes as a flavor enhancer.
If you are looking for oil that contains CBD, then opt for products that are labeled as “hemp oil,” “CBD hemp oil” or “hemp extract.” Again, read the label carefully and always start with a smaller dose to determine how your body reacts to the product. (And, of course, consult your healthcare professional prior to use.)
Risks and Side Effects
With so many hemp products on the market today, knowing exactly what you’re getting can be confusing. If you are looking to increase your intake of essential fatty acids or for your skin or hair, then hempseed oil is a great choice.
Hemp seed oil can be added to food or applied directly to the skin and hair. Keep in mind that hemp seed oil has a smoke point of 330 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that it will oxidize when used at high temperatures for cooking. That’s why it’s best to use hemp oil to add flavor (and nutrients) to your favorite recipes.
The recommended daily dose of hempseed oil is typically about 1–2 tablespoons per day. If you plan to ingest more than that, consult your healthcare provider beforehand. And if you are on anticoagulant medications or other medications, be sure to check with your healthcare provider to be sure that it’s safe to use hempseed oil.