Cannabidiol (CBD) has been found to provide relief to a number of conditions and everyday problems, including chronic pain, anxiety and stress. If you’re considering trying CBD, you may well want to know how much of it you need, when the best time to take it is and how long it will take before you start reaping the benefits. If so, you’re in the right place - let’s take a look.
How much CBD do you need?
CBD can affect different people in different ways, with some needing only a small amount to feel the full benefits and others requiring slightly more. Whilst research finds that continuous use of CBD in high doses is well tolerated by humans with minimal side effects, we would always recommend starting slowly and giving your body at least a few weeks to get used to it before worrying that it’s not working or you’re not taking enough.
Whilst CBD is a cannabinoid, which means it’s derived from cannabis plants, it’s important to stress that it does not produce a ‘high’ effect - it’s actually another cannabinoid called THC which is responsible for the psychoactive effects that occur when cannabis is smoked. CBD, in contrast, has a much more natural effect on the mind and body, easing pain and stress rather than making you feel ‘high’ in any way.
What time should I take CBD?
The optimal time to take CBD depends largely on your method of consumption and your reason for taking it. CBD can be taken in a variety of forms which each provide the benefits for different lengths of time. Vaping CBD, for example, will usually have an effect on you for a couple of hours, whilst CBD lotions or creams can last around six hours. Because pills and gummies pass through your digestive system, the effects can often last a lot longer when you consume CBD in this way.
If you suffer from pain in the morning, it’s probably best to take your CBD as soon as you wake up, while if you’re particularly anxious in the evenings, you might want to try taking it slightly later on in the day. If you suffer from chronic pain or continuous stress, edible CBD may be the better option as it tends to provide relief for longer without the need to keep taking it.
How long does CBD take to work?
When you first start taking CBD, it’s possible that you’ll get amazing results straight away, but you may also have to be a little bit patient as your body adjusts to something new.
Once again, the results will vary depending on which method of CBD you’re using, but when you begin taking it regularly, you should start to feel the benefits less than one hour after taking it. It’s also important to bear in mind that factors such as body mass, metabolism and how often you take it can slow and speed up the time it takes for your body to break down and process CBD.
Getting the most out of CBD
Whether you’re considering CBD to help with chronic pain, continuous anxiety or simply to ease the aches after a run, we would recommend taking things slowly to begin with and letting your body and mind adjust. Once you start to appreciate the benefits, you’ll then be able to work out the optimal time and amount that works for you.
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