Your Guide to CBD Formats and Dosing
CBD. It’s all anyone’s ever talking about these days.
But for a lot of us it’s still a mystery, especially when it comes to formats and dosing, aka the ways you can take it and how much you should take.
Next time CBD comes up in conversation, you can either smile and nod or wow them with your endless and superior knowledge about how it can and should be consumed. Let’s go with the latter.
When should I take CBD?
Hard to say. Everyone’s unique—from their physiology to their medical needs—so it’s essentially impossible for us to sit here and tell you when you should consume.
What we can say is that, for your first time, give yourself a nice little window of free time. Even though CBD doesn’t produce the same psychoactive effects as it’s naughty cousin THC, it’s best to learn how your body reacts to it before diving in headfirst.
So carve out some time, try your CBD product, take note of how it makes you feel, and go from there. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, right after work, or just before putting your head on the pillow, you’ll soon discover when works best for you.
And of course, as with anything else that you’re new to, remember to start low and go slow.
The different formats of CBD
CBD is a special thing. We all know that. It’s got anti-anxiety properties, anti-inflammatory properties, muscle recovery properties, and it’s a hell of a pain reliever too.
But there’s another reason we love CBD: the compound is so adaptable it can be made into many different products, meaning you can take your CBD exactly how you want to.
CBD oil is made by taking CBD extract and mixing it with a carrier oil, like coconut or MCT (medium-chain triglycerides). The combination is then put into a neat little bottle equipped with a dropper, spray pump, or syringe (for your mouth, not your arm, people).
Oil is convenient, discreet, and predictable. In essence, you can take it anywhere and you know how much you’re getting every time.
Another pro to CBD oil is that the compounds have been decarboxylated, meaning the CBD has already been activated. Just consume and let the benefits roll in.
Here’s where CBD comes in. According to a 2018 review of 132 original studies published in Frontiers in Neurology, CBD can in fact, reduce inflammation in the body and help improve pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis. The review study’s authors wrote – “It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective.”
Okay, remember how we said oil is convenient, discreet, and predictable? Don’t worry, it totally is, but we might have to admit that capsules are more of all three.
Capsules are simply little pills of CBD oil. You pop one in, swallow it down, and your body takes care of the rest.
And like oil, it might take some time for the effects to kick in, because the CBD needs to travel through your digestive system and into the liver before your bloodstream gets the dose. The whole process can take anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours.
Creams and balms
These are different from oils and capsules in that you don’t ingest them, but apply them topically, like you would any other cream or balm.
The benefit of CBD creams is that they attack the pain directly. So if the joints in your hands and fingers are feeling stiff or inflamed, applying CBD cream to them will ensure that you feel the positive effects right where you need them most.
Creams and balms can also provide soothing relief to the skin as well as to the muscles below. It’s a total win-win.
Like we said off the top, CBD comes in a number of different formats. Beyond the oils, capsules, and creams and balms, you can take CBD in flower form, vapes, edibles, and even drinks.
The only question that remains is which format you like best.