CBD Dosage Calculator Guide – How Much CBD Should I Take?
As the world is starting to be aware of the benefits of CBD, we are seeing more and more people who are taking advantage of its health enhancing properties. For some people it is about giving their general health a boost, and for others, it could be that they are looking for CBD to help them with more specific issues like pain relief, to help with their anxiety or to help them sleep.
At the moment, CBD products are generally classified as a food supplement. This means that they are regulated by food regulatory bodies and not medicinal regulatory bodies, and therefore not giving many guidelines about how to take it.
With this, we are seeing a lack of accurate information out there about important aspects like dosing – in fact, there are very few guidelines into what dosages of CBD you should be taking.
Another reason for this is that to get the effects that they want, dosages vary from person to person. This makes it very difficult to give ‘one size fits all’ dosage guidelines. Not only will your CBD dosage according to who you are, but also according to what effect you are looking for.
What is CBD and why would I want to take it?
In the human body, we have a system called the endocannabinoid system. Just like the other systems – such as the digestive system, immune system or central nervous system – the endocannabinoid system is fundamental to the proper functioning of the body.
It is responsible for making sure that the body is kept in a perfect state of balance called homeostasis. The endocannabinoid keeps the body in the Goldilocks zone which means that levels are not too little and not too much for it to work at an optimal level.
The endocannabinoid system can affect many functions that keep you alive such as:
- Body temperature
- The immune system
- The nervous system including pain relief
It works through the interaction of CB1 and CB2 receptors with endocannabinoids which are produced naturally in the body. Often deficiencies in endocannabinoids can affect our health and this is how CBD can help.
CBD – or cannabidiol – is a cannabinoid which is found naturally in the cannabis plant. Due to the fact that there are so many different strains of the plant, there are a varying number of cannabinoids present in the plant, but there are usually over 100 of them – with a lot of them being only at trace levels.
Two of the most significant cannabinoids which are present in the cannabis plant are CBD and THC. They both interact with the endocannabinoid system in different ways, which can be beneficial to your health, and they can have different effects.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound in cannabis that (amongst other things) makes you feel ‘high’. When it is taken it sends a message to the brain which gives you the feeling of being stoned, that is most commonly associated with cannabis.
CBD, on the other hand interacts with the endocannabinoid system, giving it a lift but not making you stoned.
By taking CBD you can help your endocannabinoid system to work properly, keeping everything properly balanced and helping you to feel great. You can learn more about the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids here.
It is no surprise that people are looking to see how CBD can benefit them. But with such little information about how much to take, it can be difficult to know how to go about it.
Why is CBD Difficult to Dose?
It is difficult to know how much CBD to take. Unlike some medications, the amount that will be effective for you is not necessarily the same as for someone else, so dosage instructions are generally very limited. There are a number of factors which affect how much CBD to take to get the best results for you.
The amount of CBD that will give similar results, changes from person to person. Some of the factors which have an impact on the dose that you require include your weight and height, genetic disposition, personal tolerance levels and specific metabolism.
It is also important to remember that you will want to change your dosage according to what you are trying to achieve with your CBD. For example, the amount that you take for pain relief might be different to what you would take for nausea.
CBD is Biphasic
CBD is what’s known as ‘Biphasic’. This means that its effects can change according to how much you take and is why you should consider your reason for taking CBD when finding the dosage. Because of this, just taking more doesn’t mean it will be more effective.
Depending on how much CBD you take, it can have different effects on you. This is called being ‘biphasic’ and is an important concept when it comes to dosing. It means that some effects can be more prominent with a lower dosage and others more prominent with a higher dosage.
For some people, very low doses of CBD can be more effective than higher ones, and this is why it is advised that you start off with low doses of CBD, gradually raising them until you get the best outcome for you.
When it comes to finding the best CBD dosage for you, the advice to is start off with very low levels. Gradually raise the amount that you are taking slowly over time and stop when you feel that you are getting the most effective dose. Some people find it helpful to write down their dosages to make it easier.
Some of the CBD products that you buy will give you guidelines on where to start with your CBD dosage, however, if you are unsure, the best advice is to start off very low – try 5-10 mg at the beginning, increasing by 5mg each time. It usually takes a few days for the CBD to properly take effect, so stick to the same dose for three days before upping it – you can reduce it straight away if you feel like you need to.
The best way to be able to experiment with your dosage is by having a book where you can note down your dosage and its effects. This makes it clearer to see how long you have been taking it for and how your body is reacting to it.
Side Effects and Over-Dosing
Although some people notice some side effects from CBD, they are not long-term and not serious. There has also never been any known incident of a fatal overdose on CBD. This means that it is safe to experiment with, as the most serious effect of an ‘overdose’ is that the CBD won’t work so well.
The most common side effects from CBD are a dry mouth, fatigue, a change in appetite and upset stomach. If you compare that with the long-term effects of taking some over-the-counter drugs such as opioids and NSAIDs, it is a lot safer. CBD has no long-term side effects, and no-one has ever died from over-dosing.
This means that you can keep upping your dose until you feel that you have found the right one for you without risk of overdose. Once you feel that the CBD is becoming less effective for you, stop and go back to the last dosage to find your optimal level.
If you are taking medication
Although CBD has no serious side effects, it can affect medication that you are taking. It is important therefore to talk to your doctor if you are already taking medication and want to try CBD products. Likewise, if you are already taking CBD products, make sure that you tell your doctor if they are going to prescribe you a new medication.
CBD can affect the way that some enzymes metabolise medication. This means that sometimes it can take longer for certain medications to break down in the bloodstream. As a consequence, some medications can be more effective or last for longer, which can be dangerous, and this is why it is very important to discuss it with your doctor if you are planning on having CBD in conjunction with medications which have been prescribed by them.
Taking your CBD
There are a number of different ways that you can take CBD, with each method having different implications on your dosage. It is important to be able to understand these differences to be able to calculate the best dosages for you. When it comes to finding the right dosage through experimentation the most important thing is to be consistent.
Everybody has their preferred method of taking CBD. From vaping to edibles to drops under the tongue. The way that you consume CBD (and that they body processes it) can affect the dosage that you take.
Once you are established with your CBD, you can chop and change how you take it – although you might need to change your dosage according to how you take it – when you are trying to find the best dose for you, it is easier to stick to the same delivery method.
Vaping CBD – Quick and Effective
The quickest way to take your CBD is through inhaling through a vaporiser or e-pen. This method ensures that all the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs, ensuring that there is little wastage and it gets to work almost straight away. Vaping is safe, easy and enjoyable for many people.
By using a vaporiser or e-pen to take CBD, users find that this is a particularly effective method of consumption. Due to the fact that the CBD isn’t burnt or heated to extremely high temperatures, vaping means that it is safe and very effective.
To calculate your CBD dosage when vaping, you first need to estimate how much CBD is in one drop (or tincture if you have one).
For example, if you buy a 30ml bottle with 200mg of CBD, then 1ml = 6.67mg of CBD
So, to get 10mg of CBD you will need 10/6.67 = about 1.5 ml of liquid
You can then add the quantity (in ml) of vape juice that you need. Or work out how much CBD is in a full ‘tank’ on your e-pen and vape that each day. It is not easy to make very accurate calculations about the CBD when it is being vaped, so it is important to be as consistent as possible.
Sublingual Drops or CBD Spray
Spray or drops under the tongue are another quick and easy way to take CBD. The CBD is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and directly into the bloodstream. CBD oil drops are relatively easy to calculate the dosage for and easy to take.
The recommended method for taking CBD as a tincture or spray is by taking it under the tongue and holding it there for about a minute so that it can be absorbed into the lining of the mouth.
You should be aware of whether you are taking full spectrum, broad spectrum CBD oil, or CBD distillate as this can affect how effective the CBD is.
To calculate the dosage if you are taking in a drop or spray form, the best thing to do is to calculate the amount of CBD per dropper or spray.
A dropper will usually hold 1ml of liquid.
For example, if you buy a 30ml bottle with 500mg of CBD, then 1ml = 16.67 mg of CBD
So, to get 10 mg of CBD, you will need 10/16.67 = about 0.6ml of liquid – or just over half a dropper.
Sublingual drops or sprays are not the most accurate method for ensure your exact dosage. But by being consistent about the number of drops and how long you keep it under the tongue, you can get a fairly accurate dose.
CBD Edibles for easy dosing
CBD edibles come in many forms, from capsules to chocolates to gummies to butter to use in your cooking. It does take longer to absorb into the bloodstream than other methods, as it goes through the digestive system. This also means that not all of the CBD is absorbed directly, but its effect can last for longer.
Unless you are cooking your own CBD edibles, these are the best way to ensure that you are getting exactly the same dosage every time. By swallowing a capsule or eating a gummy with the exact dosage given to you, you know how much you are taking.
Although you can lose some of the dosage as it goes through the digestive system, as long as you are consistent with when you take it (i.e. the time of day and before or after food, for example) it is all relative.
CBD edibles can be discreet and easy to calculate the dosage, making it a popular choice for many people.
CBD Topicals – through the skin
CBD topicals are a different way to get your CBD. The CBD gels, oils, creams, balms and ointments can be rubbed onto the skin and are particularly effective for skin complaints and joint and muscle pain. As the topical is not going into the bloodstream, there is no dosing required.
CBD topicals which are rubbed into the skin instead of taken internally are a great option for people who are looking to use it for skin problems like acne, dry skin and psoriasis, as well as aching muscles and sore joints. Due to the fact that it is rubbed straight into the skin it can work well on a particular, localised area. It also means that you don’t need to worry about getting the dosage right.
CBD topicals can be rubbed in as many times as you need it, when you need it.
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CBD Dosage for Children
Although there is not much research specifically about CBD and how it affects children in particular, there is nothing to say that it is not a good idea. In fact, there are many parents who risk a lot to bring in CBD products with higher levels of THC than is legal because they believe that it is extremely beneficial to their children with specific medical problems.
Just as with adults, there are no specific guidelines as to what the best CBD dose for children is. However, it is strongly recommended that you speak to your child’s doctor before giving it to them and starting off on the absolute smallest dose that is possible if you do decide to go ahead.
CBD Dosage for Animals
Giving CBD to pets is also growing in popularity. Almost all animals with a backbone have an endocannabinoid system and can therefore benefit from CBD. Just as with adults, the recommended dosage varies, and should be adjusted slowly over time.
Most of the guidelines for CBD doses for animals are calculated according to the animal’s weight and what effect that you are hoping to achieve with it. CBD companies usually say to give animals between 1 and 5mg for every 10lbs. Of course, it is more difficult with pets to tell how they are feeling so you should closely monitor them at first and whilst you are getting the dosage right.
As with people, it is important to speak to your vet before trying CBD with your pet.
CBD oil Types
When you are looking to buy CBD, you are often given the choice of full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD oil or CBD distillate oil. These can impact on how effective it is for you, so once that you have decided which one you want to use, try to stick to it whilst you are adjusting your dose. You should also be aware that if you switch to another type, the dosage that you need will be different.
The difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oil, and CBD distillate is about the purity of the CBD.
Full spectrum CBD oil not only includes CBD, but also all of the other cannabinoids that are found in the plant. Research shows that the other compounds make the CBD more effective and so this is the optimal way to take CBD.
CBD distillate is the purest form of CBD oil, which is made by extracting only CBD. Although less effective, CBD distillate is ideal for people who want CBD but cannot have any traces of the other cannabinoids in their system (like THC).
Broad spectrum CBD oil is somewhere between the two. It includes many of the compounds from the plant, but not all of them. This makes it very effective but not quite as good as full spectrum CBD oil.
It is easy to see why people are keen to try CBD products, but it is important that, to get the best effects for you, you get the dosage right. By starting off very low, and gradually increasing the dosage, you can work your way through the range until you get to the perfect dose.
There are a number of factors which can affect how much you take and how effective the CBD is, so it is absolutely essential that whilst you are finding your optimal level, you keep these things consistent, changing only one variable – the dose.
Try to use the same product, the same delivery method, the same measuring method, and take it at the same time of day. By making notes about all of these factors and keeping record of it all you can easily see your adjustments and ensure that you will find the right dose for you. It is only this way that you will be able to compare the effects and get to your Goldilocks dose as quickly as possible.
If you are thinking about trying CBD and are unsure about what dosage is best for you, remember that everyone’s body is different. Just because someone you know – even if they are similar to you – uses a particular dose, that doesn’t mean that that will be the best dose for you.
The only way to really find your best dose is by starting low and increasing it slowly. So if you’re ready to start, have a small dose now and keep increasing it until you get the effect that you want.
Definitive Guide To CBD For ADHD
All the topics related to the medicinal use of cannabis have a wealth of anecdotal evidence highlighting the positive effects CBD can offer. And, with ADHD and ADD, this is also the case.
In fact, many CBD start-ups we see today have been inspired by real-life stories. But the question is, how much of the hype is backed by science, and what it merely media hype?
While reading through the anecdotal reports can be inspiring, they offer no real scientific or clinical substance. Yes, personal stories are an excellent motivator. But, it is essential to begin with a solid foundation of scientific research on how CBD works with regards to ADD and ADHD.
Why is it so important for people to have access to the science and clinical research? Because CBD is still emerging out from the shadows of misunderstandings and misperceptions. And for the CBD industry to become a healthy staple in society, its reputation and acceptance need to be built on science and clinical research.
So, let’s take a look at some of the latest research and scientific reviews, and see why CBD is being used for ADD and ADHD. And if you are considering using CBD for yourself or for your children, you may have some vital questions that need answers before you begin.
Let’s Refresh: What is CBD?
CBD is cannabidiol, a cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant family. It does not contain any psychoactive properties so often associated with the cannabis plant and is therefore legal for usage and sale in several countries.
One of the most important aspects of CBD is that it does not contain any psychoactive properties. In the US, CBD derived from hemp is legal. Hemp is part of the cannabis sativa variety and contains only trace amounts of THC if any.
The legal limit for THC in hemp is 0.3%. Before we embark on learning about ADD/ADHD and CBD, it is important to address one fear that may be lingering in your mind; can CBD make me high? The answer is no. CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties, and will not be able to cause any psychoactive response.
This is the predominant reason for the surge in popularity for CBD products, as well as its impressive safety profile.
First, Let’s Look at ADHD and ADD
To understand how using cannabidiol can assist neurological disorders like ADD and ADHD, let’s take a brief overview of ADD and ADHD.
These disorders are distinguished by symptoms such as hyperactivity, poor memory, inability to focus, impulsiveness, inattentiveness, and restlessness. ADD is a subtype of ADHD, being a type that is limited to failure to pay attention or focus, while ADHD is a combination of inattentive as well as hyperactive.
These conditions are believed to manifest due to structural and chemical differences in the brain, all related to the neurological system.
Do only Children Have ADHD?
No, adults can be affected with ADHD and ADD as well.
How Using CBD can Help with ADD and ADHD
One of the linking keys between cannabidiol and ADHD/ADD is dopamine. Dopamine is the regulator for the majority of the brains cognitive abilities (such as paying attention and mood) and is therefore regarded as a characterizing aspect of ADD/ADHD.
What does Dopamine have to do with CBD?
Well, we are already aware that CBD (among other cannabinoids) are able to improve the release of dopamine. Therefore, we see how CBD can be effectively used to increase the ability to concentrate and also reduce anxiety which can go a long way in reducing hyperactivity.
Several studies have shown how cannabinoids improve the release of dopamine. This, in turn, improves the cognitive processes of the brain. Therefore, some researchers have concluded that, while more in-depth study is needed, CBD enables those with ADD and ADHD to experienced increased levels of dopamine.
CBD improves cognitive processes, and it is therefore used to treat a variety of neurological disorders, including ADD and ADHD.
Take a look at CBD School’s video detailing how CBD can help with these neurological disorders and the resulting symptoms.
What is the Research Showing Us?
To begin on a clear note, large scale clinical trials have yet to be performed to discover the exact effects of CBD on ADHD and ADD. Many of the people using CBD for these conditions have done so because of real-life stories of others’ experiences (anecdotal evidence) and the small scale studies and research that has yielded some promising results. The bulk of which have been performed using animals or cells in a lab.
However, it is important to note that research is limited because up until recently, cannabis in all its forms was heavily restricted. Therefore, scientists and researchers have previously been unable to study the cannabinoids in detail and on a large scale.
In 2008, a case report was released detailing the success of CBD usage for an adult patient. The 28-year old had a previous history of drug abuse as well as being diagnosed with ADHD. The case study was carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Heidelberg’s Medical Centre.
The team administered high THC doses of cannabis to the patient and released the following results:
– The patient benefited from the cannabis treatment (the study did not specify benefit from particular cannabinoids).
– The cannabis treatment seemed to “regulate activation to a level which [was] considered optimum for performance …”
– -The patient’s driving ability was enhanced. Due to the patient’s record of traffic violations attributed to ADHD, this result was used as an indication of the effectiveness of cannabis to assist those with ADHD.
In 2012, the Journal of Psychopharmacology published a study concluding CBD is able to reduce hyperactivity. This study used rodents that had been administered a substance to induce ADHD symptoms as a test subject. The results indicated that CBD decreased the hyperactivity in the rats, as well as “reduced social investigative behavior.”
According to Dr. David Bearman, a forerunner of the medical marijuana community, “cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine, [having] the same effect but is a different mechanism of action [to] stimulants like Ritalin.”
These studies, in combination with hundreds of others, lead to the speculation that high-quality CBD, when administered correctly and consistently, can help to balance the dopamine deficiency in patients with ADD/ADHD.
While the studies mentioned above are only a handful, you will be able to find several links at the bottom of this article leading you to more studies and case reports.
Does CBD Improve Concentration?
CBD can stimulate, and regulate, essential cognitive function in the brain. This basically means that the brain is balanced, and is able to function better. Poor concentration is a result of reduced cognitive function. Due to CBD’s neuroprotective properties and ability to stimulate neurogenesis, the brain’s neurotransmitters can be strengthened.
Does CBD Help you Focus?
CBD helps to increase the flow of serotonin to the brain, in the same way that as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Because the lack of focus is often caused by anxiety, increased serotonin can assist in increasing focus levels by reducing stress due to the increased serotonin.
When CBD is ingested, it helps to activate the adenosine receptors, which actually work to reduce anxiety levels. And when the distraction of anxiety is removed, the focus can be improved.
How long does CBD Last for ADHD?
This largely depends on the method of ingestion.
The way that you ingest CBD will determine the duration of the lasting effects. This goes for pain relief, anxiety relief and just about everything. For ADHD, it will be no different.
What is the Best Way to Take CBD for ADHD?
In general, the most popular methods of intake is edibles and tinctures. Edibles are favorite because while they will take a longer time to work, the effects remain longer. Other intake methods, such as tinctures beneath the tongue, provide almost instantaneous results although they will not last as long as edibles.
How Long will Edibles Last?
Effects from edibles can last up to 7 hours. However, the average length of time is approximately 5 hours.
How Long do CBD Edibles Take to Work?
The effects of edibles will be felt after 45 minutes or even after one hour.
This is because the edible will first need to pass through the digestion and liver enzymes before being released into the bloodstream. Once in the blood, the cannabinoids will travel to the relevant cannabinoid receptors.
How Long will Tinctures Last?
Effects from tinctures can last anything between 1 – 3 hours.
Are the Effects from CBD Oil Tinctures Instantaneous?
If you place the drops under your tongue and hold them there for at least 45 seconds, then yes, the effects will be almost immediate. This is because there are blood vessels located beneath the tongue and these act as sponges, absorbing the tincture directly into the bloodstream. The entire oil and all the cannabinoids are therefore available for use. And this is what is known as a high level of bioavailability.
Is CBD Safe for Kids?
This question is often asked due to the association of ‘getting high’ from cannabis. Once you understand that THC and CBD are two different compounds, then you can understand why CBD is considered safe for children.
CBD does not have any mind-altering, psychoactive properties and even binds to different receptors than THC. The effects of CBD are often so subtle that they are not felt from the beginning.
Due to the stigma that has surrounded CBD and cannabis in general over the past several decades, minimal studies have been done to assess the use of CBD for children. The initial research reports were based on anecdotal reports from parents who, exasperated with the ineffectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs, turned to the natural option of using CBD.
One of the most important references to make in answer to this question is to indicate the report prepared by the World Health Organization. In the investigative report, it is stated that CBD has an excellent safety profile and has no risk for public-health-related issues.
Always speak with your healthcare professional if you want to administer CBD to your child. Even if your doctor is not open to this option, he or she will be able to enlighten you to the possible side effects involved, especially if your child is already on pharmaceutical medication.
Safety is More than Just THC-related
However, when you are looking for a CBD oil to administer to your child with ADHD, then you may want to follow up and ensure that the contents hold the specific compounds that the label says. In fact, this is true for everyone looking for a CBD oil. Always verify the contents of the CBD oil by reviewing the third party lab reports.
Are there Any Side Effects TO CBD?
In 2018, the WHO released a statement on CBD. In this statement, the organization made it clear that no severe health risks are stemming from CBD. However, in some cases some mild form of the following side effects could be experienced:
– Dry mouth
When looked at in comparison to conventional pharmaceutical drugs given to treat ADD and ADHD, these potential side effects pale in comparison.
Before we move on, we will address one question that is probably lingering in your mind…
Does CBD oil get you high?
It is important to address this fear that may be lingering in your mind; can CBD make me high? The answer is no.
CBD does not contain any psychoactive properties, and will not be able to cause any psychoactive response. This is the predominant reason for the surge in popularity for CBD products, as well as its impressive safety profile.
Yes, cannabidiol is derived from cannabis. But does that make it simultaneous with getting high? No, it does not.
CBD is one of many cannabinoids that can be derived from the cannabis plant. It does not contain the properties, and therefore the ability, to cause a psychoactive response. If your CBD contains THC, then you could experience a high.
However, the majority of CBD oils on the market do not contain THC at all, and this information can be easily located on the label, the website, and even on third-party lab testing reports that most reputable companies make easily accessible.
The Last Word on Using CBD to Treat ADD/ADHD Effectively
While there have been no large-scale clinical trials to add fuel to the fire that CBD is an excellent treatment option for ADD/ADHD, there is a wealth of small scale studies and anecdotal reports. These are all indicative of a highly promising, natural treatment option for children and adults suffering from neurological disorders, including attention deficit disorders.
Despite the overwhelmingly positive evidence, due to the lack of large-scale studies, no ‘official’ claim can be made regarding the effectiveness of using CBD to treat these disorders.
Yes, there is still a long road ahead in terms of research and investigate studies, but the correlation between the powerhouse cannabinoid, CBD, and the brain’s internal communication systems (neurological systems) associated with ADD/ADHD is a clear indication that this is a promising treatment option.
If you are considering using CBD to treat ADD/ADHD, the most critical thing for you to do lies in selecting the right oil. While you may not be able to control every single aspect of the CBD product you want to purchase, it is critical that you select a high-quality CBD oil from a supplier you can trust. In this way, you will be able to safely determine the outcomes of using cannabidiol for ADD/ADHD, whether for yourself or for a loved one.
When most people think about CBD edibles, often the first thing that springs to mind is that legendary batch of hash cakes that someone baked in their teenage years. Although you probably got a good dose of CBD – and THC to boot – this isn’t quite the effect that most people want from their CBD edibles.
Edibles have moved on. They are no longer brimming with THC. They come in an array of forms. They are legal in a lot of places and can be bought in shops. In fact, CBD edibles have very little in common with those hash brownies that you tried with your friends when you were younger.
CBD edibles are all the rage. We are seeing more and more edibles coming into the market in increasingly imaginative ways, and even cannabis restaurants opening up as the world’s love affair with the plant grows. According to BDS Analytics, the broad CBD edibles market grew by 36%, and high end CBD edibles grew by a staggering 110% last year.
The Difference Between CBD Edibles and Hash Cakes
One of the biggest differences between the old-fashioned hash cake and CBD edibles is what’s in them.
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the compounds or cannabinoids which is found in the Cannabis plant. It can be extremely beneficial to our general health and well-being, and scientists are very excited about its medicinal potential. You can get a better understanding of how CBD can benefit people by watching this video.
Importantly, although CBD can have a positive effect on the human brain, it won’t make you high.
THC (or Tetrahydrocannabinol) on the other hand, is another cannabinoid in the Cannabis plant. Although THC also has great potential for medicinal purposes, as explained by Cannabis experts, Leafly, it is also the compound in marijuana that makes you feel high. It is THC which is illegal in a lot of places (although not all). But what is important, is that CBD edibles don’t usually contain THC.
Over the years, some strains of the cannabis family have been specifically cultivated to contain very low levels of THC. This is called industrial hemp and, with THC levels of under 0.2%, it is legal in Europe, the USA and many other counties around the world. Most CBD edibles are made from industrial hemp, but of course, it is important to check your local laws before you go buying them.
What are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles have given people who want to take CBD an increasing number of options of how to take it. They are usually made from industrial hemp, meaning that the levels of THC are very low or none at all. Of course, it is worth remembering that in places where THC is legal, you might be able to find CBD edibles which do contain THC.
It is possible to make your own CBD edibles, but there are also now many out there and available to buy. Whether you enjoy having something to chew, chocolate or drinking tea, there are many ways that you can get your dose of CBD.
So, if you’re thinking about trying out some CBD edibles, here is everything that you should know before trying them.
A great way to consume CBD
Consuming CBD through edibles is becoming increasingly popular and offers you options that you don’t have with other delivery methods. It can be more discreet than smoking, taste nicer than drops and give you absolute control over your dosage.
People take CBD for a number of reasons. For some people it is to help to keep them healthy and feeling well, other people take it to help them feel calmer, or others to take the edge of pain.
There are a number of ways to consume CBD – most commonly through vaporising through a vape pen, under the tongue drops or sprays, capsules or eating a CBD edible. There is no right or wrong way to take CBD, but for many people, CBD edibles are their preferred method for different reasons.
More social than vaping
Although vaping isn’t bad for your health like smoking there is still a stigma to it and there are still situations where you cannot or would rather not ‘smoke’. CBD edibles offer a good alternative to vaping.
Some people would prefer not to inhale vapour or do something that resembles smoking just because they don’t like or because they have respiratory issues. Vaping produces, well, vapour which can draw attention to you, which is also a problem for some people. CBD edibles are much more discreet as you can just pop it in and start munching.
Another problem with vaping is that there are many places where vaping isn’t allowed. This means that you will have to go outside to get your CBD. Not so with edibles – you can chew on a CBD gummy wherever you are, whenever you want.
Tastier than drops
Anyone who has tried under the tongue CBD drops can testify that they have a unique and distinct taste. Although sub-lingual drops are a very effective way to consume CBD, the taste can be off-putting.
A lot of people who have tried sublingual drops or spray find the earthy, ‘green’ taste of the hemp extract unpleasant. Although a lot of them persevere, knowing that it is doing them good, why put up with it when you don’t have to?
CBD edibles can be just as effective as under the tongue drops, whilst being more pleasant to take. With CBD edibles the taste of CBD is completely covered by the other ingredients, so whether you want to chew some CBD chewing gum, munch on a CBD protein bar or sup on a CBD coffee, edibles are a good alternative to drops or sprays.
Easy to Swallow
Some people have trouble with or don’t like swallowing large tablets or capsules for whatever reason. By eating CBD edibles, a lot of people find it much easier to ingest their CBD.
It can be difficult for some people to swallow pills or capsules for a number of reasons. Edibles allow you to ‘eat’ the CBD as opposed to gulp it down, meaning that it can be easier for these people to take.
Sometimes you might be out of the house and somewhere that you can’t find a drink to take your capsules with. And we all know how difficult it is to take pills without any water. So, by having your CBD in an edible form, you can have it on hand for a top up of your CBD wherever you are.
CBD Edibles give a Longer Lasting Effect
Generally, CBD edibles are swallowed, and the CBD enters the bloodstream through the digestive system. Although this takes a bit longer to come into effect than some other delivery methods, it can stay in your system for longer.
Unless you are chewing on CBD gum or sucking on a CBD lolly, when you eat a CBD edible, it passes through the digestive system in what’s known as gastrointestinal intake. Unlike vaping or absorption through the gums which have a very quick effect, the CBD from edibles which are eaten can take between one and two hours to take effect.
The effect of edibles will also stay in your blood stream for longer, and so last for more time than CBD which has been taken by other methods. The CBD from edibles will usually last for up to around eight hours.
CBD Edibles can be Calming
Although CBD cannot be officially prescribed for people who suffer from anxiety, there are a lot of people who say that it helps them to stay calm. CBD edibles mean that you can take your CBD discreetly throughout the day or when it is needed.
Scientists report that CBD has anxiolytic properties, which means that it can be used to reduce anxiety and make people calmer. Some people struggle with anxiety from the moment that they wake up until when they go to bed, and others get more anxious in certain situations.
CBD edibles can be taken whenever or wherever you need a top up of CBD, without anyone knowing. This means that you can take it when you wake up, or if you find yourself in a stressful situation which you are finding it difficult to cope with.
CBD Edibles can help with Pain Relief
There is significant evidence from scientists and pain sufferers alike that CBD can help with pain relief. This is through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system as well as its anti-inflammatory properties.
In a similar way to anxiety, people can suffer from pain around the clock, or at specific times. CBD edibles can be taken when you wake up, lasting all day, or at times when you need it the most. You can carry your edibles around and take them whenever you need them, without drawing attention to yourself.
Doctors are very excited about the potential that CBD and other cannabinoids have for pain relief and CBD edibles can be useful in getting the pain relief that you need whenever your body calls for it.
Getting your CBD Dosage Right
It can be difficult to know how much CBD to take, and it can be a bit tricky to adjust dosages with edibles. The packaging should be labelled with precisely how much CBD is included win each edible, meaning that you should be able to calculate the right dosage.
If you know how much CBD you want to be taking, getting the right dosage from CBD edibles is easy. The packaging should tell you exact CBD levels, so you just need to calculate how much of each edible you want to take and start munching.
Edibles should be consistent, meaning that each edible will have the same amount of CBD as the next. Because of the way that it is metabolised, CBD can be more potent when it is eaten compared to other delivery methods, so it is important that you start erring on the lower side if you are not certain to your exact dosage.
It is important to remember that everybody is different and a dosage for one person isn’t going to be same as another. How much and what you have eaten will also have an impact on the amount of CBD that you need.
CBD Edibles give you Exact Dosage and No Wastage
Two of the main benefits to consuming CBD edibles is that you will know exactly how much CBD you have taken, and unlike some other delivery methods, you will get no wastage – unless you don’t eat the whole thing.
Unlike trying to count the number of drops or note how much you have vaped CBD edibles will give you an exact dosage of how much you are taking. In the same way as you understand the dosage in a tablet, the food’s packaging will let you know how much CBD is included. It is therefore important to eat the number of edibles which corresponds to the dosage that you need.
Wastage is another problem for many people who take CBD. By taking edibles, you will use up all of the product, without wasting any.
CBD Edibles have no Long-Term Side Effects
One of the best things about taking CBD is that it is impossible to overdose on and they have only very mild side effects for some people. Even if it is taken in very high doses, the side effects that you might suffer are minimal.
Although you cannot overdose on CBD as such, it can give you some low-key side effects, including fatigue, change in appetite, dizziness and diarrhoea. Compared to chemical medications, however, these are very mild and short-term – as found in a study of CBD side effects by Kerstin Iffland and Franjo Grotenhermen.
This is why it’s important to start off with low doses and gradually increase them until you get to your perfect amount of CBD.
There is a wide range of CBD Edibles to suit everyone’s preferences
As the general public are showing more and more interest in CBD edibles, we are seeing an increasing variety of edibles available.
One of the benefits to taking edibles is that there is a lot of choice and you can choose whichever you prefer. But here are some of the CBD edibles community favourites:
Delicious CBD Gummies
CBD Edible gummies are amongst the most common of edibles. They are chewy sweets which can be found in a range of different strengths and are made by many CBD producers.
Edible CBD gummies are easy to get hold of, competitively priced and an easy and discreet way to consume your CBD. They can be found in an array of different flavours (all, we can safely say have a better flavour than hemp!) but you should check the other ingredients, especially if you are vegetarian, vegan or diabetic.
Are CBD Gummies Safe?
An October 25, 2018 article by Canada Newswires confirms their safety, so even your grandpa can use CBD gummies as “….an excellent way to introduce CBD to an older demographic that is typically wary of cannabis products” (https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/10/25/1626999/0/en/Integrated-Cannabis-Company-Inc-Enters-into-Licensing-Agreement-for-Cannabidiol-CBD-Gummy-Formulation.html). With all the toxic news, political chaos, natural disasters, and stresses of life, why not try CBD Gummies as your personal eye candy?
Luscious CBD Chocolate
CBD chocolate is a trendy and every changing phenomenon with producers continually coming up with something new. It is easy to dose, especially when it is split into small chocolates, and almost always delicious – I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate?
CBD infused chocolate is becoming a firm favourite amongst CBD edibles fans. There are about as many CBD chocolate products on the market as chocolates themselves, but we all have our favourites. Whether you prefer white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate or truffles, there is CBD chocolate to suit all tastes.
CBD chocolates are easy to find and cover a wide price range – from every day prices to chic luxury CBD chocolates. If your chocolate is split into portions, it is very easy to use, delicious and discreet – just make sure you hide them away so that they don’t get taken…
Calming CBD Tea
Making CBD tea isn’t as simple as putting a leaf in hot water. It needs to be made to be water soluble, so buying your CBD tea is usually the easier option. There’s nothing like a nice cup of tea and so CBD tea is a great way to relax and unwind.
There are a range of different CBD tea flavours, which have been chemically changed to enable the CBD to be absorbed into the body. Green tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea and mint tea are all common flavours but which one you want to try, when is down to you.
A cup of CBD tea is the perfect way to add some tranquillity and calm when things are getting too much or at the end of a long day – although they are more effective if you drink them shortly after eating something.
Uplifting CBD Coffee
One of the trendiest of the CBD edibles at the moment is CBD coffee. It means that coffee drinkers can get the energy boost from the caffeine but take on the CBD’s calming properties, making it a favourite amongst cosmopolitan café culture.
There are plenty of trendy cafes which are serving CBD coffee to both office workers and gym goers, to give them a caffeine lift but without the jitters. But you don’t need to worry about going out and finding a café to get your CBD.
If you are into your coffee, there is a range of different CBD coffees available, so you have a good choice of which one you prefer to drink. CBD coffees range from rich, intense coffees from all round the world, to refreshing iced CBD coffees which are chilled in more way than one.
Energy Enhancing CBD Drinks
CBD drinks are all the rage at the moment, with different CBD infused beverages coming out every day. CBD is being added to energy drinks to help athletes in the gym, into soft drinks for everyday CBD intake, healthy drinks like kombucha for general well being and even being made into cocktails.
Whatever your reason for taking CBD, there is a drink to match it. Although this might not be as discreet as other edibles, taking CBD this way is quickly becoming less of a taboo. Make sure that you check the amount of CBD which is included which should be written on the packaging before you take it.
With the increased availability of CBD drinks, you are now increasingly able to buy them whilst you are out and about. This means that you have even more flexibility about where and when you are taking your CBD.
Refreshing CBD Chewing Gum
CBD chewing gum is an excellent, discreet way to get your intake of CBD whilst keeping your breath minty fresh. With CBD chewing gum, you shouldn’t taste even a trace of hemp, and it’s absorbed quickly through the gums and not the digestion system.
Due to the fact that chewing gum isn’t eaten but absorbed through the gums in the mouth (in a similar way to the sub-lingual method), the CBD in chewing gum is absorbed much more quickly than other edibles – as long as you don’t swallow your saliva straight away.
CHD chewing gum is as discreet as chewing any other gum and can be easily carried around in your pocket.
Tasty CBD Protein Bars
CBD protein bars are a firm favourite amongst gym goers and sports enthusiasts. In addition to the health inducing properties of CBD, the protein is also excellent for repairing the muscles after a workout as advised by the British Nutrition Foundation.
Many people munch on a protein bar after a workout to help replace lost energy and repair muscles. CBD is also known to be useful for athletes as it can help with the regulation of blood sugar levels, stamina and looking after the muscles.
It is easy to keep a protein bar in your bag, giving you flexibility over when and where you take it, and you certainly won’t feel out of place tucking into your protein bar after a workout.
For whatever reason you want to take CBD, there are many ways that you can do so. The good thing about edibles compared to some of the other methods is that they can be a pleasant, fun and discreet way to take your CBD.
CBD can be especially useful for people who are suffering from pain and anxiety, taking the edge of things and making life easier, and CBD edibles offer an easy and accurate option. It is also becoming increasingly popular amongst sports people and trendy office workers who see CBD not as a taboo, but a way to get great results both in the gym and at work.
There is a wide range of CBD edibles available today – and a range that keeps on widening as producers find new and more effective ways of getting the CBD into foods, and then enabling it to be absorbed into your system. Some of the CBD edibles of the future include CBD beer, honey and peanut butter. Remember to check the label to find out how much CBD is present in each serving, and to make sure that there is no THC there.
Although there are no adverse side effects to taking CBD edibles, it is important that if you want to start taking CBD, you talk to your doctor first, before trying it, especially if you are taking any medications. This is because CBD can affect the way that your body metabolises medication, meaning that it can change the speed of it becoming effective as well as its potency.
As we look into the future of CBD it appears that edibles are going to play a huge part. By making it easier and more comfortable for people to take, we will be seeing more and more people able to enjoy the benefits that CBD gives them.
When you are choosing which CBD edibles to try, you should be thinking about finding the edible at the right strength for you. After that, the choice is yours to pick whichever looks tastiest to you. Remember, you don’t have to try all of them, but why not give some of them a go and find out which is your favourite?
It’s likely you’ve heard of CBD or hemp oils in the news by now. CBD oil has emerged as the go-to medicine for a wealth of health problems. But is it as effective as its popularity? CBD for epilepsy is a hot topic that’s finally being backed by research and the FDA. As an alternative to conventional pharmaceuticals, CBD for seizures offers a plant-based remedy for a debilitating condition. Rather than suffer through the physical and financial strain of pharmaceutical treatments, CBD oil for epilepsy might be the alternative solution you’ve been searching for.
What is CBD oil?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, an element of the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike its cousin THC, CBD doesn’t produce a high. It’s more like the vitamins within fruit compared to the sugars. While you get both from whole fruit, extracting one or the other individually offers completely different results. CBD provides tons of health benefits (like vitamins), but the research is particularly sound on epilepsy relief.
What does CBD oil do?
Science has recently uncovered an endocannabinoid system within the human body. Similar to other regulatory processes, this system controls pain management, sleep, appetite, and other aspects of cognition. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural, external source of cannabinoids from plants. Much like mood regulation medicine, melatonin, or vitamins do for health, taking CBD adds to the already-existing cannabinoid content within the body. From there, a domino effect begins within the body, maintaining a healthy level of nervous function useful in seizure treatment.
CBD and Hemp Oil for Seizures
The FDA took a major step in legitimizing hemp oil for epilepsy in June of 2018 by approving it specifically for treatment of seizures. While you can get CBD oil from marijuana, that will probably contain too much THC, and therefore not be a true medicinal treatment.
The strain of cannabis sativa known as hemp must contain less than 0.3% of THC in order to legally be classified by the FDA as hemp, and thus a viable treatment for seizures.
However, the FDA recommendation only applies to seizures from Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, not other types of epilepsy.
While research is ongoing towards its efficacy as an anticonvulsant in other cases of epilepsy, these two have shown statistically significant reductions in seizure severity and frequency.
In short, CBD reacts with our body’s natural endocannabinoid system to affect pain sensation, sleep, mood, and more. Most importantly, the endocannabinoid effect mitigates the frequency of epileptic seizures, especially in Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome. We’ll discuss those issues, and other ways CBD oil for epilepsy can be applied, in more detail below.
What are Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome?
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is an epileptic disorder starting in childhood. Those suffering have famously difficult to control seizures, as LGS is characterized by varying seizure types and resulting physical and cognitive problems.
Science continues to search for the best form of treatment, often combining multiple types of pharmaceuticals. Therefore, the efficacy of CBD oil in treatment is highly encouraging.
Dravet syndrome follows a similar path to LGS, beginning in early childhood and affecting quality of life through adulthood. In contrast, seizures from Dravet can be triggered by fevers, leaving parents and children alike fearful of the common cold.
As another developmental disorder, Dravet syndrome can also have lifelong consequences such as learning and behavioral difficulties.
Any parent on the fence about using CBD oil for their child’s epileptic seizures should watch this inspiring YouTube video of one child’s success story.
While this is fantastic news in the progression of treatment of epileptic disorders, it does beg the question:
Does CBD Oil Work for Adults with Epilepsy?
Seizures arise from volatile electrical firing in the brain. This unpredictable neuronal activity results in uncontrollable physical movements and mental states, AKA seizures.
Anticonvulsant pharmaceuticals typically work by slowing down this excitatory nerve activity. CBD oil has shown an overall reduction in seizure frequency in adult patients with positive results, although it’s not exactly clear why.
Research is continuing to study the anticonvulsant properties of CBD oil and its interaction with the endocannabinoid system. For now, CBD oil has been shown to modulate the frequency and severity of seizures in adults and children with epilepsy, and research continues to search for the exact mechanism of action.
Can CBD Stop Nocturnal Seizures?
Sufferers from nocturnal seizures know that 90% or more of seizures occur while sleeping. While they can occur while awake, these seizures typically come from changes in electrical activity while asleep, such as transitioning from waking to stage 1 and 2 of sleep.
Cannabinoids have been shown to improve sleep onset, meaning they can induce fatigue and smooth the transition from waking to sleeping. That, combined with CBD’s ability to calm electrical activity in the brain, provides a solid theoretical treatment for nocturnal seizures.
If CBD oil can improve sleep quality, especially in early stages, increase benefits of REM sleep, and keep electrical activity closer to normal, that shows a lot of promise for treatment of nocturnal seizures. However, more research is necessary to confirm it as a definitive cure.
Hemp Oil for pets with Epilepsy
If you’re a pet parent to an animal with epilepsy, you might be looking for an alternative to pharmaceutical treatment. The veterinary costs of treating an animal with epilepsy are outrageous, especially without insurance. But no animal-lover wants to see their little one suffer through the throes of a seizure. So it might seem like expensive pharmaceutical care is your only option.
Fortunately, there’s an alternative emerging in the use of CBD. One of the most promising and scientifically-based used of CBD oil lies in treating seizures.
In animals as well as humans, long-term CBD oil use can quell the violent electrical issues that bring upon epileptic seizures. Furthermore, CBD doesn’t have the negative side effects that come with traditional seizure medication in pets.
We have to be clear, though: dosage will vary tremendously from that in a human. After all, your animal is at least ½ of your size (unless, say, you have an epileptic horse). Check in with your veterinarian about dose-specific treatment for your pet’s condition.
How Does CBD Oil Stop Seizures?
The general idea is CBD oil interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain to relieve pain associated with epilepsy. By preventing the transmission of sensory pain, it can alleviate some of the symptoms. It’s anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective qualities also act as preventive measures.
That doesn’t explain how it reduces seizure frequency, however. In 2016, a study looked at CBD administration during the chronic phase of seizure could induce antioxidant defense. This protective measure facilitated the autophagy pathway in their epilepsy model to significantly diminish seizure scores.
All in all, hemp oil from CBD works as an antioxidant, neuron protector, pain modulator, and anti-inflammatory treatment to keep homeostasis in the brain.
Using Hemp for Seizures as an Anticonvulsant
Interest in using the anticonvulsant properties of CBD for epilepsy goes all the way back to the 80’s. A study from the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 1981 showed therapeutic potential in grand meal, complex partial, and cortical focal seizures in mice. Unfortunately, as we know, illegality in marijuana usage severely stymied research in to cannabis until recently.
Flash forward to present day, and we find more and more studies confirming the anticonvulsant properties of CBD. The neuroprotective qualities of CBD oil yield an effective preventive treatment for epilepsy. A study in PeerJ even went so far as to test the molecular efficacy of CBD’s anticonvulsant properties. They concluded that the qualities aren’t just limiting behavioral seizures, but transforming the molecules within the brain.
Can you mix phenobarbital and CBD oil?
CBD oil effects an enzyme responsible in the metabolism of various pharmaceutical drugs, including phenobarbital. Therefore, concern has arisen about mixing the two treatment modalities.
Phenobarbital is classified as a barbiturate, causing a depression of the body’s nervous systems through increasing activity of the GABA inhibitory neurotransmitter. This results in a slowing down of bodily functions such as heart rate, lower blood pressure, consciousness, and temperature.
While this is generally a good thing during an out-of-control seizure, it could be a negative side effect otherwise. Phenobarbital and other barbiturates have also been associated with abuse and increased suicide risk. As CBD doesn’t have these effects, it might be a better option for some.
Mixing the two has shown no real reports of increased side effects or issues. In fact, one study claimed it could actually enhance the anticonvulsant properties of phenobarbital. Granted, this was in 1977, and science has advanced since then. But it still suggests that they’re generally safe to take together.
To be completely safe, any new medication or dietary intervention with the goal of stopping seizures (or any serious medical condition) should always be under the guidance of a doctor. So far, the general consensus is that it’s fairly safe to mix the two. However, the research of CBD usage is very new, so proceed with caution, control dosage, and monitor response and reactivity.
CBD Oil dosage and more
Dosage of CBD oil depends on the quality and purity of the oil being given. As with anything, consultation with a medical professional is paramount, especially when dealing with epilepsy.
For low-dosage initiation in children, the general recommendation is to start around 0.5 mg/kg each day. That means, if your child weighs 30 kg, you’d give 15 mg each day. Again, this is just a recommended starting point, and doctors may agree to a steady increase over time.
Adults can start at a low dosage of 25 mg/day with increases by 25 mg every two weeks to treat epilepsy. Heavier or larger adults may want to begin at a higher dose, and each individual’s specific needs will vary.
Ways to Administer CBD Oil – Which one is for you?
CBD Products differ in their absorption depending on their method of administration. For epilepsy, the best results tend to come from sublingual administration, or by droplets of CO2 extracted oils underneath the tongue. These vials of hemp oil for epilepsy come with pre-measured droppers so you can manage your dosage accurately.
If that doesn’t appeal to you for whatever reason, the following are other ways to take CBD Oil:
- Sublingually – preferred way of treatment for epilepsy from hemp oil drops, concentrates or tinctures. Fast absorption, moderate duration of action.
- Oral administration (not sublingual) – capsules/pills and edibles. Much slower absorption as it goes through the digestive tract, but longest duration of action.
- Vaping – absorption through the lungs, fastest way to get CBD in to the system as it goes directly into the bloodstream, but consequently the shortest duration of action.
Discuss your options with your primary care physician before beginning treatment of any kind. They will be able to guide you to a more specific treatment plan and method of application.
If you or your child suffers from epilepsy, it might be worth your time and money to invest in CBD oil for seizures. It’s absolutely the one benefit of CBD that’s heavily backed by science.
The main reason to invest in CBD hemp oil for seizures comes with its strong effect on minimizing seizure frequency and intensity with little side effects. Especially now that this treatment is backed by the FDA, you can be assured that all appropriate measures have been taken on its safety.
For long-term maintenance, sublingual administration is recommended daily to build up concentration of cannabinoids in your system. Yet for those who want to manage acute flare-ups, you might want to try vaping as well. It acts the quickest and can alleviate immediate symptoms to calm nervous activity.
CBD oil’s promise for the future of epilepsy treatment proves to be reliable in managing and hopefully omitting seizures long-term. Finally, it’s much cheaper than traditional pharmaceutical interventions. Save your wallet at the same time you save your health, and invest in CBD today.
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