How Often Should I Take CBD?

    by Kara Potter / February 13, 2019

    Whether you’ve experimented with taking hemp-based CBD in the past, or if it’s something new to you, you likely have some questions you’d like the answers to. Along with “Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?” and “How much CBD Should I Take?”, one of the most frequently asked questions is “How Often Should I take CBD?”

    If you are seeking relief from conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, you can save time by consulting the Relief Scout questionnaire to receive a customized profile. In fact, this profile will suggest how much CBD and how often in less than one minute!

    Even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to be responsible for creating a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for all supplements, they have not created an RDI for suggested daily CBD servings. This means that it is often up to the individual seeking relief to figure out how often they should consume CBD products. This is not always as straightforward as it may initially seem, as there are many factors to consider.

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    Although consumers often report noticing effects soon after ingesting CBD hemp oil, CBD, like all cannabinoids, can build up in the body and cause an increase in cannabinoid receptors, making the endocannabinoid system more active and more sensitive to stimulation by cannabinoids. It can take a couple of minutes to a couple of hours after use for the real effects of CBD to fully manifest. This of course depends on serving size and method of application, as well as other factors that affect the rate of absorption by the body.

    The perfect CBD relief routine is the one that works best for your individual needs. However, to maintain a regular level of CBD in your system, we strongly suggest a daily CBD supplement regimen. Being consistent with your cannabidiol oil doses maximizes the natural balancing properties of the cannabinoid and the effectiveness of the body’s endocannabinoid system. It’s important to point out that all bodies are different, and no one knows your body as well as you do.

    In that spirit, here a few tips to figure out how often you should take CBD:

    1. Start Low and Go Slow - If you’re unfamiliar with CBD products, start with a low dose and work your way up gradually. You can always take more, but you can never take less than you already have. Rather than taking just 1 serving, space it out by taking smaller doses (microdoses) throughout your day. In fact, some CBD oil users have found that taking a serving of CBD oil 2-3 times a day is even more ideal than once.

    2. Application Is King - Different application methods are also digested differently by the body. As a result, the effects can be perceived differently by way of onset time, level or relief, and/or how long the relief lasts, which of course directly impacts how often you take your CBD.

    Here’s some information about application that can help you decide how often you want to consume CBD:

    • Oral - This is the slowest method for CBD to reach its targets, but also stays active for the longest period of time. Peak bloodstream levels are reported anywhere between 1-6 hours. This means you will likely need to take tinctures, capsules and edibles less frequently than other applications to achieve longer lasting relief.

    • Oral (Buccal) - This application helps CBD enter into your bloodstream faster than swallowing. Under the tongue (sublingual) is generally faster than against the cheek (buccal). However, because most of the CBD will eventually be swallowed, peak bloodstream levels range from 0.5 - 5 hours. You may have to consume it more often than by swallowing the same tincture.

    • Inhalation - This is the quickest way to get CBD circulating through your system, but it also is effective for the shortest period of time. Peak bloodstream levels are within 10 minutes. More frequent application for long term relief will likely be needed, so you’ll have to toke on your vape pen pretty routinely.

    • Topical - Onset time varies greatly, depending on the target. The deeper the targeted area, the longer it will take the CBD to reach it. To maintain a more long term CBD level, combining a topical with an oral CBD supplement is recommended.

    3. Size Does Matter - Both the size of your body (body mass) and your amount of body fat matter when it comes determining how often you should take CBD. If your friend weighs considerably more than you do, chances are you won’t need to take your dose as frequently as they would.

    4. Eat Up! - Studies have shown that fat can help increase the absorption of THC into the body up to three-fold, so either taking your dose on a full stomach or taking it in edible form could help you find the relief you need while consuming CBD less frequently throughout the day.

    5. Condition Counts - If you suffer from anxiety, arthritis, or insomnia, you likely have a much more pressing reason to take CBD than for general health. Depending on the condition, frequency and application can vary wildly. Again, you’ll likely have to experiment to find exactly what works for you, but here are some suggestions:

    • Anxiety - If you suffer from anxiety, try an oral CBD supplement 1-3 times a day, and keep a CBD vape handy for when you need to deal with it quickly.

    • Arthritis - For relief from arthritic pain try an oral CBD supplement 1-3 times a day for general, and use a topical CBD product for more targeted

    • Insomnia - If you’re having trouble falling, and staying, asleep, try taking an oral CBD supplement a few hours before going to bed. A low dose, or a dose close to the time when you try to go to sleep can have an energizing effect, so taking one large serving instead to promote relaxation should do the trick.

    6. Consult a Physician - Before experimenting with any CBD regimen whatsoever always     consult with a licensed physician, especially if you are taking any other medication.

    So there you have it. You now have a few basic recommendations regarding how often you should take CBD courtesy of your friends at Relief Scout. We can’t know your body for you, but these recommendations get you well on your way to developing an introductory CBD regimen. If you’re finally ready to try CBD out, but aren’t ready to fully commit in the long term, try our CBD Starter Pack!

    For a more tailored and specific recommendation, especially if you are seeking relief from conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, consult our expertly crafted Relief Scout questionnaire.

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    Kara Potter

    Kara Potter

    Kara has over 8 years in the corporate world and has shifted her focus to raising awareness of CBD after observing a family member find exceptional relief from it. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters, two dogs, and husband when not advocating for the incredible power of CBD.


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