How Much CBD Should I Take?
The world of CBD is so new and is already ever-evolving. With hemp prohibition only recently lifted, the Food and Drug Administration has been slow on the regulation of CBD products. In fact, they just signed off on their first CBD pharmaceutical this year. Therefore, many that are new to CBD products are unsure of how much to use. No need to worry. Let’s break down the question of “How much CBD should I take?”
Will CBD Get Me High?
The biggest concern for new CBD users revolves around the psychoactive stigma surrounding the Cannabis sativa plant. These concerns are why many are so worried about taking CBD properly. While taking the correct serving size for any supplement is pivotal for optimal results, it has nothing to do with intoxication.
The reason for this is that CBD just doesn’t get you high. Just like melanin is the molecule that makes some peoples’ skin appear darker than others and beta-carotene is the molecule in carrots that makes it a healthy food choice for eye health, cannabis has unique molecules in its genetic makeup.
112 phytocannabinoids within Cannabis sativa make this genus of plant extremely unique. Of these 112 plant molecules, there are two that are most synonymous with cannabis.
The first molecule, THC, is the cannabinoid responsible for the ban on cannabis. Derived from the female marijuana plant, THC has psychoactive abilities. When it enters your bloodstream, these compounds react with your cannabinoid receptors and create a high feeling throughout the body.
While THC is predominant in the marijuana plant, it’s barely traceable in Cannabis sativa’s hemp counterpart. Instead, this predominantly CBD-rich plant contains less than 0.3% THC.
Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is a highly regulated product. Any plant matter that contains more than 0.3% THC is deemed marijuana.
Going 0.0% THC with Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil
At 0.3% THC levels, it may leave some to believe CBD oil can get them high. However, with broad spectrum hemp oil, this is not the case. Studies have shown that the 112 phytocannabinoids have a positive effect on each other. As they chemically react with the other phytochemicals, it enhances the overall benefits of the product. This phenomenon is known the world over as the entourage effect.
Due to this scientifically backed theory, companies like Joy Organics use the whole plant when creating their broad spectrum hemp oil. That way you are getting all of the unique phytochemicals found in the leaves and stems.
After the phytochemicals are extracted, Joy Organics determines the chemical compounds present in the mixture. From there, we remove any traces of THC from the product. As a result, you get the maximum benefits of all the other polyphenol-rich chemical compounds without the exposure to any psychoactive compounds from residual THC. Third party lab tests have shown no detectable levels of THC in our products.
Why Use CBD without THC?
There’s a stigma that many CBD products have to shake when it comes to cannabis. Just because a cannabis product doesn’t get you high doesn’t mean that it comes without benefits. The whole reason the healing cannabis movement started wasn’t so everyone can obtain a body high, but because science has shown time and time again that CBD has a wide range of benefits that may help:
- Support joint and muscle function.
- Promote tranquility.
- Support a good night’s sleep.
- Promote healthy skin.
- Support post-workout recovery.
- Promote internal balance.
- Maintain a relaxed mood.
- Maintain overall wellness.
What makes CBD products such a superb all-natural alternative for soothing relief is that cannabinoids have a unique relationship with our body. Beneath layers of skin lies a complex system of synapses, neural tissue and electrons, known as the endocannabinoid system.
Throughout the body lies receptors. These receptors tell the rest of the body that intruders such as free radicals and inflammation are infiltrating the system. They do this by throwing a temper tantrum in the vicinity of the infiltration.
Neural tissues attached to these receptors use their “Call-A-Friend” feature and spill all the bad gossip going on in your body to the endocannabinoid system. Here, the endocannabinoid system interprets the message, puts its spin on it and then relays its version to the brain.
Your brain will then make the final plea to get your attention. It secretes substance P. This protein is ultimately what alerts you that your body is in some way out of balance.
How to Take CBD
There are many ways to supplement with CBD. We will break down the top three. For one, you can take a capsule. This is an easy way to add CBD to your supplement routine. Just throw it in your daily pill case with the rest of your daily regimen and you’re good to go.
Taking CBD softgels is a great way to get time-released benefits of CBD. Joy Organics CBD softgels are formulated using nanoemulsion technology. This blasts CBD into smaller particles than any other CBD product on the market.
Having these tiny particles goes a long way in prolonging the effects of CBD. That’s because fewer cannabinoids are getting burned off by stomach acids in one swoop. As soon as the pill hits your acid and explodes, more little pieces are scattered throughout the atmosphere rather than larger chunks getting burned off right away.
Another favorite way to use CBD is a topical. CBD salves are ideal for those who want to promote healthy skin our support joint and muscle function. That’s because right under the epidermis are those cannabinoid receptors we talked about. That’s right! The skin has its own endocannabinoid system.
Hey, being the largest organ on your body, can you blame it? That’s a lot of ground to cover. Of course, the skin needs the watchful eye of cannabinoid receptors! By using a CBD salve, the cannabinoids penetrate the skin. Since there are cannabinoid receptors right there, the CBD doesn’t need to travel far to start working.
Lastly, you can instantly receive CBD benefits by using oral supplements such as a CBD tincture. Hiding under your tongue is a sensitive skin barrier. When the CBD from the cannabinoids present in a tincture sits in this little pocket below your tongue, the blood vessels on the other side of this thin layer of skin quickly suck up the CBD. This is the fastest way to get your CBD benefits but also means the effects will wear off quicker.
How to Decide on CBD Serving Size
Now that you know the “Who,” What,” “Where” and “Why” of CBD, let’s break down the “How.” How do you choose your ideal serving size of CBD? First, let’s start with the recipient.
When you are taking CBD, you have to keep in mind how large the mammal consuming the product is. For instance, dogs and children are much smaller than grown adults. Therefore, their livers are much smaller. It will take more work for their organs to break down the cannabinoids properly in comparison to a large adult.
This is why Joy Organics has pet treats with a set serving size. You just need to follow the instructions to ensure your dog gets the benefits it deserves. This is especially crucial in the case of pets. Much like dogs have a heightened sense of smell, they also have more sensitive endocannabinoid systems. Therefore, the effects of CBD naturally have a greater potency to dogs. There are no known cases of overdosing with CBD, but too much CBD for your pet may cause some unwanted side effects like diarrhea or excessive sleepiness.
Another consideration is the reason you are supplementing with CBD in the first place. For example, the amount you may wish to take after a particularly tough workout may be larger than someone who supplements with CBD every day to boost overall wellness.
Last, but certainly not least, you want to work your way up. Just like dipping a toe in the water helps build up the nerve of dealing with frigid temperatures, the same goes for CBD serving sizes. Instead of going with high amounts and potentially wasting product when you don’t need to, work your way up to the serving size that is best for you.
When you start using CBD products, try a 5 mg serving. If you feel that 5 mg is sufficient for your needs, then you are good to go. From there, go up 5 mg at a time.
Industry-standard for most single servings of CBD is 10 mg. There is no risk of overdosing on CBD. You may feel a little tired or get dry mouth if you take too much, but there is no recorded instance of a fatal CBD overdose. Therefore, going over 10 mg and realizing you hit your plateau isn’t going to hospitalize you. Just know for the next time that 10 mg is your sweet spot before the benefits start feeling less beneficial.
Keep in mind that your body gets used to things with time and you may not feel the effects of CBD right away. On a related note, there has been no evidence that people who take CBD regularly grow a tolerance to it.
On average, adults use 10 mg supplements 1 to 2 times per day for maximum effectiveness. For those with larger body weights, it’s not uncommon to double the aforementioned daily serving size. Whatever you do, you can enjoy CBD without the risk of overdosing or feeling high!
Todd Smith is Joy Organics Chief Partnerships Officer. With over three decades’ experience in the wellness and nutritional industry, Todd co-founded Joy Organics and works diligently to support small CBD businesses across the country.