Figuring out how to use CBD oil can be tough, especially for first time users. Having a clear understanding of these types of products will go a long way in determining their potential impact on your body.
CBD may come in different forms ranging from vapes, tinctures, gummies, oils, infused foods, and drinks. For clarity, these products are placed into different categories known as edibles, tinctures, oils, breathable or vapes, and topicals.
These forms of CBD products have their own unique qualities that makes them best suited for specific occasions. For example, using CBD oil for joint pain is going to be different than using products for anxiety management.
Makes sense, right?
Most users find it hard to understand how to use products for effective results hence the need for this article. In this article, we will focus on how to use CBD and the possible effects these products have on your body. These effects include:
- bioavailability (amount of CBD in your blood stream)
- pros and cons of using gummies vs. drops
- how to use these products in the most effective manner
Bioavailability of CBD Products
Bioavailability, as the name implies, refers to the concentration of a substance that is present in the blood and ready to interact with the cannabinoid receptors. In other words, it can be described as the total concentration of a compound the body absorbs after administration. The level of bioavailability differs from one mode of administration to the other.
CBD gummies are classified as edibles with a bioavailability of 6-19%, while drops are classified as tinctures with a bioavailability of more than 20%, depending on the body chemistry. All orally ingested products must pass through the liver, where they are broken down to release CBD and other cannabinoids.
It’s this first-pass metabolism that reduces the overall bioavailability of the compounds since most of them are lost before reaching the blood.
If all of this confuses you, just remember: if you swallow something it will typically lose a large portion of the nutrients from being digested. That’s it!
How to Use CBD Drops vs. CBD Gummies
CBD drops and gummies (often classified as tinctures or edibles) exhibit some differences which we’ll discuss below:
Time It Takes to Kick In
Drops, like oils and tinctures, produce a faster and greater effect when compared to gummies. Taking CBD drops involves placing the oil under the tongue, and holding there for 30 seconds before swallowing (see more: sublingual administration).
Products administered sublingually have a higher bioavailability when compared to orally ingested products like oils and gummies. The sublingual vein, under the tongue, makes it easier for CBD to interact and bypass the first pass effect. This makes it easier for drops administered sublingually to access the bloodstream and produce effects.
Many different prescription drugs have a sublingual form because it’s so effective.
Strength and Serving Sizes
The accuracy of your dosing determines your overall effect. When compared to other edibles like teas and infused drinks, information from research shows that CBD oils and tinctures provide a more accurate means of dosing thanks to droppers.
Droppers come with accurately labeled lines that show how many mL you are drawing into the dropper. If your drops come with an unlabeled dropper, please do not use it. There is no way to accurately measure the proper dosage.
To obtain the best result from your CBD drops, it is recommended that you follow the instructions on the label.
Using a dropper is very simple. All you need to do is reference the markings on it and measure your oil. Simply squeeze the dropper and release it in the bottle to fill it.
Since gummies come with a pre-determined amount of hemp extract, they are easier to dose. They generally have the most exact measurement of concentrations, along with capsules or pills.
While a single gummy can have more than 20mg of CBD per gummy, CBD drops usually come in a small dose of CBD ranging from 1-4mg per drop. Always give your body time to properly digest CBD gummies before going for another dose. Most people report feeling the effects from CBD edibles within 30-45minutes after eating them.
Ease of Use
CBD products are not hard to use, at all. Please keep this in mind. That said, it is normally easier to use CBD gummies since they come with a pre-determined CBD concentration per servings. All you need to do is to purchase edibles that have the exact amount of CBD you’re looking for per gummy.
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It is recommended that you use CBD gummies if you want the following;
- Don’t mind chewing
- Want a delayed effect
- Have a hard time dealing with the smell and taste of oils
Although the drops are more effective and kick in quicker, they can be harder to use. Not everyone prefers the drops. That’s just fine, too!
You can settle for CBD drops if you are interested in
- Mixing your CBD with something else like soups, smoothies, or coffees
- Can withstand holding the liquid in your mouth for up to 1 minute
- Want something that works fast
Gummies are also easier to carry around. Users don’t have to deal with the stress of keeping the bottle from breaking, or leaking.
CBD tinctures, oils, and other drops are formulated with carrier oils that promote the solubility of CBD. The presence of these carrier oils may give the product an unpleasant taste that many users find hard to deal with. These carrier oils include but are not limited to: olive oil, hemp seed oil, and MCT oil.
New Phase Blends uses organic MCT oil as a carrier oil. MCT oil is high in very healthy fatty acids, and is normally tasteless. For this reason, we are able to use organic, essential oils for flavoring. We do not overpower any products with flavoring, because we just don’t believe in adding all of that extra stuff. It simply isn’t needed in our products.
Most people enjoy the flavors we offer: natural mint, or citrus.
How to Find a Good CBD Dosage
Before we dive into how we can effectively CBD droppers and gummies, it is important we understand how to determine the best dosage for our body type and condition. Studies show that CBD products seem used by people mostly to treat chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and insomnia.
It is also very important to pay special attention to your weight or size.
Our ability to metabolize substances is dependent on our size and age; that is why Body Mass Index is a determining factor when prescribing any medication. It has been recommended that users take between 2-6mg of CBD per bodyweight depending on the strength of the dosage (see the next section for a more detailed explanation).
The last part of determining your CBD dose is to focus on the type of product. Remember, products are available as tinctures, oils, edibles, gummies, vapes, and topicals. The concentration differs from one form of administration to the other, and it is important that you determine which products work best for you.
If you are new to CBD, most people will start with a 1,000mg tincture, or 20-30mg gummies. New and experiences users alike enjoy topical balms as well.
Start with the lowest possible dose to get an effect, and work your way up from there.
Different Levels of Strength & Dosages
CBD dosage is divided into three main levels:
- Mild dosage:
This is the lowest possible concentration of CBD. It is the best for people who are trying it out for the first time, or people with mild symptoms. It comes in handy in preventing health challenges, can boost the immune system, maintain internal balance above all, keep your body active. This is usually around 15-33mg of CBD per serving, depending on body weight.
- Regular dose:
Regular, or mid-range, doses are preferable for people dealing with conditions like allergies, mild inflammations, loss of appetite, stress, minor aches, anxiety, and depression. The ideal serving size is 33-65mg per serving. Again, keep your body weight in mind. If you are smaller, stick to the lower end of this range.
- Strong dose:
This is the highest possible concentration of CBD commonly utilized for chronic conditions like extreme anxiety, epileptic seizures, cancer, tumors, and chronic pain. The ideal concentration here is 65mg-100mg per serving. This is suitable for experienced users, or those with severe symptoms.
How to Use CBD Drops
Using these drops is quite simple. You just squeeze the drops under your tongue, and hold there for at least 60 seconds. This allows your sublingual vein to disperse the CBD oil into your bloodstream, rapidly.
Identify Your Dosage
See the section above for information on how to determine your basic CBD dosage.
After determining your dosage, it is recommended that you experiment with doses at this serving size until you find relief. Remember that all CBD products don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach; thus, may require a personalized approach in order to find true relief. As I mentioned earlier, start with the lowest effective dose and work your way up from there.
2. Find the CBD per Serving Size
It is one thing to calculate your CBD dosage and another thing to determine how much CBD is in a product’s serving size.
Calculating the best dosage for drops is very easy. Remember, we have already established that the basic dose of CBD ranges from 15-35mg per serving. Always use the formula below to find the real serving size.
Also keep in mind that the serving size is usually located on the label of your product. If it isn’t, I would highly recommend not using that brand.
Let’s calculate the quantity per serving for a CBD oil with a concentration of 1000mg in a 30mL bottle:
Quantity per serving = 33mg/ml
This means each milliliter of this CBD product will contain 33mg.
This is towards the high end of the mild dose. If you want to use closer to 15mg, then simply divide 33 in half, and you come up with roughly 16mg, which is close enough.
You would then need to take one half of a mL, since one full mL is 33mg. That’s easy, right?
Our products come with an estimated concentration per serving, taking care of the need to engage in too many calculations.
Our ‘Pure’ drops, for instance, comes with 1000mg or 2000mg concentrations of CBD that allow users to take 1ml orally for 30 days.
The different concentrations allow users to choose the best strength for their personal relief needs.
How to Read Gummy Dosage
Determining the right dose for CBD gummies is very easy.
The concentration of gummies is listed on the bottles to give you an idea that each gummy contains a specified amount of CBD. Our sleep gummies, for instance, comes with a concentration of 45mg of CBD per gummy. One gummy contains exactly 45mg of CBD rich, hemp extract.
Most CBD gummies are taken about once or twice a day, depending on your needs. For instance, our CBD+melatonin for sleep contains 45mg CBD per gummy, which should be administered once at night.
You’ll sleep just fine throughout the night. Even some of the most severe insomniacs have reported finally finding a good night’s sleep after using these.
What about overdosing?
Regardless of your choice of CBD product, it is pertinent to note that there are almost no documented occurrences of overdosing on CBD products. Information from research shows that humans can handle up to 1000mg per day without producing any adverse side effects on the users.
While overdoses are extremely rare, it is not recommended that users go take more than their required dosage. Symptoms of overdosing normally include: severe headaches, diarrhea, and lethargy.
As a caution, CBD should not be administered with prescription medicine without first consulting with your healthcare practitioner. These drugs are metabolized by the Cytochrome P450 enzyme which also determines CBD activity.
A simultaneous administration may lead to the incomplete metabolism of these drugs, thus leading to overdosing or increased dosage.
Conclusion | How to Use CBD
While CBD gummies offer a simple way to get your daily CBD dose without any hassles, the drops are great at producing a more pronounced, and quicker, effect on the users. The first pass effect is responsible for decreasing the effect of the edibles.
The sublingual vein, on the other hand, is responsible for ensuring the drops act quickly.
Please note that no mode of CBD administration is necessarily superior to the other. They are all unique in their ability to provide the therapeutic benefits of the compounds. One just does it at a faster rate.
That about wraps up this comprehensive guide on how to use our products. Be sure to check out our other articles for interesting and useful information on hemp-based products.