Focusing on just one or two or those properties will help you find the best product and dosage quicker. Ask yourself what you want CBD to improve. Do you want emotional support? Do you have a lot of arthritic pain? Are you just curious to see if life is somehow “better” with it? Many people benefit from tracking their progress.
Creating a baseline record will help you judge the effectiveness of your CBD treatment. In order for this little molecule to be effective, it must get to where it’s needed. For most health goals, figuring out the location of CBD’s target will be straightforward. If your target is located anywhere close to your skin or a mucous membrane (ie vagina), you could first try a localized product like a topical or suppository.
Otherwise, CBD needs to travel through your bloodstream to reach its target — whether that’s to your brain, immune system, or other locations. Vaporizers and oral products are best for this purpose. How long CBD works in your body is a balance between how you ingest it and how quickly your body eliminates it.
If you’re looking for immediate, short-term relief, then inhaled products like a vaporizer might be ideal. On the other hand, if you want to maintain steady levels of CBD throughout the day, then an oral product would be more appropriate. Many people benefit from a combination of delivery methods. Here are some examples of how people use CBD products: Anxiety 1-3X daily oral supplement + vape pen as needed Arthritic pain 1-3X daily oral supplement + topical as needed Sleeping Oral supplement a few hours before bedtime (lower doses can energize while higher doses encourage sleep) Sexual pleasure Topical vulva spray as desired Menstrual cramps Vaginal suppository as needed How well each method works varies from person to person, and is influenced by many factors (covered in more detail below) so dosing is a highly individual process.
Try one or two drops of an oral formulation, or a tiny puff off a vaporizer… this will be well below the recommended serving size listed on the product. Then, wait until after the CBD has peaked and is leaving your system before trying a slightly higher dose. Wait at least an hour for vaporizers, and 6+ hours for an oral formula.
Even if you know how much CBD is in each serving, that value only represents the maximum amount that could be entering your body — most of that CBD will never reach your bloodstream or its targets. But there are tricks that can help increase the amount of CBD your body absorbs.
If you’re taking an oral formulation, try holding it under your tongue or swishing it around your mouth before swallowing. For more tips and considerations, read about each ingestion method below. Once you find your optimal CBD method and dosage, be aware that it may change if you switch products.
What’s the best type of CBD to use? Scientists recently discovered that broad-spectrum CBD extracts (from cannabis or hemp plants) are much more effective than so-called “pure” CBD isolates. Researchers think broad-spectrum extracts work better because they contain a variety of molecules that are similar in size and shape to CBD — that all work synergistically together.
That’s more CBD than an entire bottle of Foria Basics, or 60+ suggested servings per day! That said, we recommend speaking with a trusted medical professional before embarking on your CBD journey. Although CBD is generally considered safe, it could lower your blood pressure. CBD can also interfere with your body’s ability to process certain pharmaceutical drugs.
Topical or inhaled products could help minimize this interaction. Types: CBD oil, tonics, edibles, capsules, powder Pathway to targets: When CBD is ingested, it passes through the digestive tract, where it’s absorbed into the bloodstream and travels throughout your body. Time-frame: This is the slowest route for CBD to reach its targets, but also the longest period of time that it’s active.
Best for long-term supplementation. Food. Food affects your body’s ability to absorb CBD, and more cannabinoids are absorbed on a full stomach. CBD is fat-soluble, and consuming with a healthy dose of fats can increase the amount of CBD that reaches your bloodstream 3-fold — which is why Foria Basics contains MCT coconut oil.
Swallowed products are first metabolized by your liver before circulating through your body (first-pass metabolism). If your CBD product contains THC (i. e it’s a “full-spectrum CBD”), it could be converted to 11-hydroxy-THC, which is a strong intoxicant. Many people find that CBD helps counterbalance the “high” associated with THC, but if you are sensitive to THC, look for CBD from a hemp source.