CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of the phytocannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp.
It affects a body system found in mammals called the endocannabinoid system. This is the system that regulates the way you perceive mood, sleep quality, appetite and ability to feel pain.
People often confuse CBD with the compound THC. THC is the active chemical in some plants of the cannabis family that gives you a high or produces a hallucinogenic effect. CBD does not produce the psychoactive effects as THC and is not present in high enough levels to cause symptoms in hemp-based products. All Greenpath™ products contain less than 0.3% THC.
There is still much to learn. The long-term effects of CBD have not been extensively studied and the mechanisms by which it interacts with the body are not well known. For some, there may be side effects that can cause other health-related issues like a drop in blood pressure or a slowing of digestion. For most, however, CBD has been deemed safe and is now available over the counter following the deregulation of hemp products, nationwide in 2018.
Important CBD Measurement Considerations
Here are four questions to ask yourself when deciding how much CBD oil or hemp oil to take:
- The potency of the product
Potency, or concentration, is the first thing to consider when looking at CBD. Potency concentrations are typically expressed in milligrams per container. They typically range from 250mg CBD per ounce up to 2500mg per ounce. However, many CBD oils are mislabeled and the concentration levels not expressed accurately, therefore the trustworthiness of the producer is paramount. The potency of CBD required to treat various presenting issues is individualized however adding to confusion is that most concentrations are expressed in mg whereas most quantity measurement devices are expressed in ML.
- Your size
Your weight, your muscle to fat ratio and metabolic rate will all have an effect on how CBD works with your body. Larger bodies will need a higher dose than those with smaller bodies. Those with a higher metabolic rate require higher concentrations and more frequent intake.
Consistency is important however tolerance to CBD oil may develop over time. While you may need a smaller quantity at first, you may need to increase the amount you take over time to receive the effect you desire.
- Your wellness goal
The amount you need to take is directly related to the goal you want to achieve
The Best CBD Oil Measurement
Best measurement typically begin with two factors, your weight and your desired level of effect.
- Typically, people weighing 130 pounds or less can take 6-10mg for mild effects, 10-15mg for moderate effects, and 15-25mg for stronger effect.*
- Typically, those weighing 130-200 pounds can take 15-20mg for mild effects, 25-30mg for medium effects and 30mg or 40mg for a stronger effect.*
Additional factors to consider include the source, purity of the oil. Timing and quantity methods can also affect how CBD works best for you.
When experimenting to find the best quantity, it is recommended to begin at lower range and incrementally work your way up every 2 or 3 days to the level that works for you. Be consistent in the timing, generally is morning, noon and bedtime works well for most people.*
Measuring with Different Types of CBD Products
Tinctures and Oils
Oils and tinctures can provide the most accurate measurement and they pass into the bloodstream at the fastest rate when taken sublingually (dripped under the tongue). Blood vessels are close to the surface of the tissue therefore when administered under the tongue, the CBD passes quickly into the bloodstream and effects last 3-4 hours on average.
Vape oils are inhaled from a specialized pen designed to aerosolize the oil. You need special cartridges to fill and place in the pen for each quantity. The effect is almost instant and can last for about an hour. Your concentration and the amount of time you hold the vapor before exhaling will have an effect on this duration.
Many food-based products and gummies have added CBD and hemp oil. Edibles may take an hour before any effects are first felt. Many companies do not provide accurate concentration levels and quantities are not always easy to calculate. Additionally, it’s not certain how the digestive system absorbs and assimilates the CBD.
These products allow you to apply CBD directly to your skin. Consumers use these lotions, balms and salves to achieve a localized effect. However, there is question whether the active ingredients ever find their way into the endocannabinoid body system.
Can You Take Too Much CBD?
CBD does not interact with the brain region that controls respiration. As a rule, cannabinoid compounds are not addictive. That said, It has not been thoroughly researched if these products have long term effects.
Synthetic CBD products or reactions with unlisted ingredients is an important factor of typical problematic issues.