How to take CBD

Many of our blogs talk about how CBD has a host of distinguishing qualities that can be used to relieve an extensive list of daily conditions; from a viable tool for pain management, to reducing anxiety. If you have decided that CBD is something that you would like to incorporate into your life, finding the best method for you and understanding the correct dosage is crucial to you achieving maximum results. We hope that this blog will help clear up any uncertainties you may have relating to types of products and dosage and set you on track to unlocking CBD’s full potential.

The Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency, who are responsible for ensuring that medicines are safe in the UK, have released a statement endorsing it as a medicine. At Nutrivive, we only partner with carefully selected and ethically approved sources to achieve the highest quality product. We also ensure all our products undergo rigorous testing both in-house and by a trusted third party, to ensure that it complies with UK regulations of containing less than 0.2% THC. 

If you have decided to give CBD a shot, choosing the most suitable product for you is a fundamental step to tackle the condition you wish to treat. A range of CBD products are available, however not all are equal in strength and effectiveness.

CBD oils

The most common and popular option for taking CBD is in oil form. These are taken through dropping the oil under the tongue and letting it soak for around 90 seconds. The reason that it is dropped under the tongue and not swallowed is to allow it to enter your body faster through blood vessels, as opposed to through the digestive system. This method also makes it very easy to measure how much CBD you are taking and thus effectively being able to gauge whether to increase or decrease the amount you need. They are extremely convenient to carry around with you and to administer, making dosing extremely easy. As a bonus, they can come in a variety of flavours. 

CBD topical Creams

Topical creams are another popular way of taking CBD. In addition to acting as a pain management tool and reducing anxiety, they are also particularly effective at treating skin conditions, for example reducing irritation and de-stressing the senses. It is worth mentioning that this method can be slower to take effect due to its low bioavailability, i.e. how quick it takes to enter the bloodstream; therefore, you should apply it generously. A topical CBD cream is available to purchase on our website.

CBD edibles

The marketplace is filling up with CBD edible products, from gummy bears to coffee. Some people prefer this approach to taking CBD due to its convenience of building it into their daily routine of taking other vitamins and medicine. It is important to consider that this may not have as much of an impact as the oils due to it being absorbed in the stomach and, therefore additional factors, such as the digestive system and metabolism, potentially reducing its effectiveness. One study showed that only 13-19% of the CBD consumed through edible capsules reached the bloodstream.

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CBD Dosage

Understanding how much CBD is in the product will set you on the right track to deciding the right dosage. As with most substances, the higher your body mass, the higher the dose you will require. However, if you are recommended a dosage by someone of a similar weight, there is no rule of thumb that will guarantee you will achieve the same results with the same amount. We are all made up differently, therefore our body chemistry and the severity of the condition that you are trying to treat can also be contributing factors and, as a result, a degree of trial and error to find what works for you is required.

Our products differ in strength, ranging from 1000mg to the strongest at 3000mg. If you are just starting out with CBD, we would recommend the 1000mg strength and putting 2-3 drops under the tongue morning and night. From there, you can start to increase gradually until you reach a point where you feel the best results.

Overall, the benefits of CBD are undeniable, however it is important to find the product that works best for you. Perhaps it is the convenient and fast-acting oils, or even the topical creams. Either way, the bottom line is that finding the product that suits you and making sure you are correctly dosing can be a minefield and we are here to help you with any questions and doubts you may have. To calculate exactly how much CBD you will need Check out our CBD dosage guide.

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