Taking CBD should be considered an every day process to build up your cannabinoid system; not a quick, one-shot application. Taking CBD as a supplement is more of a marathon and less of a sprint. Your consistent, daily serving of CBD is very important.
New users are recommended to take 5 to 10 mg daily at first, as this is the typical small serving size for an adult. Depending on your metabolism, body weight, and desired effects and you can always "up" the serving size after that as your body gets accustomed to it.
CBD has maximum efficiency when used consistently, much like a daily multivitamin supplement. This effect is due to the fact that it takes a while for your body to adjust to the chemical compounds found in CBD. As there are no psychoactive or dangerous components present in most CBD, you can safely "up" your serving size to find the optimal concentration for you.
If you are a beginner, a tried and true approach is to start off with 1 or 2 mg of CBD taken daily for a week. If you don’t feel strong benefits after that, you double the serving size and repeat for another week until you find that sweet spot.
CBD tinctures are one of the most popular and arguably the most versatile form of CBD. There are numerous CBD concentration tinctures to choose from, and all of them are particularly easy to use. Tinctures trump all other types of CBD products in terms of serving size precision as you can easily increase or decrease your serving size by the drop (all tinctures come with a dropper).
CBD tinctures are absorbed sublingually (under your tongue), which means that they act quicker than some other forms of CBD products (like capsules). Additionally, you can mix the CBD tincture with any drink during the day, offering you a variety of ways to take it.
CBD lotions, creams, and salve are handy topicals and offer unique usability. With CBD topicals, you can target specific points of stiffness or inflammation on your body and use them with in just the spots you need. CBD is absorbable through the skin, making these topicals a great means of directly alleviating an ache you might have. For example, you can use your CBD cream right on your knee or elbow for joint relief, something you cannot do with any other form of CBD.
Pure CBD Roll-Ons give you concentrated easy to apply remedy. Pure CBD in an oil rollon allows you to use just the right amount with pinpoint accuracy in just the spot you need. Look for roll-Ons that have a higher concentration so "very little goes a long way."
Terpenes and the "Entourage Effect"
In 2008, the Swiss scientist Jürg Gertsch documented beta-caryophyllene’s binding affinity for the CB2 receptor and described it as “a dietary cannabinoid.” It is the only terpenoid known to directly activate a cannabinoid receptor. And it’s one of the reasons why green, leafy vegetables are so healthy to eat.
Terpenoids and cannabinoids both increase blood flow, enhance cortical activity, and kill respiratory pathogens, including MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that in recent years has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Americans. Dr. Russo’s article reports that cannabinoid-terpenoid interactions “could produce synergy with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections.”
Many of these compounds interact synergistically to create what scientists refer to as an “entourage effect” that magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components. Cannabinoid-terpenoid interactions amplify the beneficial effects of CBD. Terpenes are healthy for people. BCP (beta-caryophyllene) for example is a terpene found in the cannabis plant that is known to activate the CB2 receptor in the endocannabinoid system and to exert anti-inflammatory effects. It’s non-psychoactive, and is the first FDA approved dietary cannabinoid, being used as food additive.
Cannabis Whole Plant Use
When choosing to use cannabis plant as whole plant medicine, look for a strain that fits you. Each strain of cannabis produces a different terpene profile.
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