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December 1, 2020

Exploring Intake: “How Much CBD Do I Need?”


Paaez Coleman

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You’ve got a fresh bottle of CBD you’ve been eyeing for some time, but you’re wondering how much CBD you need to take? 

Sure, you did some product research, making sure you got your hands on high-quality hemp, but you’re still a little lost. 

That’s okay, and it’s expected if you’re new to CBD. 

The thing about CBD is that your process heavily relies on a combination of different personal factors. 

Let’s talk about some of those individual factors to better understand how much CBD you should take. 

What Kind of Product Do You Have? 

cbdfx capsules instagramThe type of product you have is one of the most important things to consider when deciding how much CBD to take. 

Different types of products have different levels of bioavailability. This refers to the rate at which cannabinoids absorb into the bloodstream for therapeutic purposes. The primary methods of ingestion are inhalation, ingestion, and topical application. 

All of these methods of ingestion have different rates of absorption. This is why certain products may work differently for you as you experiment with product categories. 

Here’s some more in-depth information pertaining to certain types of product categories. 

CBD Vape Pens 

CBD vape pens fall into the inhalation category, and this category offers the highest and most effective bioavailability level. This has everything to do with the method of ingestion, being inhaled through the lungs. 

People who need quick relief prefer this option because it works faster than other methods of consumption. When you use this method, you can expect to feel results within a few minutes. 

The rate of bioavailability for inhalation ranges from 2% to 56%, depending on the consumer. This range is broad because it depends on how long and how deep the user inhales the vapors. 

CBD Ingestibles

Ingestible is also known as edible products. They’re some of the most popular items on the CBD market these days, with products like gummies, teas, candies, capsules, and much more. 

This is the option most people choose to begin with because it offers tons of flexibility and variety. Oral consumption offers a bioavailability rate between 4% and 20%. This number has a wide range because the inner workings of the digestive system tract vary from person to person. 

Keep in mind when CBD passes through the digestive tract, it loses some of its potency. For example, if you take 100mg of CBD, only 20% is metabolized for the body to use. 

However, we should point out that CBD tincture oils’ bioavailability is a tad bit higher than other ingestible products. This is because tincture oils are introduced to the body sublingually, and the capillaries under the tongue absorb more effectively. 

This brings the bioavailability of sublingual consumption up to 12% up to 35%, with effects kicking in anywhere between 30 and 120 minutes. 

CBD Topicals 

The skin is one of the largest organs the human body has, and it’s porous, so it absorbs a great deal of what we apply. Moreover, there are receptors throughout the skin, which is why this option works well for targeted relief. 

Topical CBD application differs from the other consumption methods because it doesn’t technically enter the body, so it doesn’t enter the bloodstream. Instead, the cannabinoids go to work through multiple layers of skin before reaching the target area. 

Since topical CBD applications never enter the bloodstream, the bioavailability rate is lower. However, the effectiveness is still there, with the effects available anywhere between 30 -120 minutes. 

How to Increase Bioavailability 

A woman holding a CBDfx tinctureYou can always increase the effectiveness of your CBD products by upping your intake of healthy fats. CBD is a fat-soluble compound, but the body is composed of water primarily. 

This means you should look for products already formulated with some type of healthy fat like MCT or olive oil. You can take a peek at any ingredient panel and confirm this information before purchasing. 

You can also adopt a high-fat diet consisting of fatty fish, oils, nuts, seeds, and grains. These tactics work to increase your bioavailability, especially if you take your CBD daily and allow it to build up in your system. The build-up confirms the CBD compounds can bind the necessary receptors. 

So How Much CBD Should I Take? 

Here you are, back to the primary question—how much should you take? 

There’s no doubt this can get a little confusing because there’s a great deal of information online that gets confusing quickly. 

First and foremost, no matter what type of product you have, you always need to start slow and work your way up in concentration. This allows you to find your ideal serving amount instead of bypassing it and ending up with the opposite effect. 

CBD doesn’t work under a one-size-fits-all approach. This goes back to those personal factors we touched on, such as weight, metabolism, age, genetics, product concentration, product type (bioavailability), and much more. 

What works for your friend may not work for you for any of the reasons above. For example, a heavier set person may see better results with a particular CBD product because CBD is fat-soluble. Since they have more fat cells, they have more opportunity for the compounds to settle and fully absorb into those cells. 

This is an example of how one of the personal factors affects our individual experience. 

So, when you’re starting out, start with smaller amounts. This is easy with pre-measured options like CBD gummies and capsules because you simply start with one and build on it as needed. 

Options like CBD tincture oils are a little more challenging because you have to figure out how many milligrams the dropper contains. Many companies aim to streamline this process by labeling the dropper with measurements and serving directions. The same applies—start with the minimum dropper amount. 

You can be a little more liberal with topical CBD products since they never technically enter the bloodstream. But for the sake of saving money, give it some time to take effect before you go for around two applications. 

Moving Forward with CBD Serving Amounts

Figuring out your CBD serving amount isn’t some magical formula you have to work night and day to figure out. 

It takes a little patience and will on your end to go slow enough to find your sweet spot while taking other factors into account. Keep in mind this process needs to be repeated as your experience and tolerance with CBD grows. 

It’s much easier than you think, and you’re incredibly close to reaping all the benefits of CBD!

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