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Everyone finds their CBD tolerance level…eventually.
CBD can be the cornerstone of your wellness routine, but how do you make sure it’s meeting its full potential? That can be difficult to determine, especially if you’re totally new to CBD.
Relative to its high-THC cousin marijuana, hemp oil’s detectable sensation is much, much mellower. In fact, it’s possible you’ve tried it before and felt nothing at all.
Don’t worry if you’re in that category. When it comes to CBD, patience can be a real virtue.
For some, it can take days or weeks for CBD to take effect. For others, it can happen almost immediately. There are a lot of factors that affect how CBD is going to interact with your individual body chemistry, metabolism, and delivery method.
In the following guide, I’ll break down some CBD basics and then get into how and why zeroing in on that perfect CBD measure is worth it (spoiler alert: the effects of CBD are subtle, but they can also be profound).
When trying to gauge your CBD tolerance, it’s important to distinguish between the type of CBD you’re working with. And I’m not talking about delivery methods (more on that later).
What I mean is that if you’re taking a full-spectrum CBD vs. a CBD isolate, your experience will vary widely.
An CBD isolate is just like it sounds: just the cannabidiol molecule, separated from the rest of the hemp plant’s other active compounds. This is the form that the FDA has approved for treatment of a few specific forms of epilepsy.
You’ll commonly find this form of CBD in vape liquids because it really lets the flavor shine.
Research shows, however, cannabidiol’s benefits are even greater when supplied next to the hemp plant’s other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Generally speaking, there are around twenty terpenes and seven cannabinoids OTHER than the CBD and THC we’re used to hearing about.
Together, they form what’s known as the entourage effect, which essentially means that each ingredient’s effect is bolstered by the presence of the others. The sum becomes greater than its parts.
There’s a CBD tolerance sweet spot for everyone and one great way to find yours is to find a starting point, based on your bodyweight. It makes sense that the bigger you are, the more likely it is that you’ll require more CBD than someone who’s lighter. Start low and adjust accordingly based on desired results.
It can help to have a goal or specific affliction you’re trying to address with CBD, and keeping track of your progress with that particular feeling will go a long way in helping to determine how much CBD is right for you.
Here are some helpful steps:
This could be on a notepad or a note doc on your phone. Write down how you feel, using a basic scale from 0-10. An example would be to check in with your stress level. Where are you at? Ask yourself a few questions specifically on what issue you’re trying to address like “what level of anxiety do I feel?” and “how much discomfort am I having?”, etc. Record your answers so you can look back on it later and compare.
After you’ve recorded all your baselines, it’s time to coordinate bodyweight with mg of CBD. We’re going to use an organic 1000mg, full-spectrum CBD tincture as an example, to keep the math simple. A general guideline is 1-2mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. If you weigh 100 pounds, then your starting point would be 10-20mg of CBD.
Now it’s time to calculate how much CBD you’ll be getting with your chosen product. Generally speaking, you’re going to want to go with a product and brand that clearly denotes how much of every cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are present.
Take a look at how much total CBD is found in your bottle of CBD oil/tincture. This will usually range from 250mg all the way up to 4000mg. Go check your product label to find the total amount of CBD.
Next, find out the total volume or size of your bottle of CBD. Go grab your bottle and take a look at the label. Normally on the front, you will find the size of the bottle. This can be from 10 ml up to 120 ml.
For the most part, ours come in 30ml bottles with glass droppers.
TOTAL CBD in bottle ÷ Volume of your bottle = Amount of CBD per ml
So, since our bottle contains 1000mg of CBD and it’s in a 30 ml bottle, the amount is:
1000 mg CBD ÷ 30 ml bottle = 33.33 CBD mg per ml
So, you know what kind of CBD you’re working with. You know how to measure how much you’re working with. Now what?
Once you’ve got these units of measurement figured out, it’s time to play around, and find what really works for you. The beauty of this moment in time is that there are so many great delivery methods and products you can try out.
One of our favorites are our CBD Gel Capsules. They’re crafted using a full spectrum CBD extract and each capsule contains 25mg.
While the bioavailability you experience with an edible is lower than a tincture, and takes a little longer to take effect, your digestive tract knows exactly what to do with the natural fatty acids that hemp oil contains. Also, CBD softgels are hermetically sealed. That means nothing’s getting in these things and nothing’s getting out.
Now, while it’s possible to have too much CBD. Clinical trials have shown that CBD taken in very high amounts—1000mg per day—can bring about tiredness, reduced appetite, and digestive changes.
It can also affect the way our bodies metabolize certain prescription medications. If you’re feeling hesitant about how CBD’s going to affect you, there’s no harm in checking with a medical professional.
As with anything, it might not be a good fit for your body. If you find it works for you, then side effects are unlikely…unless you’re eating literal pounds of gummies on a given day, but that should be easy to avoid.
Want to know something a lot of brands won’t tell you? One of the best reasons to find your particular CBD tolerance is that it can actually help you spend less money on it.
Research shows that at a certain level, CBD’s returns level out. So, when you get that big 4000mg bottle, think of it as a way to make your dollar stretch, not take a ton of it at once and experience exponential results.
CBD isn’t something to binge. It’s something to build into your wellness routine. There really is a peak level of efficiency for everyone, and while yes, that varies, you do have a sweet spot.
So many articles out there are based on short-run, anecdotal trials of CBD, and will have you believe that CBD won’t have any beneficial effect for you.
As with anything, take your time. Find out what works for you. We’re here if you have any questions or concerns.
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