Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is found in both the hemp and marijuana plant. It is available as a crystalline isolate or as a full-spectrum oil containing a variety of compounds including cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. It’s legalization (2018 Hemp Bill) has encouraged more people to use it to treat ailments such as anxiety, sleep disorders, and pain management.
Using CBD for Better Sleep and Treating Anxiety
Your body has tons of receptors. These are protein-based chemical structures which receive signals from different stimuli. CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors which are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively.
When CBD interacts with these receptors, a host of activities are triggered. That’s why various hormones, neurotransmitters, and other cells that affect things like your sleep-wake cycle, emotional regulation, and pain are affected.
What Dosage Is Right for You
Talking to your doctor is the best thing to do when it comes to working out which dosage of CBD to take. Especially if you are on medication. However, if you don’t have access to this service, you might try a DIY approach. Here are some tips on how to work out the best CBD dose that helps you get better sleep and manage anxiety. Finding the right amount of CBD that will work for you depends on these factors:
Your body weight
The condition you’re treating
Your body chemistry
It is vital to note that everyone responds a little differently to CBD. However, the following tips should help you get the right dosage of CBD for better sleep and the treatment of anxiety:
Start Low and Go Slow: You want to establish something a baseline for your consumption of CBD. A lot of people are happy with the results they get when they take CBD at low doses. So you might want to a minimal treatment that you can slowly increase until you find results. You might want to start with something between 2-5mg, 2X or 3x daily (6-10mg total).
Maintain your baseline dosage for seven days: This allows you to take note of how the CBD interacts with your body.
Increase Or Decrease Dosage After the initial seven days: This depends on what you observe about the way your body interacts afteryour baseline CBD dosage. You might want to increase the daily dosage by 1-2 mg every other day until you get the dosage that is just right for you. You might also decrease your dosage by the same rate once you have determined your minimum effective dose. Reducing the dosage will allow you to find out if the effects can be achieved with a lower dosage.
Getting the Right Format for You
It’s one thing to get the right dosage of CBD to take. It’s another to find the correct format that suits you. Here are some of the ways you can take CBD:
Swallowing: You can apply some forms of CBD orally: CBD oil, tinctures, edibles, capsules, powder. With these forms, ingested CBD passes through your digestive tract, where it’s absorbed into the bloodstream for onward movement throughout your body. Swallowing is the best form for long-term supplementation as peak bloodstream levels last between 1-6 hours.
Sublingual/Buccal: The forms of CBD that can be applied sublingually are CBD oil and tinctures. Here CBD is absorbed directly into your bloodstream via capillary-rich areas that are under your tongue, along the gums and cheek. At this site, it avoids the first-pass metabolism and is sent all over your body. You get the effects much faster than you would if you swallowed. Even at that, applying it under the tongue (sublingual) is much faster than using it on your cheek(buccal). With this form, takes between 0.5 – 5 hours for it to reach peak blood level.
Inhalation: You inhale CBD using vape pens to “vape” CBD oil. Inhalation is about the fastest way to access the effects of CBD. When you inhale CBD, it goes straight to your lungs where it rapidly passes into the bloodstream. It takes about 10 minutes to reach peak bloodstream levels.
As you can see, there are a various methods that can be used to take CBD. Try the method you are most comfortable with and remember to start with a low dosage and then ramp up from there.