By Emily Ledger
While the CBD market is quickly growing to be one of the largest wellness industries in the UK, the number and categories of products on the market is also expanding. We can now get almost anything with an added dose of CBD: coffees? Yep; pillows? You betcha! What about good old tinctures? Certainly! But with all these products available, getting your dosage right feels more complicated than ever! That’s why we’ve put together this simple guide to give you confidence in your CBD products.
The first thing that is important to remember is that CBD affects everyone differently. This means that your optimal dose may be different from everyone else that you know – after all, you are unique!
How Does CBD Work?
Cannabidiol, most commonly known by its abbreviated name ‘CBD’, is a compound found in the cannabis plant known as a cannabinoid. Like other cannabinoids, CBD works by interacting with our endocannabinoid system. This system is made of receptors and compounds, made both within our bodies and in the case of cannabinoids, outside of the body.
Endocannabinoid receptors are expressed throughout the central nervous system and the immune system. Researchers have found that this system plays an important role in many of the body’s biological and physiological functions, including pain reception, mood, sleep, and healing.
CBD has been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety potential, as well as an ability to aid with healthy sleep and mood. All of this is thanks to the interactions between the cannabinoid and our endocannabinoid system.
How to Dose CBD
When you purchase a CBD product, it’s easy to get carried away and think that stronger is better. But this isn’t always the case. For some people, a little may go a long way, whereas others may have to use the strongest formulation. The best advice is to start low and go slow.
This advice goes for both the strength of the formulation and the amount you use. All good quality CBD products will offer you some guidance on the best dosage of that particular product, including a recommended maximum dosage. Always start at the lower end of dosing recommendations and give it time to see how this works before increasing your dose!
Although the World Health Organisation has declared that CBD is safe and well-tolerated, and it is unlikely to have any serious effects, you should still be cautious. Some users have reported that taking too much CBD causes drowsiness and lethargy.