How to Get the Most Out of CBD Oil: Quick Guide

CBD oil has become the go-to product for many to help with many issues ranging from arthritis and anxiety to insomnia. CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of the many therapeutic cannabinoids found in hemp and has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic (or pain relieving) properties. While there’s still much research to be done to conclusively determine its effects and benefits, you might already be using it for your health issue. Regulations regarding hemp based products like CBD are changing in many countries, and it’s now legal in Australia, but has some restrictions. CBD won’t get you high and is non psychoactive. Before using it, always consult with your Doctor. In this guide we’ll explore how to get the most out of your CBD oil product and some tips on purchasing. We’ll also take a look at how different products like CBD gummies, edibles, sublingual’s and other ingestion methods can provide differing uses depending on your needs.

Tips on Getting the Most out of CBD

Start Slowly and Gradually Increase Dose. If you’re just starting out with CBD it’s best to take a cautious approach initially. You’ll want to track your dosage in milligrams each day from when you begin and ensure you have a plan in place for your daily intake. It’s generally recommended to begin with several drops or 10-15mg per day and work your way up to a dose that works for your needs. Never begin with a high dosage range as it can exacerbate risk of side effects. If you notice any side effects in your first few weeks you may need to stop dosing all together or consult further with your doctor.

View for Full Spectrum Oils. Full spectrum CBD oil is generally higher efficacy than its CBD isolate or broad spectrum counterparts. Terpenes in CBD oil are important as they trigger the entourage effect. This is a process wherein the endocannabinoid system is better activated by cannabinoids. Terpenes are thought to improve the absorption and uptake of cannabinoids in the CB1 and CB2 receptor binding sites. This increases the efficacy of CBD in lowering symptoms of arthritis, anxiety and inflammation. What are the three CBD oil types?

  • Full spectrum CBD oil: products containing the ‘full spectrum’ of cannabinoids and phytonutrients produced by hemp. This includes terpenes, flavonoids and chlorophyll.
  • Broad spectrum CBD oil: contains some of the cannabinoids found in hemp (primarily CBD) as well as limited phytonutrient content. It may or may not contain terpenes depending on the product.
  • CBD oil isolate: an oil that is a refined extract of only the CBD cannabinoid. It is typically higher strength or concentration of CBD, at the expense of other nutrients being stripped out.

Be Patient. It can take a number of weeks for CBD oil to start showing results. Time is needed for the compound to build in your body and activate your endocannabinoid system. You’ll need to dose consistently, accurately and stick to your plan to ensure you obtain good results. Whether you’re using it for anxiety, arthritis or just trying to sleep better, make sure you commit and have discipline in daily use. If you’re not seeing results after 6 weeks you should look at increasing dosage if you have no side effects or look at other formulas, brands or strengths in your product. Its worthwhile experimenting with a few different products at first as quality and strength (and the results you will achieve) can vary significantly. Check out our guide here to learn more about how long it takes for CBD to work.

Know What You’re Buying

Ensure Your Product is Lab Tested. Reputable brands will always provide a lab read out or COA (Certificate of Analysis) that identifies the quantity, concentration and type of cannabinoids and phytonutrients contained in your CBD oil. These will be produced by a third party lab and can be trusted to give insight on the quality and potency of your oil. It’s a critical step to check and ensure you’re getting a good deal.

  • Brands will often share their Certificate of Analysis for products on their websites. Check the site before buying to ensure you have gauged the product’s quality.

Read the Bottle. Every CBD oil product is different – each will contain different concentrations and quality levels of cannabinoids. While simple, it pays to read the label on your product and ensure you follow usage instructions. These can also help you with the nuances of your particular brand or type of oil. For example an isolated oil may require a much lower dose for the same effects compared to a full spectrum product from the same brand due to its CBD content.

Don’t confuse Hemp and CBD oil. When buying CBD (especially online), its easy to confuse it with hemp oil. There are significant differences between these products – hemp oil contains no cannabinoids and is not therapeutic from a physiological standpoint. Both contain similar ingredients from a nutritional standpoint as they’re each derived from cannabis. They’ll contain healthy fats, omega 3, vitamins, minerals, plant antioxidants like flavonoids BUT only CBD oil will contain helpful cannabinoids. Ensure you read the label, ingredients and lab test results to ensure you don’t confuse these and waste your money and time.

Dose to Your Needs. Everyone’s body and mind is unique. Because of this the ways our bodies react and benefit from any supplement or chemical will distinctly vary. Genes, individual physiology, gender, body mass and health levels will all affect your metabolism and in turn, how you dose CBD. It’s critical to test different dosage ranges once you’ve started on a lower dose to assess what works for you. This especially applies if you’re using CBD for a health condition. Higher dosages may be called for if your condition is more serious or you need pain relief. Always consult with your doctor before upping your dosages and to ensure CBD is right for you.

  • A good daily starting dose is generally 10-15mg (several drops) per day.
  • You will see the most noticeable effects at 30mg+ per day.
  • Note that you can build tolerance to CBD – aim to use the least amount possible and take breaks periodically to reset tolerance.

Understand the Risks of CBD

Don’t Mix With Alcohol or Medications. CBD as a cannabinoid is processed by the liver. The liver breaks down most toxins and drugs that are consumed into the body – this includes most cannabinoids. However there is a risk associated with this. The liver can become strained or overloaded if too many different chemicals are being passed through it simultaneously. As such you should never mix alcohol or other medications with CBD when dosing. These chemicals have the potential to cause irritation, adverse side effects or even liver damage when used in combination which must be avoided. If you have any uncertainties or existing medication – check in with your doctor. Side effects can typically include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Upset stomach or diarrhoea
  • Lowered appetite

Know When to Stop or Swap. It’s a fact that not all CBD products will work, and not everyone is suited to use CBD. If you’re not getting the results you want, the first step is to assess why. You may need to experiment with different dosages, try an alternative oil type (eg an isolate if you’ve previously used full spectrum) or change brands. If you’ve tried a few different options but are still not seeing results, you may not be suited to or need CBD. Speak to your doctor to find out what alternatives would be suitable.

  • Many CBD oil products sold online either contain minimal or no CBD (ie. product fakes). This can sometimes be the culprit if you’ve tried a product and aren’t seeing any results. Always seek a lab certificate before purchasing.

Pick the right product for your needs. Your options are nearly endless when it comes to the types of ingestion methods available to you. There are vapes, sublingual’s, CBD gummies, tinctures, balms and more. Each has advantages and disadvantages for you to consider in your purchase. You may want to try multiple different products and brands before settling on your favourite or shortlist of regular buys. CBD vapes for instance can provide results quickly and due to being inhaled are rapidly absorbed. The downside however is smoke can be detrimental to health and toxic. CBD gummies are tasty and easy to consume but at the cost of high calories and eating unnecessary calories plus preservatives. Capsules help you avoid the earthy and nutty flavour of CBD but may be harder to dose as you don’t feel them being consumed. While oils and tinctures are great in enabling you to dose accurately, they generally contain a significant amount of healthy fats and calories so shouldn’t be consumed in excess. Whichever you choose should come back to your personal taste and preference.

Conclusion

There are a few important areas to consider before starting out with CBD products to ensure you get the best results and value for money. You’ll want to take care in adhering to each of these tips. Firstly, ensure your dosages are accurate and you’re following a firm plan in consuming your product. This will ensure you avoid side effects and get the health results you need quickly. Always ensure you get a lab tested and 3rd party reviewed product. Read the bottle and understand the manufacturer’s dosage instructions. You also should opt for full spectrum CBD oils when possible and make sure that you never mix CBD with medications, alcohol or other compounds that are processed by the liver.