This article provides a wealth of practical information for the individual considering CBD as an adjunctive or alternative treatment for pain and or anxiety. CBD works in the body by manipulating receptors throughout organ tissues, the immune system, the pain response system, the hormonal system, and other systemic regulatory systems. While CBD oils have not been reviewed or approved by the FDA for the treatment of these conditions, a wealth of literature, both anecdotal and research-related now exists to help describe both their safety and effectiveness. As discussed in this article, the potential new adopter must be mindful of several important items. First, only those products that are sourced from Industrial Hemp will be considered legal in all states. One must be careful if the product you choose is sourced from the marijuana plant, as those products may contain THC levels above the legal limit in your given state. Secondly, all products are NOT created equal – they differ significantly in strength, absorption, and elimination by the body and in the manner in which they are formulated. One should be mindful of the differences in doses available for each of these products, starting at a low or moderate dose and increasing as needed in order to find the lowest dose that provides the desired relief. In this way, one can individualize usage to maximize effectiveness, while minimizing risk, a proper goal for the use of all medicinals.
Regular dosage size is recommended at 20 drops, 1-2 times per day. According to the manufacturer, small to large dosage sizes are as follows: 250 mg = 1/4 dropper, or ~5 drops 300 mg = 3/10 dropper, or ~6 drops 500 mg = 1/2 dropper, or ~10 drops 600 mg = 3/5 dropper, or ~12 drops 800 mg = 4/5 dropper, or ~16 drops 1000 mg = 1 full dropper, or ~20 drops 1500 mg = 1 1/2 dropper, or ~30 drops
Out of all the CBD products I’ve tested and used in the past few weeks, this thick green lemon-vanilla scented salve is my favorite. I massage it onto my sore red knuckles after boxing practice, and if it weren’t so expensive, I would encase my entire body in it. The cannabis sativa seed oil in this salve has antioxidant properties so that your skin can repair itself from the inside out, while the thick balm-like formula protects your skin from environmental aggressors. I would not recommend rubbing this onto your face because it’s so thick, but do whatever you want on the rest of your body—and if your feet are in need of some serious TLC in time for summer sandals weather, consider rubbing this onto your cracked heels and putting on a pair of soft socks before bed. The next morning, you’ll have baby’s feet again.
Other potential side effects include low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness, but these have typically only occurred in patients who have exceeded doses of 1,500 mg daily for a period of 4 weeks or more; far more than the average person will need take on a daily basis for chronic pain symptoms. (In fact, the majority of CBD users claim they find an effective dose to be anywhere between 10 and 40 mg daily).
In regards to CBD, terpenes are said to be a pivotal part of the widely accepted ‘entourage effect.’ When CBD is extracted as a full spectrum substance, these supporting cast members come along for the ride and lend an organic depth to the product in smell, taste, and molecular mutuality. Cannabis-derived terpenes aren’t for everyone though, in which case a CBD isolate could be more your flavor.
When it comes to vaping CBD, it’s best to start simple. A vape pen that uses a cartridge system, either disposable or replaceable cartridges, is a great starter point. These basic vaporizer tools are easy to use, and usually come along with a “starter kit” that includes the charger and a cartridge or two. All you need to do is charge the base, thread on the cartridge, turn it on and take a drag; it’s that simple! Besides convenience, vape pens deliver accurate serving sizes once you determine how many puffs you get per cartridge.