Aches, pains and injuries happen to people all across the world every single day for a wide variety of reasons. Whether it’s just a run-of-the-mill headache, muscle soreness from your last home gym workout, or even something more serious like chronic pain, anxiety, stress or trouble getting to or staying asleep, people everywhere sometimes need some extra help.
For generations, that extra help came in the form of pharmaceuticals like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or even something as dangerous and addictive as prescription opioids. Now, however, more and more people are opting for cannabis as medicine instead. An important and often overlooked part of that medicinal cannabis family is cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil for short.
This article is going to break down what exactly CBD oil is, how it works, what it could do for you and your overall health and, most importantly, how exactly you should use it. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
What Exactly is CBD Oil?
We’ve done the hard work of breaking down the cool and incredibly complicated science of the naturally-derived chemical compound known as CBD here at Leafwell before, so I’ll make it as simple and to-the-point as possible.
CBD oil is the liquid form of the cannabis plant, giving you a feeling of relaxation that can take the edge off of aches and pains, reduce harmful inflammation and can even ease anxiety without all of that pesky, psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to keep you couch-locked and munching on snacks. Now, we here at Leafwell don’t like to demonize THC, and it does in fact help CBD do a better job, but we understand that not everyone is always in a position to be able to utilize it.
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CBD products, especially in oil form, have exploded in popularity since the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp-derived CBD legal and products hit mainstream shelves. In fact, CBD oil has become so popular and mainstream that the global market has been projected to be worth as much as $5.3 billion by 2025.
That massive growth in popularity probably means if you haven’t seen some form of CBD oil on the shelves at your local supermarket, health food place or pharmacy, you probably will very, very soon. Maybe you’ve even heard about how effective CBD oil is in the media and picked some up out of curiosity or was gifted some by a friend who had used it and swears it helped them. Now you just need to know when, on what and, most importantly, how to use it. That’s where we come in.
So How Do You Use CBD Oil?
Due to the incredible versatility of a compound like CBD, it’s available in a huge variety of different options and dosages. For example, you could very easily take some broad-spectrum CBD oils orally, just by putting a few drops under your tongue. After you put those few drops under your tongue you just wait 30-60 seconds, swallow and you’re done. It’s as simple as that when it comes to CBD oil.
If you’re feeling ambitious, creative or just love to bake, you can easily use that very same CBD oil in a batch of brownies, a cupcake or a candy and ingest the CBD oil in edible form. If you’re looking to ingest oils quicker and easier than pre-heating an oven and waiting to bake, you can just drop your dosage of oil into a drink like juice, tea or even water.
Once the CBD oil enters your system, it will start working quickly. Since CBD is highly bioavailable, your body and endocannabinoid system will react to it in mere minutes. In the end as long as you ingest that CBD oil in some way, shape or form, it will work. It’s really shockingly simple to use CBD for issues like poor sleep and pain once you figure out your proper dosage.
How Do You Figure Out The Proper Dose of CBD Oil?
When it comes to dosage for CBD oil, things can get a bit personal. While there’s a lot about CBD that science has a great understanding of, figuring out the perfect dose of CBD isn’t one we’ve perfected yet.
That’s because, like with other medicines, the dosage is highly dependent on a variety of personal factors like genetics, gender, metabolism, weight, age and even your overall health. We can say that, generally, most CBD oil droppers contain about 1 mL of oil, which breaks down to about 20 or so drops. From there, if you have a standard 1-ounce bottle we can estimate that a full dropper (1 mL) contains about 8-10 milligrams of CBD. That is, a 30 mL bottle of CBD containing 240 – 300 mg of total CBD, which is a common standard for many CBD products.
We would recommend using that as a barometer for figuring out your optimal dosage to treat your individual symptoms. And remember: low and slow is the right approach to dosing cannabis. You can always take more but you can’t take less.
Other Ways of Using CBD Oil and Tincture
You can take CBD oil in tincture form sublingually (under the tongue) using a dropper as above. We have also mentioned mixing it into a drink (tea, coffee or hot chocolate are popular choices). You may also find CBD oils in the following formats, or usable in the following ways:
- Mixed into lotions as a skincare product
- CBD oil mixed with coconut oil for a number of versatile internal and external uses
Using CBD Oil: a Quick Final Word
At the end of the day, CBD oil is a simple, versatile and incredibly effective way to manage issues like anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, muscle pain and soreness and arthritis without having to turn to harsher, often addictive opiates. Not only can CBD oil be used to treat and manage many different illnesses but it’s as simple to use as possible. For those looking for a more natural, holistic and legal middle ground between opioids and medical cannabis, CBD oil is a great stepping stone ahead of getting a card of your own!