If you’re new to CBD, welcome. I’m glad you’re here. If you haven’t used CBD before, it’s safe to say you have questions. Well, I have answers.
I receive countless questions about CBD. I want your experience with CBD to be the best it can possibly be. I believe that anyone interested in CBD should be equipped with the knowledge they need to make the most informed decision.
Below, you’ll find the most common questions I get about CBD. I hope that with a better understanding of CBD, you’ll find as much peace as we have in our own personal journeys.
1.How Much CBD Should I Take?
Not sure how much CBD you should take? Join the club. By far, the most common question I get is about how much CBD to take. As much as I hear this question, however, it’s not always the easiest to answer. Here, I’ll try to break it down.
People take CBD for numerous reasons, and each person who takes CBD has their own unique needs. This means there isn’t a standard serving size that works for everyone. In addition to the reason someone might choose to take CBD, there are also factors like age, weight and gender that need to be considered. When first starting out with a regular CBD regimen, most people find that it takes a bit of experimenting to find the perfect serving size that meets their needs. With a bit of testing and tweaking, however, it’s not long before they’ve figured out exactly how much CBD works best for them.
When it comes to how much CBD someone should take, there’s a general consensus in the CBD community that it’s best to start low and go slow. If the milligram content you start out with isn’t offering the results you expected, you can then increase the serving size until you find that sweet spot. Here’s something else to keep in mind. Some experts say that as our physiology changes, our endocannabinoid receptors also change. The CBD serving size that’s best for an individual will fluctuate based upon these changes.
When you first start your journey, you might consider calculating your initial serving size based off of your weight. Individuals who have a higher body mass typically need more CBD to feel the desired effects. Remember, there isn’t an “official” serving size for CBD but determining how much to take based off how much you weigh can be a good place to start. Calculate 1-5mg for each 10 pounds of body weight to get a better idea. Someone who weighs 150 lbs, for example, might start out with 15-25mg.
Once you’ve started out with a serving size based on your weight, wait a while. See how your body reacts, then increase or decrease the serving size you take depending on your personal needs. Once someone finds their own personal sweet spot (aka the ideal amount of CBD for them), the serving size they take on a regular basis typically remains consistent.
2. What Is CBD?
If you’re not exactly sure what CBD is, you’re not alone. Simply put, CBD is a chemical compound, known as a cannabinoid, found in cannabis. It can be extracted using various methods. CBD is very similar in structure to THC, but this cannabis compound doesn’t cause any alterations to perception. In short, CBD doesn’t get you high.
CBD extract is typically derived from phytocannabinoid-rich hemp, as there is a higher percentage of the compound in this type of hemp than in marijuana. Hemp also has a significantly lower percentage of THC than marijuana, which is why hemp-derived CBD contains less than 0.3% THC.
People use CBD simply as a part of their wellness routine or for more specific reasons, such as supporting skin health or a calm mood.
3. I Heard You Need THC to Make CBD Effective: Is This True?
There are plenty of misconceptions when it comes to CBD. Despite the surging popularity of this beneficial cannabinoid, it’s still something shrouded in uncertainty. You might have heard that in order to make CBD effective, you also need THC. I’m questioned about this all the time.
Let’s take just a moment to clear up any confusion about this once and for all. Simply stated, the answer is no — you don’t need THC to make CBD effective. It works just fine on its own. CBD and THC do work synergistically together in something known as the entourage effect. This is when various compounds of the cannabis plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, work together to enhance the effects of each other. While THC can enhance some of the effects of CBD (and vice versa), it’s not needed to make CBD effective.
4. How Should I Expect to Feel When I Take CBD?
If you’re interested in taking CBD, there’s no doubt you’re curious as to how it’s going to make you feel. Sure, everyone says it doesn’t make you feel high like THC, but it must feel like something, right?
Most people who take CBD describe it as a sense of relaxation and calm that slowly permeates throughout their body. Many who first try CBD products find that the effects they experience are felt sooner than they expected. Depending on the method of consumption, the effects of CBD can be felt anywhere from just a few minutes up to 30 minutes or more after using it.
While many people expect to feel some kind of head change when they take CBD, it doesn’t cause the same psychoactive effects as THC. What they might find instead is that they feel more relaxed, less nervous and less jittery. Because CBD is derived from cannabis, it’s often assumed that it will elicit the same effects as THC. CBD without THC simply helps the user feel more tranquil and at ease without the intoxicating high.
If you were looking for answers to some questions you might have had about CBD, I certainly hope this helped. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected] or text me at (205) 878-6468. I’m always here to answer your questions and make your experience with CBD the best it can possibly be.
La Tisha Fletcher is a Wellness, Detox & CBD Coach
NASM Behavior Change Specialist / Certified CBD Advisor and Coach
After a personal health journey in which CBD played an important role, Tish started a business bringing self- care, skin and body care and CBD benefits together. Check out her products at Fletcher + Reese online and her brick and mortar store in Woodlawn (Birmingham, AL).