WARNING: you may feel addicted to the relaxation, calm, and easing of pain and inflammation cannabidiol (CBD) may provide.
But unlike the “fix” of addictive drugs or some prescription medications, you have the power to dictate when and how often you should take CBD. And not only is it non-addictive, but it also has relatively few side effects, and does not produce a “high”(due to low-THC content).
With CBD, you have the power. In this article, we will suggest some of the most beneficial times to take CBD, and factors that determine how often you should get your “fix.”
When Should You Take CBD?
There are three types of CBD users. Some take it as needed, and those who take it as a daily vitamin supplement give a solid baseline. And then there are us diehard CBD junkies who do a bit of both. Here are a few of our suggestions on the best times to take CBD:
1. With your morning cup of Joe
If you have to be dragged out of bed by those boundless balls of energy known as your kids, you may need an added boost to get you up and at ‘em in the mornings. While CBD is often touted as a sleep aid, it also can energize you when taken in small doses. Wake up and get balanced with your daily dose before, after, or in your morning caffeine.
Recommended: We enjoy our fancy Dalgona Coffee (with Juna Balance!) to both energize and relax you before you head to the office.
2. When you need a boost
Do you find yourself dissociating and staring blankly into the abyss around midday? Particularly after the water cooler chats with Judy who tells you (for the sixth time) about her lengthy struggle with toenail fungus? This may be the perfect time for a small helping hand from your favorite CBD oil. An added boost may help keep you clear and functional without less urge to hide under our desk to avoid work (or Judy).
Recommended: Refresh yourself with Balance to keep it moving. This full-spectrum CBD oil may be just what you need to center your mind and lift your mood.
3. When you need to chill
If the thought of your approaching work presentation makes your palms sweaty accompanied by a touch of nausea, this might be the right moment for CBD. CBD has been shown to have therapeutic effects, particularly with the reduction of anxiety symptoms. Public speaking is one of the most common fears, and CBD can reduce the fear of this nightmare-inducing situation, (among other social phobias).
Recommended: Ease has a high potency which is perfect in those pull-yourself-together moments. Relieve those trembling hands, finding yourself calm, cool, and collected.
4. Before or after a meal
If you are a sucker for efficiency, take CBD after you have a bite to eat. CBD may work most efficiently alongside a snack or meal because it is fat-soluble.
Recommended: Munch on your favorite power bar on the way to the gym or kid’s soccer game. Once finished, then apply your sublingual dose of CBD (do not swallow it). Not only does this combo promote higher bioavailability, taking the dose sublingually will allow for faster onset of effects.
5. When you feel pain
Aunt Flo is not your typical aunt. She’s a far cry from the aunt who gets Rosé-tipsy at Thanksgiving dinner and asks when you’re going to have more kids (and insists she can take one of them off your hands).
No, Aunt Flo is a little more passive-aggressive in the kids department, sending tons of cramps to remind you that you aren’t pregnant. These cramps can be debilitating and limit your daily activities during that “time of the month.” But guess what, CBD may be able to provide some pain relief.
Recommended: Topical CBD like Ease Functional Body Oil allows you to target a certain area where you feel pain, say your abdomen area. Checkmate, Aunt Flo.
6. Before or after exercise
Athletes are increasingly using CBD oil to help with the sore muscles and inflammation that comes from exercise. But even if you are a long way from a professional athlete and more of an occasional yoga class participant (guilty!), CBD can still work for you. Alleviating the whole-body-soreness of a hard workout will allow you to be more ready and motivated for the next yoga class!
Recommended: Namaste away your yoga routine with Ease. Ease contains equal parts CBD and cannabigerol (CBG), as well as organic turmeric oil. All of these are anti-inflammatories. CBG particularly has exciting muscle-relaxing properties that help relieve the tension and soreness of a good workout.
7. Before bed
If you are a toss-and-turner when it comes to sleep, wind down with a comforting sleep routine. We like to journal and shut off all distractions as we sip our favorite Sleep Tea. Incorporating a routine at the end of your night can signal to your brain that “Hey bud it’s time to sleep.”
Recommended: Add CBD to your favorite nighttime tea routine. Nightcap is made with sleep-enhancing CBD, and CBN ( which is sedating when combined with THC). We combine full-spectrum cannabinoids and terpenes with soothing botanicals like chamomile and passionflower (both promote better sleep) that will have you dozing into La-La Land in no time.
As you can see, any time is a good time for CBD. Take it when you need it or when you remember. Sublingual use of CBD only takes 15 minutes to kick in!
How Often Should You Take CBD?
So, is once a day sufficient, or is 17 times a-okay? The amount of CBD that works for the 100-miles-a-minute, hard-working, stressed-out mama may be overkill for someone who only needs occasional pain relief from endometriosis or PMS symptoms.
Therefore, how often you take CBD depends on you and your needs. Though we cannot tell you specifically how often you should dose up, we can lay out some factors to consider when determining the right amount for you.
Depends on your body
We come in all shapes and sizes. The individualized impact of CBD is determined by our body fat, metabolism, and body weight. Body chemistry is not something we can easily predict, nor can we change it.
Because of these differences, it is impossible to know what side effects of CBD you will experience (if at all). Simply seeing how CBD affects you individually can give you a baseline dosage and frequency to start from.
Always start with low dosing once a day regardless of your body type. Determine the effects of CBD at that level, then increase by 5 mg per kilogram of bodyweight till it feels just right.
Depends on the dosage of CBD/potency of product
The potency of your CBD dosage affects how often you take it. For instance, Balance (300 mg) is less potent than Balance X (1500 mg). If you are using a product with a low dose, you may find yourself dosing up more during the day. Since Balance X is 5 times more potent, you may not need to take it as often.
If you take a low dose, you can spread it out throughout the day to create a more evenly- balanced you. Some only prefer to drop CBD in higher doses during an uncommon situation (i.e. when sweating buckets before a presentation).that
There is no universal dosage that we can recommend. Doses can range from 2.5 mg of CBD oil to 300 mg for more serious ailments. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best potency and dose of CBD for you.
While taking too much is unlikely, CBD can cause liver damage when taken in extremely high dosages (this study showed taking 1500 mg/day for 3.5 weeks is enough to do the trick). As long as you aren’t taking shots of pure CBD and sticking to drops, you should be OK.
Depends on your condition
More serious conditions typically have higher dosages and are taken regularly. For instance, suffering from debilitating conditions like epilepsy or schizophrenia will call for a high amount of CBD and will be taken once a day.
But taking doses often could be helpful for things like General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Also, how often you take it for chronic pain could be on an as-needed basis when you have flare-ups. When you start taking CBD for your condition, you may begin to recognize other health benefits that emerge.
And then soon as you know it, you are hooked.
Depends on your endocannabinoid deficiencies
CBD, CBC, CBG, THC, and other compounds in CBD oil all come from the cannabis plant. Weirdly enough, we have cannabinoids that are native to our body, called endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors makeup what is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and modulate your mood, sleep, appetite, memory, and the like.
Endocannabinoids can be diminished over time by things like disease, injury, or just good ol’ genetics. Symptoms of endocannabinoid deficiencies can include things like a low pain threshold, and difficulties with digestion, mood, or sleep.
But good news, taking CBD oil regularly can replenish these necessary endocannabinoids, restoring you to healthy functioning levels. CBD and other cannabinoids can stay within the ECS anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.
Daily CBD use can help maintain regular endocannabinoid levels in their bodies. If you are someone who struggles with pain, sleep, or stress, it may be a good idea to incorporate a daily dose of CBD to supplement the cannabinoids you need to function.
Depends on the method you choose
The way you get your CBD fix may affect how often you take it. You may have noticed the glaring variety of CBD products on the markets these days. Choose the method that works for you in regards to onset times and length of effects.
CBD tinctures/oils: Tinctures are alcohol-based, while oils include carrier oils like hemp oil and coconut oil. Administered with a dropper under the tongue, effects typically occur after 15 minutes. Users typically see effects lasting 4 to 6 hours.
CBD gummies: Since capsules, gummies and edibles have to go through the digestive system before they end up in the bloodstream after ingestion, it can take them a little longer to kick in. However, the effects may last for 4 to 6 hours.
Vaping: The benefit of the vape method is that the effects occur almost instantly. The use of vape pens has been popularized due to their easy and discreet nature. But the effects tend to last the shortest time, typically only a few hours.
CBD topicals: Lotions, creams, topical oils, and salves deliver localized effects within 15 to 20 minutes, and can last up to 6 hours.
On another note, all of these products can come with CBD in either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate form. We find full-spectrum to be the most powerful (due to the entourage effect), and therefore you need to dose up less often. Get more for your money with full-spectrum CBD!
Depends on the quality of your product
Be sure you’re getting the good stuff. Since this industry is still not yet regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are a lot of low-quality products out there. Buy from a highly trusted brand that can back up its potency and safety claims. High-quality products come from brands with tons of happy customer reviews and lengthy third-party testing procedures.
Get Your CBD Fix With Juna World
The great thing about a wellness product like CBD is that you have the power of choice. You can choose the time of day you take it, and how often. Integrate it into your schedule in a way that promotes the best results for your health and wellness.
Whether you are a once-a-day user, a once-a-month user, or are a diehard CBD junkie like the rest of us, get your “fix” with Juna World.
Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only. It is not provided to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment. It should not be interpreted as instruction or medical advice to displace the advice of your doctor or other medical professionals. We recommend talking to your doctor to prepare a treatment plan for any disease or ailments.