CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is a naturally occurring remedy found in the marijuana or cannabis plant. CBD is sometimes mistaken for THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive element of the plant, which causes the ‘high’ people experience from smoking it. However, CBD is not psychoactive.
CBD is most commonly used for pain relief and anxiety. It is made by extracting CBD from the plant and combining it with hemp seed oil or coconut oil. Some studies suggest CBD can help:
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic pain
CBD oil comes in many supplement forms, such as capsules, drops, tablets and gummies. There are even balms made with CBD oil to use on the skin instead of orally.
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How much CBD oil should I take?
The amount of CBD you should take depends on various factors, including your body weight, the condition and the concentration of CBD in the supplement. It’s best to start with smaller doses and then gradually increase it. Taking 10 to 20mg is recommended when starting, and if tolerated, then slowly increase by 5mg. Always read the label on the supplements – oils, gummies and capsules contain different strengths and will differ in advice.
When should I take CBD oil, morning or night?
The best time of day differs between individuals. CBD oil makes some people feel awake and energised, so best taken in the morning or early afternoon for an energy boost. Others find CBD oil helps them to relax and may take it in the evenings or before bed.
How long does it take for CBD oil to work for joint pain?
Depending on the form of CBD oil supplement you take, effects may be felt in 15 – 45 minutes. Taking CBD oil drops placed under the tongue will work the fastest as it is absorbed into the bloodstream quicker.