How do I take CBD oil?

Understanding dosing and how to take your CBD oil is an essential part of CBD oil education to get the most therapeutic benefit out of your  treatment. First let’s review what low-dose CBD oil is used for.

 

What are the benefits of low-dose CBD oil?

CBD has numerous effects in the human body. It is known to have potent anti-inflammatory actions, neuroprotective effects, acts as an antioxidant and interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates mood, appetite, sleep disturbances and pain sensation.

Through these actions emerging research suggests low-dose CBD oil may be helpful for people with insomnia, mild chronic pain or anxiety. 

While CBD oil isn’t suitable or effective for everybody, it is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t elicit the same “high” or euphoric feeling as THC, but still has many therapeutic actions. 


CBD oil dosing

If you’ve been following the evolution of medical cannabis over the years you would’ve heard the adage “start low, go slow”. 

Unlike most pharmaceutical medicines there is no typical dose for CBD oil or medical cannabis, but just like any other medication, the goal is to achieve the greatest symptom reduction at the lowest dose. 

The low and slow dosing regime allows you to slowly build up (or titrate) the CBD dose until you find the sweet spot where you can experience optimal symptom reduction. 

Depending on the dose, CBD oil can make people drowsy, therefore it is important that the first time you take CBD oil, not to operate heavy machinery or drive, to check how it affects your body first.

 

Safety and side effects of CBD oil

There is a misconception that natural medicines including herbal medicines, nutritional products and medical cannabis are totally safe because they are “natural”. 

Although many natural products have a great safety profile they are also medicinal, therapeutic products that influence biological processes and should be taken with the guidance and supervision of a healthcare practitioner such as those at CA Connect.

For most, low-dose CBD oil is unlikely to cause side effects, nonetheless, it is important to be aware of potential side effects that can include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth 
  • Reduced appetite 
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Elevated liver enzymes

There are some safety concerns around taking CBD with other pharmaceutical medications, specifically warfarin, levothyroxine and some others. Questions around medications and safety are covered when you check your eligibility for low dose CBD oil, and please discuss any concerns you have about taking CBD alongside other medications when the CA Connect health practitioner calls you.

 

How much CBD oil should I take?

Low-dose CBD oil is classified by the TGA as a maximum of 150mg of CBD per day. Your personal dose depends on what symptoms you are trying to alleviate. As mentioned it is important to start low and slow to achieve the minimal effective dose.

Your CA Connect personalised dosing guide will be mailed along with your CBD oil. 

CA Connect also provides you with regular check-ins with our healthcare practitioner to ensure your safety and the efficacy of your low-dose CBD oil.

 

CBD oil administration

The latest regulation changes make low-dose CBD legal via pharmacies in the form of an oil, even though there are yet to be any registered products available for sale. CBD oil is taken orally or sublingually – under the tongue.

To maximise the amount of CBD absorbed directly into the bloodstream, it is best to place CBD oil drops under the tongue and hold there for 30-60 seconds. 

 

How to take CBD oil?

Place the drops of CBD oil under your tongue, rest there for 30-60 seconds allowing the oil to coat and absorb into the mucus membranes under the tongue as much as possible. Swallow and rinse down with some water if necessary.

Your food intake is a factor that impacts how CBD oil is absorbed. CBD is best taken with a meal containing fats. This could be yogurt, nuts, avocado, or a main meal cooked with a good amount of healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil or ghee.

The difference between how much CBD your body absorbs in a fasted state versus a fed state is dramatic. Taking CBD oil with a meal increases its absorption by an average of 4 fold, compared to dosing CBD oil on an empty stomach.

 

How do I access low-dose CBD oil?

Although it might seem simple to buy CBD online from any of the innumerable companies popping up in Australia or ordering from overseas, there are significant risks to purchasing black market CBD oil or oil from an unverified source.

While online sources have fancy labels and websites that posit their legitimacy, there is no way to confirm their quality or the quantity of CBD in such products. 

Many black market CBD oil companies say they will provide third party testing, though often these cannot be verified, or even worse companies suggest you test for potential toxins and purity of CBD yourself!

To access legal, safe and tested CBD oil under the guidance of a pharmacist and healthcare practitioner, see if you are eligible for low-dose CBD oil here or find out more about our CBD treatment plans here.

Author

Jessica Kindynis BHSc Nat

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