Dosing Basics

The effects of CBD-rich hemp are personal – everyone’s body reacts differently.

Think of it like coffee: some people can have an espresso right before bed and go to sleep, others would be staring at the ceiling until 3AM. There’s not way to tell (ex. size, sex, age, etc.) except through trial and error. So let’s be smart and focus on the trial.

It will take some time & patience, but remember that Kind Lab CBD-rich, plant-based products aren’t like taking a vitamin where you don’t necessarily feel the effects. If you’re taking the right product and are using it correctly, you should feel better.

And by better, we mean that the products have boosted your ability to live successfully in the mind and body you have today. In some cases, that may be making you feel more physically comfortable and in others, it may be lifting the floor so you can better cope with whatever life throws at you. But for all, the goal is to elevate your wellness so you can live your best life.

So let’s get started!

Using topicals – including balms, salves, and creams – is pretty straight-forward. Most CBD-rich hemp topicals can be used as needed, following the instructions on the label.

Since the CBD doesn’t enter your bloodstream (with the exception of products specifically formulated to be transdermal) unwanted side effects are not common. When they do happen, they’re often tied to another ingredient in the product, so be sure to review the product’s ingredients.

We usually recommend people use the product as needed, which may be multiple times per day. As issues resolve, use of the product can decrease.

But sometimes it is helpful to be proactive with use – for example, if you’re doing an activity that may aggravate it, use the product before and/or after to keep issues at bay.

Generally, effects of topicals are felt within 15-30 minutes and last 4-6 hours.

Using ingestibles – including concentrates, capsules, and chews – requires more patience to get started, but it’s worth the effort.

Everyone’s tolerance to CBD-rich hemp is different, and not necessarily tied to things like body size, sex, or age. So if you’re thinking about the coffee analogy above, it’s better to find your personalized dose the easy way.

With that, the #1 rule of starting a CBD-rich hemp regimen of ingestibles is to start low and slowly increase to find your personalized dose.

Generally, effects of ingestibles are felt within 15-30 minutes and last between 3-6 hours.

You do have options when it comes to establishing your regimen, the most helpful of which is time.

There are 2 approaches to using you CBD-rich ingestible:

  • Standard dosing is taking a larger amount less frequently (ex. 1-2 times per day)
  • Microdosing is taking a smaller amount more frequently (ex. 3-4 times per day)

Most people use the standard dosing approach, primarily because it’s easier to remember (ex. tying the dose to daily events, such as meals) and you don’t have to worry about your dose when you’re out & about.

Microdosing is very useful, however, to those people who are very sensitive to CBD-rich hemp and experience unwanted sleepiness before they reach a dose that best supports them. Keeping levels in the body low decreases the chance of sleepiness by minimizing the CBD “peaks” in the body, while frequency ensure that levels stay consistent for optimal effects.

Microdosing is also a good strategy to find your optimal dose faster. For example, taking a small amount of product every hour until desired effects are felt, then adding up the amount taken during that timeframe, and next time starting with that total amount using the standard dosing approach.

Once you’ve determined the best approach – microdosing or standard dosing – and your optimal time of day, start with the serving size on the label and follow the methodology outlined above.

For those following the standard approach, stay at the serving size dose for 2-3 days, then increase 1/2 to 1 serving size every 2-3 days as needed.

Often, experimenting during days where work/family/life demands are lower allows more flexibility.

Also, since a side-effect of taking too much CBD-rich hemp extract is sleepiness, staring a regimen at night can be beneficial (presuming wellness issues are not time-specific).

Keeping a journal of your experience is an excellent way to reflect on incremental progress along the way, and identify when you’ve met or exceeded your personalized dose.

Effects are often cumulative, and while some people are fortunate to feel better after one dose, for others it may take 2-3 weeks (or longer) to experience the full benefits. Patience and consistency are key.

And remember, the quantity and frequency of consumption is very personal – experiment to find what works best for you.

Concentrates: shake the bottle well, place the drops under your tongue, hold for 45 seconds, then swallow.

Chews: chew & swallow – easy enough! And don’t forget that you can bite them in half to really dial in on your personalized dose.

Capsules: swallow whole.

When it comes to taste, most people find capsules and chews the easiest route.

The Concentrates can be harder for some, with the taste becoming stronger with higher potencies. They’re generally well tolerated but if taste is an issue, click here for some ideas.

The most common side effect of too much CBD-rich hemp is sleepiness. That’s an unwanted effect during the day, but wanted at night. Because it’s so common, it’s a useful indicator in your dosage journey.

The primary indicators of finding your personalized dose are that:

  • You’re getting support for your wellness goals.
  • You’re not getting sleepy during the day.
  • You’re waking up feeling refreshed, not foggy.

Unwanted effects can be minimized by taking less of the product, or experimenting with different timing or dosage approaches.

Feeling sleepy during the day or ”fogginess” upon waking up are the most common side effects of taking too much CBD. If you experience either of these, take less at your next dose.

Less common unwanted side effects of CBD may include dizziness, dry mouth, and/or gastrointestinal (GI) distress. These often resolve after the first few weeks of use.

Generally, effects of topicals are felt within 15-30 minutes and last 4-6 hours, and effects of ingestibles are felt within 15-30 minutes and last between 3-6 hours.

However effects are often cumulative, and while some people are fortunate to feel better after one dose, for others it may take 2-3 weeks (or longer) to experience the full benefits. Patience and consistency are key!

If, after a few weeks of consistent use and regularly increasing your dose, you’re still not getting desired effects, it may be time to switch to a more potent product. Click here to learn more.

If you have any questions, contact us – we can offer personalized recommendations on how to get the most out of your products.

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