There is no one-size-fits-all with CBD-rich hemp; everyone’s body reacts differently.
It will take some time & patience, but remember that CBD-rich hemp isn’t like taking a vitamin, where you don’t necessarily feel the effects. If you’re taking the right product and have found how to use/dose it correctly, you should get results.
To find your optimal dose & usage schedule, start with these basics.
CBD-Rich Hemp Topicals
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 read the label before you purchase.
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.
Everyone’s tolerance to CBD-rich hemp is different, and not necessarily tied to things like body size and sex. Think of it like caffeine: some people can only have one cup, and others can have a double espresso right before bed.
The #1 rule of starting a CBD-rich hemp regimen of ingestibles: 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.
Finding Your Personalized CBD Dose
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.
CBD Dosing Approaches
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.
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).
As always, the quantity and frequency of consumption is very personal – experiment to find what works best for you.
Signs You’ve Taken Too Much CBD
Besides being sleepy when you don’t want to be, other unwanted effects may include dizziness, dry mouth, gastrointestinal (GI) distress, and often resolve after the first few weeks of use.