When starting a supplement with CBD many questions can arise. Due to its association with THC, many people expect that taking CBD should have immediate noticeable effects.
This can often lead to confusion and frustration on how to tell if CBD is working for you. Don’t worry you are not alone, it can often take multiple applications before you will feel the effects of CBD.
When you think of it more like a supplement it may help you understand the complicated process that CBD has on your body. A great example would be protein, taking one scoop after a workout will not change your appearance in the mirror overnight. When taken regularly (with exercise of course) the effects will become much more noticeable.
When you begin to understand the way that CBD interacts with your body, you will understand you to pay attention to the key benefits it has.
HOW CBD INTERACTS WITH YOUR BODY
Since the discovery on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), we now know that all mammals have an intricate system of receptors that processes both endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids. It turns out that CBD interacts with these receptors, such as the CB1 and CB2 receptors to name a few.
These receptors are located in the brain, the nervous system and tissue throughout your entire body. Cannabinoids will bind to these receptors resulting in all sorts of benefits to the nervous and muscular systems.
Unlike its more popular cousin THC, CBD interacts with your system much differently. While THC is predominately smoked, CBD is most often ingested or taken sublingually (under the tongue).
THC passes directly into the receptors of your ECS and therefore its effects are almost immediately noticeable, but only last for a short period of time.
CBD actually creates more of a counter reaction in your body. By binding to the receptors in your ECS (which can actually help counter the intense effect of THC) CBD causes your body to respond by producing its own natural chemicals
Due to its complex interaction with the ECS, CBD can take some time to find the balance in your system.
NOTICING THE EFFECTS OF CBD
It is generally recommended that you take CBD daily for 3-7 days and monitor your mood to notice the effects of CBD.
If you would like some additional help, see our recommended dosage guidelines.
When first starting with CBD, pay attention to how you feel 1-3 hours after your first dose. A quality CBD product taken at the correct dosage should produce a slight calming effect.
Over the course of the next few days, pay attention to your over all anxiety. You may notice that events that normally induce stress become seemingly a little smaller. Take the time to find a nice outdoor area where you can observe nature. How does this make you feel?
Paying attention to your emotions can help you make marked improvements in and of itself. The assistance of CBD will help your body regulate the chemicals that control your mood, creating an overall balanced feeling with less polarized moods throughout the week.
If you suffer from any pain or discomfort in your muscles or joints, rate your pain level on a scale of 1-10 each day. Rating the pain in the late part of the day should give you the most accurate reading. Look back after a week, has CBD helped your pain?
While CBD is all the rage lately, it is still largely misunderstood by the public. Unlike its closely related cousin, THC, Cannabidiol will not immediately effect your system. In most cases, it is recommended to take CBD for 3-7 days in a row before you start to notice the effects.
When first starting to add CBD to your daily life, try to avoid other stimulants or sedatives, and pay close attention to your feelings by journaling or checking in with yourself nightly.
For those who are on the impatient side, try taking a heavy dose (30-50mg) for the first few days. After that scale back to our recommended guidelines. Taking too much CBD, although harmless, may be unnecessary and lead to reduced effectiveness.