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 5 Ways to Enhance Your CBD Experience

From boosting bioavailability to pairing with the perfect food and drink, here are 5 ways to enhance your CBD experience…

Ruby Deevoy

One person’s CBD experience won’t necessarily be the same as the next. This is partly down to the wide variety of CBD products available (some significantly superior to others), but it will also be determined by how you take your CBD.
 
From boosting bioavailability to pairing with the perfect food and drink, here are 5 ways to enhance your CBD experience

1. Aid absorption
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Did you know that the bioavailability of CBD oil taken under the tongue (the amount of the product that actually gets to work in your body) is very low – between 13 – 19%. This isn’t great news considering the price tag on most CBD products, but it’s inevitable given that water and oil don’t mix, and the human body is made of up to 60% water. However, there are things you can do to aid absorption and get the most you can out of it.
 
  • Eating something fatty (like mayonnaise, for example) directly before taking sublingual drops helps get those fatty cannabinoid molecules through the barrier.
  • Taking drops right after brushing your teeth can make absorption up to 5 times more effective, due to increased blood flow in the mouth.
  • Hold drops under the tongue for at least two minutes.
2. Determine your dose
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Although finding your ideal CBD dose is totally individual (depending on the unique state of your endocannabinoid system, age, weight and blood volume to name a few factors) there are studies that indicate certain doses are best for different needs.
 
To begin with, you’ll want to find your dose by building up slowly, adding a drop at a time until you feel your symptoms either improve or plateau. 

  • If you’re using as an anti-anxiety aid, it’s worth noting that while many of the studies examine positive effects on anxiety at very high doses (300 – 900mg), there are trials that have found inhalations of 16mg and 32mg CBD to be effective at combatting and consolidating fear.
  • 15mg per day has been shown to increase wakefulness
  • For tackling sleep issues, studies have found that upwards of 160mg taken throughout the day can reduce wake ups in the night (but less may increase them!). 
Here’s how you can work out the dose per drop if not indicated on the label:

  • Mg ÷ ml = CBD per 1ml dropper
  • Divide the total by the number of drops in the 1ml dropper (usually 20 although check with the supplier)
3. Be consistent
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For CBD oil to work, you need to take it regularly and consistently. Many people who find CBD doesn’t work for them have a tendency to take it ‘as and when’ they need it – in moments of acute stress or pain, for example. 

While this may have some effect, it’s incomparable to the benefits that come from daily use over a prolonged period of time. Taking CBD oil in this way allows cannabinoids to accumulate in your body and rebalance all processes via your endocannabinoid system. If you’re out of balance (which is usually the case if you feel the need to take CBD!) this can take a while to remedy. 

Give your body a chance, with a little time and 2-3 daily doses.

4. Pair with exercise
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Did you know that exercise, yoga and meditation have all been shown to naturally produce endocannabinoids – the neurotransmitters CBD oil helps support the synthesis and release of. One pilot study, undertaken at a 4 day yoga retreat, noted that subjects had increases of 20% anandamide, 2-AG and 1-AG after short meditation sessions. Another study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology revealed that 30 minutes on a treadmill resulted in a significant increase in anandamide in the bloodstream. It’s now believed by many experts that endocannabinoid release may in fact be the main cause of the famous ‘runners high’, rather than endorphins.
 
By pairing CBD oil with exercise, you’re supporting your endocannabinoid system in a truly holistic way. What’s more, there’s evidence to suggest that CBD oil can help with muscle growth and repair too – for less pains after your gains!

5. Product layering
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Sticking with CBD drops might be perfect for some, but others may benefit from product layering to enhance their experience. While taking CBD internally, using drops, capsules, edibles or a vape, is a great way to find balance overall, targeting specific areas with topicals and transdermals can make a huge difference too.
 
One study examining the effect of CBD on arthritis found that application on a CBD gel for 4 consecutive days significantly reduced joint swelling, limb posture scores as a rating of spontaneous pain, immune cell infiltration and thickening of the synovial membrane.
 
Plenty of people also enjoy taking CBD capsules and edibles while topping up with a faster-acting (albeit, with a shorter active life) oil or vape pen. It’s all about finding what works for you!

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