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CBD is something everyone’s heard of but not that many people really understand.
As the non-psychoactive counterpart to THC in the cannabis plant, CBD is a drug that’s often misunderstood. People at one end seem to think that it’s synonymous with weed and thus, should be illegal, while others think it’s a wonder drug that can cure any ailment.
The truth is that we need to do more research on CBD before we know how beneficial it really is, but the anecdotal signs are extremely promising. Today, we’re going to discuss the potential benefits of microdosing CBD oil in everyday life. Just a little bit every day could be the thing that cures what ails you.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. It’s also found in the hemp plant and any CBD products that you see in health stores or pharmacies are derived from hemp. For now, cannabis-derived CBD is subject to state cannabis laws.
So, what does CBD do? As we stated earlier, CBD is the non-psychoactive counterpart to THC. THC is what gets you high, CBD elicits many effects, but none of them will alter your state of mind. Instead, a lot of research is being done on the potential benefits that CBD might have on your physical and mental health.
It’s important to note that although there is a lot of promise attached to CBD in the medical community, results have mostly been anecdotal. We’re finding out more about this mysterious and potential life-altering substance every day. Now, let’s look at some of these reported health benefits.
What Are The Health Benefits?
There’s been a lot made of CBD’s ability to curb some of the effects of mental illnesses like depression, stress, anxiety, and PTSD. It appears to calm the brain, supporting the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for regulating emotions and memory.
Some studies have shown CBD to reduce social anxiety in patients, relieve feelings of isolation, and some of the symptoms of PTSD. Many people swear by it as a more natural alternative to dealing with these types of mental health issues. If this proves to be true, we could be looking at a CBD revolution in the near future.
It doesn’t stop there, either. CBD also seems to help with things like muscle inflammation, joint pain from arthritis, and pains associated with MS and other diseases. Regular CBD use could also help give you quality sleep and reduce blood pressure.
What Is Microdosing?
Microdosing is a practice by which you take a tiny amount of a substance more frequently so that it remains in your system and you feel the effects for a longer period of time. Basically, you split up your typical dose into several smaller doses and administer them more often.
The concept of microdosing became prominent in the world of psychedelics. People would microdose LSD or psilocybin to get a diminished, but longer-lasting trip. It’s not really something that’s typically associated with CBD or cannabis in general.
That could all change as more people are exposed to CBD. Microdosing over the course of the day could allow you to experience the therapeutic qualities of CBD more effectively than taking one larger dose per day. It’s all about elongating the positive experience that a lot of people have when they take CBD.
How Microdosing CBD Oil Works
The best way to do this is by microdosing CBD oil. CBD comes in many different capacities and forms, but you can’t microdose with pills, edibles, or even vapes. Oil, on the other hand, allows you to specify the amount you want to take.
This is important because the amount of CBD you can microdose will differ from person to person. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system and everyone’s is a little bit different, so here’s how you should start:
- Consider what it is that you’re attempting to treat with the CBD. The typical dosage will differ between trying to help with muscle discomfort and treating your anxiety.
- If you’re working with a holistic doctor, take their daily suggested amount and split it into four or five doses. Most people take somewhere between 10-20mg of CBD per day, so you’ll be looking at two to five mg as a microdose.
- Start small and work your way up. If you think you might want four mg per microdose, start at two, then make note of how you’re feeling over the next few days. If you can handle more, up it to three mg, and so on.
Since we’re still in the dark on a lot of the effects of CBD, it’s important not to take too much of it at once. There are no known side effects at the moment, but it’s always better to be cautious.
Where To Get CBD Oil?
Because of the 2018 Farm Bill, all hemp-based CBD products are legal to sell anywhere in America. You can find CBD oil in most health food stores, as well as, many organic grocery stores and pharmacies.
Cannabis-derived CBD is usually considered better quality, but you’ll have to visit one of the 11 states that have fully legalized marijuana. There are some states, like Indiana and Iowa, that have CBD available for those with a medical license.
When you visit a dispensary, you’ll notice that none of the CBD products are completely THC free. This is because you can’t extract CBD from cannabis without getting a little bit of THC, but as long as the oil contains much more CBD than THC, you should be fine to microdose with it.
The CBD Wave Of The Future
Microdosing CBD oil could be the next trend in health and wellness. Although we need to continue doing studies and putting more resources into researching this substance, it appears to be the thing we’ve all been waiting for. Time will tell.
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