- What CBD strength is right for me
If your doctor doesn’t provide a recommendation, it’s best to start with a smaller dosage and gradually increase it. This could mean starting with 20 to 40 mg a day. After a week, increase this amount by 5 mg. Continue this until you feel that it’s effectively treating your symptoms.
For example, you might start off with 40 mg to treat severe pain. You can take 40 mg on days when you’re in a lot of pain. After a week, you increase it to 45 mg, and after a second week, you use 50 mg. At this point, you might feel that your pain is bearable.
It might be wise to keep track of how much CBD you’re taking and whether your symptoms are getting better. Write it down on paper or in a notes app on your phone.
- What is CBG and CBN?
CBG is the mother cannabinoid, in other words, all cannabinoids start as CBG before molecularly shifting to CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids.
While the research on CBG is limited, studies do exist that suggest that it offers several benefits.
CBG may be able to improve the following health conditions:
Inflammatory bowel disease. CBG seems to reduce the inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a 2013 study conducted on mice.
Glaucoma. Medical cannabis seems to effectively treat glaucoma, and CBG might be partly responsible for its efficacy. A study published in 2008 suggests that CBG might be effective in treating glaucoma because it reduces intra-ocular pressure.
Bladder dysfunctions. Some cannabinoids seem to affect the contractions of the bladder. A 2015 study looked at how five different cannabinoids affect the bladder, and it concluded that CBG shows the most promise at treating bladder dysfunctions.
Huntington’s disease. CBG might have neuro-protective properties, according to a 2015 study that looked at mice with a neurodegenerative condition called Huntington’s disease. The study concluded that CBG might show promise in treating other neurodegenerative conditions.
Bacterial infections. A 2008 study suggests that CBG can kill bacteria, particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which causes drug-resistant staph infections. These infections can be hard to treat and fairly dangerous.
Cancer. A 2014 study looked at colon cancer in rats and concluded that CBG might reduce the growth of cancer cells and other tumors.
Appetite loss. A 2016 study on rats suggested that CBG could stimulate the appetite. Appetite-stimulating chemicals could be used to help those with conditions such as HIV or cancer.
CBN can be understood as a weaker version of THC. When THC components found in the cannabis plant age, they break down. This leads to the formation of a less potent cannabinoid called CBN. It’s about 25% as effective as THC, which makes it a mild chemical.
Unlike CBD, which is entirely non-psychoactive, CBN in larger doses can produce mild psychoactive reactions.
CBN has been shown to have sedative properties that could relieve conditions like insomnia. However, more research is required.
- Pain relief.
In a study of rats, CBN use showed relief in muscle and joint pain conditions like fibromyalgia. The study also noted that pain relief was better when CBD and CBN were used together.
Neuroprotective properties. One 2005 study found that CBN could help delay the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that affects cells in the brain and the spinal cord. CBN was given in small amounts for a period of 12 weeks. However, more research is required in this area.
- Why is CBD expensive
The biggest reason CBD is expensive is simple supply and demand, hemp plants must be grown for several months before undergoing an extraction process with expensive equipment to produce the extracts most commonly used in today’s CBD products.
- What are the different ways to take CBD
Inhalation- smoking or vaping hemp flower – this method has a rapid onset but can agitate the throat or lungs of an inexperienced user.
Ingestion – edibles – this method is often the most popular, CBD or other cannabinoids can be extracted from the hero plant and infused into gummies or chocolates, and other foods.
Sublingual – best of both worlds – many people using CBD for health reasons gravitate to sublingual because you can achieve rapid onset, without having to smoke anything. It works by absorbing CBD directly into your bloodstream via MCT oil. MCT oil stands for Medium-Chain-Triglycerides, derived from coconut oil, MCT is the perfect binding agent for CBD. Not only can it help to deliver over 95% of the CBD that has been infused with it, but also its unique ability to pass directly through the capillaries under your tongue via its perfect molecular size. MCT contains only good fats, these fats break down immediately and actually jump-start your metabolism. Holding a CBD/MCT mixture under your tongue for about 20 seconds will deliver relief in less than 15 minutes.
Topicals – If you’re hoping to reduce inflammation and relieve muscle and joint pain, a topical CBD-infused oil, lotion, or cream may be the best option.