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How to get the most benefit out of CBD edibles

You have probably come across stories about people using cannabidiol (CBD) products to treat their conditions and having stunning results with it. CBD is certainly the in-thing right now, and there’s a growing field of exciting science which explains just why natural cannabis and hemp-derived treatments are proving to be effective. The main compounds in these plants, cannabinoids, fit perfectly into receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a newly-discovered network in the body that influences our health, both mentally and physically – so it’s pretty important!

What sets CBD apart from regular cannabis is that it doesn’t have the pesky psychoactive properties – these are almost solely reserved to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That’s not to discredit THC as it has plenty of unique therapeutic uses, but for those who are unable or morally against taking a mind-altering substance, CBD is an ideal alternative.

Some CBD users enjoy smoking their herb or vaporizing it. Others enjoy vaporizing oil or consuming it sublingually under the tongue. It can even be rubbed into the skin using topical products. But edibles are an old favorite in the world of weed. The edible market has modernized somewhat, however – in addition to homemade brownies, you can also buy CBD-infused gummy bears, lollipops and chocolate bars nowadays! Companies investing in CBD edibles at wholesale level really do have an excellent selection of products to pick from.

Here are a few tips to get the maximum benefit out of your CBD edibles.

Start with a low dose and keep a diary of your experiences

For those who have never used CBD edibles before, it’s best to start off with a low dosage. Even people who have experience with vaping or tincture oils can report different effect – this is down to how the CBD is absorbed by the bloodstream. Starting with a low dosage and gradually increasing is a good way of finding the right balance of CBD. And if you keep a diary of how each experience feels for you, this will only improve your accuracy.

It’s important to find your own ideal CBD setup as the cannabinoid doesn’t affect any two people in the same way – there are various reasons for this, including size and speed of metabolism. While finding dosage recommendations on the packaging and online can be a good guide, they are never any more than that. By having a detailed recollection of the effects of each dose, you can draw up a much more valuable guide than any found online.

Wait at least two hours before taking another dose

CBD edibles are slow to take effect, and this makes them unpopular with some CBD users – however the payoff is that the CBD lasts twice as long than if sublingually absorbed, smoked or vaped.

But since CBD takes between 30 minutes to two hours to work, you should always wait a while before deciding whether you need a stronger dose. Taking too much CBD is not as problematic as taking too much THC, because it’s non-psychoactive and will only leave you feeling drowsy. But there’s little economical sense in consuming a really high dose when you might not even need it. Have patience and if you find that after a couple of hours, you’re still not quite feeling it, that is the time to take a bit more.

Enjoy CBD edibles in the evening

CBD edibles are perhaps the best CBD product to use as a natural sleep aid. The lengthy effects ensure that you get a full night of relaxation and relief, and some research suggests that CBD regulates the body’s circadian rhythm via the ECS.

Edibles are also a brilliant way of gradually unwinding in the evening, and getting you into a calm state of mind, free of anxiety and stress, that is suited to getting to sleep. Take your dose around an hour before you plan on hitting the pillow.

CBD edibles help to reduce inflammation

To maximize the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, you need a CBD product which can interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the gut. This isn’t possible with creams and gels, and e-liquids and tincture oils are also not efficient at doing this. Conversely, as edibles have to be digested, the CBD will work its way through the gut.

Several cannabinoids are thought to possess anti-inflammatory qualities, but CBD’s come from amplifying the presence of the body’s naturally-produced endocannabinoids. These compounds then bind to CB2 receptors to regulate immune system response.

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