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How Do CBD Capsules Work?

Posted by Lewis Olden on
How Do CBD Capsules Work?

With CBD use growing exponentially there are an increasing number of methods on the market to consume CBD. CBD oils and CBD vapes are often referred to as the most popular and common delivery methods used to take CBD. However, CBD capsules are growing increasingly more popular.

Every form of CBD effect your body in a varied way and each form of CBD interacts with your body differently. How long the CBD takes to interact with your endocannabinoid system is essential in assessing the onset time of a CBD product and how long lasting it is. 

With CBD capsules, they make their way through the digestive system and then into the bloodstream. This can impact your body in a number of different ways.

What are CBD Capsules?

CBD capsules commonly come in the form of soft gel capsules. Within the soft gel capsules there will be CBD formulated within either hemp seed oil or MCT oil. In certain CBD capsules there are also specific flavonoids, terpene, sterols and polyphenols.

CBD capsules are typically taken twice a day, once in the morning and then again at night. 30mg CBD capsules are the most common dose, but this can range from 10mg - 30mg depending on who is manufacturing. The CBD content is not necessarily the best way to judge a CBD capsule as there are other factors, such as the quality of the CBD, the bioavailability of the carrier oil and how well formulated the capsules are.

CBD capsules are taken like any other tablet or capsule you would use, whether it be a prescription medication or a vitamin. 

What is the recommended daily amount of CBD you should take? 

There is no specific dosage that is widely recommended for CBD.  The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK recommends that CBD users take 70mg of CBD per day. However, there are many factors that impact how much CBD affects you. These include your height, weight, body mass, your body’s constitution, metabolism and diet. For instance, someone who is over 6ft is going to need more CBD than someone who is 5ft 4 to have the same strength of effect.

Many clinical studies into CBD often provide the participants a dose of CBD substantially above 70mg per day.  An example of this can be found here.

If you take CBD capsules for two weeks and you do not seem to be feeling any positive effects, it may be worth increasing your dose to see if that has an impact. It is always advisable to start with a low dose and gradually increase your intake of CBD. It is also imperative to review the guidance on the label of the CBD product you have purchased to ascertain how much you should be taking.

How Long Do CBD Capsules take to work?

This amount of time it takes for a CBD capsule to begin to take effect varies a lot and is dependent on a variety of factors. There is a combination of your body size, body shape and metabolism that all impact the level of effect you will feel from the CBD capsule you have taken.  How recently you have eaten food can also have an impact on how long it takes for CBD to work. It normally takes about one hour, maybe two hours before the CBD capsule begin to have an effect on your body and mind. This delay is caused because the CBD capsule has to pass through your digestive system and eventually make it into the bloodstream and it is then distributed around your body. The sensation of CBD can be very subtle, and it is often the case that the true benefit of using CBD is not realised until you stop taking it. Depending on which ailment you are seeking relief from, it will take a different amount of time for the CBD to have a noticeable impact.

Another thing that is crucial to know is that CBD gradually builds up in your system over time and this means that CBD has a cumulative effect. It can take some time for CBD to build up in your system and this is why it is vital to stick with any CBD product you try for at least 10 days. Ensuring that you follow a daily schedule can lead to tremendous benefits and is important to do this to truly assess the efficacy of the CBD product you are trying out. Allowing CBD to build up in your system is crucial to have the best experience of using CBD capsules.

How Does CBD Interact with Your Body? 

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system commonly referred to as the ECS. The endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors that are found throughout the brain and body in the majority of vertebrates. In human beings there have been two kind of cannabinoid receptors that have been found. They are called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These cannabinoid receptors are often bundled together in the central nervous system and also throughout the digestive system. The receptors work with cannabinoids such as anandamide which are naturally produced by the human body to ensure that it remains in homeostasis. CBD is believed to interact with dopamine receptors and plays an integral role in regulating cognition and reward seeking behaviour.

Phytocannabinoids are the cannabinoids that are found in plants and especially the hemp plant. They often resemble the endogenous cannabinoids, and this results in them being compatible with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. This is why CBD and THC can help to maintain the body’s state of homeostasis.

Other CBD Products that may be worth trying

CBD capsules are a very easy way to consume CBD and they are so easily included into your daily routine. However, there are many other alternate options available on the CBD market that may be preferable for some users of CBD.

CBD Patches – Using a CBD patches is an extremely effective way of taking CBD. One CBD patch lasts for 24 hours and is discretely placed on the top of your arm. CBD patches utilise transdermal delivery to provide the user with their daily dose of CBD. CBD patches enable the CBD to be directly absorbed into the bloodstream, this means that the CBD doesn’t have to pass through the digestive system resulting in a much greater percentage of the CBD being absorbed by the body. Ultimately this leads to greater benefits, chronic pain patients have particularly commented on how effective CBD patches can be. 

CBD Vape Oils & E-Liquids – Smoking is the most commonly associated delivery method to cannabis. High quality CBD vapes can be hard to come by. However, by using the best vape product on the market and unique formulations for the CBD vape cartridges, there are vape products that can dramatically help with sleep issues such as insomnia and not being able to fall asleep.

CBD Oil – The most popular method of taking CBD at the moment is using CBD oil. This simple method is simply done by placing a drop of CBD oil underneath your tongue. There are so many CBD oils on the market it can be a minefield to decide which one to choose. Be sure to find a high-quality oil that utilises other botanical ingredients to maximise the effect.

CBD Sprays – Using a device that provides the user with a higher bioavailability of CBD can be great for a variety of reasons. CBD sprays are convenient to use and taste great. They are used throughout the day and enable the user to find great relief.

Topical CBD Skin Care Products – For those who suffer with dry or irritable skin, CBD moisturiser and CBD muscle balms can be a life saver. For conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, CBD creams can allow the user to be itch free and the damaged skin to be repaired. CBD for eczema and psoriasis is extremely popular.

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