When you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something. There’s a problem that needs to be fixed. Thousands of people successfully use CBD products for pain management, both directly and indirectly.
The science behind CBD, simplified: every one of us has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which helps bring balance to our physiological systems. CBD interacts with receptors in the ECS, and the interaction activates receptors in our brain and central nervous system, bringing our bodies back into balance. When our ECS is balanced, our bodies function optimally, assisting with the promotion of pain relief. While CBD doesn’t directly impact pain, it can benefit the ECS and have an indirect impact on pain.
Menthol and capsaicin are approved by the FDA to treat pain, and they have a direct impact on pain. Products that combine CBD and menthol or capsaicin often work better for pain relief.
How does menthol work? Menthol is used to treat minor aches and pains in muscles and joints. It produces a cooling and then warming sensation, which distracts us from feeling the aches and pains that lie deeper in our muscles and joints.
How does capsaicin work? Like menthol, capsaicin is used to treat minor aches and pains in muscles and joints. Capsaicin causes a sensation of heat that activates nerves cells and reduces the feeling of pain.
Everyone’s Endocannabinoid System reacts differently to CBD, so different people have different experiences. Finding the right product and the right daily dosage is key to having success with CBD.
How long does CBD take to kick in? Some people feel the effects of CBD within 20 minutes of taking it for the first time, while other people don’t feel the effects until 7 or more days of continued daily usage. Often, the difference in experiences is caused by the quality of CBD products and the variance in dosage routines.
CBD oils taken under the tongue are often felt within 20 minutes, whereas ingestible CBD such as gummies and soft gels commonly take 60-90 minutes to kick in. The type of product and the dosage play important roles in determining how quickly you will feel the effects of CBD.
How long does the effect of CBD last? While the effects of CBD oils can be felt more quickly than ingestibles, the effects of ingestibles tend to last longer. The effects of CBD oils tend to last 2-6 hours, where the effects of CBD ingestibles tend to last 4-8 hours.
What if CBD doesn’t work for me? The most common reasons for not feeling the effects of CBD are 1) using low-quality products and 2) taking the wrong dosage. Try increasing your daily CBD dosage by 10mg until reaching your desired effect, or switch to another product from a different brand. Compare CBD products for pain relief.
Treating pain with CBD should cost less than $5 per day, unless you need an extremely high dosage. Costs vary depending on product category and brand.
Cost range for low dosage CBD: a low dose of CBD is 10mg per day. You can expect to pay between $0.50 – $2.00 per day, depending on the product category and brand.
Cost range for medium dosage CBD: a medium dose of CBD is 25mg per day. You can expect to pay between $1.00 – $2.50 per day, depending on the product category and brand.
Cost range for high dosage CBD: a high dose of CBD is 50mg per day. You can expect to pay between $2.00 – $5.00 per day, depending on the category and brand.
There are thousands of amazing CBD products on the market, and the “right one” for you is highly personal. You’ll need to decide on a spectrum, a dosage, and a product category.
Which CBD spectrum is right for me? If you’re OK with a little THC, full spectrum CBD is highly recommended. Full spectrum CBD contains a tiny amount of THC, which produces an entourage effect and increases the effectiveness of CBD. And, don’t worry, it’s legal in the U.S. and not enough THC to make you feel high.
If you’re not OK with THC, we recommend broad spectrum CBD, which contains CBD and other cannabinoids, but no THC. The other cannabinoids, like CBG and CBN, offer additional benefits.
CBD isolate products contain CBD, but no other cannabinoids. CBD isolate is great for people who need an extremely high dosage of CBD, and for products like CBD bath bombs that are manufactured with a CBD isolate powder (and not a CBD oil extract).
How many milligrams of CBD do I need? We recommend starting with a low dosage of CBD, and you’ll need at least 300mg of CBD for a month’s supply. If you need a higher dosage, you’ll find a lot of great products between 750 – 1,500mg of CBD.
CBD oils: CBD oils are taken under the tongue. They kick in quickly, but don’t last as long as CBD ingestibles. While CBD oils are the most popular CBD product, many people complain about the complexity of figuring out the right dose. For instance, if you have a 1500mg CBD bottle, and a 1ml dropper, and you want to calculate a 10mg dose, you’ll need to do some math.
CBD ingestibles: CBD ingestibles are swallowed. They don’t kick in as quickly as CBD oils, but they tend to last longer. We like CBD ingestibles because they’re often pre-dosed, and finding the right daily dosage can be easier than oils.
CBD topicals: CBD topicals are rubbed into the skin. Unlike CBD oils and ingestibles, CBD topicals do not enter your blood stream, so the effects tend to be more mellow. CBD topicals are great for people who are starting out with CBD and want to try a very mellow product.
CBD transdermals: Like topicals, CBD transdermals are absorbed through the skin, but the CBD penetrates deeper and enters the bloodstream. As a result, CBD transdermals tend to produce a stronger effect than CBD topicals, and they typically remain on your body for 1-3 days.
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Everyone reacts differently to CBD. Start with a low dose of 10mg CBD per day, then adjust as necessary. Repeat daily.
If you increase your daily dosage, you’ll fall into the range of medium CBD dosage, which is 16 – 44 milligrams of CBD. Many daily CBD users take about 25 milligrams per day, or 750 milligrams of CBD per month.
For more extreme symptoms, a high dosage of +45 milligrams of CBD can be successful.
CBD can interact with prescription medications, so it’s important to get advice from a doctor before taking CBD, if you’re taking prescription medications.
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Yes! Hemp CBD was legalized in the United States in 2018. All of our products use verified legally grown hemp from American farmers.
No. CBD does not make you feel high. Our full-spectrum CBD products contain tiny amounts of THC that won’t make you feel high.
Absolutely! We verify the safety of every product we carry. All products have been lab tested by reputable 3rd parties, to ensure what’s on the label is in the container.