Cannabidiol (CBD) is the new kid on the block when it comes to health and wellness. With so many promising benefits and the potential as a helpful food supplement to improve wellbeing and complement your existing treatment for many mild and serious diseases, CBD is fast becoming the most popular supplement of choice for consumers. With it being legal in the United States, United Kingdom and most of the European Union there are many available CBD products already available on the market. Two of the most effective and efficient ways to consume CBD is through using CBD drops or the preferred method of CBD capsules. Below we will discuss many beneficial reasons why CBD capsules are an efficient delivery tool of the cannabinoid, CBD.
Benefits of CBD capsules vs. CBD drops
CBD oil is used in both the capsules and drops. The biggest difference between the two is the capsules have an outer gelatine coating that needs to be dissolved in your digestive tract before the CBD oil becomes absorbed into the bloodstream. While CBD drops are usually used sublingually, the cannabinoids start working within 20 – 30 minutes as it is absorbed directly into your bloodstream through receptors found in your mouth and especially through tissues under your tongue.
Benefits of CBD Capsules
- Slow reaction and long lasting
- Convenient anytime and anywhere
- Easy to calculate the correct dosage
- Natural and organic
When and how to use CBD capsules
There are many types of CBD capsules. You can take them normally with a drink and a meal, or, if you don't mind the taste of CBD oil, you can also bite into the gelatine-coated capsule and take it sublingually for 2-3 minutes, followed by a drink and food.A study has suggested that taking CBD capsules after a meal can increase the bioavailability of the CBD by as much as a 4-fold. CBD capsules can be taken in the morning for focus and energy. Midday for stamina and alertness. And in the evening for relaxation and sleep. The recommended dosage per day is maximum 200MG of CBD. We recommend a maximum of 6 capsules per day with a total of between 60MG or 150MG per day, depending on your tolerance. Dosing CBD is very individualised as CBD dosage is biphasic. This means it can have very different effects at different dosages for your environment and individual needs. The best advice is to take CBD “low and slow”. Start slow (2MG – 4MG per day) and increase your dosage as you feel necessary. CBD will last about 9-10 hours in your bloodstream so for maximum benefit it is best to take it at least twice a day to maximise the benefits.
Can CBD capsules be taken with other supplements?
It is recommended that you consult your general practitioner or doctor before using CBD based supplements with other medicines. Although they are non-toxic, non-addictive and totally natural, it is always best to seek advice when including CBD with a healthy and balanced diet.
How long for CBD capsules to work?
The capsules are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream through use of your liver. So, the effects and benefits of the CBD capsule should be felt anything from 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on your metabolism and environment.
How to make your own CBD oil capsules
It is easy enough to make your own CBD oil capsules at home with a few basic products that you can get from your local shops.
- CBD oil with a dropper
- 45 to 50 empty gelatine capsules (size 00)
- Capsule filling machine (can be done manually)
- Syringe: 10mm with tapered deep reach tips
Open the gelatine capsule in the middle and use the dropper or the CBD oil bottle to half fill the capsule from the dropper. Close the gelatine capsule. While both CBD capsules and CBD drops provide the same effects to the user, the benefits of capsules outweigh the latter. Capsules are a convenient and efficient way to deliver CBD to your body. If you are busy and always on the move, it is always easy to take a CBD capsule with no fuss at all for an extra boost of energy.
Pros and cons of CBD use
As with any supplement or vitamin it is always best to consult your health care professional before including it in your daily health care regimen. Potential side effects are not so severe and you may experience loss of appetite, dizziness and/or a dry mouth. CBD is non-addictive, and does not have potential for abuse or overdose. Many people are nervous to use CBD due to drug test issues. There is no guarantee that use of CBD will not trigger a false positive in a drug test that me be part of your career requirements. However, if you are purchasing your CBD oil from a reputable supplier that produces oil from quality hemp oils you would need to consume large volumes of CBD oil to fail a drug test. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently approved CBD as a listed treatment for athletes muscle recovery and pain relief. “In general, the often-described favourable safety profile of CBD in humans was confirmed and extended by the reviewed research. The majority of studies were performed for treatment of epilepsy and psychotic disorders.” Source
The benefits of including CBD in daily diet are fast gaining momentum with the many claimed and potential positive effects that come with the use of it. Since cannabis and especially CBD has been allowed to be sold as a nutritional supplement across the United Kingdom and most of the EU it would be a good idea to hop on the bandwagon and experience what all the fuss is about.
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