picture of different types of CBD: oil, edibles, herb, with varying levels of bioavailability

picture of different types of CBD: oil, edibles, herb, with varying levels of bioavailability

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the second most prevalent cannabinoid in cannabis, and the most prevalent cannabinoid in hemp. In recent years, it’s been growing in popularity owing to dozens of new studies showing its many benefits.

 

Cannabinoids are therapeutic substances that can work directly with your endocannabinoid system and help maintain homeostasis. A homeostatic balance in your endocannabinoid system helps it work to its full potential– effectively turning on and turning off other systems in your body as needed. For that reason, CBD can help with a wide range of conditions, from anxiety to insomnia, and from inflammation to chronic pain.

 

Benefits of CBD

 

Supplementing your endocannabinoid system with CBD has the potential to provide many benefits. Scientific studies as well as the anecdotal evidence of CBD users shows that daily CBD use seems to have multiple benefits. Here are the main benefits of vaping CBD:

 

  1. Can ease anxiety and depression

  2. Relieves inflammation in the body

  3. Relieves chronic and acute pain

  4. Improves sleep

  5. Has antioxidant properties

  6. Supports digestion

  7. May lower blood pressure

  8. May prevent seizures

  9. Could prevent diabetes

  10. Relieves nausea and vomiting

 

CBD Bioavailability

 

CBD molecule, which enters your body more effectively with high-bioavailability methods

CBD molecule, which enters your body more effectively with high-bioavailability methods

 

What is bioavailability? Bioavailability describes the amount of a substance that is able to enter your bloodstream, thus enabling it to deliver its effects. The bioavailability of any substance depends on its method of consumption.

 

If you take 100 milligrams of a particular substance or medication, you want as close as 100 mg as possible to reach your bloodstream, so that your body can fully access its benefits. One hundred percent bioavailability would mean that all 100 of those milligrams enter your bloodstream. Seventy-five percent bioavailability means that your body receives 75 mg of the 100. If only 50 mg of the 100 mg taken reaches your bloodstream, its bioavailability would be rated 50%, and so on.

 

Higher bioavailability gives you more effectiveness and more benefits at a lower cost. So no matter the substance, it makes sense to choose the method of administration with the highest bioavailability. This will increase its effectiveness and save you time and money.

 

Methods of Administration and Their Bioavailability

 

The only drug administration method that offers 100% bioavailability is intravenous administration. Of course, this is not a convenient or safe method for daily use of any substance, and because fat-soluble CBD extract is typically suspended in MCT oil, it is not even an option for at-home administration. There are four main routes of administration for CBD:

 

  • Ingestion

 

Taking CBD orally, whether by taking it in capsule form or in a CBD edible or CBD beverage, is a convenient and discreet method of taking CBD.

 

However, it takes 2-3 hours for the CBD to reach your bloodstream, as it has to pass through your entire digestive system first. And the bioavailability of ingested CBD is only 13-19%.

 

Ingesting CBD is not the most effective or efficient way to get CBD into your bloodstream.

 

  • Sublingual

 

    Because of its increased speed of effectiveness, sublingual (under the tongue)

administration of CBD oil has become a popular way to take your daily dose of CBD.

 

There is a vast network of blood vessels under your tongue. Applying CBD oil directly to this area and holding it there for 30-60 seconds as it absorbs is a quick and effective way to take CBD.

 

Although it is fast-acting, the bioavailability of taking CBD sublingually is still only 13-19%, though some studies have measured it at up to 35%.

 

  • Topical / Transdermal

 

    While applying CBD products to the skin can be an effective way to directly treat

particular skin conditions, it is not a practical or bioavailable way to get CBD into your system. The bioavailability of topical CBD is very low, as it cannot cross the skin barrier into your bloodstream.

 

However, delivery of CBD through a transdermal patch, which can deliver CBD directly into your bloodstream throughout the day, is higher. This technology is still being developed but shows promise, especially for people who suffer from chronic pain.

 

  • Inhalation

 

    Inhaling CBD directly into your lungs is the easiest and fastest way to get it into your

bloodstream. Because the lungs push oxygen directly into your bloodstream, the effects are felt nearly instantaneously.

 

    Inhalation of CBD via smoking or vaping has a bioavailability of 34-46%, with some

studies finding bioavailability of up to 56%.

What is the Most Bioavailable Form of CBD?

 

a woman vaping CBD, the most effective and bioavailable way to consume CBD products

a woman vaping CBD, the most effective and bioavailable way to consume CBD products

 

The most bioavailable method by far of taking CBD is through inhalation (smoking or vaping).

 

While smoking CBD has the dangerous side effect of inhaling smoke into the lungs, vaping is a cleaner form of inhalation, with no lingering secondhand smoke to annoy those around you.

Vaping is a safe, clean, and highly bioavailable method of getting your daily dose of CBD!

 

Renact is proud to offer an effective line of CBD vapes, tailored to your particular needs. Shop now!

 

How To Dose CBD For Better Sleep

How To Dose CBD For Better Sleep

A Complete Guide To CBD Dosage For Sleep

 

In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of scientific studies showing that CBD could relieve many sleep disorders: insomnia, nightmares, difficulties staying asleep, and agitated sleep.

 

The molecule cannabidiol (CBD) is already known for relieving stress and anxiety, both of which play a key role in sleep quality. Further, some new studies show that CBD could help you achieve a deeper sleep state, giving you a much more restorative night of sleep.

 

For many people, taking CBD for sleep isn’t so easy. Finding the right CBD dosage for sleep takes time, as we all have different needs, different bodies, and slightly different endocannabinoid systems. In this article, we’ll guide you through finding a dose of CBD that works well for your body—no matter its current state!

 

Does CBD Help You Sleep?

 

To date, there are a few studies showing that CBD helps people sleep. For example, this 2019 large-case study showed that patients who took CBD over extended periods of time tended to improve not only their stress level, but also their sleep quality.

 

CBD for Sleep and Anxiety

 

It’s no wonder that CBD, a well-established anxiety-relieving molecule, would help people to fall asleep. When our bodies are tense and we suffer from stress, it’s naturally much harder to fall asleep. Stress and anxiety activate the body’s “fight or flight” response system. In essence, it makes our bodies believe that we may be in danger. This creates an increased state of alertness which naturally decreases our ability to find peaceful sleep.

 

Beyond the psychological symptoms of stress and anxiety, these conditions also cause our muscles to tense up. Because CBD is a natural muscle relaxant, it can trick our bodies into thinking that we are feeling relaxed and ready for a good night of sleep.

 

By playing on both the psychological and physical aspects of stress, CBD is a very powerful molecule when it comes to relieving sleep disorders.

 

CBD Improves Sleep Cycles

CBD Improves Sleep Cycles

CBD Improves Sleep Cycles

In a 2014 study, researchers found that CBD had a direct effect on the REM stage of sleep. REM stands for “rapid eye movement”, and it’s the phase of sleeping in which we have intense dreams. Although we spend most of our sleeping time out of REM sleep, this particular phase is crucial. The dream state helps us process our psychological states and stimulates certain areas of the brain associated with emotional regulation and learning.

 

In this 2014 study, scientists observed the effects of CBD on patients who suffer from REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD)—what most of us know as “agitated sleep”. CBD was shown to help patients experience fewer nightmares, and stay stiller during REM cycles.

 

As a result, we can assume that taking CBD for sleep could help us experience more restorative nights by improving the quality of our REM cycles.

 

CBD Dosage For Sleep—Help With Finding Your Ideal Dose

 

Now that we’ve answered the question, “does CBD help you sleep?”, let’s take a closer look at how to actually experience these benefits.

 

It’s a common misconception that the dose of CBD you should take depends on the severity of your condition. In actuality, it has so much more to do with your body: how tall you are, how much you weigh, your age, and your familiarity with cannabis products.

 

Furthermore, it’s worth noting that you shouldn’t take too much CBD when you’re first starting out. Studies have shown that CBD only has a few, relatively mild side effects. That being said, taking a lot of CBD for the first time could lead to feeling nauseous, changes in appetite, and occasionally even increased anxiety.

 

When you begin trying to find your ideal CBD dosage for sleep, it’s better to start low and go slow. Here are some good starting point for beginners:

 

CBD Dosage For Sleep — Complete Beginners

 

Under 50kgs: 7mg/day

50 – 75kgs: 10mg/day

75 – 100kgs: 15mg/day

over 100kgs: 20mg or up

 

Once you’ve been taking a “beginner” dose for over a week, you could try increasing it progressively. The goal here is to find a dose that helps you fall asleep—no more and no less. To find that out, we highly recommend keeping a journal, in which you will detail every day:

  • How much CBD you took, expressed in milligrams.
  • What kind of CBD product you took.
  • How you slept.
  • How rested you feel in the morning.

 

Keeping that journal over a period of a few weeks will help you determine the point at which you’ve found the right CBD dosage for sleep according to your own needs.

 

How To Take CBD For Sleep: What To Take And When

When it comes to taking CBD for sleep, there are a lot of options open to you. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular ones.

 

CBD edibles are products like CBD capsules or gummies, which release CBD through the gastrointestinal tract after you’ve ingested them. Because they have relatively low bioavailability, these products don’t necessarily offer the best value for money. They also take a relatively long time to kick in, so you may need to take them about 2 hours before your bedtime. That being said, because they offer a slow release of CBD over the course of many hours, they can be a great option for those who struggle with staying asleep.

 

CBD oil is a very versatile product. You can take it under the tongue, apply it topically, or even mix it in with food to ingest as an edible. CBD oil can offer very good value for money, especially when taken under the tongue, which has relatively high rates of bioavailability.

 

Smoking CBD flower isn’t necessarily a bad option for those who are already regular smokers. It delivers CBD into your system fast, which is ideal for those struggling with insomnia. That being said, it comes with the usual problems associated with smoking any substance.

 

Vaping CBD offers very high rates of bioavailability, which means that CBD vapes for sleep offer terrific value for money. It’s much safer than smoking, and offers the same fast release of the molecule. Compared to smoking CBD, a vape also makes it much easier to track how many milligrams you are taking in, as you’ll know how many milligrams is in each puff.

 

When to Take CBD for Sleep

 

Depending on the consumption method of your choice, take the CBD product straight before bed (for sublingual CBD oil, smoking or vaping CBD), or a few hours before (for CBD edibles). In any case, the time that CBD takes to kick in depends on the person. Again, this is something that you can track using a journal: note down when you take CBD and when you start feeling sleepy. This will give you a good indication of the ideal time for you to consume your CBD product.

 

Final Words

 

We wish we could give you hard and fast rules such as “take 25mg of CBD 30 minutes before bedtime for maximum benefits”. Unfortunately, finding the right CBD dosage for sleep isn’t that easy—it’s all about understanding your body and how it interacts with the molecule. So keep this in mind: give yourself time to experiment, write down your experience, and progressively increase from a small dose in order to find the best dose of CBD for your unique needs.

 

Renact offers a CBD vaping extract that is formulated especially for those with sleep disorders. As well as CBD, it contains helpful cannabinoids and terpenes which are known to relieve anxiety and improve sleep quality. Give it a try and order your first CBD sleep vaping kit today!

Cannabis leaves used to fight nausea

Cannabis leaves used to fight nausea

You may have already heard that patients all over the world are using CBD when undergoing chemotherapy. It’s not just that CBD helps with pain and anxiety, but it can actually relieve another common side effect of chemo: nausea. And it’s not just chemotherapy patients who can benefit from taking CBD for nausea. Those suffering from motion sickness and even hangovers have a lot to gain from taking the anti-emetic (nausea-preventing) molecule CBD. To learn more about how CBD works and how it can relieve nausea, keep reading!

What Causes Nausea?

 

man suffering from nausea

man suffering from nausea

 

Nausea and vomiting are two basic bodily processes that probably have an evolutionary cause. Throwing up after eating bad food has definitely saved many people’s lives!

 

Most of the time, it’s easy to see why we get nauseous. But at times, it can seem wholly mysterious. For example, some people get nauseous while giving a presentation, others while taking the train.

Nausea is also a side-effect of many conditions: anxiety disorders, motion sickness, migraines. What’s more, it often affects people who take certain medications, whether it’s the aforementioned chemotherapy, the contraceptive pill, or even strong zinc supplements.

 

If you are experiencing frequent nausea without being able to determine the cause, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor. Nausea is occasionally a symptom of a bigger issue.

 

Most of the time, however, nausea is simply a very annoying feeling that some of us have to put up with—that’s where CBD could come in handy.

 

Does CBD Help With Nausea? Here’s What The Research Shows

 

There aren’t a lot of studies on the effects of CBD for nausea and vomiting. However, the ones that do exist are very promising. For example, this study found that the molecule CBD could suppress nausea and vomiting when taken at the correct dose (more on that later.) The scientists behind the study even suggested that it should be researched as a potential treatment against nausea and vomiting for chemotherapy patients.

 

The reason why taking CBD for nausea seems to work is that the endocannabinoid system plays a huge part in regulating these processes. By acting as a CB1 agonist (a molecule that stimulates the CB1 receptor of the endocannabinoid system), CBD affects the endocannabinoid system and suppresses nausea and vomiting.

 

CBD isn’t the only molecule in cannabis that works against nauseous feelings. Terpenes (the molecules that give hemp its unique smell) can also be very effective against nausea and vomiting. For that reason, taking CBD extract that also contains other cannabinoids and terpenes can be much more effective.

 

That being said, CBD can occasionally cause nausea when taken in large doses. When your body isn’t used to a new molecule, it can make you feel unwell at the beginning. Starting with very low doses of CBD will ensure that it makes your nausea better and not worse.

 

How People Use CBD For Nausea And Vomiting

 

As we’ve previously mentioned, a large part of those using CBD for nausea and vomiting do so while undergoing chemotherapy. During that time, many people feel nauseous constantly as a result of the strong medicine they are taking. Taking CBD can help them feel less nauseous, which can also allow them to eat more and feel better.

 

For Medical Conditions

 

There are countless other reasons to take CBD for nausea: if you suffer from Crohn’s disease, motion sickness, an eating disorder, or even hormonal problems. Because CBD is a safe molecule to take every day, it’s perfectly suitable for those with long-term conditions. Besides, CBD has many other properties that could relieve other symptoms of those conditions.

 

For Hangovers

 

One thing that’s recently become popular is taking CBD for hangovers. With the ability to relieve headaches, soothe anxiety, and stop vomiting, CBD is a pretty ideal molecule for these situations.

 

Taking CBD During Pregnancy May Not Be Safe

 

Although morning sickness is very common during pregnancy, we don’t recommend taking CBD while you’re expecting. The truth is, we know very little about how CBD could affect the development of the fetus or the health of the pregnant person. Until we know more, avoid taking any kind of cannabis product during pregnancy.

 

The Best Way To Use CBD For Nausea

a woman using CBD for nausea and vomiting by smoking a vape

a woman using CBD for nausea and vomiting by smoking a vape

 

 

If you’d like to get started on using CBD for nausea, here are a few tips for you.

 

First, don’t try to take too much at once. CBD can have some side-effects (although they’re typically very mild), which occur when taking a large dose when your body is not used to it. For a beginner, 10mg a day is a good place to start. After a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to gradually build up the dose until you feel relief from your symptoms.

 

Because of the positive effects of terpenes and other cannabinoids (CBN, CBG, CBC…), we also recommend using a broad- or full-spectrum CBD product. Our vaping extracts are made with terpene-rich full-spectrum CBD which is ideal for relieving nausea.

 

Vaping CBD is a great option for nauseous people, as it’s one of the fastest ways to get the molecule into your system. If you don’t want to vape, you could also get CBD oil, which can take effect in just 10 to 15 minutes when placed directly under the tongue. We don’t recommend CBD edibles for nausea, as these take a long time to act and occasionally cause more nausea.

 

Final Words

 

So, does CBD help with nausea? The research shows that it does! What’s more, CBD has a wide range of other benefits which means it could work wonders for people who suffer from nausea alongside pain, anxiety, or inflammation.

 

At Renact, we craft patented cannabinoids formulas that are fast-acting, effective, and clinically tested. Get your starter kit now to uncover all of the benefits of CBD for nausea and much more!

 

CBD has been all over the news and social media in the past couple of years. This non-psychoactive cannabis molecule could have wonderful benefits for many different types of conditions, including:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Inflammatory and autoimmune conditions

As CBD grew in popularity, CBD products also became a lot easier to find. Nowadays, CBD oil, gummies, or vapes are all over health shops and online stores.

When you look at these products, you might see a couple of phrases you don’t understand. For example, labels show that CBD products are made with “CBD isolate”, “full spectrum CBD”, or “broad spectrum CBD”. But what does that actually mean? What are the different types of CBD? And which one should you go for? 

What is CBD?

First things first, let’s take a closer look at the cannabis molecule Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is naturally found in cannabis plants, as one of the main “cannabinoids”. Simply put, cannabinoids are cannabis molecules that have the ability to interact with the human endocannabinoid system.

Most people mainly know of one cannabinoid: THC. THC is the molecule that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties (it’s what makes people “high”!) CBD is very different from THC. First of all, it’s a completely non-psychoactive molecule, which is actually legal all over the Western world. And whereas many people use THC for recreational reasons, CBD is mainly used in a therapeutical setting. Here’s how:

The Benefits Of CBD

Many people see CBD as a new molecule or as a trendy ingredient because of its sudden rise in popularity. However, scientists have already been researching CBD for several decades. 

One of the first uses of CBD was to treat certain types of epilepsy, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Today, we also know that CBD has many other uses, such as relieving pain, inflammation, and even mental symptoms like anxiety or depression. 

Three Different Types of CBD

Technically, there is only one type of CBD: the cannabidiol molecule. However, there are many ways to extract that molecule from the cannabis plant. This is what gives us three different types of CBD: CBD isolate, broad spectrum CBD, and full spectrum CBD. 

 

1- CBD Isolate

As its name suggests, CBD isolate is what you get from “isolating” cannabidiol from all other cannabis compounds. 

To obtain CBD isolate, the CBD molecule has to be separated from other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, fat molecules, chlorophyll, and other types of plant matter. The resulting product contains over 98% CBD molecules. 

When doing research on CBD, scientists often use CBD isolate. As the “purest” form of CBD, isolate doesn’t contain other compounds which could also have an effect on the human body. CBD isolate makes it easy to see just how CBD impacts the human body. But for therapeutic purposes, it might not be the best type of CBD out there. 

How is CBD Isolate Extracted?

How do CBD manufacturers go from cannabis plant matter (flowers, leaves, stalks) to a pure CBD powder? There are two main methods of extraction used to produce CBD isolate: 

CO2 Extraction

CO2 extraction is probably the best method to obtain CBD isolate. Unlike solvent extraction, it guarantees that the final product won’t contain any traces of alcohol or other solvents. 

CO2 extraction uses both pressure and temperature to transform cannabis into pure CBD powder. Temperature is necessary for the process known as “decarboxylation”. For cannabis to develop CBD molecules, it needs to be heated up past a certain temperature. Once this has been done, CO2 gas is used to separate CBD molecules from the plant matter. 

Whereas CO2 extraction tends to use high temperatures, subcritical CO2 extraction works with lower temperature. This latter method is more advanced and expensive. However, it’s also a lot better, since it preserves more of the terpenes found in cannabis. 

Ethanol Extraction 

Ethanol extraction uses grain alcohol to extract CBD from hemp flowers. It’s a relatively easy and cost-effective way of getting CBD isolate. However, there is always the risk that the final product will contain traces of alcohol. This could give it an unpleasant taste, and make it less “pure”. 

The Uses of CBD Isolate

Both methods result in an odorless, tasteless white powder called CBD isolate. This powder is usually mixed in with other ingredients. For example, it can be mixed with a topical cream to make CBD balm, or added to other ingredients to create CBD gummies. Manufacturers can also put pure CBD isolate into capsules to create 100% CBD softgels. 

CBD isolate is also the best form of CBD to create products such as sublingual strips or transdermal patches. 

As we mentioned previously, CBD isolate is often used in research. Compared to broad spectrum CBD which contains a lot of terpenes, CBD isolate doesn’t contain any. It’s useful for scientists as it allows them to see exactly what CBD does to the body. For example, when they find out that CBD isolate cream relieves topical inflammation, they know that this effect wasn’t caused by limonene or pinene instead.

For consumers however, CBD isolate might not be the best option. The effects of CBD are much stronger when the molecule is taken together with other cannabinoids or terpenes. In that sense broad or full spectrum CBD is more effective than CBD isolate for the same dosage. 

 

2- Full Spectrum CBD

 

The rapid rise in the popularity of CBD is largely due to the benefits its users have observed over time. But what are the effects of CBD?Below, we’ll take a deep dive and answer specific questions about how CBD makes you feel via various consumption methods, as well as discuss various dosage options, and the effects of CBD vs THC.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, also known as (CBD) is a natural compound extracted primarily from the cannabis plant, typically and specifically from hemp, while in its flowering stage. CBD is one of up to 113 different known cannabinoids found in the resinous parts of the hemp plant. There are three types of CBD products available for purchase, with some strict restrictions in some states or countries. Three types of CBD products include:

  1. Full-spectrum CBD
  2. Broad-spectrum CBD
  3. CBD Isolate

Full-spectrum CBD products can contain whole plant compounds and up to 113 different cannabinoids. The highest quality CBD products providing the most benefit are arguably products containing the entire plant’s compounds including terpenes, flavonoids, and other natural whole plant compounds. Broad-spectrum CBD products contain nearly every whole plant compound. However, they contain below 0.2% THC. What makes broad-spectrum CBD a fantastic choice is that it gives you most of the same benefits as full-spectrum CBD. However, broad-spectrum products only contain traces of THC. With the THC molecule under the legal 0.2% limit, broad-spectrum products are able to be sold in states with strict cannabis laws. Finally, CBD isolate is a highly-processed product that contains nearly 100% CBD without any other compounds or cannabinoids. CBD isolate is great for those who want the isolated benefits of CBD, and no possible traces of THC.

What do you feel when you take CBD?

In general, the primary effects you feel when taking CBD start with relaxation and an increase in your overall well-being. CBD can also make you feel peaceful and calm, with mild relief from temporary discomfort Along with relaxing feelings, you can also experience an increase in focus and more restful sleep. However, if you’re taking full or broad-spectrum CBD extract, you can also experience a wider range of benefits due to the effect of other cannabinoids. The entourage effect simply means that CBD extract works better when it also contains other cannabinoids and whole plant ingredients that synergistically work together to produce a more well-rounded and potent effect.

Does CBD make you high?

CBD is non-psychoactive and won’t get you high. With a CBD product that’s guaranteed THC-free or has under 0.2% THC, you don’t have to worry about feeling “high”. It would take a ratio of around 7 to 8% THC to start feeling a euphoric, recreational effect.

THC vs CBD effects: what are the differences?

THC and CBD are similar molecules, but they attach to endocannabinoid receptors in different ways. As a result, the effects they offer are completely different. The main difference between THC and CBD is that THC gets you high, whereas CBD will not get you high—not even a little bit. Regardless of the consumption method, THC can trigger a euphoric feeling, as well as many other beneficial effects. On the other hand, CBD gives you more of a full-body effect that is soothing and relaxing.

How does dosage influence CBD’s effects?

CBD can produce different kinds of effects, depending on the dose you take. The ideal dose of CBD for you will depend on your consumption method, the severity of your condition, age, weight, what you’re using it for, and many other factors. CBD interacts with other cannabinoids, and they can reinforce each other’s potency. That being said, before taking CBD, it’s best to have a quick chat with your doctor to make sure it doesn’t have any negative interactions with your current medication or lifestyle habits.

Does CBD make you sleepy?

By itself, without any other whole plant compounds or cannabinoids, CBD doesn’t make you sleepy. If you’re taking a CBD isolate that’s 99.9% or more pure CBD, you won’t experience any sleep-promoting effects. In order to experience the soporific (inducing drowsiness or sleep) effects of CBD, you’ll need to take full- or broad-spectrum CBD extract that includes cannabinoids (such as CBG) that are known to make you sleepy.

While shopping around for the best full- or broad-spectrum CBD product to help you with sleep, look for products that are high in CBG and also contain other whole plant ingredients, such as terpenes and flavonoids. When taking CBD with CBG and other whole plant compounds, you’ll get the added benefit of the entourage effect: hemp molecules are stronger when taken together.

How long does it take to start feeling the effects of CBD?

The way you take CBD determines how fast you’ll start noticing its effects. Inhaling or vaping CBD provides the fastest (almost immediate) onset of effects, while ingesting CBD won’t show results as fast—because it has to go through your digestive system first. Average time to feel CBD effects based on your consumption method. (source)

  1. Inhaling—almost immediately
  2. Sublingual tincture—15 – 45 minutes
  3. Ingesting—one to two hours
  4. Topical—a few minutes

Depending on how much you take and the severity of your condition, the time it takes for CBD to take effect can vary. Keep in mind that CBD won’t hit you the same way as THC. CBD typically offers a more gentle onset and releases more slowly overtime. Experiment with each method of consumption to discover what works best for your needs at the moment.

How long are you going to feel the effects of CBD?

How long you’re going to feel the effects of CBD depends on several factors, including your body chemistry, how much CBD you take, your consumption method, and more. In general, you’ll feel the effects of CBD for 2 to 6 hours. (source)

Tincture, vape, flowers: do CBD effects change depending on the method of consumption?

CBD will have nearly the same effect regardless of your consumption method. However, each method of consumption offers different levels of bioavailability. The word “bioavailability” refers to how much of the CBD you take actually reaches your bloodstream and endocannabinoid receptors. Certain consumption methods send CBD straight to your bloodstream. However, with other methods, a lot of CBD molecules get lost along the way. Bioavailability of CBD depending on consumption method.

  1. Ingested – 6% (source)
  2. Inhaled – 56% (source)
  3. Sublingual – 12%
  4. Suppository – 13.5% (source)
  5. Topical
  6.  

Can CBD make you feel bad?

If you take the right dose, CBD won’t make you feel bad and it won’t cause you to experience any negative psychoactive effects.However, there are a few nuances and some potential side effects to be aware of before you decide to take CBD. According to the medical journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, a few of the most commonly reported side effects of CBD were changes in weight and appetite, diarrhea, and tiredness. Some prescription medications can negatively interact with CBD, such as clobazam, which could cause you to experience more of the negative side effects of your current medication. Moreover, CBD can interact with certain medications (particularly those carrying a grapefruit warning.) Taking CBD alongside these medications could stop them from working properly—so make sure to consult your physician if you’re on any type of medication.

Conclusion

CBD has many awesome benefits, and can make you feel very relaxed. With so many different types of CBD products to choose from, you’ll be able to find the best one for your needs. Before taking CBD for the first time, it’s best to have a quick chat with your doctor to make sure you won’t have any potential negative reactions.

“Hangover cures” is one of the most searched terms on Google and just about every other search engine. Unfortunately, not every cure that you come across on the internet works, and hangover cures are no exception to this rule. Even though CBD is not an exact hangover solution, credible scientific evidence suggests that it can mitigate some symptoms of hangovers.

Why Do We Get Hangovers?

Several factors can lead to hangovers—which we’ll briefly discuss in this section.

The role of dehydration in a hangover

Dehydration is one of the main reasons why we get hangovers.

Alcohol is a diuretic. Diuretics help our bodies get rid of extra fluid and salt. But in the case of alcohol, they do a little too well, meaning they make you pee excessively. Simply put, if you don’t stay hydrated when drinking alcohol, chances are high that you will become severely dehydrated! So don’t be surprised if you feel headaches, nausea, and fatigue after drinking your favorite alcoholic beverage.

Alcohol irritates your gastrointestinal system

Key gastrointestinal manifestations of a hangover are also a direct consequence of alcohol consumption. Booze irritates the digestive lining and makes your digestive tract produce more acid.

This is what leads to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Alcohol drains your electrolytes

Alcohol can also drain your body of electrolytes. These chemical messengers allow our cells to communicate effectively. When our bodies are deficient in electrolytes, headaches, irritability, and physical weakness are common.

What causes the unpleasant effects of a hangover?

Our body breaks down the alcohol we consume into various components.

Acetaldehyde is one of these components. This rather reactive compound must undergo many catabolic reactions to be appropriately excreted from the body.

While this happens, acetaldehyde exerts its toxic effects on our bodies. And that’s why hangovers feel so terrible!

How does Alcohol Affect your Endocannabinoid System?

Could cannabis help to mitigate the effects of a hangover?

To answer this question, we have to go deeper into the workings of the endocannabinoid system.

The role of the endocannabinoid system (ECS)

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) has a vital role in our body. Its influence spreads from metabolic processes to how we tackle pain, anxiety, and stress. Two critical receptors in this system include CB1 and CB2. The triggering molecules for these receptors are called endocannabinoids and cannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are produced by our body, whereas cannabinoids come from sources like the cannabis plant.

The role of the ECS in hangovers

One theory that explains why cannabis helps with hangovers is that THC has a strong effect on the workings of the endocannabinoid system. It leads to effects like relaxation and nausea reduction.

But wait a minute, why are we talking about this anyway?

Well, we know that alcohol is responsible for many unfortunate effects in the endocannabinoid system. Indulge too much in alcohol, and you will suffer from problems in the ECS! Recent research suggests that even short-term alcohol use can have severe effects on the ECS.

Restoring ECS balance can help overcome the hangover symptoms that we have mentioned, and CBD can clearly help you with that.

Hangover Symptoms that CBD Can Help With

  • CBD Reduces The Nausea Caused By Hangovers

Antiemetics are drugs that are really effective in relieving nausea and vomiting. Those of you who suffer from motion sickness may have already used an antiemetic. Why are we talking about antiemetics here? Because hangover causes similar problems to motion sickness and cannabis is an excellent antiemetic substance! For example, cancer patients find relief from intense nausea and vomiting when taking marijuana.

CBD also has plenty of similar benefits. According to experts, consuming the whole cannabis plant gives you some of the best results. But if you are wary of marijuana’s intoxicating effects, you can opt for CBD instead and get similar results.

  • CBD Helps Relieve Migraines

Hangover migraines are not fun. But CBD might help you get rid of them.

A 2016 study showed that medical cannabis has the potential to reduce migraines significantly. A similar study (2018) also suggests that cannabis can be effective against migraines.

While we wait for more research on that topic, cannabis does seem to be a viable option for relieving migraines.

  • CBD Reduces Stress And Anxiety Caused by Hangovers

The American Psychological Association’s defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” These are common symptoms to experience during a hangover.

CBD has already shown its merits in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CBD was effective in rat model experiments. Similarly, promising results were observed in the studies that evaluated CBD’s effect on social anxiety and PTSD.

We are waiting for more research on this, but here’s what we know about how it works: our brain has specific receptors which CBD molecules can bind to. Once this binding occurs, CBD molecules stimulate signaling pathways which ultimately reduces feelings of depression and anxiety. Cannabinoid receptors are the subject of a lot of research right now—so we can expect a lot more insights soon!

What is the Best CBD Dosage for Hangovers?

Dosage is always an essential question whenever we talk about cannabis products. CBD products are no exception. Starting with a dose of around 5 mg is highly recommended for hangovers; you can always amp it up later.

However, the dose you should take is influenced by a few factors. The most important one is the method of consumption. A few routes via which CBD is consumed usually include:

 

Oral Orally consumed CBD has very low bioavailability. Bioavailability describes the amount of a substance efficiently absorbed and utilized by our body. If you take CBD orally (capsules for example), you will have to take more to observe its effects. It’s not the best choice to ease hangover symptoms fast.
Sublingual Sublingual CBD consumption has high bioavailability. It allows an absorption via the sublingual mucous membranes. The CBD molecules diffuse through the bloodstream and the cells of your body. Unlike oral administration or ingestion, CBD does not go through the digestive system or the liver, which is why it works faster.
Vapor Vaping is the most efficient method of consuming CBD. It sends CBD to your bloodstream through the lungs and creates an instant effect. It’s likely your best bet to ease hangover symptoms as quickly as possible.
Topical CBD can be used topically as well; you can apply it in the form of a cream or salve. It works very fast and has high bioavailability. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many topical CBD products on the market today.

 

How Can You Enhance The Effects Of CBD For Hangovers?

  • Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids is one way of overcoming hangovers. The diuretic nature of alcohol is the reason why vasopressin release is inhibited. Vasopressin is the hormone that is responsible for decreasing the urine volume produced by our kidneys. As more and more fluid leaves our body, it becomes essential to rehydrate. Otherwise, you will find it very hard to shrug off the effects of a hangover. Rehydrating yourself becomes even more critical if you are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting. So make sure you are sipping enough water to give yourself a decent chance of recovering soon!

  • Get Enough Sleep

Research shows that alcohol consumption can interfere with our sleep duration. Poor sleep is often associated with worsening hangovers. We know some of you are a little surprised, and we get the shock! Yes, alcohol can promote sleep initially. However, if you consume alcohol excessively, it can really disrupt your sleep patterns. It is also important to mention that with lack of sleep come other symptoms of a hangover, for example, fatigue and headaches. So by getting a good night’s sleep, you will give your body a great chance to recover from most of the unplesant symptoms associated with hangovers.

  • Eat Carbs

Drinking can significantly lower your blood sugar levels. And when that happens, you will feel some effects in the form of fatigue and headaches. What exacerbates the situation is the fact that people forget to eat when they are drunk. As a result, sugar levels dip even more!

Simply eating any kind of carb-heavy food can restore your sugar levels and help with the symptoms of hangovers.

  • Use Supplements

We are waiting for more evidence on this one, but supplements have shown promising results in mitigating symptoms of hangovers. Some of the popular ones are ginger, borage oil, and prickly pear. Red ginseng has also shown promising results because it reduces blood alcohol levels. These supplements work like a charm if you are feeling nauseous.

Conclusion

So there you are. Cannabis generally and CBD specifically is fast becoming a popular choice for getting over hangovers. Scientific studies, some of which we have shared in this article, suggest that CBD can become the number one choice for making it through hangovers. The gift of cannabis keeps on giving!

Have you ever used CBD for hangovers? This might be the time to give it a go!