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CBD patches deliver a long-lasting dose very efficiently. Photo by: Shutterstock

The way CBD interacts with and leaves your body depends on several factors that vary from person to person.

Dosage matters

CBD interacts with the brain and body through a number of mechanisms. Upon ingestion, CBD interacts with a wide range of proteins in the body and central nervous system. A key part of this interaction takes place within the endocannabinoid system (ECS) — specifically the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors.

Inhalation is often seen as an effective method of delivery for CBD because of how quickly it’s absorbed in the body. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

When it comes to easy, effective CBD dosing, transdermal patches have a lot going for them. Based on the same principles as nicotine or birth control patches, CBD patches deliver a long-lasting dose very efficiently. The cannabinoid readily diffuses into our skin, through our skin cells, and into the bloodstream, especially when it’s helped along by permeation enhancers. Patches can help with localized skin and muscle issues but they are right up there with smoking when it comes to getting as much of the CBD you consume into your bloodstream as possible. It’s also a discreet option that delivers a steady dose over hours.

For somebody that isn’t struggling with major inflammation, or mental health issues, a 10mg daily serving at night should be enough for most people to sleep better, but occasionally more might be needed.

It’s important to experiment to find out the right dosage needed, which is also why it’s important to be patient and give it time – sometimes it can take us long as 30 days for CBD to build up in the system and deliver the life changing results you are looking for.

I’ve been taking CBD oil for a while now and not feeling anything….

This is a common question and problem when it comes to CBD oil. The short answer, is that it depends on the individual – everybody is different. So, lets unpack that a bit.

If a person has been taking CBD for an extended period of time and not getting the results they are looking for, chances are they are not taking a high enough dose. The general recommendation for dosing, is to start low (5mg per day) and go slow – gradually working up the dose every five to seven days.

For more “extreme” issues such as depression, anxiety, and chronic pain you might need as high as a 60mg daily dose.