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CBD capsules are one of the most popular ways to take CBD. They are a clean, efficient, and familiar administration method. Unfortunately, there is not is a lack of understanding of how much each individual should be taking.
The confusion is due to two reasons. First, we do not have a sufficient amount of research regarding CBD. While we have seen a recent influx of human trials using CBD, we are far from the position we need to fully understand the amount of CBD required for a specific condition. Second, we each metabolize CBD differently. One amount may work for someone but not affect another person.
What are CBD Capsules?
A capsule is a gelatin container that keeps CBD escaping in a pill form. The CBD powder is inside the tablet that is easily swallowed and absorbed into the stomach.
CBD softgels are another popular form of CBD delivery. Instead of a capsule, the CBD oil is suspended in a clear gel, also designed to be swallowed and absorbed readily. CBD softgels 25mg are a common dose. Many people like the softgel over the capsule because they usually contain an oil rather than a powder.
CBD Oil or Capsules
Most people are more comfortable swallowing a pill than taking CBD sublingually. The taste of CBD oil also can be off-putting. Hemp has a strong earthy flavor that can take some getting used to. CBD oils capsules are swallowed, allowing the consumer to avoid any unpleasant taste, getting their daily dose.
CBD oil has higher bioavailability, meaning more CBD will be available for the body to utilize after ingesting. Bioavailability is essential, but it does not matter if you are not consistently dosing. If CBD oil turns you off and keeps you from getting your daily dose, the amount that is used by the body is irrelevant.
CBD Capsules Dosage
Most studies are observing people using CBD look at a dosage between 25-75mg. A typical dose given in retail products is also 25mg. This amount is a low threshold that most researchers and CBD companies choose to give their patients or customers.
While 25mg is a typical dose, many people taking CBD capsules for the first time may want to start smaller. The freedom to choose your amount is the most significant disadvantage to carrying CBD in capsule or softgel form. You are not able to lower the dose. If you aren’t comfortable taking a full dose just yet, find a company selling microdoses of 5-10mg before going up to an entire 25mg.
CBD is tolerated well by humans and does not have any adverse side effects. However, some people may still be intimidated by taking 25mg capsules. It may be more difficult to find, but there are options online for users wanting a smaller dose.
When to Take CBD?
The timing of CBD is also not entirely understood. Some studies suggest taking CBD at night if your goal is to overcome sleeping disorders and in the day if you are experiencing pain or a mental health condition. The most important part of taking CBD is to dose regularly. Taking CBD only once will not have much effect. A steady amount is the only way to experience the benefits.
Take CBD on a full stomach, especially if you are taking CBD capsules. The absorption rate will be much higher than if you were to take CBD without eating. If you are experiencing trouble sleeping and hope CBD can impact, take 30-45 minutes before going to bed. We recommend taking your CBD capsules right after your first meal for those suffering from mental health conditions.