This latest post is more of my own personal experiences of using and selling CBD.
As with most things in life if you want the best results using CBD, you have to commit. CBD is not a ‘rescue remedy’ which is something I hear a lot, it is not something you can initially turn on and off, you need to get into a daily regime from the start.
You are making a decision to use CBD because you believe you need it to help with an area of your life, whether that be insomnia, anxiety, pain or something else. You want that area of your life to become better so that you can live your best life. So why, after taking time to research and taking the plunge do you go at it half-hearted?
My assumption is that the cost of buying CBD is a factor, the high upfront cost when compared to over the counter remedies can be daunting but for most people one bottle will last between 4-8 weeks dependent on a number of variables. Whereas, a packet of paracetamol will last a couple of days.
The Last 18 Months
The common guidance when starting with CBD is to go ‘slow and low’, that means start with 1 drop 3 times per day for the first week and then increase to 2 drops 3 times a day in week 2 and so on until you reach your desired level. By ‘low’ it is recommended you start with a 3% or 5% strength before moving on up to higher strengths.
I started taking CBD because I had chronic back pain and at times the pain level was 8 bordering 9 but in general it was a 6. Like many of you I did my research, for hours, and also, like you, I don’t like wasting money. I applied what I thought was some logic at the time, my pain was severe, I am not a small person so I decided to for what I describe as a more ‘middle of the road’ strength of 10%. I also took 2 drops as my first dose. This may have been a little too much as for a couple of hours I felt like I had drunk a couple of pints of beer.
Over the next few weeks I kept to a daily regime, reaching almost 9 drops a day. I was feeling much, much better so I needed to continue but I needed to slow down my usage. Therefore, my next purchase was a 15% strength and I found my daily consumption dropped to approximately 6 drops per day. I stayed with this for a few months before discovering a 20% with CBDa which is the one I still take today.
18 months on my daily regime is still in place but I do not need to be so strict with the dosing, I tend to take 2 drops in the morning and 1 and night everyday, some days I will take a lunchtime drop as well but I do not always need it.
It has been a journey and probably for the first 12 months you will need to be strict with your regime before you can just start ‘listening’ to your body and taking ad-hoc doses. Therefore, be prepared for a long haul and not a quick fix, CBD is not a ‘rescue remedy’.
At Medivita we sell a broad range of whole plant oils from 2.5% to 30% strengths so you should find one which suits you.