One of the most common comments from new CBD users is “I can’t tell if it’s working”. To get maximum results from CBD, consistency is key. One of the biggest reasons for people believing that hemp-CBD doesn’t work for them is that they simply did not take it regularly enough, or for long enough. Some people might see instant results from the first time they take CBD, but for others, it can take weeks or even two months until they experience maximum benefits. Let’s take a look at why that is.
The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a huge network of neurotransmitters and receptors interacts with many other systems in the body, including the central nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. When it is functioning properly, the ECS helps to communicate critical information around and between these various systems, which in turn helps to maintain homeostasis, or optimal health, balance, and wellbeing.
However, imbalances in the ECS can occur due to a lack of nutrients stimulating the system. This stops the receptors and neurotransmitters from functioning as they should and leave you feeling in less than optimal health. Studies have shown that hemp-CBD and other phytocompounds (naturally occurring nutrients found in a number of plant species, including hemp), can influence these receptors, restoring imbalances and helping to promote wellbeing.
Why is Consistency with CBD so Important?
There are three main reasons why consistency is so important when taking CBD:
- The positive effects of hemp-CBD on rebalancing the ECS system are cumulative, meaning that they can increase over time. Studies suggest that taking hemp-CBD regularly can help the entire ECS to be more efficient and receptive of other nutrients.
- Because the ECS is involved in many processes in the body, including sleep, appetite, and pain and immune responses, these various systems can take varying amounts of time to regularize. The digestive system, for example, can take up to six weeks to adjust to a change in diet, such as cutting out gluten, and taking hemp-CBD can be just the same.
- Although its effects build over time, hemp-CBD itself does not actually stay in the body for a long time. The exact time depends on the dose, how you take it, and your individual metabolism, but it can be as little as a few hours. For this reason, if you want to see reliable results, taking smaller doses more regularly could be more effective than just taking it sporadically.
Think of it like taking vitamins. Taking a single dose of vitamin C once you already have a cold isn’t going to instantly fight off the sickness. However, regularly taking vitamin C could help to strengthen the immune system, making you less likely to get a cold in the first place. Alternatively, while one workout might be enjoyable, it isn’t going to have much effect on your body. But if you start exercising regularly, you will see positive results over time.
4 Tips For Getting the Best Results from CBD
Getting the most out of CBD is all about integrating it into your daily routine.
- Start Low and Go Slow
As hemp-CBD dosing is not standardized, the best rule of thumb is to start low and slow: taking small amounts at well-spaced intervals. Then gradually build up the amount you’re taking and the regularity until you find what works for you and your ECS.
- Take Small Doses, at Regular intervals
As we already mentioned, smaller, more regular doses of hemp-CBD can often be more effective than a single, larger dose, as this helps to maintain sufficient levels to nourish the ECS. For example, taking 10mg three times a day could be better than taking a single, 30mg dose each morning.
- Take CBD with a Meal or Snack
New research in the journal Epilepsia suggests that taking hemp-CBD with food can improve its efficacy. This is also a good way to “habit stack” or attach a new habit to an old one, in this case eating a meal. Check out our recipes for tasty ways to incorporate PurePower Daily Boost into your breakfast routine.
- Track and Document your Results
When you start taking hemp-CBD, keep a journal to track your results, remembering to log relevant information like mood, pain levels, energy levels, keeping a track of the amount of hemp-CBD you took each day. This will help you to spot any patterns and figure out what works best for you.