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A Birch + Fog Guide to CBD: What is CBD and how can it work for me?

A Birch + Fog Guide to CBD: What is CBD and how can it work for me?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound specific to cannabis (aka cannabinoid) that is mainly non-psychoactive and chock-full of medicinal benefits – meaning you get all the good stuff without the typical “high”. CBD is to be found alongside it’s more well-known psychoactive counterpart, THC. Although many therapeutic plans involve a combination of both CBD and THC, CBD on it’s own is making it’s presence felt in the research and medicinal communities as more studies and testimonials attest to it’s healing power.

Among many other ailments/conditions, CBD can help you address:

  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Hypertension
  • Menopause
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypertension
  • Psoriasis

…and the list literally goes on.

 

How should I consume CBD?

As the popularity of CBD grows you’ll be able to find various forms including capsules, sprays, oils and tinctures, lotions and vape pens just to name a few.

The simplest way to start getting results is with a tincture that can be applied under the tongue. This sub-lingual delivery method ensures that the CBD goodness is absorbed into your bloodstream.

How much should I use?

Just like cannabis therapy in general, CBD therapy is a form of personalized medicine. This means that an experimentation phase is necessary to determine the ideal dose for your particular weight, preferences and condition. The great thing is that experimenting with CBD is relatively lower-risk as there are not really any negative side effects to note. We recommend using this chart which includes starting points for CBD consumption based on weight and severity of condition:

 

Weight 50-90 lbs 91-150lbs 151-250lbs 250+ lbs
I feel:
Little to no pain 9mg 12mg 18mg 23mg
Moderate pain 12mg 15mg 23mg 28mg
Severe pain 15mg 18mg 28mg 33mg

*CBD use is subjective to each body- factors like composition, diet, fitness & environment can affect your experience. This chart contains generalized suggestions on CBD dosages based on feedback provided by cannabis consumers, keeping in mind that frequency of use determines tolerance.

Instructions:

1. Find serving size and CBD amount per serving on product label.
2. Divide CBD amount per serving by serving size to determine CBD per drop.
3. Use chart to determine CBD starting dosage based on weight and pain level.
4. Divide CBD starting dosage amount by CBD per drop.

By the end of this simple calculation, you will know how many drops are necessary to reach your starting dosage for the day.

Continuing your CBD Journey

It is important to be conscious of the effects that CBD is having on you. CBD is considered “biphasic” which refers to different effects based on dosage. For example, it’s been reported that lower doses can cause alertness while higher doses can cause calmness/relaxation. We recommend keeping notes so you can observe and achieve the right dosage unique to you.

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