What are CBD Capsules?
There has been an absolute explosion of popularity around CBD in recent years and the range of CBD products available appear to be ever-widening. CBD can help individuals with a wide array of ailments and there is a growing bank of research suggesting it can have some impact in treating chronic pain, insomnia, depression and so much more.
Originally CBD oils were the only product widely available, hence why this is currently the most popular delivery method. Shortly after this, many vape shops across the UK were stocking CBD vape oils and e-juices as the effects were far more instantaneous. Recently, there has been a huge increase in interest around CBD capsules. CBD capsules, or CBD tablets as they are also known, are a wonderfully convenient and discreet option for many CBD users.
When it comes to CBD, there are pros and cons to each delivery method and it is important to branch out and find the right one for you. For the purpose of this article however, we will be focussing on CBD capsules.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of over 100 molecules that form cannabis. The reason it has been so popular in the health and wellness world for a number of years is due to its wide range of therapeutic benefits and lack of acute side effects. Unlike the other widely recognised cannabinoid, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive. This means it does not impact any cognitive activity and does not provide the ‘high’ typically associated with cannabis.
Due to the novel nature of CBD in the mainstream, research is still very much in its infancy. In fact, over half of existing research on CBD has been conducted in the last 10 years. There is however a growing desire to understand CBD and many of the other cannabinoids that cannabis consist of due to the increasingly hard to ignore anecdotal evidence that can be seen on a daily basis.
Research has allowed us to develop a basic understanding of how CBD works, but there is still a great deal that remains unknown. We do know that our brains have 2 key receptors designed to accept cannabinoids – the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are linked the endocannabinoid system which exists within humans to regulate the vast majority of bodily functions and maintain homeostasis. While the actual interaction is still unknown, many medical professionals believe that CBD aids our everyday functions by preventing the breakdown of endocannabinoids.
What are CBD Capsules?
CBD capsules come in a range of formats, from solid tablets to soft gel capsules. CBD is typically formulated within hemp seed oil or MCT oil within soft gel capsules.
CBD capsules are generally taken just like any other standard vitamin or prescription medication. Most CBD capsules are required to be taken twice a day – once in the morning and once before going to sleep at night. The actual amount of CBD contained within each capsule varies by manufacturer, but it is typically between 10mg and 30mg.
One should not judge the quality of a CBD capsule solely on the CBD content however. The quality of the CBD itself, the bioavailability of the carrier oil and the specific formulations are all indicators of the overall quality of any given CBD capsule.
What is the recommended daily dose of CBD capsules?
Simply put, there is no hard and fast rule here. There are a wide range of individual factors that contribute towards what your optimum daily dosage may be. The standardised guidelines, in the absence of individual factors, provided by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is 70mg of CBD per day.
This should be taken with a pinch of salt. As previously stated, there a plethora of factors that impact what dose you should be taking. For example, your gender, height, weight, body mass, diet and lifestyle are all contributing factors. For instance, a man who is 6ft 4 and weighs 100kg would require far more CBD than a woman who is 5ft 2 and weighs 50kg. Furthermore, the vast majority of clinical studies that use CBD capsules to deliver CBD will utilise a daily dosage well in excess of 70mg.
It is important to note that you should always experiment with dosage yourself to find the level that works for you. It is always recommended to start off with a low dose for a few days and see how your symptoms develop and react to this. If you do not achieve the desired effects, then gradually increase this over a sustained time period. It is always important to read the label for the particular CBD capsules that you purchase. Additionally, it is always worth contacting the seller. Any self-respecting CBD company should be providing clear and concise information to their users.
How long do CBD Capsules take to work?
The answer to this question is fairly similar to the one previously discussed. There are a wide range of contributing factors that dictate how long a CBD capsule may take to produce the desired effects. While the factors listed above, such as metabolism, body mass and height all impact the length of time a CBD capsule takes to work, there are also a number of others.
Generally speaking however, it takes between 1 and 2 hours for CBD capsules to take effect on your mind and body. The reason that CBD capsules take a lot longer to have an effect than other delivery methods such as CBD oils or CBD e-liquid, is because they have to pass through the digestive system. Once they have passed through the digestive system, they then have to be dispersed throughout your body via the bloodstream.
It is true that many people only really notice the true benefits of taking CBD capsules when they stop taking them. The positive effect that they can have on our bodies are often very subtle but, more often than not, hugely valuable in our daily lives.
CBD also builds up in our endocannabinoid system over time. This means that you should always stick with whatever CBD product that you are trying for a period of at least 14 days. After this period, it is fair to judge the efficacy of the product. Perhaps you need to alter your dosage, or try an alternative delivery method that is better suited to you and your particular ailments.
While the range of CBD products on offer today can often boggle the mind, there is no definitive answer as to which delivery method is ‘best’. It is true that there is a delivery method for everyone and it’s about finding the right product for you that it compatible with your daily routine while also providing relief from whatever symptoms that may be impacting you.
CBD capsules are a great delivery method in their own right. While they may take a little longer to take effect than many of their counterparts, they are undoubtedly a convenient and effective product that you should try.