HOW TO USE CBD
When it comes to taking CBD there are a few things to consider:
1) The dosage best suited to you
2) The type of CBD product you’re wanting to use
3) The desired effect you’re looking for
1. DECIDING YOUR DOSAGE
If you’re new to CBD gummies or CBD in general, the best dosing approach is to start low and go slow.
Begin by taking one half of a gummy and see how it makes you feel. If you don’t notice a difference, you can incrementally increase the dose while paying attention to any effects you might feel.
Be sure to wait a few hours after each dose to give enough time for CBD to start working. Use this method to find the minimal amount that gives you the effects you’re looking for.
You should also be aware that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends that adults take no more than 70 mg of CBD daily.
We always recommend tracking your first few weeks of taking CBD as it’s a great way to reflect and discover the best dose for you. You can download our two week CBD tracker here.
2. DECIDING THE BEST CBD PRODUCT FOR YOU
If you’re on our website, it’s very likely that you’ve already decided which type of CBD you want to use, gummies!
But you can take CBD in other forms, oils and topicals. Oils have been found to be the most efficient way of taking CBD, benefiting from sublingual absorption which increases the bioavailability of the product. However, CBD oils are renowned for their foul taste and are difficult to take on the go.
CBD topicals (creams and rubs) have the lowest level of bioavailability but many people find them useful for targeting very specific areas for joint and muscle pain.
What main factors to consider:
- • Convenience
- • Taste
- • Strength
CBD gummies are incredibly convenient because you can take them anywhere and anytime. You don’t need to do anything complicated — simply suck, chew and swallow.
ZenBears are also pharmaceutically coated with CBD to benefit from sublingual absorption in the mouth when they are sucked and therefore increase their bioavailability. ZenBears natural fruit flavours and sugary coating mean they are a delicious way of taking a good strength of CBD, 20mg per gummy, making them some of the UK’s favourite CBD gummies.
3. WHAT DESIRED EFFECT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR
Everyone takes CBD for different reasons; to reduce anxiety, stress, improve sleep and reduce pain to name a few. But the reason you’re taking CBD can impact how you take your daily CBD dose.
If you’re taking CBD for sleep it is recommended you take CBD 30-60 minutes before bed to achieve the best results.
When you chew a ZenBears CBD gummy, most of the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream via your gums and the blood vessels under your tongue. This is the fastest way to absorb CBD into your system, so you should start to feel the effects of your CBD gummies in around 30 minutes.
Any CBD that isn’t absorbed in your mouth will have to pass through your digestive system before it enters your bloodstream. This means it might take longer for the gummies to work if you swallow them quickly, so be sure to chew them thoroughly first for best results.
If you’re taking CBD to reduce anxiety, you may benefit from taking a ZenBear in the morning after you have had breakfast. CBD is a fat-soluble compound, so it’s easier for your body to absorb alongside fats.
Research studies have shown that taking oral CBD products alongside food containing fats may significantly improve CBD’s absorption. That means you’ll get greater effects when eating CBD gummies with a fat-containing meal.
If you’re taking CBD to help manage pain the type of pain you are experiencing may determine how you take CBD. For example, if you experience daily joint pain due to conditions such as arthritis you may benefit from taking CBD in the morning with breakfast to see the benefits throughout the day.
However, if you’re looking to manage more speradic pain such as period cramps, you may only feel the need to take CBD when you feel the need for pain management. Just keep in mind you should start to feel the effects of your CBD gummies in around 30 minutes.
On average, the effects of CBD gummies last for 4-8 hours.