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  • CBD oil: dosage, intake and shelf life

    CBD oil: dosage, intake and shelf life

    How do you guarantee an optimal absorption of CBD oil?

    What dose should you choose and how do you store the CBD drops so that they last as long as possible? We will answer this and more in the following. This article explains exactly what to look for when taking CBD oil.

    Dosage of CBD oil
    There are many individual factors that play a role in choosing your CBD dosage. For example, your weight, your current state of health, why you are taking CBD and your health goal. For example, if you want to use CBD oil to help you fall asleep, you will need a different dose than that used to treat physical pain or a chronic illness.

    The following factors influence the CBD dosage:

    General health
    Type of complaint / illness
    Therapy goal
    body weight
    Sensitivity to CBD
    Reaction of the body's endocannabinoid system
    Our recommendation: start with a small dose and see how your body reacts. You can then gradually increase the dose until you experience the desired effect. Be patient! Especially as a newcomer to CBD, it can take a while to find the right dosage. Take the drops every day for the first two months so that you get a feel for the different dosages. Basically, you can take CBD oil as often as you want - many consume CBD around two to three times a day.

    What are common CBD dosage levels?

    A common small daily dose of CBD oil is around 20mg of CBD. Larger CBD dosages are used for CBD Flowers dosages from 200mg CBD. However, such large amounts are usually not necessary for the normal consumer - and before you take such high doses of CBD, you should clarify this with your doctor you trust.

    Tip: keep a record of how many drops you have taken each day - and how you feel. This can help you find the right dosage faster and get the results you want.

    Ingestion of CBD oil

    You can take CBD oil in different ways. For example in the form of capsules or drops. Some also swear by mixing CBD oil into their food - for example as a dressing for salads, in sauces and similar types of preparation. Compared to other types of CBD, CBD oil has the advantage that you can dose the CBD very precisely. This is particularly useful for newcomers to CBD, so that you can find the right dose step by step.

    Tip: CBD oil is particularly effective when you drip the drops directly under your tongue. Hold the drops in your mouth for about 30 seconds to a minute and then swallow the drops. The oral mucosa under the tongue can absorb the CBD particularly quickly and guarantees optimal bioavailability in the body.

    Ingestion of CBD oil
    How can you make sure that your body is getting the most out of the CBD oil? Not only the CBD quality is crucial - the carrier oil of your CBD product is also important to guarantee optimal absorption. Since CBD is fat-soluble, the carrier oils ensure that the CBD is absorbed quickly.

    But be careful: not all carrier oils work equally well. High-quality CBD products rely on high-quality carrier oils - for example MCT oil or hemp seed oil. Such carrier oils offer an optimal ratio of essential fatty acids like linoleic acid and linolenic acid. The body can optimally utilize and absorb both the carrier oil and the CBD.

    Tip: The ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (3: 1) in hemp seed oil is optimal for the human body - and can help control cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Just 1-2 tablespoons of hemp oil are enough to meet the daily requirement of essential fatty acids!

    Shelf life of CBD oil

    A completely sealed CBD oil can usually be kept for about one to two years. Look at the best before date on your CBD product! When you first start using the CBD oil, you should use it up relatively quickly - in most cases it is recommended to use it within three to six months.

    Tip: Not sure if your CBD oil is still good? Smell it and take a little taste. The taste may change minimally over time - but if the oil smells or tastes rancid, you should stay away from it.

    Storage of CBD oil
    When it comes to the shelf life of CBD oil, proper storage plays an important role. Store the oil in a cool place protected from light to extend the minimum shelf life - because CBD can oxidize in excessive heat and sunlight. Light, heat (and oxygen) can speed up the process of the CBD product.

    Tip: You can keep your CBD oils in the refrigerator. It's cool there and the oil is protected from light. These are optimal conditions so that your CBD oil will last as long as possible!

    Read more about buying CBD Oil in our article: "Buying CBD oil: why is it so expensive?".

    Different types of CBD oil
    Full spectrum CBD oil
    Full spectrum CBD oil offers the full therapeutic range of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. The oil does not only contain CBD - but also CBDA, CBDV, CBG, CBC, CBN, CBL and many more. There are over 100 such cannabinoids in total. A full spectrum CBD oil therefore also contains THC. However, reputable providers ensure that the THC content does not exceed the legal maximum of 0.2%.

    CBD isolate oil
    CBD isolate oil only contains CBD. In the manufacturing process, the CBD is isolated from the remaining active ingredients and cannabinoids of the hemp plant. The user receives pure CBD oil (with a corresponding carrier oil).

    Broad spectrum CBD oil
    Broad spectrum CBD oil, like a full spectrum CBD oil, contains all cannabinoids of the hemp plant. In contrast to the full spectrum variant, however, the THC was removed from the oil in the extraction process.

    Tip: For most users, full spectrum CBD oil is the best choice. This is due to the so-called "entourage effect" - researchers suspect that the interaction of the various cannabinoids can significantly improve the medicinal effect of the CBD oil.