(This article deals with CBD oil, but the basic principles apply to vaping CBD as well, but we will go into details on that in another post.)
How we approach supplemtation
In general, supplements have become part of our daily lives, especially for those who are physically active or adhere to a certain diet or lifestyle. Sometimes this supplementation is due to a lack or perceived lack of certain essential nutrients — vegans and vegetarians may feel the need to supplement their diet with iron or protein if not confident they’re ingesting enough in their daily food intake, pregnant women are encouraged to supplement with folic acid to help ensure the normal development of their foetus. These are what we think of as “just in case” examples of supplementation. Those who take a daily vitamin are of the same mindset. They may not feel any particular inadequacies in their diet, but supplement, just in case.
Often, this mindset is derided by those who see vitamins as a hoax or a waste of money. Basically, you can get all your nutrients from a healthy, well-balanced diet. However, in our chaotic and stressed modern lives, our diet may not be consistent, nor simply as healthy, as we would like it to be. The key is in their title, supplements, they are not replacements for a healthy diet, and those who take them should continue their efforts to eat a healthy well-balanced diet.
Some may take supplements to target specific ailments or issues. Many people with heart issues are encouraged to supplement their diets with omega-3 fatty acids. The correct amounts can be difficult to include in your diet (the best source is fish), so there are usually no issues with using a supplement to ensure you have the levels required by medical opinion. In a more extreme example, people unfortunate enough to suffer from lyme disease are recommended a vitamin B complex tablet every morning with breakfast (for infection prevention and neurological health) and magnesium (for cramps and energy regulation). Again, these are all present in a healthy diet but in some situations, extra doses can be exceptionally helpful.
Supplementing for gains
Lastly, sports people and athletes use supplements to help gain as much benefit as possible from their exercise routine, or to contour the negative side effects of their routines so that they can continue to work on strength, endurance, etc. There’s a whole plethora of supplements available in this market, but some of the most basic are protein again (to help muscle growth and repair), creatine (for energy regulation) and ZMA (which aids recovery). In these cases, athletes are putting their bodies under a greater pressure than normal and attempting to correct any lack of essential chemicals and nutrients in the body caused by this intense usage or even to increase the levels to gain as much advantage possible. The vast list of possible supplements in the sports market is long, confusing and sometimes not effective, but supplement users who carefully research products will gain as much as possible from the products they choose.
Dosing for the different approaches
We here at Boyd’s see CBD as fitting all three of these categories, the daily “just in case” user, the user seeking relief or to boost their system and the “intensive” user trying to gain as much from exercise and training routines as possible. CBD is similar to any other supplement in that their use cannot always be felt directly. Very often the results can be described as “making you feel normal”, in that one can feel deficiencies corrected. Often, it’s not a case of feeling something from taking a supplement, but that you stop feeling something as a result of use.
Examples of this for different user types vary. A daily low dose “just in case” user (5mg-15mg) would be a possible drop in anxiety and stress. This would usually start to take effect after the first week of replenishing the body’s natural CBD levels. For some, they become aware of this a few days after the effects have started. It can simply be noticing that you don’t react as severely to a stressful situation or that you can still think clearly during something that usually puts you into a panic.
A “just in case” user may also notice their sleep cycle improves — that they become tired at a more regular time and sleep through the night, while at the same time, remaining more alert and awake during the day. This is especially noticeable in certain fitful sleepers. These changes may be less distinctive for some and stronger for others.
Those who fall into the pain or anxiety (or more severe issues) group may need to experiment a little more with their doses. Some may initially feel nothing, even after the first week on build up with would see some changes for the “just in case” user. Most feel some change, but may require a dose increase to really take on the issue they have. Unfortunately, the experimentation can be costly, with multiple bottles to be purchased. We’ve tried to lessen fiscal element at Boyds by supplying a small dose bottle (100mg) which you can use for two 1ml drippers a day for approximately 6.5-7.5mg of CBD a day, then double to two 1ml drippers twice a day for 13-15mg. If you still feel you need to increase dosage you can move onto the 500mg bottle which would immediately double your dosage to 32-35mg of CBD a day (when using two 1ml drippers a day) and so on. We felt this was the clearest way for people to track their dosage and keep costs down at the same time. As per the information on our dosage explanation page (https://boydscbd.ie/how-to-use-cdb/?v=d2cb7bbc0d23) we strongly advise jumping ahead to a higher dose too soon as it can be counterproductive. Always reduce dosage if you start to feel any negative side effects.
CBD oil for the training athlete or fitness user would be similar to the “just in case” user. A chosen dose in the morning and the evening, plus one before or after training can help offset any inflammation and pain felt after sessions (depending on the nature of these sessions). CBD afterwards can help with pain and inflammation relief, and it can also help the body rest and improve that all important rest/sleep at the end of the day. Taking it before can help focus and help get the most from your workout. Often, though, many in these situations feel that vaping the CBD post-workout is a better method for ingestion as it has a higher rate of bio-availability and can have positive results in mere minutes.
An important truth
At the same time, there’s always the fact that CBD may just not be for you. Some, though not many, have not felt any positive effects and fewer still have had slight negative results, though this usually happens on larger doses. Always consult your doctor before taking CBD. As the benefits of CBD have become more and more publicised, more and more doctors are open to
Its use in treatment regimens.
As always, with any info you find on our pages, please feel free to email us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help in any way we can.
Be good. Be healthy.
The Boyd’s Team