Hemp Products, Usage, and Dosage
Products containing hemp extracts and hemp oils have become popular over the past couple years, partly due to changes in federal law, but also because of the purported natural, plant-based benefits these compounds bring to its users. Today, you can find products made with with hemp extracts and hemp oil online, in grocery, wellness, and even pet stores. Of the over 100+ different phytocannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant, hemp's "Cannabidiol" occurs in high concentrations, and is unique. This non-intoxicating compound is being consumed by many, and in various forms.
But just how much hemp extract is right for each individual serving?
The amount of hemp extract taken in one serving can depend on several different factors:
- Extract or oil type
- Hemp concentration
- Consumption method
Specifying the exact dose is difficult since each user requires different amounts. But most importantly, are the different ways hemp extracts and oils are introduced into your body. Each method might affect your body in a different manner. It’s best to understand all the different ways to use hemp extracts and oils, and what methods affect you differently so you can pursue the best route for your needs.
There are four main ways to take hemp:
Topicals Applying hemp infused lotion, ointment, balm, etc. directly to the skin’s surface is a great method that may help with localized pain relief, especially when formulated with other natural anti-inflamatory ingredients. Plus, for those who have never tried hemp extract before, topicals are often the first step. There is some anecdotal commentary indicating that topicals containing hemp extracts may even be helpful with headaches and migraines, and aches and pains in the back, neck, feet, etc. Hemp application as an external use is easy, and the effects can happen quickly, and depending on the formula as well as your own body's response, can be mild; requiring repetitive use and often higher doses. According to the FDA, additional research is needed to validate these effects.
Sublingual Using a dropper is a popular method to take hemp oil, both for easy measuring and quick absorbtion, as the oil can be placed "sublingually" directly under the tongue and held for 30-60 seconds while being absorbed through that area's thin membranes. This is one of the quickest ways to get hemp into your bloodstream, and is much more effective by evading the "first-pass effect," by which your liver filters out an estimated one third of hemp that you swallow. Taking hemp oil sublingually, you may begin to feel the calming effects in a matter of minutes. Great perks in using an oil dropper, are that you can easily control the amount of your dose, and it’s easy to add hemp oil in the foods you eat.
Ingestion Gummies are one of the most popular ways to consume hemp extracts in an edible form. Many first-timers start with hemp gummies. The process of digestion can take a while, so 2-4 hours is a good estimate on how long it will take to feel the effects of hemp. But an added advantage is that they last longer than other methods, and are discrete. According to the FDA, additional research is needed to validate these effects.
Inhalation The fastest way to get hemp into your bloodstream is through inhalation, probably the only advantage to this method. Vaping pens heat the hemp oil concentrate into vapor while the user inhales. Cannabinol is absorbed through the lungs and then to the bloodstream. This method can still agitate the lungs as smoking will with anything you inhale. While the effects may be more substantial through inhalation, this method makes it harder to control servings.
Calculating Your Hemp Dosage
When trying hemp for the first time, switching up your methods, or even trying a new brand, always be mindful to start slow and increase your doses in small amounts until you are comfortable.
Start slow – A good rule of thumb is to take your weight, divide it by 20, and use this number for every 1mg of hemp. (Example: if you weigh 200 pounds, you would start with 10 mg of hemp). By using this approach, you will be able to assess what dosage effects your body and how. Additionally, you will be getting the most out of your product. As you increase your dose, move up in increments of 5 mg until you are comfortable.
Commit to one product – When you begin with a product, you may not feel the effects of one dose initially, especially if ingested. In order to work your way up to your ideal serving, you should continue use with the same product until you know how it affects you.
First try before bed – For some people, hemp can have a relaxing effect, it is best to try your first dose a couple hours before going to bed. This will allow you the opportunity to feel your body’s reaction and get a good night’s rest if you do feel too relaxed.
You CAN have too much– While hemp is not a toxic substance, you canexperience too much relaxation from taking too much. Don’t get frustrated by not feeling the effects right away, just be patient and steadily increase your dose each day.
With a better understanding of how hemp extracts and oils can be taken, keep in mind that exact servings are difficult to measure. The FDA hasn’t provided a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for hemp oil, so be aware that all serving suggestions on labels are only a recommendation. You should consult your healthcare provider before trying hemp oil for the first time. When looking to purchase hemp products, seek out companies who use U.S. farmed hemp and have their products tested by a third party lab. This will help to ensure that what you think you’re buying is actually what you are consuming. Please always feel free to contact us with your questions about our hemp products at email@example.com via Chat!