CBD and Consistency: Long-Term Use is Crucial for Maximum Benefits

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CBD has generated plenty of interest over the last few years. And if you are looking to join the club of people who have benefited from it, be prepared for a long ride.

Think of it as working out to get six-pack abs – you don’t get it after one gym session, right? Or taking a vitamin supplement to boost your immunity – these things don’t happen instantly. They take time.

The same principle holds good for using CBD too. And since cannabidiol does not stay in the body for a long time as it is metabolised quickly, you need to consistently dose yourself to experience the benefits.

While scientists are still researching the long-term aftermath of consistent CBD use, there is a growing consensus among its users that taking it regularly for weeks and months is the key to unlocking its full potential. What scientists have concluded is that CBD is safe in the long term, as in taking it for years.

While you may experience the effects within 30 minutes to an hour, the more permanent changes will take time to build.

  • Pain Relief: Two-three weeks
  • Sleep: Up to a month
  • Stress, anxiety: Two-three weeks

People take CBD for chronic painanxiety, depression, insomnia, and other conditions. Whatever the case, chances are they didn’t experience complete relief immediately. In fact, it works like any other regular health supplement – you have got to take it consistently for best results.

CBD and Endocannabinoid System: A long-term partnership

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The Endocannabinoid System was first discovered in 1992. It controls the most important organs and functions in humans and animals.

If you are familiar with cannabidiol, then chances are you are also aware of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

  • The ECS is a complex system present in all mammals. It is how cannabis interacts with the body, and the system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis. Without the ECS, we would be completely off-balance
  • It regulates key processes like sleep, appetite, mood, reproductive health, pain response, inflammation, and more.
  • Whenever our body is out of order – whether it is due to pain, stress, injuries, or whatever reason – the ECS kicks in to restore internal harmony with the help of the endocannabinoids. This may not be enough at times, and adding exogenous cannabinoids like CBD or THC can help supplement its functioning.

Since the ECS is complex and widespread, we cannot influence it overnight or in one shot. Instead, we must consistently boost it, so the effects build up over time. After all, the endocannabinoid system is involved in so many different processes – how can we expect CBD to influence them all in a single dose?

Build a consistent routine with CBD

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If you want to tap into the therapeutic advantages of CBD, you need to build a routine and follow through 

Even the existing research on CBD and its potential has been done within a timeframe of at least two weeks. And remember – these are just experiments; for all you know, the participants may have reverted back to their original symptoms after stopping the use.

Case in point, a 2018 study exploring the link between cannabidiol, sleep and anxiety was carried out for three months to observe any effects. It was noted that anxiety levels dropped significantly with consistent use for the time of the study. Similarly, patients experienced an improvement in sleep a month after consistent use.

2010 research that studied the effect of THC & CBD oil in treating cancer pain observed positive results in participants after a consistent, two-week treatment period.

So, the question now remains about building a routine with CBD. The answer to this varies as CBD doesn’t work in the same way for everybody. This is what we recommend:

  1. Dosing – When it comes to CBD dosing, the key is to start small. For the first week, you may want to stick to 40 mg per day and from the second week, increase your dosage by 5 mg and so on.
  2. Consistency – Take the extract in regular intervals. Instead of taking all 40 mg in one go, split it evenly throughout the day – say 10 mg in the morning, 20 mg in the afternoon, and 10 mg at night. This is far more effective as you are nourishing your ECS regularly.
  3. Journal – Track your progress in a journal. Since there is no standardised dosing to CBD, the best way to identify what works for you is by tracking your habits and noting down how you are feeling.

Maybe you won’t feel a lot in the first week, but you may notice some effects from the second week onwards. The third week in, you can see the tangible benefits in all their glory. From that point, all you need to do is keep following the habit.

Note: CBD can interact with existing medications

If you are on heavy medications and want to add CBD to your routine, we always recommend you consult your doctor.

This is because CBD is known to intervene with medications and how they are metabolised in the body. Unfortunately, this may prevent both cannabidiol and medicines from doing their job correctly and lead to cancelling out the effects of each other.

Parting thoughts

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An animal study in 2020 exploring the long-term effects of CBD found that it is safe to use and did not demonstrate any life-long toxicity. Add to this the wonderful things we have heard about CBD oils and extracts in treating health conditions, it becomes more reassuring that consistent use is the way to go.

Remember to take it regularly, preferably a couple of times a day. Start small, track your feelings and build your routine. You will experience the results in a few weeks.