Written By: Jacob Greenberg
This guide will inform your first CBD purchase.
Well, you did it. You saw an ad, talked to a friend, or heard a presenter talking about CBD. You went on the interweb, found Maku, and decided you wanted to try a bottle of our 1000mg CBD oil.
Presumably, you have a few questions: What is an average dose? How much CBD is in a single dose of Maku? Maybe most importantly, why should I use CBD?
The Endocannabinoid System
We all have endocannabinoid systems. You have an endocannabinoid system, I have an endocannabinoid system, and your pet cat (or dog, I don’t judge) also has an endocannabinoid system. Your ECS is composed of receptors throughout the brain and body, proteins to make cannabinoids naturally in your body, and proteins to degrade the cannabinoids made throughout your body. When you take CBD, the CBD molecules bind to what are called CB1 receptors. Because these receptors are filled with CBD, the cannabinoid that your body usually makes to go in the receptor (called Anandamide) instead hangs around your brain. The increase in Anandamide is responsible for a more relaxed feeling, as well as reduced feelings of pain. CB1 receptors throughout the body also help reduce swelling, so not only do you feel less pain when you hurt yourself but there is actually less pain to be felt!
It’s a bit shameful to admit, but there is no current science behind CBD dosages. The FDA has a measurement of every vitamin and nutrient that people are supposed to get. It’s called the recommended daily intake (RDI), and it’s...the recommended daily intake of each vitamin/nutrient. Since cannabis has been illegal for so long, basic information about CBD, such as recommended daily intake, is unknown. There are online dosage calculators, but they are not based on science as much as following patterns from other nutrients, based on factors like weight and age. For Maku 1000mg tincture, a single dose is a half-dropper, and a half-dropper contains 16.65mg CBD. For more dosing information, click here for CBD dosing information.
How to take CBD
In the CBD craze nowadays, it’s important to remember that you are in charge of yourself. It is important that you find the way to take CBD that best helps you. As such, here’s a quick rundown:
Vaping CBD yields the highest bioavailability. In English, that means that when you vape CBD, your body gets the highest percentage CBD going into the ECS. Vaping is primarily used for people with chronic conditions, who need a way to quickly and consistently get a dose of CBD throughout the day.
CBD oils, or tinctures, are the fastest to use and used only a couple of times a day. You can put a few drops in your coffee in the morning, or a few drops directly under your tongue. This method is best for people who need a jump-start in the mornings, people who need a boost during the middle of the workday, or people who need a little bit of help getting a good night’s sleep.
CBD topicals are used for muscle aches and pains, to treat skin conditions (think acne and fire ant bites), and to maintain healthy skin. CBD can help keep skin elastic and hydrated, resulting in healthy tissue.
Softgels & Gummies
Softgels and gummies are the greatest ways to ensure a quick, daily dose. A gummy might not help if your fingers are cramping, but consuming edibles daily is the best way to nourish your endocannabinoid system and lead a healthier lifestyle. The same way that people take multivitamins to help with health, a CBD softgel or gummy is another nutrient that you can take daily to help with health.
The easiest way to experience CBD is to try it for yourself. CBD has been out of peoples’ diets for so long that, as a collective, our endocannabinoid systems are wholly undernourished. If you are willing to invest, we are willing to set you up with a quality product for you to use. We just ask that you invest intelligently, and don’t get your CBD oil from a gas station.
Why should I use CBD?
Have you ever woken up with a crick in your neck? There’s no shame in it, and it happens to everyone. One minute you’re in dreamland, fighting kung-fu velociraptors from other dimensions and the next second your alarm is going off, and you jerk yourself awake AAAAAAAAAAAAANND now you can’t turn your neck without immense pain.
Guess what helps with pain relief?
Your friend called you up to help move some furniture, and in the process, you stepped on an ant nest. And these aren’t just regular old ants, these were fire ants. Now your foot is full of bites and itchy and you can’t scratch it because that’s the worst thing you can do for a bug bite.
Guess what helps reduce the itching and swelling?
Now, pretend one of your close friends has cancer.. Despite preclinical evidence that full-blown marijuana (with THC) helps reduce cancer cells, the usual treatments for cancer are miserable. Chemotherapy leaves people nauseous, unable to eat, they lose hair, they have extreme fatigue, and some of the medications to combat these side effects cause more problems than they solve.
Guess what acts like an appetite regulator, an antiemetic, pain relief, and a sleep aid?
It is really easy to be unwell in 2019. Stresses of daily life, high insurance rates, even random things outside of control can cause physical or emotional harm. CBD is a great and affordable way to put wellness, and to a lesser extent, mindfulness, back into your life and the lives of those around you.