There’s a good chance that you’ve heard the saying, “consistency is key”, with many things throughout your life. Exercise, diets, learning new skills, forming good habits. But what about CBD use? CBD has many benefits, in fact, more and more research is being conducted into the wide range of potential benefits of CBD. Just like any healthy habit, getting long term effects comes from consistency.
The Endocannabinoid System, simply explained
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex system in your body designed to respond to your environment, both internal and external, and help your body respond appropriately. To break it down without the in-depth science, let’s think of the human body like a car with many different parts that need to work in unison for it to run well. All of its systems need resources to make them work well. The engine needs oil, fuel and coolant, the tyres need air. What happens if these systems don’t have enough of each resource? Well, depending on the importance of the system, the car can malfunction or break down.
The ECS monitors each system of the body to ensure it is well balanced, just like the computer in a car. If there is an imbalance, the ECS will prompt a response to return it to an optimal level. The ECS is made up of receptors (think of little attachment sites on a cell like locks) and molecules (different keys that attach to specific locks). When these molecules attach to their specific receptor, they cause the cell to relay a message and a cascade of effects take place.
Endocannabinoids are unique in that they can be naturally produced by the body very quickly when needed, just like how a car uses more fuel as needed. However, sometimes it needs to be topped up! CBD helps support the ECS, so it can produce endocannabinoids in the areas that they’re most needed. But, you wouldn’t just stop looking after a car after one MOT, it requires regular upkeep.
When does the magic happen?!
Hopefully by now you have a better idea of the benefits of CBD (if not, check out some more of our blogs), but a common question we get is, “when will I feel the benefits?”. Sadly, there is no simple answer. It often depends on many other questions such as, what are you hoping to get from your CBD? What dosage are you taking? And so on.
The one to remember is, when you’re dealing with a system as complex and far reaching as the ECS, you need to stay consistent and give it time to work. Although some people see changes right away, if you’re expecting huge changes from your first couple of drops, you’ll most likely be disappointed.
We challenge you to stick with it. There is a reason why those who get the biggest benefits are the ones using it in their DAILY routine.
Will my body build tolerance?
Unlike some supplements, the joy of CBD is that there is no evidence that it causes dependence (FDA, 2018). Another concern that leads people to this question is the association between CBD and THC in marijuana. While the body can become used to THC, causing a need for higher and higher amounts to get the same effects, CBD doesn’t bind to receptors in the same way as THC. Therefore, you won’t need higher amounts of CBD over time. In fact, some research even suggests that CBD could have a “reverse tolerance”, meaning people could get the same benefits from smaller doses over time!
CBD…Easy as 1,2,3!
In comparison to bigger changes, like trying to exercise more or follow a strict diet, taking CBD can be done at any point during the day in just a few seconds. No sweat, cooking or compromise needed, just a premium quality CBD will do.
Find the right dosage for you and remember, good things come to those who wait (and those who use CBD!)