Starting CBD can be incredibly intimidating. I know I had a ton of questions when I first started using it. Capsules or gummies? How much should I take? Will I get high? Does it really work, or is it just Instagram hype?
I’ve been using CBD for a few years now. I’ve tried a few different brands based on friends’ recommendations and yes, Instagram, all with mixed results. Lately, I’ve been using Equilibria, a women-owned CBD company that offers various CBD options from capsules to creams to bath soaks. What has set Equilibria apart from other brands I’ve tried is the opportunity to work with a dosage specialist—someone who can provide me with guidance on CBD in terms of what to use and how much to use to match my needs.
Not too long ago, we asked W&D readers what you wanted to know about CBD, and you did not disappoint. We had questions too, so we went right to the source and asked some of the most burning questions to Equilibria’s dosage specialists.
Interviewee: Maia Reed; Head of Member Success and Dosage Specialist at Equilibria
Maia has a background in plant-based medicine and has been a cannabis educator for the last fifteen years. She formed a passion for cannabis after seeing how much it helped her father at the end of his life, and after he passed away she continued to help other people navigate this somewhat confusing and scary space.
Maia holds multiple cannabis certifications and has helped educate thousands of medical marijuana patients. She loves being an advocate for women who choose to pursue cannabis in helping them find relief and balance in their lives.
This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. Watch the entire unedited slack conversation below!
Full-spectrum has tiny, trace amounts of THC; less than .3%, so it cannot get you high.
CBD and THC are the two famous cannabinoids.
THC, in doses of 5% or more, can get us high, because it binds to our body’s receptors. CBD does not bind to our receptors, so not only does it not get us high, it can even take down some of the paranoia people get from THC!
Your body has an umbrella system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which maintains balance across all your body’s other systems, including your sleep, mood, hormones, digestion, pain, and your inflammatory response, among others. This system includes a series of receptors located throughout the body and exists in every major organ.
Your body naturally creates compounds called endocannabinoids that interact with this series of receptors, constantly turning them on and off, maintaining balance across your systems.
Our bodies are built for short-term bursts of stress, like running for our lives from a tiger, not the day-to-day stresses we experience today. When we experience stress our bodies start to overproduce stress enzymes (called fatty acid amide hydrolase, or FAAH) that deplete our endocannabinoid.
What we’re doing is augmenting with phytocannabinoids (as in, cannabinoids from the plant…phyto=plant). On a molecular level, these phytocannabinoids mimic what our bodies already naturally produce. They start turning those receptors on and off, and over time this ultimately allows your own body to stop constantly overproducing stress enzymes and allows your body to produce its own endocannabinoids again!
Scientists have discovered that when phytocannabinoids and terpenes (which are like the essential oils of the plant) are combined, they start to act synergistically and amplify each other’s properties. Scientists call this the entourage effect.
CBD can be found in different forms:
CBD works by supporting our own body’s system. It’s our own body working properly that results in all the benefits you hear people talking about.
Unfortunately, this is still an unregulated market. That’s why it’s so important to be informed about finding a quality sourced product and trustworthy companies. Those of us in the industry who care are pushing hard on the FDA to set up more regulations!!
There’s a lot out there right now, so it’s important to know what to look for.
Not all CBD oils are created equal. Look at lab reports to ensure your products DON’T contain harmful chemicals and DO contain maximum cannabinoids and terpenes.
Depending on your health goals, a combination of methods is often the best option.
Edibles. Anything that goes through your digestive system is considered an edible.
Oils. Most oils have a carrier oil of MCT oil, grapeseed oil, or some other fatty oil. CBD is fat-soluble, so the fattier the better!
Topicals. Topicals are applied directly to the skin, for targeted relief.
It’s a great question! Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so it can take time and experimentation to find the best dose and regimen. With CBD, too much can be as ineffective as too little.
At Equilibria we have a team of dosage consultants to help you dial into the best dose for you! Every single person gets paired with their own consultant to help guide them every step of the way. We often have to adjust a person’s routine a few times, and most people need three months of consistent use to see the full benefits. Patience and consistency are key.
When making changes to your doses we recommend trying something consistently for at least 3-5 days at a time before making another change; and whenever possible, try to write the effects you’re noticing in a journal.
The effects of CBD can be really subtle, and it’s important to remember that CBD works by supporting our own body’s system.
Ultimately, it’s about your body’s system functioning the way it was built to function in the first place. If you’re taking CBD to help you sleep, then you may notice an improvement in the depth and quality of your sleep. If you’re taking CBD to help lessen your anxiety, then you may notice feeling more even-keeled and able to handle the day-to-day stresses better. Everyone’s experience is unique.
The trickiest thing with CBD is getting your body to absorb it.
CBD has a low bioavailability and is fat-soluble, so it’s important to take your CBD with a healthy fat to give it something to bind to. This is particularly important whenever your CBD has to go through your digestive system.
If you’re taking your CBD sublingually (under the tongue), it’s important to hold it there for as long as possible to absorb into the sublingual glands and enter your bloodstream more directly.
The less you swallow the less you lose to the digestive system!
I always encourage people to stay informed! Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Unfortunately, CBD is not a cheap product to produce well. This is definitely a “get what you pay for” kind of product. If you’re looking to start off small I encourage trying a sublingual oil. Whan absorbed sublingually there’s a higher bioavailability, so you’re more likely to get the most out of it. It’s also easier to take oils in smaller doses and dose up. Low and slow is key!
You can always learn more on our website: https://myeq.com/what-is-cbd-basics/
For extra credit, I’m also a big fan of ProjectCBD.
We also have a team of highly trained cannabis educators, so you can always reach out with any questions. We’re here to help!
As per FDA guidelines, Equilibria is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any ailments or disease. As always, consult with your physician before starting anything new that may interact with your current health plan.
Editor’s note: This post was sponsored by Equilibria. The compensation we receive in exchange for placement on Wit & Delight is used to purchase props, hire a photographer, write/edit the blog post, and support the larger team behind Wit & Delight.
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Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.
BY Kate Arends - October 6, 2020
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Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
Great article! I’d like to suggest a piece about any CBD products that help with insomnia. 🙂
Great idea, thanks for sharing, Mika! We’ll definitely take this into consideration for future articles.
Awesome Kate! 🙂
Thank you this was so fascinating and informative!! I wish we could get it in Australia… one day I’m sure!
I’m so glad you found the article intriguing, Nicola! Thanks for your comment.
Good to hear about it. Thanks for this great article.