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When you’re shopping for CBD hemp products online or in-store, you’ll see that there is a wide range of products to choose from, from oils and edibles to topicals and flower. Experimenting with different types of products can be a fun and rewarding experience, but are there any risks to combining CBD products?
In this article we’re going to try and cover everything you need to know about combining a variety of products to enhance your CBD experience. In particular, we’ll be answering questions and covering topics such as:
Can you combine different CBD products?
- Side effects of CBD
- How much CBD should you take?
Tips on Combining Different CBD Products
- Consider microdosing
- Vary your delivery methods
- Keep a record
Can you combine different CBD products?
CBD has been proven to possess many therapeutic properties, but can you safely combine different CBD-infused products in your daily life?
It turns out that may people already do just that and find that different CBD products serve them best at different times of day. The main reason they feel comfortable combining different products is because they know that that are very few side effects of CBD.
Side effects of CBD
Research has shown CBD to be non-toxic and non-addicting, making it completely safe for human consumption. According to an updated review into the safety and side effects, CBD has a favorable safety profile with mild and infrequent adverse side effects, such as tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite.
Due to the safety profile of CBD, there isn’t any reason why you can’t combine different CBD products to enhance your overall experience or symptom relief.
However, you should be aware of potential risks involving CBD before you start taking it. These risks aren’t connected to combining CBD products, but instead you should be aware of contraindications caused to other medications that you may be on.
Just like eating a grapefruit, CBD can change the way your body responds to other medications (warfarin being just one of them). So speak to your healthcare provider before taking CBD.
Read more about the possible side effects of CBD here.
How much CBD should you take?
People often ask us “how much CBD should I take?” and our answer is always the same. There is no universal approach to dosing CBD as the amount you need will depend on several factors, including your body weight, metabolism, and chemistry.
Like anything in life, moderation is key, and since the dosage varies so much person to person, we always recommend that you start out with lower doses and gradually increase your dose until you find the symptom relief you’re looking for.
As a general rule, people using CBD for pain management and sleep often have a higher dosage level than people who take CBD for mental discomforts, but you may be able access the therapeutic benefits of CBD at much lower doses than other people, so why not find out?
Can you consume too much CBD?
A 2011 research review discovered that chronic use and high doses of CBD were well-tolerated. The highest dose that was given in any study was 1,500mg, which is well above and beyond a typical or even high dose of CBD.
However, a more recent study conducted on mice did raise concerns over high doses causing damage to the liver. In this study, liver damage was noted in mice that were given 2460mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight, as well as mice that were given a daily dose of 615mg/kg.
So, according to this latest study, the answer to “can you consume too much CBD?” is yes, but it would be extremely difficult to consume that much CBD, let alone be able to afford to.
Tips on how to combine different CBD products
The best way to assimilate different CBD products into your life is to use the products that suit you the best and that you enjoy the most. How often and how much CBD you take will depend entirely on your personal dosage needs and most CBD products are offered in different CBD strengths to suit these needs.
If you usually take 50mg of CBD per day, why not try splitting it down into five lower doses of 10mg? Microdosing your CBD like this has many benefits, including spreading the effects of your CBD out more consistently throughout your entire day.
Increasing the number of doses you take per day will also allow you the opportunity to combine different methods of consumption that suit you best.
Vary your consumption methods
There are many different ways you can take CBD and depending on the consumption method you choose, the strength, onset, and duration of effects will vary. Each different delivery method may affect you slightly differently which may also affect the suitability of the product type.
For example, smoking CBD flower will induce the fastest effects and offer the highest bioavailability, but the effects won’t last as long as if you had taken CBD gummies. However, CBD gummies can take between one and two hours to get into your system and have a much lower bioavailability as they have to be digested and pass through your liver before reaching your bloodstream.
View our best CBD flower strains here.
Keep a record
Finally, when experimenting with different products, it’s important to make notes as you go along. The effects of CBD are often subtle, so it helps to keep a record of what products you’re trying and how they make you feel. If you want to know exactly what is in your CBD product, you can make your own gummies, oils and topicals using our guides.