CBD is a wonderful natural supplement that is gaining popularity worldwide for its numerous health benefits and non-intoxicating properties. People from all walks of life are seeing its immense potential and implementing into their daily lives.
But, with all the buzz around CBD has come lots of misinformation as well. The correct dosage amount for CBD varies by who you ask, but once you’ve read our CBD Dosing Guide and have picked the best product for you, how do you keep track of your intake and progress?
Tracking medication is something many are already long accustomed to and have created personalized systems for. But for some of us, this can be a challenge. Here are some tips for tracking your CBD intake to help optimize the supplement for your personal needs.
Take a Pill
Most of us take a pill of some sort every day. In fact, a new study says that 55% of Americans take a prescription medication daily, and the average of those take four different ones. Whether it be a simple multivitamin, a lady’s birth control, or an important medication for a lifelong battle, most medications are meant to be taken daily.
Since we are already in the habit, it makes sense for many to take their CBD in pill or capsule form every day as well. This is an easy way to add CBD to your daily routine when you are already in the practice.
In fact, many seniors and others who utilize day-of-the-week pill cases may find it easy to simply add a CBD capsule into the case.
Location, Location, Location
Setting your CBD next to something else you reach for every day, like your coffee maker or your toothbrush, is a simple way to make sure you don’t miss a day. Adding new elements to our routines can take practice to remember, so placing your CBD next to something you will actively see and use daily is a perfect reminder.
Keep a CBD Journal or List
We tend to think of list-makers as the ultra-organized Type-A people who have their whole lives meticulously detailed, but the truth is we can all benefit from a little conscious list making.
When my grandmother was diagnosed with high blood pressure and had to start taking her blood pressure at home every day, she had to keep a list of the date and numbers for her doctor. Think of tracking your CBD in the same way. This is an especially great idea if you are toying with different milligram amounts or various types of CBD products.
Pay Attention to Detail
Keeping a more detailed journal of your intake and your symptoms can help you find the perfect balance of CBD for your needs. For example, if you are taking CBD for anxiety conditions it may be important to note whether you experienced a panic attack that day. Or if you are taking it for chronic pain, noting the amount you took and your pain level as you build up to find the right amount to help you function your best may be helpful.
Noting things like what physical activity or mental or emotional stress you were under that day may be important in adjusting your intake. That way, if you know you have a big presentation coming up at work or are taking a strenuous workout class that day, you may know the right amount of extra CBD to take.
Notice New Sensations
When noting your detail, try to think outside the box and list any symptoms you have felt throughout the day, even ones that may seem unrelated. Perhaps you are taking CBD for pain but notice that your energy level is improving, or you are taking CBD to help you focus in school but notice you are getting deeper sleep. All of these sensations can be important in understanding how CBD is working in your body.
One of the most important lessons we’ve learned through the newfound popularity of CBD is that no two people are alike. Starting with a small amount of CBD and building up to find your best dosage is key, and keeping track of how and how much you are taking is an ideal way to find your balance. Implementing CBD into your daily routine to be sure you’re remembering your daily supplement and keeping a list of all of your symptoms will help you get the most out of nature’s best medicine.