*This article is purely informational and does not constitute medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider about CBD.
Must-know CBD Tips: CBD for beginners
CBD for beginners, what are the essential tips you should know?
CBD is pretty much the talk of the town in the last couple of years. Gallup poll reported that about 64% of Americans are familiar with CBD and its related products.
CBD discussions through social media, news outlets, or simply a word of mouth must have reached you at some point. Admittedly, CBD and wellness can be confusing from the outside looking in.
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With that in mind, here is a beginner’s guide to help you out.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a compound extracted from hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant. CBD accompanies THC or tetrahydrocannabinol as the 2nd most abundant cannabinoid in hemp.
Like THC, CBD shares a similar chemical structure but with a different chemical side-chain. Unlike THC, CBD per se can’t intoxicate a consumer.
CBD oils, the popular CBD product type, contain a CBD extract and a carrier oil such as olive oil or MCT (medium-chain triglyceride). CBD oils are categorized into:
- Isolate – A formulation with only “CBD” on it.
- Broad-spectrum – A formulation with CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phyto-compounds of hemp, except THC.
- Full-spectrum – Contains all the helpful compounds of hemp, including THC.
Note: These types will be discussed further in the “what is/are the best CBD for beginners?” subheading.
Tips for first-time CBD takers
Quick and easy: inhalation and sublingual
Inhalation methods are some of the quickest and easiest ways to consume CBD or CBD flower.
Understandably, not everyone is a fan of smoking or vaping because of the method’s associated risks. According to SingleCare, only 13% of American CBD users are interested in vaping products.
Another method with one of the quickest kick-off times in “taking effect” is the sublingual intake of CBD oil. Don’t be intimidated by the term sublingual; it simply means dropping the oil underneath your tongue (sub = under, lingual = tongue).
Nearly half of CBD users prefer the use of CBD oil or tincture – the most popular type of use among users.
Capsules are handy
Plenty of people swear CBD capsules to be one of the best ways to take CBD. For one, the CBD dosage is always pre-measured for you. No fussing around with a dropper or spoon; simply take the capsules with the dosage you want.
Edibles are tasty and discrete
CBD Edibles have the flexibility of being almost whatever edible you want them to be. Data Bridge Market Research analyses the market to be valued at USD 5160 million by 2027.
Popular are gummies and teas, but cookies, coffees, sodas, and plenty more exist. Since CBD oil does have a distinct earthy taste, CBD edibles are delicious alternatives and are quite discrete to consume.
Dosage: Start low
The Goldilocks Dose
Everyone’s bodies are unique and respond to CBD differently, so it may take some experimenting in the first few weeks of using CBD.
CBD experts recommend starting with the smallest dose available and working up from there – 5-10mg at a time every week. Once you feel that a specific amount of CBD is doing the effect you want, stay with it for a few weeks, then adjust accordingly.
Be careful about consuming too much CBD. While CBD is tolerated at high doses, you can have diminishing returns as you begin consuming more CBD than your body can truly utilize. Remember, the concept of the Goldilocks dose is discovering a dose that is “just right.”
Always go for quality, check the label
It cannot be stressed enough to always go for high-quality products. Don’t gamble on your CBD as it affects your body in different ways and wastes your money. Always check that the product contains CBD, lab-testing papers, and identify ingredients you may be allergic to.
Ask a health professional
Consult with your doctor before diving headfirst into the world of CBD. Besides, you only have one body, and you should always want the best for it.
How to take CBD?
The sublingual method refers to the method of administering CBD oil under the tongue rather than through the digestive tract. In this way, CBD is absorbed via the blood vessels into the bloodstream.
Tinctures are the most abundant and easily found product in the market. CBD oil tinctures will typically come with a dropper in an amber bottle.
Orally taken with water, CBD capsules contain pre-measured CBD formulation, which you can integrate seamlessly into your wellness routine.
CBD edibles are sought after for being tasty alternatives to CBD oil. A bottle of CBD beverage looks and works like your everyday juice brand.
Enjoy without having to step out to smoke or do other things that separate you from your routine.
Inhalation, Smoking, Vaping
CBD was essentially borne from inhalation methods. Heck, when you think about CBD or THC, you probably think of smoking a blunt or taking a long hit from a vape pen. Inhalation methods are the quickest way to get CBD into your body because CBD goes directly into the bloodstream. In approximately 10 minutes, your body absorbs 34 to 56 percent of the CBD.
External Application (Topicals)
CBD creams, and by extension CBD beauty products, are special such that they are applied on your skin rather than being ingested or inhaled. CBD creams are designed to target specific body parts.
What is/are the best CBD for beginners?
There are three CBD extracts currently available in the CBD market. These are:
Full-spectrum: the unadulterated form of CBD, extracted from the Hemp plant without much alteration. It contains CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and essential oils.
Full-spectrum CBD also utilizes the “Entourage Effect,” in which all the compounds work together to provide the most benefits. However, the full-spectrum extract does contain some THC, albeit at a legal amount of less than 0.3%.
Broad-spectrum: Similar to full-spectrum but is specialized not to contain THC, broad-spectrum still utilizes the entourage effect but not as entirely as full-spectrum.
Isolate: The type of extract that is purely CBD. It contains none of the other plant compounds and is excellent for people who only want CBD and nothing else.
Best CBD for beginners: It depends on your use case
Isolate benefits those who want only CBD and avoids THC, especially in states where THC is still problematic.
Full-spectrum, on the other hand, is CBD at its fullest potential.
Broad-spectrum is somewhat the combination of both worlds.
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CBD products can be confusing, especially on how to use CBD. However, remember this simple CBD guide, and it can be a solid foundation for you to discover the best way to take CBD. But remember to always check with a health expert.
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