CBD FOR BEGINNERS
If you're visiting this website, the chances are you've already heard of CBD. Popularity is growing; as are the claims of what this miracle oil can do. As popularity grows however, so does the vast amount of information available, making research something of a minefield. With miracle cure claims, horror stories and "buy the best CBD HERE" stated almost everywhere, it's difficult to know where to start. As there is a variety of strengths, forms and price-tags out there, it's best to start with the facts. You can then work out which product is going to be best for you.
We've compiled some basic information together below to help get you started. So let's start from the very beginning...
WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid which is found in the Cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are compounds that react with the human brain in one way or another and there are a number of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant - at least 113, in fact. The cannabis plant is responsible for marijuana, which is usually smoked for its benefits and gives the user a "high." This is caused by the cannabinoid "tetrahydrocannabinol" or THC, which is one of the more well-known cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis, and cannabis itself is currently a class B drug in the UK. CBD products are made up of cannabinoids that have been extracted from the cannabis plant. Broad Spectrum products will contain only CBD, while Full Spectrum products contain a variety of cannabinoids, including a maximum of 0.2% THC - which is a low enough amount that it is not considered psychoactive.
HOW DO I TAKE CBD?
CBD comes in many forms. Most commonly sold in oil form, CBD can be administered under the tongue and held for a few minutes before swallowing. There are many other forms available however with vapes, gummies and teas growing in popularity.
CBD oil is usually in a tincture and is administered by placing a few drops under the tongue, and leaving it for a minute or two. The strength displayed on the bottle is the strength of the whole bottle. To calculate the strength per drop, divide the strength by the number of drops in the bottle. A 10ml bottle will contain 200 drops.
LOTIONS & BALMS
Lotions and balms are available for external use. The strength displayed on the container refers to the amount of CBD in the whole container, so the amount of CBD per use will depend upon the size of the container and the amount of lotion being used each time.
PILLS & TABLETS
Pills and tablets are another way of taking CBD orally. The dosage is not as easily amended as it is with oils. For example, in a 10ml 600mg bottle of oil, each drop provides 3mg of CBD. To increase intake by 3mg, it is as simple as taking one extra drop of oil. In a tablet, the dose will be much higher, so to increase the dose, you would need to do so by the whole amount of the tablet.
Edibles, such as gummies are a quick and tasty way to get CBD. Perfect for a work environment where vaping or using a tincture may not be completely accepted. They come in a low dose and are usually affordable so are a good starting point for beginners. Unlike CBD oil, the dosage stated will be per gummy, so there's no need to figure out how much you're taking.
Vaping offers a flavoured alternative to oils and tablets. CBD E-Liquids are available in a range of strengths and flavours as well as the physical act of hand to mouth action.
CBD tea comes in a variety of flavours, which makes it a great option if you're already a tea lover! Some are made with added ingredients such as chamomile or turmeric to work in harmony with the CBD while providing a nice warm beverage.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I TAKE?
As a general rule of thumb, start low and work your way up until the desired effect is achieved. Remember, you won't experience any high and there shouldn't be any side effects, but starting off on a high dosage will use more of the product than may be necessary and the aim is to introduce CBD to your ECS gradually. Start low, and gradually increase your intake.