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How to choose the right CBD for you

By April 20, 2020One Comment

So you want to get into CBD? Did you hear about all of the benefits or just want to see what all of the hype is about? Either way, I am here to help you pick the best one for your needs, whether small or large we will go over the different types. There are, dosages you should start with and how to double-check you are getting the correct product you are purchasing. 

Why would you be taking CBD?

You’re reading this because I’m sure you have heard all of the potential health benefits that come with taking CBD. I say potential because nothing has been established and tested by the FDA. I’m sure you have heard its effects on arthritis, reducing stress, feeling relaxed, and improving sleep. 

It is true that people find a huge benefit in their general health while taking CBD in their daily routine. Keep in mind that there are many CBD products on the market, all for a different reason. Make sure you know why you will be taking it in order to have the most effects. No matter the reason there is a CBD product out there for you! 

What CBD product/form suits your life

There are many forms of CBD. This is where it will depend on what and where the issue is persisting and what product you would be most comfortable with. The list will explain some of the most popular CBD options…

  • CBD Tinctures 

Arguably the most known and talked about of CBD is the oils. They are quite versatile, being able to be used with cooking, being applied to the skin, or even sublingual meaning that it will be placed under the tongue. Oils are the easiest to monitor for dosage and the quickest to get into the body to combine with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). 

You may have to watch out though, oil is not the most discreet, and could cause some problems if it starts leaking. Another thing to look out for is the flavor. CBD comes from hemp plants which give it an earthy taste, but most companies try to cover it with a different flavor. 

  • CBD Topicals

Topicals are a product that you apply directly to the skin. It can come in an array of products from lotion, balms, bath bombs, and even chapstick. This kind of CBD is ideal for people who need localized relief. What is happening is that the product is sinking into the skin and affects those endocannabinoid receptors. 

This is probably not the product for you if you need to trigger the whole system, as this will not be able to circulate around the ECS.

  • Capsules/ Edibles

Another way of taking your CBD is by ingesting it by a capsule or edibles. These lay somewhere in the middle because they are still getting absorbed into the body but they are not as strong as oils. They are easier to bring around with you as no one will suspect that you are taking CBD and you never have to worry about leakage. 

They are only offered in lower strength dosages then you would get in the oils, and you cannot precisely know how much you are taking like you can with the oil droppers.  

Finding the right dosage

Each person is different and so are CBD products. You will want to find out what exactly you are going to be using the product for to guarantee the best results. It is always recommended to start slow with a small dosage around 25-50 mg then work your way up. 

This process will be easiest with CBD oil products due to the dropper giving you exact measurements. You will want to wait 5-6 hours before consuming more in order to see if the oil works. Continue to increase your dosage gradually until you find the right fit.

The spectrums 

This is probably the question that most of you have, does CBD have THC in it and will it get me high? CBD is from the cannabis plant, but it comes from the hemp plant whereas THC comes from the marijuana plant. Hemp is classified as such when there are THC levels below 0.3% meaning yes, some CBD products have trace amounts of THC in them. 

There are three different spectrums of CBD, CBD Isolate, Brad spectrum CBD, and Full spectrum CBD. This is where it will depend on how strong you want your CBD to be. CBD isolate will have absolutely zero THC in it, but also will not give you the most effects. Full-spectrum CBD will have less than 0.3% of THC but will give you the entourage effect which gives you more relief. 

Ask for test results

You should never be worried about that is in the product you are about to ingest. Always ask for lab results, this will tell you the amount of CBD as well as THC. Make sure that no heavy metals have made their way into your CBD from the extraction method as it may result in an inferior product. 

Another thing that will be worth asking is how the company extracted its CBD. Companies used to and still do use butane gas to extract their CBD, but you will want to make sure that you are buying from a company that uses CO2 extraction, as it is safer for ingestion. 

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