CBD is fascinating because it seems like there’s always something new to learn, an intriguing success story to hear, or more innovative products to wow us.
With all of these things in mind, you’re probably ready to try it, but maybe you still have questions or aren’t sure where to start.
If you’re not well-versed in CBD, it’s easy to get lost in the number of facts and information out there, and there’s a lot of misinformation that can confuse people!
That’s why we’ve put together “The Beginner’s Guide To Everything CBD,” where you’ll be able to soak up all the pertinent information and make CBD purchases with confidence and ease.
Let’s get to it with the most basic starting point.
What Is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol and comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant. There are over one hundred compounds that can be found within the Cannabis plant, and they all have their own capabilities.
It’s worth noting that you can find CBD in both Hemp-derived and Cannabis-derived forms. However, hemp-derived CBD (what we use here at CBDfx) contains less than 0.3% THC and carries no psychoactive effects.
On the other hand, CBD in cannabis-derived forms contains THC levels much, much higher, and can produce some intense psychoactive effects as a result.
I Have An Endocannabinoid System––What’s That?
CBD is able to work so flawlessly within our bodies because we’re naturally equipped with an endocannabinoid system.
In 1988, the first endocannabinoid receptor was found in a rat. This discovery led to the development of the same receptor being found in humans––actually 2 receptors––CB1 and CB2. These receptors notably had influence over different processes within our bodies such as mood, memory, cognitive function, pain, etc.
Scientists were amazed because we have a system in our body (endocannabinoid system) that naturally interacts with the cannabinoids compounds that the cannabis plant supplies.
Just How Legal Is CBD?
Hemp’s been around since ancient times, helping people create some of the time’s most essential items such as paper, clothes, rope, jewelry, and more. Even George Washington grew hemp!
Hemp went through some classification issues (being bunched in with cannabis), but thanks to The Farm Bill of 2018, hemp is legal in all states! It also puts no restriction on the sale and transportation of hemp-derived products.
Now, no matter where you are in the US, you can get your favorite CBDfx products delivered right to your doorstep in discreet packaging!
How Is CBD Oil Extracted From The Plant?
There are a few different ways you can extract the oil from the plant. Most reputable companies utilize the supercritical CO2 extraction process, where the CO2 creates changes in temperature and pressure. This ultimately allows the pressurized carbon dioxide to pull the phytocannabinoids from the plant and produce very pure oil.
Some of the other less approved methods of extraction leave harmful residuals and solvents. However, CO2 has the ability to act as a solvent itself, while ensuring residuals aren’t left behind the same way other solvents do. This is why this is the preferred method across the industry.
So Many Products––Which One Is Right For You?
If you’re new to CBD, it can be hard to hone in and decide which product is best for you. Honestly, the best way to go about this is experimentation. There are some things in life that work with the one size fits all approach, but CBD is not that.
However, there are a few key questions that you can ask yourself to figure out which type of product is best for you.
- What are you using the product for? A question like this can help you better target your goal and overall expectation of the product.
- How does your ideal product fit into your lifestyle? Do you need something more discreet?
- Will you be needing to take a drug test anytime soon? If so, you might want to steer clear of full-spectrum oils because there is a slight chance it can produce a false positive.
After you ask yourself these questions, you can look at the different product categories and see which type fits into your lifestyle and better suits your needs.
When people think of CBD, most people think about tincture oils. They are the most popular type of CBD product, but they have also been around the longest, so people are more comfortable with them.
Tincture oils are taken sublingually (a few drops under the tongue), so it’s easier to absorb into your bloodstream through the capillaries under the tongue. This type of product provides moderate bioavailability.
CBD Gummies are quickly becoming a fan favorite! They’re quick, convenient, discreet, and taste good.
We’ve taken our formulations a step further and included some of the key vitamins and nutrients needed to boost your overall health and wellness.
Gummies are an excellent option for those who are new to CBD because they take out the equation’s guesswork. They’re pre-measured to make life that much easier, and most importantly, they come in CBD doses as low as 5mg each, so you can build it to your liking.
CBD Vape Products
The great thing about CBD vapes is that they have the highest bioavailability level and can go to work within minutes. That’s because they enter the bloodstream directly via the lungs.
If you need something portable, discreet, and convenient––this is the way to go!
Capsules are great for those who need a longer-lasting product. Most companies try to utilize full-spectrum oils for this type of product because trace amounts still present in the oil help create the entourage effect.
Topicals are products that you place on the skin for targeted relief. You can find all kinds of topicals in the form of lotion, balms, bath bombs, bath salts, face masks, and so much more.
Most companies use broad-spectrum oil for topicals because it’s less likely to clog the pores, and the oil itself goes through more refinement in the extraction process.
How Much Is Enough?
No matter what type of product you’re using, you’ll have to go with the golden rule of CBD:
Start slow and work your way up!
When you do this, you’ll be able to figure out the perfect amount for yourself and you’ll also give the CBD time to build up in your body for the kind of therapeutic effects you’re looking for.
When you build it up in your system like this, you’re enhancing your cannabinoid receptors’ ability to receive those signals.
There’s so much knowledge to soak up whether you consider yourself a novice or more experienced when it comes to CBD.
So, the next time you find yourself stumped on a CBD topic, come back to this guide (or any other blog here) to keep you on track and informed.
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