If you’re getting ready to undertake your first time taking CBD, chances are high you’ve already heard of its effects.
CBD companies have exploded across the U.S. over the past couple of years with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.
So, what does that mean for you? And more importantly, what should you feel on your first time taking CBD?
That depends on a few things, but we’ll help you break it down.
Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum. Which Shall it Be?
Whenever you’re looking into a CBD product, check to see if it’s made using a CBD isolate, a full-spectrum oil, or a broad-spectrum oil. Also, make sure that whatever CBD they’re using is made from hemp.
Why does that matter?
Because the hemp plant produces, at most, .03% THC—the psychoactive compound in cannabis that supplies its stony reputation. And while it’s a marginal amount, it’s still present in full-spectrum CBD.
This is the uncut oil, harvested directly from the plant. It’s got all the cannabinoids (like CBD), terpenes, and flavonoids that hemp naturally produces.
If this isn’t your first article on the subject, you may have read elsewhere how CBD isn’t psychoactive. This isn’t entirely true. What people really mean is that CBD won’t get you high like cannabis, or more specifically THC, will. Technically, a psychoactive substance is any molecule that alters our brains and the ways we perceive our world. In CBD, this comes from what’s known as the entourage effect.
Which brings us to broad-spectrum CBD, which captures the whole range of cannabinoids and terpenes except THC. If it’s your first time taking CBD gummies, we’ve crafted a variety of flavors all with a proprietary broad-spectrum blend.
An isolate is the purest form of CBD you can find, coming in at 99.9% cannabidiol and takes the form of a fine, flavorless, and odorless powder. You’ll often find this compound in vape liquids and edibles.
What Should I Feel When I Start Taking CBD?
Most people you ask about CBD will describe the effects as calming and rejuvenating.
It’s a great partner for working from home and works really well when you decide to adventure outdoors.
Anytime you need to take a break and feel grounded, CBD can assist with that. And you don’t have to deal with that annoying brain fog.
The way CBD interacts with your body depends on your body weight and individual chemistry.
It also depends on the CBD product you choose. Each is going to be absorbed and metabolized a little differently.
For example, if you were to consume 25mg of full-spectrum CBD contained in a gel capsule, it’s going to be broken down in your gastrointestinal tract. This takes time, and can slightly diminish its potency. However, the end result is that it’ll last a lot longer than a tincture—which has much higher bioavailability.
If you’re taking a CBD tincture for the first time and nervous, don’t worry. Tinctures have a higher bioavailability, which basically means your body absorbs more, more quickly. In fact, most come with an easy-to-use dropper that allows you control over how much you take.
When Should It Start Working?
The onset time of CBD comes down to what form you choose. Of course, there’s always a bit of deviation from the average, and it may take a little honing to find out which product works well for you.
In general, you can expect to feel the effects:
- Between 1-2 hours if you have an edible.
- Around 15 minutes if you’re using a tincture or sublingual spray.
- 30 to 45 minutes for topicals
- 10 to 20 minutes if you’re using a vape.
How Much CBD Oil is Too Much for the First Time?
It’s all a matter of preference, but we’re actually big fans of going with a tincture if it’s your first time trying CBD.
The flavor of good CBD oil is nutty and earthy. At CBDfx, our oil is made with only organic, full and broad-spectrum CBD. It’s blended with MCT oil—which is derived from coconuts—and it comes in three concentrations: 500mg, 1000mg, and 1500mg.
Whichever you choose, just take a couple of drops under your tongue and hold for 60 seconds. As with anything new, start off small to stay comfortable.
If you’re looking for a CBD cream for muscles & joints or something to relax at the end of a long day (we’re talking face masks and bath bombs), topical products make use of the skin’s high bioavailability for CBD. You may have already seen these at the grocery store.
How Long Does it Stay in Your System?
This is also going to vary from person to person, but not for the reason you think. The frequency of your usage also determines how long CBD stays in your body. CBD builds up in your body over time if used regularly. This is why it’s recommended you use it for at least a week to see if it works for you. If you only use it occasionally, it’ll clear your system even faster.
If you work in an environment that requires drug-testing, or if you expect to start a job that’ll want one, your best bet is to go with a product made with a CBD isolate. This is going to be totally clear of THC.
As a good rule of thumb, if you eat CBD, it’ll stick around your body longer. This includes tinctures and edibles. Vaping is going to take effect quickly and will also be metabolized out of your system quickly.
If you’re reading this, you’re already off to a good start. Do your research, and shop around. This is an incredible time to be venturing into the lands of CBD. There are so many choices that you’re bound to find a perfect fit.
Not all companies are made the same, however. Make sure to check a brand’s lab reports. These should always be performed by a third party and made easily accessible on their website.
You’ll be able to confirm that there aren’t any heavy metals or pesticides and get an accurate rendering of the cannabinoid content of your product. If you order any of our products, you’ll see a QR code on one of the panels of the box. It’ll take you straight to that particular product (down to the batch number) so you can see what’s cooking. Anything you buy from us is made using the same U.S. grown, organic, and non-GMO hemp.
Once you find something you like, keep an eye out for sales, especially if you’re into online buying. Companies will often have coupon codes and special bundles so you can get more of the CBD you love at a little discounted price.
CBD’s all about expanding the lifestyle you currently enjoy.
So, have a little fun with it.