In 2020, CBD has gained a lot of popularity. It is expected that CBD’s popularity will keep rising even more in the next few years. This isn’t without reason, as CBD has a lot of potential health benefits. Nevertheless there are still a lot of misconceptions about CBD. That’s why we described everything you need to know before using CBD yourself in this article.
What is CBD exactly?
First things first; what is CBD? CBD is short for ‘cannabidiol’. CBD is one of the many compounds that are naturally found in the hemp plant. These compounds are also called ‘cannabinoids’. Each of these cannabinoids has its own effects. CBD is known for its calming effects. Other famous cannabinoids include CBG, CBN, CBC and THC.
Can CBD get you ‘high’?
Since you just read the terms ‘hemp’, you might be wondering if CBD can get you high. Don’t worry, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects, so won’t get you high. The compound that provides a ‘high’ effect when smoking marihuana is THC. All CBD products have 0% to max 0.3% THC in them, which is by far not enough to get you high. This <0.3% THC is also the reason that CBD products are legal in the US and most other countries. So; don’t confuse CBD for THC. Apart from the fact that they both occur in cannabis, they’re 2 totally different compounds!
Why should you use CBD products?
Alright, now we understand what CBD is, let’s take a look at why you should use it. CBD can be used for a very wide range of conditions. The most common reasons to use CBD are to reduce anxiety, stress, pain and depression. CBD can even be used to reduce epilepsy!
How to use CBD?
CBD can be used in many different ways. The one you’ve probably came across several times is ‘CBD oil’. This is a mix of a carrier oil (such as MCT oil) plus a CBD extract. This mix comes in a tincture of glass with a dropper in it. With this dropper you can measure out your dosage drop for drops very accurately. By putting these drops under your tongue, you will absorb the CBD. This method is also known as ‘sublingual’.
Another popular method to use CBD is by vaping it. Common CBD vape products include vape juice, vape pens, pods, dabs and hemp flower.
CBD also comes in capsules, candy (such as gummy bears) and topical products for your skin. Each of these different products has its own pros and cons. One method will be more convenient than the other one for example. They also differ in terms of effectiveness and taste. That’s why its recommend to try out different CBD products, and see which one you like the most!
The best CBD brands
When it comes to CBD, there are hundreds of vendors on the market. This can make it hard to separate good brands from bad ones. That’s why its recommend to read CBD reviews from reliable sources. When buying CBD oil, you should check the buyer’s guide. It explains which aspects to look for when buying CBD oil.
How much CBD do you need?
Another very common question is ‘how much CBD do you need’? This question can be tough to answer, as there are several factors involved. The first one is the reason for using CBD products. Treating anxiety will require a different dosage than treating epilepsy for example.
The second factor is the product type you use. CBD oil is more effective than edibles (such as gummies) for instance.
The third factor is that everyone reacts differently to CBD. What works for one person, might not be enough for another person. Therefore it’s recommended to follow these guidelines: Start by taking a low dosage of CBD. If you don’t notice the desired effects, up your dosage a little bit. Keep repeating this until you found your sweet spot. By using this method you avoid overshooting the required dosage.