The Definitive Guide to Selecting Your First CBD Product

The Definitive Guide to Selecting Your First CBD Product

You’ve done your research, and you’re ready to try CBD. But where do you start? This guide will help you select your first CBD product.

Before you make your first CBD purchase, you need to understand the basics of where CBD comes from, how your body absorbs CBD, and what your options are when it comes to buying CBD.

Forms of CBD

CBD comes from the cannabis plant. The most famous cannabis plant is marijuana. While marijuana has CBD, CBD extract is distilled from another cannabis plant, hemp.

Hemp only has trace amounts of THC. THC is the compound that produces the high feeling when you use marijuana. CBD will not get you high. There isn’t enough THC in hemp or in the CBD extract distilled from the hemp.

There are three different types of CBD:

  1. Full Spectrum
  2. Broad Spectrum
  3. CBD Isolate

Different processes are used to create each type. The best type of CBD for you will depend on your goals and your personal situation.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum CBD has the least processing and filtering of all the different types. The entire hemp plant, including the leaf and the stalk, are used to create full spectrum CBD extract.

This means that this CBD extract also contains the other cannabinoids found in hemp as well as trace amounts of THC.

While there is not enough THC to get you high, it is possible that you could have a false positive on a drug test because of the trace amounts of THC.

The other compounds in full spectrum CBD, including CBG and CBN, help make the CBD more effective once absorbed into your body.

Using full spectrum CBD will allow you to get the full benefits of the CBD with lower doses.

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum CBD extract undergoes additional processing. The trace amounts of THC are filtered out as much as possible, without harming the other cannabinoids, fatty acids, and beneficial compounds found in hemp.

Because it still contains most of the cannabinoids of the original hemp plant, broad spectrum CBD also helps make the CBD you take work more efficiently.

However, it may still contain some trace amounts of THC.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate has been refined and filtered so that all of the THC and all of the other cannabinoids and compounds have been removed. CBD isolate is pure CBD extract. This form of CBD is the best choice for anyone who is sensitive to other cannabinoids, or who need to avoid THC for any reason.

CBD isolate comes in a variety of different purities. You will want CBD isolate that is 99.9%+ if you are concerned about the presence of THC.

When you are looking to buy CBD, you will want to look at the packaging to see what form of CBD is used. This is usually clearly indicated on the label.

How Your Body Absorb CBD And The Disctinction Between Them

There are four routes of delivery
  1. Inhaling CBD
  2. Taking CBD sublingually
  3. Using CBD topically
  4. Ingesting CBD orally

(the list is chronologically ordered from fastest to slowest)

No matter how you take CBD, eventually it will end up in your bloodstream, where it is transported to your cannabinoid receptors.

When you take CBD orally in the form of edibles or sublingually with tinctures, the CBD must first be processed by your digestive system and liver before entering your bloodstream. This means it can take longer before you feel the effects of the CBD.

When you inhale CBD through vaporing the extract, it enters your bloodstream quickly through the alveoli in your lungs. This is the quickest way of absorbing CBD.

Applying creams and lotions with CBD allows the CBD to be absorbed through your skin into your bloodstream and delivered to nearby cannabinoid receptors. This is great for targeted relief areas such as muscle or joint soreness and inflammation.

CBD Products

What CBD product should you use? When you are just starting out, you will need to experiment to see what products work best for you.

Some products work best for specific complaints. Many people find that joint pain responds better to topical CBD creams and lotions.

While inhaling CBD will help the CBD start working faster, if you aren’t comfortable vaping, you will want to take an edible or tincture.

There is no wrong way to take CBD.

When making your first purchase, you should take these steps:

Decide what form of CBD you want
Decide how you are most comfortable taking CBD
Purchase two different products

Taking your First Dose

CBD is safe, non-addictive, and non-toxic¹. However, everyone reacts differently to supplements like CBD.

You should start with a small dose and see how your body reacts. You can always increase your dosage later.

The right dosage for you will depend on your size, your metabolism, and your needs. If you are heavier or are in severe pain, you will need a higher dose.

But, since you are not sure how your body will respond to the CBD, start with a small dose and slowly increase the dose each day.

When deciding on your initial dose, you should look at the packaging of your CBD product. It will tell you the total amount of CBD in the product and give you a recommended serving size.

For example, a tincture may come in a 30ml bottle with 100 mg of CBD in the bottle. The recommended serving size might be 1 ml. This means that there are 3.33 mg of CBD in 1ml of the tincture. You could start with just the 1 ml dosage, or if you are nervous, you could start with .5ml.

CBD will not interfere with your cognitive functions. It may take 20-30 minutes before you start to feel the effects. If you don’t feel anything after the first 12 hours, slightly increase the dose.

The vast majority of people experience no side effects from CBD. But, you should stop using CBD² and seek medical advice if you experience:

  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Increased anxiety
  • Increased depression
  • Vomiting

Millions of people have found relief through CBD. CBD is safer than prescription pharmaceuticals, doesn’t interfere with your brain, and is non-habit forming. Because CBD is legal, now is a great time to try this powerful and effective compound for yourself.


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Sandra Cumpiano - October 21, 2019

I’ve used topical CBD and a tincture. (I have both joint pain and sleep problems) I’m trying to find the best/strongest CBD product for sleeping/relaxing. Also, is vaping CBD as harmful as smoking cigarettes?
Thank you for your help!

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