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Even if you haven’t tried CBD or know a friend or family member who has, you would need to have undergone an extensive digital detox for the past few years to not know that it’s big news in the wellness world.
While many people are aware that CBD exists, what can be less clear is the range of products available, how you should approach using CBD for the first time, and the specific health benefits it can offer in its different guises.
Facts about CBD
You can take a look at our “What is CBD?” article for more general information on CBD, but we’ll cover the fast facts about CBD oils here:
Cannabidiol (CBD) is different from the other well-known ingredient found in cannabis plants – THC. Because CBD oils have little to no THC in them, you won’t feel the same intoxicating effects that you would get from taking conventional cannabis.
Legally used in food supplements and skincare products found in the UK, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that CBD is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”. The main rule when selling CBD oils and related products is that they must have less than 1mg THC per container.
You can’t get addicted to CBD oils. Research suggests that there is no evidence that you can get addicted to CBD oils, which is likely due to CBD not interacting with your brain in the same way as the THC ingredient does.
CBD oil and hemp oil have key differences. While CBD-based products are made from the full hemp plant, hemp oil is pressed from industrial hemp seeds. Hemp oil is more likely to be seen when used as a raw dressing on salad for example, and doesn’t contain the same number of cannabinoids as CBD oils.
How do I know which CBD product to buy?
The key to choosing the right CBD product depends on how you want to use it. Usually, you would start with oil drops or sprays, although you can also buy capsules, vape cartridges and edibles such as chocolate.
Each of these products has variances in how you’ll experience the effects of CBD. For example, vaping CBD means it’ll enter your blood stream very fast, so it probably wouldn’t be the best way to introduce yourself. Ingesting through edibles will take around 30 mins before your feel it begin to kick in, in comparison to the 15 minute window when using tinctures.
What about dosage?
When it comes to dosage, starting off small is always the best advice we can give to newcomers. As with other food supplements, each person will react differently to different dose levels so take some time to find your happy place.
Much like with alcohol, there will be a specific concentration of CBD in each bottle you buy. Trusted products will clearly display the strength in millilitres of CBD and total amount of CBD found in the whole bottle (e.g. 1500mg), as well as how many milligrams will be in each droplet amount.
It’s recommended that you start off with 30mg of CBD per day, building the dose gradually until you feel the desired effects.