CBD products are everywhere. From malls to doctors offices, you’ve likely seen a wide range of products including oils, gummies and topical creams.
You’ve also probably seen countless articles covering the many benefits of this useful herb. Are you curious to try CBD but are still unsure if it’s right for you?
Here we’ll cover everything from the taste and side effects to what ailments CBD treats.
How Will CBD Make Me Feel?
This is the main question people have before trying CBD for the first time.
First thing’s first – CBD will not get you high. Most people have the misconception that CBD is the same as marijuana. While it is a cannabinoid extracted from the marijuana plant, CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. That means you won’t feel out of control or disoriented after using CBD products. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that causes these feelings. CBD only contains .3% THC.
So, what feelings can you expect? Depending on the reason for taking CBD you may feel one or several of the following side effects:
- Reduced pain
Although these are common side effects associated with CBD, there’s no guarantee this is how you’ll feel the first time. That’s why it’s recommended you start with a small dose in a controlled environment.
What Does CBD Taste Like?
This is another common question a CBD novice might ask.
When you hear the word “CBD oil” does it make you cringe? It shouldn’t! Oil is one of the most common forms of CBD and is easily added to your favorite drink. A tiny drop under the tongue is equally as effective.
Full-spectrum hemp oil does have an earthy, murky taste that you might find unfavorable. To avoid this, opt for a flavored CBD oil. There are countless varieties from citrus flavors like orange and lemon to sweeter ones like vanilla.
If you want to avoid the unpleasant taste all together, there are some pretty tasty CBD edibles available.
Gummies are by far the most popular. Maybe it’s the nostalgia surrounding gummy candy or the fun shapes and flavors. If you’re hesitant to try CBD, gummies are a great introductory product.
Other delicious options include brownies, granola bars, and chocolate.
For those who aren’t comfortable ingesting CBD orally, there are topical products available also.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
When it comes to using CBD for the first time, slow and steady is the way to go. Don’t overdo it your first time around.
Depending on the condition you’re treating, a few milligrams is usually enough to start. Over time, your body may adjust and build up an immunity, resulting in the need for an increased dose.
One of the most important things to remember is that your body digests different CBD products differently.
You may be surprised to learn that topical CBD products actually absorb into your body much faster than oral. That’s because topical creams and ointments are absorbed directly into the body through pores on the skin. You’ll feel the effects peak after approximately 90 minutes.
Oral products, on the other hand, take between 1 and 6 hours to be fully absorbed into the body. Oral CBD travels through the digestive system where it’s broken down and then released into the body.
One benefit of the slow absorption provided by oral products is that they offer long-term benefits. This is perfect for insomnia sufferers who want affects that last all night long.
When first starting out be careful of overdoing it on oral CBD products. Give your body plenty of time to absorb the product before taking more.
Many first-time users make the mistake of waiting only a few minutes before popping more gummies and not giving the initial dose time to work. Be patient and go slow to avoid complications or an unpleasant experience.
Is CBD Legal?
Chances are you don’t want any trouble with the authorities. Some people worry about trying CBD because they think it’s illegal. The truth is, due to its low levels of THC, CBD products are legal in all 50 states.
As long as the CBD product doesn’t contain more than .3% THC, it’s federally legal. But some legislators are still looking to limit who can buy CBD products. That’s why it’s so important to check your local laws before purchasing CBD products.
The safest way to buy CBD is with a prescription from a medical professional. For those suffering from serious illnesses, doctors might issue a medical marijuana card. Medical marijuana is much different than CBD and can contain high levels of THC.
Educating yourself is one of the most important aspects of using CBD. You want to be an informed consumer and user. This helpful site offers plenty of resources to help you start your journey.
Why Should I Take CBD?
People use CBD for many reasons, but primarily for it’s healing benefits. Since CBD doesn’t offer any psychoactive effects, most people see no need to use it recreationally. CBD does, however, treat a wide range of illnesses and ailments.
If you’re suffering from any of the following conditions, CBD might help ease your symptoms:
- Chronic pain
- Migraine headaches
- Chemotherapy side effects
CBD isn’t a cure for these ailments but can be used in conjunction with other medications and treatments to ease symptoms.
Be sure to check with your physician or medical professional before trying CBD to ensure it won’t negatively interact with your current treatment plan.
It’s hard to ignore the amount of CBD products currently available. Millions of people can’t be wrong. If you’re curious (but nervous) about how this versatile herb can benefit your life, these answers to the most commonly asked questions should help ease your mind.