CBD for Beginners: A Guide to Getting Started With CBD

The use of CBD has soared in recent years and, in 2020, around 33% of Americans claim to have used the substance at least once. With these statistics in mind, it should not be surprising to you if you are thinking of using CBD also.

There’s a first time for everybody when it comes to using CBD. If you’ve not used it before, and you are considering giving it a go, then you will no doubt have a lot of questions to ask about what to buy and how to use it. Here, we aim to try and answer some of those questions for you.

How Does CBD Work on the Human Body?

CBD (cannabidiol) works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a relatively new discovery and was found when scientists were researching the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on the body. THC is a compound that’s found in cannabis alongside CBD, and the two are often confused with each other.

The ECS is a system that is responsible for signaling between cells in the body. The system is responsible for helping to regulate various bodily functions that include but are not limited to:

  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Pain
  • Reproduction
  • Fertility
  • Mood

Scientists have been able to identify endocannabinoid receptors that are located throughout the body. CBD binds to these receptors, affecting the various functions associated with the system, which is how using CBD results in side effects such as pain relief, increased appetite, and an improved mood.

Know Your Body: Consider the Reasons You Want to Start Using CBD

Before you start using CBD, it is a very good idea to first define why you want to start using it. Is it to increase your appetite, to help you feel calmer, to help relieve pain, or other reasons? Using CBD in different ways can have different effects on the body. For examples, CBD topicals are available that will help to relieve skin and joint conditions, whereas consumables are more likely to affect mood and appetite.

You should also ask yourself if you want the ‘high’ that comes with smoking cannabis. Some CBD products will contain THC, which is the ingredient that gives people the high cannabis is known for and is also responsible for some of the less welcome side-effects. Once you have defined why you want to start using CBD, you can then try and learn more about hemp oil and find out which products are likely to have the desired effect. Once you have identified the right products for you, it’s time to try them out, but finding what works for you may still take more time.

Find Your CBD “Sweet Spot” And Routine 

It will often take some trial and error before you get CBD to work for you just as you want it to. Some products might be too strong, or not strong enough. Others might be effective at giving you some effects, but not the ones you are looking for.

It can also take some time before you work out your ideal routine. Some CBD products can cause feelings of mellowness which, although great at the right time, are probably not ideal when you need to get stuff done. It might also make you feel hungry at the wrong time, or sleepy when it’s too early. Once you do find the right combination of product and routine, however, you should find the CBD works just right for you. An important factor to take into account that the quality and quantity of CBD products is different for each brand. Ideally, you should try to find one CBD seller but with the most powerful collection of CBD products, so that you can manage daily dosages perfectly.

Ways to Consume CBD for Beginners 

There are numerous ways to ingest CBD. One is in the form of oils that can be dropped straight into the mouth or mixed with other ingredients. CBD oil is often mixed with olive oil, which can then be used as an ingredient when making meals. Capsules are also available, and there are even products like CBD gummies to choose from.

Another popular method of consuming CBD is through vaping. CBD oil can be added to a vaping machine where it is gently heated until vapors are released. These vapors are then inhaled into the lungs where they are absorbed into the bloodstream.

When Considering Dosage, Here are a Few Things to Keep in Mind

When you are using CBD for the first time, you should always try a low dose first to help prevent any unwelcome side effects. If the dose is not strong enough then you should gradually increase the dose until it does do what you need it to. If the dosage makes you feel nauseous and/or causes any other unwelcome side effects then you should lower the dosage again.

Bear in mind also that different products will have different strengths so always remember to use a lower dose when using a new product.

Final Thoughts

CBD is safe to use and can be very effective at helping to improve your quality of life. However, there are things you need to take into account before you start using it to ensure it works for you. Ask yourself why you want to use it and what you hope to gain from it. Bear in mind that there will probably be some degree of experimentation necessary before you get the right combination for you and that you should start with low dosages and work upwards until you find what’s right for you.

Once you have worked out how to use it, and how much, you will find the CBD can help to make your life a lot more comfortable and enjoyable.

William Stash Jones

William "Stash" Jones is a medical marijuana patient and medical cannabis advocate. He focuses on medical cannabis and its benefits, and believes that medical cannabis is the solution to many problems in medicine today.

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