CBD Oil Beginner’s Guide: Get Started Today!
Without a CBD Oil Beginner’s Guide, how is a person to choose from the array of options? As a non-psychoactive alternative to medical marijuana, CBD oil is rapidly gaining traction in the supplement industry and its use is becoming widespread.
But how does a beginner know where to start? In general, CBD oil is easy to use if you think of it like any other supplement. You can dive right in and follow the directions on the label. We have compiled our CBD Oil Beginner’s Guide for those trickier issues and conditions, for which there are a few things you need to know.
If you are interested in the description of exactly what CBD oil is, we have written an excellent article “CBD Oil: What is It and How Can It Help Me”.
In this CBD Oil Beginner’s Guide you will find information that we hope will make you feel comfortable choosing your CBD oil.
CBD Oil Beginners Guide
Let’s start at the beginning. CBD oil can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana. CBD oil extracted from hemp is legal in areas where marijuana is not because the THC in hemp-extracted-CBD oil is negligible. There is no doubt that THC has therapeutic benefit, but for those who do not have access, CBD is an excellent alternative.
How Do You Use CBD oil?
CBD comes in a variety of forms which include tinctures, vape oils, sprays, edibles, and topical creams, and more. Each form has its own benefits; what you choose is largely based on personal preference. Some people like to smoke and will choose CBD vaping oil, while others may hate capsules and find that tinctures work best for them. Your choice will also depend on what your optimal daily dose is: if you are looking for 100mg/daily +, then you will not likely get that dose with a topical form or a capsule that is 10mg/serving.
Here are a few things to consider from our CBD Oil Beginner’s Guide:
CBD Oil Beginner’s Guide Dosing: How Much Should You Use?
You came here wanting a definitive answer and we can’t and won’t give you one for three reasons:
- While an endocannabinoid system exists in each of our bodies, each of our bodies is different. Accurate dosing is based on our rarely-measured endogenous cannabinoid levels. If these levels are in balance, we experience an internal stability, or homeostasis. If we have not been able to sustain a stable equilibrium, taking CBD may help in regaining balance.
- Not enough research has been done about CBD; and there has been more research done about CBD, and THC, than there has been about the many, many other cannabinoids found in cannabis.
- The FDA does not allow us to give you this information.
The FDA considers CBD products to be food supplements. This means that manufacturers are required to have labeling like those we see on other supplements, including a suggested serving size.
You, however, don’t have to take the suggested serving size. The rule of thumb that you’ll see everywhere is “start low and go slow”. That means starting with the smallest dose and about every four days increasing that dose by a few milligrams. You know your body better than anyone else, so you’ll know when you feel better.
We always urge you to consult your health care professional. More and more helping professionals are familiar with CBD, or are willing to do research on your behalf. Doctors, nurses and pharmacists can be great resources.
We also encourage you to Google CBD plus your particular ailment or illness to find groups that will share information about their CBD experience.
You’ll be happy to know that it’s impossible to overdose on CBD. According to the National Cancer Institute:
“Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brain stem areas
controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”
Are there Side Effects to Using CBD Oil?
Some side effects that can be experienced when taking very high doses are feelings of sleepiness but, again, there is not lasting harm.
Although we can’t and won’t tell you how much CBD to take, we hope this explanation will help you to make the effort to start low and go slow until you find your sweet spot.
Should I use a Zero THC product or a whole plant CBD oil?
Some believe that when CBD and THC are taken together, along with other cannabioids, there is a better outcome. This is referred to as the entourage effect and may be true for some conditions. We do believe that the trace amount of THC found in our whole plant products is enough to potentiate the entourage effect, but those who are concerned about passing drug screens – athletes, military, firefighters and nurses, for example – must use Zero THC products. We offer several Zero THC brands to choose from including Green Gorilla and Neuro Armour.
Our CBD Oil Beginner’s Guide, although brief, will give you an excellent starting point, but if you do still have questions, we are here to help. Chat with us here.