Everyone is on the CBD wagon right now. Your friends are talking about it, the local coffee shop around the corner is selling CBD-infused coffee beans, even your grandma knows a fact or two about it, but here you are scratching your head wondering what exactly this CBD and CBD oil thing is.

Well, you’re not alone. There are many like you out there. CBD products have taken the world by storm.  And it’s a good thing it’s finally mainstream news.  The science and research are coming in fast and furious showing this amazing plant compound really does have some remarkable characteristics that will eventually revolutionize the healthcare industry and change the world for the better. It’s only taken a few thousand years to get to this point but better late than never.

If you have been looking for relief and for a better quality-of-life for a while  and want to try something pure & natural, something in lieu of or in conjunction with your current prescription drugs.  This might just be the right fit. CBD oil benefits are actually kind of miraculous.

Now what?

Ready to try it?

Congratulations! That’s great news!!

Now what?

Great question! You walk into the CBD dispensary, self-assured and ready to make your first CBD purchase.  How exciting! With great confidence you say “I’d like to purchase some CBD please.” But that’s where the battle starts.

The budtender (cannabis salesperson) says, “wonderful” and then asks you if you prefer a product that is an isolate, broad-spectrum or full spectrum. After you say huh? He goes on to ask you if you would prefer the CBD tincture, softgels, patch, cream, salve, lotion, bath bomb, cooking oil, coffee beans, dog treats, gummies, vape pen, drink packet, lip balm, salve stick, or chocolate bar, well you get the picture.

But before you open your mouth again, he asks if you want 250 mg, 500 mg 1000 mg or perhaps the 1500, 2000, 2500 or 3000 mg serving size. Well now you really need CBD because your head hurts. As he begins to talk to you about the 42 different flavors, you immediately yet discreetly use your fake call app to call yourself, so you can politely duck out of the store before you open your mouth and random noises come out.

Let’s dial in on some basics so you will be well-equipped for your next such encounter and have a great CBD buying experience. Although not the norm, the reality is that there are many wonderful quality CBD products, excellent CBD stores and some very knowledgeable and friendly CBD salespeople who will take great care of you. You just have to find the right people!

cannabidiol - hemp oilBut the first the question you should ask yourself is why you are taking CBD.  Which problem are you looking to solve?   Do you want to take it as a daily supplement to assist your overall well-being?  Has your doctor recommended it for a particular disease, or other issues such as pain, anxiety, sleep difficulties or some other problem? The reason why you are taking CBD will help narrow down the type of product you should purchase.

CBD, hemp CBD oil, hemp oil all sound like they are the same thing, but in fact are not. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is actually a cannabis or hemp plant extract that does not give you a high.

THC not CBD is responsible for the euphoric or “high” effect users feel.  They both work on a system in your body called the endocannabinoid system.

Still curious? Here are the 3 basic things you should know before walking into that store:

Pointer No. 1

Lions, Tigers & Bears – Isolate, Broad & Full-Spectrum Oh My!

Isolate, broad- & full-spectrum are three different forms of the cannabinoid CBD that you can purchase.

Let’s first consider the ISOLATE

You are on the Titanic. It has started to sink.  It’s a total mayhem.  You are lucky enough to get a lifeboat with a bus boy named Pete. You see hundreds of other people on the water also seeking safety.  Pete starts to get a little “handsy” on the raft and you push him off when he falls asleep.

Fast forward three days and you find yourself on a sunny beach in a tropical island twenty pounds lighter and very thirsty. You search the island and feel blessed to find all the resources you need for a wonderful life. All but one! You are the only human being on the island.  You are completely alone and isolated from people. Eleven years later, you end up marrying a palm tree.

Sounds mind-boggling? Let me explain. CBD is a natural compound that comes from a wonderful plant that has many other beneficial compounds in it.  Some of which are terpenes, flavonoids, omegas, essential oils and other cannabinoids. Just like you all alone on that island, when CBD is the only compound extracted from the plant, it is known as CBD isolate.  All the other ingredients have been left behind leaving only CBD in its purest form.

Perfect for the consumer who only wants CBD and no other molecules or compounds included.

Now understand the Full-Spectrum CBD

You are on the titanic it starts to sink.  This time the full crew, staff and all the passengers have access to a dingy that brings EVERYONE safely to the deserted island. And I mean EVERYONE. No one is left behind. This is the full-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum CBD products have all the ingredients from the cannabis plant. This includes many cannabinoids including the two most famous; CBD and THC.

It also includes the terpenes, flavonoids, and other ingredients. Although THC is illegal in the majority of states, it is legal in CBD products in very small amounts. Up to 0.03% of THC is allowed in the full-spectrum product. This is not enough to get you high but sufficient to have you fail the drug test.

Perfect for the consumer who wants only tiny amounts of THC in their product.

Last but not the least, Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-Spectrum CBDYou’re having a party. You invite everyone in the office to the party EXCEPT Betty. It may have been an oversight or you just didn’t want Betty there.  Betty never finds out about the party so there is no emotional damage whatsoever.  This is broad-spectrum CBD.

In this example, Betty is the THC. broad-spectrum CBD contains all the ingredients from the cannabis plant like different cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids but it DOES NOT contain any detectable THC.

Perfect for someone who wants all the amazing ingredients from the plant but does not want to any THC what so ever.

Isolates, broad and full-spectrum, all contain CBD.  Isolate contain only CBD, Broad-spectrum; everything except THC, and full-spectrum; everything including THC.

Science has shown that products with multiple compounds working together in the body such as broad and full-spectrum may offer a wider range of health benefits. This synergistic relationship is known as the Entourage Effect.

Pointer No. 2

The Right CBD Serving Size

It is crucial to get the CBD Serving Size right. Use CBD, but be careful. Even if the side effects have been shown to be mild, some users have reported that CBD might cause discomfort like dry mouth or drowsiness. It all comes down to the serving size with the best CBD oil, CBD Salve, CBD isolate, whole CBD extract, CBD tincture, and CBD concentrates, you have to see the quantity you are consuming in order to stay in the window between the best possible effects and the side effects. The “Sweet Spot” is where you want to be when it comes to serving size.  This is the amount of CBD that gives you the desired effect. It could be 10 mg or even 500 mg or more.

how much should you buy?So the question becomes, how much should you buy? How many milligrams and how much and how often should you take it.

All humans and animals have a system in their body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is the bodily system that interacts with CBD and the other cannabinoids to produce the health benefits you are seeking. Everyone has the ECS system in their bodies, but we all have one that is unique only to us.

Getting the correct serving size in your body can be the difference between getting the relief you are seeking or feeling like you wasted money. Unless you have a very severe issue or disease, it is recommended that you go low and slow. Titration is a chemistry term that means taking small amounts at first and increasing it over time to get the desired outcome. For example, a good entry level serving size for a CBD tincture would be 250 mg. Or perhaps a 300 milligram bottle of CBD soft gels or edibles. There are many factors that go into considering the correct serving size. Body weight is a big factor.

A full dropper of the 250 mg bottle of the CBD tincture would be 8.33 mg. This is a 30 day supply of the product.

8.33 (full dropper) x 30 (days) = 249.9.

A full dropper may not be the therapeutic amount sufficient to get you relief but it will get your ECS and body warmed up for increased serving sizes over time. When first taking CBD products, it is important to measure how you feel daily and weekly. It is better to start writing down how you feel, how much CBD product you are taking and when you are taking them. Keep documenting your progress.

After four or five days of feeling little or no difference you can take and extra half serving size or even double the serving size. Two full droppers of CBD 250 mg tincture would be 16.66 mg. How do you feel now? Eureka! Maybe you feel great at 16.66 mg and now you have found your CBD sweet spot.

But maybe for you, it is still not great. You can once again after four days or so up your serving size.  Maybe go up to 25 mg. Keep doing this while checking in with your body and document how you are feeling, how much you are taking and when you are taking it.  For some, 50 mg daily; 25 mg in the morning and 25 mg at night seems to do the trick.

But starting off with small or micro serving sizes is critical, then increasing it over time will allow you to find the optimal amount and actually save you money. Higher serving sizes cost more money. The 2000 mg bottle of CBD tincture will cost significantly more than the 250 or 500 mg products. So you want to find that sweet spot early. Remember to start out like a crock pot. Low and slow; only turning up the heat when needed.

Pointer No. 3

Hands Up – IT’S THE POLICE!

SERIOUSLY, PUT THEM DOWN!

You have heard of all the benefits of CBD but are scared that hemp-derived CBD may be illegal. Well let me put your mind to rest. It is perfectly legal to buy CBD and use CBD. When it comes to legality, not everything that comes from hemp plant and hemp extract, like the THC products mentioned above, are off limits.

Though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has licensed just one CBD drug for medicinal or therapeutic purposes, i.e., Epidyolex (for epilepsy), CBD is not illegal. The only thing that you must see is that the CBD product you are consuming does not have THC more than 0.03 percent. You also should keep in mind that due to the enormous popularity of CBD some companies, looking out for their own interests, may not be providing the amount or quality of CBD promised on the labeling.

It is perfectly legal to buy CBD and use CBDWhat’s on the label unfortunately many times is not what’s in the bottle. Worse, if you are not careful the ingredients can make you sick. This may cause you to believe that CBD doesn’t work, when actually it could be that there is none of the active ingredient or very little CBD in the product you purchased. A study conducted at the University Of Pennsylvania showed up to 70% of CBD products are mislabeled.  That’s an incredibly high number. Make sure the product you purchase is third party lab tested and comes with a Certificate of Analysis. It will be written loud and proud on the CBD box or bottle you purchase, like on our THC FREE, Organic Premium Grade CBD Salve. It will lead you to a Certified Lab Analysis that will confirm the ingredients in the product along with the safety measures that were taken to ensure a safe produce.

Even if you are still worried to try CBD products for your pain, we recommend the use of Organic Premium Grade CBD Salve, which is topical in nature and does not cross the blood barrier. All detectable THC has been removed and you simply rub it on your skin.

Summary

CBD is not rocket science. There are a few essentials that you should always remember. First, CBD isolate is CBD-only, Broad-spectrum CBD contains all the hemp ingredients without THC and full-spectrum CBD has all the marijuana components including the THC. THC is the compound that gives you the feeling of being high and can cause you to fail the drug test. Second, it is important to go low and slow with CBD, first try small doses and build up over time. Third, look out for the right products. It can mean the difference between relief and your money down the drain.

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