Thanks to loosened restrictions and research supporting the benefits of cannabis, CBD is rising in popularity. CBD can be used to treat pain, anxiety, PTSD, and other issues such as epilepsy and addiction.
Marijuana is booming right now, and it can be confusing to figure out the differences between CBD, THC, and other cannabis products. Understanding how to consume them can be equally as confusing.
CBD is one of the most popular forms of cannabis consumption. Let’s go over some of the basic things you need to know the first time you use it.
1. Your Body Needs Time to Adjust
The first time you use CBD, you might not notice any difference. This isn’t necessarily because the product isn’t working. Your body just needs time to adjust.
Whenever your body encounters something new, it needs time to recognize it. This isn’t only the case with cannabis. It’s true of many medications and other substances.
You might need to try CBD a few times before you see any results.
If you consistently don’t see results, or if you find that your CBD stops working all of a sudden, consider adjusting the dosage or looking into another type of CBD.
2. CBD Products Won’t Make You High
One of the most common misconceptions about CBD is that it can make you high. That won’t happen because CBD products contain very little or no THC.
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a fancy word for the substance in marijuana that makes you high.
CBD simply stands for cannabidiol, which is the part of the plant containing the most benefits.
Recreational marijuana contains CBD and THC, whereas products labeled as “CBD” either don’t have THC or don’t have enough to make you high.
Products containing THC can have benefits, but they are riskier. Here is some information about how to counteract the negative effects of THC.
Keep in mind that marijuana is a natural and organic product. There will be some variation between products, and everyone’s bodies will react differently.
3. Different Types of CBD
In the same way that there are different strains of marijuana, there are different types of CBD.
The primary categories of CBD are full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolates.
Full spectrum CBD contains all aspects of the cannabis plant. The THC content is still less than 0.3%.
Broad spectrum CBD have trace amounts of THC, but the content is so low they probably wouldn’t show up on a test.
Isolates contain absolutely no THC. Because of this, they are the least likely to yield any results. However, they are ideal for newcomers to cannabis because they are the least likely to produce side effects.
4. Dosages Vary
It’s nearly impossible to overdose on CBD, just as it’s practically impossible to overdose on marijuana. However, you still need to make sure that you’re using the right dosage.
Using too little won’t yield any results, whereas using too much can lead to side effects like fatigue or diarrhea.
If you’re using CBD for medical purposes, you should consult your doctor. Here is an overview of dosage information.
For topical treatments, a few drops should be sufficient to reduce pain.
5. Variety of Methods
There’s more than one way to use CBD. Oil is primarily used for pain treatment and is popular among athletes for muscle recovery, but there are other consumption methods.
You can directly consume CBD oil by dropping it on your tongue or mixing it into recipes. Other options include CBD gummies, bath bombs, and capsules.
For anxiety or stress relief, bath bombs are a great way to relax while relieving muscle pain. Gummies and capsules are also good for this purpose.
For those experiencing topical muscle pain or suffer from muscle spasms, oil or creams are a better option.
There’s a lot of information out there about CBD. It can be overwhelming at first. Keeping these things in mind will help you pick the right CBD option for you.
If you don’t notice results the first time, keep trying or change things up a bit. Trial and error is the only way to find out what works best for your body.