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Shopping for CBD: Top Tips on How to Choose the Right CBD for You

by Louise W. Rice

Are you ready for spring? So are we. But did you select your CBD yet? If not, here are some top tips on how to choose your favorite CBD this spring. 

CBD oil is literally everywhere. It’s in your smoothies, in your coffee, in your cosmetics, you name it. It’s also making its way into medicine cabinets. While CBD significantly grows in popularity, a lot of misconceptions float around about it. First things first, let’s consider THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis Sativa plant that makes people feel high. Now, some people mistake THC with CBD. They’re similar but very different in the effects they produce. Some CBD products may contain a small trace of THC, but the content is too low, it’s impossible to give any euphoric feeling. 

In fact, you shouldn’t feel silly taking CBD – if this is your biggest worry, then let’s reassure you that you won’t experience any psychoactive feelings. 

Some people don’t understand what is CBD, where it comes from, etc. To break it down, there are two ways you can find CBD: hemp or marijuana. To make it clear, marijuana and hemp plants aren’t the same. There are two types of cannabis:

  • Sativa
  • Indica

Marijuana can fall into both categories, while hemp definitely goes to the Sativa category. The two plants may look similar, but there are some differences, especially if we’re talking about composition. Marijuana and hemp contain THC and CBD, but the amounts are drastically different. Marijuana is made up of around 40% THC, while hemp contains only 0.3% or even less, which is what makes them legal to buy in more than 50 states, including the USA.

If you live in a state where marijuana is legal, you might be able to buy CBD oil, which comes in many different forms. You can also consider cultivating marijuana for personal use. Many studies show that CBD derived from marijuana has a higher chances of alleviating symptoms of anxiety and pain. Although the studies are in the early stages, luckily tons of more research is being done on CBD. In different countries, you can only buy CBD from hemp. 

How Does CBD Make You Feel?

If you’re still curious about taking CBD oil or enjoy vaping delta 8, adding CBD to your routine will definitely improve your life. And maybe you want to know what CBD oil can do for you. One of the most common questions people ask themselves is how does CBD make you feel? 

CBD is one of the 100 well-known compounds existing in the cannabis plant. CBD, also known as cannabinoids, has the ability to stimulate receptors in the brain, and the endocannabinoid system. Originating over 500 million years ago, the ECS (endocannabinoid system) helps our bodies regulate many vital systems, so we can keep internal balance. 

The ECS helps master a lot of functions, like:

  • Fertility
  • Inflammation
  • Metabolism
  • Moods
  • Pain Responses 
  • Body temperature

The endocannabinoid system includes CB1 and CB2 – two types of receptors that usually lie in the center of the nervous system, the brain, and the spinal cord. CB2 is found in white blood cells and other organs in the immune system. 

CBD works great in strengthening the ECS by circuitously moderating CB1 and CB2. CBD also inhibits the enzymes that break down naturally, leaving more of them to mix in the body. 

Most people think that if they take CBD, they will feel euphoric. Even if you avoid marijuana, you can take CBD. Their effects are different, and you won’t feel high, the feeling associated with traditional cannabis.

Plus, CBD comes from the industrial hemp plant that contains way less than 0.3% THC. You’ll need way more of it to actually experience psychoactive effects. Not even full-spectrum CBD products won’t produce high feelings. 

CBD’s immediate effects are associated with physical relaxation and mental calm. CBD consumers reported feeling even more focused, a clear-headed sense of harmony. You’re likely to notice what’s missing: stress and anxiety. So, enjoy vaping CBD or smoking CBD hemp flower – they’re the quickest methods to ingest CBD and enjoy its long-lasting effects. 

CBD for Beginners

Ok, so, for beginners, make sure you take CBD from a reputable source. Don’t be afraid to check the ingredients, read online reviews, ask people about it, and so on. CBD is typically expensive if it’s bought from reliable sources. Hemp is not actually cheap, so if anything seems too good to be true to you, well, it might be. 

CBD comes in various concentrations – usually, you’ll see CBD products ranging from gummies, oils, tinctures, etc. Another way to differentiate CBD from Hemp is to check the label. Hemp oil is similar to other vitamins you find in drugstores and is likely to have a supplement fact on the back of the bottle. Hemp seed, on the other side, is considered food, so you’ll find nutrition facts on the label. 

What do you badly need to remember before buying CBD? To do self-research. It’s also important to talk to your doctor, read all the labels, regardless of how much information they contain, and only purchase CBD products from reliable sources. Many people believe in the benefits of CBD oil and may have experienced it without reading studies and doing research. But if you want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for, you must put in a bit of extra work. You’ll be thanking yourself later. 

How Much CBD to Take? 

You should start with a low dosage, and slightly increase it if needed. Notice how your body reacts and use caution when switching dose forms. People with health conditions should be careful; they might need a lower dose to avoid the side effects, which are minor, but it’s best to be cautious. 

If you’re using CBD oil as a treatment for your health condition, it’s best to talk to your doctor first. They’re qualified to advise you what CBD product you should choose and dose.

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