Without question, the popularity of CBD is growing, and frankly, there is practically a product for almost everyone now. From traditional oils, gummies, vapes, to even CBD cosmetics hitting the spotlight, the world of CBD is vast.
But how does one decide which product works best for them? Aside from sampling each product, the question itself is entirely subjective to the user’s experience. The real question one should ask is, how do I want a CBD product to work for me?
For first time users, even this question can be hard to ask and almost intimidating to take the first step towards purchasing CBD.
Our recommendation? Start with the basics and experience CBD as a tincture, a traditional method where the user controls the dosage and experiences the effects of CBD without all the other fillers.
Although some users opt for vaping CBD since it also an effective method, but let’s be honest, not everyone should feel like they have to pick up smoking as a habit. Oil-based CBD is a perfect and safer alternative for everyone.
In this article, we will reveal just about everything you could want to know about CBD itself, CBD tinctures, and how CBD oils can be a safe alternative to the other CBD products in the market.
Consider this as a beginner’s guide to understanding why one should even use a CBD oil.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or more commonly known for its abbreviation as CBD, is a compound naturally found in cannabis plants, both in marijuana and hemp flowers. Mainly sourced from hemp plants, due to its high concentration, CBD is the cannabinoid that has all the healing properties of cannabis without the high.
In short, THC is the compound found in marijuana, and that is responsible for the ‘high’ effect.
This is the same cannabinoid that you should look out for if you are someone who is sensitive to the effects of cannabis or legally cannot test for THC at any point in time.
Although THC and CBD are the two most commonly found compounds in cannabis plants, there are over hundreds of other smaller cannabinoids, each with their unique benefits that work together to bring a full therapeutic effect once consumed.
This information is vital to know or at least be aware that there are several products right now in the market that are sold as either CBD isolate, CBD broad-spectrum, and CBD full spectrum.
What’s the difference? A BIG difference!
For starters, if you are one that is sensitive to the effects of cannabis or you are someone who legally cannot have ‘THC’ or marijuana in their system, we recommend looking for CBD products made from CBD isolate.
Side note: At this stage of the CBD industry, there should be no excuse for any company not properly labeling the type of CBD each product is made with. Why? Some people are sensitive to the secondary effects of cannabis and because others legally cannot test for THC.
CBD isolate is a concentrated extraction of CBD and is safe to use since the final product does not contain the other cannabinoids, such as THC.
As for full-spectrum and broad-spectrum, these are both different from CBD isolate since these two blends will contain either all or a few cannabinoids.
However, there will be some levels of THC, so all consumers should look towards the label to identify what type of CBD product they are purchasing.
Although some have reported a more therapeutic effect using full-spectrum CBD oil products, which is just as amazing, everyone should know that healing with CBD is entirely subjective to the user’s experience. Before taking that first step in making your first purchase of CBD, always refer to the label to find the type of CBD that the product contains.
How does one use a CBD Tincture?
Tinctures are the easiest and effective form of enjoying CBD anywhere you go. To administer, any user takes the desired dosage by adding a few drops or a full dropper of CBD oil under the tongue and holding it there for a few moments.
After the drops dissolve under your tongue, the CBD oil is then absorbed into your sublingual artery and will then travel throughout your body, making its way to the brain.
The whole process with CBD oil tinctures from the time you administer the drops to the time you feel their effects typically take about 15 minutes.
As mentioned earlier, feeling the effects from a tincture is a bit slower than smoking CBD, but it is much faster than using an edible or ingesting it since the CBD will lose some potency in the digestive tract.
Again, we all use CBD differently from lotions to drinks; the importance behind this is to find how CBD can work for you and what dosage works for you without the fillers.
Will a CBD Tincture Get You High?
Typically, no. CBD oils made from a CBD isolate should not get you ‘high’ since THC is removed during the extraction process.
What Are The Benefits of a CBD Tincture?
Since CBD is known for its many medical benefits and effects, it is widely used to help a variety of ailments:
- High blood sugar levels
- Bacterial growth
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low appetite
CBD is known to reduce pain and inflammation, which is why it’s great at treating a large number of physical disorders and injuries from extraneous work.
CBD also has some unique effects on brain activity, which is why it can also be used to treat PTSD, social phobia, OCD, and panic disorder.
Please consult with your doctor before taking any CBD product or combining it with any medication.
Can You Overdose with a CBD Tincture?
In short, it’s nearly impossible to overdose on CBD alone. A CBD dosage near the thousands would only make someone feel somewhat tired, which doesn’t sound like much of a problem if you are someone who has insomnia.
How Much CBD Should You Take or Dose?
First and foremost, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all when it comes to taking or using CBD products since we all respond differently to cannabis. Whether it is an edible, a drink mix or smoking CBD, we all have a unique dose that responds well with your body.
However, the other factors to consider outside of this are the quality of the product, potency (milligrams), your diet, and how you are using CBD – is it topical, ingested or smoked?
With any CBD product, the recommended dose or suggested use should be stated, but that’s just a starting point. For most of us, you may need less, or you may need more.
The only person who knows how much CBD you need is you, after the trial and error phase.
Although these are just guidelines for someone venturing into the world of CBD, we recommend beginning with traditional CBD products before reaching for the gummies, lotions, and teas to understand dosing.
We suggest taking the first dose of CBD in the morning, before or during breakfast, and then again during the afternoon for the next dose to base your dosing on main meals or significant time frames.
If more is needed, you can always dose between meals or throughout the day. Your goal is to find what we all refer to as the sweet spot that works for you.
Achieving this moment can only be done by starting small and increasing the dosage as needed.
When using a CBD oil tincture, begin with half a dose, which is half the glass dropper, and administer the CBD oil under the tongue so that the oil is in direct contact with the glands.
Remember, we all respond to CBD differently, so it will take a few days for your body to begin reacting to the CBD oil.
After a few days of using the same dose, you can either increase the dosage or take less if needed.
This trial and error stage is crucial since it will influence your future decisions on what CBD products work and, most importantly, knowing the dosage that works best for you.
The only way to know if CBD tinctures are right for you is to try it, and this goes with any new product as well.