By now, most of us have heard or read about CBD somewhere at some point. If you’re curious about this intriguing chemical compound and why it’s everybody’s new favorite go-to for stress relief and wellness, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to dive into the very basics of CBD to help you understand what it is, how it can benefit you, and how to get the most out of CBD products.  Let’s get started!

WHAT IS CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound that is found naturally in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of many different cannabinoids found in cannabis and also one of the most abundant.  You may be more familiar – directly or indirectly – with its cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the component in cannabis that produces that well-known high. CBD offers a myriad of therapeutic benefits like THC, but without the intoxicating effects.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING CBD?

The full range of benefits of CBD to the human body and mind are still being uncovered every day, but the possibilities seem vast and promising. CBD is primarily used to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as to assist with pain management. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD include a comprehensive range of cannabinoids and terpenes, which work together to provide the user with a wide range of therapeutic benefits (this is known as the entourage effect). Even those who suffer from mild, everyday stress or tension can experience a sense of calm and find comfort in regular intake of cannabidiol. CBD is also used for regulating sleep and helping to improve sleep quality, as it has a sedating effect that can ease you to a better restful state.

HOW IS CBD TAKEN?

There are a number of ways in which you can enjoy CBD. One of the most popular CBD products are tinctures, which is taken sublingually (i.e., under the tongue) via a dropper. They can also be ingested in the form of gummies, or mixed in with food or beverages. For soreness or pain management, there are creams, ointments, and salves that can be applied topically for relief. Some opt to inhale their CBD through a vaping device – though this last method can pose health risks in certain instances, such as when a common additive, propylene glycol, is heated and subsequently breathed in. Always purchase your CBD products through trustworthy, reputable companies that adhere to strict quality and safety standards.

HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I CONSUME?

Because CBD is non-intoxicating and non-addictive, it is entirely up to you how much you think you need or desire. If you’re a beginner, start off with a small dosage (5-10mg of CBD) to ease yourself into it before gradually increasing the amount. Different CBD products have varying concentration levels of CBD, and even the quality of the oil can affect the potency. Be sure to carefully read the labels before consumption, and always go with a trusted brand so you know exactly what ingredients and CBD content are in your product.

HOW WILL CBD IMPACT A DRUG TEST?

This will largely depend on the specific CBD product you take, how much of it you consume, and the drug test itself. Generally speaking, quality CBD products from reliable brands will have minimal THC in their oils (we’re talking less than 0.3% THC), and will not likely show up on a drug test when taken in moderation.

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