If you haven’t yet learned about CBD, you are not alone. As it has rapidly become legalized and popular across the States and around the world, it has become a hot topic. There is plenty to learn about CBD!

CBD is now legal in all 50 states, as well as in many places around the world. The EU, for example, allows CBD sales in all member states. So, if you had any worries about this product being illegal, you have no reason to worry! Let’s take a little dive into a beginner’s guide to using and dosing CBD properly.

What is CBD?

First off, you need to understand what CBD is. CBD is cannabidiol; a compound found within hemp and marijuana. Yes, marijuana is illegal or restricted in many places, but CBD is not. That is because it, like a compound, does not have any psychoactive properties.

THC, the other main compound found in cannabis, is the part that causes psychoactive reactions. This is what is illegal or restricted in many places. CBD, on the other hand, is not!

How is it Made?

CBD is extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant. This is done by extraction in much the same way that other essential oils are extracted from various foods and plants. Often, this is done by exposing the flowers of the plant to CO2 under different pressures, which reduces the oil from the plant. Other methods are used, however, the CO2 method is considered the most effective and “clean.” All methods are safe and tested for human consumption. 

Types of CBD Products and Dosages

There are various CBD-infused products available, along with various dosages and methods of ingesting the product. While many products will have a recommended CBD dose on the packaging, it’s always best to learn as much as you can about each product. CBD is safe, so it is hard to take too much, however, you should always be aware of what you are taking, much like you would any other medicine or herbal remedy.

The most common product you will find on the market is CBD oils. These oils are made to be ingested under the tongue or as additives to food or drink. They are often pure CBD oil, though many will be mixed with flavorings or other products. The dosage of these varies by the strength of CBD in the oil and depending on what you are using them for.

Other CBD products include edible sweets and foods, creams, vaporizers, and herbal teas. When it comes to skin products, CBD creams should be applied in much the same way and dosage as traditional medicinal creams. Cover the affected or desired area to relieve symptoms. Once again, always read the packaging and make sure you understand how much to use. 

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CBD Health Benefits

How much CBD should you take for different conditions or benefits? Well, it depends on what you want – or need – to take it for. One of the most common reasons CBD is used happens to be for stress and/or anxiety. CBD interacts with various receptors in the brain, including the serotonin receptors, which means it can help to improve your mood. Studies in patients with these kinds of conditions have proven this. Dosage-wise, it’s best to start at the low end of recommended doses. If you find your symptoms do not alleviate, gradually increase the dosage until you’re at the higher end.

Another reported health benefit of CBD is the reduction of swelling and inflammation. CBD has been tested in both people and animals to reduce inflammation and has been shown to do just that, as well as reduce pain. This can help with all sorts of conditions including Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular diseases, chronic pain, and more.

How to Know What is Right For You

If CBD is so effective in treating so many conditions, you may want to jump straight in and purchase some. As mentioned, it’s safe to do so. If you have pain, consider some topicals or edibles. If you have stress, try oils or teas. There are many options out there. The only thing to mention is that if you have a serious, long-term condition or a bad injury, it is still always recommended that you seek medical advice. You may need to combine CBD with traditional therapies to get the best results.

With this information, you should be able to know what CBD is right for you. It is extremely easy to research and buy CBD online or in many reputable stores. Hopefully, CBD can help you as much as it has helped thousands of others.

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