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The Ultimate Guide To Using CBD Products For The First Time

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The Ultimate Guide To Using CBD Products For The First Time

Starting something new can seem like a challenge - at least for me it is.

It can be especially tough if you are trying to dive head first into a topic as massive as CBD. Where do I even start!?

Well, it’s always important to know what you are getting into. So let’s start by explaining what CBD is and some reasons why you should consider adding it to your routine. 

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, an organic compound found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Yes, that is the same plant where the intoxicating drug THC derives from; no, using CBD cannot get you high.

THC and CBD are both phytocannabinoids. The biggest difference between the two is CBD lacks the intoxicating effects that one feels when consuming a product containing THC.

CBD is good for potentially relieving your stress that accumulates by just living in this weird world of ours. While it can induce a calming or soothing  sensation, this does not mean you will feel high. 

It is also important to figure out what product best suits you. When buying CBD there are a ton of options to choose from. So let’s cover some of the most popular and see what would work best.

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What Are The Three Most Popular CBD Products?

There are quite a few products to choose from, though for the sake of brevity I will only cover three of the more popular items. Let’s start!

  • Tinctures, maybe the most popular way to consume CBD. A tincture will always come in a 30 mL bottle with a measured dropper. Using a tincture is simple, just measure out how much you want to take and place the solution under your tongue; you will want to hold it there for 30 seconds. 
  • Capsules are here if you want something with an even easier usability! CBD capsules are straight forward, just pop one in your mouth and wash it down with water. But you already knew how to take a pill, and for that reason, capsules are by far the most convenient way to consume CBD. 
  • Topical are just like any of the other lotions you have used before. And just like those said lotions, CBD topical are designed to penetrate your skin to help provide relief. 

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What Is The Difference Between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and CBD Isolate?

This is the most important question to ask yourself before you make a purchase. There are three different spectrums for cannabinoid-based products: Full, Broad, and Isolate. 

Full Spectrum products are the most effective of the bunch. They provide the full effect of the plant, cannabis sativa, meaning they contain every cannabinoid. This is often referred to as the entourage effect - or “hemptourage” if you will.

This in fact means that full spectrum products contain THC. However, it is a minute amount of THC, only up to .3%. This minimal amount of THC is not nearly enough to make you “high”. 

We like to say a product containing .3% THC is ".3% Better". Do with that what you'd like.

If this still concerns you, then I would recommend you buy Broad Spectrum products. These items will contain all of the cannabinoids BESIDES THC.

To reiterate, Broad Spectrum products do not have any amounts of THC in them. This does make them less effective, for they don’t provide the entourage effect. The benefit of a Broad Spectrum product is to avoid THC entirely. 

Finally, we have isolates, the least effective of the bunch. Isolates do not contain any other cannabinoid -besides for the one that is being isolated, of course. On the plus side, isolates offer you a higher strength and at a cheaper cost.

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Which CBD Product Is Best For Me?

Next, you should ask yourself: what am I in the need of? 

If you are interested in sleep aids, I would recommend buying either a tincture or some capsules. Both of these products are infused with melatonin, which is a naturally occurring hormone that helps the control of sleep. 

If you are looking for something completely opposite, no worries! Cibadol makes a product called, “Awake Tablet”. It is exactly as advertised: an isolate that offers you a powerful pick-me-up made to use any time of the day.

Some people feel as though they drink too much coffee or energy drinks, if you are one of those people then these are perfect for you. 

The topical and creams are designed to be used on specific areas of your body to help alleviate some discomfort. The roll on is best described as IcyHot, but without the hot.

However, it does contain CBD which has its own benefits. What happens is, the Menthol provides that immediate cooling relief, then the CBD comes in to briefly turn off your pain receptors. This combination is great for providing short term relief for spot specific areas. 

There are a lot of products to choose from and to be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of them. The hardest part about CBD is knowing where to start and what is best for me.

Well, now you know. What you should do next is find a way to add CBD to your daily routine, maybe by having it delivered to your home? 


The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine. 

FDA Disclaimer: Any statements made within this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. No products produced, manufactured, marketed, or distributed are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician before beginning any supplements or botanical extracts. If pregnant or breast feeding, consult with your physician before use. For use by adults 18+. Keep out of reach of children. 


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