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How to Use CBD if You’re Taking it for the First Time

CBD first time

You think you’re ready to take your CBD for the first time, but you have lots of questions on your mind right now.

Reading articles about the effects of CDB helped you a lot, but it didn’t take away the anxiousness. There’s always a first time for everything, and CBD is no exception. But there’s nothing to be scared of. 

So, how would it feel taking CBD for the first time? The experience varies from one individual to another. 

Isolate or Broad Spectrum?

Before you start using a CBD product, figure out if it’s an isolate, full-spectrum, or broad-spectrum variety.

Choose one that’s made from hemp because it contains the lowest percentage of THC, the psychoactive compound that causes the feeling of being “high.”

CBD from hemp is beneficial (and advantageous) for anyone taking it for health or medical purposes. The product is extracted directly from the plant and contains the “safe” cannabinoids, i.e., CBD, flavonoids, and terpenes. 

CBD isolate offers the purest form of the compound, consisting of 99.9% cannabidiol. The lack of other substances makes it flavorless and odorless. It’s what you’re using for CBD edibles and vape liquids. 

Meanwhile, broad-spectrum CBD comes with an entire range of cannabinoids and terpenes, with the absence of THC. Gummies are the most popular broad-spectrum products readily available for consumption.

Does CBD Have Psychoactive Properties?

You’ve read stuff about CBD products with no psychoactive properties, but most of these self-proclaimed experts aren’t entirely accurate about what they publish online.

CBD products don’t get you high, but they still contain THC, the cannabinoid in cannabis responsible for the psychoactive effects. 

Psychoactive compounds change the way our brains process information. Therefore, they alter how you describe or perceive a stimulus.

Although there’s nothing helpful about ingesting THC and its psychoactive attribute, the same can’t be said with CBD. What it provides is universally known as an “entourage” effect. 

What to Expect on Your First Try?

The majority of those who took CBD for the first time reported a calming effect, which is why it’s popular among individuals who need a product that helped them take a break.

But be reminded that the way CBD affects the body depends on factors unique to every person, i.e., individual chemistry, weight, and pre-existing conditions.

The effects of CBD also depend on the type of product and its mode of delivery. 

Each product is absorbed and metabolized by the body in a different manner. For instance, ingesting a capsule of full-spectrum CBD means that it’ll take for a while before it gets broken down by the digestive system.

The time needed to break the product down means its potency is slightly diminished. But the advantage of a slow breakdown is it’ll last longer in your system.

Meanwhile, CBD in tincture form offers higher bioavailability compared to gel capsules. What it means is that it’ll get absorbed by the body way faster. 

Will It Work Right Away?

As previously mentioned, the expected time for CBD to take effect depends on the form (type). Generally, CBD edibles take effect after just an hour or two.

There’s a 15-minute waiting time for tinctures and sublingual sprays, while topicals require about 40 minutes. CBD consumption with vape takes at least 10 minutes to have an effect. 

CBD for the First Time… Start Small, Go Slow

No matter the CBD product, you’re better off starting small. A couple of tincture drops under the tongue is more than enough to get things started.

The key is to be comfortable.

High-quality CBD oil has an earthy and nutty flavor, but you can opt for a product with taste enhancers such as edibles and gummies. 

There’s a whole lot of versatility if you’re taking CBD for the first time. The options include:

1 – Vaping

They say CBD vapes are the most fun. But aside from the excitement of vaping, it’s also fast-acting. So, if you want a quick fix, try vaping as your first method of taking CBD.

But be careful where you buy your CBD. Not all dispensaries are legitimate (and legal). You don’t want to inhale a product that contains other stuff.

2 – Smoking

If vaping isn’t quick enough for you, inhalation is the best alternative – but look for a “CBD flower” product that contains almost zero THC. 

3 – Tinctures and Oil

Newbies may find it hard to distinguish between pure CBD oil and tinctures. Contrary to what most people think, they’re not the same thing.

The “oil” is a highly concentrated form, making it more potent, although the taste needs some getting used to. On the other hand, alcohol-based tinctures are less potent but are better tasting than CBD oil.

Tinctures are popular among casual users because they can be infused with flavor and herbs. Both oil and tincture are applied sublingually, which means you put the product under the tongue and let it sit there for about a minute before swallowing. 

4 – Edibles

Increase the level of “fun” in your first CBD by opting for edible products, i.e., gummies, coffee, candies, and capsules. Choose edibles when you’re in no hurry to feel the effects of CBD.

The product goes through the digestive system, requiring at least a 30-minute turnaround. Nonetheless, it works just like all the other modes of delivery.

5 – Creams and Lotions

The most conservative way of starting your CBD journey is through topical creams and lotions. Instead of ingesting it, you apply it to your skin for pain-alleviation, treatment of inflammation, and relaxation.

Yes, CBD comes in a wide array of skin products, including ointments and transdermal patches. 

You must have fun with CBD to reap its benefits and it is perfectly legal. Once you start taking it, embrace it as something you like. But be cautious when you buy your first product – do your research and compare.  

Everyone’s cashing in on the popularity of CBD, and it’s easy to get your hands on a tainted, commercially marketed product. Read the brand’s lab report to see if there’s an accurate representation of the product’s cannabinoid content. 

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