The Easy to Understand Beginner's Guide to CBD (5 min read)
Written by Brian Davis, Quality Manager at Bullhead Botanics
Let's get straight to the point, we've all been told of the possible health benefits CBD can give us, but I rarely ever meet someone who knows what to do with it or how to start! People want to support their pain relief, anxiety, and sleep issues with something more natural like CBD, but once you start googling the subject you are bombarded with a-lot of conflicting information. Your head starts spinning, you close your laptop ,and reach right back into the medicine cabinet to choke down a few good ol' pain relievers and get on with your life.
As someone who's tried almost everything in regards to CBD, I'm going to take all of my experiences and knowledge, and put it in an easy to understand guide that you can use to make a confident decision and start using CBD as a part of your daily regime.
Firstly, we all think about taking CBD because we want to solve an issue that we have. From personal experience, here’s the top 3 goals people want to achieve with CBD use:
-Anxiety Management and Mental Wellbeing
How can CBD possibly help with all these issues?
Let me try to summarize how CBD works. CBD binds and interacts with many different receptors in our bodies. These include the central nervous system, serotonin receptors, as well as receptors that modulate pain and inflammation. Every single human being has an endocannibinoid system, which regulates many of the bodies functions. CBD interacts with these cannabinoid receptors, and to explain it in my own words…
CBD has a way of just calming everything down.
This is why it can help support so many ailments and issues.
Alright, let’s get on to the question I usually get next:
“Is it safe and will I get high?”
In November 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) came to the decision that CBD “does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.” A typical dose of CBD is 25mg-100mg, and studies have shown that toxicity doesn’t start in humans until you start reaching 20,000mg doses, and there has never been a report of anyone dying from a CBD overdose. For comparison, toxic, and possibly lethal doses of Tylenol start at 7,500mg.
You will not get high taking CBD. At most, you’ll feel calming and relaxing effects. Products containing CBD Isolate contain no THC. Full Spectrum CBD products contain 0.3% THC or less, so you still won’t get high, but if you are subject to drug testing you should probably avoid full spectrum products. We'll talk more about the different forms of CBD in later articles.
Here's the next most common question I get asked:
"How much do I take?"
No matter what you’re trying to solve, if it’s your first time, start with 10-25mg. In my experience, lower doses in this range seem to have positive effects in relation to anxiety, mood elevation, and minor pain issues. However, everyone is different, so if you’re not finding relief, you should slowly increase your dose in 25mg increments each day until you’re getting results. More serious pain management and sedation effects typically occur up in the 100mg range.
For example, for me personally 25mg a few times throughout the day really help support elevating my mood and keeping my back (I have scoliosis, spina bifida, and 3 cracked vertebrae) from bothering me. But, if I’ve been using my back all day doing yard work and really straining it, I will often take 100mg-200mg afterwards to help calm my nerve pain and sleep easily throughout the entire night.
Experiment, document, and repeat what works for you. I am always available to answer any questions you may have, just shoot me a message through our contact page.
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In my next articles, I will go more in depth into the different types of CBD and also how CBD can help when applied topically in a lotion or cream. Our CBD Guide goes a little more in depth on these topics if you'd like to get a head start. Stay tuned!
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