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CBD Oil for Beginners

CBD Oil For Beginners
CBD Oil for Beginners

Welcome to this brief guide on CBD oil for beginners. If you are thinking about trying CBD, this helpful guide will ensure you understand the various options available.

Choosing the Strength

Before purchasing CBD Hemp oil, you need to determine which strength is the right one for you. Most brands offer products in the following strengths; 3%, 4%, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and 25%. Anything between 3% and 4% is considered a good starting point for users who are new to CBD (Cannabidiol). This is because it is low to medium strength and allows the consumer to asses tolerance levels. If required, it allows the option to transition to a higher strength.

Medium to High-Strength CBD

CBD oils between 5% and 10% are considered as medium strength. This potency is recommended for users who would not benefit from a low strength option. It is an adequate strength for people who require prompt assistance with health issues. The 15%, 20% and 25% CBD oils are high strength options for experienced users. These products are suitable for people who are suffering from serious health problems and require immediate relief.

Choosing the Type of CBD Oil

As we know, CBD is enjoying a mammoth growth period. This means consumers, are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a product. In general, there are three types of CBD oil; Raw (non-decarboxylated), Green (decarboxylated) and Gold (fully decarboxylated).

Non-Decarboxylated CBD

Raw (non-decarboxylated) is very dark (almost Black) in colour. It undergoes the minimum of filtration and processing. The major downside is it contains plant matter, fats and chlorophyll and can sometimes offer a somewhat unpleasant taste. This is the least popular CBD oil. That said, it still enjoys a loyal following.

Decarboxylated CBD

Green (decarboxylated) has a distinctive colour in varying shades of Green and enjoys a moderate amount of filtration and processing. Besides CBD, it will normally contain a notable amount of CBDa. This type of CBD oil has an acquired taste. Some people like the earthy flavour while others do not. It is the second most popular CBD oil on the market.

Fully Decarboxylated CBD

Gold (fully decarboxylated) is easily recognisable by its golden colour. It is highly filtered and processed to ensure peak levels of quality and purity. As it is fully decarboxylated, this type of oil has the most CBD content. It has a pleasant flavour so there are no taste issues with this type of oil. It is by far the most popular choice among CBD oil users.

Choosing Your Dosage

After deciding on the strength and purchasing your product, you will need to establish the correct dosage. Most manufacturers should be able to tell you how much CBD is in each drop of oil. For example, a typical 5% CBD oil product would contain approx 2.5mg of CBD per drop. With this information, you can establish how much CBD you are ingesting and adjust the dosage accordingly moving forward. Body weight is one factor that should influence your thinking when it comes to dosage. For instance, a small, slightly built person would not require the same dosage as a tall, well-built individual.

This concludes our guide on CBD oil for beginners. Hopefully, after reading this, you now have a better understanding of choosing a product and taking CBD oil for the first time. If you have any queries about Hempstil and/or CBD, visit our FAQ page for a list of common questions and answers.

An Introduction to CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD Cannabidiol
CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD is short for cannabidiol, it is one of about 85 compounds found naturally in the plants of the cannabis family. Cannabis is the Latin name for both Marijuana (used recreationally) and industrial Hemp (used in paper, textile and biofuel production).

What Is the Difference Between CBD and THC?

Quite often, CBD is confused with THC. In fact, they are different compounds with different characteristics. THC, is a psychoactive component of marijuana, which gives users the “high” while CBD is a non-psychoactive component. CBD is perfectly legal and has the opposite effects of THC. However, CBD still finds itself shrouded in misconceptions. Since it is harvested from the Hemp or cannabis plant, people often associate it (wrongfully) to marijuana and its recreational or illicit use.

What Is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically speaking, industrial hemp and marijuana are the same plants sharing a species name of Cannabis Sativa. That is where the similarities end as they have a profoundly different genetic profile. Industrial Hemp always comes from a strain of Cannabis Sativa. Marijuana, on the other hand, can be from Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The fundamental difference is how industrial Hemp is bred in comparison to marijuana. In general, industrial Hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and almost no flowering buds. Marijuana strains of Cannabis Sativa will be bushier, smaller and full of flowering buds.

Does CBD Contain THC?

The legal definition of “industrial hemp,” means the plant Cannabis Sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. In other words, the Hemp plant contains only tiny quantities of THC. At the cultivation stage, this is around 0.3%. When the flowers/leaves/stalks undergo processing, the oil/extract it yields is then filtered and purified. This reduces any THC content left to around 0.02%.

How Does CBD Interact with Our Body?

CBD interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The system regulates the body’s homeostasis (state of balance). It has an impact on functions such as pain, mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation and immune system response. The endocannabinoid system is one of the most important regulatory systems in the human body. However, most people do very little to support the health of this system. Cannabinoids are neglected as a way to regulate the ECS system. A specialized extraction process is performed to yield highly concentrated CBD oil or pure cannabidiol. This also contains other nutritious material such as omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, terpenes, vitamins, chlorophyll, amino acids, and other phytocannabinoids like CBDa and CBG.

What Are the Benefits of CBD?

We have an increasing number of research and anecdotes about how CBD can directly benefit health, lifestyle and illness. It has been shown to improve overall wellness, helping you achieve relaxation, pain relief, and calm without any psychoactive “high”. The list of health benefits reported by users of CBD oil and CBD products is extensive. Some of the most popular benefits reported include; improved mood, better sleep, appetite regulation, hormone regulation, pain relief, reduced anxiety, immune system function, blood pressure regulation and brain function. Furthermore, it is used by people with serious illness and medical conditions.

In addition, CBD is also used by pet owners who are able to treat their animals. This is because cats and dogs, in particular, seem to be equally responsive to the healing properties of this product. Although it is still relatively new to the marketplace, the rising popularity of CBD looks set to continue as more people discover the medicinal benefits it has to offer.