Due to its endless list of benefits, CBD has gained significant popularity throughout the United States. It's no surprise that CBD products have taken the country by storm, popping up in nearly every wellness shop, grocery store, and even local gas stations.
Regardless of its popularity and ease of access, beginning your journey with CBD can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be!
Here are the answers to the top 5 frequently asked questions about CBD.
1. How do I start taking CBD?
If you’d like to start taking CBD, you need to get clear on what you’re hoping to gain from your experience. Are you looking to ease pain? Reduce anxiety? Improve sleep? Or just improve your overall wellness?
If you’re new to CBD, consider following these guidelines:
- Identify what you would like to achieve with CBD: Many CBD users are looking for pain relief, reduction in anxiety, and general wellness support.
- Purchase from a reputable, transparent company: Research companies and make sure you are purchasing from a quality, trustworthy brand.
- Decide which product is right for you: Tinctures, edibles, topicals, and softgels are among the most popular CBD products.
- Start with a low dose: CBD works best when you gradually increase the amount of CBD you’re taking over time.
For more information on how to get started with CBD, view our in-depth guide here.
2. What strength of CBD should I take?
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced CBD user, it's important to remember that there is no "one size fits all" approach to CBD. Every experience is unique due to the differences in each person's weight and body chemistry, among other factors.
For this reason, we recommend starting with a lower strength product and paying close attention to how your body responds over the course of 1-2 weeks.
If you have not achieved your desired results at that point, slowly increase your dosage and repeat the process. Once you find your sweet spot, you can increase the strength of your CBD products to get your ideal dosage of CBD with fewer servings.
Remember, start low and go slow!
For more information about determining your ideal strength of CBD products, view our post here.
3. When is the best time to take CBD?
Ultimately, there is no best time to take CBD. It’s important to find what works best for each individual and stay consistent. Some people prefer to kick-start their day by taking CBD in the morning, while others prefer to take it at night.
While many products don't have a specified time during the day to consume, there are also CBD products like Melatonin CBD Oil Softgels that are recommended to be taken 30-60 minutes prior to your desired bedtime.
Experiment with different schedules and see what works best for you!
4. Can I take CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding?
More and more women are reaching for CBD as a natural remedy to some of the wonderfully common side effects experienced during pregnancy. Some of these side effects include morning sickness, poor sleep, pain, and anxiety. Most pregnant women experience at least one of these symptoms on their journey to parenthood.
Unfortunately, there has not yet been much research conducted on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. For this reason, we recommend consulting your primary medical provider before using CBD products during pregnancy.
5. What's the difference between Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD?
While Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD are both made from the same type of plant, they are not the same.
Full-Spectrum CBD oil contains all the compounds that are naturally found in the plant, including THC. The amount of THC in hemp-derived CBD products is small, less than 0.3%. Full-Spectrum CBD users may experience something known as the "entourage effect". This term is used to describe when the active compounds of the oil work together to increase or magnify the therapeutic benefits.
While Full-Spectrum CBD appears to be more effective for some consumers, it’s important to know that because of its THC content, it could result in a positive drug test.
On the other hand, Broad-Spectrum CBD is further refined to remove the THC and is the preferred option for those who would like to remain THC-free.
No matter what your needs are, we are committed to helping you make educated choices regarding your CBD journey. Finding a CBD product that works for you shouldn’t feel overwhelming. If you’re struggling to choose a product, consider booking a free consultation with Thryv today.