Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical found in the marijuana plant which has a variety of uses, including medicinal treatments for both physical and mental ailments. As well as its medicinal CBD can also be added to your lifestyle for you to experience the many benefits that it will have on your day-to-day life. There are some different things you need to consider before, and during, taking CBD, so be sure to follow this comprehensive guide to ensure you don’t miss anything.
What Are You Using It For?
Before you pick a product, you need to know why you are taking it and what benefits you want to experience. This will help you add CBD to your life in the appropriate way. Things like hemp plants contain different levels of CBD, so it’s important to note down how much a product contains and how much of the desired effect is felt depending on the level of CBD. Mr Hemp Flower suggests trying different percentages of CBD because you may prefer a strain with 12% CBD over one with 25%. It all depends on what your aim is in introducing CBD into your lifestyle.
How Will You Take It?
There are many varieties and ways to consume CBD, and with continued research and with it being a growing industry, there is a continuous wave of innovative products and ways to consume it. Here are some types of CBD products:
- Lotion, creams, and salves (even things like bath bombs)
- Pills and Capsules
- Edibles, such as gummies and hemp seeds
So depending on what product you go for you could be consuming, absorbing, or vaping CBD. How you choose to consume CBD will depend on what product you choose and it is largely down to preference. You might find oils are too messy, or you might struggle to swallow capsules, or the dosage of lotions too hard to measure – so it’s up to you on what you decide, and there’s no harm in experimenting until you find what’s right for you.
How Do I Find A Product?
CBD products are relatively accessible and available these days. Start by searching for reputable brands, and do not search on online marketplaces such as Amazon (Amazon doesn’t even allow the selling of CBD products so these will not be genuine).
When researching the product and brand you’re interested in, take note of the following:
- Does the company that is selling the product disclose the source of its plants?
- Is there proof of third-party testing by an approved lab?
- How potent is the product?
- Are there any other ingredients? What effect do they have?
- What are customer reviews saying?
- What is the manufacturing process?
All these questions should be considered before committing to a product. They can affect the reliability, consistency, and overall quality of the product, which will consequently have a different effect on you.
When Will You Take It?
Once you’ve decided on a product, you can think about when you’re going to take it. There may be a suggestion by the brand which you can follow, or you can take it at a time of day that feels right. By adding it to your morning routine, you may find it can start your day the right way, such as by adding some CBD oil to a tea. Or you may prefer to use it as a way of winding down in the evening by applying a lotion after a nice, warm bath.
Keep Track Of The Effects
Monitoring how a CBD product makes you feel physically and mentally can be very helpful in deciding whether to continue with the product or not. Keeping a diary is the most useful way of doing this where you can track things like side effects (changes in digestion, skin irritation, fatigue), but also the benefits of course (reduced anxiety, improved sleep, pain relief).
Speak To A Doctor
If you’re unsure at any point (before, during, or after taking CBD) then see a doctor straight away. They will be able to give you professional and medical advice that can ease your worries and work out what’s best moving forward.
CBD can be added to your lifestyle by choosing a product right for you through careful research and experimentation. Slowly adding it to your routine and monitoring the effects you feel can allow you to analyze its benefits and decide whether it’s something you wish to continue. It’s important to speak to a medical professional if you’re ever concerned.