Choosing the Right CBD Product
We understand that sheer volume of CBD products can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re looking to purchase some for the first time! That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to choosing the right product so that you can make an informed choice.
Finding the right benefits
It’s likely that one of the reasons you’re searching for a CBD product is because you’ve heard about the numerous benefits it has for people. With that in mind, the first step in choosing the right product is understanding what you want to use it for.
The many reported benefits of CBD include pain relief, anxiety reduction, feelings of relaxation and improved sleep. While all CBD products can help in these areas, different types of CBD products have been created with a variety of audiences in mind.
Therefore, you should take a look at how the product has positioned itself and whether that matches your needs. Is it a specific CBD oil for aiding with sleep? Or, is it a topical cream which might help to reduce pain and inflammation in a particular area of your body?
Whatever you wish to try CBD for, there will be a product for you!
Finding the right format
The next stage in your product choosing journey is selecting the format that works for you. As you’ve probably noticed, there are many different CBD products on the market, including oils, capsules, gummies, creams and suppositories.
Each format will affect you in a slightly different way – for example, some act faster than others. Plus, it’s all about personal preference too. Some people will prefer an edible or cream to start with as it’s something more familiar, while others might want to start off with an oil or tincture straight away as that’s what they’ve heard the most about.
You also need to think about where the CBD needs to reach. For skin conditions or pain in one specific area, you might want to opt for a topical format, whereas other formats such as oils are more suited to conditions where the CBD needs to enter your bloodstream.
We recommend going with your gut instinct for the format you think will suit your needs best. You can always try a different one in the future!
Finding the right dosage
Once you’ve got an idea of the brand and format you want to go for, the next step is working out the right amount for you.
You will find a lot of conflicting advice from various sites about the amount you should take but the truth is that there is no right or wrong dosage – it’s all about finding what works for you.
The World Health Organisation reports that a wide range of oral doses for CBD oil have been tested in clinical research, typically between 100-800mg/per day. However, research suggests that low doses still have a noticeable impact so we always recommend starting with a low dosage and increasing it gradually.
Your dosage will vary depending on your weight, height, the speed of your metabolism, the strength of the CBD product, and what you want to use it for.
It’s also important to keep in mind that some formats enter the body in more concentrated levels than others. For example, even if a gummy and a tincture contain the same quantity of CBD, it’s likely that your body will absorb much more of the CBD through the tincture because it has more direct access to your bloodstream.
To increase absorption, it’s recommended that you keep CBD oils and tinctures in your mouth for a while before swallowing. Food, especially fatty food, can also help to maximise absorption levels.
Although there is no right answer when it comes to a CBD dosage, we would suggest starting with 25mg a day as a starting point and increasing this as you need.
You can read about CBD dosages in more detail here.
Busting common myths about CBD products
Will it get me high?
CBD products contain very little or no THC, the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, so they will not get you high. We dispel that myth in more detail here.
Are there any side effects?
There are no serious reported side effects of CBD and it is generally considered safe to use. In fact, it has a much better side effect profile than some medicines. You can read about the few potential minor side effects here.
Is it legal?
CBD is legal in the UK, provided it has a THC content that is less than 0.2% and the THC cannot be easily separated from the rest of the product. Read about UK law in more detail here.
We hope this guide has been useful as a starting point for your CBD journey!