A Beginner’s Guide to CBD

With so many options available, choosing the right CBD product can be complicated. It can be challenging for a first-time CBD user to know were to start in terms of brand, potency, and form. We’ve created a simple guide to choosing the right CBD for you- we hope it helps!

First, a little bit about the plant:

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active component of hemp. Hemp is described as any part of the cannabis plant that contains no more than 0.3% of THC, which is the mind-altering substance in marijuana.

With roots in Central Asia, the plant is believed to have been first used medicinally or for rituals around 750 B.C., though there are other estimates too.  Cannabidiol and THC are just two of the plant’s more than 100 cannabinoids. CBD accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.  Refer to this article for more in-depth information on CBD.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS):

You’re familiar with the body’s immune system, digestive system, reproductive system… but did you know that we also have an encocannabinoid system? According to Healthline.com, the ECS plays an important role in regulating sleep, mood, appetite, and memory. There are enconannabinoid receptors located throughout our bodies, and when an endocannabinoid binds to one of them, it signals the ECS to respond.

For example, endocannabinoids might target CB1 receptors in a spinal nerve to relieve pain. Others might bind to a CB2 receptor in your immune cells to signal that your body’s experiencing inflammation, a common sign of autoimmune disorders.

Which form is best?

CBD products are available in various forms. At our store, we proudly offer CBD in the form of potent liquid extracts, softgels, gummies, and topical creams/gels. It’s important to note that as long as your CBD product is high quality and comes from a reputable brand, the form in which you ingest it is less important. We encourage you to just take your CBD in whichever form is most convenient for you and your lifestyle.

For most users, a full spectrum CBD oil is believed to be the most beneficial. This means that the oil was produced using all components of the hemp plant, including flavonoids, terpenes, and a very small amount of THC. A CBD isolate, on the other hand, only contains CBD.

All CBD is not created equal

It’s important to choose a CBD product from a reputable company. A low quality product may contain very little CBD extract and is not likely to offer its full range of benefits. Look for a brand that is transparent about its sourcing, production standards, and offers a certificate of analysis.

Our goal is to eliminate this step for you. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Over the past several years, our team has narrowed down our CBD to selection to what we believe are the best on the market. We offer a wide range of potencies, forms, and brands for you to shop from.

These are some of our top CBD picks:

The Mustard Seed Unflavored 1,000mg CBD oil contains 33mg of full spectrum hemp extract per serving. Made with just two ingredients (organic MCT oil + organic CBD oil), this product is produced locally in Lafayette, NY and is one of our most trusted formulations. Scan the barcode on the label for a full certificate of analysis.

CV Sciences CBD Sleep Gummies target a specific concern- sleep. Each gummy contains 10mg of CBD plus sleep-promoting herbs like magnolia and lemon balm in addition to melatonin.

Fountain of Health Cool Aid Muscle Roll-On contains more than 300mg of CBD in a convenient roll on to use on sore muscles and joints.

These are only a few of our top picks from our selection of more than 50 CBD products. We hope you found this guide helpful and that you feel more confident in selecting a CBD oil!

Shop our selection here or in store.

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