So, you’re interested in buying CBD, but where to start? We’ve made it as easy as possible for you with our beginner’s guide to buying CBD. From what CBD actually is, to choosing the best way for you to try it, we have you covered.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is found in cannabis plants, and is one of 110+ chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Cannabidiol has been used in a variety of forms as a natural remedy for everything from pain relief to soothing anxiety for generations. Unlike cannabis, which contains an illegal psychoactive called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which gets you “high”, isolated CBD is not psychoactive, and is legal in the UK.
What are the effects of CBD?
We’re still working out the full extent of what CBD can do, what we do know is that CBD can help ease a wide variety of medical conditions and improve overall wellness. While it is by no means a cure-all, tests have shown it can help ease symptoms of depression, insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, Crohn’s Disease and even acne, as well as acting as a natural pain relief for sports injuries. Find out more about the benefits of CBD products and the science behind it.
What is the best way to try CBD?
There are loads of different ways to try CBD which are easy for beginners. From CBD oil tinctures to vaping and gummies, it’s all about your preferences and what you’re using it for. If you’re using it to improve your skin, for example, there are plenty of CBD-infused skincare products to try. Or, if you’re already an experienced vaper, you could try vaping for faster-acting effects.
Should I buy flavoured or unflavoured CBD products?
Again, this comes down to taste. For some, CBD oil might taste bitter so they prefer flavoured options, whereas some people don’t might the flavour of hemp oil. These days there are loads of flavours to choose from, whether you prefer a sour cherry flavour or a cool coconut.
However, if you’re wondering whether flavouring changes the effect of the product, it doesn’t make a difference. Whether it’s apple flavoured or unflavoured, it’ll have the same effects - so it all comes down to what your taste buds prefer.
What is the right dosage for me?
The amount of CBD you should take depends on a range of factors, including:
- your body weight
- the condition you’re treating
- your individual body chemistry
- the concentration of CBD in each pill, capsule, drop, or gummy
This is another one that will come down to you as CBD affects different people in different ways. Some of us need more, while some need barely any to feel the benefits.
For beginners, we recommend starting slow on a lower dose to test what works best for you and gradually increasing until you find your perfect dosage. For example, if you try CBD oil first, try just two or three drops under your tongue in the morning and see how you do, then increase by a drop each day to see what the right balance is for you.
Look out for dosages as you shop. Here at Pharma CBD, we try to be as transparent as possible about the dosage and strength you’re getting, as well as providing laboratory reports with every product so you’re sure you’re getting exactly what it says on the label.
What is the difference between isolate and broad/full spectrum CBD, and which should I be buying?
The key difference between isolate CBD and broad/full spectrum CBD is their chemical composition, which makes a difference to how they appear in your system and their effects.
CBD isolate is made up of naturally occurring CBD in its purest form, whereas broad spectrum CBD contains other cannabinoid compounds, CBG, CBDa, but no THC. Only full spectrum has trace amounts of THC, which means you’ll still experience the “entourage effect.”
It’s worth knowing that the level of THC in full-spectrum CBD oil is below 0.2%, making it legal in the UK. However, if you take it regularly there is a chance that it will build up in your system, meaning it would show up on a drug test despite it being below the legal limit.
Essentially to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of CBD without the entourage effect or risk of THC building up in your system, we recommend you stick with isolate CBD. Of course, the choice is yours, but make sure you do your research before you buy. We’ve written a whole article about the differences between isolate and broad/full spectrum CBD, as well as what the entourage effect is.
What should I look out for when buying CBD products?
When buying CBD, it’s important to buy from a brand you can trust. CBD is a supplement, so you want to be sure that you’re getting what it says on the label, and that what you’re buying is below the legal limit of 0.2% THC. That’s why it’s essential that the brand you buy from offers a third-party lab report with each product, which you’ll find in all Pharma CBD product descriptions along with the precise measurements of CBD per dosage.
Find out more about the importance of CBD lab testing and the ways we make sure you’re getting only the best quality CBD products in the UK. If you have any questions contact us today via LiveChat!