How to Buy CBD for the First Time

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If you are considering buying CBD for the first time you are probably wondering where to begin. What are the different types of CBD?  What do CBD milligram strengths mean? Am I paying too much for my CBD? How do I take CBD? Will CBD get me high? Is CBD safe? These are some of the most common questions people are asking.

The interest in CBD (cannabidiol) has grown tremendously in recent years, especially as a more natural way to help improve sleep, manage stress and anxiety, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.

CBD comes from two plants that are cousins: marijuana and hemp.  These plants contain both THC and CBD. Think of it this way:  marijuana has high levels of THC but low levels of CBD, and hemp is just the opposite – low levels of THC and high amounts of CBD.  THC is what gets you “high”, but CBD has no psychoactive properties and will not get you “high”. Because hemp has such small amounts of THC it is legal.  The U.S. Federal Government states that CBD products derived from hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC.  Gift Of Life CBD is processed in a way that results in zero THC, yet we keep all of the other beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant.  We will get into that process later in this article.

CBD products can be purchased in several forms: gummies, tincture drops, food, drinks, topical rubs, bath bombs, and even soap. When CBD is swallowed it must first be broken down in the liver and digestive tract, and ultimately only 20 – 30 % is absorbed.  The most effective way to ingest CBD is to place drops under the tongue (sublingual) and to not swallow.  Allowing the CBD drops to dissolve under the tongue for 60 – 90 seconds gives it the chance to be absorbed by the mucus membranes of the mouth and then quickly pass directly into the bloodstream.

CBD is measured in milligrams, notated as “mg”. This is one of the key areas where people need to pay attention when buying CBD. How much CBD is in the product you are considering?  Is it 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg, or 2500mg?  Also, how many mg of CBD are in a dose? How much are you paying per mg?  Once you know these factors, you can then easily compare “apples to apples” to make sure you are paying a fair price and not getting ripped off.  Reputable CBD manufacturers, like Gift Of Life CBD, always make available the independent lab results for their products.  Unfortunately, there are many bad actors in the industry whose products do not contain the stated amount of CBD.

There are three types or forms of CBD that is extracted from hemp – isolate, full spectrum, and broad spectrum. 

Isolate CBD is where CBD is extracted and separated from the rest of the compounds.  All that is left is “isolated” CBD, or Isolate as it is commonly referred to.  This form of CBD is very pure, but all the other beneficial compounds in the plant are lost.

Full Spectrum CBD is where everything is extracted from the plant, including trace amounts of THC.  Full Spectrum CBD is very beneficial, but there is always the danger of how much THC it contains.  The amount may not be enough to get you “high”, but it could show up on a drug test. Also, there are many products on the market illegally containing more than the 0.3% federal limit of THC.

Broad Spectrum CBD contains the full range of beneficial compounds but undergoes further refining to remove all the THC.  This is why Broad Spectrum CBD is considered the most beneficial as well as the safest form of CBD.  All CBD manufactured and sold by Gift Of Life CBD is Broad Spectrum CBD.

Hopefully, this short article helped answer some of your questions if you are new to buying CBD. You can always email us at hello@giftoflifecbd.com with your questions and we will certainly do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

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