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A Guide To Taking CBD for The First Time

We love promoting the effectiveness of CBD. Since 2010, trupura CBD has worked diligently to consistently craft the most potent and effective products. Our commitment to quality and safety also means providing our customers access to helpful sources that can answer any questions or concerns about cannabis and its benefits. If you’re taking CBD for the first time, it’s important to know what to expect.

So, if you’ve been interested in trying cannabis, but are hesitant when it comes to feeling high, then CBD is going to be your new best friend.

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How is CBD different from THC?

CBD is a non-intoxicating extract of the cannabis plant, meaning you won’t get high. In fact, some people will actually take CBD to lessen the psychoactive effects created by THC. Instead, it helps you feel calm and relaxed. It may even improve your attitude.

Most CBD products you’ll see are made from hemp instead of the marijuana plant. Both plants are part of the same “cannabis” family, but their chemical makeup is what sets them apart. Hemp is classified as having 0.3% or less of the THC compound. Anything exceeding this limit qualifies as a marijuana plant under federal law. 

Thankfully, the benefits of CBD do not change no matter which plant it’s extracted from.

What benefits does CBD have to offer?

Cannabis research is proving time and time again how useful CBD can be for multiple medical conditions and ailments. Here are only some of the reasons people are looking to CBD as an alternative to improving their health and wellness:

  1. Pain management
  2. Reduce anxiety and depression
  3. Improve skin health
  4. Better sleep
  5. Calm inflammation
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Are there different CBD formulas available?

If you’ve ever tried buying CBD before, you may have noticed that the product was labeled as either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. These terms define what other compounds are included in the CBD formulation. 

Full-spectrum CBD

Labels that indicate “full-spectrum” simply mean there’s 0.3% or less THC in the product. It will also contain high concentrations of other minor cannabinoids, as well as terpenes and flavonoids. 

Broad-spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum products are entirely THC-free but still includes terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. Some broad and full-spectrum formulas may even showcase other cannabinoids alongside CBD, like CBG or CBN

CBD Isolate

Isolate products are only made of, you guessed it, CBD. It’s the purest form of CBD there is, which makes it a great choice for first-time patients or consumers, especially those who may experience regular drug testing.

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CBD consumption methods and proper dosing

Luckily, you have a wide range of options when it comes to how you enjoy CBD. But different products also mean different methods of dosing, and you want to make sure your symptoms are being treated properly. 

Note: We recommend starting out with a 20-30mg dose of CBD for first-time users. Effectiveness can differ based on a number of biological factors.

Inhalation

Smoking CBD flower or vaping is the quickest way to start feeling immediate benefits. You can also smoke it as a concentrate with a dab rig. 

The one thing you may find difficult with these methods, however, is dosing. You could end up smoking more than you need. That’s why many physicians recommend starting slow then gradually increasing the dosage until you find what works best.

Ingestion

Edibles have taken the dispensaries by storm! Many patients and recreational consumers find edibles to be easy, discreet, and, of course, delicious. There are gummies, chocolate bars, lollipops, and some people even learn to make their own CBD edibles

However, people have often misjudged an edible’s potency and ate too many too soon. It can usually take an hour or more before you feel any effects from the CBD. After that, the effects can last for almost 6 to 8 hours, so be mindful of how much you’re consuming.

Sublingual

CBD tinctures are a close second to edibles when it comes to ease of consumption. All you need is to put a few drops under your tongue and hold it for 30 seconds. A lot of CBD oils have an earthy taste to them, but if you can tolerate that, it’s definitely worth trying out. 

Dosing is also easy to manage. Most of the droppers have measurement markings so you know exactly how much CBD you ingest.

Direct application

Topicals, creams, balms, and roll-ons work best for sore muscles, certain skin issues, migraines, and other forms of pain relief. They absorb quickly into the skin and can be reapplied at least four times a day. 

Depending on your symptoms, you may need to use more product than normal. Most topicals contain about 3 to 5 mg of CBD per application, so it might help to buy a product with high potency. For example, our 500mg topical relief cream provides around 10mg of CBD per application.

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Find out if CBD is the missing piece to improving your health and wellness

We always advise you to speak with your primary physician before trying cannabis and CBD, especially if you have a preexisting condition or are currently on other medication. Another trusted source you can consult is Leaf 411, a non-profit, free cannabis nurse hotline. 

Enhancing consumer wellness starts with having the right knowledge. And if you’re ready to start shopping, head to our store to see which CBD products will work best for you!

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