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A Beginner’s Guide to CBD

It's natural to have a flurry of questions anytime you start something new. CBD is no exception. You can easily get overwhelmed sifting through Google searches for questions like "What is CBD" or "How to take CBD." We understand that everyone is coming at this topic from a different place or perspective, so we thought it would be helpful to create a CBD guide for beginners.

This article will help you navigate some of the basic questions and issues most people encounter when trying to figure out what CBD to buy and what type of experience to expect. So, let's start with the basics.

What is CBD?

What is CBD?

One of the most popular health supplements of the last decade has been CBD, or cannabidiol. From CBD wellness products to CBD sleep aids to CBD topical creams and CBD balms for skinmuscles and joints, there’s been a big demand for this popular natural compound. As with any wellness product, people have a lot of questions about CBD, ranging from “What does CBD stand for” to “How does CBD work?” In this article, we hope to fill in some of the gaps in your CBD knowledge and help you to answer the question, “What is CBD?” 

CBD 101: What Does CBD Stand For?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the cannabis hemp plant. CBD is one of over 100 such compounds, called cannabinoids. CBD is one of the most prevalent of these hemp-derived cannabinoids, with the other being tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. Unlike THC, cannabidiol is not psychoactive, meaning it has no intoxicating effects. In other words, it will not get you “high.”

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Cannabis vs. Hemp

Cannabis vs. Hemp

Everyone knows those green five-fingered leaves. Whether it’s on a dispensary billboard or slapped over a peace sign on a T-shirt, the shape has become the universally recognised sign of marijuana. But that doesn’t quite tell the whole story. If those leaves mean “Mary Jane,” then what is cannabis? For that matter, what is hemp? Furthermore, what are cannabis sativacannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis? You’d think we’d know all about those five familiar leaves by now, but it can still be confusing.

And that confusion can be an issue, particularly if you’re shopping for CBD — be it CBD gummiesCBD oil tincturesCBD edibles, or some other CBD product. Because none of these CBD goodies has anything to do with marijuana.

So, today we’re going to break down just what each of these terms refer to (that’s refer with two e’s), and help you to better know your green.

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How to Take CBD

How to Take CBD

If you’ve read some of our other helpful blogs, you know a little bit about what CBD is and some of the benefits of this fascinating compound. As a wellness supplement, cannabidiol has a wealth of benefits, ranging from sleep support to possible pain relief to stress management — and more. As versatile as CBD is in supporting the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD is equally versatile in its forms of delivery.

Although this remarkable cannabinoid begins its life in the hemp plant and is extracted as CBD oil, where it goes from there is as varied as the imaginations of CBD hemp innovators, like the research team at CBDfx. We offer hemp-derived CBD products in a broad range of forms, because we know that people who take CBD have different needs and lifestyles. When it comes to shopping for CBD products, it’s all about finding the right one for you. 

So, with that in mind, let’s explore the different ways you can take CBD and the CBD products available in each category.

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  • Gummies

    CBD Gummies

    Our CBD gummies give you all the wellness benefits of CBD, along with a host of other key ingredients — all is a sweet, chewy treat. Our tasty selection of gummies with CBD includes Original Mixed Berry CBD Gummies, CBD Gummies with Turmeric and Spirulina, CBD Gummies with Melatonin for Sleep, CBD Gummies with Apple Cider Vinegar, and CBD Multivitamin Gummies for Men and Women.

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  • CBD Tablets

    CBD Tablets

    CBD capsules are a convenient way to get your daily dose of CBD wellness. Choose from full spectrum CBD Soft Gel Capsules, CBD + CBG Morning Capsules for energy and focus, and CBD + CBN Night Capsules for sleep.

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  • CBD Oil Tinctues

    CBD Oil Tinctures

    Need a little drop of wellness in your life? Our CBD oil tinctures give you a tasty splash of the ultimate CBD experience. Explore our CBD + CBG Oil Wellness Tincture, CBD + CBN Oil Calming Tincture, and our CBD Oil Sleep Tincture, featuring CBN, melatonin, and other restful ingredients. All of our tinctures come in a variety of strengths, from 500mg to a whopping 6000mg.

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  • Edibles

    CBD Edibles

    Our CBD edibles come in a variety of forms, including gummies, capsules, and tinctures. If you’re looking for a protein-rich snack, try our Vegan CBD Cookies in three delicious flavors. Or, get the quick-hitting chill of our CBD Sublingual Strips, available in 15mg and 25mg strengths.

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  • CBD Topical

    CBD Topicals (Creams, Balms & Lotion)

    CBD topicals are a natural and effective way to treat dry and irritated skin, as well as aches and pains in your muscles and joints. Enjoy the calming relief of our CBD Cream for Muscle and Joint: Cooling Formula, CBD Face Masks, CBD Foot Masks, CBD Bath Bombs, CBD Foot Cream, and our CBD Balm Sticks in two formulations: Calming and Moisturizing and Muscle and Joint.

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  • CBD Vapes

    CBD Vapes (Juices, Pens & Kits)

    One of our most popular categories is CBD Vapes. Choose from a wide variety of flavors in our CBD Vape Juices, or explore our best-selling and long-lasting CBD Vape Pens and Kits.

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We encourage you to check out a few different options, so that you find the best product for your routine or lifestyle.

Types of CBD Oil: Full Spectrum CBD vs. Broad Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate

Types of CBD Oil: Full Spectrum CBD vs. Broad Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate

CBD is a journey of discovery, both of the cannabinoid compound itself and of the beneficial effects CBD can have on your body. Even if you’ve skipped all the research and plunged straight into a bottle of tasty CBD gummies, you’ve still tracked the effects you felt from your CBD product. But many people embrace the idea of a deep dive into what CBD ishow CBD works, and which types of products are best for their individual needs. Our goal at CBDfx is to help people learn about every facet of CBD, so that they can make informed decisions when they choose to try various CBD products.

One of the things you learn when you start to explore hemp-derived CBD, is that there are different types of CBD. That is to say, when CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, there are different processes used that result in three different types of CBD oil. These are called full spectrum CBD oil, broad spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolate.

Before we get into the specifics of the types of CBD oil, let’s have a quick refresher course on what exactly CBD is.

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Does CBD Show Up on Drug Tests?

Does CBD Show Up on Drug Tests?

Drug tests are no fun. Even if you haven’t taken any illegal drugs, you can still have that uneasy feeling of “Did I make a mistake walking through that cloud of smoke at that party?” And if you’re taking a health supplement, like CBD, it’s natural to wonder, “Will CBD show up on a drug test?”

In this article, we’ll take a look at what’s involved in drug screenings and if there are any potential false positive drug test results to be had by people using CBD products. 

But before we jump into workplace drug testing, let’s do a quick refresher on just what CBD is

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CBD Dosage: How Much CBD Should I Take?

CBD Dosage: How Much CBD Should I Take?

If you’ve explored some of our helpful blogs on what CBD is, the benefits of cannabidiol, how to take CBD, and other related questions, you’re probably ready to take the plunge and explore the vast array of incredible products featuring this remarkable cannabinoid. The question then becomes, “How much CBD should I take?”

Unfortunately, there is not a uniform answer to the question of dosage. Every person is different. We each have our own unique physiology. Height, weight, metabolism, and tolerance — not to mention the potency of the product — are just a few of the factors that go into determining our own Goldilocks CBD dosage: the serving that’s just right.

There are other factors that go into deciding how many mg of CBD to take, as well. So, before we talk about finding the perfect serving size of CBD, let’s have a quick refresher course.

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The Benefits of CBD

The Benefits of CBD

Over the past decade, CBD (cannabidiol) has grown from a fringe supplement, only used by those in the know, to one of the most popular health products on the market today. From major grocery and pharmacy chains to local specialty shops and, of course, online stores, it seems like CBD products for pain, sleep, calming, and other applications are popping up everywhere. A 2020 report showed that six million people in the UK have tried CBD, and over 1.3 million Brits use cannabidiol regularly. The reason CBD has become so popular is that it has proven, time and again, to have shown several health benefits for millions of users. 

Let’s take a look at what people who take CBD say about its benefits. But first, let’s see what our friends in the MHRA say about cannabidiol.

What Does the MHRA Say About CBD?

Though the cultivation, production, and sale of cannabis hemp-related products (such as CBD oil tinctures) has been approved on a national level, the UK government has been slow in approving its medicinal use, even for sleep or pain management. This is, in part, a result of longstanding restriction of the use of all cannabis products, inexplicably lumping hemp in with marijuana. This was done despite the fact that hemp-derived CBD oil has none of the intoxicating effects associated with THC-heavy marijuana. 

CBD Research and Legalities

With hemp production placed on the sideline for decades, the study of its medicinal properties and effects fell by the wayside. The discovery of the body’s endocannabinoid system kick-started scientific study of the effects of CBD in earnest during the 1990s. But despite promising studies, such as a 2006 study in Current Neuropharmacology on the role of cannabinoid system in pain management and the potentially beneficial effects of CBD, the MHRA has lagged behind in its own studies and approvals regarding the benefits of CBD. As a result of current UK regulations, CBD companies are not allowed to make any claims about CBD oil in regard to the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease. This includes the effects of CBD oil on issues like pain, anxiety, sleep, and the use of CBD for pets. 

So, let’s make this very clear: nothing you read here or anywhere else on this site should be construed as medical advice regarding the use of CBD.

Fortunately, we are able to relate what CBD users are saying about the effects and benefits of CBD. And this anecdotal evidence is overwhelmingly positive, with raves on everything from CBD for pain relief to CBD for more restful sleep. Here are some of the most commonly noted benefits of CBD.

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