The 4-Step Guide To CBD

Introduction to CBD

The number of people using CBD is growing at a massive rate. It’s in the news almost every day, and there are now 1.6 million daily UK users, but where do you start? If you’re on the lookout for a simple step-by-step process to talk you through the world of CBD, then look no further. Key facts first! CBD has a good safety profile with very low toxicology reports—all research conducted so far supports this. Whatever your reason for taking CBD, our extensive batch testing means you'll feel secure by taking CBD. CBD is SAFE…LEGAL…BALANCED LIFESTYLE Our 4-steps for CBD At GreenDotUK, we understand that everyone has different levels of expertise and knowledge about CBD. That’s why we’ve put the whole process into an easy-to-understand 4 stage program, going from learning about CBD all the way through to buying your first CBD oil:

Step 1: What is CBD? Step 2: How do I take CBD? Step 3: What's my CBD dosage? Step 4: How do I buy CBD? Are you completely new to CBD? - Then just start at step one and follow the journey through to the very end. Feel like you know enough about what CBD is, but want to know the right method to take it? Then hop on at step two. That way you can take in the information whichever way you feel is best. Talk to us about CBD If you have any questions throughout, you can head over to our CBD contact page to send us an email, or just pop up on our chat at any point. Our CBD experts are available there 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. Just click the icon in the bottom right corner of any page!Right then, let’s get started!

Step 1: What is CBD? What is CBD? It’s a question that people across the world have been asking more and more year-on-year. You may have heard it being described as a cannabinoid and cannabidiol, and confusingly those are both correct. Thankfully GreenDotUK is here to outline the basics and do some jargon busting before you buy CBD. The first and most important thing you need to know is that CBD is short for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s one of over one hundred different cannabinoids that have been identified so far, so-named because they were first discovered in cannabis. Cannabinoids have since been discovered in many other biological systems including our own, but we’ll get to that later. Where CBD comes from?To understand what cannabinoids are, and why they matter, we first need to discuss CBD’s relationship with cannabis. Cannabis is actually the term for a whole family of plants, which are usually split into two distinct categories: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. These terms are in turn used as overarching titles for different strains. Traditionally sativa refers to the tall European plants, and indica to the bushier, shrub-like Indian varieties. For our purposes there are two terms that have far more practical use: Hemp refers to strains of cannabis grown for industrial use. These applications include biofuel, rope, paper and CBD. Marijuana refers to plants grown for recreational use i.e. getting high. This is why marijuana is often used to refer to cannabis as a drug. We already know that there are lots of different cannabinoids you can find in the cannabis family, but there are two key ones that help distinguish between hemp and marijuana. The first, and most famous, is THC. This is the compound that induces most of the effects typically associated with smoking cannabis, and is found in high amounts in marijuana. The second most prevalent cannabinoid is CBD. Research has continuously shown that CBD will not get you high, and is proven safe for human use. CBD is typically found in high percentages in hemp, while there will be very little THC. All of our CBD products, from our CBD oils to our CBD Topicals contain 0% THC. The human body and cannabidiol what’s most significant is that CBD is very similar to chemicals your body already produces. These endocannabinoid (a cannabinoid the body produces internally) are part of a network of chemicals and receptors known as the endocannabinoid system. The ECS acts as the body’s assistant manager, with receptors throughout most of the major organs, the nervous system, and the immune system. Essentially it ensures that the body is operating in a state of balance, known as homeostasis. This involves checking that everything is working between key parameters, such as temperature, metabolism and pressure. When we introduce CBD into the body, the ECS is its means of interacting with us. In fact, because it’s so similar to other chemicals, CBD is able to integrate quite easily. That’s why we are as confident in CBD as a natural compound that you can safely introduce to your body.

Step 2: How do I take CBD? There goes step one! You’ve either learned what CBD is, or skipped ahead (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you cheated), and now you’re wondering: what next? It’s all well and good knowing what CBD is, but now you need to figure out how to take it. CBD ingestion methods have a big impact on how it interacts with your body. That’s why we’ve broken this section down into even smaller steps. First off, we’ll discuss bio-availability and why it matters, before walking through your CBD options. CBD and bio-availability have you ever considered why hospitals will generally administer drugs straight into your bloodstream? It’s due to something known as bio-availability. Essentially, the bio-availability of any given chemical compound is the percentage of it that the body effectively uses. The higher the bio-availability, the more efficiently the compound has been utilized. The main factor that affects bio-availability is how quick the compound’s path to the circulatory system is, hence why IV drips are typically the most effective method. So, let’s look into how intake affects bio-availability! CBD Oral Sprays & CBD Oral Drops One of the most popular and widely recognised methods of using CBD is CBD oils. This covers our CBD Oral Drops and our CBD Oral spray, both of which are used to apply CBD oil underneath your tongue. CBD oils are just hemp extract blended with carrier oil. The reason for applying the CBD oil beneath the tongue (known as using it sublingually) is, you guessed it, bio-availability. Rather than swallowing your CBD oils and sending it through the digestive system let it soak into the blood vessels beneath the tongue for around 90 seconds. That way it gets into circulation much faster. The CBD will generally take around thirty minutes to be absorbed properly, and take six hours to leave the bloodstream. This makes CBD oils a great way to dose if you only want to use CBD intermittently. You can take half your recommended dosage in the morning, and the other half in the evening. When comparing oral CBD options it’s worth considering the carrier oil. The MCT (coconut) oil in our CBD Oral Spray helps mask the taste of the hemp for those who don’t like its earthy tones, while the hemp seed oil in our CBD Oral Drops works great with CBD to provide a full-bodied hemp experience. CBD Topicals It’s important to note that in some instances bio-availability isn’t the be-all and end-all, largely due to the prevalence of the endocannabinoid system throughout the body. A great example of this would be when looking at CBD Topicals, such as moisturizing creams and balms. When applying a cream to your skin the bio-availability is greatly reduced since the compounds must first make their way through the epidermal layer. That means the amount of CBD that actually reaches your circulatory system is very low. However, if you’re looking for a localized external release then the CBD topical will still reach the endocannabinoid receptors in the skin. That means that CBD Topicals definitely have a place in your CBD routine. Our CBD Skin Cream and CBD Muscle Balm both contain a carefully curated blend of essential oils and skincare ingredients designed to support the hemp extract. The key is to be savvy and explore your options thoroughly. Since the bio-availability of CBD Topicals is low, it’s a slower release means of consuming CBD. CBD effects will take around an hour to be absorbed and last for about five hours. Regardless of duration, if you’re looking for an external application then CBD Topicals are the obvious way to go. CBD edibles and supplements are a great way of, well, supplementing your daily CBD intake. It means that you can just carry a tub of CBD Gummy Bears wherever you go, and dose more discreetly in public. That makes them perfect for being on the go. With CBD edibles it’ll usually take at least an hour to be absorbed, and roughly six hours to be processed. However since the CBD first passes through the digestive system this can fluctuate depending on metabolism.

Step 3: What's my CBD dosage? You know what CBD is, and you’ve managed to decide on a means of taking it. All settled right? Well you actually still have to choose the strength of your CBD oils or CBD e-liquids, one of the most important factors. That's why we've extensively polled our users to give you the best CBD experience. Find your CBD dosage We've surveyed our users extensively, and we've found that our most satisfied users are generally using 70 mg a day. That's why we recommend that first-time users begin with 1200 mg oil, such as our CBD Oral Spray. By starting at a higher dose, you can easily figure out how CBD works best for you. After a week of using 70 mg a day, you have two options: if you're satisfied, try decreasing by 20 mg a day, and if you're dissatisfied, increase by 20 mg a day. By using your CBD consistently, and experimenting with your dosage, you're at least 76% more likely to have a satisfying CBD experience. Using multiple CBD products, some of our users also find that using multiple products simultaneously best serves their needs. It’s perfectly safe to use our CBD Oral Drops and CBD Muscle Balm at the same time for example, or indeed any combination of CBD oils, so long as you keep your dose relatively consistent. Finding the right method is part and parcel of your journey. These CBD combinations are so popular in the Vitality CBD office that we’ve actually written an article on two of our favourite product combos. Take a look at our CBD product guide, and see if you can find two products that suit you. Is CBD safe? It also bears repeating that CBD has been shown to be demonstrably safe, even at very high dosages. Case studies have been conducted where use upwards of 600 mg a day.

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Step 4: How do I buy CBD? Rejoice! You now know everything you need to know about CBD, including what it is, how to take it, and where to start with your dosage—all that’s left now is to buy CBD! Our core recommendation is to look for companies that prioritise testing and quality control. The CBD market is very new, which also means it’s poorly regulated. That’s why we send all of our product batches to a third-party independent lab in order to ensure they meet the quality we expect. In fact, our central belief in user transparency is why we’ve made all of our CBD lab reports available with us. That means you can match the exact report to the bottle in your hand. If you feel like you’re still confused on anything about CBD, reach out to us on our CBD contact page. Or give us a message on our web chat (9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday). Just click the icon in the bottom right corner of each page and one of our CBD experts will be on hand! Well, what are you waiting for? Go look at our ever-expanding shop, find the section that fits your needs, and buy CBD now! @