CBD User Guide

A User’s Guide To CBD

We created this CBD User Guide to help those interested in exploring CBD for wellness learn more about the many ways to use CBD. CBD is one of those buzzwords that’s gotten only louder in recent years. Everyone wants to try it, but it's not always easy to figure out where to start, or where to get high quality CBD. If you want to try CBD products to see if it has a beneficial impact, it’s best to have clear idea of CBD essentials. So here we go - explore our CBD User Guide to learn how to bring CBD into your wellness lifestyle.

What is CBD?

Let's start with the basics. Cannabis contains a diverse range of cannabinoids and CBD or cannabidiol, is just one of them. It is often found in the leaves and upper parts of cannabis plants and the flowers of industrial hemp. Unlike hemp, marijuana has a higher concentration of THC (more than 0.3%) and it is the reason cannabis is famous for the "high." Interestingly, CBD doesn't have the intoxicating powers of THC, and neither is it psychoactive. Despite its controversial history of being a source of recreation, cannabis does have a lot of positive effects on the human body. To know how CBD and THC work in tandem for the ultimate impact, we have to know about the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) successfully hid itself from curious humans up until the 1990s but the discovery of the ECS changed how we perceived homeostasis or the internal balance of the body. The human body has its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids that work on CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD and THC being similar types of cannabinoids, work on the same receptors to impact the body's biological and psychological reaction to the environment. These receptors are located in the brain, liver, lungs, bones, skin, and immune system.

What is the Difference Between CBD and THC?

If you're planning to use CBD, you need to have a clear idea of how CBD and THC differ from each other. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC quickly reaches the brain and impacts the receptors. It has a psychoactive or mind-altering effect and can be addictive. Since CBD doesn't have these strong of THC, it can mitigate such effects and complement the functions of THC. For instance, CBD can help amplify and broaden the impact of THC.

CBD purely derived from phytocannabinoid-rich hemp is ideal for people looking to avoid THC completely without sacrificing the goodness of cannabis.

How Much CBD Do I Need?

There's no single dose that fits all when it comes to CBD and THC. The tolerance level of THC varies from person to person and that really decides how much CBD you need. If you're trying CBD for the first time, you should take it slow with small doses and let the body adjust to it. If you want to focus more on CBD, then the CBD:THC ratio should have a high difference. Full-spectrum CBD also contain a small amount of THC. For those who wish to avoid THC, use a broad-spectrum CBD like VALO Living’s, which contains no THC.

When using CBD, be consistent with use and allow time for CBD to create an impact – often 7-10 days for most people. More and more healthcare practitioners are recommending CBD to their patients, so you may also wish to consult your doctor for guidance.

What to Look for to Find Quality CBD

When it comes to finding quality CBD, the devil is in the details. You have to look for the right things at the right place. This includes clear labeling of CBD: THC ratio, dates, serial, and batch numbers. The ingredients matter as well. Avoid products containing toxins, GMOs, corn syrup, and other chemicals. High-quality CBD products tend to have lab reports called Certificate of Analysis (COAs) confirming that the products are free from foreign particles. The best way to ensure CBD quality is to look at the company’s CBD lab reports or CBD COAs.

Since marijuana is not legal in a lot of states, hemp-derived CBD is sold prominently. Extracting CBD from hemp is a long process that risks getting contaminated unless done by experts. Even if you're specifically looking for hemp-based CBD, it's always better to check the labels. It's not rare to see over the counter CBD products having too much THC or not having CBD at all. Considering the potential, you really have to be selective and smart about it, and cutting corners is not going to help you.

Forms of CBD

CBD products are manufactured to make sure customers can have the utmost freedom while using them. CBD oil is one of the most preferred ways to enjoy CBD. CBD tinctures are also another effective option since the sublingual process works quickly. Softgel capsules are a good alternative to tablets since they're smaller in size, easier to swallow, and don't break easily. If you don't prefer CBD intakes, you can try CBD topicals. Human skin has its very own full-fledged endocannabinoid system, so topicals can be used on the skin as lotions, salves, and roll-ons. If you're not comfortable with these, there're always edibles like CBD gummies that are very easy to consume.

Summing Up

CBD is a wonderful discovery in the world of wellness. While its full potential is yet to be explored, CBD does provide excellent opportunities for people to take charge of their well-being. However, it's crucial to look for quality CBD products as the industry is susceptible to misinformation and confusion. We hope you've found our CBD User Guide valuable! VALO Living’s CBD products are created using U.S. grown organically grown hemp and premium manufacturing processes so that you can enjoy high quality CBD to the fullest.