3 Ways to Take CBD for the First Time
Thinking of trying CBD? Here’s what you need to know.
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You may have heard buzz about CBD since cannabis became legally available in Canada, especially from people who’ve integrated the compound into their wellness routine. If you’re looking to do the same, this quick primer can help you understand your options.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD for short) is one of two main compounds found in cannabis. The other? THC. Over 100 compounds, known as “cannabinoids,” can be found in cannabis plants, but THC and CBD are the most well-known.
What is CBD used for?
Cannabis was legalized for recreational use in Canada in October 2018 and the regulations were updated to include edible cannabis a year later. However, cannabis for medical use became legal in 2001.
CBD and THC have been recommended by the medical community for a wide range of symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, muscle spasms and chronic pain—particularly in patients with chronic illnesses—when traditional forms of treatment failed to work. Since legalization, recreational users have tried CBD for a variety of needs, but more studies need to be done to fully understand potential benefits.
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What forms does CBD come in?
If you’re interested in trying CBD, it’s now available in a wide variety of formats that you can find at your local cannabis dispensary. There are a few different ways to take CBD:
1. Ingest it
Oil, softgel, gummy… CBD comes in a many forms that you can swallow. The biggest perk of this format? There’s no mess and you can easily control your dose. If you prefer, you can even add some types of CBD to your food or baking, though you may find it harder to keep track of the dose if you’re making a batch.
2. Drink it
Another form of the ingestion method, drinkable CBD is now available in cannabis-infused beverages like carbonated sodas.
3. Inhale it
Inhalation may be the way you’re most familiar with using cannabis, but it’s not necessary for trying CBD. That said, if you feel comfortable going the inhalation route, you can vape high-CBD, low-THC cannabis or purchase dried flower or pre-rolls.
How do you read the label?
Check for the total amount of THC and total amount of CBD in the item you’re thinking about purchasing. The higher the THC number, the more potent the cannabis. If you’re looking to try CBD specifically, look for items that have high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. For example, Tweed CBD Softgels contain 20 mg of CBD per capsule and less than 1 mg of THC per capsule.