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  • by Nicola Boulton August 27, 2022 4 min read



    You might have heard about Cannabidiol (CBD), especially if you live with chronic pain. Using Cannabidiol may not be easy, especially if you are a beginner.

    Many people use cannabis in treating chronic pain, alleviating anxiety and stress, suppressing cancerous growth, and others. As CBD and its product are gaining popularity, some companies may fail to provide safe products for consumption, which might lead to negative results. If one is a first-time cannabidiol user, this article will provide useful information of what one should consider before consuming the drug. It will also, explain the best pick. Learn more about which cbd oil is best for diabetics?


    Introducing CBD

    CBD is a cannabis derivative extracted from the hemp plant. The cannabis plant has more than one hundred compounds, but Cannabidiol takes the lead of being popular among them. The cannabis derivative has several medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Unlike other cannabis compounds, Cannabidiol does not have psychoactive effects; hence can be consumed by many individuals. Many might confuse Cannabidiol with THC. Notably, THC is the cannabis derivative responsible for the ‘high’ feeling experienced after smoking marijuana. Much consumption leads to addiction and overdependence, along with psychoactive effects. 

    Types of CBD

    There are different types of Cannabidiol according to the number of compounds and level of THC. The types of Cannabidiol include full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and Cannabidiol isolates (Marinotti & Sarill, 2020).

    CBD Isolate

    CBD isolate is the purest type of Cannabidiol. The isolate contains CBD without any other cannabis derivatives like terpernes or flavanoids. It is suitable for first-time cannabidiol consumers’ since they may find some weird tastes and odors intolerable. Sarris et al. (2020) observed that the isolate is good for improving appetite, boosting sleep, and treating pain.


    Broad-spectrum is made up of most cannabis sativa or hemp compounds except THC. The absence of THC makes broad-spectrum isolates suitable for users who want to enjoy the benefits of Cannabidiol without feeling ‘high’ or having psychoactive problems. According to Baswan et al. (2020), broad-spectrum CBD is used to treat cancer, alleviate chronic pain, and reduce anxiety and stress.


    Full-spectrum contains many compounds of cannabis sativa with at least 0.3% THC. It, therefore, causes a ‘high’ feeling whenever consumed. It is suitable for regular cannabidiol users who can tolerate the earthy taste of hemp. According to Boehnke et al. (2022), full-spectrum has entourage effects; the cannabis compounds work in synergy to provide a wider range of benefits to the user. One should be careful as much consumption of full-spectrum leads to addiction and overdependence along with psychoactive effects. The full-spectrum CBD can reduce cancer symptoms, alleviate chronic pain reduce anxiety.

    Ways First-Time CBD Consumers Can Take Cannabidiol

    CBD products come in various forms; oil, tinctures, edibles, vapes, creams, and lotions. The following are ways of consuming Cannabidiol:

    Topical Applications

    The topical application entails external use on the affected parts of the body. CBD Creams and lotions find significance in topical application. Users should allow the topicals to melt from the heat received in the palms by carefully and firmly rubbing the products in the affected part.

    Orally or Sublingually

    The oral method involves applications of oil and tinctures below the tongue. It is one of the fastest methods of feeling the effect. The method does not mask the earthy taste of edibles like CBD oil.


    It involves using cannabidiol vapes where one can either inhale or smoke to feel the effect. It is the fastest method of dispensing Cannabidiol in the body. However, it is not yet confirmed whether cannabidiol vapes can damage the lungs or not.

    How Much to Take?

    Start with low doses to allow the body adjusts accordingly. For instance, one should have a precise dose when treating conditions like seizures. Gummies come in certain doses, like 5 milligrams per dose; hence one should abide by that to prevent adverse side effects. Follow the guidelines recommended by the doctor. First-time users must adhere to a strict routine to avoid adverse side effects.

    How to Ensure a Safe Pick

    Choosing the safe and best Cannabidiol may be a nightmare for first-time consumers. The following guideline may help CBD beginners choose the safest products:

    1. Ask for the certificate of analysis to verify expiry date, heavy metal analysis and contaminants.
    2. Analyze third’s Party Test results for objective assessment of product quality.
    3. Establish the source of hemp


    What to Do Before Using CBD

    One should consider the following before using Cannabidiol in the treatment of any condition:

    1. Consult your doctor
    2. Know the purpose of using Cannabidiol
    3. Know the types of Cannabidiol

    Benefits of CBD

    The following are the benefits that emanate from cannabidiol oil according to Überall et al. (2020):

    1. It used for the treatment of chronic pain
    2. Reduce anxiety
    3. Reduce stress and depression
    4. Controls the growth of cancer cells (Kosgodage et al.,2018)


    Planning to use Cannabidiol in the treatment of chronic conditions and mental disorders is indeed a good idea. From the article, one has learned that Cannabidiol can be used to treat various health conditions and provide therapeutic benefits. First-time consumers should begin with low doses and adjust according to their desired needs. Additionally, one should follow the guidelines to avoid low quality products. Knowing types of Cannabidiol is important as they help one to choose the best for their needs.


    Baswan, S. M., Klosner, A. E., Glynn, K., Rajgopal, A., Malik, K., Yim, S., & Stern, N.        (2020). Therapeutic potential of cannabidiol (CBD) for skin health and         disorders. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 13, 927.

    Boehnke, K. F., Häuser, W., & Fitzcharles, M. A. (2022). Cannabidiol (CBD) in       Rheumatic Diseases (Musculoskeletal Pain). Current Rheumatology Reports, 1-9.

    Kosgodage, U. S., Mould, R., Henley, A. B., Nunn, A. V., Guy, G. W., Thomas, E. L., ... &             Lange, S. (2018). Cannabidiol (CBD) is a novel inhibitor for exosome and    microvesicle (EMV) release in cancer. Frontiers in pharmacology, 9, 889.

    Marinotti, O., & Sarill, M. (2020). Differentiating Full-Spectrum Hemp Extracts From CBD             Isolates: Implications For Policy, Safety And Science. Journal Of Dietary             Supplements, 17(5), 517-526.

    Sarris, J., Sinclair, J., Karamacoska, D., Davidson, M., & Firth, J. (2020). Medicinal cannabis for psychiatric disorders: a clinically-focused systematic review. BMC   psychiatry, 20(1), 1-14.

    Überall, M. A. (2020). A review of scientific evidence for THC: CBD oromucosal spray             (nabiximols) in the management of chronic pain. Journal of pain research, 13, 399.

    Nicola Boulton
    Nicola Boulton

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