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At this point, you have probably heard enough about CBD to give it a try, especially if you live with a chronic condition like pain or depression. With most states quickly legalizing both medical and recreational cannabis, getting your hands on CBD products has never been easier. 

But despite all of the publicity around the plant and its purported benefits, many people are still unsure about the exact details. It certainly doesn’t help that there’s misinformation all over the place. If you’re looking to give CBD products a try but are unsure where to start, this brief guide can help you get a better idea of the basics.

CBD for Beginners

Understanding CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 483 known compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the one that most people are familiar with thanks to its psychoactive properties - which CBD does not have.

What it lacks in highs, it makes up for in medical benefits. This allows you to leverage the therapeutic advantages of the plant without getting “stoned” or really feeling different at all, if not slightly relaxed. While more and more is being performed every day, there still isn’t as much research on CBD and its benefits as you might think.

However, the results on what has been studied so far have been promising. The following section lists some of the better-known uses for CBD.

Benefits of CBD

After being extracted from the plant and diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed, CBD can be consumed to assist your health in the following ways:

  • Pain relief
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Possibly reducing acne
  • Benefiting heart health
  • Combatting anxiety and depression
  • Alleviating some cancer-related symptoms

Though more studies are needed to verify the effects, it is believed that CBD can also help with mental disorders such as schizophrenia. It may be capable of staving off withdrawals to help with substance abuse as well. Diabetes prevention and anti-tumor effects are on the list, too.

Consuming CBD

CBD is available in a growing variety of forms. This allows you to consume it in a comfortable way that suits your needs. While the most popular is oils and tinctures, you can also find creams, lotions, gummies, capsules, pills, edibles and e-cigarettes that vaporize the oil. It’s important to know how to handle your consumption method correctly.

For example, storing CBD oil has certain requirements to ensure that it doesn’t degrade or become rancid. Smoking comes with the concern of potentially damaging your lungs, while eating edibles may increase your sugar intake. It pays to be mindful here.

CBD Doses

Another essential thing to know is how much you should take. The general guideline is to start with a low dosage before slowly moving up. Carefully reading the packaging and instructions for your specific CBD product will give you a better idea of how much to take. You might want to consult your doctor for more information.


It’s safe to say that CBD can have transformative effects on your mental and physical wellness. Just don’t forget to follow a healthy lifestyle in other areas including diet, exercise and sleep.

(Last Updated On: September 15, 2020)

A Doctor of Public Health, Lacy Ryan has accrued more than ten years of experience, making a name for herself as a researcher, writer, policy analyst, and project manager specializing in public health and international development.She earned her PhD in Community and Behavioural Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, her Master’s Degree in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and her Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Biomedical Sciences (with minours in Biology and Psychology) at the University of Waterloo.