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Getting Started
With CBD

Our beginner’s guide to CBD will help you become a more knowledgeable consumer and help you find the relief you’re seeking.

Beginners Guide

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What Is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the more than 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids produced by the hemp plant. CBD doesn’t contain any THC, the cannabinoid responsible for “marijuana’s” psychoactive effects. In fact, CBD is nonpsychoactive and is thought to help curb some of THC’s less desired side effects like paranoia, anxiety, and elevated heart rate.

How do you take CBD?

There are many ways to take and use CBD including via oral drops, infused edible products, topical rubs, and smokables. Each is a little different from the rest. We can help you find the best product for your needs.

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From our Satisfied Customers

I was expecting a decent coffee and to see a little oil on the top when I brewed it (this always happens when I put cbd oils into my coffee since it’s an oil). Boy was I surprised how good the coffee was! Not only is it delicious coffee but I get the benefits of my cup o’ joe having CBD in it? Yes please! Couldn’t recommend enough, will definitely be buying more once my supply runs out.

My wife and I are runners. We rely on the salve to fight inflammation and promote recovery in our legs. My mom also relies on the salve to reduce the pain she has from needing a hip replacement. This product is effective and we rely heavily on it in our daily routines. We recommend it without question.

WORKS GREAT! My dogs ( 13 and 16) are brats and don’t like when I administer it right in their mouths. I am going to try to add it to their favorite foods to see if that is easier, otherwise they will get it straight! 🙂

Bought these for my wife. She has had trouble staying asleep all night but not now. She loves the flavors and says she sleeps very well and with vivid dreams.

I use this product daily. I love it. It goes great in coffee or tea for stressful mornings or sleepless nights.

It works!! I have tried other companies and this CBD oil does exactly what I needed it to do. It definitely has helped with my sleeping. I feel comfortable using when it comes from a company that I can trust. Thank you.

CBD Beginners Questions

CBD interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system— a biological network composed of cannabinoid receptors and signalers— to help the body maintain overall health and homeostasis. 

The endocannabinoid system plays a role in many bodily functions including, 

  • Sleep 
  • Mood 
  • Stress 
  • Metabolism and appetite
  • Memory and our ability to retain new information
  • Inflammation response 

CBD is known as a phytocannabinoid, phyto- meaning ‘of the plant’ and mimics our body’s endocannabinoids, endo- meaning internal, that our bodies naturally produce. Some believe that consuming phytocannabinoids like CBD can help a user’s endocannabinoid system run more efficiently.

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol (Canna-Bi-Diol.) Emphasis ours.

CBD by itself does not show up on a standard workplace drug test. That’s not to say that CBD products won’t show up on a drug test. For more on this subject, check out our blog post on the subject.

Everyone is different and everyone responds to CBD differently, too. 

CBD has many uses including helping users manage: 

  • Sleep Quality 
  • Mood 
  • Stress
  • Appetite
  • Inflammation response

CBD is well tolerated by most, but using CBD can cause some unwanted side effects. Some of the most common include:

  • Change in appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness 
  • Upset Stomach

CBD isn’t shown to have any dependence issues, meaning that you will not get addicted to CBD if you begin to use it. The World Health Organization has stated that “…in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…”

CBD is non-psychoactive and will not make users feel intoxicated. In other words, CBD will not get you “high.”