CBD edibles have become very popular among those who are looking for a bit of relief from a myriad of problems but who don’t want to turn to pharmaceuticals. Because the products are still relatively young, though, many of those who want to try them feel like they have to go in blind. If you’re considering trying CBD edibles, here are some tips to help you get the most out of it.

Know What You’re Buying

Perhaps the most important piece of advice for anyone trying CBD edibles for the first time is to do your research. There are many different CBD edibles out there with just as many different formulations, many of which are meant to deal with very specific issues. It’s always a good idea to spend some time reading up on different products or talking with experts before you make a purchase.

The Case for Full-Spectrum CBD

When you’re looking at CBD edibles, you’ll see two categories: CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD. These labels can be confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking at. Most people have heard of the cannabinoids CBD and THC, but you might not realize that the cannabis plant contains over 100 types of cannabinoid. In CBD isolate, all of these cannabinoids are filtered out so that all you get is pure CBD.

However, many people prefer full-spectrum CBD. While individually the less well-known cannabinoids might not do as much as their more famous siblings, all these cannabinoids together present the “entourage effect.” This means that the full-spectrum CBD is more effective than CBD would have been on its own. Therefore, full-spectrum CBD gummies will likely do more for you than plain CBD gummies.

The Waiting Game

Now that you have your gummies, you can begin your journey into interacting with CBD. One of the most surprising things that most people deal with is the waiting, especially when they are trying an edible for the first time. Because the CBD in the edible enters your bloodstream through the stomach, it can actually take the product a few hours to work. Don’t take an edible when you’re looking for immediate relief or when you know that the product could hit when you’re in the middle of something important. If you’re looking for immediate relief, you’re better off trying a CBD oil or tincture and saving the edibles for another time.

What to Expect

CBD products are different for everyone. The good news is that edibles tend to be a little less potent than other forms of CBD, making them an ideal format for first-timers. You should likely expect a feeling of relaxing, generally accompanied by a feeling of clarity. Feeling more energetic is a common claim, as is feeling rejuvenated. However, your experience will definitely vary depending on exactly what kind of edible and what dosage you consume.

It’s always important to do your research before you ingest your first edible. Make sure that you buy the right product for you and that you’re in the right headspace to give it a try. Once you’re informed, though, you can count on these products to make a real impact on your life.

About the author

Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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