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CBD 101: The Hype is Huge, But What Do You Really Know About CBD?

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

CBD is everywhere you look these days, it seems. There are a lot of different products available from hundreds of companies, and they all claim to have the best CBD on the market. How, then, is a novice to the CBD industry supposed to figure out what's actually best? Fortunately, we've taken the time to gather the information that you need so that you can learn all about CBD, including what it is and how you can add it to your regimen for a myriad of potential benefits.

What is CBD?

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a substance known to have several assistive properties and found in the cannabis genus of plants, including hemp and it's cousin, marijuana. Many people use products containing CBD for chronic pain, anxiety, cancer and other chronic diseases or conditions, and even insomnia or PTSD. Some have even started incorporating it as a general wellness supplement for everyday use.

CBD oil is extracted from industrial hemp to concentrate the levels of cannabidiol. Although industrial hemp is a member of the Cannabis sativa species, it is not a plant that can be used recreationally as a high-inducing drug. Even though hemp contains a fair quantity of CBD, it is naturally very low in the psychoactive, intoxicating compound THC. Federal law currently defines industrial hemp as cannabis plants containing less than 0.3% THC by dry weight--nowhere near enough to get a user high.

The term CBD can refer to any number of products made with extracts or oils containing cannabidiols, which include things like:

· CBD tinctures

· CBD edibles

· CBD salves & lotions

· CBD capsules

· CBD vape oil

Types of CBD Products

The first thing that you need to know is what types of CBD you might prefer to try. If you aren't very familiar with the products, here's a little more information about each one.


These are liquid extracts, which are typically applied under the tongue using a dropper for dosing. These may be straight CBD tinctures, or they may have additional ingredients or compounds that offer additional benefits or support.


As the popularity of CBD continues to grow, gummies, energy drinks and other edible products are becoming a popular intake option for many users. Not only do the edibles offer a better flavor than a straight tincture or oil, but they are as delicious as they are beneficial.

Salves & lotions

Topical products used directly on the skin and are formulated using a variety of skin-restorative ingredients with CBD added for its many benefits. There are a variety of formulas and concentrations available, as well.


CBD capsules are typically sold in gel cap form, like a lot of vitamins and other supplements, and will contain a certain dosage of CBD oil in each capsule, depending on the strength and brand that you choose.

Vape Oil

Vape oil that contains CBD is available in prefilled cartridges, as well as bottles of vape juice or CBD oil that have been specifically designed for vaping. This is the same type of product available for e-cigarettes, but instead of nicotine, CBD is used as the main ingredient.

Quality is Everything

When you are going to use CBD oil to provide overall general support or target specific health issues, you have to make sure that you get the best products for the job. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of brands selling CBD oils and products today. You can't guarantee that something is safe just because it's available for sale. Not only that, but if you don't know what you're buying and where it's coming from, you also can't guarantee the efficacy, or how well it will work. Know what you are getting and check lab reports for purity and potency.

The Benefits of CBD

Cannabidiol is utilized in its many forms because it offers a myriad of health benefits and support to people with various conditions. Some of the biggest perks of using CBD for chronic conditions, cancers, anxiety, and other health issues may include:

• Physical relaxation

· Stress relief or mental relaxation

· Relief for epilepsy and seizures, anxiety, and pain and inflammation

Full-Spectrum or Broad-Spectrum?

When buying CBD products, there are two types of mixed solutions in addition to the CBD-only compounds available:

Full-spectrum CBD contains a full array of the compounds produced by the original plant: CBD, THC, terpenes, and other cannabinoids.

Broad-spectrum CBD has a wide array of the compounds produced by cannabis, except that the THC is removed.

Essentially, people who need to guarantee ZERO THC in their system will need to use broad-spectrum products, as full-spectrum CBD has trace amounts (less than 0.3%) of this high-inducing substance.

Now that you know a little more about the basics of CBD oil, you can check out the range of products available at and see if there's a remedy that's right for you.


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