Everything you need to know about CBD – A Beginner’s Guide

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You’ve probably been hearing about the latest trend in health and wellness… CBD. From your pets to your parents, CBD has a little something for everyone. It’s become so popular that you may have seen it infused in your favorite drink or cosmetics products. CBD has been known to aid in sleep, stress, muscle soreness and beyond. But what is it, really?

Have you thought about trying CBD but don’t know where to start, or still have some questions about how it works? Not to worry – we are covering the basics (CBD 101 if you will) to help guide you in your CBD journey.  

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It’s one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp and is known for supporting body and mind in a multitude of ways. When purchasing a pure, hemp-derived CBD product look for CBD isolate. Social CBD provides a wide variety of CBD isolate products that are THC-free and processed for a consistent percent of CBD in each batch or product. Every CBD method is based on preference. For first-timers, we recommend topical formulas, easy to apply and fast-acting!  

It’s legal, federally speaking

The purchase of CBD is federally legal. However, there are CBD restrictions on a state-by-state basis, and it is not FDA regulated. So, use this guide to navigate your CBD journey. 

No, you won’t be dazed… or confused

A major misconception about CBD is that it has psychoactive properties like the cannabis plant which contains THC. This is false. CBD is extracted from the hemp plant. CBD isolate products (meaning CBD compound that is isolated or used on its own) does not contain THC. Most brands will list their ingredient list and test results. For example, Social CBD makes it easy to scan a QR code from their packaging to view products’ test results online! 

Broad Spectrum v. Full Spectrum

If you see “Broad Spectrum” on a product this means it offers the CBD molecule with other naturally occurring molecules from the hemp plant while still eliminating THC. Broad spectrum is ideal for consumers who wish to avoid THC, but would like other cannabinoids, terpenes and fatty acids in their CBD to experience the “entourage effect.” There are 60 known non-psychoactive compounds that work with the human body to impact one’s wellness routine; the “entourage effect” is the belief that the CBD molecule is more effective in the human body when accompanied by complementary molecules. 

“Full Spectrum,” however, contains the THC molecule, which some people prefer for their health and wellness needs. Be sure to read product labels carefully of what you are buying. 

CBD at a retailer near you

CBD is not as taboo as you may have thought. CBD is becoming more and more part of the daily routine purchases, right up there with face wash, daily multi-vitamins, and more. You can find CBD at a national retailer near you. 

Is CBD safe for my pet? 

Yes! CBD use in Pets is very popular. Dogs and cats, like humans and other vertebrates, have endocannabinoid systems. CBD interacts with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system to help support the overall well-being of pets. We recommend Social CBD PETS line as they adhere to strict testing standards that ensure oil is pesticide and solvent-free and tests at 0.0% THC.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Gill Trotman
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Gill Trotman

I’ve been seeing this CBD oil pop up all over town in random shops. Even our local 7-Eleven is selling some lotion/ cream with CBD infused. I’ve thought about trying it for my arthritis but was hesitant. Thanks for the thorough review, I might give it a try now.

Natasha Mairs
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I think CBD can be helpful for people using it for medical reasons, but I don’t think it should be used as a recreational drug

Annemarie LeBlanc
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Annemarie LeBlanc

The use of CBD for medical purposes is so wrapped in controversy. I have read about its benefits for pain management and seizure control. I hope this would be legalized every where in the world. Many people suffer from chronic pain. CBD can help give them a better quality of life.

Liz Cleland
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I know CBD is all over stores near us. I have never had any but many of my friends swear by it.

Kristine Nicole Alessandra
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Kristine Nicole Alessandra

I hope this would be available in my country. Sad to say that there are still lawmakers here who continue to live in the dark ages. CBD oil can help ease symptoms of some diseases and I hope people here in my country would be more open minded about it.

maysz
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I’ve never heard about CBD before and it sounds has lots of good benefits but unfortunately, some countries would not open about this medicine.

Amar Kumar
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Hello Ladonna,

Cannabidiol has been recently covered in the media and you may have even seen it as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis. CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia.

~Amar

pooja
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I didnt know much about CBD and thanks to post shared now I know. I will share this information with people around to spread awareness since this is quite helpful

Lyosha
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it is a very important information. Health system is complex in most of countries, thanks for making it easy for us

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