New to CBD? Here's What You Need to Know

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It’s fair to say that 2019 has been the year of CBD. If you need a quick crash course: CBD or cannabidiol is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s known for giving users a feeling of calm and relaxation. But unlike THC, which is another compound found in the same plant, its non-psychoactive. In other words, it won’t get you high.

The good thing about cannabis is that unlike other drugs, it’s impossible to overdose on. No matter what brand of CBD you choose (because there are quite a lot out there), it’s essential to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, or you’re uncomfortable, stop taking it and consult a physician. 

CBD often comes in supplement form, but can be found in a range of food, skincare, and personal care products too. While the doses are clearly written on the label, knowing exactly how much to take can be confusing. So, here are some guidelines for common CBD products to keep in mind. 

CBD in Tinctures 

Oil tinctures are one of the most popular ways to consume CBD. Tinctures are helpful first thing in the morning to help with concentration, in a smoothie after working out, or at night to help with sleeping.

But, finding the right dose can take a little bit of trial and error. It’s not just about the amount in the bottle, but also the size of the person taking it and their needs.

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Solari CBD in MCT Oil Tincture, Fresh Mint $26
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“We recommend for beginners to follow the instructions and take one dropper of extract oil per day," explains Solari co-founder and CMO, Myorr Janha. "From that point, we encourage the user to monitor how they feel and determine if they need to adjust the amount.”

We recommend for beginners to follow the instructions and take one dropper of extract oil per day.

If you’re super anxious or having a challenging day, nothing bad will happen if you take an extra dropper or two full of CBD. The worst-case scenario is that you might feel extra tired. But getting the right amount for your body can take some experimenting. Eventually, you’ll know what feels right.

CBD in Food

These days, CBD has gone full-on gourmet, giving you the chance to make every meal just a little bit more relaxing. But you should also be aware that the body absorbs CBD more readily on a full stomach, so make sure you don’t go overboard. 

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Potli Hemp Infused Raw Honey $42
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Founded in 2017 by friends Felicity Chen and Christine Yi, Potlii is a wellness foods line, which produces a Premium Hemp Infused Raw Honey. With a mild 10mg of CBD per tbsp, it’s ideal for tea, tonics, or use as a condiment. For a delicious treat, drizzle some over multi-grain toast topped with ricotta. If you want to get fancy, add some fresh figs.

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Potli Hemp Infused Cold-Pressed EVOO $45
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Potli’s extra virgin olive oil is great for salad dressings, tartines, and pasta. With 15 mg per tbsp of CBD, it’s super helpful for combating a post-lunch afternoon slump.

CBD in Skincare

CBD makes a great skincare ingredient because it delivers omega-rich fatty acids as well as vitamins A, C, and E. The fact that it soothes irritation, fights redness, and provides lasting hydration makes it especially useful during the cold winter months. 

If you’re worried about combining different forms of CBD at the same time, you shouldn’t be. Think about it this way—will using a vitamin C serum on your face and drinking a glass of orange juice render the same benefits? 

However, you should be mindful about dosing CBD skincare oils, but probably not for the reason you think. According to Robert Brown, who is the President of PG Prime, it’s important to use CBD infused oils sparingly, at least at first, to determine the proper balance for your skin.

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PG Prime CBD Remedy Oil+ $90
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PG Prime’s Remedy Oil+ can be used on its own or as a booster combined with other products. If you already have a favorite moisturizer and your face is feeling a bit parched, just add a few drops and mix it in the palm of your hands.

If you’re concerned about using oils on your face, try integrating them into your evening skincare routine. You won’t feel shiny if you’re deep in sleep. This rule of thumb applies to all skincare oils, not just those infused with CBD.

Use the same logic with CBD skincare products as you would with any other kind of skincare product, especially if you’re trying something new. Dr. Manisha Singal, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of CBD infused skincare line Aethera tells MyDomaine, “We always suggest that anyone new to the brand try one or two products at a time and add in new products. We use active botanical concentrates in natural solutions, and sometimes natural extracts can cause a quick flush for new users.”

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Aethera Sunrise Botanical Reboot Serum with CBD $60
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While Dr. Singal suggests using one to two pumps max for Aethera’s serums, it’s best to follow the directions on the box or bottle for anything you try.

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