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CBD for Newbies: A CBD Guide For Everything You Need to Know

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New CBD users can understandably be overwhelmed by the CBD buying process. Between finding a reputable brand and understanding the difference between isolate vs. full-spectrum, topicals vs. oils, THC vs. CBD, it can be hard to get into the CBD game! To help you get the information you need to make the best decision for your lifestyle, the Kratora team has put together a guide all about CBD for the complete newbie. Join us as we explore the history of this popular substance and how you can use it to enhance your holistic health today!

About the History of CBD in America

Cannabis sativa has a long history of medicinal use from ancient Ayurvedic medicine to the royal family in Victorian England. In 1940, the American chemist Roger Adams isolated cannabidiol (CBD), and scientists were pleasantly surprised when they observed that CBD offered numerous medicinal benefits without the psychoactive side effects of its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

With the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp was federally legalized in the US, and restrictions on CBD production relaxed even more — opening up the path for further research into the clinical potential of this amazing cannabinoid and making hemp-derived CBD products more accessible to customers around the nation.

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About the Types of CBD Products

In nature, cannabis plants contain over 100 known cannabinoids that interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). Of these, CBD and THC are two of the most abundant. THC is most abundant in the Cannabis indica species; industrial hemp, on the other hand, has been bred to contain higher concentrations of CBD and THC levels below 0.3%. Industrial hemp is federally legal in the United States, whereas the marijuana plant is not. Whichever of these plants is used, there are different methods to extract the active ingredients — each with its specific advantages. Here is a guide to some common CBD extracts and products:

About CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like: The CBD cannabinoid extracted in isolation from the flowers, buds, stems, and leaves of industrial hemp. It does not contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes, or other cofactors — meaning that it contains 0.0% THC. CBD isolate is typically mixed with a neutral carrier oil such as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil or olive oil for ease of use and to increase its bioavailability.

About CBD Liquids

Similar to CBD oil, CBD liquid contains CBD isolate along with a carrier oil and other ingredients. These other ingredients can be flavorings to make the oil more enjoyable and/or botanical extracts to enhance its effects. Generally, CBD liquids are used for vaping purposes.

About CBD Oil

CBD hemp oil is extracted from the same parts of the plant as CBD isolate, except that the resulting oil contains all of the cofactor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and sterols present in the plant matter. Depending on the extraction method used, CBD oil with these cofactors can offer additional benefits. However, if harsh solvents like butane or hexane are used in the extraction process, they can actually reduce the potency of the CBD and leave a toxic residue that can harm your health.

Full-Spectrum vs Broad-Spectrum CBD Oils

Two terms that you might see in relation to CBD oil are “full-spectrum” and “broad-spectrum.” In short, both contain CBD plus all of the hemp plant’s naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes. The difference between the two lies in their varying THC content. Full-spectrum CBD oil contains up to the 0.3% THC allowed for industrial hemp, whereas broad-spectrum hemp oil has had all of the THC removed.

Hemp Seed Oil

When you’re conducting your research about CBD oil, a product you’ll likely come across is hemp seed oil. Extracted from the seeds only, this oil contains no CBD or THC and is used mostly as a supplement or for cosmetic purposes.

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A Guide to CBD Use

With the current boom in the CBD industry, we have seen many new products come to the forefront. Here’s a guide to the two most popular products — oral CBD drops and CBD topicals:

About Oral CBD

Oral CBD contains either CBD oil or CBD tincture and is taken primarily to help with mood, inflammation, digestion, and sleep. The usual way to take oral CBD is to hold it under your tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing it. This is called “sublingual administration.” The other way that people use oral CBD is to add it to their drinks or use it in cooking. Oral CBD can also come in the form of CBD edibles (like gummies) or powdered drink mixes.

About Topical CBD

Topical CBD delivers the active ingredients quickly and effectively to one area of your body and is popular among athletes as well as those with arthritis. Topical CBD oil may also be helpful for dermatological complaints including dermatitis, acne, and dry skin. To use, simply add some CBD oil to your regular skincare routine or rub the affected area with our range of botanically-infused, natural CBD topicals.

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About CBD Dosage

While the best guidance for CBD dosage is to consult with a licensed healthcare provider, it’s likely that you’ll need to continually adjust to find the right dose for your body. To help you meet your specific needs, we sell CBD liquids in five different strengths:

  • 125mg
  • 275mg
  • 525mg
  • 1,025mg
  • 2,000mg

Experienced CBD users recommend starting with the lowest dose (generally one dropper-full of the lowest strength) before working your way up to the strength and frequency that is right for you. It is also essential that you consult with your doctor before starting CBD if you take any other herbal supplements or prescription drugs.

Shop CBD at Kratora for Complete Peace of Mind

Now that you’ve read all about CBD in our CBD guide, you’re ready to try it out for yourself! Choose from our online collection of CBD oils and CBD topicals for the hemp-based products that suit your needs. If you have cats or dogs at home, we also offer a special CBD liquid for pets! All of our products are 100% THC free and come with a Certificate of Authenticity on request.

Shop our CBD, fresh kratom, and kratom alternative products before 3 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturdays (excluding holidays) to receive your order faster with same-day shipping.

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