CBD For Beginners

Because so many people are still left wondering “What the heck is CBD and how do I use it?” We’re getting down to the bare basics!

If you’re new to the wonderful world of CBD and someone you know advised it to you, or you kept hearing about it, and everything you find online just seems to confuse you even more, here’s the absolute basic information you need to know about CBD to get you started.

CBD Explained

Now there are far more in-depth and detailed explanations that answer the question “What is CBD?” But this is simply putting CBD in terms actual humans with busy lives can understand.

CBD is just one of the multiple compounds found in the cannabis plant, and one of over 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

So can CBD get you high? Unlike THC (one of the other 113+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant), CBD cannot get you high as it’s non-psychoactive. The sole purpose of using CBD is for the maintenance of health – and the health benefits of CBD are plentiful!

How To Use CBD

Using CBD oil can assist with anxiety, stress, pain and a multitude of inflammatory conditions, helping to decrease pain and bring calm and balance to your life.

Luckily CBD is available in an array of wonderful formulations, with so many different types of CBD products, it’s become increasingly easy to administer no matter what your preference. CBD is extracted in either oil or powder form, so while you may be familiar with CBD oil, that’s not the only way you can take CBD.

These oils and powders can be added to oral or topical mediums that make it convenient to take. CBD capsules, sprays, gummies, edibles, vape oils and even body lotions are just some of the ways you can use CBD to assist with anxiety, pain or whatever inflammatory condition you may need it for.

Before Buying CBD

Is CBD oil legal? is a question on the lips of many, but not to worry, CBD oil is completely legal in South Africa as long as it contains less than 0.001% of THC. It’s a good idea to do a little research about a brand before you decide to use it.

Find out about the origin of the plants they use and the purity of CBD, find out if it’s local and organic, and about any third-party testing to ensure the purity and safety of their CBD. A trust-worthy and reputable CBD oil retailer will make sure they keep their customers well-informed.

To make things a little easier – Look for CBD oils and products endorsed by the CRI (Cannabis Research Institute of South Africa), a trusted cannabis research centre that meets all regulations set forth by SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority). 

Dosing CBD – How Much Should I Take?

It’s a good idea to start with the lowest recommended dosage possible and see how it goes, give it some time and slowly increase the dosage. Finding the right CBD dosage for you is definitely not a one-size fits all sort of scenario, you’ll need to check the packaging to see what they recommend and start there, slowly working your way up if it doesn’t yet feel effective enough.

As with most things, it’s recommended that you check in with your doctor about adding CBD oil to your daily supplementing regime, especially if you have any serious health conditions. Different CBD products may have varying concentrations of CBD so don’t make the mistake of assuming the same dosage rules apply to all.

Possible Side Effects 

Taking more than 20,000mg of CBD oil is considered to be toxic, but it’s not considered to be deadly, so truly overdosing on CBD is not possible, however there are a number of possible side effects if CBD oil if taken in extremely high amounts, these include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • An upset stomach
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea

Potential Drug Interactions

True drug interactions while using CBD are rare, however, if you’re on any type of prescription medication that can’t be taken in conjunction with grapefruit or grapefruit juice, then you may want to stay on the safe side and also avoid CBD oil.

Grapefruit is known to interact with drugs such as statins as well as certain drugs used to treat high blood pressure, along with many others. It can increase the concentration of medication in your bloodstream, which means you may experience side effects of the drug or worse – an overdose.

CBD may also interact with the concentration of medication in your bloodstream, so if you’re supposed to avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice, then it’s probably a good idea to avoid CBD oils and products as well.

If you have any questions regarding using your medication along with CBD oil, consult your doctor before deciding to take it.

Trying CBD

Now that you’ve read all the CBD-related information for beginners, and you’ve gauged whether CBD is right for you or your loved ones, you can safely select from a world of CBD oils and products that are easy to take and can help you get back your quality of life.

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