​ The Best CBD Advice for Beginners: 9 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

​ The Best CBD Advice for Beginners: 9 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Posted by Lily Kiepke on Dec 7th 2020

If you’re new to the world of CBD, you probably have a lot of questions.

You may be wondering what CBD is, how it works, and what it can do for you. Before we jump into our tips and tricks, let’s get you up to speed:

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is one of the many active ingredients found in cannabis. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive—meaning it won’t get you “high.”

There are many different ways you can use CBD; you can take CBD oil directly from a tincture, add it to any food or drink, or apply topicals like lotions, ointments, and bath bombs to your skin.

By bonding with cannabinoid receptors throughout your body, CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to deliver its results. The ECS controls functions like mood, appetite, pain sensation, and sleep.

With a host of health and wellness benefits and a recent flurry of research, more people are trying CBD for the first time, whether it's to reduce inflammation or anxiety, or to improve their sleep.

Now that you’ve got the basics down, we’ve got 9 tips and tricks for CBD beginners that will help you use CBD like a pro.

1. Start with a Small Dose

2. Talk to Your Doctor First

3. Pick the Perfect Product for You

4. Time Your Dose to Maximize Benefits

5. Take CBD Oil Sublingually

6. Take CBD Oil with Food

7. Store Tinctures in a Cool, Dry Place

8. Massage in Your Topical Products

9. Always Buy from a Trusted Seller

Let’s Recap

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1. Start with a Small Dose

When taking CBD for the first time, it’s best to start small and see how your body responds. Most experts and CBD companies recommend starting between 20 and 40mg for a daily dose.

From there, you can increase your dose gradually, such as taking an additional 5mg of CBD the following week, until you reach the desired effect.

Easily keep track of how much CBD you take and how your body responds on a slip of paper or in the Notes app on your phone.

According to a recent clinical trial, CBD can improve sleep quantity and quality and reduce anxiety with as low of a dose as 25mg a day.

There are also a few factors to consider when dosing, notes Healthline, such as your body weight and chemistry, the concentration of CBD in the product you’re using, and what results you hope to achieve.

Depending on how potent your tincture is, you may need to take multiple full droppers to reach your desired serving size. For example, a 1mL (full dropper) from a 600mg tincture contains a perfect starting dose of 20mg CBD.

PHD Organics conveniently breaks down the doses of CBD in milligrams per each 1mL drop on each of their tincture product pages, so you can dose easily with confidence:

PHD Organics CBD Tinctures Milligrams of CBD per 1mL Drop
200mg Alternative Relief CBD Tincture
7mg CBD
400mg Alternative Relief CBD Tincture
13mg CBD
600mg Alternative Relief CBD Tincture
20mg CBD
800mg Alternative Relief CBD Tincture
27mg CBD
1,000mg Alternative Relief CBD Tincture
33mg CBD
1,500mg Alternative Relief CBD Tincture
50mg CBD
2,000mg Alternative Relief CBD Tincture
67mg CBD

It’s important to note that there is no way to “overdose” on CBD; humans can tolerate up to 1,500mg of CBD a day, although this high of a daily dose may potentially cause liver damage over an extended period of time.

Furthermore, a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018 asserted “in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”

2. Talk to Your Doctor First

If you have a preexisting health condition or are on any medications, it’s best to consult with your doctor before beginning CBD use.

CBD and more than half of all pharmaceuticals are processed by the same family of enzymes that make up the cytochrome P450 system (CYP).

While small doses have “little to no noticeable effect on the CYP activity,” a large dose of CBD may interfere with how effectively your medications are processed by the enzymes, according to CBD resource My Dosage,

“What this means in plain English is that CBD sort of “outcompetes” other medications” by binding to the enzymes first, and limiting their ability to interact with other compounds, explains My Dosage.

CBD may interact with many drugs and medications, such as steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen. For a more detailed list, visit My Dosage, or consult a medical professional.

However, depending on your health conditions and medications, CBD may also be able to improve your standard of living and reduce nasty side effects associated with other medications.

“Interactions between cannabinoids [like CBD] and other drugs can be exploited to mitigate side effects while synergistically improving a patient’s quality of life,” reveals cannabis chemist Adrian Devitt-Lee to the non-profit Project CBD.

Speak to your doctor to see if CBD can help with your symptoms, and to get advice on the right dosage for you.

3. Pick the Perfect Product for You

Matching your CBD product to your needs is the best way to get the results you’re after.

Each product type has its own unique benefits, and multiple products can be used in combination to achieve a variety of health and wellness goals.

Tinctures are great for people on the go who want something quick and convenient. CBD oil can be taken sublingually or added to any food or drink

Topicals provide targeted relief to different areas of the body and improve your skin. Use topicals to relieve aches and pains after a workout or to reduce acne

Bath bombs and bath dust provide all-over relaxation. Soothe sore muscles after a long day with a steamy bath and the anti-inflammatory power of CBD

CBD isolate is for the more experienced CBD user. Odorless and tasteless, CBD isolate can be added to any food or drink, vaped, or taken alone as an edible

For beginners, a tincture makes dosing easy with a convenient dropper head. Taking CBD oil from a tincture sublingually provides the fastest results (typically within 15 minutes).

Additionally, a tincture provides relief from a variety of common health and wellness issues, such as aches and pains, trouble sleeping, or feelings of anxiety and depression.

View our guide What CBD Is Right for Me? How to Make the Best Choice for more details on the benefits of each mode of consumption, and how soon you can expect to feel effects for each.

4. Time Your Dose to Maximize Benefits

There is no “bad time” to take CBD, but just like when it comes to choosing which product, picking the right time to take your CBD can help you maximize specific benefits.

In our article When Is the Best Time to Take CBD? The 5 Best Times to Dose + Benefits we explored five situations in detail where it’s beneficial to take CBD:

After a fatty breakfast to start the day free of anxiety and increase oil absorption

After a difficult workout to reduce pain, inflammation, and recovery time

Before bedtime to improve your sleep quality and quantity

Before a stressful situation to reduce anxiety, improve your performance, and boost your self-esteem

When you have an addictive urge, take CBD to curb addiction-related cravings and anxiety, and even reduce substance use by up to 40%

Depending on what results you’re looking for, you may use different CBD products multiple times a day.

5. Take CBD Oil Sublingually

When taking CBD oil from a tincture, do so sublingually for best results.

The sublingual method, which literally translates to “under the tongue,” involves holding the CBD oil under your tongue for at least 60 seconds before swallowing.

This is the fastest and most efficient way to take CBD oil, typically producing effects within just fifteen minutes.

Taking CBD oil sublingually is “generally much faster and more efficient” than ingesting, and the oil is also more extensively absorbed by the blood vessels under the tongue.

6. Take CBD Oil with Food

Another way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your CBD oil is to take it with food, especially foods high in healthy fats.

In a recent study, participants took CBD either with a high calorie breakfast burrito or on an empty stomach. The group who took the CBD alongside the fatty breakfast experienced on average:

●An increase in the amount of CBD in their body by 4 times

●An increase in the maximum amount of CBD in their blood by 14 times

The results solidified the importance of taking CBD with food to achieve the best results.

Some examples of foods filled with healthy fats include avocado, cheese, dark chocolate, full-fat yogurt, nuts, and olive oil.

Try incorporating these foods into your CBD routine to help your body absorb the CBD more thoroughly.

7. Store Tinctures in a Cool, Dry Place

Keep your CBD tinctures tucked away in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Direct sunlight can cause the oil to oxidize, meaning all of those good compounds are breaking down before they should, and your CBD may not be as effective as a result.

A quick way to make sure your CBD is still in good shape is to check the expiration date, and look for any changes in color, smell, texture, or taste.

Consuming expired CBD has no real side effects, but it will lose its effectiveness over time if it becomes inactive.

PHD Organics CBD is built to last. By using environmentally friendly CO 2 extraction, our products have a longer product shelf life since the compounds take longer to break down.

8. Massage in Your Topical Products

Adding a massage to your CBD routine has many benefits, such as boosting feelings of relaxation and increasing topical CBD oil absorption.

When you massage your skin, the friction helps the blood vessels to dilate so that they can absorb more oils.

Additionally, if you’re using topical products to relieve soreness or bodily aches and pains, a massage may help to loosen and relax tight muscles.

So next time you’re applying your CBD lotion or ointment, or soaking in the bath with a luxurious CBD bath bomb, give yourself some extra love with a few minutes of soothing massage.

9. Always Buy from a Trusted Seller

It’s important to always buy your CBD products from a trusted seller that is transparent throughout the sales process and uses third-party testing.

Third-party testing is essential as some companies may misrepresent the actual amount of THC in their products.

PHD Organics proudly displays all of our third-party lab results for all of our tinctures and CBD topical products, so that you can shop safely.

Let’s Recap

In this mini-guide, we covered everything a beginner needs to know to take CBD safely and efficiently.

Start with a small dose of 20-40mg of CBD and track how your body responds in your notes. CBD produces results even at low doses, and can be tolerated up to 1,500mg a day.

Talk to your doctor before you take CBD to make sure it won’t interfere with any of your medications by preventing them from being properly metabolized by your body’s enzymes.

Pick the right CBD product for your needs, or mix and match to achieve a variety of results. See if a tincture, topical, bath product, CBD isolate, or a combination is the best choice for you.

Taking CBD at a specific time can help you get desired results, such as better sleep, a quicker recovery time, or more confidence when you need it most.

For fastest results and better overall absorption, take CBD oil sublingually by holding it under your tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing.

When you take CBD oil with fatty foods, like cheese and dark chocolate, it can increase the amount of CBD absorbed by your body by 4 times.

Keep your tinctures away from sunlight that breaks down the oil and can make it less effective.

Massaging in your topical products isn’t just relaxing—it also helps the blood vessels in the skin to dilate so more oil can be absorbed.

Only get your CBD products from trusted sellers who use third-party testing.

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About the Author

Lily Kiepke is a freelance writer and blogger based in the Denver metropolitan area. She enjoys using CBD to relieve anxiety and improve sleep. When she is not writing about cannabis, she can be found hiking in the Rocky Mountains or curled up with a good true crime book.