Starting out with CBD - A Beginner's Guide

Starting out with CBD - A Beginner's Guide

CBD is a hot topic all over the world, especially in the health- and wellness industry. Countless CBD suppliers and a wide product range can make your start appear more difficult than it actually is.

The good news is that you can’t really do anything wrong. As long as you make sure to buy certified high-quality products. At New Garden Lab, you can find all of our CBD oil certificates linked in the product descriptions.

How to find the best CBD quality?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural product that has to be carefully extracted from flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. Therefore, you should not make any compromises when it comes to quality and origin of your CBD products. 

At minimum, besides natural ingredients, CBD should be certified by a third-party laboratory. Certificates of analysis show you the exact concentration of all the ingredients and ensure that you are buying CBD from a transparent and trustworthy seller. Certificates are usually found in the product details. Additionally, CBD should ideally be isolated with a CO2 extraction method to preserve all major cannabinoids, fragile terpenes and flavonoids and leave no traces of solvents in your final product.

We all know this from the food industry: A quick check of the ingredients list is enough to find out more about the product’s quality. Since it is crucial to know exactly what we put in our bodies, the ingredients should always be viewed with a critical eye and never sound synthetic.  

However, pure natural additives can be beneficial for the quality and effect of CBD oils. This is why some CBD oils also contain terpenes, flavonoides and other natural compounds of the hemp plant that interact with each other to increase the effect of CBD, which is called “entourage effect”.

A good CBD oil also contains natural carrier oils which help to deliver the ingredients better to our body. This is necessary because essential oils are potent and can cause irritation when swallowed or applied directly to the skin. The most frequently used oils are hemp seed oil, olive oil and MCT-coconut oil. All of these healthy oils can add even more benefits to your CBD product of choice.

According to most research studies, CBD does not have any known major side effects and is perfectly safe - no matter if you prefer using an oil or inhaling CBD oil cartridges with a vaporizer

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use products containing CBD.

For more information on the production process and quality guarantee of our CBD oils, you can visit our New Garden Lab website.

How does CBD work?

Cannabinoids are natural compounds of the cannabis plant. CBD (cannabidiol) is one of those and can be extracted separately or in combination with other important plant compounds. In contrast to THC, another cannabinoid, CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore will not make you feel “high”. 

Due to its versatility and ease of use, CBD has gained popularity beyond medical professionals, yoga teachers and nutritional experts. Once you have discovered the numerous health benefits of CBD (link to article: benefits of CBD), you will probably find yourself wondering about the reasons. The secret lies in the body’s endocannabinoid-system (ECS). Your body naturally produces cannabinoids - just like the hemp plant - that regulate a variety of body functions and processes, such as:  

  • Sleep
  • Mood
  • Appetite
  • Memory
  • Reproduction and fertility 
  • Water and mineral retention
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Internal temperature

Cannabinoids like CBD can interact with the ECS through our natural cannabinoid receptors (CB1, CB2, CB3). They can either trigger or block these receptors and therefore influence the ECS’s functions in a positive way, according to a 1987 study by prof. Allyn Howlett (Saint-Louis University in Missouri, USA), who discovered the human ECS. 

Our body owns these cannabinoid receptors because it is able to produce its own cannabinoids for various processes and functions. By supplying CBD, we can help our body to do the work so that it has less cannabinoids to produce on its own.

This important milestone in research led to many more scientists and medical experts getting involved in CBD studies. This interest in the professional and medical community has created a steady stream of news from scientific studies on the benefits of CBD.

How to use CBD best?

The wide range of CBD products can make it difficult to pick just one method. You can use CBD internally as an oil, inhale it with a vaporizer and even use it as a topical skin treatment. 

For beginners and non-smokers, it might be easy to start with a CBD oil while others might find it more convenient to get faster effects by inhaling. In the following paragraphs, we will discover the 3 most popular ways to consume CBD.

1. CBD Oil as an Oil

It is the best known and most easy-to-use form of cannabidiol: CBD oil. A bottle with a dropper ensures a precise dosage that can be adjusted individually. 

There are many CBD oils with different aromas and concentrations. HERBLIZ offers CBD oils that contain 5%, 10%, 15% or 20%  CBD concentrations. Beginners are advised to start with 5% to 10% and increase the dose slowly. 

We recommend using full spectrum oils to benefit from a unique combination of all the important cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids contained in the hemp plant. While making use of the “entourage effect”, you will experience the best benefits possible. As well you get a pure, natural aroma and taste by using a full spectrum CBD oil.

CBD oil tinctures are dosed in drops. Apply a few drops directly underneath your tongue and let it absorb there. Avoid swallowing the oil immediately as it would take much longer to get into your blood circulation. To guarantee an even more precise dose, you can use a spoon to portion the oil. 

The effect can usually be felt after 30-60 minutes.

Another way of consuming CBD oil is to mix it with food or drinks. It is a healthy enhancement for smoothies or even coffee. However, keep in mind that it will take longer to feel an effect since absorption levels are lower in the stomach.

2. CBD Vaporizer - Inhale and Relax

The inhalation of CBD with the help of a vaporizer undoubtedly provides the quickest effects. Most people feel the effects after 1-3 minutes. By inhaling CBD, the active ingredients get directly into our blood circulation through the lungs. 

For this method, a special blend of CBD, terpenes and flavonoids is filled into CBD oil cartridges that can be vaporized with a vape pen. At New Garden Lab, you can find 5 different natural flavours that are inspired by popular cannabis strains: Mango Kush, Watermelon OG, Tangerine Dream, Gelato and Pineapple Express. All HERBLIZ oil cartridges are 100% natural and free from synthetic additives. You can choose cartridges that contain 20%, 40% and 60% CBD. 

Former smokers or e-cigarette users might choose this option to be able to benefit from the relaxing ritual of inhaling. Plus, it is much healthier than cigarettes or e-liquids since it contains no nicotine. For people with anxiety, panic attacks or just stressful daily challenges, vaporizing CBD provides quick relief because it instantly helps you to to calm down, focus and find your balance.

3. CBD for your Skin: Wellness Products, Creams and Lotions

The anti-inflammatory effect of CBD can help treat a variety of skin diseases and conditions. Studies have shown that acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis can be reduced by CBD products. Also, athletes and active people in general use CBD balms and lotions to ease muscle pain quickly.

The application is not any different from any other lotion or cream. Just apply a thin layer on dry, irritated or blemished skin and massage gently. All CBD wellness products and hemp cosmetics at New Garden Lab are suitable for all skin tones.

How much CBD should I take?

If you are tying out CBD for the first time, it is smart to start with a small dose, explore your body’s reaction and increase slowly if needed. For starters we recommend using 4-6 drops of 5% CBD oil in the morning and the same amount at night. If you want to increase the dose later, you can either change the amount of drops or increase the CBD oil concentration to 10%, 15% or even 20%.

However, high doses are not necessary for gaining fast results. Instead, you should try to listen to your body and observe its reactions. While the relaxing effect can be achieved relatively quickly, some effects might take up to 2 weeks until you notice them. 

At the beginning of your CBD journey, ask yourself  which symptoms you want to use it for and which effects you are hoping to achieve. Apart from that, there are no general restrictions on recommended dosage - testing is above studying, in this case. If you are taking medications regularly, it is advised to consult a doctor or pharmacist before taking CBD for the first time. 

Is it legal?

Yes, CBD is completely legal in Germany and most other European countries.

All CBD products must contain less than 0,2% of THC to be sold legally. Always check the seller’s third-party lab certificates, as well as their quality guarantee and origin of the hemp plants. Transparency is key in CBD. 

Note: The medical effects of CBD (cannabidiol) mentioned in this blog article refer to controlled clinical trials and pharmaceutical CBD. New Garden Lab makes no suggestion for the possible purpose and leaves any healing- and utility promises to the pharmacists.

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