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CBD 101: What Every First-Time User Should Know

Here’s what every first-time user of CBD should know when trying CBD for the first time.

If you’re someone who’s trying CBD products for the first time, you might be feeling a little intimidated and unsure since it seems like everyone’s talking about it lately. But there are important and valid questions that every savvy, first-time user (like you!) has that deserve answering. 

At Sagely Naturals—part of our core mission is to make sure CBD is accessible to everyone so that you, too, can unlock the benefits of CBD for your version of whole-self wellness. Here are the answers to the top asked questions asked when trying CBD for the first time:


How Does CBD Actually Work?

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a plant compound found in hemp, although not exclusive to it. In fact, it can actually be found in other plants like broccoli and kale. All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the Endocannabinoid System, which is responsible for helping maintain homeostasis and balance within the body. 

The quick science behind CBD is that while the body naturally produces cannabinoids—these can become diminished over time due to a variety of factors. Using hemp-derived CBD may help replenish the lost cannabinoids, and in doing so, may optimize whole body wellness.


Is CBD Made from Hemp or Marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana both belong to the Cannabis Sativa L. plant species, and while they retain a number of similarities, they have some very key differences. The defining characteristic between hemp and marijuana is the chemical composition contained within each plant. Both species produce CBD, the non-intoxicating cannabis compound. However, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)—the substance that produces the feeling of a “high”—is produced at very different levels.

By nature, the marijuana plant contains much higher levels of THC (up to 30%) which is where it derives its mind-altering or euphoric properties. The hemp plant, on the other hand, is classified as having less than 0.3% THC—making it an ideal source for extractions for our products. This means you get all the beneficial properties of cannabis without any intoxicating effects


Is CBD Intoxicating?

No. CBD is non-intoxicating and will not get you high. CBD works with your body's Endocannabinoid System, which is responsible for regulating many bodily functions, without any psychotropic effects. Ane since all Sagely Naturals products use entirely hemp-derived CBD (with all detectable trace amounts of THC removed), you’re ensured maximum overall wellness, with no intoxicating effects.


Is CBD Even Legal?

Yes, CBD is legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill. The passing of the Farm Bill in late 2018 was a huge step forward for the cannabis industry—it is federally legal to grow, sell, and consume hemp-based products (including hemp-based CBD, which we use in all Sagely Naturals products). The same isn’t true for marijuana-derived CBD products, for which legality varies by state.

While the new Farm Bill legislation paves the way for CBD to break through into the mainstream, there are still some nuances to understand before you snap up anything labeled as ‘CBD’ or ‘hemp’. Buying a CBD product that adheres to strict quality standards and understanding the hemp plant is still up to you, the consumer, to get clear on—but we think it’s worth it for the peace of mind.


What is Broad Spectrum CBD? Why Do Some People Prefer it Over Full or Isolate?

As you start to navigate the world of CBD you’ll start to see that there’s an often confusing labyrinth of head-spinning terminology to navigate. Here’s a quick rundown of broad spectrum v full spectrum v isolate CBD:

  • Broad Spectrum CBD products contain an array of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes—but zero THC. To create Broad Spectrum CBD, the hemp plant must undergo additional processing to isolate and remove as much trace amounts of THC possible—while still preserving its therapeutic properties. 
  • Full Spectrum CBD products differ to broad spectrum CBD in that they may contain up to 0.03% of THC.
  • Isolate CBD products differ to both broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD because they remove all other beneficial cannabinoids except for the CBD crystals. Isolate also does not contain any other vitamins, minerals and terpenes.

The next time you’re left wondering about the differences between full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and isolate, you can also refer to our infographic


Which CBD Product Should I Start With? There Are So Many Different Forms!

Although there is no one-size-fits-all recommended dosage or timing, there are ways to maximize the efficacy of CBD by mindfully selecting your delivery method. Here’s an overview of capsules v topicals v oils:

  • CBD capsules: If you’re someone who prefers the convenience of taking a capsule with a set dosage to incorporate into your current wellness routine, find a water-soluble formula to maximize absorption. 
  • Topical CBD products like creams, lotions, sprays, and salves are a great delivery method if you’re looking to release localized tension since you can apply the product directly to different parts of your body.
  • CBD Oils (tinctures) usually involve an oil dropper that you either put under your tongue or a sprayer that sprays directly into your mouth. Keep in mind that some people don’t love the taste of CBD oil or the feeling of oil in their mouths—if this is the case for you, a CBD as a capsule might be a better alternative.

How much CBD should I take?

The simple answer is that every person will require a different amount of CBD depending on how their body metabolizes, absorbs, and responds to the compound. CBD has a cumulative effect in the body, so we recommend building up your CBD “stores” by taking your favorite product over time.

But as a general rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to start small and be mindful of your response before fully incorporating CBD into your routine. Within a couple of weeks, you should find the amount that feels right to provide the benefits and support you are seeking. 


How Do I Know If CBD Is Working for Me?

There are many factors at play that affect how your body processes CBD and for how long you can expect to enjoy its benefits. But as long as you choose a high-quality CBD product and listen carefully to your body’s internal rhythms then you’ll be able to get (and stay) in tune with your body. When developing a CBD routine, we recommend paying attention to when and where you are noticing improvements in your overall health and wellness. CBD is intended to help you feel your best and find balance, which means it should help you do more of what you love!

We believe that being educated is one of the fastest ways to feel empowered. And empowered is how we want you to feel in your pursuit of living a healthy and abundant life. We hope in answering these questions in full you feel a (big!) step closer to being able to make the best decision for you when it comes to incorporating plant-based products that support your best and most at ease self.


Do you have more questions? Take a look at our FAQ page for even more answers relating to CBD, Sagely Naturals CBD products, ingredients, shipping, and returns.

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