Have you tried CBD yet? If not, then this CBD 101 guide is for you.
Or maybe you’ve already tried CBD, and just want to learn why it works the way it does. This guide is for you, too! In it we’ll be taking a look at what CBD is, how it works, and how it can open the door to a healthier, whole-er, more vibrant lifestyle. Let’s get started.
What It Is
CBD is a plant-derived compound, much like caffeine or vitamin C. Unlike those substances, however, CBD directly interacts with bodily receptors designed to receive it. (More on this amazing trait later.)
CBD is produced by plants in the cannabis plant family — notably hemp. It’s most concentrated in hemp’s resinous flowers and leaves. CBD is far from the only beneficial substance hemp produces, but it’s the most significant one by far.
Finally, CBD is a cannabinoid. What does that mean? It just refers to CBD’s naturally-occurring existence within cannabis and hemp. These plants are one of the only known sources of their namesake cannabinoids! Other cannabinoids include THC, CBG, CBC, and CBN, though hemp produces those in much smaller quantities.
What It Does
What makes CBD so special, you might ask?
Up until fairly recently, even the world’s leading researchers didn’t know. When CBD was discovered in the 60s it was assumed to be inert — that is, inactive — even though people’s actual experiences held otherwise.
That all changed when something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short) was discovered. This special system contains sensitive endocannabinoid receptors, and they’re found throughout virtually every part of your body. That includes the brain, muscle tissues, and mitochondria. “Think of [them like] little satellite dishes, like the one on your house, scattered throughout your body receiving signals,” explains Harvard MD Jordan Tishler to NatuRx magazine.
Here’s the catch: CBD can interact with and activate these receptors, too. And in doing so it accomplishes something both surprisingly simple and surprisingly important. CBD may help one’s body stay in balance by helping it communicate…with itself.
What to Expect
When the endocannabinoid system is in balance, good things happen. Like what? Well, it depends on what your body needs…
Do you have sleep problems? Endocannabinoids have been implicated in circadian rhythm.  Do you have chronic aches and pains that just won’t go away, no matter what? The ECS definitely plays a role there.  Do you have a weak immune system or an autoimmune condition? Endocannabinoids are proven to calm down an overactive immune response. 
MD and cannabis researcher Dr. David Allen agrees. “I am a heart surgeon and I say this […] more people will be saved by manipulating the endocannabinoid system than are currently saved by surgery.”
Because it impacts something as individualized as the ECS, CBD’s specific effects vary from person to person. That’s part of what makes it so amazing!
All that said, CBD’s most common benefits include possible reductions in stress, pain, and anxiety. Many people may also experience better sleep, improved mobility, and more energy. Though it’s not yet common knowledge, the US government actually has a patent on using CBD as an anti-inflammatory.  CBD even shows some promise for those with substance abuse problems. 
The Best Way to Get Started
The good news is that there are many ways to harness CBD’s power. The bad news…is that not all of them work especially well.
For many years one’s only option was taking something called a tincture — a CBD extract placed into some sort of alcohol or carrier oil. These oils can be hard to dose or subject to chemical degradation. Thankfully, times have changed.
One of the most convenient (and fun) ways to take CBD is via the CBD-infused gummy. These gummies are infused with a specific amount of CBD each, which makes dosing easy. They’re also infused with a ton of flavor.
Because optimal CBD dosing varies from person to person, we’re advocates for starting at a low dose and slowly (keyword: slowly) increasing things as needed. Our gummies are infused with exactly 10 milligrams of CBD by design: 10 mg/day is an ideal starting dose for many people.
Feel free to start off with one gummy per day and trying that for several days straight before moving to two. Some people may do best with several gummies per day; others may be totally content with one. One of the most important things about CBD is taking it consistently.
Other Premium CBD Delivery Methods
Let’s move ahead on the chronological timeline and say you’ve been taking CBD consistently for about a week now. Though you feel less tired, you still have chronic pain. What next?
Don’t worry. In addition to gummies, there’s one other delivery method that places CBD’s power in the palm of your hand: the CBD topical.
CBD topicals allow you to apply CBD to the areas where you need it most. They absorb fast and kick in nearly instantly. When it comes to fighting pain, using both CBD gummies and topicals might just be a winning combination.
If you need all the help you can get to combat pain and inflammation, consider a multifaceted approach to CBD. Your body will thank you later.