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Did You Receive a CBD Gift This Holiday? Here’s What to Expect

If you were given a CBD product as a gift this holiday season, but are unsure of what to expect, we’ve got you covered in this guide.

Someone really cares if they gifted you a CBD product this holiday season. Using CBD daily naturally promotes balance in the body so you can feel your best this year.

Still, you may be unsure of what to expect when using CBD for the first time. If you’re new to CBD, you’re sure to have questions, such as:gu

Everyone who uses CBD regularly was at one time a complete beginner. Keep reading for information on what to expect as you begin to use CBD products, plus get some tips on starting a CBD routine.

How Using CBD May Make You Feel

Before diving into how using CBD will make you feel, it’s important to point out that CBD oil does not cause any intoxicating or euphoric effects. Because CBD oil is derived from hemp, it naturally contains no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating cannabinoid associated with marijuana. This is far less than the amount needed to cause euphoria.

As far as the sensations you may experience from using CBD oil, people react to the cannabinoid differently. Some of our customers have described a feeling of “increased relaxation” or “soothing calmness” shortly after consuming a serving of CBD, while others have reported experiencing slightly “energizing” or “awakening” sensations.

Some consumers have said they don’t notice any particular type of sensation immediately after using CBD products, but with regular use, they experience “overall better energy” during the day and “better sleep habits” at night.

With regular use of CBD, you’re likely to notice the effects of a more balanced body. CBD supports your body’s endocannabinoid system, a major regulatory network responsible for keeping a long list of functions in homeostasis. By stimulating this system, CBD promotes optimal functioning, and you may notice that CBD’s natural balancing properties positively influence your sleep health and other functions that the endocannabinoid system regulates.

Listen to your body. You may also find that journaling the time and size of your CBD serving can provide insight on how the impact of CBD’s balancing properties show up in your life. Keeping track of your CBD routine can also help maintain daily consistency!

What Your CBD Product May Taste Like

Due to chlorophyll and a mix of natural terpenes and organic compounds that are naturally found in hemp, pure and unfiltered hemp-derived CBD oil naturally has a flavor that is often described as earthy or grassy. If you’ve been gifted unfiltered CBD oil, such as Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™) Green Label Pure CBD Oil or Blue Label Pure CBD Oil, you can expect this natural green taste.

A majority of CBD products out there have been either filtered, flavored, or made with flavor-free CBD isolate. For example, if you’ve been gifted RSHO™ Gold Label Pure CBD Oil, which has undergone a proprietary filtering process to remove the oil’s excess plant materials, you’ll notice the taste is more refined.

If the product you were given is made with CBD isolate, you won’t experience any of hemp’s earthy flavor. CBD isolate is a fine powder consisting of 99% CBD, so all of the chlorophyll and other organic compounds have been removed.

Check the label of the product you were gifted for any indication as to its flavor. You may find that it’s been infused with a fruity flavor, such as Dixie Botanicals® Orange CBD Isolate Tincture, Dixie Botanicals® Mango Citrus Kicks, or Dixie Botanicals® CBD Gems, which come in watermelon and mango.

If your loved one gave you a bottle of CBD capsules, you get to enjoy the natural balancing properties of CBD oil while avoiding flavor altogether. Simply swish your daily CBD down with a swig of water!

How Long It May Take for CBD’s Effects to Kick In

There is a wide array of CBD products out there, and how quickly it takes the cannabinoid to reach your systems will depend on your consumption method.

If you’ve been gifted an edible CBD product or something designed to be swallowed like CBD capsules, the product’s compounds are absorbed through the digestive system. With this type of CBD product, you can expect it to take anywhere from 30-90 minutes for CBD to be delivered to the bloodstream, where it can start to interact with your body’s systems.

CBD products designed to be absorbed under the tongue, such as CBD tinctures and liquids, CBD isolate, and CBD oil concentrates, are absorbed by your body much more quickly. It takes no more than a couple of minutes for the compounds in a CBD oil product to be absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth, and from there they’re immediately delivered to your systems.

If you were gifted an inhalable CBD product, like CBD vape oil, you can expect CBD to begin stimulating your systems nearly immediately. Once CBD-filled vapor is pulled into the lungs, the compounds are almost instantly delivered to your bloodstream for the fastest effects.

With a CBD topical gift, such as hemp oil body lotion or a CBD salve, effects can be slower to kick-in but are often long-lasting. When you apply a topical CBD product to your hair or skin, CBD and the other active ingredients are absorbed through the epidermis and hair follicles, allowing them to interact with cells near the surface without entering the bloodstream. This method might take anywhere from 15-30 minutes.

Keep in mind that everyone’s experience varies.

How Long CBD’s Effects Can Last

CBD will continue to stimulate your endocannabinoid system and promote balance for as long as the compounds remain in your body. It’s hard to say exactly how long CBD oil and its compounds stay in your system.

The limited research findings available suggest that it can take about a week before the compounds are completely eliminated from the body. Cannabinoids like CBD are lipid-soluble, so they accumulate in fat reserves of your body before being slowly released over time.

The full natural effects of CBD, however, may only last 4-12 hours, depending on the method of use. That is why so many people prefer to use CBD on a daily basis. Some even opt to take multiple servings of CBD throughout the day. They feel that doing so helps ensure a more constant level of cannabinoids in the body.

Tips on Starting a CBD Routine

With more and more people discovering CBD every day, questions around the best way to start a CBD routine are common. It’s true that starting a CBD routine can at first feel overwhelming, particularly when there is so much misinformation out there.

Read on for guidance on the best way to start adding CBD to your everyday wellness regimen.

Start by Educating Yourself on CBD

It’s a good idea to spend a little time to learn what CBD oil is, how it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system and all about its benefits. Knowing why you and so many others use CBD oil every day will enhance your experience.

Learn How to Use the Product

Don’t worry if you’re not immediately sure how to consume the CBD product you were gifted. While there are a wide array of products out there, there are generally only four ways that CBD can be consumed, including:

  • Swallowed
  • Absorbed under-the-tongue
  • Inhaled
  • Applied topically

If you’ve been gifted an edible CBD product like chews, or a CBD capsule, the products are designed to be swallowed. These edibles can be consumed just like a chewy multivitamin. A CBD capsule can be swallowed with the assistance of a swig of water.

A majority of CBD products are designed to be absorbed under the tongue. This includes CBD tinctures and liquids, pure CBD oil, and CBD isolate. Simply place your serving under your tongue and hold it there for 60-90 seconds, and then swallow what remains.

You may have been gifted an inhalable CBD product, such as CBD vape oil. These products require a personal inhalation device called a vaporizer. Simply add the CBD vape oil to the tank of the vaporizer, turn on the vaporizer if needed, and then use the device’s mouthpiece to draw the CBD-filled vapor into your lungs. After a couple of seconds, blow out the vapor and repeat as desired.

Topical CBD products such as CBD body lotion, CBD balm, and CBD body oil are meant to be applied right to your skin. Rub them right into troubled skin areas or tired muscles, anywhere where you want to direct CBD’s rejuvenating and nourishing benefits. Perhaps you’ve been gifted hair care CBD products, such as hemp shampoo and hemp conditioner. Simply use them as you would any other shampoo and conditioner, allowing each a minute or so to be absorbed through your hair follicles.

Start with a Small Serving

You may find over time that a larger serving of CBD is most ideal for you and your individual wellness needs, but it’s best to start out with small servings. While CBD oil products have shown to be safe and well-tolerated, beginning with a small CBD serving and gradually increasing your intake every week or so will allow you to better monitor how the cannabinoid product makes you feel so you can make adjustments as needed and dial in on the ideal time and size of your daily CBD serving.

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the best serving of CBD oil. How much CBD is best for you depends on your personal needs, as well as other factors like body weight, metabolism, age, genetics, tolerance, and more. Also, it’s not uncommon to find that your optimal CBD serving shifts throughout your lifetime as your body’s physiology changes.

Read our Guide to CBD Serving Sizes.

Be Consistent

Using your CBD product regularly can maximize its benefits by helping maintain a continuous level of CBD in your system. Sustaining cannabinoid levels helps ensure a more efficient endocannabinoid system so that your body and its systems stay balanced.

Full-spectrum CBD oil products also contain many important nutritional elements to promote healthy living. Daily use of hemp CBD oil supports a complete and healthy diet by providing omega fatty acids, essential amino acids, fiber, and a long list of vitamins and minerals.

Be Mindful of Where You Store Your CBD Product

While many CBD products are shelf-stable, they can lose freshness over time. Extend the life of your gifted CBD product by storing it in a place where it is protected from heat, light, and humidity.

A cool, dark, dry place such as a kitchen cabinet, pantry, desk drawer, medicine cabinet, locker, or bedside drawer is perfect for keeping your CBD oil product fresh over time.

Get Started with CBD

Now you’re ready to start with CBD! Visit our blog to learn even more about CBD, or explore our high-quality CBD products by award-winning brands like RSHO™ and Dixie Botanicals® in our online shop.

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