CBD 101: CBD Benefits, CBD Facts & More

CBD 101: CBD Benefits, CBD Facts & More

We strive to offer the most up-to-date and scientifically proven information about CBD (cannabidiol), and the many ways to use this compound and others from the hemp plant to regulate the body for maximum performance and functionality. Whether you’re a dedicated fitness enthusiast or someone looking to balance your endocannabinoid system, CBD can make for the perfect addition to your daily routine. Now, let’s talk all about what makes this hemp-derived compound so unique, and how to utilize it to really give your mind and body a boost.

CBD and State Laws

Want to know if CBD is legal in your state? Muscle MX has the answers to your questions. Pick any state below to learn facts and stipulations of CBD usage.

Muscle MX CBD Buyer's Guide

Buying CBD for the first time can be overwhelming. There are so many types of products and so much misinformation with CBD being a fairly new legal ingredient. The market is growing rapidly and there are still no regulations in place for purity or optimal dosing. Luckily, this guide has everything you need to understand what to look for when buying CBD as a gift or for yourself.

Who can Benefit from CBD?

Anyone who wants to perform at their best can benefit from CBD (cannabis), whether you are training for a marathon or just want to perform your daily tasks pain-free. The best way to understand if CBD is right for you is through education. Informed decisions can save you lots of time and money when it comes to shopping for CBD products.

Types of CBD Products

One aspect to consider when purchasing CBD is how you want to consume it. There are many different types of products and although the effects are generally the same, some people tend to prefer some over others.

Lotions, Balms, and Creams

Lotions, balms, and creams are a great way to test out CBD for the first time. These products can be applied directly to the area you want to focus on and you can use as much or as little as you like. For some people, the effects kick in immediately, while for others it can take up to a few hours.

Gummies and Edibles

CBD gummies are popular because they provide full-body effects and can be combined with other powerful supplements. Not to mention they taste great! Note that edible forms usually take a bit longer to enter your system. Sometimes it can take up to 2 hours to feel the effects.

Oils and Tinctures

These can be added to drinks or just dropped under your tongue for smooth, calming relief. Oils and tinctures are a great way to consume CBD in its purest form, although it is common to mix with melatonin for a natural sleep aid. The main difference is that CBD oil has an oil base while CBD tinctures have an alcohol base.

Tinctures are much less common, mostly because of the bitter taste. Some products on the market are labeled as tinctures even if they are really oils, so it is best to check with the manufacturer if you seeking an alcohol-based tincture.

Is CBD Oil (Cannabidiol) in every product?

Most products on the market are made with CBD oil rather than CBD tinctures. CBD oil is usually a blend of CBD extract and a carrier oil like medium-chain triglyceride coconut oil. Most oils are made with full-spectrum CBD which may contain other compounds and cannabinoids found in the plant such as CBC, CBN, or terpenes as well as up to 0.3% THC. Broad-spectrum CBD is the same but will not contain any THC. CBD isolate only contains CBD from the cannabis plant. No other compounds are present.

How to Find Quality CBD Oil

Finding quality CBD oil is important because there are so many CBD sellers on the market and you don't want be buying CBD that is grown out of the country or grown with pesticides. This can be unhealthy and also less effective than quality CBD oil. Quality CBD oil is usually marked with a distributor name, net weight, a batch or date, a supplemental fact panel, and if it is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate.

Understanding CBD Potency

Products containing CBD usually show in milligrams the dosage. The dosage you should take varies according to metabolism, tolerance levels, and the method of intake.

It is usually best to start with smaller doses and increase the doses slowly to find the amount that works best for you. 1-6mg per every 10 pounds of body weight is a general guideline although that can vary greatly depending on your needs.

Capsules and gummies will tell you exactly how much CBD is in one serving but with oils, sprays, drops, and balms you may need to calculate it using the information displayed on the bottle.

Does a Higher Price Mean Higher Quality?

You may be quick to assume that higher prices always mean higher quality. However, this is not always the case with CBD. In the past, there have been serious labeling discrepancies in the CBD industry. The industry is becoming more regulated, but it is still always best to do your research.

Learn about the company's manufacturing process and read some customer reviews as well as the lab's CoA (certificate of analysis) to determine exactly what you are getting in each product. This is usually found on the bottom of the product box or label.

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Types of CBD Products

CBD offers many properties to the body and mind through the endocannabinoid system.  CBD can be experienced through several delivery methods to allow a more multi-faceted kind of hemp regimen. Using CBD topicals and ingestibles together allow the compounds of the hemp plant to absorb into the body in two ways, maximizing the effects you will experience. At Muscle MX, we offer both these types of hemp products in various formulas so you can customize your routine for the best results possible.

Lotions Creams & Balms

Cannabis topicals can come as a salve, a cream, lotion, or even an oil. They are meant to be applied to the skin and provide localized relief for joint and muscle pain. This pain may be derived from damaged nerve endings, arthritis, inflammation, general soreness, or many other conditions. CBD topicals provide pain relief without creating a sense of being high or stoned (in case you were worried about that).

CBD infused topicals work by being absorbed through the skin and binding to our CB2 receptors, which are found throughout our bodies, thanks to our lovely Endocannabinoid system. CBD has a pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect on the body once it is encountered with these CB2 receptors. The amazing thing about our bodies is that it increases the number of cannabinoid receptors present in muscle tissues that are injured or inflamed. What better way to heal our torn or inflamed muscles than using CBD topical!? It is a natural and organic alternative to pharmaceutical medications that generally have dangerous side effects, or even worse, take forever to start kicking in! CBD infused topicals begin working the instant you rub it on your skin.


CBD Tinctures

Research has shown that the properties of hemp can be useful to the human body in many ways that can enhance your daily routine.

Stress and Sleep

Studies have found that CBD may reduce stress and enhance sleep by regulating the production of neurotransmitters such as cortisol and melatonin, in the brain.


CBD may possess properties that offer pain relief as studies have found.  Cannabinoids, including CBD, contain anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.  CBD drops can also be applied topically, as opposed to ingested, to an area for targeted relief.


Additional research is starting to point to signs that CBD may enhance energy levels if taken in the daytime, due to the regulatory effects on energy homeostasis. This supports the body’s natural daily energy cycle.


CBD may offer cognitive-enhancing properties to the neurological system, which could play a role in balancing focus, motivation, and memory.  It is currently being studied for potential effects on dementia.

Digestive Support

Cannabidiol may offer digestive support by strengthening the lining of mucus in the digestive tract that fights inflammation.

Bring Balance Back to Your Body

Make CBD Drops a part of your healthy lifestyle by taking your drops daily in the proper strength and dosage to get the full benefits of the CBD. Due to its many unique effects, it can provide usefulness both physically and mentally.

CBD Gummies

In short, CBD gummies are gummy candies that are infused with hemp extract. They come in an airtight container which keeps them fresh so that they can remain as potent as possible. CBD gummies are ingested which means that the way they absorb into the body is unique.

CBD gummies are known for being a particularly user-friendly delivery method, meaning that you do not need to deal with measuring out the product to come up with a standard dose or special equipment to consume them. Gummies come with dosing instructions on the label and following them allows you to know that you are taking the right amount according to the manufacturer’s knowledge of the product.

Typically, one or two gummies counts as a single dose, with each piece containing the same number of milligrams of hemp extract.

Gummies can be taken at any time of the day, and you should time your dose about two hours before you want the effects to take place so that the hemp peaks in the body when it will be the most useful to you. For instance, if you are taking gummies to sleep better at night, you would want to take your dose about two hours before going to bed.

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Side Effects of CBD: What We Know and What We're Still Learning

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CBD has been increasingly popular due to its many health benefits for athletes, dogs, the elderly, and those with health problems to name a few. Since CBD is a supplement rather than a medication, there is less regulation. So how do you know if CBD is safe to use or if the side effects of CBD outweigh the benefits? With CBD being legal and sold all over the united states, there is a lot that we do know about the safety of cannabidiol. Here's what we know so far and what we're still learning about the negative effects of CBD.

Is CBD Safe?

In order to practice taking CBD safely, it is important to let your doctor know if you are regularly taking CBD with other medications. Cannabidiol can increase the level of blood thinning and other medications in your body by competing for the liver enzymes that break down these drugs. Some people who are taking high doses of CBD show abnormalities in liver-related blood tests. Many non-prescription drugs such as Tylenol have this same effect. Using CBD along with other drugs (including alcohol), can slow brain function and potentially lead to injuries. Damage to fertility in males as well as damage to fertility in male offspring where females have been exposed has been reported in studies of animals that were exposed to CBD.

Potential Noticeable Side Effects

CBD can possibly cause side effects such as changes in mood, changes in alertness, and gastrointestinal distress. Although CBD oil is often used to treat anxiety, in some cases it can cause anxiety as well as dizziness and dry mouth. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery when taking CBD, especially when you first start using it. Some CBD can contain very small amounts of THC, which have its own set of potential side effects.

What We're Still Learning About CBD

CBD has been used for many years and there's a lot we know about the side effects. However, there are many long-term side effects that we just don't quite know yet when it comes to CBD. These include:
  • Does CBD impact fertility in male humans as it does in reported male animals?
  • Hoes does CBD affect a fetus?
  • How does CBD interact with other plants/herbs?
  • How does CBD affect a developing brain of a child?
  • How much CBD triggers the known risks that are associated with CBD intake?
  • What are the long-term effects of CBD?

How to Safely Buy CBD

If you do decide to purchase CBD, make sure it is from a reputable source and that you understand the potency. For more information on both of those topics, check out our CBD buyers guide. As mentioned earlier, make sure that you let your doctor know if you are regularly taking CBD with other medications.

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Our CBD Research Process

Choosing High Quality CBD Oil

Our mission is to only use the cleanest ingredients and produce simple products that you can trust. Choosing high-quality CBD oil means avoiding cheaper, less regulated sources of synthetic hemp, and only using CBD that undergoes product testing. Anyone buying out products has access to our lab reports and can verify that each product contains the exact amount of cannabinoids that they expect.


Where is Our CBD Produced?

We choose not to own our own farms but instead have strong relationships with several farms right here in the US. Since we use only domestically sourced hemp, we are able to carefully monitor exactly what goes into our products.

The Testing Process

Our product testing is done through a 3rd party company and is a gold an ISO certified lab. We test for potency, pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, and microbials. For more information about our testing process, check out our lab reports.


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