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Muscle MX CBD Buyer's Guide

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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