CBD User Guide: What Is CBD and How Do You Use It?

by in CBD 101 July 14, 2021

CBD is everywhere right now, from the pages of glossy magazines to your local health store. Many people use CBD to enhance their overall health and wellness. But what exactly is CBD? And how do you use CBD products?

With so many products out there, you might feel overwhelmed. Here’s a beginner-friendly guide on how to use CBD.

What Is CBD?

Hemp and cannabis plants naturally contain hundreds of chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids. One of the most well-known cannabinoids is called cannabidiol — CBD, for short. Once extracted from the plant, CBD can be used to make products like topicals, gummies, oils and more. 

CBD doesn’t make you feel intoxicated, or, “high.” Another cannabinoid, called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is responsible for the high you’d feel after using cannabis. 

Recent research has suggested that CBD — as well as THC and other cannabinoids — may have numerous health benefits. But these cannabinoids  are not the only beneficial components of cannabis. Terpenes, which give different strains of cannabis their unique scents, also may have positive effects on the body. 

The Benefits of CBD

Part of the reason why cannabis is so popular is due to its versatility. Research on CBD suggests it has a wide range of potential health benefits. And while this research still has a long way to go, the available studies are quite promising. The following areas are of particular interest. 

CBD for Pain Relief

CBD is often used for pain. In particular, people use it to relieve muscle soreness, inflammation and recovery after exercise. CBD has been shown to have pain-relieving properties and many people swear by using CBD as a part of their workout routine or to relieve minor aches and pains. CBD topicals, including creams and balms, are often used for muscle soreness. 

CBD for Relaxation

CBD is often used for relaxation and many people find that it gives them a sense of calm and peace. Research has also suggested that CBD could reduce feelings of stress — which is great news, as we know stress can harm both your mental and physical health. So, if you need to add some zen to your daily routine, CBD might be an option for you.

CBD for Skin Issues

CBD can also be used for skin conditions. Many people swear by using CBD topicals to nourish skin and ease irritation. One study found that CBD-enriched ointment can help with skin conditions like psoriasis, allergic rashes and scarring. CBD could also help with acne by reducing inflammation and regulating the natural oils produced by your skin.

CBD for Sleep

Many people claim that CBD improves their sleep quality by using products like our Relief Nighttime Oral Spray. It’s no wonder, since both pain and stress can keep you from getting some shut-eye. You might enjoy using a little CBD before bed, whether it’s in the form of an oil, a gummy or a capsule.  

Types of CBD Products

There are dozens of different CBD products out there. Some of the most popular types include:

  • Tinctures, oils and sprays
  • Topicals (including roll-ons, creams, serums and balms)
  • Edibles
  • Beverages (including water, coffee and tea)
  • Powders
  • Capsules

Which CBD Product Should I Use?

That’s a long list — there’s an impressive number of choices available, presented by a plethora of different CBD brands out there. The type of CBD product you choose really depends on your personal preference. If you enjoy a few tasty sprays throughout the day, CBD Sprays might be ideal for you. If you’re trying to address a skin condition or localized pain, consider using a topical balm or cream. 

But no matter which CBD product you opt for, it’s important to purchase only high-quality products from reputable brands, like Gaard Labs.

How to Use CBD Products

Most CBD products are pretty simple to use. They often come with instructions or suggestions  for their intended use and contents.

Your ideal CBD dosage will depend on factors like your weight, metabolism and symptoms. When it comes to ingesting CBD (CBD Sprays, for example), it’s a good idea to start with a small amount of CBD and gradually increase the dosage until you notice a difference. For example, you might start with 15 mg – 20 mg and increase it slowly until you notice the effects. 

How To Use CBD Sprays

Work out how much CBD liquid you need to take to get to your desired dosage. . If you’re using an oral spray, spray the desired amount under your tongue. Hold the liquid there for 30 seconds and then swallow. This allows the CBD to pass into your capillaries, or tiny blood vessels, so that it can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream without going through your digestive system.  If you are using a dropper, be careful not to let it touch your mouth, as this can introduce bacteria into the bottle.  For this reason, as well as the ability to more accurately achieve proper dosing, oral sprays are often preferred by healthcare professionals.

How To Use CBD Topicals

CBD topicals, like CBD balm and roll-ons, can be applied directly to the affected area. Certain products are intended to be used for skin conditions, while others are used for pain. Wash the area before applying the topical and massage it into the skin. Reapply as necessary. Roll-Ons with lidocaine have the added benefit of instantaneous relief, often beneficial to combat more superficial immediate nuisances such as rashes or itchiness from bug bites.

Gaard Labs CBD

CBD is a great way to reach your health and wellness goals, whether that be pain relief, stress reduction or better sleep. Wondering where to start? Gaard Lab’s offers an array of CBD products designed for your needs. Shop now



Practical Pain Management (PPM) – The Empowered Pain Patient’s Guide to CBD

Frontiers in Immunology. “Translational investigation of the therapeutic potential of cannabidiol (CBD): Toward a new age

Clinical Therapeutics – “A therapeutic effect of CBD-enriched ointment in inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars

Journal of Clinical Investigation – “Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes

About Sian Ferguson
Sian Ferguson is a CBD and cannabis writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is passionate about making health information more accessible to the average person. Her work has appeared in Healthline, Psych Central, The Washington Post and more.

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