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The Beginner’s Guide To CBD

Everyone from over-stressed execs and sleep-deprived parents to professional athletes and health gurus swears by CBD these days. However, there’s still a lot of confusion out there about what CBD is, how it works, and how to give it a try for yourself. Here, cannabis experts and healthcare providers share their top tips for first-time users.

What Is CBD?

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of over 100 compounds called cannabinoids found in hemp or marijuana plants. However, unlike the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which is only found in marijuana), CBD is non-psychoactive. Translation: It can’t get you high.

CBD can, however, support your health in a number of ways. Research—which continues to develop—suggests CBD can support a sense of balance and well-being.

How Does CBD Work, Exactly?

“CBD works with our endocannabinoid system, the body’s major communication and harm-reduction center,” explains naturopathic doctor Jake F. Felice, N.D., L.M.P., hemp and CBD educator for Manitoba Harvest. Made up of a system of receptors and signaling pathways throughout the body, the endocannabinoid system helps regulate many of our bodily functions.

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, this body-balancing system doesn’t always work correctly. According to Jacqueline Montoya, M.D., board-certified physician and Chief Medical Officer for CBDfit, everything from excess stress to poor sleep to nutritional deficiencies can interfere with the endocannabinoid system’s ability to return the body to homeostasis.

That’s where CBD comes in. “The theory is that CBD supports the endocannabinoid system by binding to its receptors, which prevents too many of our hormones from binding to them,” Montoya explains.

How To Shop ForAnd TryCBD

To reap CBD’s potential benefits, you need to find a high-quality product—and use it correctly! Follow these five steps to get started.

1. Figure Out What Form You Want To Take

You can find CBD in a number of different forms, including oils, tinctures, capsules, gummies, drinks, and even topical lotions and roll-ons.

“What form you choose is really a matter of personal preference,” says Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., D.C., founder of Ancient Nutrition and member of The Vitamin Shoppe Wellness Council. The biggest differences among them: how quickly they take effect and how long their effects last.

Since capsules are a familiar way to supplement, many people like to take CBD in this form, says Montoya. The drawback: You have to digest the capsule, so the CBD takes up to two hours to be absorbed.

Edible products, like gummies and CBD protein powders, also take about this long.

Oils, sprays, and tinctures (typically carrier oils infused with CBD), meanwhile are convenient to take and absorb more quickly.

2. Consider Full-Spectrum CBD

As you browse store shelves or the web for CBD, you’ll notice most products are labeled either ‘full-spectrum’ or ‘isolate.’

CBD isolate products are made by extracting just the CBD cannabinoid from the plant while full-spectrum—sometimes called ‘broad-spectrum’—products contain CBD plus other cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis, such as cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), and other plant compounds called terpenes.

Important note: While full-spectrum CBD products sold in states where marijuana is legal can contain notable amounts of THC, products sold elsewhere must legally contain less than 0.3 percent THC.)

Why go full-spectrum? Cannabinoids work best as part of a team, says Montoya. (This is known as the entourage effect.) Basically, CBD is most effective when it can work in conjunction with these other natural compounds. So while CBD isolate products may hit an effectiveness plateau, “full-spectrum formulas become more and more effective the higher the dose is,” Montoya explains.

While CBD isolates can be effective, taking more doesn’t always yield more benefit, Montoya says.

3. Look For Products That Show Off Stats And Certifications

Want to identify a truly quality CBD product? Check out the label and website.

“The brand should provide a certificate of analysis, which confirms that a third-party lab tested the product,” says Montoya. You should be able to find it easily on the company’s website, so consider it a red flag if you have to dig or reach out to the company to get a hold of it.

If you want a CBD product extracted from an organic hemp plant that’s free from synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, growth hormones, or genetically modified organisms, look for a supplement that sports the USDA Certified Organic seal (like this one from Ancient Nutrient), says Axe.

“Hemp is a bioaccumulator, meaning it can absorb both good and bad substances from air, water, and soil, so it’s best to pick CBD products sourced from organically-grown hemp,” he explains.

4. Consider The Product’s Other Ingredients

Some products combine CBD with other herbs to support different aspects of health.

While research has yet to explore how CBD works when taken with other herbs, “many herbs such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and ashwagandha have been shown to be beneficial, so adding these to a CBD-containing products may offer users the benefit of both,” Axe explains.

Some supplements, like Garden of Life Dr. Formulated CBD + Relax Whole Hemp Extract, combine CBD with sleep-supporting saffron and l-theanine. Others, like Ancient Nutrition Organic Cinnamon CBD Hemp Extract, include immune health rockstar turmeric in the formulation.

5. Find Out The Right Amount For You

Of course, “you should always consult with your healthcare professional prior to making any dietary change, including taking supplements like CBD,” says Axe. Once you have doctor-approval, start low and go slow.

Montoya recommends starting with just five to 10 milligrams of CBD and gauging how you feel. From there, you can increase the amount by five milligrams until you find the amount that feels best for you.

If you notice any changes in your energy levels and appetite, or experience any stomach upset, decrease your dose, Montoya says.

Interested in trying CBD? Visit The Vitamin Shoppe’s CBD Central online or in-store for a huge assortment of CBD hemp extract products from brands you can trust.

Everyone from over-stressed execs and sleep-deprived parents to professional athletes and health gurus swears by CBD these days. However, there’s still a …

The Vitamin Shoppe® Launches Extensive Range Of CBD Hemp Extract Products Under The Full Spectrum plnt® And Broad Spectrum Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe™ Brands

Continuing the expansion of its private brands portfolio, The Vitamin Shoppe brings trusted quality and value to the innovative CBD category with exclusive formulas available in stores and online

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SECAUCUS, N.J. , Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Vitamin Shoppe ® , an omni-channel specialty retailer of nutritional products, announced today the launch of its first proprietary CBD hemp extract products under its Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe™ and plnt ® brands.

Developed to meet the growing consumer demand for accessible, high quality CBD from trusted sources, these new and exclusive tincture and capsule formulas are produced with The Vitamin Shoppe’s promise of unrivaled quality, expertise, and value. Both brands are exclusively available at The Vitamin Shoppe and Super Supplements stores, as well as www.vitaminshoppe.com.

“Bringing these new CBD products to market is a decisive milestone in the expansion of our private brands business and The Vitamin Shoppe’s commitment to industry-leading innovation. The exceptional skill and knowledge of our product development and scientific and regulatory teams delivered a range of CBD formulas that are second to none in this dynamic product category. Our ingredient purity, unique CBD extraction methods, and rigorous testing guarantees the highest level of quality from farm to lab to shelf. This launch further establishes The Vitamin Shoppe as the trusted national destination for CBD innovation and as a leader in health and wellness solutions,” said Sharon Leite , CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe.

The CBD offerings from plnt and Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe join over 20 other brands within CBD HQ, The Vitamin Shoppe’s exclusive merchandise concept for quality CBD, both in-store and online. CBD HQ currently offers a comprehensive assortment of ingestible CBD formulations in liquid tinctures, capsules, gummies, and beverages, as well as topical CBD products and beauty formulas. The full CBD HQ experience is currently available in 582 locations of The Vitamin Shoppe and Super Supplements, with another 143 locations offering a focused assortment of topical and beauty CBD products.

Both the plnt and Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe CBD product lines offer customers an easy-to-understand potency classification system with three tiers of strength, as well as solution-oriented blends that address specific need-states. Priced from $24.99 to $69.99 , depending on CBD potency and added therapeutic ingredients, each product offers exceptional value in terms of CBD potency per serving in comparison to leading competitive brands. To shop the complete assortments, please visit www.vitaminshoppe.com/plntcbd and www.vitaminshoppe.com/vthrivecbd.

Each product from plnt and Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe is put through rigorous quality assurance steps, and ingredient purity and potency are verified by independent, third-party labs. Consumers can be confident that all products from The Vitamin Shoppe family of brands meet or exceed industry quality standards.

Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe CBD

Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe offers a premium selection of broad spectrum CBD hemp extract products, which contain two or more cannabinoids, plus naturally occurring terpenes and fatty acids, with no detectable THC (defined as Vermont , plnt CBD is manufactured with a solvent-free extraction process that uses only water and plant-based oils. This environmentally friendly process guarantees greater purity and potency, yielding more naturally occurring hemp-based compounds.

The plnt assortment includes standalone CBD in tincture potencies of 10mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg of CBD per serving, in vanilla and unflavored versions. Vegetarian liquid capsules are available in potencies of 10mg, 20mg, and 35mg of CBD per serving. Additional condition-specific formulas pair 20mg of CBD with efficacious doses of popular organic herbs and adaptogens, available as tinctures or liquid capsules, including:

  • plnt CBD + Organic Turmeric for cardiovascular, antioxidant, and joint support
  • plnt CBD + Organic Valerian and California Poppy for sleep and relaxation support
  • plnt CBD + Organic Ashwagandha for stress management, energy, and vitality support
  • plnt CBD + Organic Black Seed Oil for cellular and immune support (available only as a tincture)

In states where the sale of CBD is prohibited by state or local regulations, The Vitamin Shoppe is introducing a complete line of eight hemp oil products with phytocannabinoids that share similar formulas and potencies to the plnt CBD line.

/PRNewswire/ — The Vitamin Shoppe®, an omni-channel specialty retailer of nutritional products, announced today the launch of its first proprietary CBD hemp…