New to CBD? Here’s How to Best Take CBD for the First Time

March 21, 2019

Looking to add CBD to your workout or training routine, but are unsure the best way to start? We’ve got you covered in this guide.  

With more and more athletes discovering CBD everyday, questions around the best way to start a CBD routine keep popping up. It’s true that starting a CBD supplement routine can feel overwhelming, particularly because there are so many products out there.

As the first company to create mainstream hemp-based CBD products, Dixie Botanicals® is here to help. Read on for some tips on the best way to start adding CBD to your workout or athletic training regimen.

Start with a Low Dose

You may eventually find that a larger serving of CBD is best for you and your individual athletic goals, but it’s best to begin with a small dose when you’re first starting out.

While CBD has shown to be safe and well-tolerated even in high amounts, the key to starting any new supplement routine is to follow the motto – “start low and go slow.” By beginning with a low dose of CBD and gradually working your way up every week or so as needed, you’ll be able to better monitor how you feel and make adjustments to dial in on how much CBD you should take.

You can either start with a low-dose CBD product, such as Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drop tinctures, or take a smaller amount of a higher-dose CBD product, like Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate powder.

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to CBD oil. The best CBD serving size depends on your personal needs and situation as an athlete. Also, you will likely find that your optimal CBD serving size shifts throughout your lifetime as your body’s physiology changes.

Pick a Consumption Method You’re Comfortable With

There are several different ways you can take CBD, and each method of consumption offers athletes unique advantages. When you’re first taking CBD, it is recommended that you choose a method that you’re personally comfortable with.

Our Dixie Botanicals® CBD Gel Caps, for example, are popular among CBD beginners that are already familiar with taking daily vitamins. Another easy way to introduce CBD to your systems is with Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drop tinctures, which are placed and held under the tongue for 60 seconds or so. Other athletes opt for edible CBD products like delicious Dixie Botanicals® CBD Gummies or Dixie Botanicals® Kicks, which are CBD-infused energy chews that can be ingested like any other edible product or food.

You may feel more comfortable inhaling your CBD by vaping or dabbing it. Dixie Botanicals® CBD Vape Cartridge, which connects to most vaporizer batteries, and Dixie Botanicals® CBD Vape Liquid, compatible with nearly all liquid vaporizers out there, are two great CBD vaping products.

If you’d like to try more than one consumption method, our Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate offers the greatest versatility of all our products. This 99 percent pure CBD powder can be placed under your tongue, added to foods to be ingested, and blended with other vaping liquids.

Vaping CBD

Monitor How You Feel

After you take CBD for the first time, you’ll want to check in with yourself to see how it makes you feel.

It’s important to know that not everyone responds to supplementing with CBD the same way. Some athletes find that taking CBD makes them feel more awake and focused, and therefore prefer to take their CBD product before a workout, practice, or competition. Others have reported that CBD makes them feel relaxed and therefore opt to take their supplement at the end of the day, or at least after they’re finished with all their training.

How you react to CBD will be influenced on your age, genetics, circulatory system, tolerance level, metabolism, and other factors. Many athletes don’t particularly feel any particular sensation immediately after taking CBD, but instead notice that over time they recover faster, sleep better, and are more focused and ready to go when it comes to practice or competition. You won’t know how you respond until you take CBD for the first time.

CBD Tinctures for Beginners

Be Mindful of Your Schedule

When taking CBD for the very first time, it’s best if you pick a day when you’re scheduled for a routine workout or practice, rather than prior to an important athletic event.

While many athletes prefer to take CBD before a workout, practice, or competition because they find it helps them “get into the flow” and find a “sense of calm,” you wouldn’t want to discover that CBD causes you to feel relaxed or drowsy before you take the field for a big event.

For your very first experience with CBD, look at your schedule and choose either a rest day or routine training day. Remember that while CBD is derived from cannabis, it is a non-intoxicating compound so you don’t have to worry about experiencing a “high” or any related side effects often associated with marijuana.

Start with CBD

Shop the Dixie Botanicals® online store today to get started with CBD. You can also learn more about what to expect when you start taking CBD, as well as the benefits of CBD for athletes, by visiting our blog.

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