There are many different kinds of cannabinoids in cannabis plants. And while researchers have only just started studying them, one in particular has already shown promise in regard to potential health benefits. That compound is cannabidiol, or CBD. Unlike its cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is nonintoxicating, meaning it won’t get you “high.” Research on CBD is ongoing, but still in its infancy. It’s not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Still, some studies have shown that CBD can protect nerves from damage and that it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory. It can also be used to help manage a variety of conditions, like anxiety and pain.

Learning the nuances of using CBD can be a lot to take in and there are a few things you’ll want to know when shopping.

1) Be sure to look for products made with full or broad-spectrum oil — rather than distillate or isolate — to get the full scope of health benefits.

2) Since CBD products aren’t currently regulated by the FDA, it’s important to ensure whatever you’re buying has been lab-tested by a third party.

3) Edibles are a great and discreet way to try CBD. There are a few caveats with edibles, however. Research shows that eating CBD subjects it to something called the “first pass effect.”

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