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The First Timers Guide to CBD

CBD is the buzzy new wellness product that seems to have popped up everywhere overnight. You can suddenly find it infused into everything and anything you can think of, from lattes to lotions. But since it’s still so new, it can be confusing to know what it is, how to choose a product, and how to use it. Read on for our guide to your first time trying CBD.

What is CBD Anyway?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, the main active ingredient found in the hemp plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that has many health benefits. Unlike THC, the main chemical found in marijuana, CBD does not make you feel intoxicated.

Why Should I Take It?

Every mammal, including humans, has what’s called an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body, or an optimal state of balance and equilibrium. The ECS can become depleted and dysfunctional due to daily tension, poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices. CBD can help to replenish the ECS by interacting with cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, promoting optimal wellness and a sense of calm and wellbeing.

Is Taking CBD Safe?

CBD is safe as long as it comes from a reputable source. Since the hemp CBD market is new and largely unregulated, quality is extremely important. Things to look for when choosing a safe, high quality CBD product are organic certification, independent third party lab testing, transparent & traceable cultivation and manufacturing practices.

Which Product Should I Choose?

Choosing the right CBD product for you has a lot to do with your preferences and desired effects. An excellent place to start is with infused edible products, like our Vegan Gorilla Gummies. Each gummy has 5mg of active CBD so you can start slow and build up to your ideal dose. Plus, our CBD gummies are certified organic and kosher, and they taste amazing.

For a dose you can easily customize to your preference and for faster absorption, CBD oils are the way to go. Green Gorilla offers both pure and whole plant CBD oils in a variety of different strengths. Ingesting CBD offers a more whole-body effect, while CBD topicals can provide relief for specific, localized areas. We recommend trying a variety of different delivery methods to find what works best for you.

How Much Should I Take?

There is no one-size-fits-all dose for CBD. Your ideal CBD dose depends on your unique body chemistry and what effects you’re looking for. The rule of thumb is “start low and go slow.” We recommend starting around 10mg of active CBD, allowing 30 minutes to an hour for it to take effect, and increasing from there as needed. Always try your first dose at home or in a comfortable, safe environment, when you have time to relax and observe your body’s response.

Trying something new can be intimidating, especially since hemp has been demonized for decades. We can assure you that there’s nothing to worry about and that taking CBD is a pleasant and enjoyable experience. And it’s one of the most essential health and wellness supplements you can give your body, so you have nothing to lose. Happy dosing!


  1. We purchased some Hemp & Olive pet care whole plant 1200 mg
    to give to our Westie (which is going to be 12 years in December)
    To make a long story short, I’m wanting to try this. Oh, the dog weight is 23 lbs. How much should I give him using the 1200 lbs and when?
    Thank you for your in-put, from the input Im getting this is really good stuff

    1. Hi Rhonda, for your 23 lbs doggie- we would recommend 8-10mg per day, which is 2-3 pumps of oil per day. This can be dispensed all at once or spread out through the day. Our CBD oil can be added to Westie’s food, favorite treat or just by itself to be licked up. For further information or questions, please contact us directly at [email protected]. Thank you.

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