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CBD is the buzzy new wellness product that seems to have popped up everywhere overnight. Suddenly, you can find it infused into everything and anything you can think of, from lattes to body 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. 

This CBD beginner’s guide will tell you everything you need to know about CBD for first-time users.

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 psychoactive chemical found in another well-known cannabis strain, 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, which is 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 replenish the ECS by interacting with cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. This can help promote overall wellness, immune system function, and a deep sense of calm.

To further your understanding, we encourage you to read in-depth about the endocannabinoid system after our CBD beginner’s guide.

Is Taking CBD safe?

Trying CBD as a first-time user is 100% safe as long as it comes from a reputable source. Since the hemp CBD market is new and largely unregulated, ensuring the quality of your product is extremely important. You can learn how to read CBD product labels here

The most important things to look for when choosing a safe, high-quality CBD product are:

If there’s one thing you take away from this CBD beginner’s guide, it’s that CBD has many incredible benefits, and the best way to experience those benefits is with a safe, trustworthy source.

Which Product Should I Choose?

Finding 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™. Edibles are absorbed slowly through the digestive system for a steady, gentle release, which is a great way to take CBD for first-time users. Each gummy has 5mg or 10mg of active CBD, depending on whether you opt for the Single-Serving 20mg Packs or Gorilla Gummies™ 600mg, 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.

Ingesting CBD capsules also offers a more whole-body effect similar to gummies, while CBD topicals and skincare can provide relief for specific, localized areas. For customizable dosing and faster absorption, CBD oils are the way to go. Green Gorilla™ offers both pure, broad spectrum, and whole plant CBD oils in a variety of different strengths. Our CBD beginner’s guide recommends trying a variety of different delivery methods to find what works best for you. Start with our CBD quiz for a personalized recommendation!

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 taking around 10mg of active CBD for first-time users, 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 where you can relax and observe your body’s response.

Use This CBD Beginner’s Guide to Start a New Wellness Journey

Trying something new can be intimidating, especially since hemp has been misunderstood and condemned for decades. Taking CBD is a calming and enjoyable experience, and because it’s natural and non-toxic, you have no serious side effects to worry about. Hemp extract is one of the most beneficial health and wellness supplements you can give your body, so you have nothing to lose. 

Thanks for reading our CBD beginner’s guide. You’re ready to further your wellness journey with the organic, sustainable products from Green Gorilla™. Happy supplementing!


  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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