These days, CBD is everywhere. But we’re still in the relatively early stages of research and regulation… so with so many different brands out there, how can you be certain you’re choosing the best CBD available? And just as importantly, how can you make sure you’re getting the most out of the products you do spend your hard-earned money on? While everyone’s wellness journey is different, here are ten of the most important things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most out of your CBD products.

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1. Think about what you want.

The best way to gauge how well your CBD is working is to focus on concrete results rather than vaguely defined “benefits.” Are you looking for better sleep? Stress relief? Help recovering after a workout? When you have a clear goal in mind, it’s easier to measure whether or not your CBD is helping you achieve that goal.

2. Do your research (and trust your gut).

When considering a new CBD product, you can always check out their online reviews. But remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. “Some manufacturers are making egregious health claims about CBD such as calling it a cure-all,” cautions Mike Hennesy, VP of Innovation at Wana Wellness. “But this is just not supported by science right now. High quality reputable manufacturers do not try and overstate the benefits of CBD oil.”

3. Choose broad-spectrum hemp oil over CBD isolate.

Many products on the market are made with CBD isolate, which is exactly what it sounds like – CBD that’s been isolated from the rest of the hemp plant. But hemp contains many other beneficial compounds that can work together with the CBD to provide optimal benefits. Your best bet is to seek out a product made with broad-spectrum hemp oil, which contains all the good stuff nature intended (minus THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana). You can also explore full-spectrum hemp oil, which has a legal THC limit of 0.3%, but be warned that it’s possible to feel impaired or “high” with some full-spectrum products, or even to fail a drug test.

4. Consider the quality of the non-CBD ingredients.

If you’re taking CBD to enhance your health, you probably don’t want it in the form of a gummie laden with processed sugar or corn syrup. Go ahead and read that ingredients label carefully. You’ll want to look for products like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies, which are totally vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with organic sugar.

5. Explore functional ingredients.

Some CBD products contain herbal supplements and other ingredients that can help you achieve the specific effects you want.

6. Try more than one product form.

There are a lot of ways to consume CBD, from gummies to pills to vaporizers and beyond. Many people go the gummie route because their delicious taste and discreet form make them easy to incorporate into a daily routine. Others may prefer tinctures, which typically have faster onsets – a lot faster if your product uses the right technology – and can be mixed into smoothies or other drinks. All product forms come with their own unique advantages… you just have to find the one that best fits your lifestyle.

7. Experiment with serving size.

Every body is different, which means the amount of CBD required to achieve optimal results varies from person to person. To find your perfect serving size, Mike Hennesy recommends a process called titration: “Start with a small amount, and slowly increase it every day or two until you are feeling the benefits.” It’s worth noting that you would need to take an absurd amount of CBD to put yourself in physical danger (something like 1000 20mg gummies), but too much could result in drowsiness or dizziness, so it is best to increase slowly and lower your serving size if you start to feel uncomfortable.

8. Consider the timing.

The best time for you to take your CBD will depend on what you’re taking it for. Want better sleep? Take it before bed. Looking to relieve tension throughout the day? Take it in the morning or at lunch time. Timing your consumption correctly can have a big impact on whether or not you achieve the results you want. And taking it at the same time each day can also help you gauge whether it’s working consistently.

9. Record your results.

Nobody likes homework, but jotting down how you feel before taking your CBD – followed by how you feel an hour or two afterwards – can really help you keep track of the impact it’s having. It will force you to stay in touch with how your mind and body are responding and make a more conscious, self-aware decision about whether a product is really working for you.

10. Stick with it.

“The best advice I can give to someone interested in using CBD is to be patient and willing to try different ways to use products,” says Hennesy. While you may not find instant success with the first CBD product you try, a little research, self-awareness, and a healthy dose of trial-and-error will have you reaping all the benefits of CBD before you know it!