Beginners Guide to CBD

There are plenty of blog posts on the internet which claim they can provide you with the best CBD oil for beginners. Our own blog post, with a similar title, has nothing to do with any particular brand but is all down to the formulation and strength of the oil that you take. 

Most people start with taking CBD oils so this is what we will be mainly focusing on, but the same principals can be extended to vapes, capsules, gummies, cosmetics or any other kind of CBD that you can think of. 

There are plenty of fantastic CBD brands out there but which oils are the best if you have never taken CBD before?

Well, we are here to help find the best CBD for beginners, or should we say the best CBD oil for you.

Starting Out

Believe it or not – everybody has a completely different reaction to the CBD. Some feel sleepy, some feel great, while others start to feel sick or do not get any results at all. It is often a gamble and your optimal dose it worked out by trial and error.

There is also a misconception that CBD is like pharmaceutical medication, and the more of it you consume, the more it will help you. For example, if you are in a lot of pain, you may expect that a higher dose is what you need. This is not the case with CBD at all. 

Some people can get the same results with 2% oils as others have with 20% oils. The reason for this is that CBD (and all other cannabinoids) work with receptors in your body known as the Endocannabinoid SystemOur ECS detects the cannabinoids and uses them to control signals which tell our body how to work – therefore achieving homeostasis.

If you’re cold, your ECS will fire up and tell your body to shiver; or if you’re tired, your ECS will send a signal to produce chemicals in the brain which induce sleep. Cannabinoids activate and deactivate the signals being sent and support your body in its mission to work normally. Our body produces its own version of a cannabinoid (endocannabinoid) to make this happen, by often these levels of cannabinoids need to be supplemented.

There are an uncountable many reasons why your body may use cannabinoids differently compared to somebody else, and some reasons why your body may love/hate CBD is caused by the way your body uses the CBD. Some people only need a little bit of CBD because their body can accept it willingly, and it is something their body needs; others may have a deficiency of receptors resulting in them needing a higher dose or they may find CBD does not work at all.

It is, therefore, safe to say that when you’re looking for the best CBD oil for beginners, everybody’s journey should be exactly the same.

How to Dose Your CBD

You may think that you will have a high tolerance to CBD, but that sometimes catches people out. Even those who are heavy cannabis smokers find that their body isn’t used to a high level of CBD. If you take too much you may experience negative side effects (like nausea, diarrhoea, mind fog, sleepiness) or you may be spending more money than you should.

The best way to start is to get a low dosed oil which will be between 2% and up to 5%. Start with a drop and increase slowly until you reach your desired mg dosage per day. You can then increase up to a 10%, 15% or 20% oil.

It is best to listen to your body and go slowly because your body gets used to the cannabinoids and uses them better the longer you take it.

The last little piece of advice we would give you is to wait a little while for results. CBD is not going to make you feel amazing overnight and will not solve everything right away. It can take between 4 to 6 weeks for the CBD to build up in your system- so be patient. The effects may also be unnoticable until you stop.

Look out for small changes in the way you feel: are you waking more rested, feeling less fatigued, generally more buoyant, are you a little more relaxed/less agitated? These are all things that are easy to oversee but are often associated with taking a tincture. Pay close attention to your body and you’ll be right as rain.

Best CBD Oil for Beginners UK

We would always recommend a full-spectrum oil because you get the very most out of all of the cannabinoids due to what is called the entourage effect (when the cannabinoids all work together to boost their benefits).

Loveburgh review

Loveburgh - 2.5% CBD

Loveburgh 2.5%

One of the best oils for beginners in our opinion is the Loveburgh 2.5% CBD oil.

Loveburgh as a brand are a perfect place to start as it is one of the highest quality CBD production in the UK. The brand offer a selection of different doses and formulas to suit almost everybody, but their best entry level is the 250mg oil. 

The oil is raw and full-spectrum with a nice small dose. The oil is very affordable and punches well above its weight compared to other oils of the same strength. It is the reason why this particular oil is one of the most highly repurchased brands of CBD oil that we know. Most of the time, new-comers to CBD shop around before finding something that works, but those who use Loveburgh always go back for more. 

If you want to start somewhere, start here. 

CBDiablo - 5% CBD

CBDiablo 5% Dina or 2.5% Cherub

Another great company that we love is CBDiabloTheir 10% oil is at the top of our ‘best CBD oil‘ page as their oils are great quality and they give money to mental health support. 

They have two low dosed CBD oils that are great for beginners, and are priced well for what they are. We would recommend the full spectrum 5% oil (Dina) however, they also offer a 2.5% MCT spray which is a broad-spectrum alternative. 

The quality of the oil is similar to Loveburgh, but the difference with CBDiablo is that they give 20% of their profits to charity. The company have a great reputation online so are highly recommended by our team.

Holland & Barrett - 3% CBD

Holland & Barrett 2.5% & 5%

Although the Holland & Barrett CBD oil by Jacob Hooy has a bad reputation, there is much worse out there. It is cost-effective and offers a full-spectrum oil that contains natural plant matter so that you once again get then best from the CBD (Entourage effect). It is fairly harsh tasting, and there are reports which suggest that the quality can vary widely between batches, but this is a great entry point for any CBD user.

Check out whether or not you like CBD, then move onto a company who are more serious about CBD.


Harry is the primary writer at CBD Bible. He has been writing about CBD for more than 5 years and has had his writing featured on a number of high-profile publications. Find him on Twitter @CBDBibleUK