Choosing CBD Products
There are many different kinds of CBD products. Choosing the right product can seem overwhelming, so here are a few things to keep in mind while you shop.
Edible Products and Capsules – Edible products like Tasty Hemp Oil - Hemp Gummies are a convenient and tasty way to take CBD, however, onset can take longer. Edibles usually take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to go through the digestive system, get to the blood stream, and work their magic. Capsules can take just as long but if you bite them and keep the oil under your tongue 30-60 seconds you'll notice effects in about 5 minutes. Our Functional Remedies - Clarify Capsules are a fantastic choice for stronger dosing.
Tinctures – Tinctures are simply CBD rich oil in a "carrier" oil like MCT oil from coconuts, grape seed oil, or hemp seed oil. Sometimes they're flavored like Tasty Drops - Chocolate Mint. They are the easiest way to dose and are administered by placing a few drops under your tongue. Sublingual absorption doesn’t take as long as edibles to get into the blood stream, and since it avoids digestion, there’s a greater bioavailability of CBD. Try a sample while supplies last!
Oil Concentrates - Oil concentrates like Proprietary Hemp Extract - Blue Label are unfiltered and concentrated hemp oil extracts. The flavor is much stronger than tinctures and their texture is like paste. Dosing and effects are similar to tinctures. We recommend starting out by taking a "grain of rice" sized amount sublingually. You can administer this directly under your tongue or use a spoon to help.
Vape Oil - Vaping is a wonderful way to get the benefits of CBD instantly. If you like vaping and want to get a strong dose of CBD our products like Alternate Vape - Kush flavor are ideal for you. Our helpful M.D. and cannabis advisor recommends vaping with DaVinci Vaporizers as they are the cleanest, safest, and most versatile vaporizers on the market.
Topicals – Creams, lotions, and salves like Functional Remedies Nourishing Hemp Salve are taking the cannabis industry by storm. Topicals are amazing for localized pain in the hands, feet, and joints. The carrier in these products don’t take the product into the blood stream, rather they affect the cells in the tissue.
Transdermal Gels – a study published in 2016 in the European Journal of Pain revealed transdermal gels, like Mary's Elite Gel Pen may be the most effect way of getting cannabinoids into the bloodstream. Avoiding digestion completely, these gels have a carrier which will permeate through to the bloodstream from a topical application.
Remember, everyone has different needs. Just as some people may find relief from ibuprofen, another may see better results from Tylenol, and another may find benefit from CBD. Be aware, cannabinoid formulas and active ingredients can vary from product to product, customers may need to experiment with different products to find the perfect match.
ProjectCBD, a well-known site for CBD education, suggests the following steps for finding your optimal dose:
Decide how you want to take CBD. CBD oil is available in sprays, capsules, edibles and other products.
Find your dose. Cannabidiol products have varying amounts of CBD. A high CBD product is not necessarily superior to a lower concentration. A commonly suggested beginning dose is 2mg - 4mg. You may increase the size anytime based on your needs. Find the proper combination to optimize your therapeutic use of cannabis. We've broken down dosing in the descriptions on all of our products to save you time!
- Take your experience into consideration. If you are new to cannabis, start low and gradually increase your dose.
- Micro-Dose! Taking several smaller doses throughout the day is better than one big dose.
- Use the same product and dose for several days. Observe the effects and if necessary adjust the dose. The effects of cannabis usually last approximately 4 hours.
- No need to go overboard. Moderation is key.
- Be aware of side effects. Consumption method and your individual tolerance, make a difference.
- Consult your physician.
In the realm of the growing legal market, one thing is for certain… marijuana is stronger than it ever has been. Studies are showing the potency factor in cannabis grown today can be up to three times higher than marijuana grown in the 70’s. Traditionally, marijuana tests around 10% THC, yet many strains today are testing near 30% thanks to genetics and master growers. While this is fantastic for those seeking the euphoric effects of marijuana, those using marijuana medicinally may be missing out on vital cannabinoids.
As growing started to become a science, growers started sacrificing the medical benefit of CBD for the high of THC. While the THC potency is going up, CBD content is declining. With little CBD to counter the psychoactive effects of THC, these high potency strains produce a strong, cerebral effect which can be uncomfortable for new users. In addition, medical patients may find themselves using more product to achieve the same results than they would if they were using a higher ratio of CBD to THC.
The Entourage Effect
A term well-known in the cannabis industry, the entourage effect is simply a theory that cannabinoids work better together than they do alone. While THC may have medical benefits of its own, adding CBD can enhance those benefits and vice versa.
In addition, scientists have discovered more than 80 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, so the science doesn’t end with just THC and CBD. Other cannabinoids like CBC, CBN, CBG, THCv, and many others are also being examined for potential medical benefits. Search "cannabidiol" on Pubmed.com to learn more.
The Biphasic Effect
As with all things in this world, moderation is the key. Cannabis has a biphasic effect, which means low doses and high doses can have very different outcomes. While consuming too much THC is not fatal it can be uncomfortable causing paranoia, anxiety, or sedation. Lower doses tend to be more easily metabolized creating a stimulating, clear-headed effect.
Even CBD may have a similar effect. A study published in the Journal of European Psychiatry in 2015 suggests lower doses of CBD may work better than higher doses, as well. Again, dosing is unique and will vary amongst individuals.