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Where do I Start? What the heck is CBD and how does it work?

A great place to start if you are just getting into the world of CBD. If you have been interested for some time, are completely new or wanting to expand your knowledge on CBD - this is the spot for you!


CBD: Which Product Best Suits Your Needs?

CBD (cannabidiol) has the potential to supplement the messengers and influence the receptors of your endocannabinoid system. This communication system is vital to nearly every important function in your body. While the study of the endocannabinoid system is relatively new, the popularity of CBD continues to rise as the awareness of the potential health benefits of cannabidiol increases.
CBD is extracted from cannabis plants. There are two cannabis plants, marijuana, and hemp. One of the reasons that CBD from hemp has gained so much attention is that it provides all the potential benefits as CBD from marijuana, without the psychoactive effects and threat of intoxication.
When you began investigating the potential benefits of hemp-sourced CBD, you may not have realized just how many types of products were available to you. Understanding a bit more about your options may help you make an informed purchasing decision.
Common uses for CBD
Our supplier, CBDistillery™, recently conducted a survey where they asked customers why they used CBD and how they benefitted from using CBD. Here is a breakdown of the responses they received:
What to look for in a CBD product
Clear Labels:
Look for labels showing the quantity and ratio of CBD per dose and batch number (for quality control).
Lab Testing:
Look for products that are tested for consistency, and verified as free of mold, bacteria, pesticides, solvent residues, and other contaminants.
CBD-Rich Products:
For maximum therapeutic impact, choose products that include both CBD, a non-intoxicating compound, and THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD and THC work best together, enhancing each other’s therapeutic benefits and further activating the body’s receptors.
Safe Extraction:
Avoid products extracted with toxic solvents like propane, hexane, or other hydrocarbons. Solvent residues are especially dangerous for immune-compromised patients. Look for products that entail a safer method of extraction like supercritical CO2.
Quality Ingredients:
Select products with quality ingredients. No corn syrup, trans fats, toxic flavoring agents, and artificial additives.
Price does not determine quality
The FDA recently conducted a series of tests on so-called CBD oils sold on the internet. Despite manufacturer claims, many of these products contained little to no CBD.
The best CBD companies are transparent about how much cannabidiol and other cannabinoids you are paying for. These companies will frequently conduct third party tests on their products and publish the results on their website.
Not all extraction methods are safe
There are various ways of extracting cannabidiol from a cannabis plant, each with their pros and cons. CO2 and ethanol extraction are two of the most commonly used methods. CO2 extraction, for example, uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to extract, preserve, and maintain the purity of the CBD oil. When choosing a CBD product, make sure the company uses a safe and verified extraction method.
It starts with the plant
The first thing to consider when selecting a CBD product is understanding where the hemp plant came from. Contrary to what some may think, cannabis plants grown domestically and internationally can all be safe for consumption. But, it is crucial only to choose products that are sourced from pesticide free, NON GMO, plants to avoid ingesting harsh chemicals.
Breaking Down CBD Products
The Ease of Full- Spectrum Hemp Oil
Full-Spectrum CBD Oil is extracted from the stems and stalks of the non-psychoactive hemp plant. A full- spectrum oil contains all of the plant terpenes, vitamins, minerals and flavonoids of the original plant source. Some researchers believe that full-spectrum CBD products offer more potential benefits due to their entourage effect, each plant component enhancing and magnifying the effect of the others.
Hemp oils are a popular choice among CBD enthusiast because they are easy to use. To get the most benefit from your full-spectrum CBD oil, you may need to shake your bottle prior to each use. It is normal for hemp oil to separate.
Then compress the bulb of the dropper to fill the pipette with CBD oil, and place the oil under your tongue. Hold the CBD under your tongue for 60 to 90 seconds, then swallow. Holding the liquid under your tongue allows many of the cannabinoids to absorb into your bloodstream before the product makes its way through your digestive system. CBD extract has a flavor often described as earthy, nutty or grassy. Your CBD oil can also be added to foods and beverages.
The Versatility of CBD Isolate
CBD Isolates are essentially a purified form of CBD. The plant terpenes and trace amounts (.3 percent) of THC have been removed, leaving behind a product that is 99+ percent CBD. That makes CBD isolate, and products made with CBD isolate, a good option for anyone with concerns about the trace amounts of THC that are present in a full-spectrum product.
CBD isolate is flavorless and odorless. This makes CBD isolate beneficial to those who do not care for the flavor of CBD. It also makes CBD isolate an excellent option if you want to add CBD to your favorite sauces, candy recipes or baked goods since it won’t interfere with the flavor of your creation.
CBD isolate can be added to lotions, skin creams, and vape e-liquids. You can also dissolve isolate in oil to create your own CBD tincture. CBD isolate can be measured with a scale designed for small weight or with a scoop that provides a predetermined amount. Isolates are available in the form of a powder, crystal, wax, or slab.
Isolate slabs are a good choice for those who prefer dabbing. Dabbing is a form of vaporization. The CBD vapors are inhaled after heating a portion of the product on a hot surface. While some choose to rely on tools like torches and nails for dabbing, there are convenient battery operated devices available for this purpose. They are typically called wax pens, and available from retailers who sell vape gear.
The Convenience of CBD Capsules and Softgels
If you value convenience, CBD capsules or softgels may be your best option. When you select a CBD capsule, you never have to worry about measuring your preferred dosage or mixing your CBD oil with food or beverages.
Many CBD capsule users appreciate the ease of carrying their capsules in their travel bag or purse, and the ability to add their CBD capsules to their existing vitamin regimen. CBD capsules may also be preferred by those who do not care for the flavor of CBD oil.
What is the difference between a capsule and softgel? Softgels are created by adding full spectrum CBD oil to a gelatin softgel which cannot be opened or separated, whereas a capsule can be pulled apart into two pieces thus exposing the CBD oil. Softgels also come in a Full-Spectrum or Zero THC option.
The Targeted Effects of Topical CBD Products
Your skin provides a molecular passageway to your body. When CBD infused salves or ointments are applied to your skin, the activity of the CBD directly targets the area of application. CBD has the potential to target inflammation among other benefits.
For skin care, CBD also shows anti-aging potential. CBD appears to contain powerful antioxidant that could reduce the free-radical damage that accelerates collagen loss. Collagen loss leads to sagging skin and wrinkles. Cannabis may be more protective than vitamin C and vitamin E . In CBD salve and CBD skin cream you will also find a list of botanicals believed to be beneficial for skin health.
The Bioavailability of CBD Suppositories
Suppositories are an often-overlooked method of CBD delivery. CBD suppositories do offer a distinct advantage as the delivery method providing the highest level of bioavailability.  Suppositories may be your best option if you want to be sure that your delivery methods make the most of your product investment. Less product passes through your system unutilized.  The potential effects of a suppository could be noticeable in as little as 10-15 minutes and last for up to eight hours.
Understanding the Simplicity and Complexity of Product Dosage
If you are new to CBD supplements, you may find the topic of dosage a bit confusing. That’s because there is no one-size-fits-most answer. The amount of CBD you find beneficial will be different than someone else’s. The best advice we can give you would be to start with a small dose. If you do not achieve your desired results after a few days, increase your dosage. Eventually, you will discover the amount of CBD that you believe to be the most beneficial.
You may need a little time and patience before you hit your optimal daily intake. There is no benefit to taking more CBD than your body may need, but also no danger in taking too much. Even with a very high daily dose of 1,500 mg, there is no risk of overdose, toxicity or serious side effects. Taking more than you need is simply wasting your money.
When selecting a CBD supplement, you have a lot of options. Knowing more about the available products may help you decide on the best type of product to suit your needs