That all depends on what effect you desire from the CBD – meaning someone who suffers from Rhumetoid Arthritus is going to have a different regimen than someone who uses CBD to manage anxiety.
When evaluating different consumption methods, the primary differences will be whether the product provides systemic or localized relief, the onset time, and the relief duration. Systemic relief affects the whole body, whereas localized relied only affects the area to which the product was applied. That said, many conditions benefit from a multi-pronged approach where you treat a problem with a mix of products. You could combat Rhumetoid Arthritus, for instance, with one CBD product to reduce systemic inflammation and another CBD product to treat the local joints. The other benefit to this complimentary product approach is that some products provide instant relief for a short amount of time, while others have a longer onset time but provide relief for the entire day.
Below we will cover the different CBD consumption methods as well as the onset time and relief duration associated with each type of product.
These products are a great way to get your desired daily dose of CBD. Many people find that a regular, daily dose of CBD is great for prevention and management. Alternatively, a larger dose can be used to treat flair ups. The following products provide systemic relief for several hours – they are especially helpful for those suffering from anxiety, depression, and immune system issues.
A tincture is a liquid CBD concentrate that is applied under the tongue. Historically, tinctures were alcohol based; however, we recommend a coconut/MCT oil based tincture that allows the CBD oil to be easily absorbed by the body. The solution is absorbed by the arterial blood supply under the tongue within seconds, but the full extent of the effects can take up to an hour to be felt. Holding the liquid under the tongue allows for faster absorption through the bloodstream as opposed to processing through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Tinctures and gel caps provide the longest duration of relief. – anywhere from 4 to 8+ or even 24 hours depending on the individual.
Gel caps contain a CBD extract in an organic MCT coconut oil carrier. They are a form of ingestible CBD – very similar to tinctures – the primary difference is form factor. Gel caps provide sustained, systemic relief for several hours. The downside to gel caps is the hour plus onset time – certainly the longest of any of the consumption options (because the CBD is not immediately absorbed under the tongue like a tincture). Many people like the gel caps because it feels like they are taking a normal pill, which they are already comfortable doing. The gel caps and tinctures are generally interchangeable – just be mindful of the slight difference in onset time.
CBD isolate is a form of 99% pure CBD crystals that have been pulverized into a powder that is easily vaporized. The benefit to vaporizing CBD is that the effects can be felt instantaneously – isolate provides the fastest form of systemic relief. The effects of isolate can last from 90 minutes to 3+ hours depending on the individual. Although isolates are pure CBD, they lack other cannabinoids and tend not to be as completely effctive as full spectrum products. The effects of this method will eventually plateau.
CBD can be served to pretty much any recipe you can imagine. One can choose to infuse CBD in a cookie, cake or even pizza. But if you are looking for a cook free option, you can choose to buy readymade CBD edibles. Anything from chocolates to gummy bears.
Before purchasing, one should be careful not to be duped. When purchasing online it’s important that you make sure to only buy CBD edibles from authentic and proven manufacturers that use only hemp derived CBD oil. With the use of CBD edibles that are infused with hemp derived cannabidiol oil, you can experience the lightness of body without being high. The effects of cannabidiol may take a little longer to occur but remain in play for longer.
As the name indicates, these products only affect the area where the product was applied – as such, this class of products is often referred to as simply ‘topicals’. Some only impact the skin
layer to which they are applied, while others penetrate into the muscle and joints underneath the skin.
Salves, Rubs & Creams
Salves are CBD infused topical creams that are applied directly to the skin for localized relief of pain and inflammation, making them perfect for treating muscle, joint, and surface-oriented pain. The CBD goes to work immediately after rubbing the salve onto the affected area and relief can be felt in as little as 15 minutes. Salves provide relief for hours; simply re-apply as necessary. Salves are best for those suffering from general aches, pains, soreness, and any form of arthritis.
Sprays are another form of CBD infused topical that are sprayed directly to the skin – this application method is preferred by those suffering from painful skin conditions like eczema, and psoriasis. These sprays are gentle and don’t leave behind the same oily consistency some salves leave behind – making them better suited for treating burns, rashes, and other skin irritation. Some sprays even act as beauty products to help reduce wrinkles, and rejuvenate the skin.
Soaks refer to CBD infused bath salts that induce a calming and soothing effect. Often times they are infused with aromatic essential oils to make your bath even more enjoyable. Soaks are best for those looking to relax their body and sooth their skin.
Why is MCT Oil so important?
You may have noticed that many of the CBD products described above use MCT coconut oil as a carrier for the CBD extract. This is because coconut oil is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). This is important because unlike other types of fats, MCTs don’t need to be broken down before they’re used for energy, and they don’t require any extra energy to digest or absorb. This makes the use of coconut oil especially helpful as a carrier for those who suffer from impaired fat digestion and gallbladder issues.
What is CBDa?
The cannabinoids that have the suffix –a are called acidic cannabinoids. When acidic cannabinoids are exposed to heat or to prolonged light, they convert to an activated cannabinoid. For example, THCa and CBDa are acidic cannabinoids, while THC and CBD are activated cannabinoids. This conversion process is called decarboxylation. Why should you care about decarboxylation? Because—while there are some overlapping therapeutic properties—some of the acidic forms of cannabinoids can have very different effects than their activated counterparts.
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A commonly visited topic in the cannabis industry is the difference between CBD, cannabidiol, derived from hemp versus CBD derived from marijuana. While some canna consumers argue there is no difference between the CBD produced from these two products, others passionately debate that CBD derived from marijuana is superior. So what are the facts? Below we explore the unbiased, scientific data regarding this subject.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? Hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are grown for different purposes. Hemp – also called industrial hemp- is one of the oldest plants known to man, dating back to 8000 BC. The plant itself is typically tall and thin and cultivated to produce food, oils, paper, other textiles, and high CBD extractions. Marijuana plants, on the other hand, are bred for their psychotropic properties. The cannabis plant species, which includes industrial hemp, contains over 80 known cannabinoid compounds. The levels of THC in cannabis are what legally distinguish which plants are considered hemp and which are considered marijuana. High levels of THC (3 -15%) which is the most well-known compound in cannabis and is the cannabinoid most commonly associated with the plants’ psychoactive properties, is found in higher concentrations in marijuana plants, where as industrial hemp status is given to cannabis plants with THC levels less than 0.3%. CBD in hemp plants vs. CBD in marijuana plants Cannabinoid ratios differ from each cannabis strain. Whereas the marijuana strain in Girl Scout Cookies has high levels of CBG, the Sativa strain Durban Poison is richer in THCV. Neither strain is necessarily better, they just different in cannabinoid ratios. Similarly, hemp is a cannabis strain with typically higher concentrations of CBD, CBG, CBC and sometimes THCV but will always have low levels of THC. Are all CBD molecules created equally? The CBD molecule when isolated is the same whether it was derived from marijuana or hemp. Thus, the argument of the CBD molecule being different in marijuana and hemp is a misconception. Franjo Grotenhermen of the International Association of Cannabinoid Medicines famously declared, “CBD is CBD. The human body does not care where the molecule comes from.” To better understand this, think of drinking water from the faucet of your sink or a filtered water bottle. Although the purity of the water might be different, the H2O molecule is consistent. Similar to the above analogy, what is arguably relevant in the debate between hemp versus marijuana extracts should be the purity and safety of the cannabidiol someone is consuming, regardless of the plant, it is derived from. The Importance of Extraction Methods: 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. According to ProjectCBD.org, ‘when well done the end product is safe, potent, and free of chlorophyll’. When choosing a CBD product, make sure the company uses a safe solvent and a verified extraction method. For more on extraction methods, continue reading the FAQ's listed below.
Conclusion, A molecule is a molecule is a molecule. This theory is consistent when it comes to all cannabis products, including CBD products derived from hemp and marijuana plants. It is highly recommended when choosing a CBD product, to look beyond which plant the molecule has been extracted from and consider the potency, safety, and most importantly, the quality which is not impacted by what type of cannabis the molecule came from but rather the purity of the molecule itself.
What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a common term used for hemp oil and other hemp products that have high levels of phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids, which include CBD, CBDA, CBDG, and CBDN, are the compounds that university studies have shown to be beneficial for pain, inflammation, stress, cancer, auto-immune diseases, neurological conditions, and other conditions. CBD is one of the most beneficial compounds in the cannabis plant. Processing the medicinally grown hemp plant to ensure the highest quality of phytonutrients, omegas, amino acids, and without THC requires a complex process.
What's the difference between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil? CBD Oil can be obtained from Hemp or Marijuana (See related article above) Hemp oil is fabricated from the plant called hemp. In other words, it is a hemp extract taken from the seeds of the plant. While this type of oil can be extracted from all plants in the cannabis genus, industrial hemp is the only plant used for hemp oil. This type of hemp is specifically produced industrially and the amount of psychoactive substances that are contained in it is minimal. Hemp oil is great for cooking and a full of nutrients. It can provide a crispy and nutty taste to foods and can be a wonderful replacement for olive oil in salads. It is a great natural moisturizer that can be used after a shower. It can be the base for different forms of plastic, instead of petroleum. It is used in the production of paints that are more eco-friendly than petroleum-based paints. It can be used as bio-diesel fuel, like other vegetable oils. Hemp oil is used for making lotions, soaps and even some foods. CBD oil is the short form of the term cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a natural component of industrial cannabis or hemp. CBD oil is cannabis oil that has a significant content of cannabidiol. It is made from the flowers, leaves and stalks of hemp and not from its seeds like hemp oil. CBD oil has become very popular in the medical marijuana industry, because it can be helpful in the treatment of various conditions without the typical intoxicating effects of marijuana use. CBD Oil can be used in the treatment of cancer, inflammatory disorders, anxiety, depression, seizures and neurodegenerative disorders, and can also be used in the treatment of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and other chronic conditions.
What are the carrier oils used in CBD? CBD oil products are nearly always formulated with a carrier oil. Usually coconut oil, this helps your body absorb the substance. CBD extract does not need a carrier oil in order to be effective. However, because CBD is fat soluble, carrier oils stabilize it and increase its bioavailability. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Oils containing MCT are directly metabolized into energy by the liver. CBD that uses these MCT for its carrier oil are therefore more potent and have a more immediate effect. While many CBD oils use MCT as a carrier, some use hemp seed oil, olive oil, or propylene glycol.
Will I pass a drug test? Many CBD products have no THC in them at all, and all CBD products derived from industrial hemp have less than 0.3% THC. Many factors determine whether a person can pass a drug test, making them unpredictable, but the trace amounts of THC found in CBD products is very minuscule.
How does it work? Scientific studies have shown that CBD, along with other compounds, like CBDA, work at the cellular level to help keep cells healthy and repair damaged cells. Essentially, CBD helps your body heal from within, addressing root causes of pain or other conditions. See cannabinoid condition wheel.
How do people consume CBD? CBD comes in several forms, including oils (tinctures), vapes, capsules, and food products. Most people use the oil form, which comes in a small bottle. Oils come in a variety of flavors, including natural flavor, peppermint, and lemon. Vapes are inhaled with a vape pen. People who have COPD or other lung conditions find vapes to be especially beneficial to open their lungs. Also, vapes are fast acting. Vapes also come in several flavors. CBD Oils containing PG/VG (propylene glycol & vegetable glycerin) can be used in vape form, however we strongly discourage the vaping of CBD Oils containing MCT. Capsules are convenient for many people because the pill form is easy to take, and consumers know the exact dosage they are ingesting. Consumable food products include gummies, candy bars, honey and even coffee to name a few.
What is the Bioavailability of CBD? Your choice of delivery method will determine the strength and distribution of CBD in your system. How you take CBD also has an effect on the bioavailability of a compound. The bioavailability of a substance is the percentage that is absorbed into the bloodstream after any other processing in the body. The most common delivery methods are orally, sublingually and vaporization.
What is Full Spectrum CBD? When CBD is referred to as full spectrum or whole plant CBD, it means that the CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. Full Spectrum CBD is the best option for chronic conditions.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD? Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Like Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract; however, like CBD Isolate, THC is completely removed. Because broad spectrum cbd contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.
What is Crystalline Isolate CBD? Simply put, hemp CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form possible. CBD isolate crystals are a fine white powder that only contains the Cannabidiol chemical compound. Crystalline Isolate lacks other beneficial components needed for many conditions.
What extraction methods are used for CBD oil? CO2 extraction: The supercritical (or subcritical) CO2 method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the medicinal oil. This process requires expensive equipment and a steep operational learning curve. But, when done well the end product is safe, potent, and free of chlorophyll. Ethanol: High-grade grain alcohol can be used to create high-quality cannabis oil appropriate for vape pen cartridges and other products. But this extraction method destroys the plant waxes, which may have health benefits that are favored by some product-makers. CO2 extraction methods are always a better and much cleaner met
hod of preserving the properties of CBD.
What is Winterized CBD Oil? Essentially, winterization is an alcohol wash of the cannabis plant. It extracts the cannabinoids and terpenes from each other, making a very pure and concentrated form of CBD. In short, winterizing the cannabis plant consists of soaking the CBD extract in alcohol and then freezing it. Winterization has its disadvantages, and the most important one is that the final CBD product contains fewer terpenes, so it’s less flavorful and aromatic than the oils obtained through other methods. We DO NOT support CBD Winterization due to the use of chemical solvents needed for this process.
What are Liposomes? Liposomes are very similar to structures that the body naturally produces called vesicles. They are double-layer, liquid-filled bubbles made from phospholipids. (A phospholipid is a type of lipid molecule that is the main component of cell membranes) These spheres in this case, are filled with CBD and are transported swiftly into the body.
What are terpenes? Terpenes (and terpenoids) are aromatic organic compounds found in many plants and even some insects. Plants developed terpenes to ward off herbivores that might eat them and to attract helpful predators and pollinators. Cannabis has naturally high levels of terpenes.Terpenes have numerous medicinal benefits and are considered the essential oils of the plant.
How much should you take? Each person is unique, so the dosage, frequency, and strength of the CBD should be adjusted to meet individual needs. For example, people who suffer from insomnia may need a small dosage right before bedtime. People who have cancer may need to take a stronger dosage to help their bodies fight the disease.
How much does CBD cost? The cost varies greatly depending upon the amount of CBD and strength of the product. It takes a large quantity of hemp to produce a small quantity of oil. The process is complex. We try to keep costs down to help our customers get affordable, quality CBD oil.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Before taking any CBD supplement, we advise you to speak to your medical advisor – particularly if you are taking other medications.