By John Malanca
Understanding the label of your CBD products can often be confusing. Milligrams and milliliters, concentration and drops… How do you know what you’re taking?
The first step is to make sure you find a high-quality product that shows how much CBD you’re getting right on the label. You want to find a product that tells you how many milligrams of CBD, THC, and other phytocannabinoids are in the bottle.
To find the right dose, simply take the amount of CBD and divide it by the size of your bottle. For example, for a 30mL bottle containing 1,000mg of CBD, simply divide 1,000 by 30 (1,000mL/30mg) to figure out that you’ll have about 33mg of cbd per milliliter.
When it comes to droppers, 1 drop is about 0.05mL, so every 20 drops will provide you with 33mg of CBD. Depending on the dose that works best for you, you can then choose how many drops to use.
If your label doesn’t clearly state how much of each phytocannabinoid is in your product, you can also refer to the lab testing on the site. If neither locations have this information, you may want to choose another company. Remember that hemp extract is pressed from raw hemp seeds, which DO NOT contain the beneficial cannabinoids you need.
When it comes to delivery methods, the truth is that there is no “best” option; each person has unique and specific needs. However, there are some general guidelines that may help you choose the right method:
Ingestibles – These could include gummies or other types of edibles containing CBD. CBD is full of molecules that can easily dissolve in fats, but they don’t dissolve in water very well. You can help the process by choosing gummies, oils, or capsules to help your body absorb the CBD more effectively.
Because the CBD needs to go through your digestive process before it’s absorbed, it can take up to 2 hours to feel the effects. Once absorbed, the effects can last much longer than with other delivery methods, so make sure you leave plenty of time to see how your body reacts. Remember: start low and go slow.
Sublinguals – This involves any method where you put the CBD under your tongue and let it sit for (ideally) up to 2 minutes. This is most effective with tinctures, which can be extracted with alcohol or CO2. Be sure to check your product’s extraction method – products using butane or propane are often cheaper, but they can contain toxic residual chemicals that do more harm than help your body.
Sublingual delivery is a very effective method and in most instances is preferred by experts since it is directly absorbed into the membranes in your mouth and enters the bloodstream almost immediately. One thing to look out for is swallowing the tincture once it’s been under your tongue. This can result in delayed and prolonged effects that will kick in long after you feel the initial effects due to it ultimately going through the digestive tract.
Topicals – For those with joint or muscle pain, topicals are an excellent choice. These usually come as creams, lotions, or patches. The important thing to remember with topicals is that they won’t make it into your bloodstream unless you have a cut or opening in the skin. Due to this, effects will only affect the localized surface area of where it has been applied. .
The good news is that topical application allows the CBD to absorb into your skin, binding and interacting with the endocannabinoid system located on the surface. But use caution when using transdermal patches. These are usually made with additional chemicals that are able to enter the bloodstream, which may lead to some delayed effects over extended use.
Inhalation – Inhalation is by far the fastest when it comes to absorption rate. You can choose smoking or vaping to achieve this kind of fast-acting medicine. Because the CBD enters the bloodstream through the respiratory system similar to THC instead of the metabolic system, the effects will be felt immediately.
Smoking the whole plant ensures that you benefit from the entourage effect, getting CBD, THC, terpenes, flavonoids, and more. Vaping has become very popular and allows you to more accurately control your dosage. Always remember to practice starting low and going slow.
This is a question that comes up often, and it can be tricky to answer. On the one hand, we have industrial hemp. This looks kind of like bamboo and can grow to be dozens of feet tall. This kind of hemp was specifically bred for industrial use, and doesn’t offer many of the benefits of cannabis.
On the other hand, arbitrary federal guidelines have led to a unique distinction between different types of cannabis sativa based entirely on the THC content. The main difference here is that hemp products are often legal where cannabis products aren’t. To be classified as hemp, the plant must contain 0.3% THC or less. Anything with a THC content greater than 0.3% is considered cannabis.
Depending on where you live, “hemp” CBD products may be your only option. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You can still get health benefits of the sacred plant with hemp-based cannabis. The key is to make sure you’re getting a quality, whole-plant product.
Which brings us to our final question…
The short answer? Absolutely. Many of us tend to think of THC as the intoxicating part of cannabis that gets you “high,” but that isn’t always the case. In fact, THC is proven to enhance the effects of CBD, while CBD has been shown to reduce the feelings of euphoria that you sometimes find with THC.
It’s also important to note that any product that claims to have ZERO THC is an isolate, which means it’s been chemically altered to contain only CBD. While this may sound like a good thing, it really means that all of the other beneficial compounds found in cannabis have been stripped away. CBD does have many benefits on its own, but for maximum healing and overall wellness, you want to go with a whole-plant product that provides the full advantage of the sacred plant.
Speaking of whole-plant products, be wary of products labeled “Full-Spectrum” or “Broad Spectrum.” While these terms seem straightforward, they may indicate that you aren’t getting the full spectrum of fats, fibres, and other compounds that make cannabis such an amazing plant. Broad spectrum products have been chemically refined to remove all THC compounds, rendering your product less effective than a full-spectrum or whole plant product.
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