Which CBD product should I buy?
Although the CBD industry can seem somewhat confusing when broken down into smaller parts it becomes much easier to understand and navigate.
There are certain things that everyone should know about before purchasing CBD products.
These points include but aren’t limited to:
- What is CBD?
- What are the three main forms of CBD extracts?
- What is the bioavailability of each product type?
Beyond these points, each consumer needs to know what the right CBD dosage is for their specific needs. Finding the right product can sometimes involve a process of trial and error but having access to the right information will hopefully help to make that process less challenging.
What is CBD?
CBD is a naturally occurring non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid that’s found in both hemp and marijuana.
CBD begins as the cannabinoid acid known as CBDA. Once CBDA has been exposed to heat over an extended period of time it converts into CBD. This heating process is known as decarboxylation.
Decarboxylation can happen through warm weather exposure or in a growing facility.
CBD along with all other cannabinoids are located primarily in the flowers and leaves of the plant in what’s known as trichomes. Trichomes are microscopic resin glands that the plants developed as a way of defending themselves from pests and weather.
Flavonoids, as well as terpenes, are found in these trichomes as well. Flavonoids are responsible for the color of the plant as well as its antioxidant levels. Terpenes are responsible for the smell of the plant. Both flavonoids and terpenes can be found in all plants.
Can CBD produce a high effect?
CBD is non-psychoactive which means that it can’t produce a high effect.
The three main CBD extracts
The first type of extract is full-spectrum. As the name suggests, full-spectrum products provide consumers with a wide range of cannabinoids that of which include CBD, a maximum of 0.3% THC, and more.
They also contain a wide range of flavonoids and terpenes. For those that undergo regular drug testing, full spectrum products are not the best choice.
The second type of extract is broad-spectrum. The main difference between a full-spectrum and a broad spectrum product is the amount of THC. Although 0.3% may is already negligible, for some having any amount of THC is simply out of the question.
Broad spectrum CBD extracts contain even less to no THC whatsoever while still containing a wide range of other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
For consumers that undergo regular drug testing be sure to reach out to the brands in order to ensure that the product contains no THC.
The third type of CBD extract is isolate. CBD isolate extracts are the best option for those that undergo regular drug testing because they contain zero THC. They are usually comprised of 99% pure CBD or more and only trace amounts of other cannabinoids.
Now that we know the basics about CBD let’s look at each product type by category in further depth.
CBD product type
Oils and tinctures
For those that are new to CBD, oils and tinctures are a great place to get started.
There is a huge variety of oils and tinctures because they are the CBD products that got the industry started.
CBD oils are the best choice for those looking to find very high doses of CBD.
Body and Skin Care (topical)
Topicals and skincare CBD products are best for localized issues. Consumers can simply apply them directly to the area that needs assistance.
The topical application of CBD may be the most effective way of taking it. The bioavailability of CBD through topicals is up to 45%.
Edibles and drinks
Edibles & Drinks
For those that don’t like the idea of taking an oil every day, CBD edibles are a great alternative. They can be taken any time of the day and are a much tastier option for those that don’t enjoy the bitterness of a CBD oil or tincture.
With so many options to choose from, there’s an edible for everyone. One thing to be aware of is that edibles can take a little while to be absorbed by the body, so be sure to allow the body the time it needs for proper absorption before taking more.
The bioavailability of edibles is between 6-15%, which is important to keep in mind when trying to figure out the right CBD dosage.
Capsules, gelcaps, and tablets
CBD capsules, gelcaps and tablets are portable, flavorless and the serving sizes are extremely precise.
Just like edibles, the bioavailability of capsules, gelcaps, and tablets is between 6-15%.
Powders & Proteins
Powders and proteins are one of the newest CBD product types. They can easily be added to water or smoothies as well as almost any recipe.
The bioavailability of powders is the same as other oral applications – between 6-15%.
Now that we’ve gone over the different types of CBD products along with their bioavailability rates, the next thing to figure out is how much CBD to take.
CBD Dosage Calculator
Most companies recommend starting low and going slow. To figure out what the right CBD daily dosage is for specific consumer needs we created our own dosage calculator.
This calculator is based on weight as well as symptom severity. The calculator provides consumers with a low dosage recommendation and a high dosage recommendation based on the information entered.
It’s always best to start off with the lower number that’s recommended and to work up from there.
For those looking to treat certain ailments and or symptoms, it’s important to keep in mind that CBD is not a cure. Although there is a lot of consumer feedback about it more research needs to be done.
There are however additional ingredients that can help to reduce certain symptoms you may be experiencing.
Turmeric, ginger, and spirulina, for example, may help to reduce symptoms associated with pain and inflammation.
L-theanine, magnesium, and ashwagandha may help to reduce symptoms associated with anxiety.
Looking for products that contain additional ingredients that have been shown to reduce certain symptoms may help consumers to find a CBD product that caters better to their specific needs.
Finding the right CBD product takes time, research, and patience. Luckily most of the research has been done by us!
Because we’ve covered so many points let’s take a quick look at what we learned.
- CBD is a naturally occurring non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid
- It cannot produce a high effect
- CBD Isolate extracts are the safest choice for anyone looking to avoid THC
- Product bioavailability effects the amount of CBD the body will absorb
- Once a consumer knows their recommended dosage they should start low and go slow
- For those looking to treat specific ailments the safest way to do so is by choosing CBD products that contain additional ingredients