So you want to start using CBD. You’ve heard amazing stories about how wonderful it is, or you’ve never heard of it and want to learn more. Or you’re completely overwhelmed with all the information and just want to know how to begin. It is a great journey, but has a lot of information to navigate and it can become overwhelming. Hang in there and take it one step at a time.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp (cannabis sativa) plants. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for numerous reasons. Most people have heard of a cannabinoid called THC, which is the ingredient in cannabis that gets users high. Unlike THC, CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause a high.
What’s the difference between CBD from hemp and CBD from marijuana?
Both hemp and marijuana are from the same genus and species (Cannabis Sativa). The characteristic of having low THC is the single difference that most rely on to distinguish industrial hemp from marijuana. CBD taken from hemp and marijuana is the exact same compound.
For a more detailed explanation, read this article by 4 Corners Cannabis on the difference between Hemp and Marijuana.
How Do I Know How Much To Give?
Since there is no standardized measurements in this emerging industry, it is important to be able to determine how much CBD is in the bottle and then convert the MG in the bottle, to MG in each ML of fluid (MG/ML). And then again convert to MG in each Drop. (Don’t worry, we have a calculator to help)
It is recommended that everyone starts at a very low dose and slowly increases until you find your beneficial level. This will be different for everyone due to a number of factors.
On average most people will start at 2 mg per day. If this is beneficial, then stay at this dose. After several days and no benefits noticed, increase slowly by adding drops. After increasing, and on that same day you notice headaches, nausea, irritability/aggression or increased hyperactivity, this is a sign of too much, too soon, therefore, reduce the dosage a bit.
This Calculator provides a guideline for dosing. It starts everyone at 2 mg. Remember, It is a guideline. It will also convert your bottle’s MG to MG per drop for you, so you do not have to do the conversion process. It takes out the math. Just plug in your bottle’s MG (per bottle) and the size of the bottle (in ML) and it will calculate the number of drops you need for the recommended dose.
You can always start at lower than 2 mg. Do not start higher, the body needs to acclimate to CBD and a slow process is best. The benefits of CBD comes from waking up your endocannabinoid system in your body and brings it back to homeostasis. It allows your body to operate at efficient and effective levels by filling in the gaps where necessary. If your endocannabinoid system has been asleep, it’s like a dry sponge and if you dump a ton of water on a dry sponge it just rolls off. If you drip water on it, it will absorb. Therefore slowly drip some CBD so your body can absorb it.
What Causes The Variances?
- Individual body makeup
- Deficiencies in the body.
- Ailments trying to improve (anxiety will use a lower dose than pain management)
- Severity of ailments (epilepsy will use a different strains and higher dose than depression or insomnia)
- Natural terpene (the aromas and tastes specific to the hemp plant) mix within each oil and brand.
- Added terpene mix (if added-other Terpenes strains) within each oil and brand.
- Sublingually (under the tongue) vs ingested (gummies, tea, coffee, other edibles and capsules). Ingested requires a higher dose because much of the CBD is filtered out through the liver, where as sublingually, the CBD goes directly to the blood stream with no waste.
How Do I Take CBD?
Sublingually– drops placed under the tongue and held for 60 seconds, then swallow.
Capsule – Some companies offer capsules for easy consumption. You can also purchase empty capsules and fill them with the sublingual drops. Amazon has capsules if you’re interested in this option.
Edibles – You can make your own edibles or purchase edibles thru a reputable company. Be careful of artificial flavors and coloring. These artificial ingredients can create irritability/aggression and hyperactivity in those that are sensitive.
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Vape – The option to vape is available for adults using concentrates like shatter, wax, terpsolates etc,
How do I know if the company is reputable and credible??
When was the company founded? – if the company has less than two years in the industry, you should avoid them.
Is the company an Multi-level-Marketing (MLM) company, if so, completely avoid. – A reputable company does not have to employ their customers to make exaggerated claims and push the product on new customers. MLM companies also have a history of poor customer reviews and subpar products sources from questionable farms. Their marketing strategy is to sell to an uneducated audience before they have the chance to get educated, and then have them push the product to more uneducated customers. (Known MLM companies are: HempWorx, Club8, Kannaway, My Daily Choice, Green HoriZen, Zilis/Pur 7, Prime My Body, CTFO)
Lab Reports are essential – If a company can not provide Lab Reports, AVOID! Lab reports are essential to know what exactly is in the product. Whether it’s oils, tincture, edibles, or concentrates they should have the products independently, third party Lab Tested for purity, potency, terpene content and solvents.
Recommended Brands/Companies That Meet All Standards
Best CBD Oils To Start With
NuLeaf Naturals – 240 mg – NuLeaf has one of the best products on the market. They sell one organic oil in different size bottles. Their oil is 50 mg/ml and 1 drop (not dropper) = 2.4 mg. (This oil is strong)
Bluebird Botanicals Sample Pack – Bluebird Botanicals has a starter Sample pack. It includes 3 10ml bottles of their extract products (Classic, Signature, Complete). They each has 8.33 mg/ml and is a great product to start with because it’s easy to adjust dosing by increasing and decreasing drops. (1 drop = 0.25 mg)
CBDistillery 250 MG – CBDistillery offers an affordable starter oil. This is a 250 mg in a 15ml bottle for a oil that packs 17mg/ml. (1 drop = 0.6 mg). This oil is stronger than Bluebird’s and still very flexible for dosing.
Receptra 375 MG – Health and Wellness Pure Hemp CBD oils are ideal for those new to CBD and also those who depend on it for advanced health and wellness needs.
Lazarus Naturals – standard potency CBD tinctures contain 15mg of CBD per ml.
If you are sensitive to medications, you may want to consider this mild (low potency) oils
CBDPure 100MG – CBDPure offers a great purity oil in a low dose bottle, 100mg in 60ml bottle for 2mg/ml (1 drop = 0.06 mg).
There is so much more to explore, but if you start with the basic oils, find the most beneficial dosage, continue doing research and by reading articles and applying the standards above to CBD companies, you will find success.
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