CBD and CBD oils can be helpful in treating a variety of ailments, including inflammation, insomnia, pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression, epilepsy, and even the skin. As CBD continues to grow in popularity, more and more uses and products are hitting the market, which is great for consumer selection, but also can be overwhelming at the same time. With so many products available, how do you know which is right for you?
CBD, as opposed to its more famous relative, THC, is the non-psychoactive ingredient in the hemp plant that can help alleviate many health conditions. These are naturally occurring compounds that affect the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body, which was only discovered to exist in the 1990s. The ECS plays a role in regulating many other systems in the body, including the nervous system, with the goal of keeping the body’s system that it impacts in homeostasis. Our everyday activities can tax our systems, such as when we exercise, that bring our systems out of balance.
CBD and THC (the psychoactive compound in the hemp plant) are both cannabidiols, which are a type of cannabinoid. The difference is subtle but important to understand.
WHAT’S A CANNABINOID?
To make this simple, cannabinoids are the active chemical compounds found naturally in the seeds, stalk, and flowers of cannabis plants. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are the compounds that interact with endocannabinoids, which are the cannabinoids that are made by our own bodies and are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
WHAT’S A CANNABIDIOL?
Cannabidiol is the name for CBD (CBD is just the abbreviation for cannabidiol). Cannabidiol is a type of cannabinoid and happens to be one of the most abundant in the cannabis plant. However, cannabidiol is the dominant component in hemp plants. CBD has been shown by thousands of scientific studies to hold potential benefits on a wide variety of health conditions.
For example, CBD has been shown to have significant antioxidant and neuroprotective properties, suggesting that it could be beneficial for treating neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Other studies have found CBD to be effective for reducing seizure activity in those with refractory epilepsy disorders.
The cannabinoid composition of a cannabis plant varies by particular strains. Some are higher in CBD and others contain more THC. Hemp is naturally higher in CBD and contains only trace amounts of THC. This is why hemp plants are used to make CBD and CBD oils.
Herbal Pharm Rx, a provider of the best CBD oils and CBD products for health and wellness, offers a wide variety of products to suit your needs. In this blog post, we’ll offer tips for choosing which CBD product is best for you.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING CBD OILS
- Dosage. This is crucial no matter which form and/or product you end up preferring for CBD use. All reputable sellers of CBD will sell it with the dosage on the product. Some CBD products contain a higher concentration of CBD than others, which is important to keep in mind when switching brands and/or products. Also, be aware that buying in bulk is often cheaper — something to consider if you don’t mind big bottles lying around.
- Concentration. Concentration is very similar to dosage. Concentration is the amount of CBD found in the product itself, such as CBD tinctures or CBD capsules. Dosage is how much of the product you actually consume. Most CBD products are sold by concentration (250mg, 500mg, or 1,000mg for example). Other CBD oil products may specify the concentration as percentages instead, such as four percent, ten percent, and so forth. The higher the dose (the amount you actually take), the more pronounced effect of CBD you’ll gain in general. New consumers of CBD are recommended to begin at a low dose and then work your way up gradually. Always consult a healthcare provider before beginning any new medications.
- Full-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate. CBD oils come in these two main types. CBD isolate is the more concentrated version and is virtually pure CBD oil not mixed with anything else. Full-spectrum CBD has additional additives to the oils. Most CBD oils and products use full-spectrum as the common additives (terpenes, CBN and CBL (two other cannabinoids) have been found to have a synergistic effect with added benefits. Any reputable CBD product will tell you which one is used. Both offer benefits, and it’s wise to consult with a healthcare professional to determine which is right for you.
- Delivery. With tinctures, oils, crystals for smoking and/or inhaling, and edibles, you have a wide variety of ways to ingest CBD. Most of this is personal preference, but some may come down to a choice of convenience, cost, and efficiency. CBD oils placed under the tongue are the most effective way as your digestive system is by passed and the effects hit sooner. However, capsules are discreet and another great way to ingest CBD. Others prefer to smoke it using vaporizers or put it on their food. Personal preference is the key here.
- Source. As mentioned above, there are many varieties of the hemp plant and cannabis plant, some higher quality than others. Any reputable supplier of CBD will gladly tell you where they get it from. Non-reputable CBD oil manufacturers cut corners by using non-food-grade hemp grown under non-organic and questionable conditions. A hemp plant naturally absorbs what’s in the soil, including contaminants such as chemicals, metals, lead, etc, which will ultimately end up in your CBD oil.
Most purveyors (Herbal Pharm Rx included) will have their CBD quality tested by an independent third-party and will make these results available to their consumers. These tests not only test for THC levels (CBD must contain .3 percent or lower of THC to be legally sold in the US), but also test for contaminants, pesticides, and heavy metals.
- Extraction. Similar to the source, extraction is the process CBD is obtained from the hemp plants and can affect the final product. Those suppliers who are looking to produce the cheapest CBD possible may use harmful solvents such as propane or butane. CO2 extraction under high pressure is the best way to maintain the purity of the CBD oils obtained. Olive oil or coconut oil is another extraction method that is not harmful — it’s just less efficient. Keep this in mind when shopping for your CBD products — the cheapest is not necessarily the best for you and your overall health.
There is a lot to research when looking into buying CBD products. However, Herbal Pharm Rx believes it is worth the investment of your time when it comes to something that can impact your health. Ultimately, find the product that fits your lifestyle, that you’re the most comfortable using, and that is the easiest for you. Time is precious, and in our busy lifestyles, you want a CBD product that is the best value for your money.
HERBAL PHARM RX CBD PRODUCTS
Herbal Pharm Rx believes we have the products for you. Offering something for everyone, we offer CBD tinctures, CBD capsules, CBD crystals, and CBD topicals, and with the variety of ways to use CBD tinctures, we’re confident you’ll find what you’re looking for at Herbal Pharm Rx. All of our CBD products are quality-tested with the lab results posted on our website for you to peruse. We have specific products, such as CBD-Awake, designed to use when you wake up in the morning, and CBD Joint, designed to help ease your joint pains or pains from muscle discomforts. Moreover, we offer CBD tinctures, such as Lemon Tincture and Natural Tincture, for more general use. Our hope is that we’ve made your decision on which products to buy painless. Visit us online today for all of your CBD needs!