If your ultimate goal is to consume CBD, read the labels of all the products you buy.
Products called CBD oil and products called hemp oil may be pretty much the same when it comes to CBD content, but they can also be radically different depending on their plant components, their plant sources, and how they are produced.
Consumers can be confused by terms like CBD, hemp, and marijuana. All of these terms have multiple meanings and can be used in a popular but incorrect way, which only adds to the confusion.
It’s all about plant sources. CBD is found in both hemp and cannabis plants. Hemp and cannabis are like identical twins in the plant world : they look and smell almost the same, making it difficult for humans to tell them apart.
As Phys Org put it down, ‘ Cannabis plants with no more than 0.3% THC are hemp. Cannabis plants with more than 0.3% THC are marijuana. “
What does this mean for CBD products? Here’s a little cheat sheet based on information from Medical News Today :
- CBD oil = stems, leaves and flowers of hemp or cannabis. CBD oil will always include CBD. (Sure!)
- Hemp oil or hemp seed oil = hemp or cannabis seeds. These products may or may not include CBD.
CBD oil with THC
In places where recreational marijuana is legal, consumers can enjoy CBD oil and products that contain some percentage of THC if they want moderately high levels without some of the negative effects of THC.
Leafly has the requisite details for anyone hoping to mix their CBD with some THC.
The main characteristics of CBD and THC combinations can be summarized in three main “configurations”.
- High THC and low CBD (Leafly says foods that contain 10-30% THC and only small amounts of CBD fall into this category.)
- Balanced amounts of THC and CBD (Leafly says foods that contain 5-15% of both THC and CBD fall into this category.)
- High CBD and low THC (Leafly says foods that contain 5-20% CBD and 5% or less THC fall into this category.)
High CBD foods are best for consumers who do not want to get euphoric from high THC levels, or for consumers who are particularly sensitive to THC.
CBD Oil THC Free
When you review CBD oil, check to see if the product has a third-party laboratory report and a Certificate of Analysis (COA) confirming that the product is THC-free.
CBD oil with no detectable THC will provide only the purported calming effects of CBD without any of the high that comes with THC.
These foods are suitable for people who cannot consume THC due to work.
CBDoilusers.com has pre-tested some THC-free products (including oils, vape juices, and gummies) to save you research time. Their featured brands include:
- Lazarus Naturals
- Joy organics
- Charlotte’s network
- Thought cloud
Taking CBD oil
How to take CBD oil
It depends what you want from CBD.
Foria contains a complete set of guidelines for determining how to take CBD to achieve your desired effect. Here are some tips based on their message to help you figure out how you should take CBD:
- What do you want to get out of your CBD? (Pain relief, stress relief or creativity?)
- How fast do you need to get CBD up and running?
- Foria advises using inhaled CBD products (such as vaporizers) for quick relief and oral products for relief throughout the day.
- How much CBD do you need to take?
- When experimenting with CBD, pay attention to the effects and document your dosages. If you are a beginner, start with a low dose and gradually add more.
- How is your product best absorbed?
- The percentage of CBD listed on the labels does not mean literal perception for every person. The percentage of CBD in a product is how much you can absorb if your body processes the product perfectly, which probably won’t happen.
- Read all instructions on your product label. Many of them contain tips for optimal absorption.
Dosage of CBD oil
The FDA has yet to establish a CBD dosage recommendation.
If you’re new to CBD, it’s best to ask your doctor where to start and experiment.
CBD affects different people in different ways, as does caffeine in different ways.
If you drink coffee, you’ve probably noticed that caffeine affects you differently than your friends and colleagues. Maybe your hand will start shaking halfway to your first cup while your friend is still yawning from his second cup.
And it’s not just your baseline chemistry and body weight that can affect how CBD affects you. Your reaction can change from day to day depending on what food you ate or how much you slept.
Don’t worry – by experimenting and observing, you will soon find out how pure cure oil affects you.
Healthline recommends asking your doctor where to start. If that’s not an option, you can choose one of the most popular starting doses: 20-40 mg per day.
Increase or decrease the dose in 5 mg increments per day until you achieve the desired effect. Keep a diary or journal to remember how much CBD you have taken and how it affected you.
This crowdsourced CBD dosage calculator can also help you do your own research.