We know that learning about CBD can be confusing. It's no wonder why - With so many new products, legal changes, and medical research, there's a lot to keep up with.
At Earlybird CBD, we're dedicated to helping you make an educated decision about your CBD choices. That's why we've created the CBD Buyer's Guide!
This guide will help you learn what CBD is, how to choose the right CBD oil products for you, how to use them, and much more.
First thing's first though, let's start with the basics.
WHAT IS CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in hemp plant & cannabis, which is well known for its potential therapeutic benefits.
Cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years, but the isolated compound "CBD" was first discovered during the 1940s in labs. Since this discovery, its research was hampered by the legal status of cannabis for many decades.
CBD has only started to find widespread popularity recently as new research, and legal changes have changed the public's view on the hemp extract. In 2017 the World Health Organization stated that pure CBD doesn't have the potential for abuse or harm.
More research studies surfaced throughout 2017 and 2018 on the potential medicinal properties of CBD. These studies suggest that CBD can be used as an effective treatment for epilepsy, and ultimately led to the FDA approval of an oral CBD solution called Epidiolex.
These new studies have been groundbreaking in giving CBD proven legitimacy and acceptance in the public eye. These studies have helped to remove some of the stereotypes and hesitations medicinal cannabis has had in the past.
For more information on what CBD is; read our article: "What is CBD? All You Need to Know".
HOW TO USE CBD OIL
CBD oil comes in many forms, which all have their own unique purposes along with pros & cons. That's not to say any one method is better than the other - they each have their place depending on your unique needs.
For example, the convenience and portability of CBD capsules, versus the vaping mechanism of a disposable vape pen. Each method of ingesting CBD also has its differences in absorption rate and efficacy.
Let's dive into the most popular methods.
CBD Capsules are one of the most convenient ways to store and consume CBD. They typically don't have any taste or smell and look just like any ordinary vitamin. Ingesting CBD is one of the most cost-effective ways because your body can absorb and process every bit of the CBD, with none being lost.
The capsules usually contain an infused MCT-Oil, which allows the benefits of a highly concentrated CBD dose along with the convenience of a gelcap, instead of having to figure out a way to carry coconut oil around.
CBD Tinctures are typically made by mixing CO2 or ethanol extracted CBD oil with MCT oil or hemp seed oil in order to produce the Tincture. When people use the terms "CBD oil" or "CBD Tincture," they are usually referring to the same thing. This is a liquid CBD product that is put into a dropper bottle so that you can use it however you'd like.
Tinctures are one of the most popular ways of using CBD. They're unique in their versatility - you can add them to drinks, smoothies, or even drop them directly under your tongue for fast absorption.
Tinctures are made with a wide variety of CBD content and concentration so you can find the right tincture for you depending on how much CBD you need in each dose.
Edibles are one of the most common forms of CBD that people are familiar with. You've probably seen gummies, cookies, brownies, sodas, and all kinds of combinations.
CBD can fit into all kinds of edibles, but it's most commonly used when infused into some sort of fatty oil like butter or coconut oil. However, since we know CBD can also absorb into alcohol or glycerin for tinctures, it's used as an ingredient in many other edibles. As long as they use these ingredients, are shelf-stable and kept individually (like gummies naturally are), it can be made into a delicious CBD edible.
Ingesting CBD is one of the slowest, yet most reliable ways of delivery. Since you're using measured doses, you know precisely how much CBD you're taking.
Once you eat your CBD infused edible, your body will need to digest it. This can take 30-60 minutes, and then once digested, the CBD will enter your bloodstream and reach peak levels around 3-5 hours - however, these timings will depend on your own metabolism, how much you've already eaten, and other factors.
For example, you should notice faster effects if eaten on an empty stomach, compared to right after a meal. These timings make edibles the best way to consume CBD for long-term impact without needing to take additional doses.
CBD infused topicals are products that are made to be put on your body, such as creams, salves, and lotions. While rubbing CBD on your skin might not be the first usage to come to mind, it's actually one of the more popular methods around.
CBD Vape Pens & Cartridges
Vaping CBD is a popular way to consume CBD for several reasons. The first benefit of vaping is the quick delivery - It's nearly instant - and is undoubtedly faster compared to edibles, which need to be digested first for the CBD to enter your system (usually about 30 minutes).
HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I USE?
This question's tough to answer outright because simply put: everyone's different. Each individual person has unique needs, metabolism, sensitivity, CBD quality, and many more factors, which make it impossible to recommend any specific amounts.
With all of that said, it's always a good idea to check with your physician first, especially if you have any preexisting conditions.
Don't fear - there are still some simple guidelines that you can follow to figure out exactly how much CBD is the right dosage for you.
First off, start small. You can always take more, but you can't take less once it's ingested.
To determine your sensitivity, try out a small dose of CBD and see how it makes you feel. If you don't get the desired effects, you can easily increase your dose the next time, or just take more.
Over time, you'll figure out exactly how many mg of CBD you need in your favorite forms.
It might take a little bit of math to figure it out for different products, but in general it should be pretty simple - don't worry! Here's an example...
Let's say you have a 1000mg CBD Tincture in a 30ml bottle where the dropper holds 1ml. This means each full dropper has about 33.33mg of CBD. A half-full dropper would have about 16.5mg, and a quarter of a dropper should have around 8.25mg of CBD - which is pretty low.
In comparison, the average CBD Gummy has 30mg of CBD in each gummy - but it's harder to make your own dose sizes. It's tough to cut a gummy exactly in half or quarters (especially with their unique shapes), but it's much easier to be precise with your CBD dose using a tincture.
HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT KIND OF CBD PRODUCT
It's clear that each kind of CBD product has its own benefits and purposes—so the right product for you will depend on your individual needs.
If you want a faster serving of CBD that works quickly, you should lean towards vapes & tinctures.
If you're looking for an all-day solution, then tinctures are still a good choice, as well as any sort of edible product like gummies or capsules.
You'll want to make sure that any CBD product you're using is made from high-quality hemp from a reputable source that ensures that its products are both effective and legal.
We know that it can be tough to sort through all of the different CBD companies and to figure out which ones are best, so we've done the hard work for you.
The Earlybird CBD team has traveled across the world to find the absolute best CBD companies and suppliers that exist. We only work with reputable companies that are as obsessed with quality products as we are.
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