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Breaking Down the Best Ways to Take CBD

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Last Updated: February 2022

Since the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, many methods have become available to enjoy cannabidiol products. Choosing the most efficient way to consume CBD can seem a bit overwhelming, but if you understand each method’s pros and cons you can make an informed decision based on your needs.

Yet, with so many options, where is the best place to start? If you are interested in trying a new CBD or hemp-derived product, keep reading to learn the best way to properly use it for optimal results.

Determining the Best Consumption Methods

Users who may be unsure of the best way to consume CBD should judge each method by two metrics: bioavailability and usability. Ideally, you want to find a way to take CBD that will lead you to a daily dose and deliver an optimal amount to the bloodstream based on your needs.

The method with the highest bioavailability is not necessarily the best option if you are not consistently using the product. Contrarily, a small dose of a technique with low bioavailability may not deliver enough CBD to the body to be effective enough.

Choosing which method is best for you depends on how likely you are to take the method and how many milligrams of CBD your body needs to make a noticeable change.

Dosing With Oils

Hemp oils are typically taken sublingually by being absorbed under the tongue. When we allow CBD oil to be consumed through the major salivary glands in our mouth, more gets to the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body.

Sublingual administration tends to be one of the most efficient methods. Some disadvantages of using oil may be sensitivity to taste or its delivery mechanism. Certain types of hemp may have a strong, earthy flavor. Also, if oil is not dosed properly it can be much less bioavailable.

Giving Edibles a Try

Generally, edibles have a relatively low bioavailability rate. The CBD is sent to the digestive system where much is processed down by the liver. Not all edibles, however, are created equal.

CBD gummies tend to have a higher bioavailability rate because most of the digestive process happens in the mouth. By thoroughly chewing a gummy, this breaks down the cannabidiol, allowing its molecules to be absorbed much easier than from a baked good edible.

An advantage of CBD edibles is simple consumption. It is important to be mindful of how the body breaks down a dosage of cannabidiol based on how it enters the body. For example, a 25mg edible dose will typically process slower than 25mg of oil taken sublingually.

Applying Topicals to the Skin

The absorption rate of topical CBD is currently less researched compared to other methods, but we do know our skin is much less permeable than the mucosal glands in our mouths. Typically, topicals tend to have a quicker effectiveness compared to digestion inside the body.

We recommend keeping a topical around when you have sore joints or muscles or are looking for an alternate form of relief. It’s important to be mindful that certain areas of the body may react differently to CBD topicals based on sensitivity.

Can You Dab CBD?

Another popular form of consuming CBD is through concentrated extracts, sometimes referred to as dabs. This consumption method was initially more commonplace in the world of recreational cannabis, but dabbing cannabidiol extracts are gaining in popularity.

If you are looking to consume the highest amount of CBD possible in a short period of time, you may want to consider dabbing. Some drawbacks, however, are the equipment necessary for doing so, due to the costs and safety required. Additionally, inhaling hot vapor could irritate the lungs.

Finding Your Balance

When it comes to CBD consumption, consistency is the key. Finding the method that works with your lifestyle may take some trial and error, but with an understanding of each method, you are in a proper place to make an informed decision.

Are you looking to try a new way of taking CBD, but aren’t sure where to begin? We have a variety of options and are glad to assist! Reach out to learn more about our hemp products and options.

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Full-Spectrum vs. Isolate CBD: What’s the Difference?

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Last Updated: July 2021

Cannabis products are being propelled to heights never thought possible. A decade ago, the idea professional golfers or soccer stars would accept sponsorships from a cannabis company was unfathomable. Now, cannabidiol has seamlessly integrated its way into our culture.

While CBD is commonplace, the industry still tends to experience issues with disinformation. When consuming CBD, especially for the first time, it is vital to know the difference between isolate and full spectrum products.

Here we will break down everything you need to know about the two most common types of cannabidiol. By evaluating the pros and cons between the two and understanding the cannabis plant a whole, this can help users choose which kind of CBD best fits their needs.

Full-Spectrum CBD Products

Full-spectrum, or full-plant products, contain a wide array of cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant. During the extraction process, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) remains and is included in the final product for consumption.

A full-spectrum CBD product derived from hemp legally must contain THC a level of 0.3% or less on a dry weight basis. Typically, these products will not cause psychoactive effects, despite the presence of THC, but users may experience different reactions from one another.

One advantage of full-spectrum CBD products is the variety of chemical compounds they provide from the cannabis plant. These extracts from full-plant products may have the ability to provide more benefits than their isolate counterparts.

Although non-toxic, the presence of THC could be considered a disadvantage of full-spectrum products. Although these levels are typically too low to cause mind altering effects, users not wanting to consume THC should abstain from full-spectrum products altogether.

Isolate CBD Products

When CBD is completely extracted from the plant, it becomes a crystallized white substance known as CBD isolate. This is usually mixed with a carrier oil, such as MCT from coconut, to create a tincture. Isolate CBD does not contain any terpenes or other cannabinoids.

While the name may imply it does not have any benefits, anyone exploring product options will find this not be the case for isolate CBD. More recently, it has been used in clinical studies about health and wellness that have performed favorably.

Contrary to full-spectrum products, another benefit of CBD isolate is its exclusion of THC, making it an ideal option for those looking to avoid this when consuming a hemp-derived product.

Still, consuming CBD isolate means you are not getting any other cannabinoids or terpenes from the original hemp plant. Typically, full-spectrum CBD products may be considered more beneficial for this reason, but each user’s preference will always vary.

Choosing Between Full-Spectrum vs. Isolate Options

Deciding which type of hemp-derived cannabidiol product is best for you depends on your own needs and desires. If you are interested in experiencing whole plant benefits, full-spectrum products can be an optimal choice. Users who may not feel comfortable consuming THC should stick with isolate products.

Interested in exploring further? Check out our wide variety of both full-spectrum and isolate CBD products to find an option that best suits you!

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The Entourage Effect: A Guide to CBD’s Benefits

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Last Updated: May 2021

When venturing into the benefits of cannabidiol, you may hear about the entourage effect. To know how to maximize the effects of CBD, it is helpful to understand this phenomenon.

As research and knowledge about cannabidiol is continually evolving, the effect has become one of the more popular experiences associated with consuming CBD products. No matter your reason for taking CBD, the effect can provide relief to anyone looking to achieve optimal benefits.

Are you wanting to learn more about this amazing response to cannabidiol? Here we will explore the most important things you should know about the entourage effect. Keep reading to learn more!

Components of the Cannabis Plant

The cannabis plant contains multiple components known as cannabinoids. The most common we often hear are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Typically, the former is considered to be one of the most beneficial components of the plant for enhancing wellness.

On the other hand, THC is commonly known for its psychoactive effects when extracted for full potency in certain cannabis products. Full-spectrum CBD products, however, will usually not cause mind altering effects due to their low THC levels of 0.3% or less.

Cannabinoids, however, are not the only component of the cannabis plant. There are terpenes (also known as terpenoids) and flavonoids. These components work together to produce the plant’s flavor and aroma. They can also offer other relief benefits depending on a user’s needs.

Where the Entourage Effect Comes In

If you consume CBD or any other cannabis component on its own, you may miss out on multiple other parts of the plant and the benefits they can offer. This is where the entourage effect comes in.

Essentially, the effect is the power all of the components of the cannabis plant provide when they work together. The sensation it produces is non-intoxicating, but many users find it to be one of the best enchantments hemp products can offer.

You will experience more benefits when taking all of the components together as opposed to consuming only a few cannabinoids, or taking all of the plant’s components individually. All the elements align with one another and interact with the receptors in your brain to produce maximum effects.

Products and Consumption Methods

Full-spectrum products are best for experiencing the entourage effect. Some users may be hesitant to consume a product with THC, even at negligible levels of 0.3% or less. There have been studies, however, finding when CBD is present with THC, it can actually reduce its negative side effects.

Even still, the amount of THC in full-spectrum products is typically not enough to produce any psychoactive or side effects. New users may need to try different products with varying levels to find one that best fits their needs.

The entourage effect is not specific to any one type of full-spectrum product, either. You can experience it by consuming oils, or edibles such as gummies. The most effective dosage will vary from person to person, depending on tolerance level and body type.

Experiencing It For Yourself

There are many benefits of using CBD, and the entourage effect is a reason many may find relief and relaxation from consuming full-spectrum products. Of course, you should always do your own research based on your wellness needs.

Although more so just a theory still, it is a well supported one. If you are interested in natural alternatives to traditional remedies, CBD may be worth trying. Additionally, if you want the maximum, powerful benefits from the cannabis plant, you should consider full-spectrum products to experience the entourage effect.

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