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CBD Product Buying Guide
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We recommend following five steps before purchasing CBD.
Step 1: Learn the Basics of CBD
What Is CBD?
CBD is another name for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol (CBD) is found naturally in the hemp plant. The hemp plant contains more than a hundred different compounds. The most popular and the most abundant are CBD and THC (Tetrahydro cannabidiol).
Scientists have found ways to extract CBD and other compounds from the hemp plant without any THC in these extractions.
THC is a psychoactive compound that can make a person get high. Our products do not contain any THC.
Even though CBD cannot get anyone high, there is confusion and fear surrounding the use of CBD.
In December 2018, the Trump administration passed the Farm Bill, which made CBD without THC legal in all 50 states.
How Does CBD Work?
The human body has many complex systems. One of them is the Endocannabinoid system. This system was discovered by many physicians and scientists in the 1990s.
The Endocannabinoid system has many components. It has many receptors that trigger psychological reactions. Through these psychological reactions, CBD influences the body and the brain.
The human body has two types of Endocannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are in the brain, liver, lungs, kidneys, and elsewhere in the body. CB2 receptors are found mainly in the immune system.
The human body also makes its own cannabinoids. Every individual person’s body makes different amounts. Many external and internal factors influence cannabinoid production.
Every person also has different amounts of CB1 and CB2 receptors in their body, so the effects of internal and external CBD are not the same for everyone.
External CBD has very little potential to bind with CB1 and CB2 receptors. Instead, it facilitates our internal cannabinoid system to work optimally.
What Are the Effects of CBD?
CBD offers a wide range of benefits. The FDA has approved CBD for treatment of a special kind of rare epilepsy. CBD is often used for its anti-inflammatory, calming, analgesic, and antioxidant properties.
People who buy CBD say it:
- Soothes stress
- Helps with anxiety
- Helps with focus
- Improves the mood
- Reduces pain and helps them manage pain better
- Helps with better sleep
- Repairs and protects skin
Is CBD Safe?
While studies are still ongoing about the safety of long-term CBD usage, most experts agree that it is easily tolerated by most adults. Many CBD products are available in such a way that you can customize your serving size to get the maximum desired effect and almost no side effects.
The most often-reported side effects are sedation and loose bowel movements.
Is CBD Legal?
Hemp derived CBD – CBD with less than 0.3% THC – is legal in all 50 states. CBD with more than 0.3% THC is prohibited under federal law. Our products contain 0.0% THC.
At the present, Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas forbid access to CBD.
Step 2: Know the Benefits of CBD
Why do you want to use CBD? Many consumers of CBD feel that it help with:
- Stress reduction
- Mood improvement
- Anxiety and mild depression management
- Sleep support
- Pain and inflammation management
- Chronic joint and muscle pain
- Skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, eczema, and others
Step 3: Choose Your Buying Criteria
- How quickly you want to feel the benefit (is it more important to you that the effect is quick, or do you want it to come slower and last longer?)
- Ease of using the product
- Strength of the product
- Taste (for oral preparations)
Step 4: Choose Your CBD Product Type
Designed to be taken orally, very versatile, easy to use, and easy to change dose. Comes in different flavors. The most popular product type.
2. Capsules — Softgels
Easy to swallow, tasteless, odorless, and comes with a specific amount of CBD per pill. The effect starts in 1-2 hours but lasts 6-12 hours per tablet.
3. CBD Edibles – Gummies
Easy to use, many flavors, and each piece comes with a specific amount of CBD. Works relatively fast and the effect lasts up to 12 hours. Be careful- it’s easy to overeat gummies
4. Vape Oils — Available as Vape Oil or E-Pen
Effective almost immediately, comes in different flavors, and the effect lasts 3-5 hours. Requires an e-pen/vaporizer and specific skills to use properly.
5. CBD Topicals
Easy to use, works quickly, effects last 6-8 hours. You can use topicals on a targeted area only.
6. CBD for Pets — Available in drops/tincture or as treats
Fixed CBD amount; larger pets may need twice the amount, or to take it more times per day. We recommend that you consult your veterinarian.
Step 5: Avoid Scam Products and Companies
CBD products are extremely popular. Reports say that 60% of the adult population of the USA has already tried some form of CBD product. CBD products are new to the market, and the government has not yet set forth any quality standards. Because of this, many products available on the market or the Internet may not be of the best quality.
Before you buy, make sure:
- The product is from industrial hemp.
- The product is third party tested, and reports of the tests are available to you.
- The COA (Certificates of Analysis) are available to you.
- The product is made in the USA.
- COA are available from a USA company.
- The product has a clear amount of CBD written on the label.
- The product does not contain herbicide, pesticide, or heavy metal residue.
- CBD extract uses the CO2 extraction technique.
- The product is THC free.
- Remember: we often get what we pay for.