By Cathy Leer, PT, MBA
Not all CBD is created equal, which is why we went to great lengths to investigate the industry before making our decision, not only on what products we would carry, but from whom we should buy them. In doing so, you can now shop with confidence knowing that we have thoroughly vetted the companies and individual products for quality, effectiveness and value.
Being a medical establishment, it is vital that we stress the importance of not making medical claims about CBD and aptly identifying the products as supplements for better health. CBD has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your physician before beginning any supplement program.
KEY POINTS IN CHOOSING YOUR CBD
- Buy from a reputable company that sells products made from USA grown
- Organically grown, pesticide and chemical-free hemp is preferred, if not a must.
- Make sure that the product you are buying comes with a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) from a 3rd party testing facility, preferably for batch of product produced. The CoA provides a thorough analysis of what is present in each batch of products including phytocannabinoids, terpenes, THC and other naturally occurring compounds. It also identifies the presence of toxins, pesticides, metals and other chemicals that you do not want present in the product. The CoA provides proof of what is actually in the product that you are buying.
- The hemp extract/CBD oil should be removed from the plants through a chemical-free extraction process like CO2 so that you are not ingesting unwanted chemicals.
- The individual products should have ingredients that are natural, chemical and preservative-free in addition to avoiding artificial flavors, dyes, sweeteners or excessive sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
3 FORMS OF CBD
- Isolate CBD is 99% pure CBD (cannabidiol) and contains NO THC or other phytocannabinoids, terpenes (aromas), or flavonoids (flavors) that are found in broad or full spectrum CBD.
- Broad Spectrum CBD (BSO) contains NO THC, but contains other phytocannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids.
- Full Spectrum CBD (FSO) contains up to .3% THC in addition to a wide range of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
This occurs when the phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, THC, and other naturally occurring compounds work together for a much more robust response of the ECS (Endocannabinoid System) to help maintain your body’s natural functions. Literature suggests that FSOs provide the best entourage effect and are considered more beneficial than isolates or BSOs
Smoking and Vaping – oils are vaporized and enter the body through the lungs with the fastest (within seconds) but shortest duration of effects (2-3 hrs.). *DO NOT USE VAPE OILS MADE WITH PEG, PPG (polyethylene glycol or polypropylene glycol) or FORMALDYHYDE.
Topicals – salves, balms, lotions or creams applied to and absorbed through the skin, but not absorbed into the bloodstream) for local effects. Generally considered fast acting (15-30 mins), it usually lasts up to 3 hrs.
Tinctures – oils or extracts of cannabinoids mixed with MCT (medium chain triglyceride) or olive oil (best carrier oils), taken under the tongue or added to foods, beverages, or topicals. They are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, are generally fast acting (15 mins. to 1 hr.), but may not last as long (6-8 hrs.)
Edibles/capsules/solubles (ingestibles) – candy, drink mixes, tablets or capsules that are processed through the digestive system. These generally take longer to be effective (1-2 hrs.), the cannabinoids may not be totally absorbed into the system, but the effect may last longer (6-12 hrs.).
Most labels identify the TOTAL amount of phytocannabinoids in the product and many list the per dose amount as well. For example, 500 mg CBD 1 oz (30ml) bottle has 30 16.67 mg doses of CBD. (Divide the total mg by ml and you get the per mg dose. 500/30=16.67 mg per dose.)
The consensus in the literature suggests that there is no standard recommended dose. Instead, it is recommended that you start with a low dose and work your way up slowly until you achieve the desired effect that you are looking for. There is a handy tool to use which can give you a starting point if you are interested. It can be found at: https://www.cannainsider.com/reviews/cbd-oil-reviews/#dosage-calculator. It recommends 10 mg CBD per day if you are new to CBD, have mild symptoms, and weigh 100 lbs. What you should know is that there is no recorded evidence of anyone ever having died of a CBD overdose, and there are little-to-no recorded side effects, but it’s always a good philosophy to use the minimum dose for the maximum benefit, and always check with your doctor for any possible interactions with your prescription medications.
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD is federally allowed in every state. CBD products do not give you a high. CBD Isolates do not test positive for THC with blood testing.
SOME GENERAL USES
(Evidence suggests these conditions may benefit from the use of CBD supplements.)
ADD & ADHD