It’s not unusual for people interested in trying something new to hesitate when they feel overwhelmed by their options. Conflicted thoughts are often fueled by the fear of making the wrong decision.
Even those who spend numerous hours investigating the many potential health benefits of hemp CBD, who understand the significance of endocannabinoid support, often delay making a purchasing decision. Some hesitate because they are confused by industry terminology, others are simply overwhelmed by the significant number of available product options. Many people simply don’t know where to start.
As with any new experience, it is often helpful to have someone guide you through the decision-making process in a way that’s easy to understand. We can help you through those first crucial steps, CBD isn’t that complicated once you know where to begin.
The first step to becoming a CBD enthusiast is selecting the type of CBD product you would prefer to use. You may have noticed while investigating the numerous potential benefits of hemp CBD that some products are made with full-spectrum hemp CBD oil while others are made with CBD isolate.
The choice between these distinctly different products is simply a matter of preference; each product type has its advantages. To select the product that’s right for you, consider the following:
CBD is just one of the many non-psychoactive plant-based cannabinoids found in hemp oil. Hemp oil also contains at least 480 natural plant compounds, including the plant terpenes, flavonoids, and essential minerals found in the original plant source. Many people who use CBD products consider full-spectrum hemp oil to be superior to its isolate counterpart because of a natural phenomenon known as the entourage effect, the ability of individual plant components to magnify and multiply the effects of the others. It may be important to know that full-spectrum CBD does contain trace amounts of THC (0.3 percent or less), the cannabinoid that causes the “high” from marijuana use. The insignificant amount of THC in hemp oil is not enough to cause intoxication.
CBD isolate is essentially a purified form of hemp oil where all of the other plant compounds and cannabinoids have been removed. The resulting powder is more than 99 percent pure cannabidiol. Since CBD isolate is flavorless and odorless, isolate products are often preferred by those who want to add CBD to their favorite recipes or simply do not care for the flavor of natural hemp oil, often described as earthy or grassy. Those who are concerned about ingesting even trace amounts of THC appreciate knowing that isolate products are THC-free.
Those who may be interested in the potential benefits of full-spectrum CBD but want to stay away from THC also have a third alternative, broad-spectrum CBD wax. Broad spectrum wax contains many of the potentially beneficial cannabinoids and compounds of a full-spectrum product, without the THC. Broad-spectrum wax can be used sublingually (under the tongue), added to recipes, used to create your own broad-spectrum tincture, or for dabbing, a form of vaping.
Now that you have decided between an isolate product or full-spectrum CBD, you will want to choose a product that fits your lifestyle. While many people start their CBD adventure with a simple CBD tincture, you have many options. Consider the benefits of selecting from some of these popular products:
Whenever you purchase a CBD product, it’s essential to know how much cannabidiol your selection contains. This number should be clearly listed in milligrams. When purchasing a CBD tincture, the number you see represents the amount of CBD in the bottle, not the amount per dose. The higher the number, the less product you will use at a time.
It’s important to know that everyone has unique body chemistry, there is no one-size-fits-all method of determining an individual’s CBD dosage. A dosage amount that works for someone else may not be ideal for you. The best advice we can give you is to start on the low end and work your way up. While there is no harm in taking too much CBD, no risk of overdose, taking more CBD than necessary will increase your cost without providing any additional benefits. For example, if you have decided to begin your CBD journey with a tincture, consider the following suggestions:
If your ideal dosage of CBD is determined to be 10 mg, a 250mg tincture will provide you with 25 doses, while a 1000 mg bottle contains 100 doses. You can figure out the cost per milligram of CBD by dividing the cost of the bottle by how many milligrams the bottle contains.
When you select capsules, softgels or gummies, there is no need to worry about measuring individual dosages; the work is done for you. A 25-30 mg per dose works well for many CBD users and is still considered a low-to-moderate dose of CBD.
No matter which type of product you select, it’s important to keep in mind that some people feel energized after taking CBD, while others find CBD a bit sedating. It is often recommended to those taking CBD for the first time to try their product at a time of day when any potentially noticeable effects will not be problematic.
CBD is not a medication; it is not a cure for any known health disorder. CBD is a natural dietary supplement that mimics the messengers and influences the receptors of your endocannabinoid system, the communication network that regulates nearly every essential function in your body.
As with any dietary supplement, it’s always best to discuss your intentions with your health care provider before making a product selection. CBD may not be right for everyone and has been known to interact with several types of medication, particularly antidepressants.
To learn more about the functions of your endocannabinoid system and the numerous potential benefits of CBD, feel free to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide at CBDistillery. Our products are derived from non-GMO hemp grown using organic farming methods. All CBDistillery products are third-party tested to ensure their potency and purity. You can find the batch test results within the images of every hemp oil product we offer.
When purchasing CBD and trying to determine how much product to take, there are several numbers you will want to consider, particularly when selecting CBD tinctures. You will want to know the total amount of product in the bottle, the total CBD content of that product, and the amount of hemp oil required to achieve your desired dosage.
Many people are initially confused, or intimidated, by having to deal with so many numbers. You may appreciate knowing that the math is actually quite simple. Once you understand how and why these numbers are relevant, the rest is easy. We can help you understand the significance of the amount of CBD in your hemp oil product and help you break down those numbers.
CBD is the scientific abbreviation for one of the many potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in hemp oil, cannabidiol. While “CBD oil” and “hemp oil” are used interchangeably within our industry, it’s the hemp oil that contains CBD.
When purchasing any product containing CBD, you have to be careful; it’s not enough for a product vendor to claim their product contains CBD. There are simply too many companies infusing products with insignificant amounts of CBD in order to profit from the increasing interest in hemp oil products.
A product that contains a significant amount of CBD will clearly identify the CBD content in milligrams. If the product you are investigating does not specify the total amount of CBD it contains, there is a good chance that it is either made with hemp seed oil, which does not contain CBD, or contains too little CBD to provide any potential benefit.
If the CBD content is not clearly specified in milligrams (mg), it’s time to select a different product. The most reputable CBD companies also provide access to third-party test results so consumers can verify the purity and potency of their selection.
When you are purchasing a CBD tincture, it’s important to remember that the size of the bottle, the amount of hemp oil the bottle contains, has little to do with how much CBD is available in the bottle you select. Bigger is not always better. If you find an unusually large bottle of CBD at a lower than average price, take a look at how many milligrams of CBD are in that bottle. Chances are that the potency is quite low for the money.
The total amount of liquid in a bottle of CBD oil is stated in milliliters (ml). You may have noticed that CBD tinctures of varying levels of potency are all presented in bottles of the same size. A 5000mg tincture comes in the same size bottle as a 250mg tincture. When you select a higher concentration, you will need to take less product per dose.
CBD tinctures are commonly sold in 15-30ml bottles. Each full dropper of hemp oil holds approximately one ml of liquid. You can easily approximate how many milligrams of CBD are in each dropper by dividing the total amount of CBD in your product by the number of milliliters of tincture in the bottle. Let’s use a 30ml bottle in the following example:
A single dosage of CBD is measured in milligrams. Many people start with the commonly recommend dosage of 5-10mg of CBD every 3-4 hours, increasing their dosage gradually until they find their ideal. While it is often recommended to aim for 30-60mg per day, every body is unique; you may find you need more or less. Since you now know how to determine how much CBD is in a ml of hemp oil, it’s going to be much easier to determine how much CBD oil to use at a time.
If you were trying to measure a dosage of 10mg, you could take a full dropper of 250-milligram tincture and still be a bit low on the mark, or you could try estimating just over a third of a dropper of a 500mg product. You have that option, but many people prefer a more precise dosing method. You can be assured of consistent dosing by determining how many milligrams of CBD are in a drop of your hemp oil tincture.
Once you know that there are around 20 drops in a ml of CBD oil, determining the amount of cannabidiol in each drop of your tincture is easy. Here’s how a millimeter of product breaks down per drop:
As you can see, the cannabidiol concentration in your product has a significant impact on how much of your CBD tincture you will need to use per dose. If you were to select product A, the 250mg bottle, you would need to count out 24 drops, that’s over a ml of product. With the 2500mg tincture, you only need to use three drops. Many CBD enthusiasts find it much more convenient, and cost-effective, to use a CBD tincture with a higher concentration of CBD.
CBD tinctures should be labeled to reflect the total amount of CBD in the product package. If you have spent any time viewing CBD capsules or gummies, you may have noticed that most product manufacturers clearly state how many mg of CBD are contained in each fruity edible or capsule. The measuring and calculating is already done for you. Since the commonly recommended daily dosage of CBD is 30-60mg per day, it’s easy to plan accordingly when selecting your product. Consider the total CBD content and item count in the following products:
If you plan on taking 25-30mg of CBD once each day, a 30-count package will last about a month, and a 60 count package will last two months. Obviously, if you discover that your ideal dosage is closer to the upper end of the recommendations, a 60-count bottle will still offer the convenience of ordering once each month.
When you select a CBD topical ointment or skin care cream, you should still have easy access to the amount of CBD in your product of choice. Remember that the number of milligrams you see reflects the total amount of CBD in the product, not the concentration per use. If the number of milligrams is not clearly stated, there is not likely to be enough CBD in the product to trigger any noticeable results. In general, it’s best not to purchase CBD until you find a vendor willing to provide this essential information.
A 200mg vape cartridge will deliver approximately 2mg of CBD per puff, based on 100 puffs per tank. Don’t let that low mg per puff number dampen your interest in vaping CBD. Cannabidiol has excellent bioavailability when vaped because it bypasses the digestive processes. Most who vape CBD find they need significantly less product (as compared to tinctures or capsules) to achieve their desired result.
CBD is just one of the many components of hemp oil; it’s the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that influences the receptors of your endocannabinoid system. It’s the amount of CBD in hemp oil that you are paying for. Here’s a brief recap of the numbers you need to know.
Now you will easily be able to determine how many drops of CBD oil to take per dose. Simply hold the tincture under your tongue for 30-60 seconds to allow the CBD to absorb before swallowing.
You can further investigate the value of the products under your consideration by determining the cost per mg of CBD. Dividing the product cost by the number of milligrams of CBD it contains will allow you to determine your cost per milligram. Knowing the cost per milligram can help you find the best product concentration to fit your budget, and help you determine if the products you select are fairly priced.
At CBDistillery, we believe everyone should have access to the potential health and wellness benefits of hemp CBD. That’s why we feel it’s essential to provide quality hemp-derived products at fair prices. Visit CBDistillery to view our impressive selection of CBD tinctures, softgels, gummies, vape products, and CBD pet tinctures. All CBDistillery products are third-party verified for content purity and potency.
“I love to use my CBDistillery gummies to help me recover. It puts my mind and body at ease, bringing everything back into balance.”
~Michelle Waterson, UFC Women’s Strawweight Competitor
Professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts understand the importance of physical training to build muscle, increase physical strength, and perfect their form. Surprisingly, many fail to recognize the benefits of allowing their body the opportunity to rest and recover after an intense workout.
Today, we see an increasing number of professional athletes who consider CBD essential to achieving their fitness goals. UFC Women’s Strawweight Competitor Michelle Waterson is one of a growing number of elite athletes who appreciates the many potential benefits of CBD for restoring essential balance and enhancing her post-workout recovery.
To fully appreciate the recovery enhancing potential of non-psychoactive hemp CBD, it helps to understand what CBD is and how this natural supplement interacts with your body.
CBD is just one of the many plant-based cannabinoids found in hemp oil. Hemp-source CBD mimics the messengers of the communication system that influences nearly every essential function in your body.
While your body makes the messengers of this fascinating system, the stress and strain of an intense workout can deplete your supply faster than your body creates them. Without enough messengers (neurotransmitters) to interact with the receptors, this communication network, your endocannabinoid system, can’t function efficiently.
The messengers of your endocannabinoid system (cannabinoids) are so vital to your health and wellbeing that many researchers believe that endocannabinoid deficiencies might contribute to certain ailments.
Since the CBD in hemp oil mimics the functions of your naturally occurring neurotransmitters, CBD has the potential to restore balance to this essential communication system. Because endocannabinoid support can benefit so many of the functions involved in performance and recovery, it’s easy to see why so many athletes have incorporated non-psychoactive hemp oil into their fitness routine.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a physically and mentally challenging sport. Considered one of the most exciting, dynamic full contact combat sports, a hybrid of sorts, MMA fighters use a combination of a variety of martial art techniques to achieve dominance over their competitors. Because the sport includes punching, kicks, throws, holds, and takedowns, training is intensive and extensive.
When asked what’s most important to her when recovering from a hard day of training or a difficult fight, Waterson says it’s important that she gives herself permission to rest, adding that it’s easy for athletes to get trapped into the belief that training harder than their competitors will give them the advantage.
“Imagine trying to race a car when it’s tank is on empty. That’s exactly what you are doing when you don’t give your body the rest it needs after a hard day of training”.
Waterson carefully considers the impact of her choices, “Allowing your body time to rest is equally as important as pushing your body to its limits. Only when you allow your body to recover, will you be able to reap the full benefits of your efforts.”
Michelle Waterson is one of many professional athletes who tells us that CBD is an important part of their training and post-competition recovery program. While vigorous exercise increases muscle strength and endurance, the microscopic muscle injuries created by intense physical activity can cause muscle pain, joint stiffness, and a temporary reduction in muscle strength that can derail an effective workout.
You don’t need to live the lifestyle of a professional athlete to appreciate the many potential benefits of hemp CBD. Whether you have recently begun a workout program or are destined to dominate your sport of choice, CBD has the potential to support your fitness and recovery efforts.
Michelle also acknowledges that preparing for a fight can be mentally taxing, ‟it’s hard to shut your mind off when all you want to do is win!” But this UFC competitor finds that CBD allows her to “let go” of her thoughts so she can relax, rest, and recover. “It ultimately helps you get in the zone.”
When asking Michelle Waterson what she does to recover and avoid injury, she responded, “When your body is balanced and your mind is sharp, there is less risk of injury, this is where CBD comes into place. CBD brings your body and mind into balance without any other side effects that might slow your progress down as an athlete”.
To learn more about the potential health benefits of hemp CBD, download the Ultimate CBD User Guide at CBDistillery. We offer a wide range of hemp-derived products including CBD gummies, capsules, tinctures, and CBD vape products. All CBDistillery products are derived from non-GMO hemp grown using organic farming methods and verified by an independent lab. With access to the batch test results, you can verify the purity and potency of every product we offer.
Those investigating the numerous potential health and wellness benefits of CBD soon realize there is a multitude of potential products to choose from. Since each type of product has its own set of advantages, many people trying to narrow their options find the process of product selection confusing or intimidating.
To help identify the products most relevant to their needs, it’s not uncommon for people to rely on user testimonials, business ratings, and product reviews to narrow their choices. For those looking for an easy to take, daily dose of THC-free CBD, The CBD Insider recommends our 30 mg CBD Isolate Infused Softgels.
“Since they are also easy to take and offer plenty of CBD per serving, the softgels are an excellent method for taking daily doses of CBD, especially for those who find themselves traveling often.”
~The CBD Insider Comprehensive CBD Oil Review: CBDistillery
CBD (cannabidiol) is just one of more than a hundred potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in hemp extract. Most of the products available to the average CBD consumer are derived from industrial hemp, the non-psychoactive cannabis plant. Hemp does not contain the significant levels of THC that marijuana does. It’s the THC in marijuana that causes the psychoactive response, the high.
Full-spectrum hemp oil contains 0.3 percent THC or less. While this insignificant amount of THC is not enough to induce intoxication, some people would rather not use a product containing even trace amounts of THC, psychoactive or not.
CBD enthusiasts who want to stay away from THC have the option of investing in products made with CBD isolate. The processes used to separate the cannabidiol from the rest of the plant components also removes the trace amounts of THC. The resulting product is more than 99 percent pure CBD.
We use CBD isolate to infuse our 30 mg THC-free CBD capsules. The CBD isolate is blended with MCT oil, a blend of natural oils that are easily absorbed by the body, not stored as fat or cholesterol.
The many potential benefits of hemp oil products are explained by the way this natural supplement mimics the effects of the neurotransmitters your body produces. The ability of CBD to mimic the messengers and influence receptors keeps this essential communication system, your endocannabinoid system, functioning efficiently. Your endocannabinoid system not only regulates the physical functions necessary for survival but also influences cognitive function and emotional responses, processes that could all potentially benefit from CBD Isolate Softgels.
The potential benefits of CBD depend on the unique needs of those using CBD products. While CBD is not a medication or a cure for any known disorder, hemp CBD is a natural supplement shown to provide endocannabinoid system support.
While one of the most enticing features of CBD softgels may be their ease of use, consider the following additional benefits:
CBD isolate capsules are available in 30 and 60 count packages. If you are considering selecting between a 30 or a 60 day supply, our reviewers suggested, and we whole-heartedly agree, that purchasing the 60 count bottle is the better option, “so you save some money in the long run.”
There is a lot to consider when selecting a product vendor. Since hemp is known for its ability to leach toxins from the soil, it’s important to know that your CBD oil is contaminant free and the hemp used is grown using all natural farming methods. You will also want to shop with companies willing to verify the cannabinoid content and purity of every product they offer.
CBDistillery is a respected leader in the hemp industry, and credited as one of the first companies to provide our valued customers with verification that the products we offer are as pure and potent as we claim. Our quality hemp oil products are third-party tested by the leading accredited laboratory. You can verify the quality of the products you select by viewing the certificate of analysis within the product images or scanning the QR code on your product label.
“After thoroughly testing products and analyzing the operations of CBDistillery, we feel comfortable recommending them as a trustworthy business that is leading the industry in transparency, product quality, and affordability.”
To learn more about the functions of your endocannabinoid system and the many potential benefits of CBD supplements, download The Ultimate CBD User Guide.
For 30 mg CBD Isolate Infused Softgels, or to view our additional product options, visit CBDistillery. We offer a high-quality assortment of full-spectrum and CBD isolate products, including CBD tinctures, topicals, gummies, and CBD vape products. According to The CBD Insider, “Consumers are overwhelmingly positive about CBDistillery’s products.”
CBD and THC are just two of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. While the chemical composition of these two cannabinoids is the same, their structure is different. Since their structure is different, they do not produce the same effect.
Many people are initially concerned when they learn that CBD is extracted from cannabis plants. That’s likely because most of our population still associates cannabis use with marijuana, the cannabis plant that contains high levels of THC. Understanding the significant differences between CBD and THC could help alleviate your concerns about investing in the numerous potential health and wellness benefits of hemp CBD.
The Significant Health and Wellness Potential of Endocannabinoid Support
Both cannabis plants, hemp and marijuana, have the potential to interact with your endocannabinoid system. This vital communication system is a complex network of neurotransmitters and receptors that regulate nearly every essential function in your body.
The messengers, the neurotransmitters, of your endocannabinoid system are cannabinoids. Your body produces two main cannabinoids. These essential messengers are made as needed, interact with their corresponding receptors, and are broken down quickly by enzymes. If your body does not produce enough messengers to interact with the receptors as needed, the communication system cannot function effectively.
Your endocannabinoid system is so critical to your wellbeing that researchers today believe your endocannabinoid system is essential to maintaining homeostasis, the internal equilibrium that all living organisms need to maintain to survive.
The Messengers and Receptors of Your Endocannabinoid System
To better understand the effects of CBD and THC on your body, it is often helpful to understand a bit more about the messengers and receptors of your endocannabinoid system.
The two main cannabinoids created in your body are anandamide and 2-AG. They are referred to as endocannabinoids because endo means internal. There are also two corresponding endocannabinoid receptors. While both receptors are located throughout your body, they are highly concentrated in different locations. Consider the following:
CB1 Receptors are highly concentrated in your spinal cord and your brain. Their location influences their function. For example, the CB1 receptors in your hypothalamus regulate your energy levels and metabolism, while the CB1 receptors in your amygdala influence your moods and emotions. CB1 receptors are also found throughout your body in your nerve endings.
CB2 receptors are found in their highest concentration within your peripheral nervous system, the nerves that extend from your spinal column to the other areas of your body. The CB2 receptors of your peripheral nervous system regulate organ function, muscle movement, and the functions of your immune system.
Your Endocannabinoid System Responds to the Cannabinoids in Cannabis
For centuries, our ancestors recognized that cannabis plants, hemp and marijuana, provided significant health benefits. While cannabis has been used as an herbal remedy throughout the ages, the knowledge passed down through the generations was based on empirical evidence. No one really understood why cannabis seemed to alleviate so many health problems.
Today, researchers understand that there are two types of cannabinoids our bodies respond to, the endocannabinoids created internally, and the cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. The cannabinoids in cannabis are called exogenous cannabinoids because they enter our bodies from an external source.
The exogenous cannabinoids in cannabis support the functions of the endocannabinoid system by mimicking the effects of the endocannabinoids produced in your body. While exogenous cannabinoids are broken down quickly, the effects of exogenous cannabinoids have been found to be stronger and longer lasting.
Many researchers today believe endocannabinoid deficiencies can be detrimental to your health.
The Significant Differences Between CBD and THC
CBD is the scientific abbreviation for cannabidiol, just one of the 113 potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants. CBD is shown to support the functions of your endocannabinoid system without causing intoxication. While the oil extracted from marijuana contains a significant amount of CBD, it also contains high levels of THC.
THC is the scientific abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol, the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. THC binds with the CB1 receptors in your brain, causing the high commonly associated with marijuana use. Marijuana use can cause significant motor and cognitive impairment as well as significant side effects.
While the CBD extracted from marijuana contains high levels of THC (5-30 percent), the CBD extracted from the hemp plant contains only trace amounts. To be classified as hemp, the plant must contain .3 percent THC or less. This is not enough THC to cause any type of intoxication, even when hemp CBD is taken in large amounts.
CBD does not bind with CB1 receptors, that’s why there is no risk of intoxication. In fact, CBD interferes with the binding of THC to CB1 receptors, reducing the psychoactive effects of THC.
The cannabidiol extracted from hemp is considered to be well-tolerated. Hemp CBD oil is not known to cause any significant side effects, the risk of overdose, or chemical dependency. (Some users do report relatively minor issues including a dry mouth or fatigue). With hemp CBD you get all the potential health and wellness benefits of cannabis, without any of the negative aspects associated with cannabis (marijuana) use.
Supporting Endocannabinoid Function with Hemp CBD
CBD is not a medication. It is not a cure for any known health disorder. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has the potential to support the function of your endocannabinoid system. If you currently take medication or are under the care of a physician, it is always best to consult your healthcare provider prior to adding any dietary supplements to your current treatment. While CBD is a safe, natural product, it can interact with some prescription medications.
To learn more about the function and supplementation of your endocannabinoid system, visit CBDistillery to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide. We invite you to learn everything you can about this fascinating communication system, and the many potential benefits of supporting your endocannabinoid system with non-psychoactive hemp-derived CBD.