It’s the wild west out there in the CBD world. A seemingly endless supply of information and products to choose from make it difficult to know where to start. We hope we can help.
Hemp is part of the plant family Cannabaceae and is cultivated for its fiber or seeds. Hemp was introduced in North America in the 1600’s and is used for a range of products, from clothing and shoes to paper and biofuel and everything in between. It is often confused with marijuana, which is part of the same family but a different strain.
In a nutshell, hemp was legal, grown and actively used up until the 1930’s, when it was banned. The Farming Act of 2018 removed hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) from Schedule I controlled substances and made it an ordinary agricultural commodity. In other words, legal. And voila, here we are.
The hemp plant contains hundreds of naturally occurring compounds. 113 of these compounds are classified as cannabinoids, or chemicals that are unique to the plant. Our brains have specific receptors designed to accept cannabinoids, known as CB1 and CB2. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of these and makes up about 40% of the plant (the second most prevalent behind THC). It is extracted in the form of oil or powder and then added back into products to achieve the desired effects.
What to Look For
We certainly hope you’ll consider Allvane but no matter where you go, here are our top five tips to consider when buying CBD:
- Decide whether or not you want THC. If you don’t want THC, choose products that are listed with CBD Isolate or Broad Spectrum. If you want THC, go with Full Spectrum.
- Make sure products are made with hemp extract. If it’s labeled hemp oil and hemp seed oil, it doesn’t actually contain any CBD!
- Check to see if the hemp is grown in the United States. Traceability and accountability is important in guaranteeing the quality of the products. If the hemp comes from oversees, it’s much harder to know what’s actually in your products.
- Products are tested by a 3rd Party. A 3rd party provides impartial proof of quality and ensures you’re getting the high-quality CBD you expect and are free from chemicals, heavy metals and pesticides. Not all tests are equal. Some only test for CBD content and some not at all. Look for testing that provides robust reports and information so you know exactly what you are getting.
The Right Product for You
There are a variety of ways to experience the benefits of CBD. The product (or products) you choose to use are based on a combination of desired effect, personal preference and experimentation to find the right fit. No two people are the same and what works for your friend/family member/co-worker may not work the same for you. Our Allvane line of products currently includes tinctures, topicals and gummies, so we’ll tell you a little more about those here.
More about CBD Tinctures
A liquid form of CBD, tinctures are designed to be taken orally. The fastest method is to place under the tongue for 60 seconds, though it can be mixed with tea, coffee, smoothies or other consumables. They are either made with CBD isolate or distillate. Isolate contains a single active ingredient, while distillate contains multiple different cannabinoids. (Recall that more than 100 have been identified from the hemp plant alone.) Our Wellness Formula and Canine Formula are made with CBD Isolate, while our Focus, Pain and Unwind Formulas are made with distillate. In the custom formulations, terpenes may be added back in to help achieve the desired effect. Our tinctures are made with coconut oil. It is possible to take CBD without oil but using a carrier oils like coconut oil helps make it easier to absorb and easier to swallow (aka, it tastes better).
More about CBD Topicals
Topicals are applied directly to the body, such a lotion and salve. Since they are applied externally, the skin acts as a barrier and CBD is minimally absorbed into the blood stream. The purpose is to target the area where it is applied quickly. CBD topicals can be used both proactively for daily maintenance of skin, joints and muscles, or reactively to support sore points like injuries, arthritis, or knots from tension. Topicals can be applied liberally, as needed.
More about CBD Gummies
A grown-up version of these tiny treats, CBD gummies are tasty, convenient and easy to use. Simply pop one in your mouth and down the hatch. Since you eat them, they travel through your digestive system, which means it can take a little longer for the CBD to set in but effects also may last longer than ingesting through other forms. They are a great entry point to CBD and may aid in creating a sense of calm, combatting sleeplessness and offer some relief from joint or muscle pains.
Whichever the delivery mechanism, always start with a lower dose and work up to find the right fit for you.