It’s the wild west out there in the CBD world. A seemingly endless supply of information and products to choose from makes it difficult to know where to start. This article was written to help you get started with CBD.
What is CBD?
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 1930s, 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 should I look for in CBD products?
So where do you begin in your CBD journey? It’s important to note that not all CBD is the same. You’ll find CBD products almost everywhere these days – even at gas stations. To get the best results, you want to purchase the highest quality CBD products possible.
We hope you’ll consider Allvane CBD products, but no matter where you go, here are some tips on getting started on your CBD journey:
- Make sure your CBD products are made with hemp extract. If it’s labeled hemp oil or 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 are important in guaranteeing the quality of the products. If the hemp comes from overseas, 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.
- CBD serves as a support but it is not a cure. A company making claims as such should not be trusted.
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 the 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. No matter the delivery mechanism, always start with a low dose and work your way up to achieve the desired effect.
Our Allvane line of products currently includes CBD oils, topicals and gummies, so we’ll tell you a little more about those here.
More about CBD Oils
A liquid form of CBD, oils 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. CBD oil is 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 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, with a lotion or salve. Since they are applied externally, the skin acts as a barrier, and CBD is minimally absorbed into the bloodstream. 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 take effect. However, the 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.
Which Allvane CBD product should I choose?
We’re here to help you get started with CBD with a full line of premium CBD products. Here are some of our products that can help with common health issues:
Sleep: check out our blog post on sleep and shop our Unwind Formula Tincture.
Focus: shop our Focus Formula Tincture.
Pain Relief: check out our blog post on using CBD for pain management and shop our Pain Formula Tincture.
Calm: explore our Organic Vegan Gummies along with our Wellness Formula Tincture.
Dogs: check out our post on CBD for canine companions to learn more and shop our Canine Formula Tincture.