We’re back and ready to answer all your questions about CBD and hemp. We’ve already learned a lot in questions 1-10, where we learned things what CBD is, what does CBD stands for, and if CBD can get you high. Let’s not waste anymore time and dive into our next 10 questions.
11. Are There Different Kinds Of Hemp CBD Oils?
The answer is a big yes!
CBD oil isn’t the term, plain and simple. The vast majority of CBD products should technically be called full spectrum hemp or phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) oil. Expect to see these terms replace CBD in the next couple years. This is because most CBD product is full spectrum and have all the cannabinoids and terpenes (essential and aromatic oils) found within the hemp plant. This is wonderful too.
At one time, it looked like CBD isolate, or just CBD by itself was going to be the CBD oil most preferred. We knew the other cannabinoids, and even the terpenes, could provide their own therapeutic properties but nowhere to the extent CBD does — we thought we wanted the cannabinoid that was doing the most work.
That was until people started taking CBD isolate and struggled to feel its effects even though they never had an issue with full spectrum CBD.
Turns out, CBD needs those other cannabinoids and terpenes to strengthen its effects. As well, they make it really easy for CBD to pass the blood-brain barrier — when by itself CBD has a small dosage window where it works.
12. What Are The Other Phytocannabinoids In Hemp?
After THC and CBD, cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), CBN (cannabinol), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) are the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Hemp, however, is very low in THCV and CBN, and this is great because they both have psychoactive properties.
In fact, CBN can’t exist without THC because THC eventually degrades into it, but even then CBN is only slightly psychoactive, and really only causes some tiredness.
CBN isn't the only time we see cannabinoids change as both THC and CBD once started out as the non-psychoactive CBG. CBG has been seen to slow and kill bacterial growth, inhibit abnormal cancer cell growth, strengthen bones, and reduce inflammation. This is why we make sure our hemp products are rich in CBG.
We also make sure it’s rich in CBC because it’s the phytocannabinoid that is promoting the entourage effect to the greatest degree. CBC makes it easier for the other cannabinoids to pass the blood-brain barrier so they can start working.
13. How To Take CBD?
There are many different kinds of CBD products from oils to vapes to edibles. However, they all use the same hemp extract.
We think oil is the best because it’s the basis for all the other products. For example, you can simply create a CBD edible by putting oil in it. This brings up our second reason; you control your dose. Oils allow you to take a precise dose, whatever that may be. Edibles are one size fits all, and even when you break them in half, you're creating discrepancies, and they won’t be equal.
Another factor you’ll want to consider is onset time. When vaped or taken sublingually, CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly, and you should feel it working within 10 minutes. Edibles and pills can take up to an hour before they start working.
Now the oil application isn’t perfect. It’s not as discrete as edibles or pills, and it may have a nutty flavor that some won’t like.
Now if you have minor aches and pains, you may be interested in CBD topicals. They are great for when you feel a migraine coming on and want to target the spot fast.
14. How Much CBD Should I take?
The average dose for many is 15mg, and you’ll find most capsules to be around this size. If you’re looking for a CBD dosage for pain, anxiety, etc. this is a good place to start. For preventive health, you’ll only need to take CBD once a day — 5-10mg is usually recommended for that.
For chronic and more serious conditions 30mg spread out among two doses 6-8 hours apart is common. You can use our calculator, which take your weight into account and this will get you the most precise dosage.
If taking CBD for insomnia, you will most likely have to take 100mg or more. THC not CBD is much responsible for tiredness marijuana causes. CBD is considered biphasic and will have energizing effects under 100 mg.
When giving CBD to your pet, check out our CBD calculator — it’s just easier to use since pets vary so much in size. Don’t worry about getting an exact weight as long as you have a general guesstimate you’ll be good to go.
15. Where Do You Source Your Hemp?
We source our hemp from the best private family own farms across the United States, Germany, and the U.K. We only use organic hemp seeds and stalks to create a 100% hemp product that is rich in phytocannabinoids and omega fatty acids.
16. Are Pesticides And Fungicides Used To Grow Hemp?
If a company is using hemp grown with pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, then they are doing something wrong. It is very rare for hemp to need these chemicals. The plants naturally grow tall and skinny preventing weeds from growing around them.
As well, they have the have those little things called phytocannabinoids and terpenes. While they benefit us when we take them that’s not their real job. Phytocannabinoids and terpenes make up the basis for cannabis plants defense systems against pests, diseases, etc.
Certain varieties of cannabis plants have THC because they were constantly under threat from getting eaten by animals while others varieties never had to worry about and so they have low to no THC.
Pests like insects, bacteria, fungi, etc. grow everywhere, and that’s why all cannabis plants share the same non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids.
17. What Is CO2 extraction?
There are many ways to extract CBD, but the most common and safest is CO2 extraction. CO2 extraction is divided into three methods: supercritical, subcritical, and mid-critical.
CO2 is a solvent at certain temperatures, but leaves no residue and therefore comes with none of the dangers that typically come from many solvent extraction methods, such as butane.
Without a doubt, CO2 extraction is the best method and gives you a raw hemp extract that can go straight into the bottle, or get a little extra care and attention, and go through a distillation process.
18. What Is CBD Gold Standard?
Gold Standard hemp is raw hemp extract that is taken through a process called short-path distillation which separates the phytocannabinoids and terpenes from themselves and everything else. It does this by heating the raw hemp extract up at different boiling points. This also strips away all non-beneficial plant matter like chlorophyll and solvent residue.
With those gone, the phytocannabinoids and terpenes can be reintroduced for CBD hemp oil that is cleaner, taste better, and has a higher potency. It makes the raw extract that makes up 90% of the market pale in comparison, and that’s why we only sell gold standard.
19. Why Some CBD Products Can’t Be Trusted
Three words “Certificate of Analysis”, before you ever purchase CBD make sure you can find the product’s COA which will confirm that there is the same amount of both CBD and THC as advertised on the label.
Unfortunately, a lot of companies have seen both the confusion and popularity of CBD products are jumping in to make a quick buck. Often they will sell CBD taken from marijuana but advertise it as hemp. Even worst the CBD products may have little to no CBD or the other phytocannabinoids in it.
20. How Do You Store CBD Oil?
The carrier oil will help preserve CBD the most, but for a longer shelf life, you can store your hemp products in a cold and dark area.
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