Welcome to The World of CBD
Before we begin with our CBD Buyer’s Guide, it’s important to know the basics of Cannabidiol (CBD). First, there are countless different products, categories, and companies that even the savviest of shoppers get confused with. You COULD spend hours shuffling through boring studies and articles, OR you could let us do all that heavy lifting instead and read this Ultimate CBD Buyer’s Guide to get you started! This CBD guide will help you find the best products for you AND how each product is different from another. This industry is ever growing, but we are here to help you decide what type of CBD products are best for you.
In this article we will not recommend any companies in particular. Rather, we will offer valuable advice to look out for when you are shopping around. We know it’s important to remain impartial and realistic because unfortunately, there are dishonest companies misinforming the public about their products. Fortunately, there are dozens of amazing companies out there that work hard each and every day to bring consumers the highest quality CBD products.
So let’s cut the chit chat. Let’s start with what everyone NEEDS to look for when researching a CBD product company.
How Does CBD Work?
As a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in hemp plants, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to support the human body! Not sure what the endocannabinoid system is? Check out our article dedicated to teaching you about the most amazing body system you never heard about!: https://greenextractspa.com/what-is-the-endocannabinoid-system-ecs/ .
What Should I Look For In a CBD Product?
Is It Organic?
It may be more of a personal preference, but we believe it’s important to choose organic CBD products over their non-organic counterparts. If you’re looking for a natural remedy, then that natural remedy should be grown as naturally as possible… without pesticides.
There are two reasons why it’s important to find lab tested products. The first reason is to know for sure if the products contain CBD (and how much), have the legal limit of THC (0.3 THC or less in the United States), and are organic. If products have been tested correctly, those test will show you the total amounts for each cannabinoid within the product. Most products contain dozens of different of cannabinoids which are important if you’re looking for a full-spectrum product.
Reason number two: CBD companies should provide test results for commonly occurring metals. CBD products come from a plant, so it’s important for the soil that the plant is grown in to be clean and healthy. If the company is doing their job, they will provide such testing for metals found in the soil. Some of these metals include zinc, mercury, and lead (the metals that can cause serious harm to your body). The standards for soil in each country are different. This means that if hemp is grown outside the United States, then it may not be up to the USDA standards. Not all hemp is grown equally!
It’s also important to mention that all of these tests should be carried out by a third party laboratory. In order to avoid conflict on interest, a third party lab will give the most accurate results about the products.
What Are the Different Categories of CBD Products
CBD products will typically fall under one of three categories. These are full-spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate. All three categories have their own advantages and disadvantages. Although each category differs in their effects, no category is necessarily better than another, rather each category is better suited for a different type of person. Let us explain.
Full-Spectrum: The term ‘full-spectrum’ refers to CBD products that contain dozens of different cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds. Full-spectrum may also mean “full plant”. The greatest advantage of using a full-spectrum product includes a phenomenon called the “Entourage Effect”. The “Entourage Effect” is the amplified effect of using multiple cannabinoids at a time rather than using each cannabinoid separately.
A potential down-side to full-spectrum products is the fact that they contain THC. Although the amount of THC found in these products is extremely low and users will not experience a euphoric high, prolonged use may build up THC enough to fail a drug test. If you are at risk for drug testing we never recommend using full-spectrum CBD products.
Broad Spectrum: Broad spectrum CBD products are a mix between full-spectrum and CBD isolate products. Broad spectrum contains all the extra cannabinoids and terpenes that full-spectrum products offer, but all without THC. Many users who receive drug testing feel broad spectrum is their best option since broad spectrum still offers that entourage effect without the THC. Broad spectrum products are slowly becoming the most requested CBD product in the industry.
CBD Isolate: This is the purest form of CBD. CBD isolate products are not going to contain any terpenes, flavonoids, or other cannabinoids besides Cannabidiol. This means that CBD isolates will not have that entourage effect. CBD by itself still still has its advantages, but if you do not get drug tested then we suggest going for products that are full-spectrum.
What Type Of CBD Product Is Right For Me?
Topicals: Topical CBD products are creams/gels infused with cannabidiol. These are great for localized muscular areas like joints and necks.
Pros: Localized area, easily usable as they are similar to other popular cream like products. Controlling exactly where the CBD is administered
Cons: Will not be absorbed into the bloodstream or interact with the nervous system
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Tinctures are an oral oil containing cannabidiol, other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. These products are fantastic for quick absorption of CBD into the body. Tinctures can be consumed orally via a dropper or in foods infused with CBD. Users should use tinctures one to two times per day.
Pros: Fast Absorption, Great taste, Can be mixed into foods or liquids.
Cons: Oils may be off-putting to some users
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Vapes are smokable oils that contain Cannabidiol and multiple other cannabinoids. The oils are vaporized by a heating element, turn into vapor, and become inhaled by the user. Inhaling CBD is the fastest ways to absorb the compound into the body. CBD vapes are the most popular products in the industry.
Pros: Fastest way for CBD to be absorbed into the body
Cons: Vaping may not be for you
*Vapes recently have gotten a bad reputation due to filler chemicals being added in order to cheapen the products. This has become such a problem that users have been hospitalized with serious lung complications. The chemicals most responsible for these terrible events are vitamin E acetate and MCT oil. Rest easy and be assured that no vape products you find here at Green Extracts have either of those harmful products.
To learn more about vapes and vitamin E acetate please read more here: https://www.leafly.com/news/health/vape-pen-lung-disease-vitamin-e-oil-explained
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Edible CBD products come in several shapes and sizes. Users can find edibles in the form of gummies, candies, and drinks to name a few. These products are great for those who struggle with the typical natural plant-like flavor. Edibles usually contain minimal amounts of sugar which appeal to users who want a tasty alternative to other CBD products.
Pros: Easiest form of consumption with great taste and flavors.
Cons: Difficult to get high/full dosages. Studies are still being conducted, but theories believe the digestive system cannot absorb all CBD in normal conditions.
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Capsules are very similar to vitamins in shape and size. They are the easiest way to implement CBD into your life (our opinion at least). Most people are used to waking up, eating breakfast, and having a vitamin or two. These capsules are a perfect way to take CBD without feeling out of place!
Pros: Easy to create a routine to take everyday. No bad tastes
Cons: Pills can be a hassle to swallow.
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**Please note that each week new CBD products are hitting the market. It’s impossible for us to review and know about each one, but as more products come out, we will do our best to educate you on them.**
How Much Should I Take?
Always be wary of the words “take this much CBD for this”. Companies who respond to customers who ask “how much should I take?” will often push their more expensive products without truly worrying about the customer’s health (or wallets). There’s no perfect chart that tells you exactly how much to take. This is because everyone’s bodies react to CBD differently. Some users require more or less of a dosage regardless of the severity of their conditions, age, and weight.
How Much Is Right For Me?
We call finding the right dosage a personal process. Some customers find relief at 5mg of CBD per day, while other customers don’t find it until they ingest 75mg of CBD per day. Everyone is different, so we can’t recommend any cookie cutter answer to a question that has so many variables.
We recommend that every new user to the world of CBD starts with the lowest dosage possible. Usually the lowest dosage is going to be a 100-125mg oil tincture. These tinctures contain 100-25mg of CBD per bottle, NOT per dosage. On average these oil tinctures contain 1 fl. oz (30mL) which is approximately 30 different dosages. This is because the dropper that comes with the oil tincture is 1 total mL. When you divide out 125mg over 30 doses, you will receive about 4-5mg of CBD per dosage.
To start, it is best to take your CBD product once a day ( you can take twice a day if you’d like) for at least two weeks. (It’s very important to be consistent with your dosages). CBD works by building up in your body, without consistently putting it in your body, it won’t have the ability to build up. We suggest that you keep a log close by to record when you take your dosages. Keeping a log will help you form the good habit of consistency.
Getting into the world of CBD can be intimidating at first. There are huge vocabulary terms and confusing science. We understand that this industry is young and heavily misunderstood, but we want users to know that we are here to help them through this process. We are only a couple clicks away for a reason. Its important to us to teach everyone the information we know and care about so deeply.
In the end, it’s important to buy your products from trustworthy companies who grow organically and test their products. Remember, full-spectrum products contain THC! This percentage is going to be low enough (0.3% or less) so the user will not get “high”, but we don’t recommend any full-spectrum products to users at risk for drug testing. Once you know what category is best for you, determine which product is best. For local usage, use CBD topicals. For all other usages all the other products are perfect for you.
Start your dosages low! Take the lowest dosage once a day for two weeks and keep a record of any effects you felt. If you’re not receiving your desired result, try a higher strength or a different product. It seems annoying, but this method is the most sure fire way to find the correct dosage for you.
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