People around the globe have been using the cannabis plant for centuries. However, the number of CBD oil choices on the market today can seem overwhelming. Keep reading to learn five important questions to ask before you try CBD (cannabidiol) oil for the first time.
What Exactly Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, is an extract from the hemp plant that is rich in a highly sought after cannabinoid – CBD. Cannabinoids are organic chemical compounds found in the hemp and marijuana plants. You may have heard that there are different types of CBD, namely full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these terms mean.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD oil refers to an oil that is extracted from the plant and minimally processed, or processed under lower heat, keeping a full range of cannabinoids and other tepenes/natural hemp plant molecules intact. The cannabinoids that are typically named in a full spectrum CBD product are CBD, CBN, CBC, CBG, CBDV, and THC. The level of Delta-9 THC that allows a full spectrum CBD product to maintain being compliant with U.S. Federal law is 0.3% or less. At this level, a full spectrum CBD product will not induce any psychotropic effects as a higher THC marijuana derived oil would. Full spectrum extracts are not all created equal, though. This is why you may have heard of even futher descriptive terms such as “whole plant full spectrum CBD oil”, and “true full spectrum CBD oil”. A whole plant full spectrum CBD oil is derived from an extract that more accurately contains all of the natural moleules, cannabinoids, terpenes, ketones, flavanoids, and lipids of the original plant. Reasearch and user opinion suggests that a whole plant full spectrum oil is better than a full spectrum oil that is stripped of some or all of the natural molecules and terpenes from the original plant. That being said, there are ways to introduce (at least) the terpenes back into the picture by adding them after the oil has been extracted and processed. Terpenes are some of the most popular “cannabis enhancing” compounds at this point in the realm of CBD and cannabis use – they are the aromatic compounds that give cannabis strains their particular scent.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD will contain less cannabinoids than a full spectrum product. Typically, broad spectrum will contain all or most of the cannabinoids found in a full spectrum extract, minus THC. This is the reason broad spectrum is becoming more and more popular in the market. Some CBD users are seeking products without THC, and this is where broad spectrum can be a great choice. The desire for absolutely zero THC is typically due to work or sports related drug screenings and worries about becoming intoxicated/”high.” Even though 0.3% is a very minute amount of THC, there is no guarantee that a full spectrum CBD product is going to result in a negative on THC during a drug screening. Broad spectrum CBD oil products are typically abundant in cannabinoids with CBD being most dominant, but are stripped of the original plant molecules such as terpenes, ketones, lipids, glycosides, flavanoids, etc. There may be some broad spectrum products, however, that are actually closer to a CBD isolate, due to the fact that there may only be CBD and one or two other cannabinoids left in the product. Check the COA (lab results) to see what cannabinoids are actually present in the product you are purchasing.
CBD isolate is the purest, most isolated form of the single cannabinoid, CBD. Isolate is actually a white powder, a single cannabinoid that has been refined from the dark brown oil extracted from the original hemp plant to a 99%+ purity. CBD isolate does not contain terpenes, lipids, flavanoids, ketones, glycosides, or any other plant molecules. When CBD popularity first came to fruition, people thought that pure CBD isolate was the holy grail of CBD use. It makes sense that this highly-sought cannabinoid would be best taken in an isolated, high purity and potency form. While CBD isolate definitely has its benefits, users have discovered that in most cases isolate may be less effective than a full spectrum oil. The reason for this is that all of the cannabinoids and terpenes work together synergistically. That being said, topical CBD products are a great way to use CBD isolate. *Side note: The only time (that we know of ) where CBD isolate will contain terpenes is in a product category known as “iso-terp”. Iso-terp products are CBD isolate infused with terpenes for aromatic scent and other terpene related benefits. Typically iso-terp is vaporized into the lungs.
Will CBD Get Me High?
CBD oil will not get you high. This effect comes from the psychoactive substance, THC, which is found in cannabis and is known for causing hallucinations and impairment. Even full spectrum CBD oil products will contain 0.3% or less THC, which is not enough to get you high. When trying CBD for the first time, look for a reputable supplier who thoroughly and routinely tests their products for potency, heavy metals, pesticides, and solvents.
Why Do People Use CBD?
People seek out CBD oil because of its natural properties. We are not at liberty to discuss why customers are using CBD and phyto-cannabinoid rich hemp oil because of the new regulations on these products by the FDA. Thanks to the Farm Bill, the door has been opened for in-depth research on CBD for future possibilities. In 2019 the FDA has begun to recognize CBD as a product that needs regulation and attention.
What is the Appropriate Amount to Take?
Taking the “right amount” of CBD oil depends on many factors, including your weight and what you want to use it for. However, in general, we recommend that you start with around 20 to 50 milligrams of CBD daily. Gradually increase from there until you achieve the results you are seeking. For example, you could start with one SHINE CBD gummy or two milliliters of our VITALIZE 600 milligram organic CBD tincture drops.
What Is the Best Way to Take CBD?
There is no best way to take CBD. Each consumer must test the products on their own to determine the preferred method. If you are not being drug tested and are able to take a full spectrum tincture or vape, that is a great place to start. It all comes down to personal preference. Sublingual tinctures are a great starting point, because they are affordable and allow you to consume as much or as little as you would like to test your tolerance. If you are sensitive to earthy, nutty tastes, CBD isolate or edibles may be the best method for you.
Contact Us Today
Here at Primary Jane, we currently offer a variety of innovative premium CBD isolate products and full spectrum cannabinoid products that are completely natural and tested for harsh substances and potency by a reputable third-party lab. For more information on any of our products or CBD oil in general, call us today at (855) 774-5263.