22 Mar Navigating Your First CBD Purchase
Making your first CBD purchase can be daunting. Our staff at Premium Hemp Company have heard thousands of questions and spent a great deal of time helping our customers navigate through all the information and choices available. To get you started, we have answered the more common questions.
Full Spectrum or THC Free? What is the best choice for me?
Full spectrum CBD oil utilizes all the cannabinoids present in the plant including THC. THC levels are below 0.3% so there is no a psychoactive effect. THC Free CBD oil separates THC from other cannabinoids.
By utilizing all the parts of the plant, full spectrum CBD oil produces an “entourage” effect. The entourage effect is the synergistic interaction of the all the parts of the plant. A 2015 study at the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem noted that greater levels of anti-inflammatory relief can be achieved with full spectrum CBD. Full spectrum products often work better than the isolates because you need less. Full spectrum CBD oil may also prove to be a better choice for those suffering from chronic illness.
For many people, using full spectrum CBD oil is not possible because they are drug tested for employment. THC Free offers an alternative for them.
Serving Size: How much is enough?
Just as each individual has a different reason for using CBD, each individual has their own, unique body. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and bodies process substances differently. Individual livers also process chemicals and substances at different rates and other medications may affect how CBD is absorbed in the system. It is always advisable to consult your physician before you begin taking CBD if you are taking medications.
Start with a small serving. Try this for one week and if the desired effects are not met, try increasing the serving size in small increments. CBD that is not immediately absorbed by the body is stored in the fat cells so some people may see results over a longer period after CBD has had an opportunity to build up.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is biphasic (produces different effects on the body at different blood concentration levels. More is not necessarily better. At lower concentrations CBD has been shown to increase wakefulness and alertness. At higher levels CBD has a more sedating effect. In order to get the desired effects, it is important to bear this in mind. A larger serving of CBD could be less effective than a moderate dose so start low and go slow when adding to the serving size.
Bioavailability: How much am I really getting into my body for use?
The bioavailability of a substance is the amount that is absorbed into the bloodstream after any other processing in the body, such as the liver or the digestive system. CBD is available in different forms, each with their own level of bioavailability. CBD does not readily dissolve in water and diffuses out of the bloodstream and collects in fatty tissues. The amount of CBD available for immediate use by the body is directly affected by the route of administration used.
CBD can be consumed orally in the form of gummies or in capsules. The bioavailability for this method ranges from 6% to 15%. CBD is processed by the liver and digestive organs in a “first-pass effect”. The term refers to the metabolism of chemicals and compounds through the digestive tract and the liver. Any CBD that is not readily available to the body after the first-pass effect is stored in the fat cells. While oral consumption has a lower bioavailability than other methods, it has been shown to have longer lasting effects and may be more appropriate for chronic conditions. The onset of effects can be from 60-90 minutes. While vaping onset is much quicker, ingesting CBD orally remains in the body for a longer duration.
CBD compounds are lipophiles. They need fats to dissolve in order to be of use to the body. To be most effective, dietary fats should accompany CBD. Fats include coconut oil, soybean oil, sesame oil, fish, avocado, nuts, meat and eggs.
CBD may also be ingested sublingually (under the tongue). This may be accomplished via “tinctures” (liquid form of CBD), concentrates, lozenges and sprays. By utilizing the sublingual method, a substance can be absorbed through the mucous membrane under the tongue and diffused through the small capillaries into the bloodstream. Bioavailability for this route is approximately 35%.
Approximately 40-60% CBD is available to the body if the CBD is vaporized. Vaporized CBD enters the lungs and is diffused into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system and liver and crossing the blood brain barrier. Effects of CBD can occur within a few minutes and last 2-3 hours. This route would be most appropriate for an acute condition that requires immediate relief. It could also be used in conjunction with an oral route.
CBD is also available for topical application for localized relief. Topicals come in salves, roll-ons and even patches. They can be useful for arthritis and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.