Once the U.S. farm bill passed in December 2018, it was only a matter of time before retailers hopped on board.
Within just the last week, we’ve seen CVS and Walgreens announce trial runs of carrying CBD products on their shelves. Before we dive any deeper, it’s important to understand what the part of the farm bill pertaining to hemp entails and what that means for CBD.
Since Hemp was made legal in the United States, we have started seeing an influx of companies incorporating CBD into their products. So far, we’ve seen the likes of Jelly Belly try their hand at CBD jelly beans and family-owned Brooklyn ice cream store Van Leeuwen hopping on the bandwagon by incorporating CBD into their Couch Potato flavor.
Although scientific and medical studies on CBD are still in the infancy stages at this point. Many users have purported life-changing results for treating an array of conditions ranging from anxiety to depression, pain relief, and inflammation. There’s no telling how far-reaching CBD use could go. With mounting anecdotal evidence, it’s not hard to see why everyone is scrambling to introduce it to their stores and products.
How to Choose the Best Quality CBD Product on the High street?
While it’s great news that CBD has now been embraced by the mainstream and is gaining much-deserved attention, you might not know, that not all CBD products are created equal.
The moment you see CBD on your trusted supermarket shelves, you might hazard a guess that you’ve found a good quality oil. But if you make this assumption, you would assume wrong and likely end up with a sub-par CBD product.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of what you should consider before diving into CBD use:
1 Always check the production method of your CBD oil
These are some of the main ways CBD oil is made:
- CO2 Extraction-The CBD plan
- Alcohol Extraction- High-grade alcohol is used to separate the plant cannabinoids from the plant material, often leaving behind dangerous solvents in the oil, if not done correctly.
- CBD isolate and a carrier oil– A pure CBD powder is mixed with a popular carrier oil like olive oil, hemp seed oil or coconut oil, leaving out all other cofactors found in the hemp, like terpenes and minor cannabinoids. Whole plant extracts that maintain all these cofactors are thought to support the benefits of CBD, this is called the entourage effect.
- Lab-made CBD or synthetic CBD- The chemical structure of CBD is created artificially in a lab to replicate the natural compound, and then added to a carrier oil.
The CO2 extraction method is the cleanest and purest way to produce CBD oil, as it keeps most of the natural plant compounds intact and doesn’t leave behind any nasty solvents. This extraction method makes a superior quality of CBD oil and ensures you don’t ingest any potentially harmful hidden extras.
2 Check the Amount of CBD per Millilitre
Popular oils may use carrier oils to dilute their CBD products. This means you may actually be buying a diluted CBD oil resulting in a lower dose. To ensure you are getting value for money, choose a high-quality CBD oil without the diluent aspect, double check there’s little to no carrier oil in the product you decide to purchase.
Since CBD is the main active ingredient, the product bottle size purchased doesn’t matter as much as the percentage of the CBD it contains, and how much of the active ingredient makes its way into your body. The more potent the CBD ingredients in the bottle, the better the product will work for your system.
3 Consider the Bioavailability of the Product
In order to get the most bang for your buck, there needs to be delivery methods that ensure the maximum amount of CBD reaches your bloodstream. The scientific term for this is what’s known as bioavailability.
And so, by choosing a product that allows for the most amount of CBD to get into our bloodstream, we can reach our optimal impact level.
Here are a few different delivery methods and the reasons why they’re effective:
- Sublingual: Due to a healthy supply of superficial capillaries under the tongue, there’s another, perhaps more comfortable, option for absorbing CBD straight into the bloodstream. The sublingual method involves placing a few drops under the tongue and leaving them to sit for at least a minute or more. It’s quick and easy, and the bioavailability lies at about 6%-24%
- Rectal: As our rectal membranes are designed to absorb and transport essential nutrients from food into the body, this qualifies as a rather efficient delivery method when it comes to CBD. In fact, rectal bioavailability comes in at a whopping 50% - 80% with the use of suppositories
- Inhalation: Inhalation by smoking or vaping is fast acting and widely available. However, it’s important to note that this option only offers about 35% bioavailability. Not only is it also harder to dose, but this technique calls for a certain amount of smoking or vaping know-how
- Oral: Taking CBD orally means swallowing it, usually in the form of capsules or edibles. This is by far the slowest delivery method as it usually takes between 1-2 hours for the CBD to take effect. On the positive side, this means that the effects last for much longer.
4 Choose the Right Strength for your Needs
To get the most from your CBD products, understanding where your tolerance level rests is important. If you are new to CBD start off with a low dose and slowly build up to find your ultimate ‘sweet spot’. Everyone is unique, therefore, so is the dosage that may suit you. The percentage of CBD or the Mg you may find on your packaging will let you know the strength of the product.
|CBD Strength Guide||Percentage||Mg|
|High Strengths||15%-30%||1500mg- 3000mg|
Are you still a bit unsure about how to choose the right dose of CBD product? Head over to our simple dosing guide, ideal for beginners and those needing a little extra help finding their CBD ‘sweet spot’.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).