How To Choose The Right CBD Oil For You
When it comes to CBD oil, it’s fair to say they’re not all created equal. However, you don’t need to risk your hard-earned money on a product that isn’t right for you, so it’s best to get informed. Luckily, we’ve got all the knowledge you need to help you choose your perfect CBD oil. Follow along as we break down the main criteria.
Here’s how to figure out which CBD oil is right for you.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a bit of a wellness craze over the past few years, with many brands and retailers eager to capitalise on the boom. While they were once rare, there are now more CBD oils than we know what to do with.
Some have started to infuse their products with the essence of rose and vanilla, while others have worked to mix in other cannabinoids like CBN and CBG to enhance the oil’s scope of effects. Certain brands have even begun using liposomes and nanoemulsion to boost the efficacy of their CBD products.
But do all CBD oils do exactly what they claim? And how can you tell the difference between a legitimate CBD oil and an inauthentic alternative? There are a lot of factors that come into play when deciding which CBD oil is best for you. These factors, along with deceptive marketing, can make it very hard to actually pull the trigger and make a purchase.
In turn, we think everyone could benefit from a general guide on the ins and outs of being a discerning CBD oil customer.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING CBD OIL
The CBD industry is getting more regulated every year, but there’s still a long way to go. As a result, it’s worth noting that the quality and purity of CBD oils—and thus, their effectiveness—can vary greatly from one product to the next. So, how do you decide which to get? Let’s take a look.
SPEAK WITH YOUR DOCTOR
When it comes to trying CBD oils for the first time, your doctor is your best friend. Regardless of the reason you’re taking it, CBD oil could have some cross-drug interactions you don’t know about. Therefore, a visit to the doctor is a must before starting a regular CBD regimen. After all, it’s their job to answer your questions when your health is at stake.
But what, exactly, could happen when CBD and another drug mix in your body? In short, CBD is broken down by the same family of enzymes as most prescription meds, forcing the substances to compete and interrupting their metabolism. This, in turn, could lead to some notable complications if introduced into your routine without a doctor’s guidance.
Even if you live somewhere cannabis isn’t legal, you should still speak to your doctor. Whether they’re receptive to the idea of CBD or need to learn more, they can still help. A good doctor with an interest in CBD therapies might even have some recommendations you wouldn’t have found out about otherwise!
CHOOSE A SUITABLE CBD CONCENTRATION
CBD oil products come in a range of concentrations, meaning some contain higher doses of cannabidiol than others. In short, the higher the concentration, the more potent the effect.
Whether in capsule or dropper bottle form, all reputable CBD oils will display that information on the packaging. Some brands will list the amount of CBD in milligrams—for example, 250mg—while others specify the percentage—for example, 40% CBD. Either way, the higher the number, the more potent the concentration.
If you’re new to CBD oils, we recommend starting with a low to moderate concentration. Then, you can gradually work your way up to higher doses if needed. No matter how you’re using CBD, it’s easier to increase your dose than it is to decrease it after the fact. Observe how it affects your body, and you’ll be better informed on how to adjust your dose in the future.
FULL-SPECTRUM CBD VS CBD ISOLATE
Full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate are the most common types of CBD oil. Put simply, full-spectrum oils contain all of the active cannabinoids and terpenes found within hemp, while CBD isolates contain pure cannabidiol and nothing else.
Until recently, CBD isolate was considered an industry standard. However, full-spectrum oils have been found to offer a host of potential benefits. See, the compounds in cannabis are thought to build off each other in a theorised dynamic known as the entourage effect. According to this idea, cannabinoids and terpenes can boost or mediate each other’s effects when they interact in the body.
Considering that, unless you’re adverse to the other compounds, or only need CBD for some other reason, we recommend full-spectrum CBD oils for first-time users. That being said, however, both types have their benefits, and CBD isolate is equally valid relative to its full-spectrum counterpart.
CBD OIL VS CAPSULES
Almost as important as choosing the right concentration, it’s also worth considering how you’ll be ingesting your CBD. Plenty of oils are available in dropper bottles and meant to be taken sublingually (under the tongue). However, you can also get CBD capsules or gummies, which offer discreet, controlled doses that are easy to administer and work similarly to vitamins.
These products contain the same active ingredients, regardless of delivery method. However, the onset and duration of effects may vary. To be specific, when you take CBD oil sublingually, the cannabinoid has a direct path into your bloodstream via the oral mucosa, and the amount you receive in your system relative to your dose (in other words, your absorption rate) is far higher than it would be with edibles.
That said, once the effects of edibles and capsules do come on, they last longer than if you took CBD under the tongue. As you can see, each method has benefits the other can’t offer. Capsules are covert, convenient, and exert longer-lasting effects, whereas sublingual intake offers a faster effect and better bioavailability. Basically, there’s no right or wrong answer.
There are a variety of ways to extract CBD from the cannabis plant. That said, some methods offer a more pure and high-quality product. Some companies aim for quality as a priority, while others cut corners. While certain extraction processes are far cheaper than others, the savings aren’t worth the risk of using inferior methods.
The best CBD oils are created via supercritical CO₂ extraction. This method uses carbon dioxide that’s been pressurised into a simultaneous liquid and gaseous state, acting to swiftly separate cannabinoids and terpenes from plant matter. Products made using this method are more expensive as a result, but you’ll know you’re getting quality for your money.
When looking at CBD oils, check to see if the method of extraction is listed on the packaging, or on the brand website. Reputable manufacturers are usually transparent about this. If the extraction method is nowhere to be found, you should be cautious before buying.
Plant-derived carrier oils—also known as base oils—are used to help carry the active components of CBD oil into the body. Look into the different types of carrier oils popular manufacturers use. Two of the most common are hemp seed oil and olive oil, though there are plenty of others, including MCT, grapeseed, sunflower, and avocado.
HEMP SEED OIL
Hemp seed oil is made by pressing hemp seeds to release their natural oil. Hemp seeds are considered a superfood, and are known to offer a comprehensive range of nutritional benefits.
As a carrier oil, hemp seed oil adds a distinctive taste to your CBD oil, which some might not like, but others will deeply enjoy. The fact that it comes from the same plant as the cannabinoids and terpenes within makes hemp seed oil an appropriate fit as well. It’s also worth noting, however, that some companies out there try to sell hemp seed oil as CBD oil, which is just plain lying.
CBD oil can have many impressive benefits, but how can you know if a certain kind is right for you? Read on for our full guide on choosing the right CBD oil.
How to Choose the Best CBD Product for Your Needs
In the wellness and health industries, cannabidiol (CBD) has been as popular as avocados on Instagram over the past few years.
That popularity has continued to surge, regardless of the fact there simply isn’t as much robust data about CBD and the industry as there is in the food, beverage, or supplement categories, for example.
To meet consumer demand of this ‘green rush’, we’re left with a saturated market that includes varying levels of quality CBD products. So how do you know which CBD products are best for your needs? We’ll give you a few things to look out for when choosing your CBD goods.
Check the label
Even with speedy advancements in CBD regulation in North America, there are still shady companies trying to make a quick buck in the crazed CBD market.
Over the past year alone, studies suggest that up to 60% of CBD products are mislabeled, specifically in their cannabinoid content. These CBD brands aren’t mentioning the levels of THC in their products, or have synthetic cannabinoids that have been known to make some people ill. These are known as ‘white label’ CBD products.
Comparatively, CBD products that are sourced from high-grade hemp facilities, for example, are typically from companies that control every stage of the process – growth, formulation, and production. At Fusion CBD Products, we take pride in the fact we only use the highest-grade industrial hemp sourced from farms in the United States, so we can reassure our consumers what they’re getting is the real deal.
So, you know you can trust the CBD company you’re buying from is understanding how involved they are with the product (just ask!) from hemp growth to product.
What’s the source
Where the hemp is being sourced from in your CBD product matters.
Like we mentioned above, U.S.-grown hemp like we use at Fusion is a-okay. European hemp is also an excellent choice; the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Italy all have extensive experience cultivating hemp.
Adding to the credibility of European- and U.S.-based hemp is the fact both continents regulate growers through strict guidelines and standards, so you know what you’re getting is quality.
Another consideration to make is knowing how the hemp was sourced. Extraction methods are different from company to company. Ideally, you’ll want to find hemp that’s been sourced via a CO2 solvent that dissolved CBD molecules. This method pulls higher volumes of cannabinoids from the plant for a higher purity. Plus, this method doesn’t add any other chemicals.
If you’re choosing CBD products with hemp that was extracted in another way, be sure you know the chemical ingredients they used in the process, as they could be harmful to you, or pale in effectiveness compared to purer CBD oils and products.
Do (more) research
You know through years of Google experience that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the web (well, except for this), and therefore you should be doing your own diligent research.
One common question we always find from our consumers even after doing their research is the difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD, which we can quickly clarify.
Full-spectrum CBD products are made with hemp that contains all the plants’ compounds, not just the CBD alone. So, these products often include terpenes and other naturally-occurring oils, as well as small traces of THC.
Comparatively, broad-spectrum CBD falls between pure CBD and full-spectrum CBD. It’s more or less full-spectrum CBD, minus any traces of THC.
Another thing to be mindful of when choosing the best CBD products for your health needs are the ratios of CBD and THC in the product. High CBD and low THC amounts in a product can be more effective at easing symptoms like anxiety and stress, while products with lower CBD-to-THC ratios can be better for physical pain or chronic diseases.
Generally, you should have no trouble finding sourcing methods, ingredient lists, and other important information regarding a company’s CBD products – if it isn’t easily accessible, that could be a red flag!
How do you know which CBD products are best for your needs? We’ll give you a few things to look out for when choosing your CBD goods.