So you want to start CBD. You’ve heard amazing stories about how wonderful it is, or you’ve never heard of it and want to learn more. Or you’re completely overwhelmed with all the information and just want to know how to begin. It is a great journey, but has a lot of information to navigate and it can become overwhelming. Hang in there and take it one step at a time.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp (cannabis sativa) plants. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for numerous reasons. Most people have heard of a cannabinoid called THC, which is the ingredient in cannabis that gets users high. Unlike THC, CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause a high.
What’s the difference between CBD from hemp and CBD from marijuana?
Both hemp and marijuana are from the same genus and species (Cannabis Sativa). The characteristic of having low THC is the single difference that most rely on to distinguish industrial hemp from marijuana. CBD taken from hemp and marijuana is the exact same compound.
How Do I Know How Much To Give?
Since there is no standardized measurements in this emerging industry, it is important to convert the milligrams (mg) in the entire bottle to milligrams (mg) in each milliliter (ml) of fluid (mg/ml). Then again convert to milligrams (mg) in each Drop. (Don’t worry, we have a calculator to help).
Although weight can play a role once you've been taking CBD for awhile, experts agree, it is best for everyone to start low and slowly increase. We recommend a starting, very low dose of 2 mg per day, sublingually. Slowly increasing until you find your beneficial level.
The CBD Dosage Calculator starts everyone at 2 mg. It will:
- provide CBD Dosage by milliliter (for those with a measured syringe)
- provide CBD Dosage by Drop
- provide number of drops needed for 2 mg
- provide product information about Full Spectrum or Isolate
- provide a link to independent 3rd party labs when available
- provide a link to company website
- provide a picture of the product
- allows user to input product information of brands not pre-loaded into the CBD Dosage Calculator
What Causes The Variances?
- Individual body makeup
- Deficiencies in the body.
- Ailments trying to improve (anxiety will use a lower dose than pain management)
- Severity of ailments (epilepsy will use a different strains and higher dose than depression or insomnia)
- Natural terpene (the aromas and tastes specific to the hemp plant) mix within each oil and brand.
- Added terpene mix (if added-other Terpenes strains) within each oil and brand.
- Sublingually (under the tongue) vs ingested (gummies, tea, coffee, other edibles and capsules). Ingested requires a higher dose because much of the CBD is filtered out through the liver, where as sublingually, the CBD goes directly to the blood stream with little waste.
How Do I Take CBD?
Sublingually– drops placed under the tongue and held for 60 seconds, then swallow.
Edibles – You can make your own edibles or purchase edibles thru a reputable company. Be careful of artificial flavors and coloring. These artificial ingredients can create irritability/aggression and hyperactivity in those that are sensitive.
Vape – The option to vape is available for adults using concentrates like shatter, wax, terpsolates etc,
How do I know if the company is reputable and credible??
When was the company founded? – if the company has less than two years in the industry, you should avoid them.
Is the company a Multi-level-Marketing (MLM) company, if so, completely avoid. – A reputable company with a quality product does not employ their customers to make exaggerated claims and push the product on new uneducated customers.
MLM companies have a history of poor customer reviews and subpar, overpriced products.
The marketing strategy is to sell to an uneducated audience before they have the chance to get educated, and then have them push the product to more uneducated customers.
Another point to consider is MLM companies tend to say they have the best “quality” product, but pay extremely high commissions (up to 85%). Ask yourself this question. Is their product a “quality” product if only 15% of the price is allocated to the product (growing, harvesting, bottling, marketing and distribution)?
Known MLM companies are: HempWorx, Club8, Kannaway, My Daily Choice, Green HoriZen, Zilis/Pur 7, Prime My Body, CTFO, Purium, NewYouPro.com, Emris International.
For more information about MLM's, Read: “The Truth About Hempworx”.
Lab Reports are essential – If a company can not provide Lab Reports, AVOID! Lab reports are essential to know what exactly is in a product. Whether it’s oils, tincture, edibles, or concentrates they should have the products independently, third party Lab Tested for purity, potency, terpene content and solvents.
Trusted Brands/Companies That Meet Our High Standards
- NuLeaf Naturals
- Bluebird Botanicals
- Lazarus Naturals
- Kat’s Naturals
- 4 Corners Cannabis
- Highland Pharms
- Joy Organics
Most Affordable CBD Oils To Start
NuLeaf Naturals – 240 mg – This oil is 50 mg/ml and 1 drop (not dropper) = 2.4 mg. Most effective and popular product on the market.
CBDistillery 250 MG – This is a 250 mg in a 15ml bottle or 17mg/ml. (1 drop = 0.6 mg). This oil is stronger than Bluebird’s and still very flexible for dosing.
Receptra 375 MG – ideal for those new to CBD and also those who depend on it for advanced health and wellness needs.
Lazarus Naturals – standard potency CBD tinctures contain 15mg of CBD per ml.
Start with Gummies
- CBDfx Gummies are 100% Vegan,
- all natural with no artificial additives
- Free shipping
- 5 mg per gummy
- full transparency with lab results on website
- full spectrum
Options to Add to CBD
Essential Oils are a great compliment to CBD. By combining the beneficial effects of CBD with the topical application or diffusion of essential oils, it becomes a win/win. Read our article about the best essential oils for managing ADHD HERE.
There is so much more to explore, but if you start with the basic oils, find the most beneficial dosage, continue doing research and by reading articles and applying the standards above to CBD companies, you will find success.
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