CBD 101 – Where to Buy & How Much to Take

Lukas Barfield

March 2nd, 2017


Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the primary chemical constituents of the cannabis sativa plant. This often misunderstood plant is also known as marijuana or hemp. Although CBD’s therapeutic effects have been known for many years, its much maligned cousin, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has over shadowed Cannabidiol. That is until recently, when avalanches of CBD products and new state regulations have swept the country, and in 2014 Dr Sanjay Gupta’s well publicized documentary “Weed”, helped reignite the conversation around CBd. Despite the reinvigorated conversation, many questions remain for consumers in the sometimes confusing CBD landscape like  “What is CBD Oil?”, “Is it legal?””, “Where can I get CBD Oil?”, “What are some considerations When buying CBd Oil?” and “What are some things to watch for when consuming Cannabidiol?”

Intro to CBD

Cannabidiol is one of 80 different cananbinoids found in the cannabis plant. Like THC it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body and has many therapeutic properties, but unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. Since it was first isolated in the lab in 1963, CBD has been found to have Anti-tumoral, anti-oxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. These make CBD a viable treatment for many conditions such as parkensens disease, Alzheimer’s, rumatoid arthritis, diabetes, MS, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, inflammatory conditions and cancer. There are two types of CBD oil, hemp CBD oil, which is made from hemp, and in most products sold online and legal in all 50 states, and full plant CBD oil, which is made from cannabis and is available in medical cannabis states around the country.

Buying CBD Considerations

Source Material Hemp, a cannabis plant bread for its fiber and has a THC concentration less than 0.3%, is the most common source for CBD oil, but some CBD products are made from cannabis plants with a THC concentration greater than 0.3%. These are known as full plant CBD oils. Thus, depending on what state you live in, some CBD products may have a THC concentration greater than 0.3%. Before buying CBD products, be sure to check the THC concentrations to avoid unwanted effects, and know what products are allowed in your state.

In addition, buyers should look for CBD extracted from certified organic source material in order to avoid pesticides and other contaminants. CBD oil extracted from Imported Chinese hemp MAY be contaminated.

Extraction Method Supercritical CO2 extraction is the safest extraction method for consumers and labs, and produces the purest CBD oil. These products can be expensive. If price is an issue for the CO2 CBD oil, extractions using food grade ethanol are a safe alternative. Less expensive brands may use hydrocarbon extraction (butane etc.), but may not always be the safest for consumption. Low cost can be a red flag for inferior products.

Measurements The concentration of CBD should be clearly noted on each product. If buying capsules, pay close attention to if the measurements are per capsule, or per bottle. Reputable venders, like Medical Marijuana Inc. who’s Real Science Hemp Oil (RSHO) is a trusted CBD source, should have lab results available to check CANNABINOID concentration claims. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the vender before buying.

CBD Consumption Basics

CBD and other cananbinoids are soluble in alcohol and oils/fats. As a result, there are hundreds of available products. Balms, sabs, capsules, gummies, cookies, sprays, tinctures, vape cartridges and lip balms are just a few products out there. Each one can have an entire array of dosing options, and consumers should pay close attention to the amount of CBD in each dose.

Experts agree that when starting a new cannabis therapy, start low and adjust your dose according to the effectiveness of the treatment. The Mayo Clinic gives some CBD and THC dosing guidance according to disease, but each individual will have unique medicating needs. Finally, it is always a good idea to consult with a doctor before starting any new health care regiment.

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