Everything You Should Know Before Buying CBD
CBD is rapidly gaining popularity in the medical field and in the consumer market, but such a rapid spike in popularity often leave you with plenty of unanswered questions. For a quick panoramic, read our high-points-only rundown of what you need to know before buying your own CBD products:
A recap: What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in cannabis. Many associate cannabis with marijuana and getting high, which isn’t untrue, but it also isn’t the whole picture. Another important member of the cannabis family is hemp, and the main difference between hemp and marijuana is that marijuana has a high quantity of THC, while hemp has a high quantity of CBD. THC is likely a familiar term—it’s the chemical compound in marijuana that gets you high. And while CBD and THC are related in origin, they are vastly different in effects, especially as CBD is NOT a psychoactive compound—in other words, it doesn’t get you high.
Both THC and CBD affect your Endocannabinoid System that regulates many physiological processes. But CBD actually counteracts the effects THC has on your system—this means that CBD can actually bring you down from a marijuana-induced high.
What else CBD does varies widely based on how it’s taken. For example, CBD products that can be taken orally include tinctures, oils, pastes, capsules, and edibles. CBD can also be taken through inhalation through vape oils, wax, and shatter. Other intake includes topicals, suppositories, and even beauty products like face masks and lotions. Each method has its specific perks that should be considered when choosing your CBD products.
What can I expect taking CBD?
Modern CBD research is advancing quickly but is still relatively new. There are a few things that we know about, but still have plenty to study more extensively. For example, dosage: exact amounts or quantities haven’t been set in stone quite yet, but we do know that the affects you get from CBD vary based on how much you take. For example, low-to-moderate doses will deliver pain and anxiety relief and other benefits, while larger doses can deliver seizure protection (but with dosage, it’s one or the other—a large dose won’t give you seizure protection and anxiety relief).
This enormous range of benefits is one of the most incredible things about CBD, but we still have a lot to study. For now, it’s important to know that the amount you take can change what you should expect. Consult your physician to know approximately how much you should be taking for your desired treatment.
While we still don’t know where the cutoff is between a “small” and a “large” dose, we absolutely have studies on the benefits that are available on either side of that CBD dosing range. Most CBD products offer small doses, and these products can help you with pain and anxiety relief, natural energy boosts, better sleep, acne treatment and so much more. Larger doses have been shown to protect against epilepsy and seizures, to reconstruct damaged parts of brains (potentially treating Alzheimer’s and similar conditions), and even to be a potentially powerful tool to help fight cancer.
As far as what you should actually expect to feel when you take CBD, well, you won’t feel anything—at least, not as a “high” or psychoactive effect. Like we mentioned, CBD is not psychoactive, and it also isn’t going to give you any tangible feeling when you consume it. The magic is in what you don’t feel. When you take CBD, you won’t feel pain, you won’t feel anxiety, and you won’t feel the discomforts that the compound is taking away. CBD isn’t designed to hide your pain behind a temporary state, but to gradually take that pain away altogether.
Finding a reputable source to buy CBD
The recent re-emergence of CBD in the U.S. means there still haven’t been national regulations put in place to ensure the quality and safety of products. This means that, while good CBD products are absolutely healthy to consume, the responsibility falls on the producers, sellers, and—most importantly—on the consumer to make sure the products used are safe to take. Here’s what you need to look out for to make sure you’re choosing a safe product:
Location, location, location! This is just as important with CBD production. Of course, CBD comes from hemp, which is a plant, and plants get their nutrients from the soil. You want to make sure your CBD comes from hemp farms that avoid herbicides, fertilizers, and pesticides, or else you might end up putting these harmful chemicals into your body.
Experience is also very important. Make sure your source is experienced in farming and manufacturing your product. This will ensure not only greater safety but a better product. Many sellers source their products from England since CBD has been legal and used for a longer time across the pond, so the quality is generally high with English CBD. As the American CBD industry grows, there will likely be more and more reputable local sources popping up, but for now England stands as the highest standard for quality and safety.
There are multiple ways to get CBD extracted out of hemp, but not all these methods offer the same degree of quality. The extraction method that yields the highest quality is CO2 extraction. This method doesn’t run any risk of contaminating the product with harmful chemicals or gases, and it produces a concentrated source of CBD. Other, less-efficient methods include extraction with butane or ethanol. These methods work, but the chemicals can strip the compound of its beneficial properties, ultimately running the risk of producing a less-efficient CBD product. Check to make sure you know how your CBD product is being produced and if you’re getting the best quality possible.
Any company that works with consumable chemicals absolutely needs to be testing consistently—and transparently. Ask your seller or producer for their testing results if they aren’t already readily available. If they hesitate to provide them or aren’t transparent about the process, don’t get that product. The lack of regulations today around CBD opens the market to imposters and people who are going to sell you cheap products at high prices, so always make sure your CBD products are properly and transparently tested.
CBD test results should come in the form of a COA (Certificate of Analysis). While hemp isn’t marijuana, it is still a cannabis plant and will contain some THC (normally a negligible amount). Make sure your product doesn’t exceed the legal THC limit of 0.3%. Finally, ensure the product is accurate in its description. What the label says and what the tests say might be completely different stories—and that will be your red flag not to buy.
For example, at AceApe, we make sure all of our products are sourced, produced, and tested appropriately to make sure you get the best products out there. And we keep you informed about all the testing, news and norms you need to know to make an informed decision.
That’s the basic run-through of what you need to know before you choose your own CBD products. CBD is an enormously beneficial and versatile substance that can help you be healthier in so many ways, but only if you make sure you’re getting a high-quality, safe product. Check out our other blog posts here on AceApe to get more details on exactly how CBD works, how the products work, how to take CBD, and much more!
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