Herb40 Guide to Choosing The Best CBD Product for You
A vast majority of our customers wanting to know more about CBD, how it works, and which CBD product is best for them. That’s why we have compiled together with the most popular questions so you can understand more about CBD.
Table of content:
- What strength CBD should I buy?
- Important things to consider when buying CBD
- What is the difference between “Broad” and Full Spectrum CBD?
- Which CBD product is best for me?
- Can I take CBD if I am on medication?
Which one is best for your needs?
High strength, super strength, ultra-strength… with so many different types of CBD available, which one is best for your needs?
When you first start taking CBD, you’re advised to start low and go slow’. This is because some people appear to metabolise CBD more slowly than others, and need only a low dose to notice an effect. Gradually increase the dose if you need to; you may want to revisit your dose each week, for example, until you find a level that works best for you. The CBD dose at which you finally arrive will vary depending on the strength of the product, how you respond, and the reason you are taking it. Full details here.
Important things to consider when buying CBD
Start small – When beginning CBD, it’s best to start with a smaller dose. As with any new product, it is important to become familiar with how your body responds to CBD before increasing the dose. If you are new to CBD, we encourage you to start with the lower dose and gradually work your way up to the dose that works for you.
Consistency – For newcomers, expect a huge change within minutes. CBD is not like that. An increased sense of peace and balance is fairly noticeable when taking these products in certain amounts. When you use CBD, you might need to consistently use it for a longer period of time for the endocannabinoid effects.
Size Matters – The right dose of CBD varies from person to person. Generally speaking, larger people may prefer a higher dose of CBD than smaller people. With CBD, you can easily scale up just a few milligrams at a time to meet your personal needs.
Understanding CBD Strengths – CBD requires some trial and error to get the right amount for your body. With patience and practice, you should be able to get to that “happy and relaxing point” within just a few days of working with it.
When looking for CBD, it’s important to compare the strength to the size of the bottle. This will give you a clear understanding of how much CBD you’re exactly getting, compared to how much carrier oil is inside.
For example; If you had two bottles of 1000mg CBD oil – one 10ml and one 30ml, although they are the same strength, the 10ml is 10%, and the 30ml is 3.33%. This means you would need to take three times the amount of the 30ml oil to get the same equivalent of CBD as you would from the 10ml.
What is the difference between “Broad” & Full Spectrum CBD?
Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD: Which one suits you best? You’ll find CBD products in three forms: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD: Full-spectrum CBD contains small amounts of all components of the cannabis plant. That means it can have trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Federally legal full-spectrum products will always have less than 0.3 percent THC. In states where cannabis is fully legal, you may also be able to find full-spectrum products with higher levels of THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD: This type of CBD does not contain THC. It does contain other components of the cannabis plant, though, so it won’t be 100-percent CBD alone. Consider it the middle child of the three CBD choices.
CBD isolate: Your pure CBD product, isolate contains no other compounds found in cannabis, except for the CBD itself.
Pros and cons of full-spectrum CBD
One of the biggest benefits of full-spectrum CBD is that you’ll get what’s known as the entourage effect. This is a theory that says when multiple components of cannabis work together, you reap more benefits than when taking each individually.
These components include phytocannabinoids (like CBD and THC), flavonoids, and terpenes (compounds that affect cannabis’s scent).
If you want to maximize the benefits of cannabis, full-spectrum CBD could be your best bet.
One 2011 review found that phytocannabinoids and terpenes taken together may help with pain, inflammation, and anxiety.
However, a potential downside to full-spectrum CBD is that if you take a large enough dose of a potent enough product, you may feel “high” due to the THC.
But that doesn’t mean that all full-spectrum products will make you feel intoxicated. Small doses of lower potency products are unlikely to produce any euphoric effects.
Finally, since full-spectrum products contain THC, you may run a higher risk of testing positive should you take a drug test.
Pros and cons of broad-spectrum CBD
One potential plus of broad-spectrum CBD is that you keep a clear mind — no THC means no “high” feeling.
A drawback, though, is that CBD sans THC may not be quite as effective as the two together. More research is needed, but the entourage effect suggests they may work best together.
That’s not to say broad-spectrum products won’t give you any of the entourage effect benefits at all. Broad-spectrum CBD still contains some other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, which may offer benefits beyond the CBD alone. More here.
Which CBD product is best for me?
This will really come down to personal preference on whether you want a product that has 0% THC or 1mg THC. While the THC present in Full Spectrum CBD is only in trace amounts, we believe customers should have all the information required to make the right purchase decisions.
Many scientists maintain that all of the natural components of cannabis behave synergistically to produce far greater results than any single compound.
Can I take CBD if I am on medication?
It is best to check with your GP or specialist physician if you are on long-term medication for a chronic condition. CBD does interact with the CP450 enzymes in the liver that are responsible for activating most ingested medications.
If your questions or concerns are listed here please head on to our CBD FAQs.