CBD is hard to avoid these days, it seems virtually omnipresent. It is an amazing compound that can potentially treat a wide range of conditions—chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more.
If you are new to CBD, purchasing CBD can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we discuss what CBD is, how CBD works, CBD vs. THC, CBD dangers, using CBD, maximizing the benefits of CBD, and safe CBD shopping tips.
CBD Buying Guide for Educated Consumers
CBD is hard to avoid these days, it seems virtually omnipresent. It is an amazing compound that can potentially treat a wide range of conditions—chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more. We believe the best way to fight this negative stigma is through education.
First, let’s cover the basics. What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant with enormous therapeutic potential. Although CBD doesn’t make people feel high like THC does, it’s causing quite a buzz among scientists, health professionals, and medical marijuana patients who are using CBD-rich products to treat a wide range of conditions—chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more.
How Does CBD Work?
Scientists have made a lot of progress in understanding how CBD produces its calming, pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory effects in the body—and there’s still more to learn. We know that CBD interacts with many different receptors, proteins, and other chemicals in the brain. These interactions create changes in the activity of neurotransmitters, hormones, and other cells throughout the brain and body. Through these interactions, CBD appears to be able to affect many of the body’s functions, from sleep-wake cycles and emotional regulation to inflammation, pain perception, and seizures.
CBD Vs. THC
A concern shared by many of our customers is, “Will CBD get me high?” The answer is a resounding “No!” CBD is not psychoactive like THC.
One of the key differences between CBD and THC is whether the cannabinoid will cause a euphoric effect. THC is the well-known chemical compound that is responsible for producing a high. CBD, on the other hand, produces no euphoric side effects. While some cannabinoid users prefer the effects of THC, for those interested in avoiding any of the psychoactive effects of cannabinoids, consuming a product dominant in CBD is ideal. Because CBD produces no side effects, it is regarded as safe for use by people of all ages.
Purchasing CBD can be dangerous due to a lack of market regulations …
Because of the legally murky nature of marijuana, the FDA has not stepped in to regulate products like CBD oil, Bonn-Miller said. States are struggling to put regulations in place, but they don’t have the deep pockets of the federal government.
Meanwhile, a 2017 study led by Bonn-Miller found that nearly 7 of 10 CBD products didn’t contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label.
Nearly 43 percent of the products contained too little CBD, while about 26 percent contained too much, Bonn-Miller said.
“CBD is kind of a tricky drug because it’s not very well absorbed orally,” Welty explained. “Less than 20 percent of the drug is absorbed orally. If it isn’t made in the right way, you may not be getting much drug into your systemic circulation.”
Worse, about 1 in 5 CBD products contained the intoxicating pot chemical THC, Bonn-Miller and his colleagues found.
“That’s a problem because THC can increase anxiety. It can actually make seizures worse. Those are the sorts of things you need to be careful about,” Bonn-Miller said.
… and in some cases, even when CBD purity matches, you may encounter an inferior product.
A big misconception is that all CBD is created equal. “I used CBD before and it worked great, so if I use this other CBD product I’ll get the same results.” Not always. In order for quality CBD to be yielded, it must be grown, manufactured, extracted, and formed into a final product with very high standards. Just as with any product, in any industry, the manufacturer of a CBD product could cut corners at many different points, resulting in a lower-quality product. It’s unfortunate, but it is the world we live in. That being said, it is very important to always do research on a company before you do business with them, and make sure to purchase products from a company that is known to be trusted in the industry and has a good track record.
What type (or types) of CBD oil do you use? How to decide between the many different types of CBD products on the market today? Ease of delivery, taste, quality of the product, and the reason for using CBD will likely all help to inform your decision. If you want something discrete, an edible could be the best route. If you are relying on CBD for post-workout recovery, a CBD balm is likely going to be your top choice.
The most popular CBD forms are:
- Oils, and Tinctures
- Balms, Salves, and Topicals
Selecting the correct CBD form for your needs is dependent upon your personal health concerns and preferences. While vapes are the fastest method of ingesting CBD, a topical like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is the perfect way to spot treat joint pain.
According to Echo Connection, a non-profit focused on educating the public about the beneficial effects CBD, “With CBD topicals, the healing compound and other hemp-derived nutrients are almost immediately absorbed directly through your skin, allowing them to target the affected area for quicker and more focused effects.” If you need fast results, you need TheraJoy.
Maximizing The Benefits Of CBD
To get the most from your CBD product, you should make them part of your daily regime. CBD products need to be used regularly, and consistently.
Being consistent with your cannabidiol (CBD) oil doses maximizes the natural balancing properties of the cannabinoid and the effectiveness of the body’s endocannabinoid system.
There have been many reports of users noticing effects as early as the very first time they take CBD oil. Our ECHO Family member and Board Member Brian Higuera has shared of how just minutes after giving CBD oil to his daughter Sadie, who had suffered from over 300 seizures a day, her eyes and entire body stopped twitching. CBD will start interacting with the cannabinoid receptors within minutes of being absorbed.
With that said, many benefits of a highly functioning endocannabinoid system are not fully experienced right away. CBD, like all cannabinoids, build up in the body over time and can even stimulate an increase in cannabinoid receptors. With more cannabinoid receptors, the endocannabinoid system becomes more active and more sensitive to stimulation by cannabinoids. Consistently taking a “daily dose” of CBD oil helps maintain a sustained level of CBD in your system and promotes an effective endocannabinoid system.
Staying Legal With Your CBD Purchases
As with many unregulated markets, staying 100% legal means staying abreast of the latest laws and regulations in your local area. Ohio is the perfect example.
Is CBD legal? According to a recent statement from the DEA, “Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana… are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA.”
According to ECHO, CBD is legal under United States federal law:
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is legal under United States federal law, regardless of a prescription.
With the varying and sometimes contradictory cannabinoid-related laws, it’s not uncommon to be confused on CBD’s legality status. But, CBD is legal to purchase and consume under federal law, provided that it is extracted from hemp. Hemp is a non-psychoactive variety of Cannabis sativa L. that contains less than 0.3% THC.
However, every state jurisdiction takes a unique approach. Individual states may govern hemp-derived CBD. As a general rule, hemp-derived CBD is more often than not accessible.
So unless specifically barred in your local area, purchasing CBD should be safe.
Safe CBD Shopping Tips
Look for products with clear labels showing the quantity and ratio of CBD and THC per dose, a manufacturing date, and a batch number (for quality control). Select products with quality ingredients: No corn syrup, transfats, GMOs, artificial additives, thinning agents or preservatives. CBD-rich products should be lab tested for consistency and verified as being free of mold, bacteria, pesticides, solvent residues, and other contaminants. Best to avoid products extracted with toxic solvents like BHO, propane, hexane or other hydrocarbons. Opt for products that utilize safer extraction methods such as supercritical CO2 or food-grade ethanol.
Question To Ask Before Purchasing CBD
5 Questions You Should Ask Before Purchasing CBD
- Where was the CBD sourced?
- What is the concentration of CBD?
- Does the CBD product contain any THC?
- How was the CBD extracted?
- Can you trust your CBD brand?
At TheraJoy, the answers are clear:
- Our CBD is always legally sourced from Switzerland. It is extracted from medical grade, organic hemp.
- Our CBD concentration is always clearly labeled, and we always use 99% pure CBD.
- Our products contain 0% THC. This means you won’t accidentally test positive on a drug screen.
- Our CBD was extracted using proprietary hydrocarbon extraction methods.
- TheraJoy is a California, US, based company that has been producing CBD infused products for 3 years. Our all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher products are proudly made in the USA. All products are shipped free and come with a satisfaction guarantee.
If you use CBD, you should be using TheraJoy. Our products are proudly made in the USA and are always all-natural, organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and kosher. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed.
Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.