Cannabidiol, or CBD, has changed the cannabis landscape as we know it. As a legal, approachable introduction to cannabis, it’s helped shed layers of stigma and even sparked curiosity in recently anti-cannabis individuals.
With the stigma challenged by this non-psychoactive cannabinoid, more and more cannabis research is becoming available. More and more products are also becoming available, and while that is a positive step in the right direction, it’s important to be discerning when deciding which CBD product is right for you.
There are a lot of directions you can take, so it’s helpful to first ask yourself: What issue am I trying to alleviate with CBD? What do various terms like broad, full, or whole spectrum mean? What’s the best way to consume my CBD?
You’ll want to start by talking to your doctor to make sure CBD is right for you. But before you do, make sure you’re primed with this information.
What Is CBD and Where Does It Come From?
CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids (chemical compounds) found in cannabis. You’ve likely heard cannabis put into two different categories: marijuana and hemp. “Marijuana” refers to plants that have more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC (the cannabinoid that gets you high). “Hemp” refers to plants that have less than 0.3% THC, meaning it can’t get you high.
CBD derived from hemp is the most common option available since it’s legal thanks to the 2018 Federal Farm Bill. There are different extraction techniques that yield different results, which is why you’ll see hemp products labeled as either CBD isolate, broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, or whole-spectrum.
CBD Isolate, Broad-Spectrum, Full-Spectrum, and Whole-Spectrum
A CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like—isolated CBD. These products don’t contain any other cannabinoids or phytonutrients except CBD. A broad-spectrum hemp product has more than CBD, but it still doesn’t have all of hemp’s natural properties. Broad-spectrum products are sort of a “maker’s blend,” meaning the producer can choose which compounds to include. THC and other phytonutrients are usually left out.
Full-spectrum hemp products contain all the hemp plant’s oil-soluble phytonutrients, including the cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids. This is a more comprehensive approach to hemp because it keeps most of the beneficial parts of the plant together.
The most complete approach is one you might not hear as often—whole-spectrum. This means all of the hemp plant’s water- and oil-soluble compounds are included. Basically, you’re getting everything but the plant matter itself.
At Carolina Hemp Company, we take the whole-spectrum approach to our hemp products because we recognize the intrinsic value in the entirety of the flower. By keeping every compound of the hemp flower, our sublingual whole-spectrum hemp oils allow you to experience the full Entourage Effect as designed by nature. This means that all the cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients are working together inside your body, which is important because cannabinoids are not hemp’s only therapeutic compounds. Terpenoids and flavonoids bring antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune system benefits of their own. Keeping these compounds all together allows them to work as Mother Nature intended.
Can CBD Help My Issue?
Cannabinoids, including and especially CBD, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties that can help with a wide array of issues. They bind to receptors in your body that are part of your Endocannabinoid System. These receptors are found throughout your body in the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands, and immune cells. In each, the system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis (the maintenance of a stable internal environment).
Since the plant’s phytonutrients aid in the reduction of inflammation and the general maintenance of homeostasis, hemp boasts many anecdotal success stories for helping with everything from pain to bad acne. Several scientific studies have shown that hemp and its extracts can help offer relief around some issues like:
- Neuropathic, chronic, and postoperative pain
- Pain relating to:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
When thinking about what you’re trying to get out of using CBD products, keep the Entourage Effect in mind. Like we mentioned before, there’s more than one therapeutic chemical compound in hemp. Consider the other parts of the plant like terpenoids, flavonoids, and additional cannabinoids.
Take THC, for example. THC alone is known to treat chemotherapy side-effects like pain and diminished appetite, but it can also cause anxiety and paranoia. However, CBD can help to dampen those negative side effects. This is why we take a whole-spectrum approach—nature designed hemp’s compounds to work together to provide the best results. That’s why reaching for our whole-spectrum hemp oil instead of an isolate or broad-spectrum can provide you with more complete relief.
The Best Way to Consume CBD
You can find just about any consumption method you want out there, but they’re not all equally effective. How you consume your CBD product is a determining factor in its overall usefulness because it’s absorbed differently depending on where it enters your body. For example, if you choose a topical option like a lotion, you’ll feel the majority of its effects on the spot you applied it instead of throughout your body.
If you choose to ingest it, you will feel its effects throughout your body, but your relief will be delayed, and you may not experience it to the fullest when compared to other consumption methods. This is because you’re sending it through your digestive system before it reaches your bloodstream, so it’s getting broken down by enzymes and metabolized.
Smoking flower is one of the quickest ways to ingest cannabinoids, as it is inhaled directly into the bloodstream via the membranes in the lungs. Smoking can be done classically through a pipe or joint, or can be vaporized with a heating device such as our Grindhouse Shift for an easier experience on the lungs. Smoking's affects will come on quickly but last the least amount of time.
We always recommend starting with an oil you can take sublingually, like our whole-spectrum hemp oil. Placing the oil under your tongue allows it to enter your bloodstream much quicker. It’s simply absorbed into the tiny blood vessels, or capillaries, you have under your tongue. By absorbing it directly into your bloodstream, you’re not metabolizing it through your liver, so you can take a lower dose than an edible but feel the effects more immediately and more effectively.
Other benefits of taking hemp oil are that it’s easy to make a part of your daily routine, and it makes dosing a clear process. You’ll notice all our droppers are clearly labeled by mL, making it simple to narrow down the right dose for you.
How to Take Your Sublingual Hemp Oil
We recommend starting with a serving of 0.25mL taken twice daily. Try to hold it under your tongue for at least 60 seconds before swallowing to allow enough time for it to be absorbed into your capillaries. You can swallow what’s left. It’ll go through your digestive system and make its way through your body.
Follow this suggested serving for two weeks, and then assess how you feel. If you want to up your dosage, increase your servings by one additional serving per day. After another two weeks, re-assess how you feel at the higher dosage and make adjustments accordingly.
Make sure you consult your physician before taking CBD products with other medications, as it has been shown to interfere with certain medicines. Also, be aware of your state and employer’s laws when it comes to CBD products and drug tests. NC residents are safeguarded by the North Carolina Anti-Discrimination law that protects consumers of medicinal hemp in the workplace.
Bring Balance Through Hemp
To feel the most effective and immediate effects, a sublingual oil is the best way to consume CBD. Placing it under your tongue allows it to be absorbed directly into your bloodstream, as opposed to waiting for it to be metabolized from ingestion. Doing this daily helps to support your Endocannabinoid System, in turn supporting your entire body.
Carolina Hemp Company’s sublingual whole-spectrum hemp oils are a choice option for cannabis novices and connoisseurs alike. Our whole-spectrum approach provides you the complete Entourage Effect with every dose, offering your body the nourishment it needs to stay in balance.
Discover the inherent healing powers of your body through the holistic use of hemp. Order from Carolina Hemp Company today!