Which CBD Method Is Right for You?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant. Full spectrum CBD, which is mixed with other compounds, has been linked to numerous health benefits, including possible relief for symptoms of inflammation, anxiety, and chronic pain. Federal legalization of hemp and its compounds last year also has allowed for greater distribution of CBD, making it easier to buy products online or through local vendors.
Studies have shown people are beginning to use CBD for a variety of therapeutic purposes. That increase has also led to more confusion over how to choose and take products for maximum benefit. We have the facts you need to make the right CBD choices.
The Cannabinoid Spectrum
Before we talk about your choices in CBD methods, let’s talk about the various forms and what they mean. By understanding the different formulations, you will know exactly what compounds are included in the product you choose.
There are two basic types of CBD:
●CBD Isolate: CBD isolate contains only the CBD compound, as other compounds and substances in the cannabis plant are intentionally removed from the formulation. This type of CBD typically almost always comes from the hemp plant since hemp contains almost no THC.
●Full Spectrum: This type of CBD contains all the substances found in the marijuana plant. If the CBD is extracted from the marijuana plant, THC will be included in the mix. The additional compounds within the cannabis plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence than any one of those components alone, which is known as the entourage effect. However, people that are sensitive to or don’t want to take THC should not use full spectrum products unless they can determine the full spectrum product is THC free. At the federal level, THC is not legal.
●Broad Spectrum CBD: This type of CBD contains all the substances found in the hemp plant and may contain low levels (< 0.3%) of THC, however the THC compound may be removed. There are distinct benefits to choosing broad spectrum CBD over CBD isolate. The additional compounds within the cannabis plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence than any one of those components alone, which is known as the entourage effect. Our products do not contain any THC ( 0.0% ).
At Soji Health, we offer broad spectrum hemp CBD products, because we believe this is the most beneficial formulation of legal CBD available today.
How to Take CBD
CBD comes in a variety of forms that allow consumers to use the method that works best for them. Some of the most popular options include:
1. Sublingual Oil
A sublingual oil is generally comprised of CBD suspended in a carrier oil but here at Soji Health we wrap our CBD in liposomes for added bioavailability, which can be placed under the tongue or pumped directly into the mouth. Sublingual oils tend to be easy to use and the dosing amount is consistent. The CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream from the mouth. Most brands usually take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours for the CBD to take effect but Soji Health’s liposomal technology takes effect within minutes and those effects last for up to eight hours depending on your dosing amount.
Capsules containing CBD oil are another way to get a daily dose. This method ingests the CBD into the digestive system. Once it is absorbed into the intestines, it is delivered to the liver and then sent throughout the body. The onset, when taken in capsule form, is about two hours, but the effects can last up to 12 hours. Dosing is established within the capsule so there is no worry over taking too much. There is a range of standard dosages so the amount can be tailored to the unique needs of each person.
Ingestibles infuse the CBD oil into a tasty morsel like flavored gummies, so the taste of the CBD is hidden in other ingredients. Like the capsule, this method of CBD sends the compound through the digestive system to the liver and then throughout the body. If the ingestible is consumed on an empty stomach, effects usually become evident within an hour. When taken after food, the onset can take about three hours. The effects may last anywhere from eight to 12 hours. Like capsules, different dosing amounts are included in ingestibles so individuals can find the right dose for their needs.
4. Topical Lotions
CBD doesn’t always have to be consumed to work as an anti-inflammatory or pain reliever. The compound is also found in lotions and creams that can be applied topically to the skin. This method works because there are cannabinoid receptors found in the skin that respond to the CBD directly. The compound does not reach the bloodstream in this case. This application usually requires less than 30 minutes to take effect and lasts two to four hours.
Which Method Is Right for You?
Finding the right CBD method may depend on your purpose for using the compound. For example, if you want to experience the anti-inflammatory effects to enhance skin health, topical products might be the right choice. If you are looking for a daily supplement that is quick and easy to use, capsules or ingestibles might be the right option.
No matter which method you choose, it is always best to begin with the lowest dosing amount and increase it gradually until you find the concentration that works best for you. It is also important to check with your doctor if you are currently taking any medications to prevent possible interactions.
Make sure the company you choose for your CBD products is a reputable one, so you know the formulations are both safe and effective. Look for key features like testing through third-party labs and inclusion of an FDA disclosure, which demonstrate the authenticity of the business.
Have more questions about the right CBD method for you? Our team will provide the information you need to become a knowledgeable CBD user. Contact us today with your questions or to learn more about our full spectrum CBD products.