The CBD secret is out. People everywhere are purchasing CBD oils, salves, gummies, and isolates because they realize CBD’s potential for better health and the ability to enjoy daily activities and hobbies.
However, there are important things to know before you buy CBD products. While CBD’s health-boosting potential sounds very promising, not all CBD products are created equal. Understanding the jargon, the legislation, and science can help you find the CBD product that works best for you.
Whether you’re new to the CBD world and you want to start your trek today, or you’re already deep into your CBD journey, there is always something new to learn about CBD.
#1 – What is CBD?
CBD is a naturally occurring chemical compound or phytocannabinoid. Commonly found in the hemp or cannabis sativa plant, it is believed to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Your body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, produces, receives, translates, and reacts to messages from your body’s self-produced cannabinoids as well as outside cannabinoids. Your ECS also may play an important role in managing your immune system, mood, sleep cycles, and pain.
#2 – Meet the Plant
It’s important to realize that all CBD is extracted from a plant. While there is a lot of science, history, and legislation that surrounds this plant, in order to choose the right CBD product, you should have a basic working understanding of botany and the laws in your jurisdiction.
Two types of plants originate from one Cannabis species, cannabis sativa. These are the hemp and marijuana plants. The differences in THC levels is what impacts legislative decisions in many areas.
One of the reasons why CBD has been historically controversial is because it is often associated with the female cannabis plant. Cannabis contains significant levels of THC, the hypnotropic agent that gives people a “high.”
CBD, on the other hand, is derived from the male hemp plant. A properly sourced hemp plant contains less than 0.3% THC, a microscopic level that has no hypnotropic effects. On the other hand, the hemp plant contains a significant amount of CBD, which has the potential to assist with a wide range of health applications.
THC and CBD are only 2 of more than 120 phytocannabinoids, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds in cannabis and hemp plants.
#3 – Agricultural Legislation and CBD
In today’s society, legislation has just as much to do with the availability of CBD as the botany of the plant. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 changed the CBD industry. It was this act that defined the difference between “hemp” and “marijuana” and legalized hemp production.
Since the Agricultural Improvement Act, hemp and CBD production has exploded, and the FDA has found it hard to match the pace of the fledgling industry.
#4 – The FDA’s Shifting Role
With little FDA regulation surrounding CBD, some companies have made unsupported health claims that resulted in their products being removed from pharmacy and health store shelves across the country. The market has developed so quickly that some FDA action has been retrospective and in response to products, as opposed to guiding product development.
Additionally, while CBD products are supposed to have a THC content of less than 0.3%, some unregulated products or unscrupulous companies may not monitor the exact percentages. Adding to the complexities of measuring THC content, there are some hybrid species of the cannabis plant that contain high percentages of CBD and THC, and some companies use this hybrid for their CBD products.
#5 – The Complexities of CBD Production
In addition to the companies that use the hybrids to create their CBD products, there are further complications when it comes to CBD products from dispensaries. In states where medical cannabis or recreational cannabis is legal, cross-contamination may occur at dispensaries. In these cases, the CBD products from these facilities may contain more THC than they are supposed to.
Without federal regulations for the cultivation and production of CBD, many companies don’t measure the THC content correctly or use a process for measuring, which may be different from other companies.
It’s important to buy CBD that is lab- and quality-tested from a supplier you can trust. If you purchase low-quality CBD, the THC content might be high enough to cause you to fail a drug test.
That’s just one reason why buying CBD from a reputable supplier is crucial. When you buy CBD oil at Kats Botanicals, you are getting 0.3% THC. This is under the legal limit, but it’s still full-spectrum CBD. That means it contains all the goodness of the complex interactions of all the cannabinoids.
For people who don’t want any levels of THC in their CBD product, no matter how small, we have several options available with the same full-spectrum effects of CBD. Our CBD isolate gummies are entirely free of THC but still provide you with the many benefits of CBD.
#6 – Dig Deeper into the Entourage Effect
The “entourage effect” refers to the powerful effects of all the cannabinoids when used together. There is evidence to support that, in combination, these cannabinoids increase the bioavailability and efficacy of CBD products.
A recent study in the journal Pharmacology and Pharmacy provides an excellent example. In this study, the researchers discuss how pure CBD’s effectiveness peaks at a medium dose. This means that low levels of CBD or high levels of CBD are ineffective on their own. Only pure CBD doses in the middle of the bell curve are particularly effective.
However, when CBD is consumed in combination with a full spectrum of other cannabinoids, this “bell curve” effect is eliminated. Full-spectrum CBD continues to provide amazing benefits at higher doses.
#7 – The Extraction Method
Not all CBD extraction methods are safe or effective. However, what you want is an end-product free of chlorophyll.
The extraction process is crucial to CBD safety and effectiveness. There are several methods used to extract cannabidiol from the hemp plant, and each method comes with its own positive and negative effects. The two most commonly used extraction methods are CO2 extraction and ethanol extraction.
Our CO2 method uses high-pressure carbon dioxide coupled with extremely cold temperatures to extract CBD. This method maintains the purity and preserves the potency of the CBD oil.
Ethanol extraction uses an ethanol solvent to dissolve the compounds of the plant and produce an oil filled with CBD. While this is a more cost-effective method of extracting CBD from the hemp plant, the ethanol tends to bind with water-soluble parts of the plant’s chemistry instead of the fat-soluble components. This means the resulting oil can be less potent and pure than CBD extracted from the CO2 method.
Above all, make sure your manufacturer uses a safe solvent and effective extraction method that has been verified and proven time and time again.
But how do you know your CBD oil has been kept pure after the extraction process?
#8 – Transparency
Consumers have the right to know as much as possible about a product before purchase. Knowledge is power, and sometimes you can only glean the information you need by asking questions, speaking up about your concerns, and asking for transparency in manufacturing.
Here at Kats Botanicals, we strive for maximum transparency and consumer safety. We believe the best companies are forthright about the products they sell, whether that product is CBD oils, salves, Kratom, Turmeric, or any other product.
At Kats Botanicals, our CBD is organically grown in the Rockies, and our products are created using pure ingredients that contain no fillers, chemicals, or flavors.
At Kats Botanicals we test every batch with a third-party state-certified lab. We make lab test results for all our products readily available and demonstrate an on-going commitment to the scientific method and environmental responsibility. Your safety requires nothing less.
As a consumer, it’s your right to request to see lab results as proof of this commitment. All our products are rigorously tested for quality-assurance to ensure the purest forms of CBD are available to our customers.
If you are concerned about the reputation and transparency of any CBD supplier, do your research. Companies that have been around for a while will have a core community. This community can provide you with a way to talk with real customers. You can also ask the companies if they are doing analytical testing or have licenses with licensors like Cannabis License Experts.
Here at Kats Botanicals, we remain transparent about everything we sell on our website. Do your due diligence before you purchase: we already know our product has been lab-tested and marked as safe. We just want you to know it, too!
#9 – What You Need
After you’ve done your research, and feel ready to purchase CBD products, choose a form of CBD that best suits your needs. CBD comes in multiple forms, including salves, oils, gummies, and isolates. The best product for your needs depends on what you want to use CBD for in your daily life.
For instance, are you looking to try CBD to see if it enhances your well being? Are you an athlete or physical laborer whose joints take a pounding daily?
If so, a topically applied CBD product might be best for you. Salves or creams can be applied right where you need it most, meaning that the benefits of CBD are concentrated in problem areas, such as achy knees, sore shoulders, or stiff backs.
However, if you want to see if CBD assists in managing everyday stress, sleep disturbances, or mood swings, it may be more beneficial to take CBD orally. For a great taste, CBD gummies may be your preferred method over CBD oil drops. Ingesting CBD is the fastest way to deliver the benefits of CBD to your system.
Some individuals may prefer to take CBD isolate, which is CBD on its own. CBD Isolate contains no other phytocannabinoids. While you will not experience the entourage effect of all the cannabinoids, this is still an effective option for individuals who are sensitive to or do not want to ingest THC.
There is no right or wrong answer. It all comes down to what you feel will provide you with the best possible benefits. You can experiment until you find the product that best suits your needs.
#10 – The Safety of CBD
CBD has not been associated with any habit-forming qualities, and it is almost impossible to overdose from. Additionally, CBD does not cause chronic constipation, as opioids do. For many, CBD may be a better option to enhance your well being.
A very small minority may experience nausea or irritability when taking CBD. However, few other side effects have been discovered. It may interact with some blood thinners and medications by a mechanism identical to that of grapefruit juice. When compared to many pharmaceutical drugs, this is a very short side effect list.
However, it is still important to seek professional medical advice when introducing a change to your dietary, exercise, supplement, or medication routine. Talk to your doctor about trying CBD.
Don’t just go out and buy CBD oil on a whim. Take your time, do your research, and evaluate the product thoroughly. Ask critical, conscientious questions about the company providing your CBD products. When it comes to your ability to learn about a company and the safety of its products, there should be no excuses.
At Kat’s Botanicals, it is our goal to help individuals find their path to health, wellness, and trusted CBD products. We are ready to answer your questions and provide you with all our knowledge about how CBD can benefit your life today. We guarantee all our products 100% because we aren’t happy unless you are satisfied!
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