You’ve probably heard of CBD before, but it may be a new option you’re considering or wanting to learn more about. If that’s the case, you’re in the right place! CBD is a great way to access incredible relief without resorting to harsh prescription drugs and chemicals.
There are many forms of CBD products with varying potencies, and the optimal dosage level will be different for each person and their ailment. The best CBD product for you largely comes down to personal preference and the benefits you’re looking for.
If you’re new to CBD, you likely aren’t even sure what your personal preference is. Don’t worry, CBD is plenty approachable and easy to understand with a bit of patience. Here, we’ll go over everything you need to know when looking to incorporate the healing power of CBD into your life.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a cannabinoid that’s naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. Next to THC, it is the second most prevalent cannabinoid. It is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not cause those who use it to experience a “high” and is instead used for its medicinal benefits. Its healing powers have long been recognized and, following recent changes in legislature, research into its applications is becoming more abundant.
Is CBD a Schedule 1 Drug?
In short, no! Whereas cannabis plants with more than a .3% THC content and their derivatives are considered schedule 1 drugs by the Drug Enforcement Agency, hemp plants with a THC content below .3% and their derivatives are not considered schedule 1 drugs. All of our CBD products at Zar are sourced from hemp plants, meaning they are not considered schedule 1 drugs.
What Can CBD Help With?
CBD has helped many people suffering from a great variety of illnesses find relief. Those with chronic pain from arthritis and back issues will relish CBD’s anti-inflammatory capabilities. CBD has even been found to mitigate seizures from epilepsy syndromes where other anti-seizure medications fail. Beyond these, you can also find relief from anxiety, insomnia, depression, migraines, nausea, and even high blood pressure. While not a treatment for cancer, CBD has shown to be an anticarcinogen, meaning it helps to fight cancer cells and mitigate cancer cell formation.
How Does CBD Work in the Body?
The science behind CBD is really quite fascinating, and more research is being done every day. Cannabinoids, substances like CBD and THC, are unique because they interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body. This system affects a great multitude of bodily functions, which is part of why CBD may be helpful for so many afflictions. The endocannabinoid system (relative to CBD) is tied to learning, memory, cognition, anxiety and depression, pain, motor control, sleep, cardiovascular functions, and even immune system functions. Your body naturally produces compounds that bind to endocannabinoid receptors to affect the function of these systems. Cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, like CBD, mimic some of those compounds naturally produced by your body to stimulate function in those various systems.
Full-Spectrum CBD vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD vs. Isolate CBD
When browsing CBD products, you’ll find that they’ll typically fall into one of three naming categories: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate CBD. These are all distinctions designed to help consumers understand exactly what they’re consuming.
Something to consider is that CBD is not regulated by the FDA, meaning it is possible that some vendors may make untrue claims about their product’s potencies and contents. For your assurance and peace of mind when browsing through the ZAR website, you can look at our third-party lab reports to see exactly what’s in all of our products. We’re proud to offer premium quality products that you can be confident in, so give us a try today.
Full-spectrum CBD is the most unchanged during extraction and provides the cumulative benefits of the phytochemicals naturally present in the plant. Phytochemicals are compounds found in plants that don’t have nutritious value but can provide various health benefits. Most notable of those benefits would be their antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties, meaning they may reduce damaging free radicals and inhibit cancer growth.
Being that full-spectrum CBD isn’t heavily processed and refined, it may contain trace amounts of THC and, if taken in enough quantity, can result in a positive reading on a drug test. The percentage of THC is lower than the .3% limit set by the current legislature, meaning it is legal for use in most states, but it’s up to your discretion. If you’re in a position where that wouldn’t be acceptable, you’ll want to consider broad-spectrum or isolate CBD.
Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD in that it contains many of the disease-fighting phytochemicals naturally found in the hemp plant, but different in that all THC is removed following extraction. This way, you’ll be able to see the benefits of phytochemicals without the drawback of a positive reading on a drug test.
Isolate CBD is cannabidiol in its most pure form, as isolate products contain none of the other phytochemicals present in full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD other than CBD itself. Simply put, isolate CBD is what you’ll want if you’re looking to have pure CBD. See our lab reports for a third-party look into the potency and purity of all of our products.
The CBD Basics: Forms, Product Types, and Strengths
There are many ways to incorporate CBD into your life! When trying to figure out the best dosage for you, you’ll want to consider the appropriate dosage is relative to your body weight and what you’re looking to treat with CBD. Typical usage can range from 20mg/day to 500mg/day, so you may wish to consult your doctor. You can also get in touch with our cannatherapy experts to see how we can help you decide on a good starting dose! The great products available at ZAR are listed below.
Inhalers are 1100mg with 5.5mg/dose; 3.5g flower; 0.7g pre-rolls
This category of products includes inhalers, nasal spray, hemp flower, and pre-rolls. Inhalation is one of the quickest and most effective methods to introduce CBD to your system. Not only will you experience the most immediate effects, but your body will be able to absorb the most CBD (and beneficial phytochemicals with full and broad-spectrum varieties) when you use breathables. Pre-rolls and hemp flower are great choices if you have experience smoking and would like to try a variety that has a higher CBD content. Breathables are effective within seconds, reaching their full effect in under five minutes.
Available in 750mg bottles at 25mg CBD/capsule
CBD capsules are one of the most approachable forms of CBD. They can be taken just like vitamins and won’t leave a lingering taste or smell. Dosing is also incredibly easy, as all of the work has been done for you and is conveniently packed in capsule form. A drawback is that your digestive system isn’t as effective at absorbing CBD as some of the other methods (like inhalation), but the convenience factor may make capsules a better choice for you. Capsules will typically take effect within two hours.
Available in 1000mg, 2000mg, and 3000mg bottles
CBD oil and tinctures are made by a similar process as essential oils and, as a result, help to truly capture the essence of their source. CBD oil is taken by placing your desired dose beneath your tongue and holding it there without swallowing for about thirty seconds. This aids absorption and can yeild CBD effects in just a matter of seconds. Then, the oil is swallowed. Users can experience a second onset as it is digested over the span of thirty minutes to two hours.
Available in 1000mg gummy packages, 5mg/bag teas, 10mg honey sticks, and 30mg/cup coffee
Edibles are host to a wide variety of products ranging from gummies all the way to tea. Edibles are similar to capsules in terms of the convenience factor and the ease of finding the proper dosage, but different in the sense that they provide even greater flexibility. You can incorporate CBD into your morning routine with CBD-infused coffee or wind down before bed with a CBD chamomile tea. Like capsules, CBD edibles will hit their peak at about two hours.
Available in 1000mg pump and roll topicals, 500mg balm
These products, like creams and balms, allow CBD to be absorbed through your skin. These are great if you’re looking to assuage aches and pains, similar to how you might use topical pain ointments. Topical CBD products are incredibly easy to use and their full effect can be seen after around 90 minutes.
That’s right, CBD can help your furry friends too! If your beloved pet suffers from separation anxiety, stress, or even muscle and joint issues, CBD can be a great help! These treats and tinctures are a great way to provide aid to your pet in flavors they’ll love.
Now that you’ve learned all about CBD, be sure to browse our selection to find the perfect CBD for you! In the mix of the above products, you may see some products titled “delta 8 THC.” This is a psychoactive derivative of CBD and another cannabinoid naturally found in cannabis. For more information, we’ve explained everything about delta 8 THC to make it easy to understand. If you have any further questions, take advantage of a free consultation with one of our cannatherapy experts today! We’d be happy to help you find the relief you deserve.