If you’re interested in trying CBD for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions on how to use CBD oil such as: What kind of CBD oil should I get? What is the best way to take CBD oil? How much CBD oil should I take?
While CBD has been growing in popularity in recent years, there is still a lot of confusion and it may be overwhelming to someone who has never tried it before.
We break down many of the common questions about CBD in this Beginner’s Guide to CBD.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a medicinal compound found in the cannabis plant. Hemp is a specific strain of cannabis that is naturally high is CBD and low in THC, which makes it ideal for extracting CBD. You can reap the benefits of CBD without the “high” associated with recreational marijuana.
CBD oil has been found to alleviate a variety of medical issues and symptoms with little to no side effects. Whether you want to relieve pain, soothe anxiety or even treat more severe neurological disorders, CBD may help.
Besides CBD, hemp also contains other beneficial compounds including 100+ minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and amino acids. When consumed together, these compounds have been shown to work synergistically and increase the healing properties of one another. This is what is called the “entourage effect”.
How Does CBD work?
The human body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that translates signals from cannabinoids through thousands of receptions in our brain, central nervous system and immune system. The ECS is responsible for regulating many functions such as appetite, sleep, pain sensitivity and immune system responses. The ECS produces cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids.
When cannabinoids from plants (phytocannabinoids) enter the body, they interact with our ECS receptors in the same way our internal cannabinoids do. These phytocannabinoids activate responses and provide a host of benefits from anxiety relief, pain management to neuroprotective properties.
3 Types of CBD Oil Extracts
There are three main types of CBD oils extracted from the hemp plant. These include Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD
Refers to the whole plant hemp extract, including up to 0.3% of THC.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Starts as full spectrum CBD that undergoes an additional process to remove the trace amounts of THC. It offers all the “entourage effect” associated with full-spectrum CBD, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body.
Contains pure CBD only, and none of the other cannabinoids, terpenes or other natural compounds found in the whole plant extract.
Research has shown that full spectrum and broad spectrum are superior for overall health and wellness than CBD isolate and provide a higher level of relief due to the whole plant profile and the entourage effect.
Broad spectrum CBD oil is an excellent choice for individuals who wish to consume the full spectrum of beneficial compounds found in hemp, but can not have any traces of THC in their system, whether for legal purposes, passing a drug test, or any other reason.
Read our previous post about Full spectrum CBD vs Broad Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate
Different Ways of Consuming CBD
As the popularity of CBD is growing, there are many different formats for taking CBD such as tinctures, capsules, topicals, vapes and edibles. While there is no “best” way to take CBD, there are some pros and cons to each and will ultimately boil down to your personal preference based on your individual goals, convenience and lifestyle.
Another factor in deciding how to take CBD is that different formats offer various levels of bioavailability, absorption rates and time frame for staying in your body.
Here are the most common ways to take CBD and the pros and cons of each.
- Fast absorption and high bioavailability when taken sublingually as the capillaries under the tongue lead directly to the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system
- Easy to use (for both humans and animals)
- Versatility (can be consumed sublingually or added to food and beverages)
- Flexible dosing (fill the dropper to the desired dose and can also be split into multiple doses throughout the day)
- Some people don’t like the taste of hemp oil
- Some people feel that the process of holding the oil under the tongue for 60-90 seconds is inconvenient compared to taking a CBD capsule
- Arguably the most convenient way to consume CBD
- Tasteless and odorless
- Exact dosage every time
- Taking a CBD capsule doesn’t feel different or intimidating if you’re used to taking vitamins, supplements or other medications
- Effects may take 1-2 hours to work as the CBD needs to go through the digestive system first
- Ingesting CBD may be less effective as the CBD must pass through the liver, which reduces its concentration before sending it to the bloodstream
Note: Although ingesting CBD capsules have a slower absorption rate and less bioavailability, Tesséra Naturals softgels use a proprietary nano-emulsion technology process, breaking down the oil into water-soluble nano-sized droplets to provide up to 5X the bioavailability of standard oil ingested orally.
- Targeted relief for specific pain and inflammation
- Useful for skin repair and skin conditions
- Can be formulated and combined with other essential oils and beneficial ingredients
- Can be messy before fully absorbing into the skin
- Does not enter the bloodstream, therefore only offers relief to the specific area applied
Vaping / Smoking
- Highest absorption rate and bioavailability
- Effects can be felt almost immediately, usually within minutes
- Easy to carry around and use on the go
- Effects will last a shorter time vs ingesting CBD orally
- Additional vaping apparatus is required
- Stigma around vaping/smoking
- Fun and convenient way to consume CBD while snacking
- Can be tasty treat
- Everyone likes to eat!
- Low absorption and bioavailability due to being processed through the digestive system
- Typically low doses of CBD vs other methods
- Some edibles include artificial ingredients and sweeteners
- Not all edibles adhere to dietary restrictions such as celiacs or vegans
- Unwanted calories
Any Other Methods?
There are a few other methods to take CBD including rectal and vaginal suppositories and intravenous injections, but for obvious reasons, these are not desirable or convenient for the general public.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?
Finding the optimal dose is an individual process as each person is different, as well as the method of ingestion, so it may take a bit of trial and error to find the right dose of CBD for you.
Several factors influence each person’s optimal dose of CBD including weight, diet, metabolism, sleep patterns, stress levels and genetics. Also some individuals are just more sensitive to the effects of CBD than others.
In any case, it’s always best to start with a low dose (we suggest starting with 10-20mg of CBD) and see how you react. You can slowly increase the dose over the next few days to find the most effective dose for you and your goals.
Most people stick to somewhere in the 10-80mg of CBD per day, with higher doses for sleep, therapeutic effects and “flare ups”.
Where Can I Buy CBD?
There are many places to buy CBD in all types and formats, but first and foremost, we highly advise against picking up some cheap unknown CBD product from your local smoke shop or gas station!
If you wish to buy CBD online, you will find the widest selection available as well as convenience of shipping to your home. You may also find reputable local retail locations that sell high quality CBD by Googling “CBD near me”… but beware as not all CBD is created equal.
For example: The “hemp” products you see on Amazon are most likely made from hemp seed oil, which do not contain any significant amounts of CBD. They will not list CBD on the label, nor any amount of actual CBD contents. Although CBD from Hemp is legal according to the 2014 and 2018 farm bill, Amazon’s policy does not allow any CBD products to be sold on their platform as of yet.
Things to look for…
Always read labels to make sure you know exactly what you’re buying.
Is the CBD full spectrum, broad spectrum, or is it a CBD isolate?
Is there any THC in the product?
How much CBD does the product actually contain? (Look for CBD contents in the entire package as well as CBD per recommended dose)
Are there other artificial ingredients or fillers?
Origin and Manufacturing
Many hemp plants obtained from Eastern Europe, Asia or other uncontrolled or unknown sources may be contaminated with harmful substances or synthetic chemicals in order to increase yield, weight or potency.
Look for hemp that is organically grown in the USA.
Are the CBD products manufactured in a GMP certified FDA registered facility?
What extraction method is used? Look for CO2 extraction for a solvent free whole plant extract.
3rd Party Lab Tests
Transparency should be key to any CBD product you are purchasing.
Make sure to review COA’s (Certificate of Analysis) and 3rd party lab tests showing the product’s potency, quality and safety. Lab tests should confirm that the product is free of heavy metals, harsh chemicals, solvents or pesticides.
We like to support companies that go above and beyond just selling a product. Learn about the company and its founders. Look for positive online reviews for the company and their products.
Does the company add value to the consumer through educational content and community support?
Does the company have good customer service and is able to answer your questions or concerns about CBD?
Does the company offer a return policy and a money-back guarantee?
How about free shipping?
Does the company give back and support good causes?
While price should not be the ultimate factor in choosing to buy CBD products, look for competitive pricing between $0.09 – $0.15 per mg of CBD, give or take.
Some companies are unnecessarily overcharging for CBD products based on their brand recognition.
The opposite extreme is also true. Watch out for unusually low prices. Keep in mind the old adage that states “you get what you pay for”.
Cheap is cheap… We believe in consuming only high quality, natural, healthy products and do not think it’s worth saving a few dollars to buy inferior quality products that may compromise your health and that of your loved ones.
Purchasing high quality CBD oil may not be cheap, but investing in your health and well being far outweighs the expense of chronic illness and disease.
The Tesséra Naturals Difference
All Tesséra Naturals CBD products are:
- Broad Spectrum CBD (THC free)
- Made from 100% organically grown non-GMO hemp
- Made in the USA from farm to bottle
- Manufactured in a GMP certified FDA registered facility
- 3rd party tested for potency, quality and safety
- Free of heavy metals, harsh chemicals, solvents or pesticides
- Legal in all 50 states, 2014/2018 Farm Bill compliant
- 30 day 100% money back guarantee
- Free shipping in the US
Lastly, every product you buy from Tesséra Naturals helps protect our planet through our partnership with onepercentfortheplanet.org!
- CBD can help with a variety of issues such as anxiety, pain, cognition and movement disorders.
- Look for full spectrum or broad spectrum, rather than CBD isolate.
- Choose your preferred format (tinctures, capsules, topicals, vapes and edibles) based on your specific conditions, lifestyle and goals.
- Experiment with dosage. Start low and slowly increase until you find the optimal dose for you.
- Read labels and review lab reports to ensure you know what you’re buying.
- Purchase CBD from a reputable source. Familiarize yourself with the company and its founders.