CBD BUYING GUIDE


The world of CBD can be overwhelming. There are thousands of products available: tinctures, capsules, vaporizers, skincare, creams, balms, edibles, drinks. It seems that every day there’s something new on the market with CBD in it. With all of the options and the cacophony of information out there, it can be incredibly difficult to cut through the noise and find the product that’s best for you.

CBD BUYING GUIDE


The world of CBD can be overwhelming. There are thousands of products available: tinctures, capsules, vaporizers, skincare, creams, balms, edibles, drinks. It seems that every day there’s something new on the market with CBD in it. With all of the options and the cacophony of information out there, it can be incredibly difficult to cut through the noise and find the product that’s best for you.

HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT CBD PRODUCTS FOR YOUR NEEDS 

JUNE 23, 2019 by ALLISON GLENNIE

HARVEST HEMP has created this guide to help you find the ideal CBD products for your specific needs and to aid you in shaping a treatment plan that optimizes the benefits of this incredible compound. In this guide, we will explore the fundamentals of selecting a CBD product, the 5 major delivery methods of CBD, and how to find your perfect dose.


Before we delve too far into these details, it’s essential to have a good understanding of what CBD is, and how it interacts in your body. If you would like to learn more about the basics of CBD, click here. 


FIRST THINGS FIRST, any buyer of CBD needs to know what they’re hoping to accomplish by taking it. CBD has over 65 targets throughout the body, meaning it has a wide variety of therapeutic applications and effects. Identifying your primary health goals will make it much easier to select the right product for you. 

HARVEST HEMP has created this guide to help you find the ideal CBD products for your specific needs and to aid you in shaping a treatment plan that optimizes the benefits of this incredible compound. In this guide, we will explore the fundamentals of selecting a CBD product, the 5 major delivery methods of CBD, and how to find your perfect dose.


Before we delve too far into these details, it’s essential to have an understanding of what CBD is, and how it interacts in your body. To learn more about the basics of CBD, click below! 

INTRO TO CBD

FIRST THINGS FIRST, any buyer of CBD needs to know what they’re hoping to accomplish by taking it. CBD has over 65 targets throughout the body, meaning it has a wide variety of therapeutic applications and effects. Identifying your primary health goals will make it much easier to select the right product for you. 

KEY CONSIDERATIONS in SELECTING THE RIGHT CBD PRODUCTS

  • What do you aim to improve by using CBD? 
  • Do you want Full-Spectrum or THC-free CBD? 
  • Are you looking to ease muscle & joint pain, chronic pain from an old injury, or arthritis? 
  • Are you dealing with difficulties in your emotional health or mood? 
  • Are you just curious about CBD and looking for improvement in your overall health, rather than addressing a specific ailment or issue? 

NEXT, you’ll need to highlight the physical areas you want to target with your CBD use. For example, if you’re dealing with muscular or joint pain, a topical option is ideal as it can quickly pass through the skin and enter the blood supply directly at the source of your pain – meaning the highest dose is administered directly to the area in the most need. Alternatively, if you are looking to address more systemic health problems, or issues pertaining to mental state, then a consumable or smokable product is the better option for you.

FINALLY, consider how quickly you want to see results. Each method of administering CBD has a different time span in which it is effective, and a different speed at which you will first feel its effects. Some CBD products deliver a quick, concentrated dose of CBD while others deliver more steady concentrations over a prolonged period of time.   

INTRO TO BIOAVAILABILITY OF CBD

This difference in the degree and rate at which a CBD product is absorbed into the bloodstream is referred to as its bioavailability. Bioavailability determines how much CBD is actually utilized across your body, and it varies drastically based on the product’s CBD concentration and consumption method. Below are examples of how two popular consumption methods of CBD affect bioavailability - read on for detailed profiles of each of the 5 major consumption methods.

ORAL INGESTION
(Tinctures, Edibles, Gummies, Beverages)

Ingesting CBD can delay its absorption by up to 2 hours (or longer) as it needs to travel through the digestive system before it enters the bloodstream and begins to take effect. Consuming CBD this way means that the molecules remain in the blood for much longer (6-10 hours), due to the longer molecular breakdown process facilitated by digestion. 

INHALATION
(Vaporizers, Vape Juice, Smokeables)
Inhalation, on the other hand, has the fastest onset as the CBD travels directly to the bloodstream through your lung tissue. This also means that inhaled CBD has a much shorter presence in the bloodstream (just 2-4 hours). Inhalation is a delivery method designed to provide a higher concentration of CBD for a shorter period of time.    

THC-FREE VS.
FULL-SPECTRUM

THC-FREE VS.
FULL-SPECTRUM

INTRO TO CBD

THE 4 CORE CBD DELIVERY METHODS


1. ORAL (SUBLINGUAL)

PRODUCTS 
CBD Oils, Tinctures

HOW DOES IT WORK 

CBD can be quickly and efficiently absorbed directly into your bloodstream via the capillary-dense area underneath your tongue and gum tissue. This method allows the CBD molecules to bypass the ‘first-pass metabolism’ of the digestive tract and liver, making them more bioavailable. Tinctures and CBD oils are generally administered through a graduated dropper for ease of application and dose control. Tinctures also commonly utilize a fat-based carrier oil (often coconut oil or hemp seed oil) to preserve the potency and aid in the delivery of the CBD.
 

ONSET TIME & DURATION OF EFFECTS 
Sublingual applications of CBD are much faster than traditional ingestion through swallowing. Peak levels of CBD will be maintained for approximately 0.5 - 5 hours or longer and should take effect within 20 – 40 minutes depending on factors such as recent fluid or food consumption.


IMPORTANT NOTES  

• Food consumption will directly impact the bioavailability of CBD through sublingual dosing. This happens in a couple of ways. The chewing of food increases blood flow to the mouth, which can increase the absorption of CBD, research indicates that this can be as profound as a 5 x increase in absorption. That being said, eating too close to the time of administration can dilute the CBD, prolonging the time in which it takes the CBD to enter your bloodstream. 


• Ideally, you’ll want to keep the CBD oil or tincture in your mouth for up to a minute and a half before swallowing it. This increased and prolonged contact with the surface of your mouth directly increases the absorption of the CBD through the capillaries in your mouth. Vigorous swishing in the mouth also increases this surface contact. 


• The herby and earthy taste of CBD tinctures is not for everyone, if taste is a significant factor in your CBD experience, then other methods of consumption are recommended.  

2. ORAL (SWALLOWED)

PRODUCTS 
CBD Oils, Tinctures, Edibles, Drinks, Capsules, and Powders.

HOW DOES IT WORK 

Orally ingesting CBD means that it is absorbed into your bloodstream by passing through the lining of the digestive system and metabolizing in the liver, creating a steady and prolonged dose of CBD. This delivery method is ideal for long-term CBD supplementation. CBD can be easily added to any food or drink item. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-made CBD edibles for convenience and dosage consistency.
 

ONSET TIME & DURATION OF EFFECTS 
While this is the slowest method for CBD absorption, it results in the longest period of activity in your body. It can take up to 2 hours to fully take effect, but peak bloodstream levels can last anywhere between 1-6 hours. This product is not designed as a quick fix and should be taken routinely for optimum effect.


IMPORTANT NOTES  

• Food can impact the body’s ability to utilize CBD. In fact, more cannabinoids are absorbed on a full stomach, than on an empty stomach. Additionally, CBD is a fat-soluble compound, meaning consuming it with fats can increase its bioavailability.

 

• The same process that makes CBD more potent on a full stomach, also means that it increases the likelihood of possible prescription drug interaction. We recommend that you talk about CBD with your doctor before you begin supplementation.

 

• Ingesting CBD in the form of capsules, drinks, or edibles is one of the more portable and travel-friendly forms of CBD.

 

• CBD tinctures and oils can be added to an array of foods and infused into drinks. If taste is a significant factor in your CBD experience, ingesting these products by mixing them into other foods and drinks may help mask their herby and earthy taste. 

2. ORAL (SWALLOWED)

PRODUCTS 
CBD Oils, Tinctures, Edibles, Drinks, Capsules, and Powders.

HOW DOES IT WORK 

Orally ingesting CBD means that it is absorbed into your bloodstream by passing through the lining of the digestive system and metabolizing in the liver, creating a steady and prolonged dose of CBD. This delivery method is ideal for long-term CBD supplementation. CBD can be easily added to any food or drink item. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-made CBD edibles for convenience and dosage consistency.
 

ONSET TIME & DURATION OF EFFECTS 
While this is the slowest method for CBD absorption, it results in the longest period of activity in your body. It can take up to 2 hours to fully take effect, but peak bloodstream levels can last anywhere between 1-6 hours. This product is not designed as a quick fix and should be taken routinely for optimum effect.


IMPORTANT NOTES  

• Food can impact the body’s ability to utilize CBD. In fact, more cannabinoids are absorbed on a full stomach, than on an empty stomach. Additionally, CBD is a fat-soluble compound, meaning consuming it with fats can increase its bioavailability.

 

• The same process that makes CBD more potent on a full stomach, also means that it increases the likelihood of possible prescription drug interaction. We recommend that you talk about CBD with your doctor before you begin supplementation.

 

• Ingesting CBD in the form of capsules, drinks, or edibles is one of the more portable and travel-friendly forms of CBD.

 

• CBD tinctures and oils can be added to an array of foods and infused into drinks. If taste is a significant factor in your CBD experience, ingesting these products by mixing them into other foods and drinks may help mask their herby and earthy taste. 

3. TOPICAL & TRANSDERMAL

PRODUCTS 
Salves, Lotions, Skincare, Balms, Patches, Bath Bombs & Salts

HOW DOES IT WORK 

As discussed in our INTRO to CBD article, CBD works in conjunction with our endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoid receptors are present all over our body, including in our skin cells. Topical products diffuse CBD across the skin allowing it to reach targets closer to the surface – such as muscles and joints – where it will then act to minimize pain and reduce inflammation and calm inflamed skin. In reality, very little topically applied CBD will reach the bloodstream. Transdermal CBD products, such as patches, work differently by bypassing the skin to directly enter the bloodstream for dispersion across your body. 
 

ONSET TIME & DURATION OF EFFECTS 
Unfortunately, there is no standard activation time with topical products. The time it takes to reach a particular area is directly related to how ‘deep’ the targeted area is. Transdermal patches generally have a longer effect time of up to 4-6 hours, but often contain smaller doses of CBD.


IMPORTANT NOTES  

• Topical products are ideal for on-the-go spot treatments, but it is recommended that these products are used in conjunction with another form of CBD. Pairing a topical with another delivery method will increase its impact across your body. You can target a single issue from multiple angles by using multiple delivery methods, meaning you should see a more profound impact. 

4. INHALATION

PRODUCTS 
Vape Pens, CBD Vape Juice, Shatter and Crumble, High-CBD Flower

HOW DOES IT WORK 

Inhaling CBD is one of the fastest ways to enjoy its therapeutic effects. When inhaled, CBD passes through the lungs directly into the bloodstream. This method allows the molecules to bypass digestion, so more of the CBD you take will actively impact your body, making this an extremely efficient method of delivery. While this is the quickest method, it is also effective for the shortest amount of time, meaning you will need to dose more frequently for a prolonged effect.
 

ONSET TIME & DURATION OF EFFECTS 
As mentioned above, inhaling CBD is the fastest delivery method, meaning you should feel its effects almost immediately, reaching a peak CBD blood content within 10 minutes after dosing. However, the effects will not last as long as other methods, so you will need to take repeated doses for a longer period of active impact on your system.


IMPORTANT NOTES  

• Studies on THC have shown that inhalation technique can have drastic impacts on how much of the molecule will enter your bloodstream with each dose. We can apply this same methodology to inhaling CBD, so you get the most out of every dose, give this a try: inhale your CBD product until you reach about half of your lung’s capacity, pause (do not exhale), and finish the dose with a deep breath of air. This will maximize how much CBD is absorbed by your lungs and has the added benefit of minimizing any respiratory irritation that may occur. 

4. INHALATION

PRODUCTS 
Vape Pens, CBD Vape Juice, Shatter and Crumble, High-CBD Flower

HOW DOES IT WORK 

Inhaling CBD is one of the fastest ways to enjoy its therapeutic effects. When inhaled, CBD passes through the lungs directly into the bloodstream. This method allows the molecules to bypass digestion, so more of the CBD you take will actively impact your body, making this an extremely efficient method of delivery. While this is the quickest method, it is also effective for the shortest amount of time, meaning you will need to dose more frequently for a prolonged effect.
 

ONSET TIME & DURATION OF EFFECTS 
As mentioned above, inhaling CBD is the fastest delivery method, meaning you should feel its effects almost immediately, reaching a peak CBD blood content within 10 minutes after dosing. However, the effects will not last as long as other methods, so you will need to take repeated doses for a longer period of active impact on your system.


IMPORTANT NOTES  

• Studies on THC have shown that inhalation technique can have drastic impacts on how much of the molecule will enter your bloodstream with each dose. We can apply this same methodology to inhaling CBD, so you get the most out of every dose, give this a try: inhale your CBD product until you reach about half of your lung’s capacity, pause (do not exhale), and finish the dose with a deep breath of air. This will maximize how much CBD is absorbed by your lungs and has the added benefit of minimizing any respiratory irritation that may occur. 

HOW TO FIND YOUR IDEAL CBD DOSE


Each delivery method will impact your body in a different way, and each body metabolizes CBD uniquely, so there’s no one-size-fits-all dosage. But don’t freak out! We’ve laid out all you need to know to find your perfect dose of CBD. Finding your ideal delivery method and amount of CBD will be a journey, but the rewards are well worth the effort. 


It’s universally recommended that you start with a low dose to ensure you don’t have a negative reaction to any of the CBD product’s ingredients. Try a small puff of a vape, a few drops of an oral tincture, or test a small area of skin with a topical product. You won’t necessarily ‘feel’ the effects of CBD at this phase, but it will give you the peace of mind to ramp up your regimen. You’ll want to wait until the CBD levels in your blood reduce again (1 to 6 hours depending on which product you tried) before you build upon this first assessment dose. 


Documenting your journey can be extremely helpful. Basically, you’ll want to track your progress and maintain a record of your doses. Write a couple of statements about how you’re feeling along the way: are your symptoms diminishing? Do you feel any psychological effects from the CBD? Are you calmer or more at ease while you’re taking CBD? Some even recommend applying a kind of personal scoring system to rate your progress via a number scale. This will help you maintain a kind of mindfulness around your CBD routine, and you can adjust your dosage as you see fit based upon your responses. 


It’s also important to realize that you are not limited to a single CBD method of delivery. People often benefit from incorporating a combination of delivery methods that target their health from multiple angles. Below is a chart of just a few ways CBD products can be combined to increase their effectiveness: 

CAN YOU TAKE TOO MUCH CBD?
It would be very difficult to take too much CBD. Clinical trials have prescribed up to 1,200 milligrams of CBD daily for months at a time and researchers did not observe any serious side effects. Like many other over the counter pain relieving medications, such as acetaminophen, there is some risk of liver damage, but the amount of CBD you’d have to consume (over 60 suggested servings per day) means that such negative reactions are highly unlikely. Chances of negative side effects or liver damage are increased if CBD is taken with certain prescription drugs (particularly those which interact negatively with grapefruit), which is why it is important to discuss beginning a CBD routine with your doctor or pharmacist.


SOME FINAL THOUGHTS

As of now, there is no universal measuring system for the strength of CBD products. Seemingly similar products can have completely different amounts of CBD per serving size and recommended dosing varies from company to company, meaning it takes time and research to be sure you’re getting the right amount of CBD for you, and that you’re paying a fair price. 


HARVEST HEMP takes away some of the burden when it comes to comparing and researching which product is best for you. Our website has been specifically designed to make it as easy as possible to compare the “apples and oranges” of CBD products. Our online store clearly displays badges that detail the milligrams of CBD present in each serving of our consumable products, so you can quickly determine which strength works best for your wellness routine. 


The effects and dosage of CBD are not an exact science yet. As it has boomed in popularity, clinical research into CBD has dramatically increased, but we still have a lot to learn. CBD dosing is a complicated and nuanced subject, and due to the uniqueness of those who use it, standardization in CBD products and dosing isn’t a possibility yet. This means that there are no established rules around using CBD to achieve your health goals. 


THAT BEING SAID, Harvest Hemp Supply Co. was founded to spread the incredible potential of CBD, and to improve the lifestyles and health of our customers. We hope this guide has helped you gain a better grasp on how to begin your wellness journey with CBD. Please contact us at any time if you have further questions regarding CBD in general or need further guidance while finding your perfect products. We are here to help you discover better: better health, better quality of life, and better value. 

HOW TO FIND YOUR IDEAL CBD DOSE


Each delivery method will impact your body in a different way, and each body metabolizes CBD uniquely, so there’s no one-size-fits-all dosage. But don’t freak out! We’ve laid out all you need to know to find your perfect dose of CBD. Finding your ideal delivery method and amount of CBD will be a journey, but the rewards are well worth the effort. 


It’s universally recommended that you start with a low dose to ensure you don’t have a negative reaction to any of the CBD product’s ingredients. Try a small puff of a vape, a few drops of an oral tincture, or test a small area of skin with a topical product. You won’t necessarily ‘feel’ the effects of CBD at this phase, but it will give you the peace of mind to ramp up your regimen. You’ll want to wait until the CBD levels in your blood reduce again (1 to 6 hours depending on which product you tried) before you build upon this first assessment dose. 


Documenting your journey can be extremely helpful. Basically, you’ll want to track your progress and maintain a record of your doses. Write a couple of statements about how you’re feeling along the way: are your symptoms diminishing? Do you feel any psychological effects from the CBD? Are you calmer or more at ease while you’re taking CBD? Some even recommend applying a kind of personal scoring system to rate your progress via a number scale. This will help you maintain a kind of mindfulness around your CBD routine, and you can adjust your dosage as you see fit based upon your responses. 


It’s also important to realize that you are not limited to a single CBD method of delivery. People often benefit from incorporating a combination of delivery methods that target their health from multiple angles. Below is a chart of just a few ways CBD products can be combined to increase their effectiveness: 

CAN YOU TAKE TOO MUCH CBD?
It would be very difficult to take too much CBD. Clinical trials have prescribed up to 1,200 milligrams of CBD daily for months at a time and researchers did not observe any serious side effects. Like many other over the counter pain relieving medications, such as acetaminophen, there is some risk of liver damage, but the amount of CBD you’d have to consume (over 60 suggested servings per day) means that such negative reactions are highly unlikely. Chances of negative side effects or liver damage are increased if CBD is taken with certain prescription drugs (particularly those which interact negatively with grapefruit), which is why it is important to discuss beginning a CBD routine with your doctor or pharmacist.


SOME FINAL THOUGHTS

As of now, there is no universal measuring system for the strength of CBD products. Seemingly similar products can have completely different amounts of CBD per serving size and recommended dosing varies from company to company, meaning it takes time and research to be sure you’re getting the right amount of CBD for you, and that you’re paying a fair price. 


HARVEST HEMP takes away some of the burden when it comes to comparing and researching which product is best for you. Our website has been specifically designed to make it as easy as possible to compare the “apples and oranges” of CBD products. Our online store clearly displays badges that detail the milligrams of CBD present in each serving of our consumable products, so you can quickly determine which strength works best for your wellness routine. 


The effects and dosage of CBD are not an exact science yet. As it has boomed in popularity, clinical research into CBD has dramatically increased, but we still have a lot to learn. CBD dosing is a complicated and nuanced subject, and due to the uniqueness of those who use it, standardization in CBD products and dosing isn’t a possibility yet. This means that there are no established rules around using CBD to achieve your health goals. 


THAT BEING SAID, Harvest Hemp Supply Co. was founded to spread the incredible potential of CBD, and to improve the lifestyles and health of our customers. We hope this guide has helped you gain a better grasp on how to begin your wellness journey with CBD. Please contact us at any time if you have further questions regarding CBD in general or need further guidance while finding your perfect products. We are here to help you discover better: better health, better quality of life, and better value. 

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