Many people are confused about CBD and hopefully a simple flow of questions (FAQ for frequently asked questions) can help funnel people into the right product but also keep them from falling prey to marketing lingo and flawed, if not false advertising.
First thing you need to ask yourself is:
What do what CBD for?
Is it life threatening?
(Do I really need THC, THCa?)
Am I looking for dietary supplementation?
(If yes, you are a cannabis seed oil customer and want something that comes from cold pressed cannabis seeds that are rich in omega oils that help our bodies upregulate internal systems)
(“Hempseed Oil”, “Hemp Oil”, “Hemp Cooking Oil” “Salad Dressing Oil”)
Am I looking for something with higher potency?
(Potency is described by milligrams per milliliter of carrier. In most standard labeling terms, a 30ml bottle will contain an amount of CBD between zero and infinity with most products falling between 100 and 2500. Potency is defined both by the mg/g of cannabinoid content but also the mg/g of terpene content. Most CBD products do not list terpene content due to cost of testing and the minuscule amount that is found in the majority of “imported CBD specialty products. Also terpene labs are left off because the vast majority of CBD cultivars are rich in a single terpene called beta myrcene and Myrcene”.)
(High Potency: 1800mg or more per 30ml bottle. Medium potency: 1000mg or so per 30ml bottle. Low potency: 600mg or less per 30ml bottle)
Do I need high potency?
(What is the daily necessity need of CBD per day to have an impact on your symptoms? This has not been medically explained by anyone with credentials so we have to rely on anecdotal evidence and the subjective nature of cannabis and the folk medicine nature of the plant render this question very difficult to answer. CBD is nearly impossible to overdose on so a mindful “stairstepping technique” can be employed with dosing to find where the dose impacts the edge of your symptoms. If you can navigate the math to find out how many drops of carrier oil you need to get to 2mg of CBD, this would be the increment to use in stepping up – 2mg more each dose until a noticeably beneficial change is experienced. How often to dose? About every 3 hours is an honest interval)
Does the carrier oil matter?
(Opinion here – yes!!!!! Carrier is the material the CBD is emulsified into, to make it more absorbable to the body. Cannabis makes the perfect carrier oil with its own seeds, many people buy it specifically for its intrinsic CBD content as well as Omega oils. The market has many varieties of carrier though and many popular ones are “MCT Coconut Oil”, Flax Seed Oil, Coconut oil, pumpkin seed oil, avacado oil, camelina oil. The oil has a nutritional value of its own and each has its own profile of omega oils that help our systems in various ways. Hemp seed oil or cannabis seed oil or canna oil is by far the most desirable but because of current laws, drives up the price because hempseed is not being grown worldwide like it could be – other carrier oils are far more popular right now because they are inexpensive, clean, and have a solid value of their own for nutritive intake. Please shop wisely and pay attention to the origin of where your carrier oil comes from – palm oil, emu oil, and European olive oil are not good industries to support right now for various reasons.)
Do I need other additives?
(NO!!!! Emphatically- No. Do not think that CBD works better with another particular additive. This is snake oil marketing and people attempting to cover up the natural taste of the active resin or the carrier oil or both. Additives are what companies use to try to get people to feel compelled to “consume” their product based on a flavor preference or some other superfluous detail. Added terpenes, flavorings, preservatives, herbal mixtures, or colorings should be seen as a major indicator that the product is being “hustled” instead of “offered”. Products that come from companies that offer a piece of merchandise have more value built into efficacy than on profit where something is hustled to gain monetary increase)
Does Origin matter?
(Yes!!!!! Origin is everything. Cannabis grows CBD in varying levels. Cannabis has been bred for many different things but only until recently has it been looked at for CBD. This means that most companies are stripping CBD from industrial byproducts that were not originally for CBD and contain harmful adulterants. These are imported, extracted and sold as fancy labeled bottles with lots of additives. These imported products might look like they are domestic but this is done under clever marketing where only the extraction work is done here where the product is coming from foreign countries with little to no vigilance towards organics because the Cannabis was being grown industrially for fiber or some other constituent. These are called “isolate products” because the CBD is being isolated from industrial byproduct. This is by far the most risky CBD product on the market because adulterants that are poisonous or toxifying to the body are condensed within the isolation process and this leads to very high amounts of very harmful things being diluted back down into carrier solutions for ingestion.)
Are domestic products all safe or are there risky American hemp products?
(Yes, all cannabis products are risky until proven safe due to the plants tremendous soil cleaning abilities. It sucks up bad things from the soil like pesticides, heavy metals, radiation, and nutritive imbalances. Cannabis cleans soil so well that it has be grown in very clean growing medium due to the way it vacuums things and stores them. This means that you want to find out if the company tested soil samples before growing and made sure what they grew in was clean to begin with. This means that you want to ask for lab results of the plant material before it was extracted, lab results of the oil after extraction, and lab results after the oil has been emulsified in its final form in carrier oil. Is the company reputable? Do they have a history? Does it use reputable labs? Do those labs do heavy metal testing? Does it use numerous labs for the same tests? Does it cross check its final product at random for potency? These are all questions you want to ask the company that is trying to provide you with a “clean” product. If they can’t answer questions you know they should be, then you know that the corners have been cut and marketing instead of science was used for the product.).
How do I know what kind of CBD to buy?
(CBD is either a primary source product or it’s a byproduct from another primary process or product. For instance, I could grow a massive field of seed-bering cannabis, de-seed it, sell the seeds, and then the remaining plant material and extract it for CBD resin. The resin you buy from me is technically a secondary source byproduct but you have no idea. Another example is if I grow a huge field of fiber-producing cannabis and I process off the fiber and then extract the leftover plant material for CBD resin. This is very dangerous to do because organic standards for fiber is very low compared to edible seed crop. The cannabis picks up bad things, I don’t care about the fiber but the CBD is going to be ingested! Primary source CBD comes from farmers who plant cannabis in a style called “sensimilla” that removes all male plants so that pollen does not transmit to the female flowers and produce seeds. Female flowers produce resin in copious amounts when it is sexually frustrated and not getting pollinated. This style of growing is exactly the same protocol as what growers use for high THC growing, the resin is the prized product and growing 100% female plants with no seeds makes the most potent cannabinoid and terpene rich resin that gets extracted and concentrated – which is called Hashish – and this resin is then carried into a Oil like stated above for absorption. CBD that comes from pressed seed byproduct is has exactly the same CBD properties but will not be as concentrated/potent. The short answer to this question is “primary source CBD Hashish, or CBD resin, or CBD cannabis oil”, grown and extracted here in the United States or Canada and has had the soil, the plant material, the resin, the carrier oil, and the final alchemy all tested for pesticides, fungicides, heavy metals and anything that could be in the water).
Does the extraction type matter?
(Yes, but not as much as origin and purity. By far the most popular extraction method in the CBD world is super critical CO2 and this is the same methodology that is used in Lavender and perfume essential oil industries. Second to carbon dioxide is butane and after butane is ethanol. Each extraction type has its pros and cons and for the layman or beginner, simply make sure the product is pure before you start choosing products based on extraction type. Some solvents pull really bad things because they are polar and other solvents are highly targeted in their abilities and high pressure screening can also play a part. CO2 is very safe because it doesn’t leave a solvent residue behind but it also has its negatives in that it has a hard time pulling beneficial terpenes. Generally speaking, the grower makes the product, not the extraction type and I suggest everyone being aware but not make buying choices based on extraction style.)
Why am I so confused about lingo, naming, and nomenclature of products?
(Cannabis is grown everywhere in the world but we continue to confuse people by saying we are growing “hemp”. Hemp does not grow because hemp is not a plant; hemp is a vegetative byproduct of many different families of plants that are all called “sativas”. SATIVA in Latin means “cultivated” and a good way to understand hemp is to use the phrase “cannabis is always hemp but hemp is not always cannabis”. Hemp can be jute, camelina, bamboo, kenaf, rice, or even soy. We make a thousand and one things out of hemp in the world and only a small portion of those are grown from cannabis. Hemp though has been bastardized by the government to mean low THC cannabis and so many companies are trying to steer clear of federal boogeyman by utilizing terms like “hemp oil, hemp”. CBD is called a “cannabinoid” not a “hempenoid”, and people that say that CBD doesn’t come from “marijuana” and only from “hemp” are just as ignorant as those who say “hemp” doesn’t have THC. People who want CBD want HASHISH. It’s the same stuff hippies wanted – just a different active ingredient. Hashish is the term for “resin” or “oil” or “glands” or “concentrated trichomes”. This is what we want to dose ourselves with for bouncing back from health conditions. “Hemp oil” is simply pressed seed byproduct that has CBD but in far more diluted concentrations. Again the most perfect product is a pressed seed oil as a carrier for a CBD resin that is emulsified and then dosed by the droplet. The most important thing to remember is that cannabis is hemp but hemp is not always cannabis and that the term “hemp oil” is thrown around with no respect for whether it is resin or simple pressed seed oil.)
What should I really be paying per milligram of CBD?
(Honest companies do not need to charge exorbitant amounts for something that is growing abundantly. This is marred by Prohibitionism and the black markets it creates and creates scarcity that dishonest peddelers and scam artists take advantage of. Clean, potent CBD is a scarcity yet as not many states are able to get major crops extracted for resin that meet federal THC limits for “hemp”. This is changing rapidly and last year and this year has provided many American firms to make clean CBD resin for ingestion in a tincture. This is now being reflected in the many well branded and marketed Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and few smaller Agriculture only companies are coming online with simple, clean, potent products. Think of CBD in terms of dollar per milligram or dollar per dose. Right now in mid-2017, in America, high quality CBD can be found for under 10 cents per milligram and a few fret companies are under 8 cents already.)
If I’m in a medical state, legal state, CBD only state, or agricultural state, do I have more rights than a total black market state citizen?
(Yes and no. Get your medical card if you have any access to one as dosing THCA is very effective compared to just dosing CBD alone. You can find products that have small ratios of THC as well as ratios of THCa that get mixed with CBD resin to create what’s referred to as “the ensemble effect” that refers to the plant’s effectiveness based on having the most full amount of plant constituents present in the medicine – all organic compounds accounted for so that our bodies can gain the full benefit and up-regulation that comes from the combination or ensemble of compounds. If you live in a total black market state, luckily right now you can order-in from anywhere and it’s just a matter of knowing the right things to make the right choices and be a vigilant, informed consumer of homeopathic cannabis products that is rife with fraud, mismarketing, and dirty poisonous products.)
Should I buy CBD solely on the price per milligram?
(NO!!!!! Read above, origin is most important! To spend more on a safer, more potent product is far better than to save a few bucks only to get sicker from something that is contaminated or lacks the advertised potency. An exorbitant amount for CBD would begin in the 15 – 25 cents per milligram….but this is subjective and specific to a snapshot in time. Quality over quantity should be the rule of thumb)
Do you have a list of CBD companies with potent, pure products at reasonable pricing?
(Yes, please email below – list coming)
Hope this helps.
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