What you should know about Hemp CBD

In this video we're going to provide a general overview of CBD, how it works, different products and what reasons or use cases you might want to use it for. Along with this video right below the video, you'll see there's a link for an infographic, we talked a little bit about the source and hemp versus marijuana versus cannabis, what those terms mean, and where does CBD come from? You might have heard CBD's in hemp, but it's also in marijuana, and it's also in cannabis. We have a nice infographic that breaks that down right below this video.

So the first thing I want to talk about is the supplier or the source that you get the product from. The second thing I want to discuss is the infusion method or the extraction method. The third category is dose, how much CBD should you consume? And the fourth category is different use cases and which way and to fit with your lifestyle can you use CBD products, and how might they be able to help you?

So let's start with the first one, the supplier, the source. This is one of the most important things to consider and do a little research on before buying your CBD products. Unfortunately, right now, there's not any clear guidelines, laws or regulations for testing protocols, and where hemp can be sourced from and is it tested for pesticides, heavy metals? And is the dose on the bottle accurate? Is there 100 milligrams of CBD in there? Or is it 50 or potentially zero. Snake oil unfortunately, right now is a huge concern in the industry as a lot of companies are making these products, and just trying to make money while not making a quality product. So you have to research the company and figure out if this seems like a legitimate good actor, or if it seems like a company that might just be trying to make a quick dollar. Couple of ways to do that. First thing I would do is go to their website, does it look professional? I would probably try to contact them if they have a contact page or an email there. If they have a phone number, give them a call and just see how they communicate. Ask them about their testing results. See if they'll send those to you. If they have those, that's a better sign that it's probably a legitimate company, but it doesn't necessarily guarantee it. They could send you a test result that may not have actually been from the product that you purchased. Another thing that can be helpful is look for a company that's licensed by the state to make THC products. Odds are that the CBD only product they're making is also legitimate because a company that's already built a product line and a brand isn't going to want to put that in jeopardy by selling a shady, shoddy CBD product with not what it says it has in there or pesticides and things like that. So that's kind of another thing you can look for, that will help tell you or show if it's a reliable company. If you find a product that works for you, keep buying from that company, that's a good sign that they have a quality product, what's in it is what they say is in it. And if it works for you and you try it the second and the third time and it works consistently, that's a good sign that you found a good company and someone that you could reliably purchase from.

Second thing is the infusion method if it's an edible or the extraction method, if it's an extract or a concentrate. This basically means how is the CBD pulled out of the hemp or the cannabis plant. There's kind of two categories and the one is full spectrum, and the other one is distillate or isolate. What a distillate is essentially is the CBD molecule on its own. It doesn't have any other compounds or components from the cannabis plant. And those other compounds are really important. They don't, CBD doesn't act on its own. It has to do with the Entourage effect and the way it interacts with all the other cannabinoids and terpenes that are in the hemp plant. The other category, full spectrum, means that it got the full profile of that cannabis strain into the product. In general, those products are more effective and a little bit better experience and maybe more targeted. If you're looking for a specific use for CBD, the full spectrum product may be a little more accurate or effective on its effects that you're looking for. There's also another category off full spectrum called broad spectrum. A broad spectrum product has zero THC in it, but while it does have the other compounds that are in cannabis like terpenes and other minor cannabinoids. And so you may want to look for a broad spectrum product if you potentially could get drug tested at work, if you're in a state that doesn't have a legalized program, you kind of have to be careful there on getting products that may have a little bit of THC in them, especially if getting drug tested could potentially happen to you.

So dose - how much CBD should you take? It depends on a couple of different things. One, Why are using the product? Which we're going to talk about next. And then Two, you as a person. Everybody's body is different. We metabolize cannabis, CBD, THC, differently, but it's also different based on the last thing we just talked about, the infusion or extraction method that is used. So what you have to do is a little bit experimentation and trial and error to see what CBD dose works best for you. The good thing is, is that you can't really over-consume on CBD. So whereas a THC product, if you take too much, it can really be a negative experience, things that you might have heard about leading to a feeling of paranoia or fear potentially. With CBD, if you consume too much, there's not that high or psychoactive effect, like there is with THC products. So in general, CBD isolate or distillate on its own, you're going to need a much higher dose to get the same effect as if you had a broad spectrum or a full spectrum product. And it changes depending on what you're trying to use it for. If it's the slightly reduce anxiety, maybe sleep all the way through the night, help with aches and pains, your dose will vary. A general guideline to start with, if it's a distillate CBD product, you're probably going to need upwards of 100 milligrams, maybe 300, 400 milligrams potentially. Again, really depends on why you're looking to use the product and how your body interacts with CBD and how it metabolizes it. Where if you use a broad spectrum product, an effective dose may be lower, down around 40 to 50 milligrams, maybe as high as 100 milligrams. It really depends a lot on the other things that are in that broad spectrum or full spectrum product like THC, other minor cannabinoids, terpenes, things like that. So experimental little bit, keep slowly upping the dose, upping the dose. Be careful, you know consuming too much then your costs go up and you have to consume more product. But you can keep trying and find a spot that works really well for you where you notice the effects are what you're looking for. And that's probably your ideal CBD dose that you can rely on.

And then the use cases - so, what can use CBD for? And the answer is a lot of things. We're learning a lot right now, there's constantly new studies of how CBD can help. But if you've heard a story about CBD helping with this, and you have something similar, it is likely that it may be able to help. And so from medicinal, whether it's for pain, and all the way to recreational or well-being, could be for sleep, anti anxiety, even creativity if you're a writer or an artist. Going hiking on a Saturday, it can help endurance and athletes. There's a lot of different uses that people are using CBD for, and again, not a lot of downsides to giving it a try, so try a couple different CBD products and it may be able to help you

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