There’s been a lot of information flying around about CBD oil – it’s become something of a buzzword. That can make it difficult to sift through all the claims, understand the actual benefits, and find the best CBD wellness products for you. Though you’ll want to take some of what you hear with a pinch of salt, there are real benefits to adding CBD-infused products into your daily wellness routine.*
CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant, typically containing only cannabidiol (that’s what CBD stands for!) and very small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what produces the intoxicating weed “high.” This distinguishes CBD oil and other cannabis products that recreational users smoke. It’s not about the buzz; it’s about helping you feel a little better in your body, whether relieving discomfort or alleviating tension.*
Different Types of CBD Oil
When you’re first dipping your toe into the world of CBD products, it can become overwhelming. Once you get to know the terminology and different kinds of CBD oils and products that are available, though, it will become easier to find what you’re looking for. Always buy your CBD products from trusted, certified sources to ensure they are high quality, have lab reports to verify they actually contain the listed ingredients, and are from a reputable source who is transparent about where their CBD comes from.
The first confusing terms you might encounter are “full spectrum” and “broad spectrum.” Full-spectrum CBD oil contains all of the different components of the hemp plant, including terpenes (which give the plant its scents) and flavonoids. As a result of the inclusion of more elements of the cannabis plant, it’s important to note that these oils retain trace amounts of THC. According to US federal law, it must be less than 0.3%. On the other hand, “broad spectrum” CBD oil is entirely free of THC while still keeping some of the other elements. Always check the ingredients carefully to ensure your broad-spectrum CBD oil is indeed free of THC.
If all you want is the CBD itself, then CBD isolate is what you’re looking for. This is the purest form of CBD, without any other compounds. Using the pure oil means that you can really get a sense of CBD’s effects on you and your body without any other ingredients to potentially muddy the waters.
Anecdotally, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products are seen as more effective as you get the “entourage effect,” the ingredients interact to provide an overall more potent effect. Essentially, the sum of the compounds creates a more synergistic effect and makes for a more effective product.*
The general rule with CBD products is to start with a low dose and work your way up from there. Don’t be tempted to throw yourself in the deep end with a high-dosage oil. Each one of our bodies interacts with ingredients the same way, and there are numerous physical and dietary factors that can influence your body’s uptake of CBD. Much the same way a glass of wine will affect people very differently.
CBD Oil Products
When looking for CBD products, it can seem a little whimsical – gummies aren’t usually associated with adult remedies. Before you dismiss these edible products, though, remember that what works for you may not work for someone else. Everybody has different needs, so you just need to find which form of CBD oil works best for you.
Tinctures, another word for CBD oil – are made up of a hemp extract, a carrier oil, and sometimes a flavoring. These pipettes usually have a doser, although it can be harder to be precise versus other formats like capsules or gummies. However, some may prefer an oil or tincture because more CBD may be absorbed into the bloodstream with this delivery method. This could give you longer-lasting results and a little more value for money.
The fastest-growing category of CBD products is edibles. From gummies to brownies and even beverages, there is a wide range to choose from. This might be the easiest form of CBD to consume, especially on the go. Keep in mind that, like oils and tinctures, it can be difficult to control the dosage when you take an edible. It’s also good to remember that taking CBD via an edible means it will only be released into your bloodstream as the food is digested, meaning the effects may be delayed, making it a lot harder to dose. Check your state’s laws to ensure the edible products you’re considering are legally available.
The last main way to use CBD is a topical cream that you can apply directly to your skin. CBD creams, salves, and lotions often use a broad-spectrum CBD. People use this to soothe the targeted areas of skin or joints.* Creams may have lower amounts of CBD than other forms, and when applied to the skin, it will take some time for the CBD to penetrate and be absorbed. When it comes to topical CBD, it’s important to be consistent, making it a part of your daily routine.
Whichever type of CBD you choose, do your research so that you’re aware of the risks and can make an informed choice. Our CBD Starter Kit contains a variety of CBD products for you to try, including our CBD Relief Balm and CBD Massage Oil.
Choosing High-Quality CBD Oil
Once you’ve decided to start your CBD journey, finding a good-quality oil from a trusted provider is crucial. The FDA does not currently regulate CBD, but there are some ways to ensure that you’re getting the best CBD products.
Your first port of call is the label. Does it include the manufacturer’s name and address? Does it give you the cannabinoid content, a full ingredient list, and a suggested dosage? Does it have a production number and expiration date? Paying attention to details like this will help you tell the fly-by-nights from the real deals.
Find out if your product has a Certificate of Analysis to show that it’s been independently tested by a third-party laboratory. This will let you know that the information on the label is correct and the product is safe. You should be able to find a certificate for every product on the brand’s website.
Finally, we recommend that you do your shopping at reputable places. Companies like JACANA Wellness, which provides information about growing and manufacturing practices as well as meeting the above requirements, are your best bet. Even the quality of the packaging itself will give you a clue as to the quality of their CBD oils and cannabis products. CBD can stick to plastic, so make sure you go for a glass bottle so no product goes to waste.
Like all our products, our Full-Spectrum CBD Oil is all-natural, laboratory-tested, and allergy-free. Take a look at our full range on our website.
Finding the Top CBD Products for You
Incorporating CBD oils into your daily routine can greatly improve your quality of life.* The type of CBD you choose will often be based on what you want to address. Whether you just need a little help relaxing during a stressful time or find that CBD helps ease body discomfort,* you can find products that work for you.
At JACANA, we pride ourselves on always delivering top-quality cannabis products. From farm to store, care and attention go into every step to ensure you have the best possible CBD experience. Find our full range of products on our website – today might be the day your “green wellness” journey begins.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.