With the potential to help alleviate arthritis pain, symptoms of MS, and a long list of other chronic conditions, cannabidiol (CBD) products are quickly growing in popularity for people who are looking for natural alternatives to alleviate their pain and strengthen their body’s immune system. Not all CBD products are created alike. Just as learning how to effectively read food labels allows you to make better decisions about how you are fueling your body, learning what to look for when choosing a CBD product will help you to find the one that is best for you.
What to Look For
- Hemp-Based vs. Medical Marijuana-Based
There is a misconception that CBD oil is only derived from marijuana plants. This is not true. CBD is a special compound known as a phytocannabinoid that is found in all varieties of cannabis. Since hemp plants are naturally richer in CBD, products that are derived from hemp typically contain higher percentages of this valuable compound. Since hemp has low amounts of THC (the most well-known cannabinoid in cannabis that produces the sense of a high when you smoke marijuana), hemp-based CBD products are legal in all 50 states and do not have the negative side effects associated with THC such as anxiety and increased appetite.
- Whole Plant Extracts
As we talked about in our post last week, the therapeutic value of a CBD product is significantly diminished if it is made with a purified single-compound CBD extract. On the other hand, whole plant CBD extracts are easier for our bodies to absorb and contain other beneficial compounds that help to boost the advantageous effects of CBD. When you are looking for therapeutic hemp products, check the label to make sure they are made with whole plant extracts.
- High CBD Volume & Concentration
The volume (total amount in a product) and the concentration (amount per serving/treatment) of CBD in a product are two of the most important buying factors. If you are using a hemp product that has a low volume of CBD or a low concentration of it than it is more likely that it will not have the desired therapeutic effect. Or you may have to use more of it to see results which will quickly impact your budget. This is why we strive to offer products with the ideal volume and concentration of CBD for their intended uses such as Hemptealicious™ Pure Hemp Tea with at least 25mg of CBD in each tea bag.
While the ideal amount of CBD in a product ranges depending on the type of product and your needs, most people need at least 2.5 milligrams per serving/treatment for it to be effective. For serious chronic conditions, 20+ milligrams is usually recommended. Your body weight and metabolism will also play a role in determining the amount of CBD that is most effective for you. The best way to discover the ideal concentration for you is taking it in small doses and gradually increasing over time.
For more information about the health benefits of CBD, check out Project CBD’s collection of research!