If you want to try CBD but you aren’t sure where to begin or you’ve tried CBD and want a better understanding of your options—keep reading! We’ll begin with what CBD is, whether it’s legal, and how to choose the right products for your individual needs.
What Is CBD?
In case you’re still unclear about what the difference is between marijuana and hemp, here’s a quick explanation.
Cannabidiol (CBD)—CBD is an active compound found in all strains of the cannabis plant. It is the compound responsible for the medicinal benefits of marijuana. This is where things can get tricky because marijuana can also be referred to as CBD. Keep reading to understand how to determine if the product you are purchasing is marijuana or hemp.
Marijuana-Derived CBD—from a legal standpoint, marijuana refers to strains of the cannabis plant that contain more than .3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the active compound that gets you high. If marijuana is legal in your state and you are taking it for medicinal purposes, be sure to inquire about how many milligrams of CBD your product contains.
Hemp-Derived CBD—also referred to as industrial hemp, this legally refers to any strain of the cannabis plant that is farmed and processed to contain .3% or less of THC. This is not enough THC to get you high. Also, check to see how many milligrams of CBD your product contains.
Hemp Seed Oil—finally, we must discuss hemp seed oil. This is a cooking oil made by cold-pressing hemp seeds. The seeds contain zero to trace amounts of CBD, not enough to provide the milligrams per serving. However, many hemp seed oil products market themselves as “hemp oil”. For example, all products sold on Amazon or eBay are hemp seed oil, as true CBD cannot be sold on either site. If the product doesn’t share the milligrams of CBD per serving, it’s hemp seed oil.
Is CBD Legal?
Before we get into how to choose the best CBD, let’s discuss its legalization.
Yes, hemp-derived CBD has been legal in all 50 states since the Farm Bill of 2018. It’s been legal in several states for a bit longer, as part of a pilot program that led to the Farm Bill of 2018.
This means that you can sell CBD in your health and wellness store, pharmacy, or other retail location. You can source your Wholesale CBD or Retail CBD from reputable online CBD brands such as Holmes Organics and our USDA-certified line of products.
However, CBD is not legal at the Federal level, so your employer, school, or extracurricular activity has the right to prohibit use. Or the right to allow use but not prohibit CBD on their property. How will they know if you are using CBD? They can require random drug tests which test for THC. While the odds are low, there is no guarantee that CBD won’t show up on a drug test.
Marijuana-derived CBD is at varying levels of CBD legality in each state.
What Are The Benefits of CBD?
With .3% or less of THC, CBD empowers you to enjoy the benefits of marijuana without the high. So, if medical marijuana is not legal in your state you now have CBD as an option. Even if recreational or medical marijuana are legal in your state, CBD provides you with the ability to soothe your symptoms and work, go to school, drive, operate heavy machinery, and do all the other things you can’t do when taking marijuana.
What Form Of CBD Is Most Effective?
Now it’s time to answer the question of “which CBD is best for me.” Our CBD softgels are one of our best sellers. They come with 25 milligrams per serving and are a discreet way to take CBD on the go, as they look like a standard dietary supplement capsule. However, many of our clients order more than one type of CBD product.
Our CBD oil tincture is versatile as you can apply it topically, take it orally, use it as cooking oil, mix it into beverages, mix it into skincare and beauty products, give it to pets as prescribed by your physician, and more. However, not everyone loves the taste of the olive oil taken directly or the CBD in the oil—which is why our softgels are so popular.
What Is The Most Economical Way To Take CBD?
This question can be answered by doing the math, not just searching for the cheapest brand or products. Figure out what each milligram costs per serving. So, a product that costs $20 less but requires you to take 2 servings to get to your daily milligrams—may cost more per serving, although less per bottle.
For most CBD brands, the oil tincture is the most cost-effective as it doesn’t have the expense of larger packaging, softgel capsules, or the ingredients required to make gummies. Also, you get what you pay for. So, while you may pay more for a premium brand, the price difference often means you have a pure product.
What Strength CBD Oil Is Right For Me?
This is something you should discuss with your medical practitioner, and test to see what works for you. For a ballpark range, most people take between 10 and 40 milligrams per serving.
The top factors that determine how many milligrams you should try per serving and how many servings per day include:
- Health conditions
You may also increase your milligrams per serving in times of high stress, such as an upcoming deadline at work or to ease the anxiety keeping you up at night. Or maybe you only take CBD in times of stress or when you want to boost your attention to detail.
In addition to milligrams, you must also consider time and delivery. Ingesting CBD takes about an hour to kick in, under the tongue takes about 30 minutes, and topical is the fastest method of soothing muscles and joints. If you eat a full meal with CBD or cook, bake, or mix it into a beverage it will degrade the milligrams per serving a bit.
How To Choose The Best CBD?
The CBD industry has only been around since the Farm Bill of 2018, and the industry is highly unregulated. So, we suggest prioritizing products that are:
- Farmed from US-grown crops
- USDA-Certified Organic
- Third-party lab tested
- Transparent about lab results
- Void of synthetic additives or fillers
Holmes Organics is proud to say that we meet the criteria above! Our products are pure, and we are fully transparent, sharing our lab results for each batch on our website. If you have any other questions, all you ever have to do is ask.
Where To Buy CBD Oil?
You can purchase your CBD from a variety of places, including local CBD shops and many stores that sell supplements and wellness products. However, for the largest range of products, and to ensure the bullet points above—we advise shopping online.
Learning how to choose a CBD product includes finding a premium product that prioritizes quality. Also, a brand that has a wide range of products and several options in milligrams per serving. Holmes Organics has you covered—we invite you to shop now!