There is a lot to learn about these complex compounds!
Below, you can find the information you need to make the best decisions when purchasing CBD & Delta-8 THC.
What is CBD?
CBD, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, is one of over one hundred compounds found within hemp plants. It has a long medicinal history going back thousands of years. Unlike THC, it does not get you high. It has the ability to awaken and stimulate cannabinoid receptors that are part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
Plant cannabinoids, also known as phytocannabinoids, bind with this system which helps regulate certain vital functions of the body and has a major effect on sleep, appetite, the immune system, bone density, glucose metabolism, pain, inflammation, and more! When the ECS is in sync, the human body is able to achieve what is called homeostasis, which means your body is operating at optimal human performance.
Why Use CBD?
There are many benefits of taking a daily serving of CBD. CBD helps augment the body's naturally occurring endocannabinoids, increasing the body's ability to promote homeostasis within its systems. CBD also helps the body's endocannabinoid system to regulate the body's natural functions: mood, sleep, appetite, and immune response. Although HemporiaCharleston does not make any medical claims in its products, there are many studies regarding CBD that could possibly help in other ailments: anxiety, inflammation of muscles, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and many more.
Now that you have it, what is the proper dosage? So there is really no general CBD dosage. Even an individual's dosage will change overtime based on weight change and condition being treated. However, there is a good rule of thumb to do to determine what's the right dosage for you. It is said to take 1-6mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight based on the individual's level of pain. So for example, 15-25mg of CBD per day is good for someone who weighs 150lbs. Start with this guideline and see how your body reacts (you cannot overdose on CBD and usually wait 20 minutes after dosage to monitor effect). Then if needed, gradually increase until you find the "sweet spot" dosage for you. Most importantly, the best advice is to consult you physician, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Your doctor has your physical data and can recommend you the CBD dosage for your situation.
How is Delta-8 THC Different from CBD?
Just like CBD, THC is also a cannabinoid. There are 2 types of THC that are in the spotlight right now. Delta-9, and Delta-8. You may be familiar with the (illegal) cannabinoid, Delta-9 THC, which is also known as "Mary Jane". While Delta-8 THC is very similar to Delta-9 THC, it is slightly molecularly different. Delta-8 THC is the legal compound and it is derived from hemp plants. Delta-8 THC products have recently blown up in popularity partially due to it's ability to produce a psychoactive experience like Delta-9, although lower in intensity. You have to be 21+ years of age to purchase or consume Delta-8 products, and it comes with many disclaimers, as does CBD.
What is the best way to take CBD?
CBD can be administered in a variety of ways. There are different effects for each type of consumption.
Onset: How quickly will the cannabinoids begin to work?
Distribution: Which parts of the body will be most effected?
Duration: How long will the effects last?
Onset: Seconds to minutes
Distribution: Lungs are effected immediately, followed by the heart and brain, then is distributed fairly evenly throughout the body.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Onset: 1-2 hours.
Distribution: Absorbed through the gut and modified in the liver, then spreads fairly evenly throughout the body.
Duration: 6-12 hours
Sublingual (Under the tongue)
Onset: 15 minutes to an hour.
Distribution: Absorbed into the bloodstream in the mouth, then distributes evenly.
Duration: 6-8 hours
Onset: 15-90 minutes
Distribution: Absorbed through the skin, but does not reach the bloodstream
Duration: 6-24 hours
Onset: 15-90 minutes
Distribution: Absorbed through the skin, reaching the bloodstream for continuous relief
Duration: 24-96 hours
How to Use: Tinctures
A tincture is a concentrated plant extract crafted by soaking the plant in a solvent such as alcohol or food-grade oils for several weeks. Because a CBD tincture is concentrated, it’s designed to be taken in small doses. This is why most tinctures come with a built-in dropper that allows users to take small, carefully measured quantities. Since the doses are relatively small, tinctures can be administered in a variety of ways. For users looking to take their CBD with food, a dose of tincture can be mixed into a meal like soup or pasta. It can also be added easily to drinks like coffee and tea; an evening cup of chamomile paired with CBD tincture stands to be even more relaxing than usual.
What is water-soluble CBD?
CBD in general is a waxy texture that blends well with oil. It can be processed to make it blend well with water, instead. This makes the absorption up to 5 times quicker than oil-based CBD. It also means that more of the CBD will get to your system.
What is the difference between isolate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum CBD?
Isolate is the isolated CBD compound. It is 99% pure and looks like a white powder. It contains 0% THC and can be used for a wide variety of products.
Broad-spectrum CBD is made from full-spectrum CBD. All trace amounts of THC is stripped away so that it contains 0% THC. Broad-spectrum CBD does still contain the other cannabinoids that are found in the whole hemp plant.
Full-spectrum CBD is made from the whole hemp plant. This means that it will contain trace amounts of THC. Currently, the legal limit is .3% of THC. This small amount of THC can provide some great benefits without the psychoactive effects.
How much CBD do I need to take?
Everyone's body is different, and factors such as weight, metabolism, and genetics play a major role in how much CBD a person needs. Start with the suggested dose and then work your way up or down depending on your desired results.
Will I fail a drug test?
Drug tests are made to measure the amount of THC in your system. It would take an extremely large amount of full-spectrum products to show up on a drug test. This amount has been said to be anywhere from 1,000mg-2,000mg per day. This is more than 10x the average daily dose.
What is a CoA?
A CoA is a Certificate of Analysis, which shows the chemical components of the CBD that is used in the product listed. It is important that all CBD products are tested for molds, heavy metals, and other issues that could result in negative side-effects for the consumer. The certificate will also show the exact amount of CBD and other cannabinoids in the sample. Many tests also show the terpene amounts.