Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a natural phyto-cannabinoid (or plant-based chemical compound) found in cannabis plants, including hemp and marijuana. Unlike other cannabinoids — namely tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects, and will actually counteract these effects to a degree. CBD will induce feelings of sleepiness; for this reason, it can be an effective soporific for people who struggle to fall and/or remain asleep due to insomnia and other sleep disorders.
CBD Isolates/Concentrates: Anyone familiar with smoking hash or other cannabis concentrates like wax and BHO will be no stranger to this delivery method. Simply sprinkle some into a vaporizer or water pipe, ignite, inhale, and enjoy! We find that this option is useful for individuals looking to elevate their regular consumption of CBD-rich cannabis flowers or other smokable herbs.
A newcomer to our CBD oils ranking, RE: Botanicals is no stranger to hemp. Founded by John Roulac, a long-time hemp advocate and founder of the organic superfoods brand Nutiva, RE: Botanicals is one of the only CBD brands to earn the USDA organic seal. They deserve a shout-out for prioritizing regenerative agriculture, while keeping prices reasonable.
I use this for my anxiety and for my arthritis. The topical works great for my chronic neck pain. The best way to go is to get your own raw, tested material and use it in whatever form you like. It’s quite easy to make your own extract. This has worked better for me, rather than relying on a purchased, untested product – where some seem to work and others are a waste. But even with those that work, of course the cost is ridiculous and not affordable, thanks to all these corporate-pleasing laws in place, not there for the people – don’t delude yourselves.
I tried the 3600mg bottle which contains 120ml of liquid in a bottle made from premium quality glass. The cinna-mint flavor has a refreshing taste and, like all Elixinol hemp oil products, it is a full spectrum cannabinoid extract which includes natural molecules such as Alkanes, Sugars, Amino Acids, Ketones, Flavonoids, Vitamins, and more (you can check out the Certificate of Analysis on the website). It also contains coconut extract to help with bioavailability.
Locsta….I share your pain of degenerative and bulging disk disease, along with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and arthritis. Absolutely no energy and chronic pain all day, every day. I’m curious as to what type and brand of the CBD oil you are taking and for how long have you been using it? I’ve been researching CBD oil for months and am quite confused!
Thanks for the information on the correct dosage to take for the different options, such as checking what is recommended for the CBD tinctures or oils to figure out what quantity of drops to get. I also like your advice to hold it on your tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing to help with absorption. When purchasing CBD tincture oils or other products, it might be a good idea to check what is recommended beforehand and to learn about the results by researching the various brands online so you can read reviews and check out the manufacturer’s website to determine which will best help you get the results you want.
Dispensaries: In states where marijuana is legal for recreational use, dispensaries are a common sight. They are much rarer in states with more restrictions. In states that permit the use of medical marijuana, hemp-based CBD oils do not normally require a prescription but marijuana-based oils do. Like brick-and-mortar locations, dispensaries offer more customer service. However, as noted, this may not be an option depending on the buyer’s state of residence. Also, CBD oil prices tend to be significantly higher at dispensaries.
And now that the updated U.S. Farm Bill has been passed which more or less legalizes hemp, we can expect to start seeing more and more very high quality CBD oils hit the American market in the coming years. HempWorx has been around for awhile, and they’re simply doing what they can from a business perspective in order to gain a foothold in the industry. In our mind, this should not take away at all from the quality of their products.
As with a fermented food like kombucha, slight natural variations are normal and to be expected in a product such as CBD oil because it is made from living plants. Changes in the weather, soil, and water can all impact the biology of the source material. While we verify Certificates of Analysis (and take many other criteria into consideration during our review process), even the most reputable five-star companies have no way to control for every variable in this organic process.
Although CBD oils aren’t regulated by the FDA, purchasing products stateside from one of the nine states where recreational and medical cannabis use is legal will likely result in a higher-quality product than buying one made with hemp-derived CBD oil imported from abroad, says Martin Lee, director of Project CBD, a nonprofit that promotes medical research into CBD.
Quick review: We love CBDistillery for the value. With quality CBD oils starting at $20, CBDistillery offers good products at a great price. This affordability has made CBDistillery one of the fastest growing companies in the hemp space. Their Colorado-grown product line is also comprehensive, including various oil concentrations, salves, edibles, and suppositories.
I personally take .05MG of Levothyroxine nightly for my hypothyroidism and take CBD oil in the day time and afternoon if needed. Usually a few times a month but I once used it for 2 weeks straight everyday. I didn’t notice any I’ll side effects but I only used enough to get the relaxed feeling. My friend also uses it almost daily and said he heard it was safe for me to use it. It’s all I know my doctor knows I use it also. I figured to be safe I don’t take one next to the other. My prescription gets a good 8+ hours to work as I sleep without any other supplements competing then when I wake I take it as needed. I have combined them at night on a few occasions but don’t like to risk the CBD effecting my thyroid meds.
I’m 87. Have lived with Trigeminal Neuralgia for 17 years. At first Tegretol helped a little but disease worsened and Tegretol damages liver. Went to legal Dronabinol(THC) with doc’s prescription. Insurance paid. CVS provided 2.5mg pill. THC Stopped pain, and no side effects. Also have tried CBD oil with 1200mgs per ounce. 2 drops sublingual. Not a good taste but I am without pain using CBD at 1200mgs per ounce. It also means I now have only a negligible amt of THC in my body.
Transparency: Receptra Naturals’ website has a database where you can look up lab reports for their products. The first time we checked, we got some 404 errors for a couple of the lab reports, but these glitches seem to have been fixed since then. We were able to see third-party lab reports for all their tinctures (though, apparently not for their topicals).
So, what is the best way to use CBD oil? CBD comes in a variety of forms, such as oil, tincture, oil for vaping, sublingual spray, edibles, and topical creams, so you can choose the method that is most suitable for your use. The main idea behind all the methods of using CBD is to make sure that this cannabinoid ends up in your system in an easy manner, producing the results you want. But when it comes to choosing the right method, it depends very much on the optimal dose in your case, the results you wish to achieve, and how long you want its effects to last. So, there isn’t a general rule when it comes to using CBD products.