As 2019 comes to a close, we wanted to spend the last few moments with family and reflecting on the way the CBD industry has changed. There are big things in the works with us and the world of CBD. So without any further ado, we present Our 2020 Master Guide to CBD.
The first thing we should mention is the legal aspect of CBD. Things have taken a tremendous turn legislatively, and the biggest shock was seeing how the FDA has treated companies making health claims. It should be no surprise, however, as there isn't much data yet on the long term effects of CBD, and only some peer-reviewed information has shown any semblance of its impact healthwise.
So obviously we cannot say what CBD does.
For those that have followed our blog this year, you already know that we will be researching and reporting the latest news as we can.
Taking CBD For The First Time
Dosing With CBD
In recent years, the advent of potent cannabis oil concentrates, non-intoxicating cannabidiol products, and innovative, smokeless delivery systems have transformed the therapeutic landscape and changed the national conversation about cannabis and its many endocannabinoids.
Now it's about figuring out how to optimize your therapeutic intake for your regimen.
Dosage and Beginners
One of the common misconceptions about CBD is that you have to take a lot to attain symptom relief.
Most people are surprised to learn that effects can be achieved at dosages lower than expected.
Preclinical science lends credence to the notion that a small amount of CBD can confer health benefits. It's still early in the world of research into endocannabinoids, but it is hypothesized thought that it could be a defense against atherosclerosis in humans.
Concentrated oil extracts, infused sublingual sprays, tinctures, edibles, gel caps, topical salves, and other products all make it easy to get some of these compounds into your regimen.
A person's sensitivity to CBD, the main component to many of these, is key to implementing an effective treatment regimen.
CBD Dosing 101
Start small and work from there and also keep track of your symptoms.
If you're getting a desired effect from the dosage, then you're in the Goldilocks zone. If the results are unpleasant, then the dosage should be lowered.
Scientists do understand that Cannabidiol (CBD) does not cause an intoxicating high like THC. CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the THC high, depending on how much of each compound is present in a particular product.
1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans, so it's not a toxic substance in the slightest. Still, everyone is different. Just remember:
Start Slow, Go Low
The adage "start low and go slow" is apropos for Cannabidiol therapy.
As for oral administration, one should keep in mind that it can take 60 to 90 minutes before the effects of a single dose can be noticed.
It is important to note that every person on the planet responds differently and builds tolerance at different rates. Check-in with yourself often.
By introducing small amounts of CBD into your system, and increasing the dosage slowly, you minimize the risk of adverse side effects. The goal is to take a significant enough dose to achieve therapeutic results and a small enough dose to reduce unwanted side effects.
CBD is a safe and forgiving medicine. Figuring out how to make the most of its health-enhancing properties may involve some trial and error.
CBD Body Care
There are plenty of products on the market, actually a massive influx, that deals in skincare.
Since California's legalization, there has been a landslide of interest in the market for hemp and marijuana-derived products. For states where medical and recreational use is prohibited, though, the next logical step seemed to fall under the umbrella of CBD.
Now, it only makes sense to see it infiltrate the beauty market, too.
One golden rule for selecting a CBD-infused skin product is to search the labels and find those with very few ingredients, and all of which should be easy to pronounce.
Here's the typical ingredients list one should expect to see.
Ingredients: organic hemp seed oil, cannabis flowers, essential oils.
Muscle tissue and skin both respond well to CBD and Massage, due to analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Topical CBD products are the newest in a line of mounting market pressures for CBD companies to compete. However, they're not merely a new way to peddle CBD like snake oil. The science behind CBD and anti-inflammatory cream are there.
Orally ingested CBD products will certainly help deliver the goods throughout your body. Also, there are products designed with muscle and skin-specific properties in mind.
Additionally, the phenomenon known as the entourage effect occurs when all the components found in the cannabis plant cooperate with the human body. Often a product will be labeled as full-spectrum, and these are entirely made to work in the massage therapy setting as well.
Before having the CBD oil massage booked, don't hesitate to ask the masseur all you need to know regarding the products they will be using during the massage.
CBD topical products can have lower levels of efficiency, depending on the parts of the plant they use. There are several kinds of products that are more effective:
Arnica is increasingly becoming more synonymous with CBD.
There are quite a few new types of topical ointment on the market infused with cannabidiol.
Topical CBD is trending; various brands have been noticing the demand. So it's only natural for CBD enthusiasts to get down to business and discover the legitimacy of these products. Whether you're an athlete or simply trying to heal, there's something for you.
There are also vegan, non-GMO, and cruelty-free offerings out there as well. These CBD topicals that we offer at Revival use the homeopathic arnica in conjunction with cannabidiol.
Today we're discussing the relationship between the two and why a topical would contain either of the compounds.
Many manufacturers in this field have made bold claims that these topicals can help alleviate acute pain and muscle soreness. CBD is similar to THC, except it's non-psychoactive, meaning some researchers view it as the golden child of medicinal use.
Science has confirmed that cannabis is an effective pain reliever, reinforced in a massive new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. However, there's a big difference between ingesting cannabis or its chemicals orally and absorbing it through your skin. Here, the lowdown on this new crop (no pun intended) of pain relievers.
Since there's no regulation or standardized testing, your best bet is to find trustworthy brands that use creams free of toxins but with additional pain relievers like menthol, capsaicin, lemongrass, or camphor. Arnica is among those naturally occurring pain relievers.
2019 saw the rise of many CBD suppliers and many people trying to cash in. The defining feature of any trustworthy supplier is as simple as testing. A trustworthy company will test products for CBD, CBDA CBC, THC, THCA CBG, and CBN. Scrutiny of that magnitude ensures consistency and comfort, knowing that we manufacture the highest quality, 0% THC, CBD products on the market.
Hemp-derived CBD products, which contain little to no THC, were federally illegal until the 2018 Farm Bill passed, legalizing industrial hemp production in the U.S., beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
Over the course of the last year, hemp-derived CBD-infused products became insanely popular, even appearing at CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens stores.
While the FDA slowly and cautiously approaches, making new regulations for CBD products, the gap between regulated products and anything goes grows wider, leaving consumers at risk of buying poor-quality products.
As the FDA is continually changing and altering the requirements for CBD labels, this guide will give you the gist of what is needed to put a CBD oil on the shelf.
How Does the FDA Regulate CBD Products?
The way a CBD product is labeled and marketed plays a critical role in whether the FDA deems it to be lawful.
Now, companies are following the lead of cosmetic makers, which aren't bound by the same stringent labeling criteria as drugs, food, or dietary supplements.
The FDA defines cosmetics as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed" on the human body, a description that fits many hemp-derived CBD products.
The agency warns that a lack of specific CBD regulations doesn't grant freedom to make iffy claims. It's still necessary to comply with the rules that govern safety.
Thus, CBD-infused health and beauty product labels:
The FDA has previously sent warning letters to companies selling CBD products that claimed to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure serious diseases. So, above all, CBD oil and CBD-infused product labels should not make any therapeutic or medical claims.
Despite the lack of regulatory oversight, some CBD companies voluntarily adhere to strict labeling standards.
Storing Your CBD Oil
There should be much caution around the ways we store our CBD and where. Children and pets should not be able to access your storage area. Additionally, it's worth investigating whether your CBD tincture will have childproof lids. Although it not required by federal law, it's a sign of a trustworthy company and an extra level of safety.
It's important to know how to find a good CBD product and pay the right price. CBD oil and its constituents are, after all, organic compounds subject to decomposition over time. There are a few factors that can speed up degradation:
Set and Setting
The best way to store your CBD oil is in an upright position in a spot with a stable temperature away from extreme light, heat, or moisture. A dry pantry is a perfect place for storing your CBD oil.
This is probably the most common option. Whereas another option is, of course, to store your CBD oil in your refrigerator. While this is not required, many people like to do this because they believe it will ensure a longer shelf life for their CBD oil. However, there's a slight issue with this technique if placed incorrectly.
Swinging doors of refrigerators are okay, but if the CBD gets knocked on the side, there could be issues. Some of the child lock safety lids are also somewhat adult proof. Always make sure to completely seal the lid as you risk a spill or lack of childproofing.
Another drawback of storing CBD oil in your refrigerator is that if the CBD oil gets too cold, it may thicken to the point where you need to heat it a little before use. In most cases, one can just run the bottle carefully under some hot water. However, some CBD, if frozen, will have trouble solidifying.
Most CBD brands that are high quality will be unable to resolidify as per the processes used to create the oil itself.
How Long Can I store CBD Before It Expires?
If you properly store your CBD oil, you should find that it lasts for about one to two years. Many people who use CBD regularly will have nothing to worry about since they take CBD oil often enough that they are replacing it with a fresh bottle regularly.
When you are deciding how to store your CBD oil, be aware of the carrier liquid your CBD oil is in. All CBD and hemp extracts come in a carrier liquid within which the concentrated cannabinoid extract is diluted.
CBD Expiration Dates:
CBD oils typically expire within two years from the date when the oil was first extracted or manufactured. Most CBD products will come with an expiration date printed somewhere on the packaging. It's these extended periods where you really should know if the product has been stored in prime conditions.
Common carrier liquids are coconut oil, MCT oil, olive oil, and hemp seed oil. So all you need to do is store your CBD oil in the same way as you would store your bottle of olive oil or coconut oil.
It is ideal to CBD oil in a dark cabinet at around room temperature. If one has a bottle they want to keep for a very long time (longer than about a year), Store it in my fridge to get as long of a shelf life as possible.
Hopefully, you've enjoyed our content over the last year. We aim to inform and educate ourselves and share the results with our readership. Happy New Year from Revival CBD!