CBD 101: CBD Oils, Sprays & Tinctures
Cannabidiol or CBD oil has been creating a buzz in the world of medicine and general preventative health.
Some users believe CBD is the natural ‘cure-all’ we’ve been looking for. CBD is no longer just another baseless "hippy" cure. In fact, with so much research being released and doctors coming forward with patient case studies even the pharmaceutical industry has just announced their first drug using CBD and the FDA approved this for commercial use.
In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about sourcing products, potency ratings and getting the most out of your non-psychoactive hemp-based CBD sprays, oils or tinctures.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD is a chemical compound that can be found in both marijuana and hemp plants. Cannabis carries many chemical compounds, but the two most known are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.
THC is known for the psychoactive effects or "high" you feel when using marijuana. CBD has such a small amount of THC (less than .03%) that you will not get high using these products.
CBD has recently been heavily researched showing the possibility of many medical benefits. Did you know there are now over 1,350 pieces of scientific evidence on the medical uses for CBD with more coming out each month?
How Does CBD Work in Your Body?
Your human endocannabinoid system (EC) was discovered in the mid 1975s, but research moved extremely slow due to the war on drugs taking off. The EC system has cannabinoid receptors working throughout your body to help regulate excess chemical activity.
When your receptors get clogged with too much activity they can send misinformation or no information at all. The EC receptors use cannabinoid messages to reverse the message sending process. This slows it down long enough to get caught up and sending the right messages. The EC can affect mood, pain, appetite, liver and muscular function, just to name a few things.
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What Are CBD Oils, Sprays or Tinctures?
CBD oils are oil based (it’s best to avoid fatty oils in production) and tinctures are alcohol-based CBD extracts – essentially, infused alcohol. Sprays are often isolated CBD paired with other tested ingredients to target specific issues. For example, our CBD Energy Spray has a proprietary blend with vitamins and antioxidants such as B12 proven to help increase energy.
The tinctures tend to hold flavor better because of this a lot of consumers like to use this to mask the pungent taste of hemp. These all come in many different forms from full spectrum to specific isolated varieties of cannabinoids. Tinctures, sprays and oils come in many potencies and flavor profiles.
How Do You Use CBD Oils, Sprays or Tinctures?
Since tinctures and oils are taken sublingually or under the tongue they have a great bioavailability or rate of absorption than most other methods (besides vaping which has the highest bioavailability of all CBD products). The rate substantially depends on the CBD quality can range from 12%-35%, which is higher than oral consumption.
Many people choose CBD oils, sprays or tinctures instead of other consuming methods such as edibles or vaping because of how quickly it activates.
- Those in need of a higher concentrate.
- Someone looking for an almost instant release.
- Those wanting targeted results.
- Individuals needing to travel with their CBD.
- Those having difficulty with the natural hemp flavor.
What to Look for:
- For higher results use a third-party tested full spectrum oil with a potency of at least 1,000mg.
- Organically grown/GMO-free/non-paraben containers
- Trusted trademarked added ingredients SunTheanine
- Check for a proprietary blend on targeted products, look up all ingredients especially those shown in the “other ingredients” section.
- Make sure the brand has a customer service team that sends you the best usage practices.
Start with just one full dropper or spray under the tongue. Allow the CBD to sit on the gland there for up to a minute before swallowing. This will give ultimate absorption.
Test different potencies depending on your needs. Pain-based issues should use a heavier full spectrum oil 500-1,500mg. For more targeted focus, energy or weight management try something lighter with boosters. Sprays are great for targeting.
Again, this is something you need to test, but always start with a single dosage of about 10-15 mg then increase. Journal the times and experiences you have with your CBD before creating your own routine.
What Are CBD’s Best-Known Health Benefits?
This list can run rampant and we’re going to be extremely careful as to not make any claims. Do not trust any website or brand making medical based claims for any cannabis or hemp products. We do not have enough clinical research to say anything definitely. However, the baseline of research is showing some incredible possibilities.
1. Reduced Seizure Numbers with Epilepsy
Charlotte Figi is well-known to CBD aficionados. Charlotte suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome and had hundreds of painful seizures each week putting an incredible strain on her body. After taking a high-CBD strain later named in honor of her, Charlotte’s Web, the number of seizures was reduced to only a couple per month. This study really moved researchers into gear when it comes to seizure treatment with cannabis.
This research came to a head in June 2018 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] medication for the treatment of seizures associated with two severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
2. Chronic Pain Suffers/Inflammation & CBD
CBD has become a hopeful option for the astounding number of Americans forced to use addictive pharmaceutical painkillers and opioids to control their pain management. Patients with pain stemming from the likes of fibromyalgia, cancer, multiple sclerosis and more are stepping forward to trade in their dangerous/costly pain pills for nature’s relief CBD.
CBD and other cannabinoid derivatives have been successful in regulating inflammatory chemicals, correcting mistakes and cells and CB2 receptors in particular help with the regulation of the immune. Stronger immune systems are critical for those suffering from arthritis pains such as stress which often causes flare-ups.
3. CBD Oils for Anxiety & Depression
The numbers of Americans suffering from mental health issues is becoming a nationwide epidemic. Reports of emotional breakdowns and deep depressions can be heard at every watercooler from LA to NYC. CBD is coming in and making huge strides in these fields.
CBD research has revealed the reduction of stress and anxiety in individuals with conditions such as OCD, social anxiety disorder, depression, and PTSD. CBD apparently reduces depression symptoms by increasing the rate of glutamate cortical and serotonergic signaling, which studies have shown that patients with depression are severely lacking in both.
Most recently studies have been commissioned to determine if CBD could be an effective coping substance for our military veterans suffering from PTSD.
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4. Stomach Issues/IBS with CBD
Could CBD help those suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis? In 2013 scholarly review Phytotherapy Research called CBD a “promising drug for the therapy of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).”
Please remember, more research needs to be completed to really substantiate these claims.
5. Insomnia/Sleep Disorders & CBD Oils
If you’re tired of counting sheep CBD can help. A lot of sleep disorders are caused by environmental factors such as too much activity late at night or high levels of sugar/caffeine late the in the day. However, CBD is especially effective for sleep when combined with melatonin. Pure Hemp has received many reviews from happy customers who’ve finally been able to get a restful night’s sleep using CBD aids like our Sleep Spray.
6. CBD & Cancer
There is evidence that CBD oil (and marijuana in general) could aid with the reduction of cancer-related symptoms and side effects of the harsh treatments, such as pain and inability to eat.
In 2010 the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management analyzed 177 patients with cancer-related pain, who did NOT derive any significant benefits from traditional pain-killing medicines. The research team gave the patients THC and CBD. It was revealed the patients who consumed both compounds had a significant reduction in their general pain.
8. CBD & Metabolism Regulation
CBD has taken off recently within the weight loss and bodybuilding communities because it’s ability to help with inflammation and metabolism regulation. The reduction of inflammation helps bodybuilders recover from intense workouts fasters. They are citing reduced recovery times. In addition, many of our customers use CBD to help regulate their metabolisms. Many claim CBD helps reduce craving while giving a boost of energy.
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