how to pick cbdDecember 15, 2021
Standard drug tests don’t screen for CBD because it’s not an intoxicating substance, nor is it an illegal controlled substance. However, some CBD products contain trace amounts of THC, which can affect the results of a drug test.
As of 2021, CBD that comes from hemp (a type of cannabis sativa plant) that produces no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight is considered legal at the federal level. State laws vary, so it’s best to confirm any rules and regulations that apply to your area with your local and state legislation.
A growing body of research suggests CBD oil can benefit people with:
To choose the best CBD oils of 2021, the Forbes Health editorial team analyzed data on more than 40 CBD oil products that are:
We considered a standard serving size to be 1 milliliter of CBD oil but provided CBD contents per drop as well for people experimenting to find their ideal dose. We evaluated 30-milliliter bottles when possible to keep all data comparable.
The FDA reports it’s only seen limited data regarding the safety of CBD. Anyone interested in consuming CBD in any form should first consult with their healthcare provider and be aware of potential risks associated with using CBD products, including liver injury, drug interactions and male reproductive toxicity.
We then ranked CBD oils based on price, potency, dietary friendliness and flavor options available. Dietary friendliness means we considered the quality of the carrier oil used and whether the product is vegan and gluten-free.
Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about whether CBD oil could be beneficial for you.
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Is CBD oil safe?
Who should use CBD oil?
“Cannabinoids refer to the class of chemical compounds that interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). All humans and mammal animals have these ECS ’ to regulate functions like managing moods, memory, appetite, and so much more. There are two types of cannabinoids—endocannabinoids (which our bodies create naturally), and phytocannabinoids (which are derived from cannabis and hemp, like CBD, THC, et cetera).”
What are the different types of cannabinoids out there available to consumers?
“When it comes to CBD edibles, it has to process through your liver, which reduces the final amount of CBD absorbed in your body. When eating CBD you’ll likely have to increase or even double your regular dose.
Everything you need to know, straight from a cannabis expert.
How do you properly dose CBD?
What is the average shelf life of a CBD oil or gummy?
“Don’t get confused by hemp seed oil, which is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds and contains zero or trace amounts of CBD. It’s easy for a brand to add hemp seed oil to a product, throw marijuana leaves on the label, and trick customers into paying top dollar for a product with no CBD at all. While hemp seed oil is not CBD, it is great for skin. It doesn’t clog pores, moderates oil production, and is packed with vitamins.
“Be sure to read labels. CBD will usually be listed as cannabidiol, full-spectrum hemp, hemp oil, PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich), or PCR hemp extracts. Hemp seed oil will be listed as cannabis sativa seed oil. Also, every product should show their certificate of analysis. This shows all the cannabinoids and exactly how much is found in the product.
For the uninitiated, what are cannabinoids?
“This CBD has no traces of THC, which are removed during the extraction process. It does retain other cannabinoids and terpenes, enhancing its therapeutic potential. For people who must avoid THC, broad-spectrum products are a useful option. However, full-spectrum is widely believed to be the most effective CBD extraction method.”
In the editorial world, we receive dozens of pitches on a near daily basis from brands claiming to have the best CBD products on the market. But formulating a quality tincture, gummy, or topical cream isn’t as easy as it may seem, and despite the public’s continued interest in exploring the world of cannabis products, there are still a lot of unknowns in the unregulated industry. Don’t worry, though—learning to spot an effective CBD product from its subpar competitors is totally doable. All you need is a little bit of background info on formulation and a few key words to look for when you’re comparing labels. Jenny Wichman, founder of Yew Yew, breaks it all down for us below (and shares a few of her must-have CBD items right now).
What are some of your favorite CBD brands at the moment?
“For stress or anxiety, smoking or vaping CBD is very effective. But in a time like this, we’ve got to preserve our lungs, so ingestible CBD oil is a great option. I recommend 10 – 15 mg of CBD dropped under your tongue *and* held for 30 – 60 seconds.
“If you’re having trouble sleeping, you could always increase your dose to 20 – 30 mg and look for CBD products focused on sleep.
“[There are] three terms that describe CBD products: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. You have probably heard these terms, and while they sound like marketing buzzwords, they tell you critical information about the cannabinoids found in every CBD product.”
Are there any markers of an inferior CBD product that you can spot right away?
“Terpenes give fruits and plants their scent [and] flavor and are known for their therapeutic effects, similar to essential oils. Limonene is believed to reduce stress and inflammation. Pinene is known to aid in alertness. Those terpenes make NBD CBD perfect for daytime use.
“CBD oil is very sensitive to direct sunlight and heat, so store it in a cool, dark place like in the cupboard or in the refrigerator. If you store it properly, it can last 1 – 2 years! That being said, CBD is meant to be used consistently to see the best effects. So use it when you need it, or even better, use it daily.”
“Usually, you’ll feel the stress- and pain-relieving effects of CBD within 45 minutes of your first dose. But CBD does build up in your system, so for best results (especially with anxiety relief), dose consistently, like daily.”