Considering starting CBD?
Taking the leap to introduce CBD into your lifestyle may seem a little daunting for the first-time user. There are so many options available for you to try. Which one is best for you?
What should I expect from CBD? (A Magic Bullet?)
The truth is that the way you use or consume CBD can determine how effective or ineffective it can be. The measurement of potential effectiveness is called “bioavailability”.
Simply stated, “bioavailability” means how much CBD gets into your blood stream to do its magic.
CBD Studies (Yuck)
Studies conclude that the method you use to consume CBD makes quite a difference. Being a new CBD user can be complicated by the issue that you might not enjoy reading study after study to figure it all out yourself.
How To Take CBD For Optimum Results
According to Mark Lewis, founder of Galaxy Naturals™ CBD, “The best way to use CBD is the one that is A) most effective and B) least harmful to the consumer,”. There are clinical studies, which suggest that inhalation and sublingual transmission are the two most effective delivery systems. Vapes and sublingual (aka under the tongue) tinctures are most effective methods because they deliver the CBD right into the bloodstream.
On the other hand, a CBD supplement or an ingestible such as a gummy or drink infused with CBD would have to be absorbed through the digestive tract, which takes longer and the result in a less potent effect. CBD creams or lotions would be absorbed topically through your skin.
Here is a list of CBD delivery systems in order of effectiveness and safety:
50-60% – Vaping – Considered Unsafe
20-30% – Under tongue/Sublingual Tincture – Safe
6-8% Ingestible – Gummy, Water – Safe
6-8% Topical Cream – Safe
Based on our findings, it is our recommendation that the sublingual/under the tongue method is the safest and most effective CBD delivery system.
- Vaping can be harmful to your lungs
- Ingestibles have a lower absorption rate
- Topical applications can’t penetrate the Dermal layer effectively*
*One option for the topical issue is to only buy CBD Transdermal patches. This would improve absorption up to 20%.
Three CBD Formulations
Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate CBD – Which is best for me?
First it important to know what forms of CBD are available and how the formulations differ.
Full Spectrum – Everything is present. As the name suggests it is a complete plant extract. It not only carries CBD but a whole grouping of cannabinoids that work together. Some of these other cannabinoids are CBC, CBG, CBN, etc. The extra cannabinoids in a full spectrum extract give you the maximum benefits of CBD’s true potential.
Broad Spectrum – Something is missing. A Broad Spectrum extract is a partial plant extract. When something is filtered out during distillation, the end result is a Broad Spectrum extract. THC-free CBD is an example of a Broad Spectrum CBD. There is no such thing as a Full Spectrum THC-Free CBD. If any component of a full plant extract are removed the result is a Broad Spectrum extract.
Isolate CBD – Everything is missing except CBD. A CBD isolate is exactly as it sounds — the CBD has been isolated and concentrated. Isolates are used in many different products to include beverages, lotions, and other topical applications. You will rarely see a full spectrum CBD extract used in a lotion or cream. It is much less costly to use an isolate for those types of products. Isolated CBD has the least amount of benefit to the end user due to no other cannabinoids being present to work together as a team.
Here are a few helpful suggestions:
Consult Your Doctor
If you have any medical condition it is possible that CBD may interact with your current medication. You should talk with your doctor before starting to use CBD..
Look for Third-Party Lab reports
Select products that rely on third party testing that verify your selected product potency and purity. Most companies provide this information to verify your products have no contaminants and verify potency. Note that 100% organic products will clearly be labeled as 100% organic as they are more expensive than conventional products. Remember, 100% Natural is NOT 100% organic.
Buy the product that works well and fits you
- Buy CBD that is 100% organic
- Learn about bioavailability and what method of use will provide you with the best opportunity for an advantageous outcome
- Consider THC-Free if you are a first responder, teacher, professional driver or anyone required to or subject to random drug testing.
New to CBD? Start with a low dose
If you’re new to CBD it is wise to start with a small dose to see how cannabinoids affect you. CBD is expensive and high dosages are not usually required. You will find by starting low and increasing your dose over time you will find that sweet spot – not too much, not too little. You’re looking for that Goldilocks zone. Track your usage so you can have a record of what is working and what is not. More is not always better.
Look for product and customer service reviews
You can tell a lot about a product you are considering using by reading the reviews and testimonials on their website. If you go directly to the company’s website you can usually find information about the level of customer service they provide.
Galaxy Naturals™ and you…
Once you have chosen your CBD products, it is now time to find a company that can provide you with a quality, verified product.
We at Galaxy Naturals™ truly want your CBD experience to be a good one. It is important that you are confident about the quality of the products you have selected. Review our third-party test results and know we will provide you with excellent products and customer service. We are here and actually answer our phones. Call and let us help with any questions or concerns you may have with starting your CDB journey.
Our best regards,
Mark Lewis – Owner Founder and the staff at Galaxy Naturals