What is the best way to use CBD?
The Guide For CBD
Are You Considering Using 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? Here is a simple guide for CBD.
What should I expect from CBD? (A Magic Bullet?)
The way you use / consume CBD can determine how effective or ineffective it can be. This measurement of potential effectiveness is called “bio-availability”.
Simply stated, “bio-availability” means how much CBD gets into your blood stream to do its magic.
The Dreaded CBD Studies – A Guide for CBD
Clearly how you consume CBD makes quite a big difference in it’s effectiveness. For new CBD users this can be complicated. Especially if you don’t enjoy reading study after study to figure it all out.
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 studies which suggest that inhalation and sublingual use are the two most effective delivery methods. Vaping and sublingual use (aka under the tongue) tinctures are some of the 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 an infused drink 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.
Read this 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% Ingestibles – Gummy, Candy Bar, Infused Water – Safe
6-8% Topical Cream – Safe
Based on our findings, I can easily make the 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*
*To note additionally an option for the topical issue would be to buy CBD Transdermal patches. This would improve absorption up to 20%.
Three CBD Formulations You Need To Know
Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or Isolate CBD – Which is best for you?
First it is important to mention what forms of CBD are available and how the formulations differ in this guide for CBD.
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.
Consult Your Doctor
If you have any medical condition, it’s possible that CBD may interact with medication. With this in mind, you should always talk with your doctor before starting to use CBD.
Look for Third-Party Lab reports
As you read our guide to CBD, you’ll notice that we recommend products that rely on third party testing that verify purity and potency. Most companies provide information to verify their products have no contaminants and also to verify potency. Note that 100% organic products will clearly be labeled as 100% organic. They are more expensive than conventional products. NOTE: 100% Natural is NOT 100% organic.
Buy products that work well and fit you
With this in mind we can recommend the following guidelines.
- Buy CBD Oil that is 100% organic
- Learn about bio-availability and what method of use. This provides 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
Becoming more educated on CBD you will note 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’ll find by starting at a low dose and increasing it over time you will find a 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
In view of everything we have discussed you can tell a lot about a product you are considering using by reading the reviews and testimonials on a companies website. about the level of customer service they provide.
Galaxy Naturals™ and you…
Once our guide for CBD is read and you have chosen your appropriate CBD products, it is now time to find a company that can provide you with a quality, verified quality CBD product.
Lastly, we at Galaxy Naturals™ expect your CBD experience to be a good one. Therefore it is important that you are confident about the quality of the products you have selected. Review our third-party test results. We will provide you with excellent products and customer service. We are also here and actually answer our phones. Call with any questions or concerns you may have starting your CDB journey.
Our best regards,
Mark Lewis – Owner Founder and the staff at Galaxy Naturals