What is CBD?
CBD stands for "Cannabidiol", is referred to as a cannabinoid and simply translates to a component derived from hemp.
Does CBD get you high?
No, CBD does not get you high. The "high" is exclusively from the cannabinoid THC. Hemp has 0.3% THC, which is so minuscule that there are no psychoactive effects or potential accumulation.
This is why CBD does not show up on drug tests since 0.3% is the legal limit for THC content in CBD products in the United States.
CBD can feel different for everyone, but you will not feel any psychoactive effects.
What are the differences between CBD product types?
Edibles: takes effect in about 30 mins to 1 hour and is effective for roughly 6 to 8 hours.
Topicals: topical means anything that can be utilized directly on the skin, typically takes effect in about 1 to 5 mins and effective for roughly 1 to 2 hours.
Supplements: this applies to any capsules that are measured and pre-dosed. Depending on the individual's metabolism, these can take effect in about 30 to 45 mins.
Smokables: "vapes" and flower. Vapes are battery powered portable smoking devices for concentrates. Flower is from the buds of hemp which can be cured and smoked similarly to cannabis and takes effect almost immediately to 5 mins.
Tinctures: traditionally tinctures are made with an alcohol base, in the CBD industry, these bases vary, but are made with an oil, (ex. coconut oil, hemp seed oil and MCT [a combination of palm kernel oil & coconut oil] are some of the most common.) These are meant to be taken sublingually (under the tongue) for the purpose of entering the bloodstream more quickly through the artery located under the tongue. Tinctures take effect in about 15 to 30 mins and should be effective for roughly 6 to 8 hours.
What are the benefits of CBD?
CBD is an adaptogen, which means that it has the amazing capacity to find areas of the body that would benefit from its properties most.
Another wonderful aspect of CBD is that you can experience overall benefits from the use of one product, as opposed to utilizing something which only addresses one or two issues. Yes, please!
What do the terms "Full Spectrum", "Broad Spectrum" and "Isolate" mean?
Remember how CBD is referred to as a "cannabinoid?" Keep that in mind.
Full Spectrum is a whole hemp plant extract meaning that there is a full spectrum of cannabinoids including CBD, THC and various others that have additional benefits of their own. These create what is referred to as the Entourage Effect because these cannabinoids/ components work synergistically together. If cannabinoids were colors, then full spectrum is a rainbow.
Broad Spectrum is similar to Full Spectrum in the sense there is a larger spectrum of cannabinoids involved with the finished product, however the THC cannabinoids have been removed.
CBD Isolate is purely CBD, which is extracted from hemp and isolated. Isolate can be purchased in crystal form and used in many ways. When a product says it has CBD Isolate it means there is only CBD and no other cannabinoids.
How do I figure out the best dose?
Dosing is subjective and can take some experimentation. It is best to start small, see how you feel and adjust, if necessary. The variables involved include height and weight. Dosing comes in "mg" milligrams. Typically, the dose on the bottle is the amount of its contents, sometimes there is a breakdown of mg/ml, and each tincture comes with a 1ml dropper with .25ml, .5ml, .75ml & 1ml markings.
**Easy way to measure your dose.**
Ex.) If you purchase a bottle of 750mg CBD Tincture & there is 50mg/ml,
try .25ml which would be ¼ of 50mg, roughly 12.5mg.
The benefit from this dosing system is that when you get any CBD product,
regardless of size or potency, your dose remains the same.
Still confused? Check out our Dosing Guide!
What should I look for when shopping for CBD?
COA Certificate of Analysis - 3rd party lab results that verify the products' contents. Many CBD retailers keep their COA's visible to maintain transparency. All the brands featured on EMPUROS provide COA’s.
QR Code is scannable for most smartphones, and COA's are available online.
Batch Codes are available on some products, depending on the company. In the event that there is any inconsistency in the product, they can be traced back to the batch that it was made with.
Reviews in the age of technology, a simple Google search for the company name and product should provide enough information of others’ experiences with a specific product or a recommendation from a trusted source.