CBD is more popular than ever. You may already have decided to add the natural cannabis compound to your routine. Although finding CBD is simple and doesn’t require more than a walk to the nearest grocery store, once you hit the crowded CBD store and see countless products available at any place you go, it gets tough to choose. Eventually, you start reading labels to find what makes one product better than another. Labels are essential for understanding what you’re buying but reading them can be tricky and leave you overwhelmed, especially at the beginning of your CBD journey.
Understanding CBD labels can help you make wise decisions and know what to expect from a product, whether you’re shopping online or in-store, so we’ll cover everything that will help you understand them.
CBD Label Requirements
Before we head to how to read each section of the CBD label, let’s look at what CBD should and shouldn’t include.
A CBD label should provide consumers with:
- A brand name
- Ingredient declaration – a list of ingredients in the bottle
- Product identity – what does a product do? For example, does it aid in relaxation?
- Net quantity of contents – the amount of the actual product contained within
- FDA Disclaimer and warnings – Currently, there’s no FDA-approved CBD product except for Epidiolex. No other CBD products have FDA approval; therefore, a CBD FDA disclaimer should be on the label of every CBD product.
- A name and address of the business – Information about manufacturer
- Serving information
- Batch #
- Expiration Date
What CBD Labels Should not Include:
Although many might believe CBD has health benefits, the federal law does not recognize CBD as a dietary supplement or a substance to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases.
For the rest of CBD products, the FDA will warn companies and take legal actions for those CBD products that make health claims about curing diseases like cancer, diabetes, or other medical conditions. When you see such claims on a CBD label, it usually means a brand is new and untrustworthy because the lifespan of brands breaking FDA laws isn’t very long. Plus, they are making unproven claims. They might also be making unproven claims about their ingredients too.
If a brand has information they shouldn’t have on the label or doesn’t have the required information, you’re right to be cautious. It could be an honest mistake, but it’s more than likely these are warning signs that a brand isn’t willing to play on the legal side of the line.
Reading a CBD label
One of the most crucial parts of the label is the CBD content per bottle and serving. It’s vital to understand how much of the compound you’ll consume per serving. The daily dose of CBD varies amongst consumers, and knowing the amount of CBD you are taking will help you find the proper dosage of CBD that works for your body and shop for solutions suitable for your daily needs.
CBD product labels provide CBD dosage per bottle and serve in milligrams (mg) – one-thousandth of a gram.
Serving Size/ Serving per Bottle/CBD Dosage Per Serving
Every CBD label should provide serving size and number of servings per bottle. For instance, serving size can be one softgel, while the number of servings can be 30, and CBD dosage per serving might be 15mg. When you have already determined your daily dose of CBD, the serving size and number of servings per bottle can help you identify if the product matches your needs. For example, if your daily dose is 50mg of CBD, and CBD per serving of a product is 15mg, then it’d take more than three softgels to reach the needed daily amount of CBD, and you’d empty the bottle in just ten days. More likely, you’d want to find a more potent product like one with 25mg or 50mg per serving.
Source of CBD
CBD is federally legal, but only when it derives from hemp. When derived from marijuana, it’s legal only in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal. CBD from marijuana will have a high THC content and cause unwanted euphoric and mind-altering side effects. Besides, THC will cause failed drug tests. Hemp-derived CBD comes from hemp plants with no more than 0.3% THC. CBD labels should provide the source of CBD and include terms such as “hemp-sourced, hemp-derived, or hemp CBD.”
CBD Extract Type
There are three primary types of CBD including:
CBD isolate – CBD powder with no other ingredients but CBD. It’s THC-free
Full-spectrum CBD – Contains all active ingredients in hemp, including THC in federally legal amounts, up to 0.3%. This type of CBD is famous due to a theory – the entourage effects claiming more than one cannabinoid in the human body can deliver better results than a single one.
Broad-Spectrum CBD also combines all active ingredients in hemp but is THC-free.
Most CBD products combine numerous ingredients, some for flavor, texture, or colors. Knowing other elements besides CBD can help you choose the right product, especially if you have diet restrictions, sensitivity, or allergies. Many CBD products are vegan, but some might contain animal products like gelatin, so it’s essential to see what’s in the product. Usually, if a product is vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, keto, etc., the label will have these essential statements separately from the ingredients section.
Like any other perishable product, CBD also degrades over time and has a particular shelf life depending on the product type, so it’s crucial to know how old a product is to see if it’s safe to use. That’s why every CBD label should include a manufacturing date.
Have You Read the Label and Decided to Purchase a Product? Hold on Before you Jump to Conclusions.
Although labels are indeed crucial for understanding the quality of CBD, they’re not always accurate. There’s a 70% chance that what you just read on a label is not valid. So, although it’s vital to learn how to read a label, it’s equally important to know how to know if claims on the labels are correct or not.
To do this, look at the company’s name on the bottle and research. The FDA has already warned many brands for making unproven and misleading claims about their products’ ingredients.
Additionally, you should visit their website – which any CBD brand should have, and look for the third-party lab test results that are so far the only way to determine if a product is safe and effective. It’s how companies can prove the quality of their CBD.
Each CBD label has a batch number that will help you find test results associated with that batch. Here you will see the amount of CBD and ensure it contains the indicated amount and other cannabinoids like THC to ensure it’s not higher than the federally legal amount. Third-party lab tests also determine the presence of harmful ingredients like heavy metals, pesticides, or residual solvents.
The Hemp Doctor: America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary
at The Hemp Doctor, we are dedicated to creating the most effective, purest, and reliable CBD you can trust. Most importantly, we prove every claim on our labels is valid through third-party lab test results.
Our premium CBD derives from organic hemp that grows in nutritious U.S. soil, bringing only the desired outcomes. So, instead of reading the labels at a local market, you can conveniently shop for our top-grade products online.
We are always happy to educate our customers. To learn more about our products, or hemp-derived products in general, contact us online today. We provide personalized, supportive customer service and are always happy to answer your questions.
Because of the digital age we live in, you have probably seen CBD ads, products, and success stories all over several popular social media platforms. This inundation may give the impression that younger generations are leading the charge to CBD, the increasingly popular holistic solution. However, Baby Boomers and CBD are quite the popular pair.
Believe it or not, Baby Boomers are reportedly the largest age group utilizing CBD products in recent years! That’s right – if you were born between 1944 and 1964, you and your peers are getting the very most out of this groundbreaking compound. While it may seem that ads and blogs are directed to younger crowds, at The Hemp Doctor, we want you to know that we hear you! We have a large Baby Boomer customer base, and it is important for us to provide the answers to all the questions you may have about CBD and how it may fit into your unique lifestyle.
We have outlined a couple of important facts that you need to know about CBD in general, then answered some of the most common questions we receive from our customers. We hope that this will help you gather all of the information you need to shop for all-natural, hemp-derived CBD products to help you feel your best each day!
CBD is derived from hemp, not marijuana, and it will not get you high.
CBD, the acronym for cannabidiol, is a compound known as a cannabinoid derived from plants in the cannabis family. It is a common misconception that CBD is synonymous with marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are both plants in the cannabis family, but only hemp-derived CBD is legal in the United States since the Farm Bill passed in 2018. Even though hemp and marijuana are in the same family, they have different characteristics, including the natural levels of THC that exist within the plant.
You may be familiar with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It is the compound associated with marijuana that is known for producing mind-altering side effects. However, to the relief of many, hemp naturally contains a lower concentration of THC. Plus, the law requires a maximum of 0.3% THC to be present in any product sold, so you can rest assured that any hemp-derived CBD product purchased from a reputable retailer will not get you high or produce any uncomfortable psychoactive side effects.
CBD interacts organically with the body to provide several benefits.
When CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream, the microscopic particles begin interacting with the body by engaging with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system. The complex endocannabinoid system is responsible for a wide array of everyday functions and processes. All-natural CBD immediately begins working harmoniously with your system, working to promote true homeostasis within the body.
The true potential of CBD is yet to be unlocked as research continues to find new, unique ways that this plant-derived compound can improve one’s daily routine – but the compound is promising to scientists.
CBD FAQ – Answers to Common Concerns
Q: Can I travel with CBD?
A: Yes, because hemp-derived CBD is legal in the United States, and it has been since 2018, you can take the all-natural, non-psychoactive compound with you on the go. The most important thing to remember is that you should shop with retailers who only sell hemp-derived CBD and can prove it with a third-party lab report.
Q: Can I take CBD if I take other medications?
A: As a precaution, it is always best for you to speak to your doctor if you plan to add a new medication into your daily routine. Please speak to your doctor, and let them know you are interested in all-natural CBD, then find your ideal product from a reputable, trustworthy CBD brand, like The Hemp Doctor.
Q: Can I combine different types of CBD products, like oral and topical?
A: Absolutely! Many consumers prefer combining different types of products simultaneously to enjoy a more well-rounded wellness experience. Always pay attention to dosage, especially when it comes to orally administered products, to ensure that you are not ingesting more than necessary. We always recommend starting with the lowest dosage for CBD beginners, increasing gradually until you achieve your desired results. Once you find the perfect dosage, consider combining oral and topical products throughout the day, as topical products provide targeted support. In contrast, potent orally administered CBD products offer long-lasting benefits, too! Combining oral and topical products is the best way to enjoy the best that CBD has to offer.
Q: How do I know if my CBD product is high-quality and safe?
The best way to shop for high-quality, safe-to-use, hemp-derived CBD is to find a trustworthy retailer transparent about everything they do. Your CBD brand of choice should always have a highly informative website featuring information about the company, where their hemp comes from, how it is extracted, and more. In general, the most important traits of high-quality CBD products are:
- CBD is derived from organically-grown U.S. hemp.
- Advanced extraction and purification to ensure that all of the beneficial compounds are properly preserved.
- Broad-spectrum and full-spectrum options should be available. Both are highly beneficial, but broad-spectrum products are completely THC-free for your peace of mind.
- Your product should be third-party lab tested to prove quality, and your brand of choice should always provide access to the lab reports so you can see what is in the bottle for yourself.
The Hemp Doctor – Your Trusted CBD Retailer
At The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, we offer a wide range of industry-leading hemp and CBD products that fit into just about every lifestyle. We realize that you can find CBD just about anywhere, which is why we work to make the quality of our CBD products superior to our competitors. The result is a more bioavailable product, longer-lasting, and more effective for our family of customers.
If you have any additional questions about hemp, CBD in general, or if you’d like help to find the perfect product, reach out to our knowledgeable customer service team, and we will do everything we can to help you. We look forward to our CBD enhancing your everyday life and helping you feel your very best each day!
We all desire to take better care of ourselves, and part of that self-care is being particular about the foods that we eat. Whether it is a special eating plan we are trying to stick to or just paying attention to the labels on our food, we understand that the foods we put into our body have a lot to do with our health, mood, and how we feel every day.
But some have taken eating habits one step further and introduced a moral aspect to the foods they eat and even the products they buy. One of the most prolific groups who adhere to these strict eating habits on both health and moral grounds are Vegans.
The term “vegan” was first coined back in 1944 by Donald Watson when he spearheaded the founding of the Vegan Society. He described the word’s origin as the first three letters and the last two letters of “vegetarian.” Therefore, it represented the “beginning and the end of vegetarian.”
For either moral or health reasons, vegetarians abstain from eating meat of any kind. This includes beef, chicken, pork, and seafood. They feel like it is cruel to kill animals to consume them. In addition, vegans feel that the vegetarian diet does not fully encompass the philosophy of not exploiting animals. As a result, vegans include eggs, dairy products, honey, and any other product derived from animals or insects in their list of prohibited items. Many vegans also follow the moral philosophy of not wearing anything or using any products made from animals.
A vegan diet consists largely of items such as:
- Lots of fruits and vegetables;
- Pasta, rice, and bread;
- Seeds and nuts;
- Dairy alternatives like soy and coconut milk;
- Legumes like lintels, peas, and beans; and
- Vegetable oils.
The vegan diet is everything that didn’t come from an animal or insect in any way. Most vegans find creative ways to mimic foods that they love by substituting accepted alternatives. Burgers made from black beans or omelets made from chickpeas and onions are two examples of this.
CBD & D8 Edibles
Vegans must be painstakingly careful to read the label on any products they buy to adhere to the vegan standards. This is because even the most innocuous product could contain an animal derivative. Two examples are gummy edibles and softgel capsules. You would think something as charming as a gummy bear could never have harmed an animal, but you would be wrong.
The reason most gummy edibles and softgels are not considered vegan-friendly is that they include gelatin as the main element in creating the gel covering on softgels or the gummy consistency in gummy edibles. If you are unaware, gelatin is created from boiling down animal byproducts like bones and tendons. Once cooled, this solution becomes gelatin that is inexpensive to make and easy to add to just about anything to give it a gel-like consistency.
Vegan Delta 8 Edibles and CBD Edibles at The Hemp Doctor
Many manufacturers are becoming sensitive to the needs of the growing vegan community, and we at The Hemp Doctor are one of those manufacturers who see the need to offer vegan-friendly options to some of our more popular products. In addition, we believe in holistic alternatives to some pharmaceutical products and believe that a natural, plant-based approach is a healthier choice. So obviously, we applaud vegans and the healthy choices in observing a vegan lifestyle and offer these vegan-friendly options.
Delta 8 THC Edibles/Medibles – With these tasty medibles, we’ve set aside some of our favorite flavors and created a vegan-friendly option just for you! Sweet and delicious, each of these medibles packs a full 30 milligrams of potent Delta 8 THC.
Vegan, Full-Spectrum Strawberry CBD Fruit Snack – These delectable fruit snacks use natural ingredients like tapioca syrup, organic cane sugar, and pear juice to create this savory snack. What’s even more enticing is that each of these snacks boasts the power of 20 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD.
Full Spectrum Organic CBD Gummy Bears – These delightfully shaped bears are flavored naturally with pumpkin, carrot, black currant, and apple. Each bear also boasts 20 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD.
Full Spectrum CBD Lemon Drops in Individual Packs – This throw-back to the candy store contains no gelatin and is a tasty way to get your CBD dose. Each convenient pack contains two lemon drops for a total of 20 milligrams of CBD per pack.
More Vegan Options from The Hemp Doctor
We at The Hemp Doctor believe in giving our loyal clients plenty of options for CBD and Delta 8 THC products. This is why we carry such a vast inventory of pure, premium products and why we have even more options for our vegan friends.
Take, for example, our extensive line of tinctures. All of our natural flavor hemp oil tinctures combine nothing but phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil with a natural carrier oil like MCT or extra virgin olive oil. However, if you desire a flavored oil, then know that we only use all-natural flavors in our oil like organic peppermint, Ceylon cinnamon leaf oil, and organic vanilla oil.
And if you are looking for the overall experience of smoking your CBD, then our hemp flower offerings would definitely be of interest to you. All of our buds are hand-trimmed, and you can select from our prepackaged buds, prerolls, and even CBD kief or isolate.
You can be assured that everything in our inventory is also free of toxins, heavy metals, solvents, or molds that you may find in other hemp products. This is because everything we carry is:
- Derived from hemp exclusively grown in the United States;
- Produced using scientifically advanced extraction techniques; and
- Tested by a third-party laboratory.
We even make the results from the independent laboratory testing available to you to review. We believe in the purity and quality of our products. And once you shop through our offerings and inspect our laboratory reports, you will be convinced that The Hemp Doctor is where you need to go for all of your vegan-friendly CBD and Delta 8 THC products.
Many factors come into play when trying to answer how long CBD stays in your system. The answer will not be the same for everyone. There is also the question of which type of test you are using to detect the CBD, which influences whether or not you’ll know if the CBD is still in your system. With that in mind, here are some answers that should help you determine how long CBD will likely stay in your body.
When researching how long CBD will stay in the human body, you will find many answers. While most articles will reveal that CBD will leave the body a week or two after discontinuing use, this is no guarantee that this answer fits you specifically. The reason for the variance is because so many determining factors go into establishing an answer.
The Strength of the CBD
If you have shopped for CBD products, you will find that there are a number of strengths offered. Some will have 70 milligrams of CBD per 30-milliliter bottle, while others have 500 milligrams of CBD or more. The higher the concentration of the CBD, the longer it will stay in your system.
The Frequency of Use
Another factor is how often the CBD is used. CBD will clear out of a casual user’s system more quickly than with a daily user.
Everyone’s body composition is unique, and your physical make-up has a lot to do with how long you hold on to the CBD. Your metabolism rate, weight, and other factors all determine how fast your body processes and then expels CBD from your system.
Type of Consumption
The way you consume your CBD is another determining factor. CBD that is ingested orally takes longer to process and stays in your system longer. In contrast, if you vape or smoke your CBD, you will get quicker results, but the CBD will leave your system faster as well. A good guideline to remember is that efficiency of consumption equals efficiency of processing. If you’d like it in layman’s terms: the faster the CBD hits your bloodstream, the faster it’ll leave your body.
CBD’s Effects Per Product Type
The type of CBD product is not only a determining factor for how long the CBD will stay in your system, but it also determines how quickly your body reacts to the CBD and how long those effects last.
By ingesting CBD orally, as with our Full Spectrum Blue Razz CBD Gummies, the onset of the benefits will be delayed because the CBD must pass through your digestive tract before reaching the bloodstream. However, those effects will last longer than with other methods. You will likely feel the effects of the CBD between one to two hours, and those effects will last for several hours – depending on your weight, metabolism, and other factors.
CBD oil that is dropped under the tongue is called a tincture. With a product like our Full Spectrum CBD Tincture, the user puts a few drops under the tongue and holds it there for one to two minutes. This allows for the capillaries under the tongue to deliver the CBD directly into the bloodstream. From there, the CBD oil is swallowed and is processed by the digestive tract. You should feel the effects of the CBD from this method in about 30 minutes, and those effects should last up to three hours.
Vaping and Smoking
If you prefer to vape CBD oil or smoke a product like our Wedding Cake Flower, you are bringing the CBD cannabinoid directly into your lungs. The bronchi in your lungs will then distribute the CBD directly into your bloodstream. This method of delivery should cause you to feel the effects within minutes, and those effects should last anywhere between 45 minutes and a couple of hours.
If you are using a topical product like our Hemp CBD Salve, you should feel the effects within a few minutes as the healing CBD, and beneficial ingredients are absorbed through your skin and into your muscles and joints. This relief should last for a couple of hours, and, typically, the CBD is detectable in your system for another two to five days.
Get Your CBD from The Hemp Doctor!
Whether you are looking for full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD products, or even CBD Isolate Powder, you can find what you are looking for at The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary. Not only can you find a vast inventory of diverse types of CBD products, but you can also be assured that every one of those products is of premium quality and has all of the CBD and other beneficial ingredients you are looking for, without any toxins or other harmful chemicals you want to avoid. We can guarantee this because an independent third-party laboratory tests everything in our inventory, and we post those lab results right on our website.
Don’t trust your health to cheaper CBD products that are not tested by a third party or do not make those results available to you. Trust The Hemp Doctor for all of your CBD needs!
If you’re new to the CBD space or an avid enthusiast looking to know more, you may know of the holistic benefits of the compound. You may also be aware that federally legal CBD products available in the United States are created from hemp. What you may not know is that some have dubbed hemp as the mother of all plants. The versatility, history, and benefits of hemp are purported to exceed most other plants on the planet. So for a bit of fun and to educate you more about this wondrous plant, here are ten things you didn’t know about hemp.
#1. Hemp Has Been Used to Make Stuff for a Long, Long Time
We are talking centuries here! Archeologists have found hemp parchment dating back 10,000 years, where it was first known to be cultivated in Mesopotamia. Early use of hemp can be traced back centuries to countries like Italy, Greece, Russia, and China. Ancient Chinese texts refer to the many benefits of hemp, and it has been grown and used in China for over 6,000 years.
#2. Hemp Was a Big Part of the Founding of the United States
When the English first started settling in the New World, they were legally required to grow hemp. In 1619, King James I made it a legal requirement by royal decree for every property owner to grow 100 hemp plants for export. It became such a popular crop that:
- George Washington was a hemp farmer and encouraged other farmers to grow hemp.
- John Adams wrote a lot about hemp cultivation.
- Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills to make hemp into parchment.
- Thomas Jefferson bred different hemp varieties and even owned the first U.S. patent on a threshing machine that could separate the hemp seeds from the stalks.
Hemp was so popular with our founding fathers and the early colonists that the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written on hemp paper.
#3. Hemp Is Legal In the U.S. – No It’s Not – Yes It Is!
As we stated before, property owners were legally required to grow hemp in 1619. Massachusetts and Connecticut soon followed, and between 1763 and 1769, property owners in Virginia could face jail time for not growing hemp. While other states didn’t make hemp production mandatory, they did allow you to pay your taxes with it.
It wasn’t until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 that hemp was taxed to the point of not being a viable commodity. Some blame it on pressure from Dupont and other industries that wanted more synthetic-based products on the market. Others blame US sentiment against cannabis and the “wacky weed” marijuana. In either case, hemp became unrestricted and completely legal again in 1942, during World War II, when the U.S. Army and the Department of Agriculture launched the “Hemp for Victory” program. This program encouraged farmers to grow hemp to make things like textiles and rope to be used in the war effort. From that time until the end of the war, 100,000 acres of hemp were grown legally. Unfortunately, as soon as the war ended, so did the permits for growing it.
In the 1970s, hemp got caught up in the War on Drugs and was classified as a Schedule 1 drug along with marijuana and LSD. It wasn’t until The Farm Bill of 2018 that hemp products like our Hemp Flower and Prerolls finally became federally legal across the United States.
#4. Hemp Is Great for the Soil
Most crops will deplete the soil from which they are grown, so farmers have to rotate their crops and let the soil recover before planting the next crop. Not so with hemp! The topsoil is enriched because hemp pulls heavy metals, toxins, and even radioactive materials from the ground where it is grown. Then the plant leaves behind soil-enriching leaves and flowers. Hemp is so good at revitalizing soil that acres of it were grown around the Chernobyl power plant after its meltdown to clean and rejuvenate the soil.
The downside is that these heavy metals, toxins, and radioactive materials can contaminate the plant’s products. If you’re using CBD, remember to buy it only from places that offer a certificate of analysis and American grown hemp with good agricultural practices.
#5. Hemp Is So Very Healthy!
By weight, hemp seed has as much protein as beef and contains all 12 amino acids along with lots of gut-friendly fiber. Those same seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and zinc.
#6. Hemp Make Better Paper Than Trees
Not only is hemp stronger because it has a cellulose level that is three times more than trees, but it also produces four times more pulp than trees. In addition, hemp requires far fewer chemicals to process, so it’s more friendly to the environment. Hemp paper is a lot stronger and more durable as well.
#7. Hemp Has a Future with Automobiles
Henry Ford once recognized the strength of hemp and created a prototype car that was primarily made out of the plant. Since then, auto manufacturers like Audi, Ford, and BMW use hemp to make composite panels. Additionally, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, and Volvo have been using hemp in their cars for years.
#8. Hemp Is Good Fuel
Hemp biodiesel is an excellent alternative to petroleum-based gasoline. Henry Ford’s hemp car prototype ran on hemp oil, and it has been used as a fuel alternative in Europe for over two decades. And the kicker? Instead of the noxious smelling fumes that you get from gas-based auto exhaust, cars burning hemp biodiesel emit a delightful popcorn or French fry aroma.
#9. Hemp Is Very Easy to Grow
Hemp can be grown in almost any climate. It can be grown in all 50 US states and is ready for harvest only 120 days after planting.
#10. Hemp Can Be Made into Almost Anything!
You talk about versatility – here are just a few things that can be made from hemp that we haven’t mentioned yet:
- Ship sails
- Boat caulking
- Army Uniforms (the Russian Army uses them)
- And more than 25,000 other products
Lego has plans to go green and use hemp plastic to produce all of its toys by 2030.
The Hemp Doctor Has Your Hemp!
We at The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, have the diverse hemp inventory you are looking for. Whether you’re looking for hemp-based products like our Delta 8 THC & CBD Tinctures or our Hemp CBD Topical Products, you’re sure to find a hemp product to fit your lifestyle. Shop online with The Hemp Doctor today!