You have likely heard a great deal of buzz lately about CBD. Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, has burst on to the health and wellness scene recently with much excitement. With a little research into what makes CBD special and unique in the world of natural supplements, it is easy to see why.
Many have heard about the hemp plant, even if they have not heard about CBD specifically. As many know, hemp has been around for thousands of years, and has any number of beneficial uses. One common use for the hemp plant has been nutritional-different sorts of foods and seeds are extracted from the hemp plant and CBD falls into this category. Extracted directly from the hemp plant, CBD is what is known as a cannabinoid. The hemp plant alone produces more than 100 cannabinoids. CBD has very few side effects and, because it is all natural and non-psychoactive (unlike marijuana which is a product of a different strain of the cannabis plant), CBD is safe for long-term use and non-addictive.
What Products are Right for Me?
Because CBD is such a popular supplement, and because it has very few drawbacks, many are looking to incorporate it into their daily routines. Fortunately for those interested, there are a number of providers selling CBD products. Of course, as with any product, not all CBD products are equal. It is important to find a provider who insists on quality from the very beginning-from the initial growing of the hemp plant until the time the product finally reaches the shelf.
After finding the right company to provide the products you are interested in, there are typically a number of products to try to find the right fit for your needs. The Hemp Doctor, for example, offers CBD products in any number of applications-from softgels and tinctures to be taken orally, topical applications like salves, balms, and lotions,and even pet products for the furry family members in your life.
CBD and Coffee – A Perfect Pair
Often, those interested in taking CBD try to pair it with items already included in their diet. For some, this means mixing it with soup or other favorite foods. Others ingest it with their nightly cup of tea. Still others are interested in mixing CBD with their coffee. After all, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world-it is in fact estimated that more than 75% of Americans have coffee every day.
If this sounds appealing to you, we have good news-as the popularity of CBD continues to rise, many find CBD and coffee to be a wonderful pairing. As many know, coffee, unless taken in a decaffeinated form, contains caffeine. Caffeine is known to produce a number of different effects in the body including encouraging alertness, boosting metabolism, and even having neuroprotective properties. On the other hand, coffee is also known to cause occasional restlessness and increased blood pressure depending upon the amount consumed. Fortunately, CBD can support the body as the effects of the caffeine wear off.
Of course, it goes without saying that when deciding to add CBD to your coffee, it can be important to remember that we are all different, and as a result, our bodies interact differently to things as well. Thus, it can be a bit of trial and error to find the right mixture of CBD and coffee that is the best fit for your needs. While it can take a bit of experimentation, finding the right blend can be an enjoyable and invigorating part of your daily routine.
The Buzz about CBD
It’s no secret that CBD is quite possibly the most popular natural health supplement on the market right now.
Despite the continual buzz about CBD, because it is still relatively new to the market, there is still much curiosity about it and confusion as to what it is and what it isn’t. Various CBD terms are often thrown around by those who are familiar with them, and it can be understandably confusing for those just learning about CBD and all that it has to offer. Two terms commonly mentioned are CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD. When you hear that a product is one or the other, how can you be certain which product is the best fit for you? Exploring a little bit more about what each product contains can be helpful.
The Difference between Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD
When you hear the term isolate CBD, that means that the supplement you are taking contains only CBD and that it has been stripped of any other byproducts of the hemp plant. By contrast, a full-spectrum CBD product is one that contains not only CBD, but also many other cannabinoids and other elements of the hemp plant. Why is this difference important to you, the consumer? The answer is relatively simple and straightforward.
In truth, hemp is somewhat of a wonder plant. For thousands of years, people have been using it for all sorts of helpful purposes – from making things like paper, textiles, plastic and even fuel, to nutritional products such as seeds, granola, and baked goods. And, of course, natural supplements like CBD are extracted from the hemp plant as well. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 cannabinoids produced by the hemp plant.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds produced by the hemp plant which, when ingested, support the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining balance and regulating any number of important functions like metabolism, and temperature to name only a few. Certainly, CBD is one of the most beneficial cannabinoids, but as noted, the hemp plant produces more than 100 different cannabinoids as well as other helpful compounds.
A full spectrum product contains many cannabinoids beyond CBD, each of which have their own benefits as well as other helpful elements of the hemp plant, including things like:
- Terpenes: Terpenes are the fragrant oils that give the hemp plant its distinctive aroma. They are secreted in the flowers resinous glands and have a number of benefits.
- Flavonoids: Flavonoids are a phytonutrient also contained in the hemp plant. They often give the plants their vivid color, and are powerful antioxidants. In general, research has shown that diets that are rich in flavonoid-containing foods can have positive effects.
- Vitamins, Fatty Acids, and Proteins: Many of us are familiar with vitamins, fatty acids, and proteins and the necessary and important role they play in providing nutrition to our bodies. The hemp plant provides all of these necessary nutrients, and as a result, a full spectrum CBD product will pass them along as well.
Why The Hemp Doctor?
Whether a customer is interested in taking the CBD orally as a soft gel, a tincture, or as an edible, or if they’re more interested in using it topically as a salve, balm, or lotion, we have a product to fit their needs. At The Hemp Doctor, we even offer a full-spectrum line of products for your pets; after all, we know that furry family members are very important, too, and that you’re concerned about improving their quality of life as well.
Using full-spectrum CBD might be the perfect addition to your daily routine. While it may take some trial and error to find the best product for your needs, talking to a knowledgeable associate about your individual circumstances and goals can help you to find the right product for you. At The Hemp Doctor, we look forward to helping you begin this very important journey toward a happier you.
One of the most popular groups of products on the market – and one that’s gaining traction like crazy – are those that contain CBD. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of over 100 chemical compounds (referred to as cannabinoids) that comes from cannabis plants.
They can be used for many different purposes, they come in many forms, and they’re completely safe for use.
But, as consumers decide how and when to incorporate CBD products into their daily routines, one aspect to consider is the two most popular forms that CBD can come in. Here, we’ll be focusing specifically on water-soluble CBD in comparison to CBD oil, the characteristics and uses of each, and how to determine which might be a better fit for your lifestyle needs.
What Is CBD Oil?
First, let’s talk about CBD oil. Without a doubt, it’s one of the more common CBD products you will see on the shelves these days, but equally as common are some of the misperceptions that surround it. Essentially, CBD oil is simply any product where its CBD component has been extracted from a cannabis plant, then added to an oil (such as coconut or hemp seed oil, for example) to be diluted.
What Are the Characteristics of CBD Oil?
Because CBD oil is an oil, just like any other, its characteristics are similar to those of other oil types. Though it contains CBD (which, you’ll recall, is a cannabinoid), CBD oil does not contain another well-known cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of “getting high” that users often experience when using marijuana and other cannabis products. Because CBD oil does not contain THC, a key characteristic of CBD oil is its ability to transfer some of the benefits of cannabis, but without the psychoactive “high” sensation.
As an oil, consumers can use CBD oil in a variety of ways. Users can ingest CBD oil, apply it topically, or inhale it. But, given the physiological constraints that oil undergoes while being digested in our digestive systems, researchers have concluded that rubbing CBD oil directly onto the skin, dropping some under the tongue, or even vaping the oil can bypass these digestive blockages and allow all of the CBD and its benefits to enter the body’s circulation. If CBD oil is ingested normally, it’s estimated that only about 10 to 20 percent will actually reach the bloodstream.
What Is Water-Soluble CBD?
Like CBD oil, water-soluble CBD does not contain THC which, you’ll recall, is what produces the psychoactive “high” effects. But, unlike CBD oil, water-soluble CBD is a CBD extract that has been scientifically converted to a water-soluble form, making it much easier for the body to absorb.
What Are the Characteristics of Water-Soluble CBD?
CBD, a naturally oil-soluble substance, is converted into a water-soluble one by way of breaking down the oil into small particles then coating the particles with a bio-encapsulation that ensures the CBD is stabilized. In essence, what we are left with is a light, water-soluble, powdery CBD extract that can be fully digested and absorbed by the body.
What Are the Common Uses of Water-Soluble CBD?
Once CBD oil has been encapsulated to be made water-soluble, its uses can be expanded to nearly any product in which consumers want to include it. Because of its amazing potential to be fully absorbed in the body, water-soluble CBD gets more bang for its buck when added to drinks, foods, or other means of consumption. When water-soluble CBD is used in this capacity, there’s no fear of low CBD absorption levels, nor is there fear of psychoactive effects (since, again, water-soluble CBD does not contain THC).
When Is It Better to Use Water-Soluble CBD?
Though choosing between water-soluble CBD products and CBD oil products is obviously each individual’s choice, the key to deciding which could be right for you is by evaluating your priorities.
Do you like the taste of CBD oil? Do you like applying it topically to your skin as part of your care regimen? And how about vaping CBD oil – do you enjoy it? If so, continuing to use CBD oil as a means to glean its benefits, while also enjoying the product itself, is perfectly fine and recommended.
If you’re not a strong fan of CBD oil’s taste, if you’re not interested in using it as a skin enhancer, or if you’re not interested in vaping the oil, water-soluble CBD is the better option to choose.
If you’re simply interested in getting the maximal results of CBD, without the psychoactive effects of THC, consider incorporating water-soluble CBD products into your diet.
In conclusion, is water-soluble CBD better than CBD oil? Though each individual’s CBD priorities will affect the answer to this question, there’s no denying that water-soluble CBD is more easily absorbed by the body through a wider variety of consumption methods.
But, the choice is yours.
How Do I Get the Most Out of My CBD?
If you are taking your CBD orally through a tincture, softgel, or edible the CBD is going to pass through your digestive tract before it gets to your bloodstream. This is why we suggest taking your oral CBD with or directly after a meal. By doing so, the processing of the CBD by your stomach and liver is slower than if you were to take it on an empty stomach.
By slowing the processing down the CBD and other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes that are contained in your product have more time to get into your bloodstream, thereby increasing their effectiveness. An additional note if you are ingesting CBD oil: because it is oil-soluble the best type of meal to eat before taking your CBD is one that is high in healthy fats, like fish or avocados. This not only slows the processing of the beneficial cannabinoids, but the fats will also help to break them down in order to get a higher absorption rate.
Interested in Learning More about Which CBD Product Is Right for You?
If you’re interested in learning more about what you can expect from CBD oil and water-soluble CBD, look no further than The Hemp Doctor.
At The Hemp Doctor, our goal is to give customers accurate information on CBD and hemp products and to provide only the best, safest, and purest hemp and CBD products available on the market. If you’re interested in learning more about CBD products, how water-soluble CBD differs from CBD oil, and how you can use both in a variety of ways, contact us online today.