But first, to make sure there is no confusion, let’s take a look at the differences between hemp derived CBD and marijuana.
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. THC is the abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol, the substance that causes marijuana’s “high”.
Cannabidiol is one of hundreds of substances called cannabinoids (including THC) that are found in species of the cannabis plant. Industrial hemp is a member of the cannabis family, but the hemp strain from which CBD is purified was developed to have high fiber content first, and by coincidence, the plant breeders ended up developing plants with high CBD content and low THC content. Think of hemp as a cousin of the marijuana plant in the same way that tomatoes and eggplants are members of the nightshade family. They are in the same family but are pretty clearly different plants.
Importantly, by law in the US, hemp-derived CBD must contain less than 0.3% THC. It is also important to understand that there are some major and important differences between THC and CBD.
When a person takes any substance by mouth, it passes through the digestive system. This, in terms of drug actions, is quite different than what happens when you put the same substance on your skin.
There are very few known adverse effects of CBD taken by capsule, especially if you Start Low and Go Slow.
The most common side effect of CBD is some drowsiness or sleepiness. The first few times you take CBD should probably be at home and in the evening when this won’t be a problem.
Other less common side effects include a dry mouth, nausea, diarrhea, and lowered blood pressure.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women shouldn’t take CBD. Children under the age of 18 shouldn’t take CBD either. We simply don’t have the research available to be certain CBD is safe for such individuals.
So, what might someone take CBD capsules for?
The most common uses are for:
First, you should always consult your physician before taking any medication. Many people assume since CBD is natural, it is automatically safe. It is for the most part but you are taking it as a medication, and it can interact with other medications. This can occur when a medication you are taking is processed by a liver enzyme system known as the cytochrome P450 system. This can result in alteration to the blood levels of other medications. It all depends on the specific medication. This is another reason to Start Low and Go Slow. Taking CBD in this manner an allow you to notice any interactions before they become a problem.
While there are few adverse effects with CBD, there are some significant interactions with prescription medications that you need to know about.
CBD can interfere with the actions of about 25% of all drugs. Talk to your physician and/or pharmacist before using CBD if you are on any other medication(s).
CBD may increase the blood levels of:
Second, remember to take CBD only as recommended. You should be able to feel relief or to detect any effects within 1-2 hours after taking the recommended number of capsules. Stay on the recommended dosage for at least 1-2 weeks and talk to your physician if you feel you need to increase the dosage. Always remember to increase dosage according to the recommendations and to increase the dosage slowly. The Arthritis Foundation recommends the following approach:
Advice your physician in order to set the preferred dosage. Most CBD capsules come in doses ranging from about 5-50 mg but this can vary. Read the label carefully to determine how much CBD, just CBD, is in the product. If you are not certain, call the company to find out! Labels can be difficult to read and understand so make certain you know how much CBD you are taking.
The most important thing to find the best cbd oil capsules you can do is to check the brand out. Call the company to ask for the quality control sheets. You are looking for purity and quality. Third party testing is a good way to determine both. If a company is willing to have its product tested by an independent lab (third-party testing), then you can be more certain that the quality is high. See what you can find out about the company’s reputation. Buyer reviews are not necessarily reliable, so see what independent information you can find. Check that the extraction methods employ either ethanol or CO2 extraction as extraction using these solvents produce the safest and purest CBD. Read the label carefully, looking to see if they provide information about how many mg of CBD are in an individual capsule or serving. Note that some products may say “x mg of CBD per serving” and a serving is given as 2 capsules. If your bottle says 10 mg per serving and the serving is 2 capsules, then each capsule contains 5 mg of CBD.
CBD products can be found in both many different brick and mortar stores and online. One way to compare prices is to determine the cost per mg of CBD. First, take the total cost of a bottle of capsules and divide it by the number of capsules to get the cost per capsule. For example, if a bottle of 30 capsules costs $39.00 then $39.00/30= $1.30 per capsule. The label indicates that each capsule contains 10 mg CBD so $1.30/10 mg= $0.13 per mg.
Many products contain “Full-Spectrum CBD” and these dosage forms often contain a substantial number of mg, often500-1000mg. “Full spectrum” refers to the fact that the extract contains not only cannabinoids, but other, potentially beneficial plant substances such as terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids and other components. It may contain appreciable amounts of THC and this formulation may work better for some people. This represents a body of knowledge that has not been fully researched. It does NOT mean the product contains 500-1000 mg of CBD. The bottle should have a separate listing for how much CBD is in each capsule or softgel/gelcap.
Broad-spectrum formulations contain all the plant constituents but do not contain THC.
A CBD isolate contains pure CBD. These formulations are available in capsule form but tend to be significantly more expensive because of the purification process required to obtain CBD isolate. On the other hand, these products can be easier to use as you know exactly how much CBD is in each capsule, making it easier to determine exactly how much you need.
Capsules and soft gels/gel caps have some distinct advantages over, for example, an orally delivered oil or tincture of CBD.
The Bottom Line
There are advantages to taking CBD in capsule form and this may be the best approach for many. Quality is important whether you take CBD as an oil, capsule or in the form of a topical application, so check for third party lab testing, how the CBD is purified and the cost per mg of the CBD. No matter which form of CBD you take, we will try to provide you with the most current information and give you guidelines about getting the highest quality product available.
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