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A Consumer Guide to Hemp CBD Products

 

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Pros & Cons of Hemp CBD Oil
  • Common Questions & Answers (FAQs)
  • Hemp-Based vs. Marijuana-Based CBD
  • Crystal Form CBD vs. Whole Plant Extract
  • Hemp CBD with Added Plant Terpenes
  • Common Hemp CBD Products
  • User-Reviews & Testimonials

 

Introduction

Welcome to our little consumer guide to hemp CBD products. First, you should know the American hemp community thanks you for any support. Seriously, it’s appreciated. We’re working hard to bring this resource back to America, and with your help, and energy, and attention, it’s happening!

 

Now, since you’re reading this it’s because you’re interested in these amazing new (they’re not really new by the way, they’re many thousands of years old) botanical tools. You have serious reasons for researching CBD and want to be sure you’re informed as possible to avoid any legal or medical issues.

 

We fully understand.

 

The U.S. hemp industry has grown astronomically over the last decade, but the emerging CBD market is expected to explode to about $2 to $3 billion by 2020 with a conservative $450 million coming from hemp (vs. Marijuana) sources. That’s a 700% increase over 2016 and those are conservative numbers!

 

Why is this happening?

 

What’s caused so many states to defy federal law? And why’s federal law so hazy and obscure?

 

Is this just the newest “thing” or fad or trend that’ll come and go?

 

Tell you what, let’s dig into this quasi-beginner’s guide to cannabis and CBD and by the time you’re done you’ll start realizing the gravity of the answers. Enjoy!

What This Guide’s Designed To Do

  • Provide a basic understanding of the pros and cons of using CBD, what it is, where it comes from, and the most common ways people are using/taking our products.
  • Take a simple look at different variations: Hemp-Based, Marijuana-Based, Crystal Form CBD, and Full-Spectrum hemp extracts.
  • Introduce common applications, or types of products to begin including Hemp CBD into a modern lifestyle/regimen.

 

Pros & Cons of Hemp CBD Oil

Pros

1) Non-psychoactive

Hemp’s innately deficient in THC; it’s very low on hemp’s phyto-cannabinoid totem pole because of how it grows and the plant’s genetics. CBD’s at the very top, accounting for a huge percentage of hemp’s raw extract. Remember, not only is CBD considered non-psychoactive, it’s anti-intoxicative effects counteract both the “high” of THC as well as the types of chemical reactions/behaviors associated with psychotic episodes, e.g. nervous energy, panic, and heightened states of paranoia.

 

But it’s tricky, because CBD absolutely affects (most would argue stabilizes or moderates) state of mind, especially if we’re talking about anxiety and depression. CBD impacts the brain’s mood control mechanisms and seems to promote alertness and feelings of wellness. Does it impair your ability to drive machinery, or concentrate, or write a thesis paper? No. There isn’t any evidence of that, in fact, quite the opposite. Time and again it’s been shown to increase cognitive ability. (Learn More)

 

2) Non-Addictive

While there’s ample debate surrounding whether Marijuana (THC) is addictive, there’s no evidence to show CBD, or industrial hemp products/derivatives in general, can hook you.

Think about it like this, can you get addicted to vitamin C? If so, oranges would be in big trouble!

 

CBD is a single plant-based compound and hemp, like an orange tree, isn’t by definition a psychoactive plant. Not only has CBD demonstrated antipsychotic effects in schizophrenia patients (and everyday people), but there are active studies and evidence collecting that CBD can be used as an intervention tool for addictive behaviors like cigarette smoking and alcoholism.

 

3) Anti-inflammation & Pain Relief

One of the primary ways the human ECS utilizes cannabidiol is to lessen inflammation and its impacts on the cellular level and in joints – a couple examples are Osteoporosis and Arthritis.

 

This has been demonstrated on animals as well as human subjects, and there’s near endless amounts of anecdotal (personal reviews & testimonials) evidence from across the board in terms of uses – joint pain, back pain, headaches, muscular pain (including athletic-types), and the list goes on.

 

Many people prefer to get their CBD through marijuana products because of the compounded pain relief of THC and CBD mixed with a synergy of many other cannabinoids and terpenes, but hemp extracts are just as effective without the intoxication. (Learn More)

 

4) Anti-PTSD (Less Social Anxiety)

Thanks to the rapid investigation of our ECS, research is uncovering new less harmful ways to treat PTSD for not just military vets who predominantly suffer with the condition and connected issues, but average people who’ve been through serious trauma or experience excessive social anxiety.

 

Note: There are now recognized ECS deficiencies associated with PTSD (for example, low levels of dopamine).

 

Truth be told, there’s a growing body of personally written Reviews & Testimonials as well as research showing conventional drug usage goes down when people with PTSD start supplementing with hemp oils and/or marijuana products. The question folks interested in using hemp-based CBD ask the most is, “What dosage should I take?” Here’s a rough dosage regimen, not medically-sensitive, only to be used as a basic reference point:

 

Total Daily Dose If Taken 2x Daily; If Taken 3x Daily

 

  • Weeks 1-4       25-50mg           2x daily             16.7mg 3x daily
  • Weeks 5-8       50-100mg         2x daily             33.3mg         3x daily
  • Weeks 9-12     75-150mg         2x daily             50mg            3x daily
  • Weeks 13-16   100-200mg       2x daily             66.6mg         3x daily

 

How does CBD treat PTSD symptoms? Well, according to current research it blocks reconsolidation memory (flashbacks), enhances extinction learning (lessen social anxiety), modulates mood and pain receptors, and promotes far better sleeping patterns. (Learn More)

 

5) Anti-ADHD (Better Concentration)

What are the three most common traits or symptoms associated with ADHD in both children and adults? Easy distractibility, hyperactivity, and increased impulsivity. Also, one of the primary physiological irregularities in folks with ADD or ADHD is a dopamine deficiency that correlates to memory and attention-based cognitive issues.

 

Well, guess what, the ECS plays a critical role in the modulation of all this stuff! That’s a fact proven by medical science. Dopamine and concentration levels increase, while anxiety and hyperactivity decreases…without the negative and unpleasant side effects or withdrawal symptoms that come with most conventional medications. (Learn More)

 

6) Lack of Negative Side-Effects

If a natural hemp extract product had a Pain Relief television commercial, it would seem almost ludicrous after the last twenty years of pharmaceutical ads because there wouldn’t be any negative side-effects talked about. How weird would that be? The worst that could possibly happen, as far as anyone can tell right now outside some ultra-rare circumstances, is you won’t experience the desired results you paid for. In which case, if the hemp product is clean and sound, could be connected to an ECS deficiency.

 

Although, on WebMD, they claim that “some reported side effects” include dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. They also recently added some basic dosage information as well:

 

  • 300mg daily has been used safely for up to 6 months.
  • 1200-1500mg daily have been used safely for up to 4 weeks.
  • CBD Sprays used under tongue have been used in doses of 2.5mg for up to 2 weeks.

 

7) Appetite Control (Improve BMI)

As you’re likely already aware, there’s a specific part of your brain (the hypothalamus) dedicated to telling you when you’re hungry, and, when you’ve eaten enough (appetite, or hunger & satisfaction). Now, while THC promotes appetite (e.g. “The munchies”), CBD is more of an appetite suppressant, or regulator. This is important because there’s a myriad of chemicals, additives, and toxins in the food and water supplies that negatively impact your brain’s ability to regulate energy intake.

 

How can we be sure? Well, judging by the obesity and diabetes epidemics sweeping the land, it’s a pretty solid correlation to make. CBD helps return this system to a homeostatic state and regain energy balance.

 

8) Eco-Friendly & Socially Conscious

Hemp is arguably the eco-friendliest tool, food source, crop, building material, and energy source available to human beings. Why else do you think the current “establishment” has worked so hard over the last century to keep it out of our hands? For example, if maintained a small hemp plot of 20 plants or so, you could do an immense number of things with those plants to supplement petrol products, make your own clothes, supplement clean fiber, carbohydrates, and protein in your diet, potentially fuel your car, or even build a garage using hempcrete.

 

When you buy hemp-based products and support hemp-based companies, you’re doing one of the most socially and environmentally conscious acts possible. That’s a fact. You’re helping to bring back hemp and promote its usage worldwide. And listen, every little bit makes a big impact.

 

9) Topical Applications

Obviously much of the attention given to hemp extracts and CBD involves the internal body; organs and systems – cardiovascular, hormone regulation, neurochemical, endocrine, immune, etc. But, phyto-cannabinoids seem to have just as miraculous an impact on our skin! An enormous body of anecdotal and scientific evidence is growing that shows hemp (and Marijuana) creams, balms, washes, gels, and lotions can help treat skin conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis, and work wonders when used as part of Massage Therapy.

 

Here’s a direct quote from a 2009 study (we’ve come a long way since) of The Endocannabinoid System of the Skin in Health and Disease that provides a brief description of what’s likely going to cause a revolution in skin care,

 

“Recent studies have intriguingly suggested the existence of a functional ECS in the skin and implicated it in various biological processes (e.g. proliferation, growth, differentiation, apoptosis and cytokine, mediator or hormone production of various cell types of the skin and appendages, such as the hair follicle and sebaceous gland). It seems that the main physiological function of the cutaneous ECS is to constitutively control the proper and well-balanced proliferation, differentiation and survival, as well as immune competence and/or tolerance, of skin cells.”

 

Easing pain, reducing inflammation, soothing muscles, relieving joint-stress, treating rashes, anti-aging and anti-fungal properties, and immense value in terms of restoring balance to the skin through amazing nutritional properties – natural oils and amino acids especially. (Learn More).

 

Cons

Current Hemp CBD Prices

Why are hemp extracts so costly? First of all, sheesh, prices have already gotten a bit better over the last year or so thanks to public demand and frustration coming down on political representatives. You should’ve seen the prices a couple years ago! But here’s the three big margin crushers:

 

  1. The added-costs of forced importation of the hemp. It’s hard to find amazing and consistent farmers/producers in other countries! Then there are lots of agencies (on both sides) who want a piece of the action and they don’t make it easy to import/export. It’s HARD to be in the hemp business in America right now which increases risk for business owners. We’d have admitted defeat long ago if it weren’t for our customers.
  2. The added-costs of getting our products screened and tested by professional labs. Sometimes we must get batches tested multiple times. We’re a startup, as are most of our competitors, not big corporations.
  3. Supply. Right now there’s more demand than supply and demand is exploding while supply isn’t. If the government stepped out of the way, in just America alone, supply would skyrocket and the prices would drop. Until then…

 

Once we can legally source our hemp from American farmers, we will. Oh…we will. And this is going to drive down costs. Then, when We The People have built a more efficient oversight/regulatory system, this will drive quality-control prices down as well.

 

Consider Savings

Whether it’s a reduction in pharmaceutical/cigarette/alcohol usage, spending less money on munchies and groceries thanks to improved appetite regulation, or being more productive at work, people need to start considering more than just the current sticker prices of hemp products. There’s a lot of savings to consider, right?

 

Potential Drug Interactions

Most, not all, but most studies on the human consumption of CBD show it’s safe and virtually free of side effects for the vast majority of people who consume it. That said though, CBD directly interacts with the liver and seems to inhibit the activity of a particular family of enzymes called Cytochrome P450 (so does grapefruit).

 

It’s one of the ways CBD neutralizes THC in the body when it enters through digestion (vs. inhalation). But, as it turns out these enzymes are also partially responsible for metabolizing/oxidizing most of the drugs/pharmaceuticals people take as well, for example SSRIs. So, CBD slows your body’s ability to metabolize them (which is why the “high” of Marijuana edibles lasts so much longer). It’s not necessarily a negative thing, but worth noting. (Learn More)

 

Transparent Sourcing

When you look at the current hemp CBD industry or market in America, one of the biggest issues has to do with sourcing. There are currently only a handful of places in America where you can buy American hemp plant or seed-based products – the most prominent of which is Colorado which we’ve visited ourselves on multiple occasions. It’s glorious… gargantuan fields of clean, organic, American grown hemp. Brings a damn tear to the eye!

 

Otherwise, the hemp plants used to make the extracts, or the extracts themselves (which must test below legal THC limits) are imported from various countries across the planet including the Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, Canada, China, etc. With such a growth in demand over the last 4 or 5 years, a lot of dirty, pesticide-drenched, low-quality hemp has been used and sold to people. Be sure you get to know where your provider sources their hemp. Hopefully soon American hemp can once again dominate the world as it used to.

 

Lack of Oversight/Regulation

This is a serious issue, and we’re not going to lie, it’s a reality because of corruption plain and simple. Corruption involving federal agencies like the DEA and FDA, the pharmaceutical industry at large, and corporate interests that continue to bend over backwards (and spend extreme amounts of disinformation/lobbying dollars) to keep the hemp plant in general, from seed to leaf and fiber, from going mainstream.

 

We’d like to see the federal government side with the people, declassify hemp, let American farmers grow hemp across the land like they are in Canada and Colorado, and let us erect a private sector regulatory system around the hemp industry that works alongside established state/federal agencies. We’re already a part of it. We spend a ton of resources on getting our products imported, tested at specialty labs, sourced from quality farmers in Europe, etc. It would be nice to either have the federal government play a positive, productive role in bringing hemp back to the people, or get out of the way.

 

Downward Pressure on Scientific Study

In connection to our last point about the lack of federal level oversight and official regulation (where they have near limitless resources), this same downward pressure on hemp is seen in the medical science world as well. Who controls the money for studies? Yep, you guessed it. Aside from privately or peer-funded research which is growing thanks to initiatives like Realm of Caring and the National Hemp Association and their partners.

 

Make no mistake, there are tons, thousands of studies on CBD (Learn more Here, Here, and Here for starters) but there’s still a considerable amount of downward pressure keeping hemp from really bursting. Why? Because at the end of the day the current “system,” and this includes everything from the animal protein and plastic/cotton industries, to drug makers and oil companies, stand to lose immense amounts of power and money when hemp goes mainstream in America and in the hands of the people.

 

Common Questions & Answers

What Exactly is CBD?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one the most prevalent (typically accounts for up to 40% of the hemp plant extract) and naturally occurring phyto-cannabinoids found in the Cannabis family of plants (there are at least 113 of these cannabinoid in the species). While some are psychoactive, most notably THC, cannabidiol isn’t.

 

  • Phyto = plant-based.
  • Cannabinoid = a plant chemical that acts on the human body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a network of endo-(meaning they originate inside the body)-cannabinoid receptors found throughout the organs, skin, and brain that regulate a large variety of systems. The main goal of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis (well-being) on cellular and psychological levels.

What’s the Best Way to Take CBD?

Another simple straightforward question that requires a somewhat complex answer – It depends on what we’re talking about. Obviously for skin conditions and skeletal-muscular or joint issues, you’ll want to investigate Hemp Lotions or Hemp Gels and other topical solutions of variable CBD potency. With these one must also take the other ingredients into consideration, or just opt for applying pure hemp extract (as well as hemp seed-based lotions/creams) directly to the skin.

 

But when we talk ingestion, things get super-personalized. What condition are you looking to address and how serious is it? Do you prefer sublingual or, perhaps a suppository? For moderate to high CBD dosages, most opt for pure Full-Spectrum Hemp Concentrate, or other simple applications like Hemp Oil Tinctures and Hemp Oil Capsules.

 

Others may want to consume smaller milligram dosages through tastier products like Hemp CBD Honey Sticks, or perhaps even raw Organic Hemp Leaf for tea. It’s up to you and what you’re looking to achieve.

Are Hemp CBD Products Safe?

As long as the hemp product has been sourced from clean hemp (it’s a natural bio-accumulator, meaning it sucks up nutrients/toxins from the earth), has been screened for any impurities, and lab-tested to ensure phyto-cannabinoid content, then yes hemp CBD products are arguably far safer than conventional pharmaceutical drugs… primarily because there are very few (some would argue zero) negative side-effects.

 

Because of the lack of state and federal level regulation in the hemp industry, aside from making sure any hemp grown in or entering the country is within legal THC limits, it’s imperative you do your homework on your provider. Do they have lab test results to prove their claims? Are they transparent about their origin countries (hemp for the most part must still be imported into the US.)? (Learn More)

 

What Else is in Hemp CBD Products?

If you’re buying any product, let alone a hemp CBD product, that doesn’t have a clear ingredients label, then you need to reevaluate what you’re doing! Hemp for Fitness strives to be as precise as possible about what’s in our products, but when we’re talking about pure full spectrum hemp extract/oil then the specific compounds and their amounts change per batch.

 

Other than the many different phyto-cannabinoids in hemp, of which CBD is just the primary, there are also the plant’s natural terpenes (chemicals responsible for aroma and taste) as well. These vary. As an example, this is a screenshot from one of the lab results for a batch of our oil that shows the terpene spread:

 

And here’s another screenshot from lab tests showing the cannabinoid profile for a batch of our hemp concentrate. As you can see the THC percent is below the legal limit (indicating it could pass for a fiber-class plant), with a 4.24 milligram per gram CBD potency.

 

So far there’s no evidence that other plant extracts or added terpenes cause any negative reactions, but you need to be careful with whatever you put in your body. Hemp itself, both the plant-based substances as well as hemp seed-based products are non-allergenic, and should be clean, but do your homework like a good informed consumer should. We’re here to help!

 

What’ the Ideal Dosage For…?

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to leveraging cannabidiol – no different than any other medicine, dietary supplement, or herbal remedy. It depends on why you’re using CBD, your body composition, the state of your ECS, the quality of the hemp extract or product, and your lifestyle.

 

Furthermore, because of the regulatory situation on the federal level and the pharmaceutical industry trying to seize control of domestic supply, there’s very little precise dosages unless you’re lucky enough to have a medical practitioner who’s well-versed on the subject and has plenty of past experience with patients using CBD for a huge number of potential reasons.

 

General Rule of Thumb

This isn’t official and we’re not doctors. But based on our experience with customers over the years, and Marjan (the owner) and her family use the products as well, here’s a general rule of thumb to use as a super-basic reference point:

 

  • Dietary/Nutritional                    10mg-25mg doses as needed.
  • Preventative                                 30mg doses as needed.
  • Medical Applications                 100mg-1200mg doses daily.

 

The fact is, you’ll likely need to conduct some self-experimentation to find the right dosage. Start small, gauge, and up dosage as needed.

 

Note: If you’re a perfectly healthy person, and not using CBD or hemp extracts to address any well, negative issue…then it’s going to be hard to notice if it’s “working” for nutritional purposes. How do you know if a multivitamin is working? We’ll repeat this over and over: CBD, and hemp extracts are non-psychoactive/psychotropic. You may feel a bit more euphoric, or maintain a noticeably more positive attitude though!

 

Are Hemp CBD Products Legal?

We’re honestly not in a position to answer this question, and strangely enough, after years in this industry we still don’t know! Hemp plant-based substances (hemp fiber, shirts, and twine and so forth are fine) are purposely being kept in a legal grey area on the federal level where one agency disagrees with another agency, states differ as well, and powerful interests are being heavily influenced by “Big Pharma” and the alcohol industry (to name a couple).

 

Anything hemp seed-based, like hemp seed protein, or hemp seed oil-based lotions, or hemp seed flour, etc. are also 100% legal and sold online and in stores nationwide. Americans consume roughly $600-$800 million in hemp seed products annually at this point. But when we talk hemp plant extracts, it’s VERY hard to know whether it’s 100% legal or not. If you’re concerned, please speak to an attorney or legal professional. Here’s the breakdown though:

 

  • Hemp Seed-Based Foods/Oils = 100% Legal
  • Hemp Plant-Based Textiles/Clothing = 100% Legal
  • Hemp Plant-Based Plastic Products = 100% Legal
  • Hempcrete & Building Materials = 100% Legal
  • Hemp Plant-Based Extracts/Oils = ??????????

 

What’s this stuff about “Ratios”?

Chances are, if ratios come up you’re dealing with marijuana products and the amount of CBD to THC (or vice versa) inside it. Hemp products should have negligible THC so ratios aren’t needed, just the amount of CBD and lab tests to show overall cannabinoid percentages and terpenes.

 

Marijuana’s all about ratios. For example, each strain of marijuana buds or flowers (the kind people smoke) have different ratios, some more THC-dominant while others shoot for the popular 1:1 ratio which is often taken to address neuropathic pain-related issues. On the other side of the coin is a ratio of CBD:THC of 10:1 which is what you’ll find people taking for spasms/seizures, depression, anxiety, etc.

 

THC-dominant strains can get to 1:20, or even 0:20 (or 1:80 for marijuana concentrates) depending on the potency people are after. The thing to remember is CBD cancels out the “high” of THC, so the more CBD, the less you’ll experience (it’s non-psychoactive, remember?). Here’s a basic rundown of base CBD:THC ratios:

 

  • 0:1 Strong psychotropic “high” or effects, especially over 30mg doses if ingested.
  • 1:2 Moderate high, calming, THC-dominant.
  • 1:1 Low high, a balanced entourage effect, tranquil & euphoric.
  • 2:1 Sedative (or for some people, energizing; depends on your neurochemistry).
  • 1:0 Non-psychoactive, tremendous therapeutic potential.

 

If you want to get into much higher ratios, there are plenty of general takes on the subject, especially from states where medical marijuana is legalized. Check out the CBD:THC Ratio breakdown from Prime Wellness of Connecticut.

 

Hemp-Based vs. Marijuana-Based CBD

So, as we discussed above, nowadays marijuana plants can be grown to have very high CBD-dominant ratios. In fact, as time goes by there are a larger array of strains with differing CBD and THC-dominant ratios for those that want various “entourage effects” thanks to the synergy between these two chemicals when combined with naturally occurring cannabis terpenes and other cannabinoids that aren’t typically found, or in the same quantities, in hemp.

 

Which is better for you? Would hemp be better, or perhaps you should look into marijuana-based CBD applications? It’s a possibility. The three big differentiators with hemp are:

 

  • More Accessible: Maybe you don’t live in a state where marijuana products are legal, whereas you can currently purchase hemp concentrates securely online.
  • Non-intoxicating: This is a big one. Although marijuana with a CBD ratio of 10:1 isn’t going to technically get you “stoned” either, but the THC will still be present in your system.
  • Work/Productivity: Hemp concentrates aren’t going to make you lethargic or feel lazy. THC definitely does this to plenty of people.

 

Medically we can’t tell you which is ideal, only that it’s preferential, and at times practical, to go with a hemp extract for various reasons.

 

Crystal Form CBD vs. Whole Plant Extract

The Crystal form of CBD is an isolate. So, you start with the industrial hemp plant, then extract the raw oil through an eco-friendly CO2 extraction process (to protect the plant compounds from early heat or harmful chemicals), then refine the oil to isolate the CBD component by removing the plant fats and lipid compounds and so on.

 

Using CBD isolate is like taking a vitamin C pill, whereas using “whole plant” hemp CBD extracts is like getting your vitamin C from a very potent oil made from oranges. What matters is to watch out for synthetic CBD isolates that aren’t made from organic plant material. Do you prefer to use CBD in conjunction with the other naturally occurring plant compounds like terpenes and other cannabinoids like CBG or CBN, or does your needs or targeted diagnosis need super-high and refined doses of CBD?

Hemp CBD with Added Plant Terpenes

As discussed briefly in the FAQs section above, industrial hemp doesn’t have a robust terpene profile (organic compounds that contribute to how a plant smells, tastes, and physical attributes) because it’s technically a fiber plant without the wild fragrances and colors, and it tastes like tree bark. Even when hemp extracts are heavily-refined, you’re not going to have as wide of an array.

 

Because of this, Hemp For Fitness is one of the first hemp companies to add organic plant terpenes to some of our products to improve their therapeutic value. Five of these terpenes are listed below, and as you’ll see, they’re very common within nature and not specific to cannabis.

 

  • Limonene: Found in most citrus fruits, especially lemons. Did you know pharmaceutical companies often use this terpene to help their ointments penetrate the skin? It’s also shown promise in combating stress and anxiety by calming the mind and musculature before sleep.
  • Valencene: If you like oranges, you like this terpene and so does your body! If you have one in your fridge and want to experience a dose of valencene, just bend some orange peel in front of your face and breathe in the mist.
  • Camphene: Most people are exposed to this terpene through ginger, Valerian root, or any number of foods/fragrances on the market that list it as an “additive.”
  • Humulene: Think of the “hoppy” aroma of good beer, that’s humulene you’re smelling. This terpene is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent, lending to a more soothed and relaxed composure.
  • Eugenol: Also commonly found in clove oil, cinnamon, sweet basil, and nutmeg oils; shown to be a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant.

Common Hemp CBD Products

Below we’ll glide through a handful of the most common types of hemp CBD products on the open market today. There are plenty more, especially when you start looking at the types of products people with severe medical issues (dabs, lozenges, suppositories, etc.) like cancer and epilepsy are taking, but these should get you started.

Basic Natural Oils & Extracts

 

The taste of raw hemp plant extract, or concentrate, or oil, etc., is hard to describe. Bitter. Potent. Earthy. Sort of creamy, but it’s usually thicker, not a gooey liquid. You probably won’t like it at first, and to be honest it’s not easy to cover up either. But it dissipates and dissolves pretty quickly, say 20-30 seconds, if you’re just taking small doses.

 

Most folks who prefer extracts like the measurements on the syringes, apply the paste directly to their tongues (or their hand then lick it off), or on top of a cookie, a piece of apple, and so forth. Just remember to store the syringe in the fridge and keep it cool.

 

Hemp CBD Oil Drops

 

 

Tinctures are popular – easy, portable, different potencies, highly-controlled dosages. Of course, they also often come complemented with an assortment of vitamins, minerals, other herbs, and truly natural flavors to try and mask the hempen aroma/taste.

 

At Hemp for Fitness we created a line of 30ml hemp CBD tinctures that come with 250mg/500mg hemp concentrate, organic plant terpenes, and cold-pressed sunflower lecithin because the body requires a fatty substance to absorb and process cannabinoids like CBD.

 

Hemp CBD Capsules

 

Hemp capsules take the taste/smell issue off the table and make it easy to control dosages. Some will deliver the plant material via a paste, while others will contain powder-form. Pretty self-explanatory really. What’s neat though is that when you get involved with awesome companies like Hemp for Fitness, you can get smaller amounts and batches to customize your needs, or buy them in large quantities so you have a consistent daily supply.

 

Hemp Topicals

Rapidly, more and more hemp plant-based skin care products are entering the market (vs exclusively hemp seed-based). It’s incredible, whether you’re looking into a facial cream, hair conditioner, or makeup remover. You can get different potencies, different aromas of course, and there’s no end to the lovely concoctions small businesses are creating to help people integrate hemp into their daily skin care regimen.

 

We at Hemp for Fitness are in love with Trompetol and Cannabios products, already sold in countries across Europe and gaining steam in the states! That being said, let’s wrap this guide up by quickly going over some things to consider before buying hemp products and a look at what people are already saying.

 

4 Key Considerations Before Purchasing Hemp Products

1) Strength/Potency

  • Concentration: the amount of CBD in the product, typically in milligrams and grams.
  • Volume Percentage: the total volume of hemp oil/concentrate in the product.

2) Purity

As discussed earlier, this is about how clean the product is. How many preservatives, additives or added ingredients are there, and what are they? Has the product been screened and lab-tested to ensure there aren’t any toxins, solvents, or unwanted elements?

3) Transparency

How much do you know about the provider you’re considering? Where do they source their hemp? Are the concentrates they sell/use in their products direct from farmed hemp or derived from basically industrial hemp-waste? What we mean is, globally industrial hemp is exactly that…an industrial resource.

 

Many companies have been crudely extracting hemp oils from leftover hemp after it’s been used for its fiber. This stuff is cheap. Factories in China used to consider it waste, but then some not-so-ethical companies decided to buy it, extract the oil, and then sell it on the American market at high prices.

 

Some would argue there’s nothing wrong with this practice, and that may be true, unless we’re talking about hemp that hasn’t been HIGHLY screened. Remember, hemp is a natural bio-accumulator and absorbs elements in its environment, or soaks them up. Well, consider what the industrial hemp is absorbing in huge factories that use massive quantities of industrial chemicals.

4) Pricing

As always, you get what you pay for. As we briefly touched on in the cons section, there’s a lot of outside pressures keeping prices a bit on the higher side right now. But, take into account these other points when you find an awesome provider – potency, purity, and transparency, or quality of the hemp.

 

User-Reviews & Testimonials

Online, right now, are thousands upon thousands of personally written reviews from people using hemp CBD products. Please, if you purchase any products do your best to leave an honest review. It WILL make a difference. You won’t be merely a pointless voice in the crowd. Just be honest and critical in your assessment to help all the other curious and interested folks out there who need answers and something to go on.

 

Are all of these thousands of reviews genuine? No. For sure, some are likely paid for by less ethical companies, but most are legitimate. You can tell because they’re written primarily by people who were half-expecting it to not work, or they experienced positive results not only related to the targeted issue but other problems in their lives and bodies.

 

For example, you’ll find tons of reviews from people who tried a hemp CBD product for the first time to address anxiety and depression, sleep, appetite control, pain relief, etc., and ended up seeing relief along with a dramatic reduction in their usage of opiate-based pharmaceuticals.

 

Let’s look at a good example,

 

“I’ve been on pain pills four over six years now with no chance of getting better, I was told by my doctor that they would take me off my med’s if I did jump through all kinds of hoops to stay on them. I started looking for a cleaner healthy way to treat my pain and after two days of using CBD oils I started to wing [ween] myself off my med’s. I have not needed pills for pain for about three weeks now. I just placed my order for my second round. I take just a little more than a grain of rice twice a day or as needed. My back pain is still there [the condition] but for the first time in over six years I am pain free. Thanks”

 

You can tell when a review is real. That’s real, and it’s so common. Underneath the opioid epidemic in America is a swelling of interest in hemp/marijuana thanks to more and more studies in the area of addiction biology showing things like CBD Inhibits the Reward-Facilitating Effect of Morphine where doctors noted,

 

“Our results suggest that cannabidiol interferes with brain reward mechanisms responsible for the expression of the acute reinforcing properties of opioids, thus indicating that cannabidiol may be clinically useful in attenuating the rewarding effects of opioids.”

 

Or how about the study published in the Journal of Neuroscience that seemed to indicate CBD Inhibits Cue-Induced Heroic Seeking Behavior. In other words, CBD repairs ECS deficiencies created by heroin or heavy opioid use.

 

Then there are those reviews published by people who claim they didn’t experience the desired results. Let’s look at a good example,

 

“I purchased this for my mother who has very bad back pain from disk degeneration along with a few other issues. She took it and nothing happened. So the next morning she took more, again nothing. She tried a few more times and she noticed nothing at all. I don’t know if I should return it or what…”

 

It’s hard to say. But here are the likely reasons why a hemp product would produce no results in terms of pain relief:

 

  • The product they bought was either low quality, or essentially snake oil.
  • Their mom has an undiagnosed ECS deficiency.
  • They chose far too low a dosage (because they’re unsure) for mom’s condition.
  • Because of mom’s physiology/brain makeup, they chose the wrong delivery method.

 

We could go on and on, and take up hours of your time examining CBD reviews but that’s probably something you should do in your own time. But again, pretty please, if you purchase a product from us leave a review on our website, or on a third party website because these really do make a difference,

 

“CBD has helped my husband quite a lot, he was in severe pain which brought on angina attacks. He has a complicated heart problem so is on quite a lot of medication for this and I was worried about him taking the CBD oil, but I needn’t be worried as he has suffered with no side effects. Thank you.”

 

Wrapping Up