Which way to go with CBD?

Function following form: CBD options

CBD comes in a variety of forms which can be confusing to sort out: oils, chewable gummies, vapes, waters, flowers, capsules, bath salts, skincare items, and more. These group into 3 distinct categories—edibles (CBD you ingest) topicals (CBD you put on your skin) and smokable/vape products. Inhalation methods are the quickest way to experience the effects and offer the most bioavailability of all methods that exist for CBD to enter your system, though with vaping, the effects don’t generally last as long. Eating CBD in capsules and gummies is the least effective way to get CBD into your system. This is not to say that capsules don't work, but in general the percentage of CBD entering your system after ingesting capsules is roughly 5 to 25% of the milligrams ingested. Vaping allows 60 to 80% of CBD bioavailability thru inhalation.

The most common and considered method for getting CBD into system is sub-lingual—placing the oil under your tongue for thirty seconds to one minute for maximum bioavailability. The sub-lingual method offers bioavailability at around 40 to 60%, but it enters consistently when done properly.

Edibles become part of an entire digestive system’s task at that moment based on what the person has ingested recently. So if you don’t take it on an empty stomach, your CBD availability will be diminished as well.

Skincare, lotions, pain cream, and cosmetics allow for the slow absorption of CBD through the dermal layers and the effects are believed to last the longest.

Types of CBD

Now that you understand the three main CBD delivery methods and their corresponding bioavailibilities, let’s talk about the three types of CBD. The first is full-spectrum hemp oil (FSHO). FSHO is extracted from the ariels (plant materials that grow above ground) of the hemp plant, generally by CO2 extraction, which when done properly provides safe chemical- and solvent-free oils that can be transformed into better, more beneficial forms and molecular structures. FSHO is considered raw CBD.

FSHO has three variations as well. These include FSHO that is left raw, but in this case the CBD remains in an acidic form and doesn't offer the botanical effectiveness and remedies as the second variation of FSHO—which has gone thru the process of decarboxylation (heating). This process of decarbing raw hemp takes the CBD-A in its natural acidic form and converts the CBD-A to CBD, the botanical that will work inside your body and with your naturally occurring endocannibidiol system. This converted CBD is a blessing to the system helping to restore homeostasis or balance.

The last type of FSHO CBD is what is called “gold” or “honey.” This is hemp oil which has been both decarbed and finely filtered to remove larger plant materials and matter that gets trapped in the extraction process and otherwise creates a bitter taste. “Gold” still has all the botanical powers of CBD, including flavonoids and terpenes.

It is this combination of botanical compounds that creates an effectiveness that is best known as the “entourage effect,” meaning the components work best together and in conjunction with each other.

In summary, the FSHO can be raw, decarbed, and decarbed plus finely filtered (gold).

Other CBD variants include isolated CBD crystals and distillates. CBD isolate is beneficial to those who want to take CBD, but not ingest the trace amount of THC (typically less than 0.3%) that exists in any full-spectrum oil. These trace amounts generally do not test positive on drug screenings (every test has different tolerance levels for THC, so be careful), but isolate-derived products are 100% pure CBD, without any THC at all. Considered less effective than FSHO and possibly containing residual solvents they are generally considered safe and quality-oriented companies provide formal lab tests to ensure safety. Isolates don’t offer the entourage effects of full-spectrum hemp oil (FSHO).

The last two CBD hemp variants are called “broad-spectrum hemp oil” and “distillates.” Broad-spectrum is derived differently through distillation and can get levels of CBD that concentrate to 85% and higher without any THC. The plain distillate is consumed mostly thru inhalation processes and some tinctures.

In general, most people access FSHO that is mixed into a carrier oil such as olive oil, canola oil, fractionated coconut oil (MCT), hemp seed oil. Rarely, are other oils used, such as sunflower.

The best all-around way to go with CBD

In our opinion, the best and most effective way to look for relief for conditions that CBD is used for is to shop for a full-spectrum hemp oil that isn't flavored and doesn't taste bitter.

Slight earth and hemp terpenes found in FSHO are actually aromatherapeutic and pleasant. Skilled CBD formulators utilize terpenes to craft product for customers that may have discerning ideas and tastes. Terpenes and flavonoids are botanicals that shape up into entourage receptivity functions in the brain.

Getting good guidance about types and uses of CBD is complicated by the fact that there is inaccurate and misleading information put out by less than scrupulous marketers. Thorough lab testing, good manufacturing practices, and quality ingredients are all important in delivering a high-quality, safe and effective product.

Being an educated CBD user is the best way to find the delivery method and product right for your needs. Wellphora offers a range of full-spectrum hemp oil (FSHO) products designed to deliver the highest-quality CBD in the most pleasant, healthy and effective way, and we aim to provide not only the best product, but also the vital information you need to make the choices right for your needs.