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LEARNING ABOUT CBD


ACT Organics not only provides the high-quality CBD products to the market, we also provide you information we have so you are educated and knowledgeable.  Our team including Chemists, Pharmacists and Pytochemists have studied and practiced in the natural products arena for decades.  Plant extracts have been used in wellness for thousands of years. CBD (Cannabidiol may have been one of the first of the many powerful natural organic compounds. Our CBD products are derived from a specific strain of the hemp plant, not to be confused with the marijuana plant. The Hemp plants used must have less than 0.3% THC. This is so the hemp-derived CBD oil will not cause any psychoactive effects. At ACT Organics, we have removed the trace amounts of THC as an extra precaution.  CBD is one of many cannabinoids from the hemp plant. CBD from Hemp has a vast array of effects on our body’s endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoid receptors are in our bodies; (humans, dogs, cats, and other mammals) have receptors and compounds in our bodies that interact with the compounds that naturally occur in hemp. Many leading doctors and scientists in the field believe that combining CBD with the many other naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in phytocannabinoid-rich hemp plants may offer a range of measurable health benefits never before seen in the pharmaceutical, food or dietary supplement industries. CBD can also be added to other plants and extracts that are known to have positive effects on the human body.

CBD Oil Guide


Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound produced by the cannabis plant, is growing in popularity and gaining mainstream acceptance. CBD oil is now in a variety of products, from tinctures, (drops), balms, skin oils, cosmetics and pet edibles.

CBD Oil Guide


This CD Oil Guide has five sections:

1. Basic CBD Oil Information
2. Your Health and CBD Oil
3. Research Studies on CBD Oil
4. Administering CBD Oil
5. Starting with CBD Oil

The first three sections contain basic information.  If you want to get started, it’s not required reading. If you’ve started using CBD products or have purchased some CBD, you may skip to Sections 4 and 5 so you can make sure you have the correct product, learn how to properly use CBD and determine how much you should be taking.

Medical Disclaimer


CBD products are not for use by or sale to persons under the age of 18. CBD products should be used only as directed on the label. CBD products should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. A doctor’s advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
This guide contains information that can assist you to make educated decisions about why and how to use CBD oil. This guide is not intended to provide medical advice. It’s important that readers seek the advice of a qualified medical professional who is well versed in CBD education before beginning use.

CBD Oil Section 1:

Basic CBD Oil Information


This section will discuss basic information such as what CBD oil is, where it comes from and how it’s produced. This section will answer some of new CBD users’ most frequently asked questions.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is a natural oil, extracted from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis (Hemp) plant. CBD is used by people all over the world for a variety of purposes. Broad spectrum CBD oil contains a variety of active compounds such as cannabinoids and terpenes. These natural compounds will be discussed in Section Two. Often this combination of compounds works better. Depending on the formulation of a product, the product may contain other beneficial components such as omega fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.


The Cannabis Plant


Cannabis is one of a genus of plants known as Cannabaceae. There are two main species of cannabis that are cultivated for human consumption, one is Cannabis indica and the other Cannabis sativa.

The Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana

Marijuana contains the psychoactive compound THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in marijuana that causes a “high”. Marijuana is rightly considered to be a “drug.” It is cultivated mainly for medicinal and “recreational” purposes. Both indica and sativa strains, as well as hybrids of the two, are used to produce marijuana.  The United States federal government considers marijuana to be a Class I controlled substance. However, many U.S. states have instituted legislation to regulate its cultivation and allow its use as medicine. Some states have also legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Hemp is not marijuana. Although hemp does contain some cannabinoids, hemp has extremely low amounts of THC. By law, in order to be legally cultivated, hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. Hemp is also grown as an industrial crop for fibers used in textiles and even some building materials. Most industrial hemp is grown for its fiber and contains relatively small concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes, so it is not the most desirable source of CBD oil.

While many of the CBD products on the market are produced from this type of industrial hemp, the CBD oil in ACT Organics products is made from a CBD-rich strain known as PCR hemp. PCR is short for phytocannabinoid rich — PCR contains about ten times the concentration of CBD as generic industrial hemp and only negligible amounts of THC. It does not cause a “high”.


CBD Oil Types.


CBD From PCR Hemp vs. CBD From Marijuana

Oils can also be extracted from marijuana the same way they can be extracted from hemp and other plants or seeds. The oils made from marijuana are called cannabis oil. Extracts made from marijuana may contain some CBD but are intended to contain elevated levels of THC which cause a high. These extracts made from marijuana remain illegal as Schedule 1 drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.

In this white paper, we are only concerned with CBD oil produced from PCR (phytocannabinoid rich) hemp, that we use at ACT Organics. We are not concerned with THC-containing cannabis oils made from marijuana, nor are we concerned with extracts of industrial hemp which have low levels of cannabinoids and terpenes, which we do not use in ACT Organics products.

Raw CBD Oil vs. CBD Concentrate

When essential oils of the hemp plant are extracted, the resulting product is raw hemp extract. This raw hemp extract can be put through a series of filtration, distillation and other processes to remove unwanted compounds, such as waxes and chlorophyll to produce various classes of oils differing in purity and CBD content. These refined oils are often called CBD concentrate or CBD distillate

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Another set of organic compounds previously mentioned are named terpenes. Raw PCR hemp extract contains terpenes and other cannabinoid compounds similar in molecular structure to CBD. PCR hemp retains its’ cannabinoids and terpenes from the original plant.  These products are referred to as full spectrum oils.

Broad Spectrum CBD Oil

Broad spectrum CBD oil has all the trace amounts of THC extracted.  This is ideal for those who require absolutely no THC in their CBD products.  Broad Spectrum oil is very similar to a Full Spectrum oil.  ACT Organics only uses Broad Spectrum CBD oils, which have been tested and confirmed to be THC free.

CBD Isolate

CBD can be separated and purified.  Pure CBD is known in the industry as CBD isolate. In its pure form at room temperature, cannabinoids are solid crystals. Purified cannabinoids are colorless and odorlessCBD isolate can be consumed directly or used as an additive in other preparations such as edibles, skin care products and beverages; however, it is devoid of the beneficial terpenes and other cannabinoids found naturally in the plant.

CBD-Rich Oil/Phytocannabinoid-Rich (PCR)

An alternative term you may hear is CBD-rich oil. This is used to label a CBD oil which has gone through some filtration and distillation steps to remove unwanted compounds such as chlorophyll and waxes. The resulting product has a higher concentration of CBD than the raw extract, hence the term CBD-rich oil.

CBD-Infused Oil

The term CBD-infused Oil is used to describe a product which has been infused with purified CBD isolate or a product which has been infused with a CBD-rich, full spectrum or broad-spectrum concentrate. A properly labeled product will specify which ingredients are used. If the ingredients include “CBD isolate,” then the product is not full spectrum. If the ingredients include “CBD-rich hemp oil (or extract)” or “full/broad spectrum CBD oil,” then obviously you’re getting a full/broad spectrum product. It’s important to know which is in a product because they may produce different effects.

A List of CBD Oil Products

There are a variety of products which contain varying levels of CBD as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes.

  • Hemp seed oil— Oil produced from hemp seeds, does not contain CBD.
  • Raw PCR hemp extract— This contains the naturally occurring compounds in hemp, including cannabinoids and terpenes.  Often a high-quality, full or broad-spectrum product which is rich in CBD.
  • Raw industrial hemp extract— A low-quality source of CBD oil.
  • CBD concentrate or distillate— Unwanted compounds that have been removed resulting in a full spectrum or broad-spectrum product.
  • CBD isolate— Purified CBD that does not contain other beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids.
  • CBD-rich oil/Phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR)— is a full spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD concentrate or oil infused with CBD concentrate.
  • Broad spectrum CBD oil— An oil rich in CBD and the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes present in hemp, that is THC Free.
  • CBD-infused — Refers to a product infused with pure CBD but may be used sometimes to refer to a full spectrum product.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY NEW USERS


CBD oil can be a complicated product, with the current CBD market being confusing. There is a lot of misinformation as well that adds to the confusion. One of the main points of confusion comes from the fact, the media often uses the term marijuana to refer to hemp and vice versa. This raises other issues, the most common of which are whether or not it causes a high or if it has any side effects.  We will address each of these questions below.

Can CBD Oil Get You High?

Properly produced CBD oil from hemp does not contain THC in high enough concentrations to cause a high. So no, it will not. THC is known to act upon particular receptors in the brain, which changes brain chemistry resulting in altered consciousness. CBD does not trigger these receptors. CBD may actually prevent them from reacting to THC and thus minimize its effects. CBD oils produced by some manufacturers may contain trace amounts of THC.  ACT Organics products, however, are produced from a source using a proprietary technology that extracts THC, leaving the other cannabinoids and terpenes intact for the best performance. It’s important to note that all human bodies are different and if taking extremely large amounts of any product is not wise.  CBD may cause drowsiness in large doses.

CBD Oil Side Effects?

Prescription pharmaceutical drugs are developed to target particular systems and provide certain effects. Natural products are not always as exacting and can affect every individual differently, much like prescription pharmaceuticals. The effects of the various organic natural compounds can be many and will vary with every individual.  Often herbal compounds can have both desired effects and possible unwanted effects. These unwanted effects are called adverse side effects. In order to determine if an effect is an adverse side effect, you need to know what the desired effects are. The effects which are desired by one user may not be desired by another user. CBD may work differently for different individuals. Some people use CBD oil to support a good night of rest but may also feel drowsiness the next day. If you want to feel awake during the day, as most do, feeling tired may be an unwanted side effect.

Will CBD Make Me Drowsy?

CBD has what are called biphasic properties. We’ll discuss this further in section 4.  This means CBD oil may have different effects depending on the quantity used. Taken in low servings, CBD is unlikely to cause drowsiness. However, taken in higher servings, there is the potential that it may cause drowsiness.  Alcohol is an example of a substance with biphasic properties. Below a certain blood level, alcohol provides a stimulating effect and can make its user more active and social, while larger amounts of alcohol can have a depressant effect resulting in unconsciousness.

CBD Oil Guide – Section 2:

CBD OIL AND WELL-BEING


What Is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of many different organic compounds called cannabinoids that are in the cannabis plant.


WHAT ARE CANNABINOIDS?


Cannabinoids are organic compounds produced by all cannabis plants. They account for most of the benefits of cannabis. Cannabinoids found in plants are technically called phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids mimic compounds which we call endocannabinoids that are produced naturally by all mammals.

  • Phytocannabinoids —Cannabinoids produced by plants.
  • Endocannabinoids — Cannabinoids produced by humans and other mammals.

Other cannabinoids found in PCR hemp include cannabichromene (CBC) and cannabigerol (CBG). Cannabichromene (CBC) is the third most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. Like CBD, cannabichromene is non-psychoactive. Cannabigerol (CBG) is produced early in the hemp’s growth cycle. Both CBC and CBG are believed to have properties similar to those of CBD.


WHAT DO ENDOCANNABINOIDS DO?


What Do Endocannabinoids Do?

Endocannabinoids, which are produced naturally by our bodies, are signaling molecules. They are formally known as neurotransmitters. Hormones are a more familiar type of neurotransmitter. A large array of neurotransmitters are produced by ones nervous systems in response to various states of health and also environmental factors. These interact with receptors found on the surface of cells throughout our bodies. Neurotransmitters instruct a cell to adjust its activities. This can include changing how cells react to other neurotransmitters.

The body’s nervous system connects to a wide variety of sensors, tracking all systems in our body. The signals from these sensors are decoded by the brain and the nervous system. If it is determined that a system has gone out of balance, the nervous system produces neurotransmitters, which travel through the bloodstream and interact with receptors on cells, instructing them to adjust their behavior.


THE HUMAN ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM (ECS)


The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) has two components. First is the endocannabinoid receptors found on the surface of cells within our entire body. Second is the endocannabinoids themselves that interact with those receptors.

As an example, a well-known endocannabinoid is called anandamide. Anandamide is responsible for the production and uptake of serotonin. Serotonin is often referred to as the “bliss molecule” because levels of serotonin in the body are directly associated with mood. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that is responsible for a “runner’s high.”

The endocannabinoid system is vast and far-reaching, regulating a wide array of bodily functions.  These include appetite, regulation to sleep patterns, moods, metabolism, immune response, the lifespan of cells and much more.

List of Common Cannabinoids

Below is a list of many common cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis.

  • Cannabidiol (CBD)— The second most common cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant that is non-psychotropic (it does not produce a high).
  • Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)— The primary psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives users a feeling of euphoria.
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)— Third most common cannabinoid, also non-psychoactive, is thought to support mood as well as joint and muscle function.
  • Cannabinol (CBN)— Thought to support joint and muscle function and aid a good night’s rest.
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)— Non-psychoactive and used to support mood and joint and muscle function.
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv)— Less psychoactive than THC.
  • Cannabidivarin (CBDv) — Similar to CBD in its effects.
  • Delta(8) THC— Similar to delta(9)-THC, less psychoactive and may support a relaxed mood.
  • THCa and CBDa— Compounds found in raw cannabis that are non-psychotropic.

WHAT ARE TERPENES?


Terpenes are a class of organic compounds produced by the cannabis plant and most other plants. Cannabis however is currently the most terpene-dense plant known.  Terpenes are volatile and readily evaporate at room temperature and thus, we can smell them. Terpene molecules are similar in structure to each other.  However, each specific terpene has its own unique structure relating in a different scent and flavor. Various combinations of terpenes are responsible for the distinct aromas of cannabis strains.

Terpenes are recognized as safe for human consumption by the Food and Drug Association and are used in a wide variety of food, cosmetic and cleaning products.  In nature, terpenes act as both a repellent for pests and as attractants for pollinators and seed spreaders.

Terpenes may have powerful effects on our bodies. Terpenes have been utilized by humans for thousands of years in what’s known as aromatherapy. For example, the scent of citrus is produced primarily by a combination of limonene and pinene, both of which are thought to elevate mood and also known to be a safe cleaning solution.

Some common terpenes are linalool, myrcene, caryophyllene, limonene, terpinolene, citronellol and camphene. The traditional uses of these terpenes and others vary.  They are often used as support for muscle and joint function, mood and overall wellness.

Terpenes are produced in the highest concentrations in the cannabis plant’s female flowers. Terpenes also act on cannabinoid receptors and are known to modify the effects of cannabinoids.


THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT


Although not as potent as cannabinoids in terms of their overall effects, terpenes are valuable components of cannabis. In the case of cannabis, these cannabinoids and terpenes work together to produce a range of effects which is thought to be greater than the sum of its individual components.

More research is being performed to determine the exact role terpenes play in the overall effects of CBD oi.  It seems terpenes work in concert with cannabinoids to produce a richer effect than CBD alone. Some CBD oil products are actually oil infused with pure CBD. These products do not have the added benefits of terpenes and other cannabinoids and do not produce the entourage effect.

Ultimate Guide to CBD Oil section 3:

RESEARCH INTO CBD’S BENEFITS


In the last 50 years, cannabinoids have gone from obscurity to the subject of intense research. The potential of cannabinoids are extensive. However, after many years of scientific study, very little is known about how cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system as well as other complex organs and systems in our bodies.
However CBD does have an effect on these complex systems that themselves are not fully understood. Determining the exact mechanisms that are producing CBD’s vast array of effects will take more decades by scientists and much research in underway around the world. Many studies about CBD’s effects on the human body have now been published.
In this section, we’ll take a look at some of the reasons why CBD is being studied.


HISTORY OF CBD RESEARCH


In 1968, a report written by the UK government’s Advisory Committee on Drug Dependence stated that “the long-term consumption of cannabis in moderate doses has no harmful effects…Cannabis is less dangerous than the opiates, amphetamines and barbiturates, and also less dangerous than alcohol…” That same year, the University of Mississippi was entrusted to grow marijuana for research by the predecessor agency to the DEA, (Drug Enforcement Agency.

Only two years later, the United States declared marijuana a Class I substance with a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. Two years after that, in 1972, a report based on a comprehensive study by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare recommended that marijuana be removed from the scheduling system and decriminalized. Then-President Richard Nixon rejected the recommendations.

In a 1976 court battle, the federal judge ruled that the plaintiff, Robert Randall in a lawsuit against the government was using marijuana out of “medical necessity,” making the plaintiff  the first legal medical cannabis patient.

In 1978, as a direct result of the lawsuit, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) began supplying cannabis to several patients whose physicians applied for and received “compassionate use” rights under Investigational New Drug Applications (IND) rules. Most of the medical research done on cannabis to date, has taken place since 1978.

The human endocannabinoid system has been discovered stepwise over the years. In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was found in the brain of a rat. In 1992, researcher Raphael Mechoulam and NIMH researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus discovered the first endocannabinoid. These initial discoveries resulted in a wave of new studies into the effects of cannabinoids.

In 1993, the American Medical Student Association unanimously endorsed a statement calling for the down-scheduling of cannabis to Schedule 2. Since that time and based on extensive data, there have been many attempts to have the federal government relent on this matter. So far, no attempts have been successful.

Let’s now take a look at some of the research that has been done in the past few decades into the mechanisms and effects of cannabinoids and the ECS.


WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT CBD



CBD’S EFFECTS ON MOOD


CBD is often used to support emotional stability. Research shows that CBD has an effect on levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide. Anandamide is produced by the nervous system to stimulate the uptake of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is often referred to as the “happy molecule” because of its ability to improve mood.

When your mood is low, you might be dealing with a low amount of serotonin. An increase in serotonin can correspond to an increase in feelings of wellbeing. It all goes back to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and a balanced ECS is a happy ECS.


CBD’S EFFECTS ON SLEEP


Another common use for CBD oil is to assist with normal healthy sleep cycles. It’s known that a poor night’s sleep usually results in a bad mood the next day. Taking CBD before bed may help you maintain healthy sleep cycles, rolling out of bed fresh and energized the next day.


FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED MEDICAL CONDITIONS


After multiphase clinical trials were completed, an FDA panel recently recommended approval of the CBD-based pharmaceutical called Epidiolex for treatment of certain specific and rare types of juvenile epilepsy.

Another concession by the federal government involves the Department of Veterans Affairs. In mid-June 2018, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to add an amendment to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) annual spending bill that would prohibit VA interference in the participation in legal cannabis programs by U.S. veterans. The amendment prohibits the VA from denying any services to veterans who use medical cannabis.

The amendment reverses a VA directive that prevents VA physicians from helping veteran’s access medical cannabis. It also directs the VA to conduct research into the benefits of medical cannabis using whole plant cannabis and extracts. This includes CBD oil.

Guide to CBD Oil Section 4:

USING CBD OIL


Section 4, will have some of the methods CBD is used and some of the factors involved in determining serving sizes. Analyze the strengths and drawbacks of each method and discuss which methods are better for different situations.

Bioavailability of CBD

Not all methods for using CBD are equal. Their effectiveness depends not only on the method of consumption and the ingredients in the product, but also on the bioavailability of the CBD and type/method.  The bioavailability of an active compound, is the percentage of a given serving that ends up being available for use by your body. In the case of CBD oil, the active ingredients include both cannabinoids and terpenes. However, for brevity, we’ll mention the bioavailability of CBD itself. A bioavailability of 100% would signify that 100% of the CBD in the product is available to your body. The only way to achieve 100% bioavailability is through intravenous administration — meaning injection directly into the bloodstream.
Every other method of consumption will result in some percentage of the CBD becoming unavailable to the body for various reasons, such as becoming trapped in fatty tissues or metabolized (broken down) before it has a chance to enter the bloodstream.
Each method of CBD oil consumption has a particular range of bioavailability. We’ll discuss these factors when discussing the benefits and drawbacks of each method.

A tincture is a liquid, which is usually an oil or an alcohol base that has been infused with CBD oil. CBD oil tinctures (link back to our page on tinctures) are taken by mouth. When taken using this method, the CBD in the tincture can be absorbed easily.  The bioavailability of CBD in tinctures is considered 10 to 40%.

Time for CBD Oil to Take Effect?

There are several factors when determining the time to take effect depending on the various methods of using CBD oil. Some of these variables are related to CBD itself, while others are related to how the human body reacts to CBD.

 

Because of genetics, no two people react to CBD oil the same way. Factors such as age, health, weight, circulation and metabolism all affect the timing of the effects of CBD oil.

The number of cannabinoid receptors in the body is a factor that can be influenced by all of the above, how they are expressed and the ability of the body to produce endocannabinoids. An individual who expresses more receptors or produces fewer endocannabinoids may be more sensitive to CBD than someone with an abundance of endocannabinoids or a lack of receptors. There are also other factors involved such as the type of product being used, how it’s being used and how much is being used. The onset of edibles will typically take longer than that of tinctures, for example. The effects of inhaled CBD are virtually instantaneous.  Tinctures can take up to 20 minutes with edibles and capsules ranging anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes. Topicals can range from 20-60 minutes.   These figures are considered general guidelines and will vary from person to person.

CBD Oil Serving Suggestions

Similar to bioavailability and time to take effect, the ideal serving of CBD depends on a variety of factors including the product type used, the concentration of the CBD in the product, genetics, sex, weight, etc.  Some CBD products list a suggested serving size. However, without taking into account all of the variables, the recommended serving size might be far too low or possibly too high. Specifically, the serving size will vary greatly depending on why it’s being used.

A serving that is effective for one product, might be different than that of a similar product. This is because various CBD oil products contain varying amounts of CBD. Whereas one product might contain 10mg of CBD per serving, another might contain 50mg per serving.

The most important thing to consider, is that both serving size and duration of use depend largely on the reason the individual is using it. One person might simply be using CBD to support general wellness, while another might be using CBD to help maintain a good night’s rest. Another factor to consider is whether or not the product being used contains a full spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD oil with terpenes. Due to the entourage effect, these types of products typically work more effectively than just CBD alone.

With all of the listed factors, determining ones ideal serving requires some thought. Taking too little will not produce the desired effect and be a waste of time and money. Alternatively, taking more than you need may not provide additional benefits. It will take some experimentation to determine an ideal serving for a particular person.


GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR DETERMINING YOUR IDEAL SERVING OF CBD OIL:


It’s a good idea to put some thought into which product you’re going to use and stick with that product for a while. This allows you to gauge the effects of that particular product. If you switch back and forth between different products, determining a serving amount will be more difficult.

Start with a Low Serving Size

When you first begin using CBD oil, it’s recommended to start with a low serving size. This gives you a chance to determine your body’s reaction to CBD. One option is to start with 1mg of CBD for every 20 pounds of weight. This means, someone weighing 100 pounds should start with 5 milligrams, while someone weighing 200 pounds can start with 10 milligrams.

Start Before Bedtime

When first using CBD oil, it’s recommended to start in the evening, about an hour before bedtime. This way, if CBD tends to make you drowsy, you’re not sleepy during the daytime. It’s uncommon for a low serving size of CBD to cause drowsiness, however it’s good understand your bodies effect to CBD as one starts using. If you have no issues, then take another serving in the morning. If CBD oil does make you sleepy, then take it only at night. Often CBD oil is used to support both nighttime sleep and daytime focus, in which case it can be taken as needed throughout the day if it does not make you feel drowsy.

Increase Your Serving Size Slowly

If all goes well and you still have not achieved your desired results, you can try doubling your servings. Each time you increase your serving size, take a few days to make note of how your body feels. If a rise in serving size produces unwanted effects such as making you drowsy, back off to a lower serving.

Can You Take Too Much CBD Oil?

CBD is non-toxic. You would have to consume an extremely high amount of CBD oil before it results in any truly adverse health effects.  However, taking more CBD than needed might cause some unwanted effects such as making you too relaxed for particular activities like work or sports.  Once you have arrived at a particular serving based on the product you are using, it’s a good idea to remain with that product.

Ways to Take CBD Oil

There are many ways to take CBD oil and the pros and cons of most will be discussed, in order to help you to determine which product, or products, are right for you.

Some of the factors to consider when determining which product is ideal for you are your lifestyle, the reasons you’re using CBD oil, the time to take effect and the bioavailability of the method.

Lifestyle Considerations

Some products are more convenient or travel better than others, while some products are more enjoyable to use than others. Capsules are preferred for traveling. There’s nothing to drop, break or spill with a capsule.

Use Considerations

Certain methods are better for certain uses. For example, if you’re using CBD to support skin health, you can get it directly by using a topical product. If you’re using a CBD product to support a good night’s rest, a special formulation such as CBD Soft gels .

Time Considerations

As mentioned, various methods of use require different amounts of time to take effect. As an example, edibles can take upwards of an hour or more to take effect, whereas inhalation methods are virtually instantaneous.

Bioavailability Considerations

Bioavailability, mentioned earlier, is the amount of CBD that actually makes its way into your bloodstream. If time is not a consideration, your main consideration should be value. CBD is not inexpensive. You will want to try to maximize the value you get for your money. If a product has only 10% bioavailability, you’re essentially paying five times more for your CBD than if you used a product which has a 50% bioavailability.

Serving Considerations

Another consideration is how accurate you would like to be with your servings. It’s easy to gauge a serving when you’re taking capsules, for example, but much harder to gauge serving size when vaping as it depends on factors such as how much you inhale and how deeply you inhale it. With that knowledge, we will discuss the best uses, pros and cons of individual ways of taking CBD.

CBD Oils and Tinctures

There are a variety of products which manufactures refer to as CBD oil. These include everything from raw hemp extract to more refined products to pure CBD-infused oil. There are also a number of types of oil which are used as a base for CBD oil. Some CBD oil products also contain added ingredients such as terpenes, essential oils and vitamins.

Pros and Cons of Oils and Tinctures

Tinctures are generally used at home in the morning and the evening.  They may also be used at work if your situation allows. The downside of tinctures and oils is that they don’t travel well. They can be messy if you’re trying to use them on the go. They also generally come in a breakable bottle with a breakable dropper.


CBD OIL CAPSULES


CBD oil capsules are delivered orally. Capsules are made with gelatin, which melts within minutes in your stomach delivering the entire serving of CBD oil. Thus none of it will get absorbed into the tissues in your mouth or throat. Depending on whether or not you take them with food, very little is likely to make its way through the rest of your digestive system.

Nanoemulsion

ACT Organics softgels are formulated using a licensed water-soluble nanoemulsion technology which encapsulates the active compounds in nano-sized emulsions. The average size of nanoemulsion CBD oil droplets is between 4 to 200 times smaller than industry standards. The smaller size leads to much higher absorption in the blood and results in extremely high bioavailability. Thus less nanoemulsion CBD oil is needed to produce the same results as regular CBD oil.


PROS AND CONS OF CAPSULES


Capsules dissolve quickly, delivering a serving of CBD directly into your stomach.

Capsules are also very convenient and easy to use with no mess.  They also allow for exact serving sizes. If a CBD Soft gels link to our product capsule contains 25 milligrams of CBD, assuming you’re using a reputable manufacturer with good production methods, you are getting a serving of 25 milligrams of CBD.  ACT Organics capsules are formulated for maximum bioavailability.

One downside of capsules is that they take longer to feel the effects. When taken on an empty stomach very little of the CBD will make its way into your body, as most of it will be directly absorbed into the lining of your stomach. But this is easily avoidable by taking the capsule with food.


CBD-INFUSED TOPICALS


CBD-infused topicals include skin creams, balms, salves and oils. Once again, these products can be infused with pure CBD, or they can contain a PCR CBD oil. The same rule applies; the products with the full or broad-spectrum oils will contain other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes.

Topicals often have a variety of additional beneficial and active ingredients meant to contribute to the overall effects. Skin creams may contain moisturizers, vitamin E, collagen and other active ingredients. Pain creams may contain ingredients meant to help the product penetrate deeper into tissues and aid in pain relief. Salves may contain other soothing and healing ingredients such as aloe. At Act Organics, we specialize in Broad-Spectrum Salves infused with natural oils incorporating terpenes, essential oils, anti-inflammatory, anti- itching, vitamins and other active natural ingredients to promote skin health and well-being.


PROS AND CONS OF TOPICALS


Topicals (such as CBD Topical ache) link to our product are great for use on a particular region of skin and underlying muscles and joints. Salves deliver CBD and other beneficial ingredients directly where they can do the most good. However, they take some time to apply and can be a little messy. This should not be an issue if you use these kinds of products regularly. Topicals also don’t pass through the stomach and thus do not interfere with Gastric or intestinal systems in your body.

When CBD is taken internally either orally or inhaled, CBD will make its way to all areas of your body, including your skin. If overall skin health is your goal, you may just opt for one of those other applications rather than applying a topical all over your skin.

Ultimate Guide to CBD Oil Section 5:

GETTING STARTED WITH CBD


How To Buy High-Quality CBD

The CBD market is currently expanding at a fast pace. Unfortunately, with the good companies, bad ones are trying to capitalize on this trend. Many of them cut corners to increase profit margins. Some companies use inferior or unsafe products. Some are completely dishonest, selling products that have negligible amounts of CBD in them, or even none whatsoever. Worse, they could contain dangerous synthetic versions of CBD.

CBD oil is a product that demands quality. You need a trusted manufacturer that makes CBD oil products that are rich in natural CBD and terpenes. A recent survey by the Brightfield Group of CBD products found that a full 40% of CBD products on the market do not contain the amount of CBD listed on the label.  With all these CBD oil producers flooding the market with new products, it can be difficult to know who to trust and where to find the highest quality CBD oil.

Identifying a Good Company

There are factors that need to be considered when searching for a reputable supplier of high-quality CBD oil products. These include the source and variety of hemp, the method of extraction used to produce the raw hemp extract and the quality of the other ingredients in the products they offer. A reputable company will freely provide this information. If it’s not stated on their website, you can use their contact form to inquire about their hemp source, extraction method and the source of other ingredients. If a company will not provide you with this information, then simply rule them out. There are plenty of respectable, high-quality CBD oil makers out there.


PREFERRED HEMP SOURCES


Hemp is farmed all over the world. The U.S. produces some of the finest quality cannabis and hemp products in the world.  It’s important to understand that not all hemp is created equal. Industrial hemp is primarily grown for its seeds and fibers and is not bred to produce high levels of cannabinoids and terpenes. PCR hemp, on the other hand, was specifically cultivated to be rich in cannabinoids and terpenes.

In order for a CBD product that is made from industrial hemp to contain the same concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes as CBD oil made from PCR hemp, industrial hemp CBD must be further refined, removing or destroying many of the naturally occurring beneficial compounds.  If a manufacturer specifies that their CBD was extracted from industrial hemp, then it’s safe to assume that the product is either lower in CBD and terpenes than a product made with PCR hemp.  This has been further processed and has lost some of its natural essence. Finding a company whose products are made with PCR hemp is highly desirable.

The lowest quality CBD oil products are usually produced in Asian countries such as China, where quality standards are much lower. CBD oil products produced in China are often made from strains of industrial hemp which are not rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. They are often extracted using cheaper methods that are harsh and can actually destroy cannabinoids and terpenes. They may also contain toxic pesticides, illegal in the U.S. or be contaminated with molds and other biological toxins.

Quality of Other Ingredients

Although raw and refined pure hemp extract is available, the vast majority of CBD oil products contain additional ingredients such as vegetable oils or other essential oils.

All the rules mentioned above apply here. Products produced in the U.S. are preferred. Products produced in Western Europe may also be of high quality, and product made elsewhere are often of much lower quality.  The ingredients used can also determine whether a company is trying to cut corners. Oils such as hemp seed oil, coconut oil and almond oil are generally healthy and of high quality. If a product contains synthetic chemicals, then the manufacturer is likely cutting corners.

One exception is an oil known as MCT oil. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. MCT oil is a natural product from coconut flesh. Coconut oil contains both medium- and long-chain triglycerides. Triglycerides, from MCT are natural and are also simply the main constituent of human body fat. MCTs are easier for the body to process than raw coconut oil.  When in doubt, perform an internet search on the ingredients in question and one usually will be able to determine fairly quickly whether or not a particular ingredient is safe and healthy.


QUALITY TESTING


Another factor to consider is third-party lab testing. Reputable manufactures will send their products out to testing labs to determine whether or not they contain any contaminants and also to measure the levels of cannabinoids in the product.

Because natural products contain different strains and crops produce different levels of CBD, CBD oil can vary in potency from one batch to another. Good manufacturers will want to know exactly how much CBD is in their products. Many top manufacturers will provide the lab reports for the exact batch of products being sold. Another thing important to know is whether the product contains THC. THC use may have serious consequences, so you should know whether your CBD product contains THC and in what amounts.

CBD Oil Health Claims

Many companies will put CBD products on the market and make serious health claims about their product. These claims are not supported by the levels of scientific evidence that the FDA requires. These claims are a strong sign that a company is exaggerating what its product can do. Avoid those products.

A Trusted Manufacturer

One way to narrow down your list of CBD oil makers is simply to do some internet research on CBD companies themselves. You’ll find that some brand names will consistently be portrayed in a good light, while others might have an overabundance of bad reviews. There are some smaller, more obscure companies which produce very high-quality CBD but may not have much in the way of reviews. Don’t necessarily rule them out. Use the methods above to determine if they will make the cut.

Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids

CBD products that contain synthetic CBD can make one seriously ill.  This is CBD produced in a lab instead of extracted from a plant. We can’t state highly enough how dangerous these products are. It is best to stay away from synthetic CBD.


CONCLUSIONS


Set Goals

It’s important to have some goals before you begin using CBD oil. For example, you may not be getting enough sleep, or you may be experiencing discomfort after exercising. Determine what effects you’re hoping to get from CBD oil so that you can make a decision as to whether or not it’s working for you.

Determine Your Serving

If you’re taking CBD oil for health maintenance, you should be taking lower servings of CBD. Anything over 50 milligrams a day may be more than required. One may only need 25 milligrams or less per day.  However, you may be using CBD for a reason other than wellness support and need a higher serving. Or you may be taking medications with which CBD will interact. There may be other considerations. You need to discuss your decision with a qualified medical professional, who is well-versed in the use of CBD in order to determine your ideal serving.

CHOOSE A GOOD COMPANY


Finding the right product from a high-quality maker is important. Once you choose a trusted brand and a particular product, stick with it for a while so that you can measure its effectiveness. We hope that you’ll take a good look at ACT Organics and consider us as your preferred source for high-quality CBD oil products.

We use only PCR hemp to produce our CBD oil. We use only phytocannabinoid-rich oils in our products, extracted using supercritical CO2. Our capsules are made using water-soluble hemp extract powder, which gives these products a higher bioavailability than that of standard products. We use a licensed process to extract all residual THC from our products, providing a THC-free product. We add only the highest quality ingredients to our products. Finally, all of our products undergo rigorous testing to assure they are free from any kind of contamination and have accurate CBD levels.

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