A lot of questions come up when one begins to explore the possibilities of adding hemp-derived CBD oil or other CBD-infused products to your daily health regimen. With so many options available, the most overarching of those questions is always, “which CBD product is right for me?”
There are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account when determining the best answer to this question including the reason for using hemp CBD, the time of day you’re taking it, your lifestyle, including school, work, physical activities, etc., your age, your body type/size and your physical state of health.
To come up with some answers, we’ll take a look at some of the CBD products from which you have to choose. We’ll also look at the strengths and drawbacks of each particular type of CBD product.
Bioavailability and Onset Time
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of this article, let’s take a minute to understand a couple important concepts that factor into the equation. These are bioavailability and onset time.
In essence, bioavailability refers to how much of the CBD contained in the product is likely to make its way into your bloodstream. And onset time refers to how long it will take for the product to take effect. Both of these factors can vary considerably from product to product. For example, edibles tend to have a longer onset time and lower bioavailability than vaporizers, which take effect almost instantly and provide near 100 percent bioavailability. However, edibles do have their benefits and vaporizers have their drawbacks which we’ll get into below.
Bioavailability of CBD
The main issue with bioavailability arises from the fact that while CBD is an oil, blood is water-based. Therefore, the two do not mix very well. Because CBD is an oil it is easily absorbed into fatty tissues where it is locked up and metabolized before it can do any good.
There is, however, a technological solution to increasing bioavailability which is called nanoemulsion. This is essentially a process in which tiny amounts of CBD oil are encapsulated in a microscopic casing which easily homogenizes with water. This can increase a product’s bioavailability by as much as 400 percent.
Onset Time of CBD
The main issue with onset time is the path by which the CBD gets into your system. When inhaled, as with using a vape pen, CBD is instantly absorbed into the blood vessels in the lungs where it is quickly transported throughout the body. When eaten, not only is the bioavailability greatly reduced but so is the onset time. This is because it takes time for the CBD to make its way into the digestive system.
Tinctures, when taken sublingually, under the tongue, tend to have a far faster onset time than capsules since the CBD and other active compounds are absorbed into the capillaries in the lining of the mouth.
Here’s a rough breakdown of the various products and their bioavailabilities and onset times:
||FAST: Near instant
||MEDIUM (up to 30 min.)
|Edible Baked Goods
||LOW (under 30%)
||SLOW (up to an hour)
The bioavailability and onset time figures above are just general guidelines. Far more research needs to be done to accurately determine the bioavailability and onset time of various CBD products. Furthermore, the results may vary from person to person.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil vs. Pure CBD
One of the most important product distinctions is that between a product made with what’s called a full spectrum CBD oil, on the one hand, and products which are, on the other hand, made by infusing them with purified CBD. It’s important to distinguish between these two products because they provide different sets of effects.
In order to understand the difference between a full spectrum CBD product and a CBD-infused product, we need to understand how CBD oil is produced. The resinous flowers of certain strains of the hemp plant used to produce CBD oil are rich in compounds known as cannabinoids. Cannabidiol, aka CBD, the most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabinoid-rich hemp is just one of scores of cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid has its own set of effects.
Furthermore, hemp flowers produce aromatic compounds known as terpenes, which give the plant its distinctive scent and flavor. Terpenes have been used for millennia in a healing modality known as aromatherapy. While cannabinoids make up as much as 20 to 25 percent of the weight of the flowers, terpenes are measured in parts per million.
These compounds, cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted from hemp flowers by dissolving the dried flowers in a solvent such as ethanol. The solvent is then evaporated, leaving behind what is referred to as raw hemp extract. In order to produce a palatable CBD oil, unwanted compounds such as chlorophyll and waxes are removed. This produces a refined oil which contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes found in the original plant.
Full spectrum CBD oil can be distilled to the point where the CBD and other cannabinoids can be completely isolated, producing very nearly pure CBD. Pure CBD is odorless and colorless, making it ideal for adding to edibles, drinks and topicals.
A full spectrum oil, because it contains an array of cannabinoids and terpenes (all of which are active within the body) will produce a wider range of effects than products containing pure CBD, which are devoid of terpenes and other cannabinoids.
Consider These Things To Determine Your Ideal CBD Product
Now that we’re clear on some of the basics of CBD products, let’s take a look at the some of the factors which will need to be considered in order to help you determine which product is right for you.
Onset Time Considerations
As mentioned, various methods of administration require different amounts of time to take effect. For example, capsules can take upwards of a half hour or more to take effect, whereas inhalation methods are virtually instantaneous. If you’re using CBD oil as a dietary supplement, onset time is not really a factor.
With bioavailability, the main consideration here is value. CBD is not inexpensive like, say, multi-vitamins. You definitely want to try to maximize the value you get for your money. If a product has only 10% bioavailability, you’re essentially paying four times more for your CBD than if you used a product which has a 40% bioavailability. While nanoencapsulated CBD oils can have as much as four times the bioavailability of non-encapsulated products, there is usually not much different in price between the two.
In addition to bioavailability and onset time, some of the other factors that should be considered when determining which product is ideal for you include your lifestyle, physical condition and the reasons you’re using CBD oil.
Where and when you use CBD is a big factor in determining an appropriate product for you. Some products travel better than others. For example, if you’re taking CBD every morning or evening before bed, then tinctures might be perfect for you. However, if you’re traveling, capsules might be a better choice since there’s nothing to spill.
Certain delivery methods are better for certain conditions. For example, if your skin is your concern, then a topical product is best. If your digestive system has a condition, capsules are a better choice, and so on.
Serving Size Considerations
Another consideration is how accurate you would like to be with your serving size. This is easy to gauge when you’re taking capsules, for example, which provide a premeasured serving of CBD oil. It’s much harder to gauge your serving when you’re vaping since it depends on factors such as how much you inhale and how deeply you inhale it. For more information on determining your ideal serving size, check out this article.
6 Questions To Ask to Determine Your Ideal CBD Product
Here are some questions to ask yourself in order to help you determine your ideal CBD product and serving size.
1. Is it full spectrum or CBD infused?
If you’re looking for the wide range of effects that come with a full spectrum product such as effects on mood, sleep, stress levels, inflammation and so on, then a full spectrum product might be ideal. On the other hand, certain products such as topicals provide a better user experience when formulated with pure CBD, which is odorless.
2. Is it nanoemulsified?
A product containing nanoemulsified CBD oil can provide as high as four times the bioavailability of a standard CBD oil product. This needs to be carefully considered in order to determine serving size.
3. Does it contain additional active ingredients?
Some products contain additional active ingredients such as Joy Organics CBD Softgels with Melatonin for sleep, or our CBD Softgels with Curcumin for pain relief or our CBD Salve, which contains additional essential oils that help soothe your skin.
4. Where and what time of day am I taking CBD?
If you’re taking CBD in the morning when you wake up and/or before bed, then a tincture or capsule is ideal. If you’re taking CBD at work, school or during sporting events or other activities, capsules or a CBD vape pen or even a CBD energy drink powder might work better for you.
5. Why am I taking CBD?
If your reason for using CBD is general health, mood, energy, sleep, etc., then tinctures or capsules are fine. If you’re more concerned with the stomach and digestive system, then capsules are ideal. And if your concern is your skin, then, obviously, a topical CBD preparation might be ideal.
6. How quickly do I want it to work?
If you’re looking for fast effects, then vape pens provide the fastest onset time by far. If vaping is not your thing then tinctures would be the second most fast-acting delivery method.
Choose a Good Company and a Good Product and Stick With Them
Just as important as determining the right product and serving size for your needs is finding a company you can trust to provide high-quality products and a good value. Find a good company and product that works for you and stick with them.
There’s more than one reason for this, of course, but one important reason is that if you’re constantly switching products and companies you’ll have a hard time determining your ideal serving size as it will change depending on product quality and potency.
We hope that you’ll take a good look at Joy Organics and consider us as your preferred source for high-quality CBD oil products. We use only CBD-rich PCR hemp to produce our CBD oil. We use only full spectrum oils in our products. Our softgels are made using patented nanoemulsion technology which gives them a higher bioavailability than that of standard products.
Joy Organics products also undergo a process to remove all residual THC, providing a 100% THC-free product. And we add only the highest quality ingredients in 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.