What Is CBD?

For a little bit of background, cannabidiol (CBD) was considered an illegal substance until 2018 when CBD’s status changed with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.

This bill made a distinction between cannabis and hemp; hemp containing 0.3% of THC (the cannabinoid most associated with getting you high) or less would become federally legal. 

The CBD market has grown rapidly since the 2018 Farm Bill, flourishing with a multitude of products from CBD haircare to CBD skin care, CBD tinctures to CBD oils, and even CBD products for your pets! 

Why Are People So Excited About CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 120 cannabinoids found within the cannabis and hemp plants.

This little molecular compound packs a powerful one-two punch in supporting our body’s ability to regulate and heal itself.

CBD (the non-psychoactive compound) has demonstrated itself to contain a plethora of positive pharmacological effects. So far, scientific research has shown CBD to contain:

How does CBD work?

CBD is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are the active components extracted from hemp or cannabis. These cannabinoids act on our bodies through engaging our endocannabinoid receptors.

These receptors are found throughout our bodies in what is now described as one of the largest cellular communication networks: The endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Our cannabinoid receptors include CB1 receptors, which are predominantly expressed in the brain, and CB2 receptors, which are primarily found on the cells of the immune system. 

The ECS is complicated, and science has yet to determine exactly how it works or its full potential for health and wellness. 

As of right now, experts believe the ECS is a regulator of homeostasis in our bodies, essentially stabilizing our internal environments and regulating many of our other well-known systems. 

The cannabinoid CBD in particular is involved in the modulation of different receptors outside the endocannabinoid system (ECS) as well, including our serotonin receptors.

Due to its promising therapeutic effects, CBD is one of the most studied cannabinoids today

There is, however, a downside to the legalization and excitement of CBD; until there are federal regulations around labeling and testing CBD products many current products on the market are unreliable. 

This is why you will need to be a savvy CBD buyer who knows exactly what you are looking for when purchasing your CBD product, from its purity to understanding your optimal dosage. 

Here Are Four Questions to Answer for Yourself to Help You Find the Right CBD Product

#1 Do You Want a Full Spectrum CBD or a Broad Spectrum CBD product?

This is the first decision you will want to make for yourself.  You’ve probably come across products labeled as full-spectrum CBD or broad-spectrum CBD.

For a detailed look at the difference between full-spectrum CBD Vs broad-spectrum CBD, you’ll want to read this https://satoricarenaturals.com/full-spectrum-cbd-or-broad-spectrum-cbd/

Essentially, these terms define which type of CBD is used in a product: Either products that contain only very specific cannabinoids and compounds, while excluding others or products that contain all the essential compounds.

Full Spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all the compounds found naturally occurring in the cannabis plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids. This means that full-spectrum CBD contains 0.3 percent THC, which is the legal limit of THC allowable by Federal Law. 

Broad Spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. This means that like full-spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the cannabis plant are preserved in the extract, however, THC is completely removed. 

At this point, research hasn’t found a determining factor for individual use between one product or another. 

Broad-spectrum products may be perfect for you, while another person finds that a or full-spectrum product works better for them. 

A good place to start your decision making is to contemplate which product will offer you the most overall benefits.  

#2 What’s the right CBD dosage for me?

Even though CBD is non-addictive, non-toxic, and is non-intoxicating, it is always important to make sure you’re taking the right dose. 

As it turns out, taking too little or too much CBD can actually hinder its ability to support homeostasis. 

For example, a recent study with mice showed that the activity of the ECS declines during aging, which would make you think that adding in MORE cannabinoids would help. But in actuality, a low dose of the CBD’s sister cannabinoid THC, “reversed the age-related decline in cognitive performance of mice’. 

Right now, what we do know is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ specific dose for everyone, as many factors like age, overall health, genetics and specific health conditions come into play.  

Therefore, an important initial question to clarify for yourself is; why are you taking CBD?

Are you curious to see if your overall body and health might just need a bit of support so that you feel like your best self? Are you dealing with a specific issue like sleeplessness, or anxiety? Or maybe you’re looking for a healthier alternative to over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription anti-inflammatory medications?  

Having clarity on what has specifically inspired you to search CBD dosing and products, will help you to determine how your dose and delivery system is working for you once you start using a CBD product, and to receive the most benefits from your CBD product.  

As a general rule, most experts recommend starting with a very low dose of CBD combined with tracking your symptomatic progress. To do this, you will want to create a baseline of how you feel when you start taking your CBD product and then track your progress as you increase your dosage. 

This will help you to determine the effectiveness of your personal CBD dosage and your chosen delivery system. 

#3 What is Your Ideal CBD Delivery System?

Essentially, your ideal delivery system for CBD will be one that provides you with an optimal dose for a desired duration with increased benefits. 

Here are a few things to know to help you determine which delivery system can support your overall health and well-being. When using CBD, only a small percentage will enter your bloodstream. This is due to something called “bioavailability”.  Bioavailability is the degree to which a drug or other substance becomes available after administration. 

Each delivery system has its own bioavailability. 

Here’s a quick CBD bioavailability breakdown per delivery system:

How do CBD Edibles and capsules work?

The bioavailability of CBD is about 15 percent. This means that if you eat 1000 milligrams of CBD, only 150 milligrams will actually reach your bloodstream. Edibles have a lower bioavailability because they are processed through the stomach and liver first before entering the bloodstream.

How does CBD vaporizers, drops or tinctures, and transdermal patches work?

The bioavailability of CBD is about 50 percent, triple the amount of bioavailability in comparison to orally ingesting CBD. Administering CBD this way, your body has the ability to move CBD directly into your bloodstream, instead of it being processed through your stomach and liver first. 

This means that if you ingest the same 1000 milligrams of CBD, you are receiving over 500 milligrams of CBD instead of the 150 milligrams with an edible. 

Topical CBD rubs, balms, and bath balms and soaks

If you want to use CBD because of arthritic pain or muscle soreness, a topical CBD product may be more helpful for you to target the specific area on your body. This method can deliver a high concentration of CBD to the specific area, and very little, if any, enters your bloodstream. 

#4 Does the CBD Product Come with a Lab Report?

You want to buy or consume CBD products that have been lab-tested by a neutral, independent laboratory

Without this lab report disclosure about the CBD product, you have no way to confirm the brand’s claims as to the amount of CBD contained in the product or the quality of the plant.

Lab reports empower you with the opportunity to know exactly what is in the plant, from quality to potency. Given this is going in your body with the intention to support your health and well-being, you want your CBD product to be pure and potent. 

Here’s an example of a Satoricare Naturals lab report. You want to make sure any CBD product you buy comes with a lab report similar to this one. 

Which CBD Product Should I Buy?

We wish we could say exactly which CBD product will work perfectly for you. CBD is a very personal experience. There is no ‘right’ product to choose from. 

You will most likely do some experimenting before you find the perfect CBD product for you. The good news is that you have so many choices!

Here are our favorite starter CBD products: