Why is CBD oil so popular?
Lauded for helping with anxiety, sleep, pain, inflammation and more, CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways. You can swallow a capsule, chew a gummy, drink it in your coffee, or place a dropperful under your tongue, among others. But which form is best?
The most commonly sold form is tincture or CBD oil. Why is this form of consumption so popular? The simple answer is that it is quick, easy, convenient, predictable, allows accurate dosing, and has high bioavailability making it efficient.
Full spectrum CBD, in particular, contains chemical compounds (cannabinoids and terpenes being the most significant) that work better together than they do in isolation. This synergistic interaction is called the entourage effect and magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant. In other words, various cannabinoids and terpenes combined have an amplified healing effect more than if you were to take them on their own. Simply put, CBD oil with terpenes and other cannabinoids provide more impact than CBD alone.
Do terpenes make full spectrum CBD oil better?
Yes, we believe they do. Terpenes are organic hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants. They can be broken down into sweet, sour, spicy, or bitter. These chemicals give cannabis its different types of scents.
Common terpenes include Myrcene, Linalool, Limonene, a-Pinene, b-Pinene, and Trans-Caryophyllene. Benefits associated with these terpenes include pain relief, and improved focus, to name a few.
With more than 100 terpenes identified in cannabis, it’s easy to see how full spectrum CBD is a better alternative to CBD alone. And, as research continues, custom terpene and cannabinoid profiles will help provide consumers with increased treatment options.
Things to consider when choosing how to consume CBD.
CBD (a cannabinoid) acts on the body’s cannabinoid receptors similarly to endocannabinoids found naturally in the body. They are thought to help regulate numerous biological functions (CBD and Your Endocannabinoid System). CBD can take different routes through the bloodstream to get to receptors in the brain depending on how you consume it. When choosing how to consume CBD, you will want to consider if the product provides systemic or localized relief, onset time, and relief duration, among other things.
Despite being an easy (and often tasty) method of delivery, swallowing CBD is not particularly efficient. It can take longer (as much as two hours) while absorbing lower concentrations as it passes through the digestive and metabolic systems, reducing its bioavailability. Gummies, in particular, are often full of refined sugar and worse yet, may not contain any CBD at all. It’s also important to note, at the time of this article, that recent laws make CBD-infused products sold as dietary supplements or edible forms illegal in some states.
Other factors that impact product efficacy include dose, product preparation, and your unique metabolism.
According to James Giordano, Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, “When inhaled or applied under the tongue, for instance, CBD reaches the brain pretty quickly. But when ingested as an additive to food or drink, it takes longer. Before getting absorbed from the gut into the bloodstream, CBD gets metabolized in the liver, which inactivates some of it—meaning the amount that gets to the brain ends up being much smaller than the amount ingested.”
Giordano goes on to state that the sweet spot for dosing for most people lies somewhere between 1 and around 5 or 6 milligrams for every 10 pounds. That’s 10mg for a 100 lb. person, starting with a low dose.
Dosage and MCT Oil
The higher the dose, the greater its absorption, and the sooner and more strongly you may feel its effects. Look for products that list the total amount of CBD as well as the concentration of each dose to know what you’re getting.
Putting anything in liquid form also tends to increase absorption. Easily absorbed by the body, MCT coconut oil is often the carrier of choice for CBD. Coconut oil is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Unlike other fats, MCTs don’t require being broken down before being used for energy. MCT oil also takes less energy to digest or absorb which is especially helpful for those who suffer from impaired fat digestion and gallbladder issues.
Taking CBD Oil is easy and convenient.
To take CBD oil simply place it under your tongue (sublingual administration) to dissolve and absorb it into your bloodstream. A dropper with a measure-mechanism or chart makes it easy to see exactly how much you are taking.
C4Life recommends 1ml or 1 dropperful of C4Life PURE CBD Oil. However, it is always wise to start slow and low with CBD oil to find your best dosage. Start with 1/4 or 1/2 dose, once or twice a day for several days. Decrease or increase dosage as necessary to reach the desired effect.
Use the dropper and administer the CBD oil under the tongue little by little. Hold it there from one to five minutes for greatest absorption before swallowing.
Choosing a safe CBD Oil is important.
You want a brand that you can trust–one that is natural, pure, and effective. C4Life hemp-derived cannabinoid oil is phytocannabinoid-rich, full spectrum, and organically grown in the US. All of our tinctures are made with PURE CERTIFIED™ CBD Oil in formulations that support a variety of health concerns including pain, mood enhancement, and insomnia.