How do I know what serving of CBD is correct?

Why is it so difficult to find a standard dosing? Dosing is a term that can only be used by a prescribing physician and CBD is a supplement, therefore only a serving size can be discussed. Serving size seems to vary from company to company. If you are like me, you will probably find yourself asking, “Where do I start and how do I know I have had enough?” If you read labels, which is imperative, it seems to become even more confusing. Let’s break this down a little so it makes a little more sense.

Checking the label is the first consideration to decide upon as the milligrams will vary based on concentration and from company to company. If the label seems to be non-transparent or lacking simple information such as ingredients then do not use the product as this industry is predominately unregulated. Legally speaking, since CBD is a supplement, claims cannot be made about effectiveness. CBD and marijuana have been illegal making it difficult to obtain, even for research. Its’ classification also deemed cannabis to have no medicinal value, therefore little to no research has been available to scientifically prove effectiveness, but fear not, there are no shortages of testimonies stating otherwise. The 2018 Farm Bill was finally passed in December of 2018 providing legalization for marijuana’s cousin, hemp. This act alone will require a rescheduling of CBD off the Schedule 1 DEA Drug List and finally allow for research to generate concrete scientific data which will lead to an unknown amount of medicinal possibilities. This is why I recommend people set one goal for themselves pertaining to a particular issue such as pain, sleep, tremors, or perhaps better skin and tackle that issue first and only then move on to a second issue. Cannabis is a wonderful and powerful plant, but it’s not going to fix every problem. Everyone reacts differently to CBD which also means one size does not fit all or every situation.

Here is an excerpt from “CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis–Healing without the High” by Leonard Leinow, Juliana Birnbaum, Michael H. Moskowitz. 

Micro servings are considered a low level, in the range of 0.5 mg to 20 mg of CBD per serving per day. Micro servings can be helpful for sleep, headache, mood disorders, nausea, PTSD, stress, and metabolic disorders. 

Standard servings are the mid-range, between 10 mg to 100 mg of CBD per day. Standard servings have been shown to be helpful for pain, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease, anxiety, depression, arthritis, some mental disorders, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, autism, and weight loss. 

Macro (or therapeutic) servings are at the high range, between 50 mg and 800 mg of CBD per day. Servings at this level are often used to assist with severe or life-threatening conditions.

This quote serves as a guideline to approximate serving sizes verses ailment.

This diagram is strictly for CBD BioCare’s Servings per bottle.

Once you have the first bottle, it is time to begin your journey! It is always recommended to start low (even if you went to the next bottle up) and increase as needed because you may be very lucky and need only a little to accomplish your goal. Sublingual drops under the tongue will take less then 30 minutes to feel its effects if sufficient. Depending on your metabolism, it could be within 10 minutes. So if your first serving was 1/4 dropper and you feel great, stop. If you feel nothing, move up to 1/3, and then a 1/2 dropper until you find that desired feeling. The bottle says take two times daily equaling 1 full dropper, but if you have break thru pain in the afternoon, then maybe 1/3 dropper three times daily will do the trick. There are no hard and fast rules to serving needs, so if your goal is not pain related, one full dropper in the morning or at night may work just as well as splitting the CBD up through the day. Once you have determined how much CBD it takes to reach your sweet spot, then you can determine the concentration size. The second bottle could be based on concentration. The higher the concentration, the fewer drops will be needed, thus saving more money!

Reach out if you have any questions.

Why Knowing the difference between hemp, cannabis, and marijuana is imperative!

Ever wonder why there is so much conflicting information on the internet about CBD? One article says it is legal, another says it is not legal. One article will refer to it as cannabis and claim legality in all 50 states, yet marijuana is not legal in every state. Then we have propaganda stating you cannot fail a drug test, while others make no mention of it or express the opposite. The misinformation out there is just astounding, and rapidly changing. I know that feeling of being overwhelmed, especially being new to cannabis and CBD. Lets break this down a little so you can feel confident in your decision to try CBD.

First, let’s get on the same page and determine what is what. Cannabis is the plant’s genus name. It consists of three species; Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. The species of Sativa does include hemp and marijuana. Now it begins to get fuzzy. Law enforcement, domestically and abroad needed a pathway to define and separate cannabis strains that would not get the user high and could be used for commercial purposes, hence the creation of hemp. Hemp is part of the cannabis Sativa variety and technically grown for industrial purposes such as rope making in the Navy. The US Government actually owns the patent on the cannabis plant compounds, but that is a whole other article! Back to basics, categorically speaking, if the plant contains less than .3% of THC, it is hemp. If the plant contains more than .3% THC, then it becomes marijuana. There is absolutely no reason to smoke hemp, because the user cannot get high as the THC quantity is too low. This little fact about THC is the major difference between marijuana and hemp when it comes to comparisons of internal components. Hemp and marijuana also have varying levels of quality which determine quality, pricing, and medicinal usage.

The source of your CBD is extremely important to know. Where did the CBD come from; hemp or marijuana? What state or country of origin grew the cannabis to be consumed? What quality and part of the cannabis plant was used to extract cannabinoids such as CBD? The flower or bud contains the highest quality and quantity of CBD? Is the CBD full spectrum which includes everything the plant has to offer or is it an isolate? An isolate means it is only one component of the plant, CBD in this case. The University of Jerusalem proved that an isolate can only provide relief up to roughly 25mg, anything more will be a waste as the capability is maxed. Full spectrum oils, on the other hand, use every component to throttle its medicinal capability by continuing to increase as the dosage increases which is necessary for pain management. IT is called the entourage effect, synonymous with synergy, as it works better together. Finally, does the company practice transparency and provide proof of its contents called a Certificate of Analysis, or COA? If not, Do Not Buy!

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As CBD continues to grow in popularity, it will be everywhere. Cheap CBD is cheap for a reason and the question is why? CBD is classified as a supplement, which means there is hardly any regulation. The FDA stated that 60% of the packaging on CBD products was misrepresented in some form. The worse cases misrepresented the CBD quantity as far less than labeled and many tested positive for THC. The world of cannabis is very grey leading to confusion. Confusion can be capitalized on easily and that could lead to a good or bad outcome depending on which side of the fence you sit. One little known example of said confusion starts with CBD sourced from legal marijuana states, such as Colorado and California. Technically, that CBD should not cross state lines, however, it does, because there is little oversight and the all mighty dollar always takes advantage. Lastly, hemp actually cleans the soil. Russia used hemp to help clean the environment up after Chernobyl. Hemp does this by extracting the contaminants out of the ground. I am not saying your CBD is nuclear, but think mercury, pesticides, mold and other soil contaminants – yuck! Think about countries such as China, their reputation is awful for many reasons! No one will care more about your health then you, so make the right choices. Reach out if you have questions or need help!

Works Cited:
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/can-hemp-clean-up-the-earth-629589/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/study-nearly-70-of-online-cbd-marijuana-extract-tested-were-mislabeled/
https://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=53912#.VP4EIildXvY

The Journey Begins

Thank you for joining my journey of exploration to find alternative opportunities for health and general well-being. Cannabis, specifically hemp, is thought to be one of the first plants to grow on earth. Many opportunities have gone undiscovered because someone decided the plant had no value and could benefit no one. Thank goodness times are changing and people are starting to speak out and fight for themselves. There are so many solutions that are being researched, re-discovered, and newly discovered thanks to the fight to legalize hemp, medical marijuana, and recreational use of marijuana.

When you focus on problems, you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you will have more opportunities – unknown

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