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It can be quite disheartening to find out that your CBD product isn’t living up to its expectations.
Thankfully, there are some things you can use in this checklist to figure out if you’re “doing it right”.
Many factors go into picking the right product, and even more factors trying to figure out if you’re taking the right amount when it’s not working.
On the one hand, you don’t want to overdo it, but you still don’t want to fall short.
You need to find that sweet middle ground.
That’s what we’re going to help you achieve!
First and foremost, you’ve got to make sure that your product is everything it claims to be. You’d be surprised how many companies are caught lying about their ingredients and potency!
The best way to confirm the purity and potency of a product is to find the third-party lab results, which are also called the Certificate of Analysis (COA). The COA is supposed to be conducted by a third-party to avoid any bias in the testing process and results.
Think about it, if companies tested their own products, not all of them would be totally honest about the findings.
Most reputable companies have their lab reports (also detailing who conducted the report) right on the product page or on a separate section of the website. From here, you can confirm how much CBD is in the product and the addition of any harmful substances such as pesticides, toxins, or heavy metals.
Figuring out how much CBD to take can be more complicated than anticipated, especially if you’re just not feeling it!
Some might argue that CBD gummies gained popularity quickly because they’re pre-measured and take the guesswork out of figuring out how much to take. While this may be true on some levels, some people still don’t feel their gummies.
That’s because our bodies approach different products in alternative ways. Within the various categories of CBD oils, topicals, gummies, vapes, and capsules, they all have their own bioavailability.
You’ve probably heard this word thrown around from time to time and understand it in a broad sense, but it just means the rate in which your body can absorb the cannabinoids to produce the therapeutic effects you seek.
CBD vape pens currently hold the highest bioavailability rate between 34-46% because it’s going straight into your bloodstream through the lungs.
The runner up is CBD oils around 20-30% because they enter the bloodstream directly through the capillaries under the tongue.
Gummies and capsules come in much lower because they have to travel through the digestive tract and lose some concentration due to “first-pass metabolism”.
No matter what kind of product you’re taking, make sure to start on the lower end and work your way up while gauging the results. You’ll reach a point where you feel comfortable with the serving size, but understand that this is an on-going process because your body will develop a tolerance.
You’ll have to further adjust from there to fit your therapeutic needs.
If you find that your CBD still isn’t working, you might want to try taking CBD with a meal. In particular, a meal that’s heavy on the medium triglycerides (aka fatty acids) because this works to boost the compound’s bioavailability.
Furthermore, taking your CBD with a meal works to diminish the CBD concentration that’s lost in the digestive tract because it helps the CBD avoid that “first-pass metabolism” we spoke of above.
Some foods that are beneficial to take with CBD include fish, nuts, avocado, meats, eggs, and even different kinds of oils such as coconut oil and sesame oil. All of these include the type of fat needed for the CBD to produce the effects you’re looking forward to.
You can also align yourself with a company that incorporates some of those fatty acids into their products. This reason alone is why some companies combine their CBD oil with coconut oil.
Late last year, the FDA called out numerous CBD companies (some well-known) for the lack of CBD found in their products in comparison to what their label claimed.
This is something that happens all too often because consumers lack the knowledge most of the time to figure out what they need to look for to confirm what a product is….and what it isn’t.
Along with the third party labs, you should make sure that your hemp is sourced in an acceptable way—preferably organic. The way that hemp is sourced plays a huge role in the effectiveness of the actual product.
It all starts with the hemp!
Some of us have a higher amount of naturally occurring cannabinoids that our bodies pump out regularly.
These individuals might not experience anxiety, depression, or even mood issues very often because their bodies already contain a substantial amount of cannabinoids that keep them leveled.
You might be one of these people if you’ve seemingly exhausted every option and still nothing seems to work.
Some people can pick a product randomly, try it, and it’ll work great for them.
But that’s not the case for everyone because CBD doesn’t fit into a “one-size-fits-all” approach. We’re all composed of different genetic material that affects every single detail of our lives.
CBD is one of those things that you have to put a little bit of time, effort, and research into to get the most out of your experience. But when you figure out that sweet spot, the hard part is over, and it’s nothing but sweet therapeutic relief from there on out!
Make sure to check off these things when trying to figure out if you’re taking enough of your CBD. The real beauty of the situation is that you can’t take too much because if you do, you’ll just take a good nap!
The fun is in the experimentation friends!
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