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CBD 101: DELIVERY METHODS EXPLAINED

the different ways you can incorporate CBD into your everyday…

CBD Tinctures, Capsules, Gummies & Topicals

“Finding the right CBD product is a personal experience. Try a few different ways of consuming CBD and consider what you like best!”

Jonathan Stefanni Machado, Treed CBD

We get a lot of questions about how to consume CBD. So this week Treed has broken it down for you.

Otherwise, let’s get straight into it.

If you don’t find your question answered below, please feel free to reach out to us and let us know!
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CBD Tinctures

What is the best way to take CBD Oil Tinctures?

As a rule-of-thumb, the best way to take a CBD oil tincture is to place a few drops of your CBD oil underneath your tongue and let it absorb for a minute before swallowing. When taking any tincture, you may wish to stand in front of a mirror so that you can administer the correct dose by counting the number of drops. Different tinctures can vary in the amount of CBD present, so make sure you read the specific Directions of Use for any given product. You can also add CBD oils and tinctures to food and drinks for oral ingestion.

Is there any THC in CBD Tinctures?

This depends on the type of CBD oil tincture you’re purchasing. If you’re purchasing a full spectrum CBD Oil, then there may well be a trace amount of THC. If you’re purchasing a CBD Isolate or Broad Spectrum tincture, then there should be no THC present whatsoever. To be certain, please check the relevant Lab Report specific to the product. All Treed Products come with certified Lab Reports.

Can I get high or fail a drug test?

A CBD tincture won’t get you high. Even though CBD comes from cannabis (the same plant species that brings us marijuana), CBD products contain little to no THC — the psychoactive chemical that creates a high, euphoric effect. If you are taking a CBD product however, there is a chance that the trace THC amount will be picked up by a drug test. If you wish to consume CBD, but you get drug tested as part of your work, then stick to a CBD Isolate or Broad Spectrum tincture. Even then, there are so many different types of drug tests that there is a small chance it may give a positive reading. No CBD brand can offer a 100% guarantee you will have a negative test, and you should be wary of any companies that do promise this. Transparency is important and should be one of the key things you look at when deciding where to buy your CBD Oil.

Do I need a prescription to buy CBD Tinctures?

No, you do not need a prescription to purchase any CBD tinctures – provided that the THC content is less than 0.2% and the product in question is on an approved Novel Foods Dossier.

A Treed CBD 2500mg Tincture

What is the difference in Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is made from the leaves, flowers and stalk of the hemp plant. These are the only parts of the plant where Cannabidiol is found. Hemp oil, on the other hand, is made from hemp seeds. The best way to determine whether a product is CBD oil or Hemp oil is to look at the ingredients listed on the packaging. To look for CBD oil, you want to find the words “CBD” or “Cannabidiol” clearly listed on the product.

How many drops should I take?

The amount of drops you need to take is dependent on the CBD content in any given tincture, and the condition you wish to address. Follow the instructions on the packaging, and adopt a “go-slow” approach. If you don’t feel any benefits, then increase your drops incrementally until you achieve the desired effect.

Can I use CBD Oil Tinctures as a Topical?

CBD oil tinctures should only be taken sublingually (under the tongue). Whilst it is unlikely that you will have any adverse reaction if you apply it topically, you probably won’t experience any of its potential therapeutic effects. If you have localized pain, and you want to use CBD, then purchase a topical CBD product as you are far more likely to experience therapeutic relief.

What is in CBD Tinctures?

What is in CBD tinctures can vary between products and companies. Some companies formulate their CBD tinctures with flavourings, terpenes, adaptogens or other compounds for specific reasons, and you should always do your research on any specific products you’re considering to buy. All CBD tinctures, however, should contain Hemp Extract, as this is ultimately the starter material from which CBD is derived from.

CBD Capsules

CBD Capsules

What is a CBD Capsule?

A CBD capsule is essentially CBD oil that has been encapsulated – often with a carrier oil and sometimes with other beneficial compounds – that makes consuming CBD a consistent, quick & convenient process.

How do CBD Capsules work?

CBD capsules work by being broken down in the stomach – like any food – via the Digestive System. The process of digestion can take, on average, anything between 30 minutes and two-hours. As the capsule is broken down, the CBD will enter the bloodstream. At the point when this occurs, is when you can start to feel the therapeutic benefits of CBD, which can last between 2-6 hours with the half life being 1-2 days.

Is it ok to use CBD Capsules if I am using other CBD Products?

Absolutely! You do not have to stick to a singular method of consuming CBD. In fact, we would encourage you to use a number of different products, both external and internal, for what we call a “layered” effect. For example, if you suffer from knee pain, we’d recommend you use a CBD topical to target the specific area locally, and then capsules or tinctures to boost support your internal Endocannabinoid System as part of your daily routine. The most important thing is to be aware of the dosage of CBD you are taking on a day-to-day basis.

Do I have to take CBD Capsules with food?

You don’t have to, and won’t suffer any negative effects, but we would recommend that you do. Ideally, taking your CBD capsules with a meal that is higher in fats is also preferable (for example with eggs, avocado, nuts etc.) to maximise absorption. If you have food in your stomach already digesting, the CBD capsules have a greater chance to be absorbed by the liver without losing too much of its efficacy. In short, taking CBD oil on an empty stomach is a waste of valuable CBD. You’re not optimizing the opportunity you have by taking it on an empty stomach; but instead, you are degrading the potency of the CBD oil. This is what can cause CBD users to have to use more product, or even to think that their product is ineffective.

What is the difference between CBD Capsules vs. CBD Oil?

CBD capsules were created to offer a quicker and more convenient way to take CBD. Instead of filling a tincture with CBD oil, the oil is placed in a soft gel, and then encapsulated. The CBD oil in CBD capsules and CBD oil tinctures will ultimately undergo the same extraction process and is therefore the same. One important difference is that capsules are swallowed. This means that it must first be broken down by the Digestive System before the CBD enters your bloodstream. With CBD oil tinctures, the sublingual method of ingestion bypasses digestion, meaning you can expect to feel the benefits slightly faster.

How many capsules should I take and how often?

As with any CBD product, you should follow the guidelines stated on the packaging. Generally, with CBD capsules, you rarely have to take more than one or two per day – but make sure that this is in line with your therapeutic window for the condition(s) you are addressing. For example, if you need 50mg of CBD per day to help with your sleep, but your CBD capsules are 15mg each, then you should probably take three or four capsules to achieve the desired effect. In that instance, we would suggest finding a stronger capsule.

Topicals

CBD Topicals

What is a CBD Topical?

If you’re looking for relief from specific muscle aches & pains or want some help with skin conditions, a CBD topical might be your best bet.
A CBD topical is any cream, lotion, or salve that’s infused with CBD and can be applied directly to the skin. While research on CBD is still in its early stages, the little we do know about CBD topicals is promising.

A 2016 study on rats noted that topical applications of CBD could help manage pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Similarly, The American Academy of Dermatology has also suggested using topical CBD products as an adjunct measure for acne, eczema, and psoriasis at their annual meeting in 2018.

So how do CBD Topicals work?

One of CBD’s numerous benefits is alleviating both skin conditions and muscle soreness. This is because CBD penetrates the dermal and subdermal skin layers, reaching further than just the surface of the skin.

CBD works by activating the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for the sensations of pleasure and pain. It does this by binding to cell receptors in muscle tissue, skin and nerves. This can alleviate both pain and inflammation. There is research to suggest that phytocannabinoids, like CBD, interact with receptors and other enzymatic factors within our skin that modulate pain and inflammation.

Anything else I should look out for with CBD Topicals?

Alongside Lab reports and organic, natural ingredients, the main thing Treed advises to look for in topicals is potency. CBD doesn’t pass through skin easily, so it’s important to use a potent product to get the desired results.
When it comes to CBD topicals like lotions and creams, average potency products contain between 3 and 8 mg per recommended application. High potency products contain at least 8 mg per recommended application.

And Finally

There is a huge range of choice out there, and different dosage styles suit different lifestyles. If you’re not sure, try out a few different ways of consuming your CBD and decide what you like best. You may like the convenience & subtleness of taking capsules, but may find a CBD tincture gives you the optimum result. It is something personal to you, and is your decision.

In Treed’s humble opinion, CBD Tinctures are the most efficient way to get the most value and best experience from your CBD. When held under the tongue for up to two minutes, there is a much greater absorption rate which means the bioavailability is higher. The CBD is transported directly into the bloodstream and then onto receptors all over the body. In addition, CBD Oil uses a healthy fat (MCT Oil) as a carrier oil, to boost CBD absorption process. If you want to learn more sign up to our newsletter below our shop our tinctures today and begin your journey to #LiveLifeBetter

Jonathan Machado (Co-Founder)

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