Since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill which made Industrial Cannabis (aka Hemp) and products made from Industrial Cannabis legal in the United States, the Hemp space has experienced rapid growth of the cannabidiol (CBD) market. Understanding the regulatory framework is one of a few steps, consumers face when tasked with finding the best CBD oil that is available to them. In the same way, a surge of companies has emerged claiming to have made the best CBD product with the most CBD benefits, but what does the “best” mean when it comes to CBD based products?
But what makes a good CBD product the “best”?
I would suggest that you look beyond the label, and flavors and start looking at how the cannabinoids react in your body. Often we [Becalmed CBD] hear from first time clients and they make comments like:
"I’ve never felt a tincture work so quickly in my body…” ~ Olanzo Garrett
“The natural flavor is so true to the plant. I don’t taste any burnt flavors I have often experienced with CBD tinctures” ~ Dag Larson
“My body instantly recognized the healing” ~ Karen Kwinn
Too often, major brands are run by investors who only understand the bottom dollar, and that can play a dangerous role when a consumer is looking towards a holistic natural remedy for ailments and the production of that remedy utilizes volatile/harmful chemicals in the extraction process. We [Becalmed CBD] only use oils from our Westfield, Indiana CO2 extraction facility – our extracts never come in contact with harmful chemicals and we are one of the only CBD brands in existence that can boast about product ready oils that are void of alcohol or chemicals.
So how does a consumer avoid bad CBD products?
Simple, the label should read what method of extraction was used in the production of the cannabinoids. If there is no information regarding the extraction process, then you should walk away. There are very few CO2 extract producers in the United States, and those of us that utilize chemical free extraction methods will be braggadocious and with good reason! For us, safety, health and wellness are an absolute priority for our customer base. CO2 extracts are indeed more expensive compared to ethanol and hydrocarbon extracts, and that is because our equipment is based on scientific method and calculated precision when targeting cannabinoids.
This article gives regular CBD users and interested CBD customers that are looking to take their first steps into the world of CBD an overview of what makes a great CBD product.
CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis Sativa plant. Depending on the process it undergoes, it can contain:
All of the desired compounds found in the hemp plant known as Full-Spectrum CO2 Extracts
All of the compounds (desired and non-desired) compounds found in the hemp plant, including sugars, chlorophylls, fats/lipids, and water soluble chemicals – this type of extract is known primarily as an Ethanol/Hydrocarbon based Full-Spectrum Extract. You can notice a distinct flavor profile [burnt taste] connected to these products from the chemical interaction.
Broad-Spectrum Oil profiles are CBD dominant (or minor cannabinoid dominant) extracts that have been modified by precision based analytical equipment with the use of chemicals to enhance the extracts to exclude the ∆9-THC (to non-detectable levels or LOQ). You. Will often see this type of oil referred to as “THC-Free”, be mindful, that its almost certain that there are still trace amounts of ∆9 THC present, and over time the THC will build up in your body’s fat cells – this can and will ultimately result in a failed drug test if you are being tested for ∆9 THC.
CBD Isolate, which is no longer recognized as an oil, is a desired cannabinoid in its purest form…crystalline. Often you will see CBD “isolate” at percentages above 99% purity. If you see an “isolate” at levels below 99%, be weary, the additional impurities are most likely chemical residues/remnants from the purification process. CBD isolate based products are great for consumers that are looking for the benefits of CBD without the benefits from additional cannabinoids and terpenes (which are many).
CBD oil is often categorized as a sublingual product. It is consumed by placing the desired amount of product underneath the tongue. The oil is held there for 30 to 90 seconds before being swallowed. Additionally, the bioavailability of CBD oils can range from 13% to 90+% depending on how the cannabinoids were produced. Generally speaking, at Becalmed CBD, our products show higher percentages of bioavailability due to our extraction methods – this is of course backed by a 3rd party testing group [Microtracks] that shows our molecules at 30 nanometers and below. This allows for quicker absorption directly into the blood stream, which allows for the cannabinoids to bypass filtration by the kidneys and liver – meaning more bioavailability with each and every dose of a Becalmed CBD product.
A product’s bioavailability indicates:
The total amount of cannabinoids that enter the bloodstream
The method in which CBD is consumed greatly affects the cannabinoids effectiveness
CBD oil is often consumed under the tongue, absorbed by the sublingual gland and enters the bloodstream rapidly.
CBD oil products are commercially one of the most popular health and wellness products in the world. It is also happens to be one of the most versatile molecules that interact directly with our bodies, and thanks to the endless ways a consumer can introduce CBD into their system, there seems to be a product specific to each and every person.
From a Becalmed CBD Water Soluble beverage enhancer, which allows a consumer to mix our cannabinoid blends with your favorite beverage or food, to a Becalmed Tincture, which is often the preferred method of ingesting due to our clean taste, there is always a product that is perfect for your tastes. There’s no wrong way to take CBD oil, from a topical balm like Kari’s Moon Balm, to our best-selling edible CBD gummies, cannabinoid therapies are only as unique as our preferences.
So how Does CBD work?
In each of our bodies, we have a system known as the Endocannabinoid System. With in our bodies we produce neurotransmitters and we refer to them as endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids bind to CB1 and CB2 receptor located throughout our bodies.
Some clinical trials have shown that the use of CBD oils could have health benefits by interacting with this system. Some research papers have shown the opposite. From a consumer perspective, we suggest doing your homework in order to determine if cannabinoids are right for you. At Becalmed CBD we believe in Quality of Life, and if your quality of life is affected by pharmaceutical chemicals and you are looking for a more holistic therapy, then perhaps CBD is a “right” decision. CBD will not give the consumer the psychoactive “high” often associated with “Marijuana”, even when minute levels of ∆9-THC are present, its purpose is to assist in your therapy as opposed to changing your mental state (and if you notice a “high” associated with your product, we suggest looking for a new brand or altering your dose).